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Astral Prime Mission Pack 1: Missions 1-4

Black Ocean: Astral Prime Mission Pack
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Summary

They found a planet where none belonged. They should have left it alone.

With her company bankrupt, Hiroko takes her mobile mining station as severance pay. Trekking to the edge of the galaxy in search of a way to keep afloat, she stumbles across a planet adrift in astral space.

Instead of registering the anomaly as a hazard, Hiroko embraces the opportunity to investigate. But she didn't know she'd be triggering a wild adventure of interstellar intrigue as factions vie for the ancient secrets guarded by the planet.

Calvin was just here to help out. As a wizard on the run, he felt obliged to help rebuild the station he’d almost destroyed. Posing as a lowly star-drive mechanic, he gets by performing odd jobs until an emergency exposes his true magical strength....

They wouldn’t be in this mess without him. Nor are they getting out of it without him.

Black Ocean: Astral Prime hearkens back to location-based space sci-fi classics like Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Astral Prime builds on the rich Black Ocean universe, introducing a colorful cast of characters for new and returning listeners alike. Come along for the ride as a minor outpost in the middle of nowhere becomes a key point of interstellar conflict.

Set off for adventure and terror at the last planet in the galaxy...or maybe the first.

©2018 J.S. Morin and M.A. Larkin (P)2018 J.S. Morin and M.A. Larkin

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Waiting for the the next!

The black ocean series has become one of my all time favourites. If you keep them coming, I will happily listen.

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Black ocean

So well written and entertaining. With enough loose ends for you to want more
Black ocean.

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  • L. Olson
  • 29-11-18

Great addition to the Black Ocean

This was a great addition to the Black Ocean universe. Finally an answer to one of my biggest questions, the "Earthlikes". Books 1 and 4 were a little weak, but 2 and 3 were great if a bit short. I wish each one had been at least twice as long. I also very much enjoyed the special cameos in 4.5.

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  • Nirvosh
  • 31-01-19

fantastic

This is everything I've been waiting for. I've finished the Black Ocean series 6 times before finally listening to this mission pack and it everything I've wanted to hear about. I can't wait for the next set of mission packs and learn about Cedric's choices. Naramore once again does an amazing job bringing life to the series and it wouldn't be the same without him! For now, I continue the series with Mercy for Hire!

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  • Diana
  • 15-11-18

The Specialness is gone, just another sci-fi story

I am about 2/3rds of the way through this sci-fi 4-pack series, and couldn't care less if I finish or not. The specialness of the series that was experienced in the 1 through 16.5 series is gone. No more great descriptions that kept reminding me of what the characters looked like or saw, smelled, tasted, felt, or heard. No more unique insightful moments of noticing something about life, or on a planet, or in some interaction. No more twisty plot that holds delightful surprises. No more sophistication and depth.

The story uses the world structure built in the previous books. Some of the characters or species too. But it is just basic paint-by-numbers writing and the series has slid back toward a Young Adult level.

The narrator slides around mixing up the characters' voices at times, not bothering to give distinctive voices to the characters so I am constantly guessing, wondering, and waiting for the X-said or Y-said written in the story to let me know who said what.

I will trudge through the rest of the story, but it's not a wonderful hike through someplace different. It's just another science fiction story. The unique and delightful difference that made me compare the writing to the specialness of Firefly is not here.

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  • Cody W Edwards
  • 04-07-19

Great Continuation

This was a great follow up to what happened to Cedric after leaving the Möbius crew. The Astral Prime arc fleshed out a character I had always felt was underdeveloped in the Möbius missions. While there is less of the Ocean's Eleven-esque mystery around heists or missions I love so much in the Möbius or Mercy for Hire series, there are many new characters and perspectives from the station brought into the story. This mission pack in particular brings you into the minds of various Xeno species who are only mentioned in passing in other stories. I would recommend this to anyone who already loves the Black Ocean universe. While it could stand alone, it may not be a great place to start the series for newcomers to the Black Ocean as it leans heavily on prior knowledge of the universe especially in the earlier stories.

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  • Reese
  • 11-06-19

More like a mini series

Same universe as the Mobius series same great narrator. The former felt much more like several seasons of episodes this felt more like a four part mini series. I enjoyed both greatly. The Mobius series was more fun and reminded me of Farscape with a mixture of Firefly and Red Dwarf.

Astral Prime is more serious. It touches on racism sexism spirituality a heavy dose of politics and more. It was enjoyable and they did a great job building the characters. Do you remember the remake Battle star Galactica near the end when they found the planet that’s the same line that this took.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-04-19

this universe kicks A$$!

loved it. as I did the mobius missions. can't wait for the next set! thanks again Morin

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  • Jason
  • 19-04-19

Disappointing

I really loved the Galaxy Outlaws series, and was excited to find that the story continued, even though I knew that this series did not follow the main cast of the original. That said, however, this was a far cry from the original. I was going to give the story three stars but the final 'bonus' chapter was so bad that I had to take a star away.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-19

Best yet in the series!

These stories just keep getting better and they always end with me looking for more.

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  • Real Honesty
  • 19-03-19

it's the Deep Space Nine to Star Trek the Next Gen

overall the story was good the storytelling was outstanding I would have liked to know more in about the shadow planet. the bonus feature was the best part of it

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  • Tom Smith
  • 12-03-19

Not as good as the Esper spinoff series

it was fun & entertaining
but it was not as good as the Esper Spinoff series