• Starman's Saga: The Long, Strange Journey of Leif the Lucky

  • By: Colin Alexander
  • Narrated by: Alex Freeman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is the story of Leif Grettison, a crew member of humanity’s first flight to the stars, even though he had not expected to take that trip.

The year is 2069. The Troubles, a decade plus of proxy, and direct warfare among the US, Russia, and China, had brought the world to the brink of apocalypse. It was close enough to finally scare the leaders of the powers into signing the Geneva Treaties, a set of agreements pledging peace, cooperation, and the dismantling of the military complexes.

A centerpiece of this is the International Space Commission, organized to promote business in space to serve the world and to launch the starshot as a rallying point for all humanity. The pilots of the mission are drawn from each of the three major powers while the crew is comprised of the best and brightest scientists the world has to offer. However, political expediency has played a role in the assembly of the crew and they are riven by academic jealousy, personal dislikes, and the same political and ethnic animosities that produced the Troubles.

Leif is the only member of the crew who is neither a scientist nor an engineer. He is the winner of the BerthRight Lottery, a publicity stunt to send an “everyman volunteer” to the stars. He is a US Army veteran who saw much combat in the Troubles. When he meets one of the pilots, Captain Yang Yong who flew for the PLA Air Force during the Troubles, they both have the same immediate reaction: Hate at first sight.

However, an interstellar mission far away from Earth’s help faces many hazards, foreseen and unforeseen, and the return home carries an insidious danger of its own. Handling these threats requires skills that are not in the realm of science. If the crew is to reach their destination and return alive, Soldier-boy Leif and Fly-girl Yong will need to figure out how to work together. That is, if they don’t kill each other first.

©2019 Colin Alexander (P)2020 Alton Kremer

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Shockingly good

Picked this up on a whim. I can only say that except for the idiotic intro this is a book that compares well to the Forever war. It is that good

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Solid credit

I bought this because I am in between releases from my favorite authors. Interesting story, decent narration, and the characters engaged me. hope there is a sequel.

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Great book.

Honestly, the Introduction almost made me stop listening, which would have been a shame. Entertaining hard-ish Sci-Fi Adventure story.

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Good book

Great book. Hope there is a sequel. Really enjoy the story and narrator . Awesome.

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At long last.

Finally, Great book all around.
With 300 plus titles in my library all science fiction .
I can tell you this is one of my favorites.
Please continue the strange journey!

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Ugh

The book was just ok with some duh huh moments. Duh huh like we no longer take tethers to space or have the ability to have a pack for maneuvering. Then the last one and a half hours turned moronic. The only reason for not returning was I made it through. The narration was great.