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Gateway to the Galaxy

Gateway to the Galaxy, Book 1
Narrated by: Scott Aiello
Series: Gateway to the Galaxy, Book 1-3
Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (369 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

War isn't coming. It's already being waged.

While the universe was still young, vambraces were forged, giving their users extraordinary abilities. A brutal war was won through the blood and sacrifice of patriots. Soon, the vambraces faded to legend.

A secret task force. A wormhole portal discovered...

Now, Frank and Marine Space Corps-1 find themselves across the galaxy, where an ancient evil is growing. From exploratory crew to the front of enemy lines, Frank will have to decide whether to play the part of hero or to be the Marine needed to win the war.

Because the victor takes the universe.

The vambraces will be found again. A new order of knights will be chosen. And once again light will do battle with darkness.

Includes a special bonus note from the authors.

©2018 Jonathan Yanez and JR Castle (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • JL
  • 08-10-18

Perfection!

I hate buying a book without any written reviews, so here is all you need to know without providing any spoilers:

-unshakable protagonist who never sweats under pressure, kicks ass and takes names, only talks in James Bondisms, is built like a rock and lacks the ability to take anything seriously: CHECK
-Characters taken straight out of every 90's action movie cliche (see above): CHECK
-Humorous quips and quotes taken directly from 80's and 90's pop-culture and cult classics: CHECK
-Great narration and excellent delivery of humor, quotes, cheesy lines and cliches: CHECK
-Military Sci-fi (also full of cliches): CHECK
-Absolute entertainment perfection: CHECK!

50 of 53 people found this review helpful

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Not a real sci-fi despite the cover art and title.

I mistakenly thought this book would have a strong sci-fi theme but I was grossly mistaken, this is a space magic fantasy book. The narration was fine and I even liked the main character. It lost me as soon as it stopped being a “space marine” story and started being a magical knight story. There is no attempt at explaining any technical things and what is given is a big middle finger to anyone who likes any attempt at a logical science explanation since they just circle back to ancient magic. Super lame and nothing like any space sci-fi I’ve been reading.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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People Need to get over themselves

So I have read several reviews and it seems the people giving negative reviews do it because of one of two things. It steals ideas from other storylines or it is too much like a comic book. Yes on both counts; now just enjoy the book. That I enjoyed the book does that mean I have the maturity of a 12 yr old, maybe? Or maybe I read to get away from reality.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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part firefly, part stargate, part Johnny quest.

All rolled together with a bit of tounge-in-cheeck humor. I think I got goosebumps a few times listening, the story kept a good pace and held my interest until my commute to and from work flew by.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Green lantern but purple.

It's like an even worse version of green lantern with Ryan Reynolds. even the main character could be perceived as Ryan Reynolds playing Ryan Reynolds making fun of Green Lantern by writing a knock off of the same character.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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loved it

what an awesome story. Really enjoyef it. i can mot wait to start the next one.. Emjoy!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Melodramatic and juvenile

Simple story more like a comic book. Cliché characters seems like a collage project, then a real story almost like it is the first on they ever wrote

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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excellent voice acting but generic plot

voice actor did an amazing job however you could always tell what was going to happen next in the plot, it was a generic plot placed in an interesting setting

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Narrator saved this book

It’s like a 12 yr old made up 4 stories as they played video games.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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great story, has potential

I love the idea behind the book, and the delivery was on point, for the character styles.

However, the writing style, content, and delivery all lean on a weird point between being written to entice adolescents into the series, or pulling in those interested in a serious story written in an more world weary point of view.
-seems like this was written for pre/teens but angled towards adults-

most of the antagonism seemed to have a lack of imagination and solidity behind it; the protagonist solution always seemed to be just as malleable, but lackluster. same with the interpersonal relationships, very vanilla and spiceless.

overall, not a bad story, but did not involve the imagination and intrigue to keep me listening for long periods of time, and at points, I felt I was only listening just to get through the book and move on to another.

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  • SBRAL
  • 12-26-18

Surprised!

I was expecting the typical space scifi formula book and was pleasantly surprised by the story. Great writing which invests the reader in the characters and storyline. Eagerly awaiting the next in the series. 5*!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • John. A. B. Berley
  • 12-01-18

so so good. Gateway rocks.

A very good book. Well read, paced great value for time and money. Well done.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew Catterall
  • 02-27-19

A not too serious romp

Okay, first off, if your looking for a serious, scientifically thought out sci-fi opera, look away now.

If your happy with a fun, humerous romp that doesn't take itself too seriously and is full of in jokes and pop culture references, this is for you.

Stargate meets green lantern is an accurate description that draws heavily from both and more besides. The narration is top notch from Scott Aiello (and i highly recommended you check out the forever series if you enjoyed his narration).

A great way to spend a few fun, fast pased, hours.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Perfectus
  • 02-25-19

Stargate + green lantern =?

struggled to finish this.

So many borrowed ideas and themes.

it's sci-fi with fantasy and frosted with frustration.

the whole story is very upbeat and there was never a point with tension that I can remember.

disappointing in general.

voiceover is good as usual for Scott he's in my top 5 (with RC at the top)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 01-06-19

Really refreshingly enjoyable

Serious, yet fun. Fast paced yet detailed. I would listen to this book again as it is simply enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Toni
  • 05-28-19

Underwhelming

Nothing too special, ok action and characters were a bit shallow. Most likely will not be purchasing the second part (4-6).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-19

not bad, a little cliché

little bit younger audience, odd choices, not necessarily developed in detail where expecting and moved through certain parts a little fast

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-19

Not realy a tech story

The story is more of a mix between Lord of the Rings and Green lantern with small spicing of Starwars "the source". If you are looking for a space novella these are not the droids you are looking for nor is it the KTF feeling of Galaxy's Edge.
If you like medieval knights mixed with tech then this story is for you.

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  • Roc
  • 03-14-19

The story isn't great...

didn't finish this one, story seemed rushed and doesn't really give much backstory, just kinda thrown into the thick of it. Scott Aiello is great as ever just I'm really not a fan of the story. disappointed as was expecting more depth for the price, thank goodness for the free credit.

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  • Len
  • 03-08-19

Green lantern clone. Waste of time.<br />

Unbearable ripping off of green lantern super hero. Extremely poor story with enormous plot holes. First 3 hours is a dungeon and dragon not Sci fi scenario.. Glad I skipped it to the end so that I could write this review. It'll be returned for the credit. But I'll never get the time back.

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  • Ryan
  • 09-11-18

Great start!!

Look it’s not galaxy’s edge but that’s the point... I don’t think it’s meant to be a hard,gritty, Tom Clancy like, sci fi.
It is entertaining and has a really good descriptive elements that sucks you in the longer you listen. The story builds and builds. To the point of really good character development.

It’s not offensive and no it’s not an overly politically correct, gender neutral, everyone is a hero just because they have to be, book.

It’s a story, it’s fiction and in the end it’s got a feeling of the old days where hero’s can be smart arse hero’s without having to be watered down.

Can’t wait for the next book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dean
  • 08-13-18

Stopped 10 minutes in

In the first 2-3 minutes the MC casually asked his date if they were going to go have sex after dinner, didn’t care that he couldn’t remember her name - who is an A typical stupid ‘babe’ - disturbed a whole restaurant 3 times by ignoring his phone/watch after being asked to be quite the first time.

Then of course the authors added some big bad men for him to thrash when they tried to kick him out of the restaurant - that was owned by the main guy in said beating receiving group - although the authors made sure to make them more degrading towards the woman that he had been 👍 so that is his justification I’m guessing?

Don’t think I’ll keep listening - the MC is already to my mind established as a arrogant - sarcastic - casual macho man, who can’t even be bothered to remember a woman’s name he took on a date to a $$ fine dining restaurant.

Liked the narrator though 😁. If you like that kind of MC you’ll probably love it......

Will change this review in future if I can listen to more, but it’s just got the lazy devil may care tough guy MC that people seem to think having charisma is the same are being a sociopath

2 of 7 people found this review helpful