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A Red Peace, first in Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire trilogy, is an action-packed space opera in a universe where the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity and dominate the galaxy.

Half-breed human star navigator Jaqi, working the edges of human-settled space on contract to whoever will hire her, stumbles into possession of an artifact that the leader of the Rebellion wants desperately enough to send his personal guard after. An interstellar empire and the fate of the remnant of humanity hang in the balance.

Spencer Ellsworth has written a classic space opera, with space battles between giant bugs, sun-size spiders, planets of cyborgs, and a heroine with enough grit to bring down the galaxy's newest warlord.

©2017 Spencer Ellsworth (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A solid sword-and-laser adventure.

This is a well-written and superbly narrated first book in a high-concept space opera/sword-and-laser trilogy.

The recipe for Ellsworth's universe is a little bit Star Wars, a dash of Warhammer 40K, and a healthy portion of Simon R. Green's Deathstalker books. Although the tropes Ellsworth plays with in his inaugural novel are rather familiar to the fans of the genre, he spins an entertaining yarn that never outstays its welcome.

Will definitely listen to the sequel.

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Excellent, gripping and original space opera.

Great characters, great story and excellent writing make this an excellent space opera; the performance is the cherry-in-top. If you like science fiction, I strongly recommend this book.

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Strange little story that got better and better!

Great story that started out a bit odd but then grabbed my attention and would not let go!

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A non-stop space adventure

Fantastic! Leaves you wanting more. Every page is filled with a faced-paced Sci-Fi adventure giving you only paragraphs to catch your breath. Memorable and relatable characters all with their own personal quirks and imperfections. Midway through Ellsworth begins to introduce you to the mythology of Starfire; something I just could not get enough of. I am excited to discover more in the next two books. Much like a very enjoyable movie prompting multiple views, A Red Peace is easily approachable for multiple reads. (which is exactly what I am about to do! Round 2!)

5 out of 5 - Ellsworth knocks this one out of the Galaxy (literally)

Keating and Kowal both gave fantastic vocal performances, truly embracing the voices of both distinct characters.

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More more more!!!

I cannot write a good enough review of this book! The characters are wonderful. The storyline is very interesting. The writing is beautiful and gripping all at the same time.

I look forward to the rest of the trilogy!!

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  • Mr. Stuart J. Webb
  • 09-04-17

Great Start to a Trilogy With Lots of Potential.

Great mix of character, action and subtle yet complex world building. Ellsworth juggles two parallel narratives well, making sure his two narrators are distinctive and have strong personal storylines.

The supporting cast and the worlds they inhabit are also well developed, with the book gleefully shooting big idea after big idea at you, both serious and entertainingly silly.

Assuming this standard can be maintained, this trilogy will be a great ride.