• Star Scavenger

  • The Complete Series Books 1-5 (Star Scavenger Series)
  • By: G. J. Ogden
  • Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
  • Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (739 ratings)

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Star Scavenger

By: G. J. Ogden
Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
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Publisher's Summary

Get all five books in the Star Scavenger Series for one low price. A massive 29 hours of thrilling space opera adventure with the mystery and action of Indiana Jones.

From book one:

Hudson Powell had always been a drifter, but after his father died, he vowed to turn his life around. He quit freelancing as a starship pilot and joined the Relic Guardian Force as a 38-year-old rookie.

That was a big mistake.

The RGF police the alien wrecks that have been found on every portal world discovered in the last century. They make sure the relic hunters pay taxes on the priceless alien tech they scavenge from the hulks. The snag is that the RGF is corrupt. And Hudson’s training officer Logan Griff is the worst scumbag of the lot.

Pushed over the edge, Hudson stumbles upon the exhilarating world of the relic hunters and meets the equally intoxicating and deadly mercenary Tory Bellona.

Cast out from the RGF, Hudson Powell chooses a new path. But the discovery of a unique alien crystal will set events in motion that cannot be undone. People stopped asking where the alien hulks had come from. People stopped asking who created the portals, and why.

Hudson will discover that some alien relics are best left buried. One decision can change the course of an entire civilization. One discovery can change your life.

If you love space sci-fi like Firefly and Stargate blended with the mystery and adventure of Indiana Jones, you’ll love the Star Scavenger series. Begin listening to this thrilling five-book saga today.

©2020 GJ Ogden (P)2023 GJ Ogden

Critic Reviews

"Readers looking for a wild west adventure that replaces horses with spaceships and frontier towns with dangerous, ghetto-like planets will find much to enjoy in Guardian Outcast." (Readers' Favorite, 5-Star Review)

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If you are into lawful good protagonist

While I don't think this book is bad. I am not into protagonist who knows his enemy will backstab him yet spare his life which will end up in another backstab. Great premise and world building though.

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30 Hours of Space Adventure

This was a completely unknown author and narrator to me so I was taking a bit of a chance. But with a complete 5 book series in one volume it's hard to go wrong if the story is half way decent. This turned out to be the bargain of a lifetime. I loved this series and the only thing I could wish for is More! More! More!

I will definitely be looking for more from this author as he has shown me that he knows how to put together a great story.
Same is true for the narrator. Several different voices and accents made it easy to follow the story. Very well done.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I do lots of reviews but rarely have I enjoyed a book more.

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Good Series

Honestly, I thought the book series was a little slow at the beginning, however by the end of the first book, I was so ready to hear more. What I really enjoyed was how the author portrayed the universe. It didn't feel at all like Star Trek or something like that it felt more like the Wild West in outer space.

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Is horrible altered reality for 5 to 10 year olds

It's written like a cartoon for 5 to 10 year olds where the protagonist never has to kill or hurt anyone except for a cartoon is more believable The hero Is has multiple people tried to kill him no less than 9 × 3/4 of the way through the book yet he never kills anyone has them at his mercy and never does them any harm so when other people around him are hurt or killed it is 100% his fault The writer is so horrible he can't imagine a different bad guy so he can never kill off the bad guys that lose over and over again he has to write them back into the story coming after the main character again and again If please do not read save your sanity this is the worst book I've read and I have a 397 book library audible

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Weak

To be honest, I had to give up on this part way through the 3rd story. So thats about half way through this book. Why? Because it just got very dumb.
I liked the setting. The idea of portals connecting worlds is interesting. I also liked the Firefly characters... but...

What I didn't like:
1. The entire idea of relic hunters & tax collectors. Good on one hand, but poorly executed here. Relic hunters were a good concept, but finding lost artifacts on a spaceship that had been gone over by 10,000 other relic hunter parties... duh. Having one spaceship per planet? No other artifacts?
2. The main characters are hunted by bounty hunters. Its interesting at first, but after the 20th escape due to one of the two bounty hunters always thwarting the other (their partner no less), it gets old.
3. The bounty hunters were hired by the tax collectors. One of them is just so thin as a character it aches. The fact that its either the bounty hunters or this other dude that the main characters keep running into across the galaxy is just too far fetched. Its like the entire galaxy is just these 4 people.
4. Didn't like the background plot where a giant ship that destroyed all sentient life forms is now coming for humans. It seemed that Liberties turning on her new portal finder alerted the ship half way across the galaxy that 'hey, its time to hunt humans now'. What I really really didn't like is Liberty and Hudson were looking at a radar image, they see a red dot for the first time and it gives hudson the chills. He knows something is not right..... 'HOW?" The dude is looking at a blip on the radar. GAH
5. Didn't like the dumb alien AI following them around. just seemed goofy.
6. Jesus, I could go on and on. I guess I really didn't like this story. Maybe 2 stars is too generous.

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Pretty terrible

Decent premise but poorly developed. Same ten characters run into each other all over the galaxy. Comically bad villains. Five books for one credit was still not worth it.

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Amazing and so much fun!

This was such and great series! It was witty, full of twists and turns, showed the meaning of true friendship, and much more. The narration really brought the characters to life! I’ll be listening to more by this author.

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Good, if written by a 13yo

I didn’t expect much, and after a few hours still left disappointed. I could have tolerated kitschy spacey content, but there was more linear turning of the machine than any book which I’ve read or listened. I kept trying to get past the goody two shoes main character, with his code of stupidity, but I just couldn’t.

If it was written by a 13yo, I could excuse the shallowness of the plot and the ridiculousness of the character’s behaviors, but it still wouldn’t be worth the credit.

Start listening to it soon after you purchase, so you can still return it for refund. I made it 8 out of 29hrs before I just couldn’t take it any longer.

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Awesome Series

I enjoyed this series of books. I found that each book of the series was exciting, filled with action, and entertaining. I definitely recommend this series. Doug Tisdale Jr did a great job as the narrator. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Great setting, cringy and unrelatable protagonist

This one was painful for me, because the setting has SO much potential. But I couldn't even make it halfway through the first book before refunding it because I wanted to reach into my phone and smack the biscuits out of the protagonist dozens of times. This is a case study of excellent worldbuilding but dodgy character development. Simply put, the protagonist is beyond goody-two-shoes to the point of parody. Someone that naive, that unable to do what's necessary in ugly positions, who is that incapable of either pulling the trigger (at LEAST go with Shep Book's "fuzzy on the subject of kneecaps" approach for the love of Mike!) or avoiding getting stabbed in the back... yeah, in the situations the protag runs into in this book they would be dead, not gallivanting about on a grand adventure. Granted, I am a combat vet and have been in violent situations many times in my career over the past thirty years, so my view is understandably and admittedly skewed and I get that. But even taking that into consideration this was over-the-top 1980s-Saturday-morning-cartoon-level of cheesy good-guy troping. Not only could I not relate to the character, I threw my hands up in the air and yelled "You have GOT to be kidding me!" in frustrated disgust at least six times in one night while listening at the ECP.
Which is unfortunate, because as I said the author has established a potentially rich world with a relatively unusual setting that has a LOT of potential. I applaud the author for the world they created, it has a lot of potential. I plowed through the cringe with the main character as far as I did because I was truly interested in the world. But in the end, the protagonist was just too much to bear.

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  • 10-02-21

Eth

“Worst protagonist in the universe refuses to kill the worst person in the universe and allows billions to die as a result.”

Characters are always talking when they should be acting and yet never say anything important or relevant.
Protagonist wouldn’t have made it through the first act of the first book without all of the Deus Ex Machina that happens all the way through.
Main character refuses to kill and is only alive because the other characters kill for him or the writer conveniently and unbelievably writes him out of the situation he gets himself in too.

Brilliant premise, some great characters, lots of potential, pretty dull listen.

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  • dorian
  • 09-22-20

Amazing story

If you are someone who has grow up with star wars/star trek with a hint of indiana jones and likes Sf genre i think this is the book for you.
The story is well written , its interesting from the start to the finish .
My most favorite part of the day has become my morning commute to my work since it meant i can listen to the book. At some point the story became so interesting that i had to find out whats gonna happen next so i continue to listen to the book even on my break time at work . After so many hours spent listening now that i'm finish with the book i wish that there is more books like this or that those 29h didn't flew so fast .
The book is also very well narrated.
I highly recommend this book as the story will keep you interested all the way till the end .

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  • Cj1066
  • 05-18-23

Great SyFy read.

I have just finished this series and thought it very well written and narrated. It kept me enthralled from start to finish with strong characters and a great storylines.

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  • David
  • 04-09-22

Great story and excellent narrative

I really enjoyed this book the characters where great and very well described. the story line though predictable was engrossing with just enough humor. downloading contingency wars now....

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  • G.F.F.
  • 03-04-22

Janet and John go to space, with bad language.

The narrator, Doug Tisdale Jr, has to work hard to make this anything more than absolute rubbish. The story is thin, the characters thinner. Suitable for ten year old video gamers who think swearing might be cool. Waste of a credit.

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  • 12-20-21

Wonderful,

Was pleasantly surprised by the series. Rollercoaster of emotions and situations brought to life wonderfully. Strong lead character with excellent supporting cast.

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  • Richard bruce ashton
  • 09-28-21

a cracking story

started this and was soon infralled, great carrictors fantastic plot which makes you wonder what is out there waiting for us in the future, I would recommend this and will myself re listen and some point and wonder will there be a continuation of this story I live in hope

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  • Boojum
  • 12-23-20
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Great story and plot

This is a brilliant series of books, in effect one story spread over several books. Clever plotting, well rounded characters and a gripping plot. The narration was good, but a little suspect on the female voices ( they mostly sounded the same), and some of the pronunciation was a bit odd to my British ears.
Thoroughly recommended.

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  • don.gibbs534
  • 12-12-20

Excellent

awesome book, draws you in to the story right from the start and I didn't want it to finish

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  • trufriends
  • 09-26-20

enjoyed

I enjoyed this series as a whole as I was looking for a good sci fi series to listen to. The interaction of the characters and the world building left me wanting to see what was going to happen next.

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  • R. Wakefield
  • 01-27-23

A good relaxing listen

Good story and decently paced with decent characters developed. Well worth the money for the publishers pack

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  • Mike
  • 11-28-22

Most enjoyable

Popcorn sci-fi with fun, distinctive and entertaining characters . 👍looking forward to GK Ogden’s next books.

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  • Tim Velema
  • 07-16-22

The voices ruined the story

The different characters sound like they should be in a Saturday morning cartoon…

The story is original and has potential, minus the constant deus ex machina situations, would be better to read than to listen to…

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  • Steve
  • 09-10-20

A Not too Deep Trip into Human Entity Survival

I enjoyed the easy to follow story line with the characters I would have expected.... not a complex story line just an easy listen well performed.