Lieutenant Callum Harper hadn't intended on punching his commanding officer quite so hard. But maybe it wasn't such a bad turn of events. Court-martialed and dumped on a reject raft bound for Earth, Cal feels optimistic about a life where getting blown up, shot, or even eaten is altogether less of a concern. And, more importantly, a life where the only person he's responsible for is himself.
Unfortunately fate doesn't favour the mundane. Crash-landing on a lethal planet, and with technology failing all around him, Cal must take his fellow passengers under his wing in order to survive and unravel the reasons behind their situation. But the cause is far worse than any of them could have imagined, for theirs is a small part of a much larger crisis. Colonized space is under attack. Humanity is on the verge of chaos. And those who enjoy such anarchy are already beginning to thrive. Yet Cal and his new companions will discover that mankind isn't the true threat, not by a long shot.
©2015 J.G. Cressey (P)2015 Podium Publishing
"Good crew of characters and great story telling"
It's up there. Star Splinter has the simplicity of a Heinlein book which is great because many sci fi authors tend to over do it of late.
Hard to say it stands alone
Great narration really let's my imagination relax and the world of Cresseu is created around me.
Did not cry. Laughed several times, if was a breath of fresh air in sci fi
Keep them coming!!!!!!!!!!!
"Ok J.G. Cressy, I'm ready for another."
This was full of action from the start. . the whole time It kept me engaged. The characters were very likable. Eddy made me smile a lot.
I like how there is humor sprinkled threw out. It helped me get into the story.
Alex did a great job.
Over all this was an awesome story. I enjoyed it very much. I will listen to this story again. This is a great first story of the series. Like an action movie in your head. check it out. well worth your time.
"Action-packed start of a new series"
This is a difficult review for me to write. I really enjoyed the book and found myself listening to it whenever possible. But it wasn't the kind of story that made me stay up late into the night. The stories that make me late to work or want to call in sick are the ones that get 5 stars from me.
As a first book Star Splinter has what it takes to become a promising new series, and the author should be commended. It contained many of the elements a good sci-fi story should - decent character development, plausible tech, an alien menace, and plenty of action. Missing for me were things like character back stories and more descriptive military tactics. The ships, weapons and other human enhancements were imaginative but lacked the kind of depth that I enjoy but other readers might find boring.
Other things that knocked a star off my rating were the cliched caricatures that made up the main plot line - like the smart-mouthed girl, boy genius, wise old man, beautiful scientist, pirates, and cyborgs. I rolled my eyes more than once but I suppose they needed to be there for the story to ultimately take the the shape it did. After a while I began to feel like there was too much "borrowing" from other story's cast of characters.
Having said that, there was enough here to keep me reading consistently each day until it was finished. I truly enjoyed all the different landscapes and locales the story took us to. I also found the descriptions of the various alien races interesting and unique. Cal was also well written as a good leader although a reluctant one. The fight scenes were well done too, but things always seemed to be working in the team's favor just in the nick of time too often.
As for the narrator, Alex Whyndam, bravo. He was excellent. I literally could not imagine any of the characters from this point forward being spoken by anyone but Wyndham.
Considering I've been on a bit of a sci-fi binge the last 12 months, devouring book after book, I say give Star Splinter a chance. I wouldn't put it up there in my top 10, but easily in my top 25 this year. I expect the author will continue to improve as the series rolls along, and I look forward to the next one.
"fantastic read. great narrative talent. !!!"
this is a good fast paced read. lots of character development and depth. truly enjoyable.
"Missing a cohesive narrative"
Star Splinter has gotten such raving reviews, and the idea seemed interesting, I had to give this a shot. I was left wondering what the fuss was about.
Cressey has written some fine pieces here. He has cobbled together a crew akin to the show Firefly. Only instead of backstories that sort of make sense, these people are dragged into camaraderie when their star ship crashes into a Mars that has been terraformed into a great game reserve. Because of this and the fact that Earth has vanished, they become a family. Oh, and then there is the fact that the group crash lands next to the captains childhood survival guide & he becomes part of the group as well.
Some of the fun starts in when the group gets the Star Splinter. But that episode revolves around a duping that is kind of silly. Then they go on to other things and yuck. The plot is goofy. It could have been good. But its too much like a comic book.
"The reading was excellent the story was only good"
The ending was too rote
Jumper was the best
While I understand this is a multi part story the ending was too formatted and didn't leave me wanting more or cursing needing explanations. The characters leveled out three-quarters the way through the reading and didn't expand further or provide a twist in the plot line.
"Great Listen! "
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the tech, the story and the universe, can't wait for the next book. Beautifully read too. I am very excited to have found this author!
"Different from other stories"
I like the story. There was a good match up of SciFi technology, characterization and action. One thing that will come across quickly is this is not an American author. The author and narrator are British. Some of the words/terms used in the story are British and if you're not familiar with some of their slang minor parts of the story might leave you a little perplexed. I enjoyed the story.
None that I can think of.
I haven't read any of Alex's other stories but I'll be on the lookout for more now.
"Great Book by a New Author - Fantastic and Origina"
This is among the top 10-15% of the books I've read/listened to, which is in the thousands in terms of numbers. I listen to several genres in addition to a lot of non-fiction. This is definitely a fresh book and I highly suggest it to any sci-fi, action adventure readers.
It was fresh, inventive, and had very appealing characters.
He narrated well, staying in character as he read it, and did not distract.
Yes, and it demanded a sequel, which I was disappointed to learn is not out yet. Then I looked up the author and realize this is a relatively new writer and this is among his early efforts. I will read the pre-quel and hope the follow on books aren't too long off.
Keep up the great work. You made a new fan Mr. Cressy!
"Enjoyable sci-fi adventure"
There was lots of action and lovable characters. The the narrator was fantastic. The story was a little weak in some places and I would have liked Kia's point of view from the beginning but still a great adventure. Also there seemed to be a lack of real females who weren't synthetics. But at least there was one major character of color so there was diversity which is still difficult to find in science fiction. I'm looking forward to the next adventure in this series.
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