Firestar

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,098 ratings

Firestar Publisher's Summary

It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble. Public schools breed apathy and ignorance, and politics has become the art of the quick fix. There is one woman, though, who has both the vision and the money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, founds an educational subsidiary called Mentor Academies and begins to subcontract public school systems in order to raise a new, less cynical generation. But her clandestine program is much larger than that: it also includes the founding of a private space program, the eventual construction of an orbital power station, and the revival of technological innovation on Earth.

Firestar is a chronicle of private enterprise and individual initiative—the story of one woman’s quest that becomes the focus for a whole new world. Mariesa’s program lets teachers strive to teach, hires astronauts who have no government space program to fly for, and provides productive outlets for the idealistic desires of the rich and powerful—at least those who remain sane enough to have such desires in the face of a crumbling America. And it just might work.

Michael Flynn lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award and was a Hugo nominee for Eifelheim.

©1996 Michael Flynn (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc
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  • Book 1

    • Firestar

    • Firestar Saga, Book 1
    • By: Michael Flynn
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 511
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 456
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 459

    It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble. Public schools breed apathy and ignorance, and politics has become the art of the quick fix. There is one woman, though, who has both the vision and the money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, is determined to bring America, and the rest of the world, back on track. She founds an educational subsidiary in hopes of raising a new, less cynical generation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved it, some might not.

    • By Anne D. on 12-03-14

    Regular price: $34.96

  • Book 2

    • Rogue Star

    • By: Michael Flynn
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207

    Three astronauts are headed out beyond Mars on the first human trip to the asteroid belt. In orbit around Earth, a construction crew is building the first permanent space station, owned by van Huyten’s consortium. Meanwhile, the president of the United States is trying to force her into making a secret deal to put weapons in orbit so he can intervene in the ongoing wars.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series.

    • By LaDerick on 02-27-15

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 3

    • Lodestar

    • Firestar, Book 3
    • By: Michael Flynn
    • Narrated by: Malcom Hillgartner
    • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 158

    In the early years of the 21st century, humanity has progressed into space, having established a permanent presence with Earth-orbiting Leo Station. Science and commerce in space are booming, and humanity’s future looks bright. But one man’s desire for vindication and revenge could end it all. Lodestar chronicles the complex political, personal, and scientific conflicts on Earth and in orbit - conflicts that must be resolved if humanity is to claim its destiny among the stars.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The narrator was great, the story kinda boring

    • By sanwizard on 02-23-18

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 4

    • Falling Stars

    • By: Michael Flynn
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    In the early years of the 21st century, humans have advanced step by slow step into space. Constantly monitoring the heavens, they have discovered that certain asteroids have changed their orbits - and are on a collision course with Earth. Urgent action is required, but politics and a worldwide financial crash are getting in the way. To save humanity from disaster, two of Earth’s prominent families, a host of political movers and shakers, and dedicated pilots and space travelers of all stripes must band together.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By william on 03-04-13

    Regular price: $27.97