Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins [NOOK Book]

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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: Origins

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000695951
  • Publisher: Randolph Lalonde
  • Publication date: 8/2/2009
  • Series: Spinward Fringe , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 18,464
  • File size: 558 KB

Meet the Author

Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you've never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He's also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields.He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since.He self published his first novel;Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the First Light Chronicles series.Randolph Lalonde has sold nearly one hundred thousand eBooks to date, enough to keep writing full time. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular offering.He currently resides in Sudbury Ontario where he's working on his latest batch of creations and building a multimedia studio. The studio is already producing content, starting with the new Crewcast Radio show, a podcast based on Spinward Fringe and topics close to SciFi.Crewcast Radio can be found here: crewcastradio.comIn his diminishing spare time he drags friends into his basement to participate in podcasts on Crewcast Radio, an Internet podcasting network he created by reader demand. You can find episodes on the website: crewcastradio.com
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

    Great piece of science fiction!

    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!

    37 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2010

    wow and free

    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.

    24 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Great plot idea but author needs to develop his writing style.

    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.

    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Really Good

    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!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

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    Great Writing created in 20 years and then written in just a few months!

    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.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    Excellent Book Despite Punctuation, Grammar & Spelling Errors

    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!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

    Pleasant surprise

    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.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Good book to relax with.

    I found this to be a rather enjoyable book to escape with.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Wonderful, but missing that one thing...

    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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

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    BEST SCI FI YOU WILL READ FOR A LONG TIMe

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

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    Fantastic Read - Did't want to put it down, did't want it end!

    Really enjoyed the First Light series. Great space drama and what a set of characters. I'd follow the Captain anywhere in the universe. I thought the ending was a little abrupt and not at all inline with the Captains experience through out the series. (SPOILER ALERT) Come on, he's the best there is and he didn't think enough to go hide somewhere safe like behind some asteroid somewhere on the way back to home. Send out his hyperspace jumping fighters towards home for help... It ended very quick like a 3 hour movie that realized it needed to end suddenly in 2 hours. BUT all this said, I give it a 19 out of 10... Would have been a 20 but the Captain at the end... YES I did start the next one "Spinward Fringe: Resurrection and Awakening."

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2010

    Okay plot, but terrible grammar, spelling & style

    Never before have I seen a published book so badly in need of editing. The storyline is interesting (for scifi fans) but the characters are insufficiently complex and the frequent errors in spelling & grammar make this very annoying to read (for readers capable of recognizing such errors). If Barnes & Noble is going to back this author and his books, they should invest in a qualified editor/proofreader. As it is, they're contributing to the decline of literacy.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    OK, If this is free - I'm buyin.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    Good Free Read

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

    Maybe I'm being picky.

    An interesting concept and scenario, but the poor structure of the writing makes it cumbersome and distracting to read. Sentences that turn into paragraphs dependent clauses that require commas or semi-colons to break up the breathless pace all serve to make it feel like you need to take a deep breath before you start reading (see what I mean?).
    Some good editing would have been helpful in tightening up this story.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    ?

    Is this the first book in the series

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Wow! is all I can say!

    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...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Excellent!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2010

    The story did not take long too hook & did not disappoint....

    The characters are strong & well placed.. There are a plot is interesting, intriguing, & well formed.. I would follow Jonas anywhere he wanted togo . ..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    !

    I think i hate spelling and grammar nazis almost as much as i hate plot spoilers. Dont grade the blamed book! This isn't an english class. Read the book and get over your danged obscessive compulsive disorder long enough to try and enjoy the book. Put down the red pencil and get it out of your butt and stop being a teacher!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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