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Publisher's Summary

What if the stars collided?

If you love space opera with twists, you'll instantly love Starcrasher and the Shades Space Opera series.

Tredd Bounty is a navy reject turned bounty hunter, living in the grimy world of Spit City on orbit around gas giant Heeg. When he is given the chance to take on a dangerous yet lucrative mission to find and capture the mysterious Starcrasher device, rumored to have the power to move the stars themselves, it seems like his luck is about to turn.

He gathers a motley crew: an ex-navy pilot suffering from random black-outs; a Jindalar groupie hiding a shocking secret; a strapping Andron mechanic unable to step foot on any planet; and an eccentric doctor. Together, they take their battered Rutger-class cargo ship on a journey to uncharted star systems, luxurious space stations, and, against all odds, up against the unyielding Dawn Alliance Navy.

But Tredd is hiding a superhuman secret: the ability to stop time. It is both a blessing that has kept him alive through many a suicide mission, and a curse that has dragged him down. As he travels across the universe, he finds that he can no longer ignore his past and must face his lost childhood sweetheart and the men who betrayed him years ago.

As he begins to close in on the Starcrasher, so do other darker forces. Tredd realizes he's not the only one with a dark secret and that the mythical gods, the Shades, might just be more than just the bedtime story he heard as a child.

Starcrasher is an exhilarating adventure, moving faster than the speed of light through an original universe that combines the technological wonders of the sci-fi genre with urban fantasy. If you loved Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy, the Space Quest video game series, and the Firefly TV series, you'll love Starcrasher and the Shades Space Opera series.

©2017 Rock Forsberg (P)2018 Rock Forsberg

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What did you like best about Starcrasher? What did you like least?

Did not like the story..... it is a confusing mess..... American customers will have trouble understanding the narrator.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story is much too complicated.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Howden-Steenstra?

No he is difficult to understand.

Was Starcrasher worth the listening time?

Not worth listening to at any point in the Space Time Continuum.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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Excellent space opera!

Loved this highly entertaining listen. Complex characters and story, lots of humor, and just a touch of romance. Loved the narrators varied accents and how he captured the emotions and personalities of the characters. Would definitely listen to the other books in this series and highly recommend this one. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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The book didn't hit the mark...

This book didn't quite hit the mark for me. When you start mixing mysticism, magic, and gods into a space opera, you are walking a very fine line between a great story on one hand, and a sad failure on the other...
My first reaction to the story's protagonist was, "Oh, he cheats", but I kept listening and soon enough, I fell in love with said protagonist, Tredd Bounty. I was completely entranced with all the fun and action, and I put up with it's, well, thorny bits...
5 hours into the book, I'm anxiously  rushing to the end, and then the 6th hour happens... WTF?!!?
I really should have stopped when I had (seemingly) reached a satisfying conclusion to the space opera, somewhere towards the end of 5th hour!  What happens in the 6th hour was just too pear-shaped for my taste, and it pulled me completely out of the story as I lost the suspension of disbelief! So much wasted potential is a sad thing to bear witness to...
Nick Howden-Steenstra did a fine job narrating this story, but it wasn't enough to salvage the 6th hour train wreck!

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  • TU
  • 04-13-18

misses the mark for me

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily
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I like when authors mix genres to make them their own. Yes, it can make things a bit more complicated, but that is not always a bad thing. That being said, I didn't always care for how this was done in this book. The narration was mediocre. He had very little variation in his voicing of characters and was pretty unemotional in his reading. About halfway through, I started to lose interest in this book. Even as I write this review, I'm unsure if that was because of the story or the narration. I suspect it is a combination of both.

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not the best

the story maybe was interesting but I think the narrator didn't preform the best he could and I will explain...
the world's War like cutout sometimes you read truslow and sometimes you couldn't understand the word very clearly I don't really know what to write about the story because I think I would have liked it more if the narrator was someone else or read it in other way
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not for me......

First, this is one of the few narrators I really have to complain about. He ruined the book as much of not more than the author. Aside from a somewhat interesting working class English accent he was SO UNEMOTIONAL and had no differentiation between characters I was constantly trying to figure out who was thinking /saying what.

The author may have fared better with his story but it was out there without enough background story to figure out what he's trying to get across. Aside from the brutal Vice-Admiral (Admiral) leading the mission and ze doktor is anyone sure who's on what side and who's being controlled or what? I lost my program, lost the roles of the characters and who thinks what so I'm giving up.

ADVICE for the author and the editor, remember when you are presenting your story to your readers without your detailed mental matursturbation confusing your audience. Decent premise totally mismanaged.

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  • Layla
  • 03-27-18

Would highly recommend!!!!!

Any additional comments?

I noticed that the other reviews are quite negative about this book. Well let me tell you, I thought it was great, I did not have the problems they had.

I have to first say that I have not read/listened to any of this authors books and I have not listened to this narrator before, so all this is new to me.

I will also have to admit that I did find it slow going to begin with but I realised as the story progressed that we needed it so we can understand why things happen later on, as well as getting to know the characters a bit better.

As the story progresses it gets better and more intriguing, there is a lot of twist and turns that I did not see coming and I thought the plot was well thought threw, for it flowed and things where interlinked with each other.

One reviewer found it confusing, which I did not, I thought things are well explained and sounded realistic. Is this because I like SciFi and I have read/listened to so many, I don't know but I had no problems with understanding what they were talking about.

This would appeal to people who love SciFi, with a little of everything else like romance, action/adventure and fantasy thrown in. But I would still classify this as a SciFi.

The other negative reviews was about the narrator. He does have a british accent, but I had no problem understanding him. He also voiced all the characters out so I knew who was saying what without being told and he also voiced their personality. I thought he did a great job with the amount of characters he had to voice and I don't mind listening to his other works.

I would highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to book two!
There is some violence and profanity (sporadic). There is no sexual content except for a few reference, everything else happens behind closed doors.

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  • Scott R
  • 05-03-18

An unusual But Convoluted and Entertaining Story

Although a bit slow to start and sometimes a little obvious this story does flow along some recognised routes.
The main characters especially Bounty and Eno are very likeable and they help the listeners interest a lot.
Narration from Nick is quite good and although a lot of the characters sound a little too simliar for my liking i wouldn't be put off any future endeavours of his.
The best bit is from about 3/4 through and onwards as the tension, twists and action heats up and comes together a lot better.
This i think makes up for the average start so stick with it as in the end it's rewarding.
Overall a 4 star but i think the 2nd in the series would shine better as we have such a good ending and more familiarity with the characters and the writers style keeping your attention.

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  • Rob Cooke
  • 04-03-18

Epic Space Opera draws you in and holds you!

This is an epic space opera exactly as you would expect from the genre, it has a vast setting of worlds. The main characters are well crafted providing genuine feel to them, I believe everyone will find a character to identify with or just plain adore for the individual traits. As they develop you learn more about them and find yourself idolising some and vilifying others rightly or wrongly in some cases.

The story is quick to get going keeping you mesmerised throughout, it seamlessly shifts focus and it is so organic that you barely notice the change in direction. There are some great twists that you deserve to find yourself and not have spoilt by me.

This is an epic book that quickly throws open its focus to more of this universe giving it a grand feeling and the book perfectly ends with a set up for the next in the series which I am eagerly anticipating.

The narration is absolutely spot on, I love the addition of accents for characters that give the characters a more realistic feeling almost perfectly matching their background as you know it (especially as a brit). The characters feel individual and unique, you always know who is speaking.

In summation this book is a grand Space Opera that I truly hope continues. It will suit anyone that enjoys a space opera, equally if you like a fantasy science fiction mix you will enjoy it as well. If you like a bit of military science fiction it works as well.
This is one book that is definitely worth picking up and thoroughly enjoying.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

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  • Anne Armstrong
  • 03-06-18

Dissapointing

What would have made Starcrasher better?

Possibly a better narrator. Not a professional performance at all. The story was ok, but not brilliant.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rock Forsberg? Why or why not?

Not sure

Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Howden-Steenstra’s performances?

No

1 of 3 people found this review helpful