A Star-Wheeled Sky

Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Waypoint to ultimate power!

Over a millennium in the past, humans fleeing Earth in slower-than-light vessels discovered the Waywork, an abandoned alien superhighway system that allows instantaneous travel from star to star. The problem: there are a finite number of Waypoint nodes - and the burgeoning population of humans is hemmed in as a result. Furthermore, humanity is divided into contending Starstates. One of the strongest is based on an oligarchy ruling families, but still mostly democratic. The other is a totalitarian nightmare. War seems inevitable.  

Now a new Waypoint appears. Might it lead to the long-lost creators of the Waywork? If so, there may be knowledge and technology that will tip the balance in the coming war.   

Three people race to make it to the new Waypoint - and beyond. These include Wyodreth Antagean, the reluctant son of an interstellar shipping magnate, Lady Garsina Oswight, the daring daughter of a royal family, and Zuri Mikton, a disgraced flag officer seeking redemption. They are facing an implacable foe in Golsubril Vex, a merciless, but highly effective, autocrat from the Waywork’s most brutal regime. Vex is determined to control the new Waypoint and whatever revelation or power lies on the other side.   

Now humanity’s fate - to live in freedom or endless dictatorship - depends on just what that revelation might be. And who gets there first.

©2018 Brad R. Torgersen (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Familiar and New

This novel was exceptional sci-fi. It had a familiar feel like the best of Star Trek, and yet it had a raw, new feel to going where no man has gone before.

I came across Torgersen while reading some short sci-fi and then read his debut novel, The Chaplain's War, way back when. I've been waiting a long while to read more. It's enjoyable writing, and creative ideas.

A Star Wheeled Sky did not disappoint. In fact, it is some of the best sci-fi I've read.

The galaxy is at war, humans generations after earth are fighting over a power they don't understand and only think they control.

At the end, I was both excited that it seems there's more to come in this series and disappointed because I don't want to wait for the next installment. But I will. As this story was well worth the previous wait.

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Meh

I bought this book because it won the 2019 Dragon award for best Sci-Fi. I wanted to really like it and was psyched to get started, but this book just never grabbed me.

I felt the characters were flat, there was very little suspense or mystery and everything was pretty linear. The plot dragged a lot - especially in the first half of the book.

It isn’t a terrible story, it’s just middle of the road at best. Below my expectations of best sci fi book of the year.

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2019 Dragon Award Winner for Best Sci-fi Novel!

Across four decades of enjoying science fiction, I’ve seldom encountered works that capture the flavor and majesty of great classics from previous generations. A Star-Wheeled Sky is one of those rare novels to achieve this enviable distinction.

Like Brad, I’ve read inspiring tales such as The Mote in God’s Eye, Ringworld, Gateway and On Basilisk Station. Thus, I can say without reservation that this novel is a “must-have” treat for fans of sci-fi grandmasters like Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and David Weber.

From chapter one, Brad draws upon his real-life military experience to summon a broad cast of sympathetic heroes to face a desperate adventure. The freedom of humanity rests in unlikely hands: a washed-up admiral who has obsessively rewritten her resignation letter for the last month; a reservist who's resentful for being snatched away from supporting his dying father’s company; a royal family’s daughter who yearns to do more for her people than running balls and charity events; and the young lady’s aging guardian who battles prejudice, politics and an implacable enemy to protect his headstrong mistress. Together, they race against the clock for a prize sought by a chilling sociopathic leader from an oppressive empire reminiscent of the Soviet Union or Red China.

Brad puts equal care toward crafting the novel’s rich background and plot. His brand of faster-than-light travel offers a new twist to an old trope: pilots must risk madness by using alien-built keys to travel the stars. His space combat scenes strive to respect physics and scale—a rare find in science fiction—while keeping the perilous thrill of combat. At every step, be it the political, military or casual social setting, the story earns high marks for believability. All in all, the story offers a wealth of mystery, humanity, grandness and intrigue.

I’m very glad I read it and look forward to more from Brad.

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Good space opera romp

Brad did a great job on this story. There were parts I wasn't sure of, but overall the story worked. I definitely want more of the characters. Even the villain is good!

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worth the money!

This is a great book. The reading is very enjoyable. there is some distortion in the recording but it's not too bad.

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TORGERSEN AND SOUDEK KICK ASS

Could not stop listening! Torgersen wrote a great book, and Soudek kicked ass reading it. Loved the story, characters, and voices. Thank you.

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Excellent military SF from Brad Torgersen

A Star Wheeled Sky is an excellent entry in the genre of military SF. The weaknesses I saw in the narrative, all relating to the re-use of typical SF tropes we've all read 100 or more times, were not unusual or grave while its virtues were unsual and significant. There are real surprises in the plot development and in the character development with even villains getting fleshed out. You may find yourself in fact regretting the death of one of the book's key villains. I am quite hoping for a sequel.

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Absolute Enjoyment

This was an excellent story, well produced, and well narrated. I had trouble stopping it so I could sleep. It hit all the bells for me and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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So when can we get a sequel?

I really struggled to stop listening to this book. Taking the long route home while driving...

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A fun read with a few small problems

The production team missed several mispronunciations that really interrupted the flow of the story. I'm not going to hold it against the narrator but I found it quite irksome.