Tales of the Spiral Arm

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 146 ratings

The January Dancer Publisher's Summary

Michael Flynn, Hugo Award finalist and Robert A. Heinlein Award - winning science-fiction writer, has here written a space opera with stunningly successful results. The January Dancer tells the fateful story of an ancient prehuman artifact of great power and of the people who found it.

Starting with Captain Amos January, who quickly loses it, and then the others who fought, schemed, and killed to get it, we travel around the complex, decadent, brawling, mongrelized, interstellar human civilization that the artifact might save or destroy. Collectors want the Dancer, pirates take it, rulers crave it, and all will kill, if necessary, to get it.

This is a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery, and it ends, as all great stories do, with shock and a beginning.

©2008 Michael Flynn (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The January Dancer

    • By: Michael Flynn
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    Starting with Captain Amos January, who quickly loses it, and then the others who fought, schemed, and killed to get it, we travel around the complex, decadent, brawling, mongrelized, interstellar human civilization that the artifact might save or destroy. Collectors want the Dancer, pirates take it, rulers crave it, and all will kill, if necessary, to get it. This is a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery, and it ends, as all great stories do, with shock and a beginning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excelent space opera

    • By Donaithnen on 02-15-09

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 2

    • Up Jim River

    • By: Michael Flynn
    • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
    • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    There is a river on Dangchao Waypoint, a small world out beyond Die Bold. It is a longish river as such things go, with a multitude of bayous and rapids and waterfalls, and it runs through many a strange and hostile country. Going up it, you can lose everything. Going up it, you can find anything. The Hound Bridget ban has vanished, and her employer, the Kennel (the mysterious superspy agency of the League), has given up the search.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heart of Darkness in the spiral arm

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 10-20-13

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • In the Lion's Mouth

    • Tales of the Spiral Arm, Book 3
    • By: Michael F. Flynn
    • Narrated by: J. Paul Guimont
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    It’s a big Spiral Arm, and the scarred man, Donavan buigh, has gone missing in it, upsetting the harper Mearana's plans for a reconciliation between her parents. Bridget ban, a Hound of the League, doubts that reconciliation is possible or desirable; but nonetheless has dispatched agents to investigate the disappearance. The powerful Ravn Olafsdottr, a Shadow of the Names, slips into Clanthompson Hall to tell mother and daughter of the fate of Donovan buigh.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Merely the appetizer for a longer story arc

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 11-24-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • On the Razor's Edge

    • Tales of the Spiral Arm, Book 4
    • By: Michael Flynn
    • Narrated by: Tessa Auberjonois
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    The scarred man, Donovan buigh, half honored guest and half prisoner, is carried deeper into the Confederation, all the way to Holy Terra herself, to help plan the rebel assault on the Secret City. If he does not soon remember the key information locked inside his fractured mind, his rebel friends may resort to torture to pull it from his subconscious. Meanwhile, Bridget ban has organized a posse - a pack of Hounds - to go in pursuit of her kidnapped daughter, despite knowing that Ravn Olafsdottr kidnapped the harper precisely to lure Bridget ban in her wake.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Homeward bound to old Terra

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 12-09-13

    Regular price: $24.95