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Publisher's Summary

Humanity's Exodus is about to begin.  

When half of mankind revolts and demands more opportunity, those at the top decide on a compromise: They will build the first colony ships and allow the rest to discover new worlds and start over.  

Twelve ships are built. The first is called the Orion.   

Many are eager to go, but only 100,000 are chosen for each vessel. Far from Earth, a new life awaits, and it promises the prosperity they've always wanted.  

But still, resistance stirs.   

There are those who are eager to sabotage this new expansion effort, threatening the promise of a new life. As Orion moves through the void of space, towards a distant world, its passengers must fight for survival in an unprecedented conflict.  

Win or lose, their future will be forever changed.  

Experience a sprawling galactic tale in this first entry to The Orion Colony series. If you're a fan of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, or Indiana Jones, you'll love this epic, space opera adventure.

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Couldn't Finish It

I am a fan of Ray Porter, but even his narration couldn't get me through this book. In fact, I felt like his effort to breathe lift into stilted language and dialogue just highlighted the problems. I understand that other listeners are fans of the ongoing series, and of this book as well, but I just can't grasp why. The characters are stilted and unrealistic, the plot is full of holes you could fly a moon-shaped spaceship through, and the dialogue barely sounds like conversation. I don't think my bar is set very high, but I do like a plot that makes some kind of sense. Other people seemed to like this story, so you might want to check it out for yourself, but I gave up.

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This is half a book.

Great narration, book is pretty good, but I'll have to buy the second half to know for sure.

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Poorly Conceived Pseudo Sci Fi

I suppose this book may have an audience, but it's definitely not me. Plot lines were predictable, characters were flat and unimaginative stereotypes.
Other than the generic plot and characters, what really bothered me was the author's lack understanding about his subjects. 'Skilled investigators' had no idea how to investigate. 'Highly trained' sabateurs were laughably ineffective given their resources.
I'm willing to suspend disbelief to a certain extent in Sci-Fi, but the sheer improbable event after improbable event followed MASSIVELY improbable event was just too much. Also, no grounding in science whatsoever ... how does it work *cough* space magic!!

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Good guys are too incompetent.

Disciples are supermen with awesome equipment and biological weapons and the MC and "security" forces are incompetent. The story is unnecessarily aggravating. It would have been a much better story as a conflict with aliens than a focus human stupidity and fanaticism/radicalism.

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Very much enjoyed this book

Great story and Ray Porter awesome performance, looking forward to the next book. If you like space drama without very much politics this should be for you.

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Good but pricey for 6 hours

Liked the story and like Ray Porter narration but pushing the limits on price for a 6 hour book in my opinion.

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Action packed!

After reading the first three books in the Renegade Star Series, I found myself wanting to know the history of the colony ships, and the history that led to what we see in the Renegade Star timeline. While the story takes some time setting the stage, once it ramps up, it doesn't quit. Each time I got to the end of a chapter, I immediately wanted to listen to the next.

Now that I've finished the first book in this series, I feel compelled to continue on and learn what happens to our lovable, and snarky, protagonist.

The narrator does a fantastic job keeping you invested in the story, with his excellent delivery, making you feel as though you are right there in the thick of it. Audiobooks are hit and miss, depending on the narrator, and Ray Porter does a superb job keeping you invested in the narrative.

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Should Have Been Longer

The story is off to a great start, ends abruptly and leaves you wanting more. Narration is exceptional as Ray Porter always adds emotion to the characters that is lacking in many other narraters. BIG down side is that this should be ONE story combined with book 2, 6 hours is not a big book and to pay the prices that Audible asks is not a good value. The book is actually 5.5 hours with a .5 lead in to the next book.

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Fantastic Ride

Ray Porter did a wonderful job portraying so many characters within the story. As I lay listen to the story I could see each character as separate fully alive. He did a fantastic job.
The story fast paced, action around each corner. Bravo Jonathan Yanze and J.N. Chaney on a fantastic series. Now on to the second book.

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Interesting concept mediocre execution

It’s not the worst thing I’ve read or listened to, but there is definitely some sloppy writing that got on my nerves after a while. The amount of time the author used the words ‘said’ and ‘asked’ was getting annoying. Too many dialogue that just had ‘Stacy said’, ‘Boss Creed said’ ‘Ricky said’.
The concept of the story was cool, but it didn’t really go anywhere and the characters were ‘action movie flat’. I need more dimensions to my characters. This felt like reading a YA novel, the characters reactions didn’t feel very mature. And the main character is a litt
le too much of a stereotypical ‘I am the biggest baddest man around’ for me to be interested in him. There were some good lines in the dialogue here and there and if you don’t mind the plot being a bit shallow and the writing being a bit poor, you may enjoy this one. I won’t be reading anything more in this series. I don’t hate this book but one is enough for me

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  • Matthew Boyd
  • 07-06-20

Another great read from Jonathan Yanez

This was my very first audible experience so went with what I knew.

once again you can never go wrong with JY. the voice actor took a bit to get used to and the voices and accents used for characters weren't how I imagined them but that's more on me.

voice actor was clear and kept you engaged and the storyline is engrossing. once again it's a 5 star story and would recommend it to anyone.

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  • A. Haynes
  • 11-12-19

A taster rather than a book.

When the book ended I didn't feel it had got started. Is book 1's only purpose to get the situation started so they could sell book 2?
Is the main characters only skill the ability to hit people?

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  • RickG73
  • 06-24-19

Really enjoyed the series so far.

Really enjoyed the series so far, heard 1 to 3. Hopefully will be many more.
Its great how Ray Porter gives each character a different voice.