Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins

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by Randolph Lalonde

In the darkest region of explored space sits a bright beacon; Freeground Station. Serving as a supply and trading post it is home to a select number of human beings that will take a desperate chance to make a difference in their end of the galaxy. - Contains the entire First Light Chronicles Trilogy. A Space Opera Adventure enjoyed across the globe by all ages.

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In the darkest region of explored space sits a bright beacon; Freeground Station. Serving as a supply and trading post it is home to a select number of human beings that will take a desperate chance to make a difference in their end of the galaxy. - Contains the entire First Light Chronicles Trilogy. A Space Opera Adventure enjoyed across the globe by all ages. [Final Revision]

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Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1022 reviews.
CGDave More than 1 year ago
I started this book not knowing what to expect, but I was quickly drawn into the world the author has created. I had a hard time putting this one down. The characters and situations were very well developed. I am definitely going to be reading more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes it is a classic space opera. But its a darn good one. I loved this book. I didn't care for the ending really but then i didn't want it to end. Smashwords has a great marketing ploy. Give you the first one free get you hooked and buy the next one. I will most likely be buying the next one. The cast is great. Some really good concepts. just wow.
Rayjon More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very enjoyable. As a fan of sci-fi books, I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book to any one interested in fiction books, and best of all its FREE!
RVreader More than 1 year ago
A newcomer to a fun genre of space novella with lots of action, adventure, plot twists and a touch of romance to keep many types of readers returning. A great idea to offer his first books free. I have already purchased the following series. Looking forward to reading them.
TM20 More than 1 year ago
Aside from the many punctuation, grammar and spelling errors, I thought this was a great book. Science fiction (space flight), good plot and characters, interesting twists and turns, and over 400 pages - my kind of book! If it didn't have so many errors, however, I'd have much more respect for the author. I would have gladly accepted minimum payment to edit this book and I'm sure there are a lot more science fiction fans out there who would have, too. Despite the errors, though, I highly recommend this book!
Red-line More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a rather enjoyable book to escape with.
laurak122 More than 1 year ago
This book had a unique plot idea - so unique, that it held my interest during all 400+ pages. That being said, I have 18 year-old students who write better than this! I kept being distracted from the story by errors: the most common one was the author using the word "queue" when the word he needed was "cue." There is a difference (just like there is a difference between to, two, and too!) and it was very irritating to see this type of error. The characters weren't well developed, particularly the female characters. The author had a great idea but should have taken more time to really develop his idea and characters - and make this two books. It was also very difficult to follow along when he used first person but meant different people. For example, you read the first several chapters in first person ("I was captain ...") where the character is the Captain of the ship ... then you turn the page and in first person it's saying things like "I wanted to capture that captain." Huh??? The author really needs to understand that writing in first person is fine, but there can only be ONE first person! Once again, I gave as many stars as I did because of the fine idea; the writing was poor.
prog More than 1 year ago
I'd never heard of this guy before but figured what the hey, this one is free. Now I've gone and bought all of the series. If you like good space opera science fiction written by someone that understands what Sci-Fi is then this is a series for you. Randolph Lalonde really knows how to bring a story to life. These are characters that you can sink your teeth into and really care about what happens to them. Plus there are twists and tweaks throughout to keep the reader turning the page. You meet one character and the do their thing looking no more than an enhanced place holder. Like a a chatty taxi driver or something, then later they reappear as something you never expected but is completely plausible. Say the cab driver is really a P.I. borrowing a cab from a company he used to work for. Plausible. Have him be turn out to be CIA agent Bames Gond is stupid. Lalonde knows the difference and he uses it to move the story along and create some good tension. The only complaint I have is that I wish he had had second set of eyes to help with the proof reading. There are a few spelling errors and some name mix ups that can jolt you out of the story but fortunately those are few and far between. This series is everything that Star Wars tried and failed to be.
Pica13 More than 1 year ago
Look you like Battlestar Galactica? How bout firefly? How bout dune? Cowboy Bebop? Ghost in the shell? Halo? Then you'll love this. That's it. And its free to boot. I read up to broadcast 6 in less than 2 months. Its that good. Charismatic commander, robots that look like humans, hard edged sci fi mechanics, aliens, cool spaceships, action, romance, interstellar evil plots, cyborgs, virtual reality, Shipewrecked on a spaceship, cool space suits, and then to boot...yup, space pirates. Wooo hooo weeee!
Sarum More than 1 year ago
This work is wonderful. I find the story engrossing, the concept interesting, and the writing fairly well. There are some typos, I will warn you, and for someone like myself, those can be annoying. In addition, some plot points seem a bit... convenient and possibly less original than you would hope. However, if you can ignore these, and I do encourage you to, then you will greatly enjoy First Light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, decently written, all sorts of very futuristic notions and visions. Great characters, wide ranging action and a fast fun read. I bought the second one in the series am hooked and will continue buying.
ziggai More than 1 year ago
Pretty outstanding for a free eBook. Most of the free one's I've read so far were not very good. This, I would have to say was a pleasant surprise. It makes me want to read the next one and find out what happens with the characters. That's all you can ask for in a free title.
Bigidy More than 1 year ago
This book is a great start to a series that I cannot wait to finish reading. I picked up this book two days ago and I cannot put it down. I would compare it too Battle Star Galactica but on paper. It is awesome. It has a great introduction with good history on Characters. It also does not sit around and play games with you in terms of plot development, it moves pretty quickly form one good twist to the next. I am serious it is really hard to put it down and I cannot wait to start the next one. A must read for those that love SCI-FI...
Lisa Hlava More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything like this. I've never been a fan of long drawn out space operas... this was the exception. Great writer, great story... great story telling. If or when there's more, I'll be happy to get involved in it... even if I'll have to buy a hard copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are strong & well placed.. There are a plot is interesting, intriguing, & well formed.. I would follow Jonas anywhere he wanted togo . ..
Supernatural_Sue More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. Loved the characters and the plot. Went on to read the entire series. Can't wait for next ones to come out.
Felmac More than 1 year ago
This really surprised me, a book this good for free. I found myself getting very involved with the charecters. I quickly purchased the next several books in the series.
Ladymagpie More than 1 year ago
Best SF space opers I have read in years. Lalonde creates characters you love and hate. His hero rivals those of L Ron Hubbard. You can't help cheering for the crew of First Light. Stories like this are treats fot those of us who grew up dreaming of space travel. We can't travel the stars as many hoped we might by now. We are offered the next best thing a thoroughly enjoyable vicarious journey.
Joshua Percell More than 1 year ago
first free book that ive downloaded that is over 80 pages long....... and well worth it. i mean... what beats getting a nice long book that is over 1000 pages long and is completely FREE!!!! plotline is excellent and the story is one of the best so far... this author is officially on my top 10 list. he ranks up there with peter f hamilton (my personal favorite sci-fi author) i reccomend this book to any and all sci-fi lovers!!!!!!!!!
Kristopher Myers More than 1 year ago
Once i started, it was hard to stop. I read it everywhere. Bus,home, bathroom... great characters and story. Gotta read the rest now!
MitchA More than 1 year ago
must...keep...reading, such an awesome story. I enjoyed alot.
TooMuchTimeInNaples More than 1 year ago
This is the best original science fiction story telling I have found since Gene Roddenberry.
Kyle Miller More than 1 year ago
engaging, engrossing. enthralling. masterful. tear jerking. heart pounding.You really cant desribe this collection of books with any combination of words. the characters are wonderfully written, the plot had me hoojed from beginning and the sci-fi was written in such a way that no matter how much of this stuff you had read before you could understand it all.
CharlieD1950 More than 1 year ago
I've been looking at the free books on B&N. Most are either older classics or just short samples but this book is huge and well written. It's a great Space Opera.
OldSciFiFan More than 1 year ago
I have been reading science fiction for more years than I care to admit. I particularly like series and epic novels and was in search of something new when I stumbled across this one. It drew me in from the very first and refused to let me go from that point on. Action, suspense, romance, intrigue, it has it all and the writing is great too. I'm sure that now I will have to buy and read all of the series. Mr. LaLonde will now be added to my list of authors that I love to read along with Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, Alistair Reynolds, James McDevitt, Michael Crichton, Isaac Asimov and others. This is a free book. You have no reason not to get it!!