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A Tangled Road to Justice

Paladins of Distant Suns, Book 1
Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
Series: Paladins of Distant Suns, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

When former soldier Everett Cole signed on to help colony planets prepare for joining the Federation, his employers were more than a bit vague about their identity and his duties. Ditto when - 11 light-years from Earth - he met his partner, Edgar Millen, an enigmatic man with a fetish for the mythology and language of the American Wild West. 

It wasn’t until they reached the colony world of Astrild that the mission became clear (somewhat). Cole and Millen were hired guns, tasked with removing impediments to order and justice - the methodology left open-ended. 

On Astrild, that means starting by freeing a dusty backwater from the iron grip of the local strongman, Cherkoff. Given the ambiguities of frontier life, and the suspicions of the colony’s settlers, it will be no mean task. 

Working in the shadows, Cole and Millen must walk the thin line between right and wrong if they are to bring justice, protect the weak, and truly become Paladins of Distant Suns.

©2019 Olan Thorensen (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Terrence
  • Hesperia, CA, United States
  • 05-13-19

Frontier Justice Among the Stars

This is Gun Smoke or Silverado set in a universe of hyperspace and star ships. The new law in town faces down the evil town boss and his gang of desperado's with all the accompanying shoot outs you would expect.. Action Sci-Fi at it's best. I enjoyed Mr. Thorensen's "Destiny's Crucible" and I found "Paladin's of Distant Suns" to be just as entertaining.

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A fun and interesting new novel

This is a fast paced and fun listen. The story revolves around the two protagonists as they deal with an oppressive "Boss" of a small settlement on a distant planet. The references to centuries old Western movies on Earth by one of the protagonists, gives some Western flavor to this story. The story is great, the narration supurb, and the pace fast. Once you start listening, it is difficult to stop for meals, tasks, or other things.
More novels in this Paladins of Distant Suns series will be forthcoming and are eagerly awaited.

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A great listen

Olan Thorensen delivers an entertaining prelude to a a hopefully long series of books. No great mental heavy lifting, just a good entertaining listen.
Enjoy

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fast-paced, space-western action-thriller

Olan Thorensen is back with something a little different. A serial "western" series set in space. Like his previous books, Thorensen has created a really interesting milieu set in a speculative future. In this future Mankind has spread into space with the colonies at the farthest reaches existing in a 'wild west' frontier setting where centralized authority is still lacking. Horses exist along side electric vehicles, and technology is mixed-in with old-fashioned agrarian culture. This "old west" is filled with a diverse set of people of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Our protagonist is paired with an agent who has an obsession with ancient 20th and 21st century western movies and their job is to go out to the frontier planets and covertly "solve problems" where local law enforcement is lacking. Let's just say "you don't want to mess with these guys!" The setting is pretty brilliant, and Thorensen uses it to draw parallels to the modern day libertarian vs. government debate. Also like his previous books he's set a fairly light story there (and I mean really light). It's written at about the level of sophistication of an actual old Western movie. There's lots of shop talk about guns and ammunition, and a climactic battle pitting rifles and space armor against hovercraft and hay bales. I think the setting is what makes the books, and I wish the story there had a little more meat to it but it is what it is. Good reading for an airplane and the best part is you can read the books individually with no cliff-hangers. It's serial style, like an old western TV show.

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Unique fresh plot, engaging story. Excited about next installment

Olan Thorenson wrote a five novel sci fi series that achieved what is usually unachievable. Each installment of his was better and more engaging then the previous. Bybthe fifth novel I finished the entire book in a little over 24 hours. This series like that one was good but you can tell that the next books will be better now that he has laid a solid foundation. I’m looking forward to his next work. I understand Olan was injured which was terrible to hear and has slowed his writing. I hope he recovers well. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.

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Wild West, Secret Agents, Space Travel

Secret Agents on a mysterious mission travel through space to a distant planet. Once they reach their destination the town is reminiscent of a town in an old western movie. This theme is woven throughout the story, helped along by one of the main character's penchant for the lingo. Loved the story. Olan Thorensen does not disappoint. Excellent narration as well. Can't wait for Book 2.

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Fast paced and interesting throughout!

Good story, great dialogue, very well written. Should be submitted to someone to turn into a movie!
Looking forward to future installments.

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Entertaining installment to a promising story arc

With his signature style, Thorenson uses a typical plot line, albeit in a science fiction setting, to introduce some interesting and compelling characters that I look forward to getting to know in the context of a much larger universe colonization story.

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Well done yet predictable

Entertaining but forgettable story. The characters are likable and potentially interesting for sequels. Much of the focus was on the mechanics of combat between armed groups. I suspect this might be a frequent feature in stories by this author. I would like to see a sequel with a touch of mystery and a surprise twist or two. A deeper exploration on the nature of force especially lethal force and civilization might also be interesting .

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Olan good story

Love his style, easy to follow and I can listen for extended time. Finished in no time and hankerin for the next roundup.

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  • John
  • 04-17-19

Great book, but didn't have the magic of Anyar

It's not every day you stumble across a true recipe for success. Olan, all your Anyar books are just that. Beyond brilliant! So you have so much to live up to now. And are a victim of your own success. Saying that this is still a great book. But I've rated 4 stars because for me, it was a bit more, in the ball park with some other great titles and not truly full of fresh magic like Anyar was. Very sorry, and really looking forward to more of Joseph Coulsco. 😀