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Renegade Star, Book One

Jace Hughes is a Renegade.

That means taking almost any job that comes his way, no matter the situation. So long as he can keep his ship floating, he's free to live the life he wants. But that all changes when he meets Abigail Pryar, a nun looking for safe passage out of the system. Too bad there's something off about the cargo she's carrying.

Jace knows he shouldn't ask too many questions, but when strange sounds start coming from inside the large, metal box, he can't help but check it out. Big mistake. To make matters worse, he's being pursued by unknown ships - people who want that cargo. Does Jace give up the goods and hand over the nun ...or does he risk it all for an even bigger payout?

Renegade Atlas, book Two

The search for Earth has begun.

After barely escaping the Union's grasp, The Renegade Star is off to parts unknown. Every member of its crew is a wanted fugitive. None of them can ever return home.

But all is not lost. Thanks to Lex, a strange girl with a remarkable gift, the path to Earth has been revealed. According to ancient myth, Earth holds valuable treasures, lost technology, and endless secrets, ripe for the taking. Jace and his new friends have a chance to discover it all, but only if they can keep Lex out of the Union's grasp.

Doing so won't be easy. With enemies on all sides, the deck is stacked against them, but nothing in this universe comes easy when you're a Renegade.

If you're a fan of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, or Leviathan Wakes, you'll love this epic, space opera thriller.

Warning: This book contains action, cussing, and general badassery. Listen at your own risk.

©2017 JN Chaney (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Luke Daniels and JN Chaney make great content!

I was so excited to hear that Chaney was able to get the legendary Luke Daniels to narrate his new series. I have already ready through the five Renegade books and it's a thrill to go through them once more with the Audible version. 5 but stars, if you're a fan of science fiction, Firefly type of stuff you should definitely check this out, I can't recommend it enough.

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A great book to get lost in for the weekend

If you have burnt through all the new great space operas such as Bobiverse, Frontlines, Expeditionary Forces, Undying Mercs, Omega Force, etc.. and are looking for something great and fun to get lost in, then this is PERFECT. In terms of sci-fi, it is easy to follow, more on the hard sci-fi side (not that it is highly "scientific", but it isn't outlandishly unbelievable either), has a great narrator, and keeps you interested with those occasional "no no no!.. phew!" moments of yelling at your speakers.

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A captivating story

If you could sum up Renegade Star in three words, what would they be?

Firefly meets Battlestar

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The narrator and writer come together to form what could be the closest thing to a Firefly reboot you'll ever see. The story begins with a smuggler agreeing to escort a nun to her church and quickly escalates into something truly out of this world. This takes places in the distant future, long after humanity has forgotten about Earth. There's myths and legends, certainly, but no one knows if it even exists. That is, until our heroes discover a map and set out to rediscover it once and for all. This is one of the best and most surprising series I've read/listened to in quite some time. Every book has a satisfying twist with a crew that continues to evolve and grow as the states escalate and the answers they find bring new questions. If you couldn't tell, I'm a huge fan and have read all the books to date, but now I will also be listening to all future books as well

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The Space Opera you’ve been looking for

This is the intelligent space opera you’ve been looking for all your life.
Realistic, lovable characters whose motivations are understandable. A story line which draws you in further and further in which mystery abounds. JN Chaney joins my list of grab it first authors. Luke Daniels’ voice acting is prime stuff.

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New and Old

There is alot of Battlestar Galactica and Serenity in this book, but the story is different and entertaining. I am really critical about these sorts of sci-fi books, but this series is really good. Just comfortable enough to be cozy while different enough to be entertaining.

I will definitely be reading the rest.

Luke Daniels did amazing with this book as usual.

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A killer space opera!!!!

This audiobook is actually the first two books in the series. I started reading the series before the audiobooks came out, but when I heard that the amazing Luke Daniels was narrating, I had to listen from the beginning... because, you know, Luke Daniels. I figured that Jace was just gonna be another manly, perfect hero that wins every fight and every woman wants to bed and every man wants to be. Abigail is one the same level as Jace, if not a bit higher
All in all, I found the characters to be interesting and the plot intriguing.

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Fun adventure, but needlessly violent

Solid fun sci-fi. A bit like Firefly if it were made as a first person shooter. It is overly violent, and the main characters are nigh invincible.

But, it is very capably narrated, and a fun enough romp that the flaws can be forgiven.

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Fun Scifi

Fun characters, bright language, and a universe that doesn't get bogged down in alien races and physics, just action, and entertainment with a intricate developing plot.

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Copy cat of Firefly, but in a fun, respectful way

I love both serious and irreverent sci-fi if done well. Renegade Star definitely falls into the irreverent, fun category. There are lots of reviews comparing it to the great Firefly and I can understand why. Jace emulates Capt. Mal, he's just missing a Brown Coat. Sister Abby is very, very similar to Zoe. Lex is a younger, slightly less crazy version of River Tam. You've got the Union and the Sarconions subbing in for the Alliance and the Reavers.

Renegade is by no means equal to the genius of Firefly and the author has absolutely borrowed a lot from Whedon's universe. Yet these characters are unique and the plots manage to be different and the story line for the first two books can stand on its own. Normally, I react very negatively to authors so obviously using someone else's set up, but Renegade Star shows a very obvious respect for Firefly.

I enjoyed the audio version of books one and two a lot and I'm actually starting book three now. Maybe these are actually five star stories or maybe I just miss Firefly that much, I don't know, but I'm having a good time with the Renegade Star so far.

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Firefly Indeed

I’m a huge fan of Firefly and Serenity, so I was a bit skeptical of the description and other reviews. After my second listen through, I can say that they were right! Amazing narration and writing, good story that keeps the action and story moving, and enough sarcasm to keep me interested. Browncoats will be pleased!

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  • Poppey
  • 07-03-18

Simplistic

If you're new to sci-fi and have no great expectations, then you will enjoy this. However, I found the narrator's voice OTT at times, which spoilt it for me.

I found the idiotic behaviour of Jace, the Captain, to be really annoying, especially when it took him forever to figure out that they had been tagged, which was why the Union could locate them at every turn. I would think most of us figured that one out within the first couple of minutes.

All that aside, this story did have the making of a good plot, with a few tweaks.

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  • Skyla1
  • 04-12-18

Fantastic Space Opera Style Adventure Story

Part Battlestar Galactica part Indiana Jones with a classic Space Opera setting, discovering the mysteries of this Universe have me on the edge of my seat

1 of 1 people found this review helpful