The first original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon.
The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airpower because the ground war was "too hot." But the soldiers who were there insist that was not true...
While picking up a new cargo on Persephone, Captain Malcolm Reynolds is kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats who suspect him of sabotaging the Independents during the war. As the rest of the crew struggle to locate him, Mal is placed on trial for his life, fighting compelling evidence that someone did indeed betray them to the Alliance all those years ago. As old comrades and old rivals crawl out of the woodwork, Mal must prove his innocence, but his captors are desperate and destitute, and will settle for nothing less than the culprit's blood.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder has written numerous Buffy and Angel tie-in novels, as well as co-authoring the first two Buffy Watcher's Guides. A four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award, she is the author of dozens of novels, short stories, and essays on writing and popular culture.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm a big fan of the Josh Whedan Firefly series and was really looking forward to this first book of a three book series. I regret to say it was a miss. I will not be spindling money on the next two books. No offense intended* but the writing style of the actual author, James Lovegrove, is juvenile and lacks depth. Readers will recognize the core characters but their portrayal is shallow and is not in keeping with the Firefly TV series. The narrative reminds me of the 25 cent SF magazines I used to read as a kid....and not in a good way. Mr. Whedon, if you actually ever read these reviews, you've done a disservice to your followers by picking this author to continue your Firefly story. *I know, I know. Anyone who starts a sentence with "No offense intended" means to offend someone. My apologies to Mr. Lovegrove on that regard.
Gorram shiny, Captain! I was (and am) a huge Firefly fan, so I knew going in that I was going to really enjoy it! The beginning was a bit bumpy, not bad, just felt like it took a little time to really get on it's feet. One thing I wasn't a huge fan of was that at the start, and even a little way in, I felt like the references to the show just... weren't well pulled off. When someone would mention something that happened in the past, it always felt like it was the author elbowing you saying "See, I've seen the show! Look at this thing I just referenced!" Maybe it was because of many years of reading fanfiction, but I feel like I can tell when a reference to an episode occurs because it would naturally, and when it's forced. If the only time we talk about the past is a shared past, then it makes the characters less dimensional. They've had years of life and we only shared 11 episodes. There's going to be history we don't know. Thankfully, that was just as the story began taking off. After that it was either relevant, or they were referencing something we hadn't seen. Once we got over that bump, I really enjoyed it! I loved seeing the characters again, I loved going on a new adventure with them, it was a lot of fun! I particularly liked getting to see Zoe really step up and take charge. We never doubted she could, everyone already knows how BA she is, so it was really cool getting to actually see that when Mal goes missing (which occurs very early in the story.) She's a seriously cool character and I'm glad we got to see her like that. Also, I would be remiss if I didn't spend a moment on Shepherd Book! I both love and am fascinated by his character (if you are too, and you haven't picked up the graphic novel 'The Shepherd's Tale', I would highly recommend doing that. In fact, I would recommend doing that first, then coming back to this book.) He's around for the first half of the book, but it isn't till the second half that his particular (in both senses of the word) set of skills comes in handy. Overall, for media tie in novel for a show that ended a number of years ago, yeah, I'd so go ahead and pick it up! You'll have a lot of fun with it.
This will be an ongoing review as I read the novel: Firstly, to address the elephant in the room for anyone looking to reviews to decide on if this book is worth buying, please do be aware that I am a large fan of the Firefly series and re-watch it regularly. However, with that being said, the bias that this review will exhibit is not one of a "Fan-Boy" but that of someone who loves the 'Verse and will harshly be criticizing this continuation of one of my favorite Fictional Universe. Jan 17, 2019: The writing is done at an average level making it approachable for all readers. Since this is the first book in a 3 book series (and a continuation of a show canceled 16 years ago), it also takes the time to reestablish characters and the universe in which it takes place in a way where I, as a fan, felt refreshed but not over-encumbered by information I already know. 5 Chapters into the book and I can say that my excitement has not been in vain. The author(s) waste no time letting the reader know that they understand what they're dealing with and immediately you can see that they care about the 'Verse.
It's been almost sixteen years since Firefly was cancelled by FOX, and honestly I'm still not over it. As a person that lives in a reality where Serenity does not exist, I was more than eager to dive back into the black with the crew that started my love for space opera and ragtag crews. But I was also apprehensive: would the series hold up? For me this book was everything that I was looking for and I am so excited for the next books in the series! Firefly: Big Damn Hero contextually happens in the middle of the short lived tv series, which means that some jobs and events from the eleven episodes are referenced, but the great thing is that a reader new to the Firefly franchise will not feel lost among references. Holder and Lovelace did an excellent job of including references for fans of the tv series without alienating an entirely new audience. The plot (re)introduces the reader to the cast and the world, and in my opinion does a good job of recalling the necessary worldbuilding framework to slowly bring you into the world. It didn't read like too much information that I already knew as a fan of the 'verse, which I have to commend the authors on. The witty banter between the characters and the sprinkling of Chinese phrases brought me so much enjoyment and nostalgia! The Serenity crew is on the planet Persephone preparing to take a shipment off-world for Badger, but Mal goes missing during a meeting with a new client. Due to the sensitive nature of Badger's shipment, the crew has to split up between tracking Mal down and delivering the shipment. But don't forget that the Tams are fugitives and the Alliance will stop at nothing to track down River. Mal goes missing on Alliance Day, and it turns out that his kidnappers are Browncoats who feel betrayed by losing the war. I thought this was such an ingenious way to frame the exposition of more history, especially since so much of Mal and Zoe's identity is in the Battle of Serenity and the cause they fought for. Where Serenity provided "closure" following an abrupt cancellation, this book series is going to provide more transport jobs, more answers about our characters, and more worldbuilding. I love the politics of the Alliance and how the world got to a point where the only two superpowers remaining in the world were the US and China... what led them to abandon the Earth-that-was and take to the sky. (This may be fleshed out more in the movie, but I am not joking when I said that I live in a reality where the movie doesn't exist - I watched it once in 2005.) This television series honestly has some of the most loyal fanbases I have ever seen, and I think this book did us browncoats proud. It wasn't perfect, but I am so happy that it exists. As much as I loved the worldbuilding and plotline of the book, I would be remiss to not mention the characters. Mal, Zoe, Jayne, and Shepard Book felt 100% true to the characters that we know and love; however, I do think that Simon, River and Kaylee felt a little off. I am not sure what exactly it was but they didn't sound right to me, but that could be related to them getting less "page time" in this book. I look forward to their characters shining in the next book because it is obvious that the authors can nail the character's voices. I think my favorite character of the book has to be Preacher. I loved getting inside of his head and watching him approach the problems at hand, and I am even more intrigued about his past.