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Galaxy on Fire: Publisher's Pack

Narrated by: Scott Aiello
Series: Galaxy on Fire, Book 1-2
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Summary

Galaxy on Fire: Publisher's Pack contains Books 1 and 2 of the Galaxy on Fire series.

Embers, Book 1:

Jon Ryan was supposed to be dead. He wanted to be dead. But Jon wakes up in the far future with an alien burrowing in his chest for salvage. Someone was going to pay for this. Check that. Lots of people were going to pay for this. Jon was the first astronaut to download to an android host to find the population of doomed Earth a new home. But that was so long time ago. He is now literally lost in time.

The far flung future is dominated by an unstoppable species, the Adamant. They have conquered most of the galaxy. No civilization has successfully resisted them. Brutally efficient, selflessly devoted to their empire, and callous to all other forms of life, the Adamant have advanced without boundaries. But they are about to run into a major problem. One very pissed off Jon Ryan stands in their way. He escapes their prison ship, rescues two teenage shapeshifters, and intends to protect them at all costs. Jon, Mirraya, and Slapgren race across the galaxy always just one step ahead of disaster. But the combined evil forces that pursue them tear the trio apart. The teens must fend on their own in a hostile universe. All the while, Jon runs for his life, hoping against all hope to locate the teens. In a galaxy burning with war, genocide, and hidden magic, can Jon Ryan pull of one more miracle?

Flames, Book 2:

For Jon Ryan, it always seems to be the hard way. But he likes it like that. When he finally wins, it's all the more satisfying. A cataclysmic fight with his evil twin leaves Jon marooned on a desolate planet. He has no ship, no radio, and no one knows he's there. Meanwhile the shapeshifter teens are spirited to the court of the Adamant emperor himself. Malraff, his torture master, takes control of the teens and is bent on finding the secret of their ability to transform. She will do anything to find out the truth, and she will revels in their suffering.

Somehow Jon must find his way out of his imprisonment and rescue the teens. But will there be anything left for him to save even if he can escape? A galaxy on fire with the destructive conquests of the Adamant empire still stands between Jon and any for chance of success. Without allies, recourses, or any reason for hope, his only path is to release the darkness that he is capable of. But can Jon triumph and and still be worthy of that victory?

©2017 Craig Robertson (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Amazing, worth waiting 2 billion years for

Absolutely loved the Forever series and this next instalment/series more than does it justice.

Incredibly well written by Craig Robertson with Scott Aiello doing another fabulous job with the narration. I just love the way John talks to the reader/listener throughout. I can’t wait for the next set of books to be released.

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disappointing ramble

Robertson's inability to describe without twentieth century references is somewhat tiresome and lazy best avoided

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Loved it.

I really enjoyed The Forever series. This was a good addition to the story. I just hate to be continued. I hope another one comes out soon.
I think that Scott Aiello is a brilliant narrator.

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A guide to arguments with AI :))

Great book - spaceships androids ai and lot of action oh and shape shifters .... what's not to like.

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Galaxy on Fire publishers pack

well these books were great just my sense of humour well written story the only thing is the could have been a bit longer now Lee a short story really good job was the publishers pack but it will not deter me from buying the next book that comes out I look forward to it in fact

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Argh

Terrible, what the hell! Why is this even published? Thank god I can give this drivel back.

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  • bearbear
  • 07-06-19

I tried

first of all let's start on the positives. the narrator did a great job. there was a few scenes where I was dying laughing at the characters and how they interact but that's where it stops. my main problem is none of these characters are likeable the main character just wins when he shouldn't. I really wanted to like this book but I can't

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  • kelyn
  • 22-05-19

A Worthy Continuation

If you are a fan of the ryanverse, this publisher's pack is exactly what you were waiting for and what you need. For newbies, start with the Forever Series. The Author has managed to develop the universe of the series to the point where the outlandish happenings just... fit. The story hits its stride from the first chapter and does not let up. Not sure if the author took fan feedback or if it was just part of the natural progression of his writing process, but the story manages to perfectly balance tomfoolery with an ever-increasing sense of real tension. IMO, there are zero wasted words or scenes. Aiello embodies the diverse cast of characters perfectly. This addition cements the ryanverse in my top three audible series.

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  • MJCEW
  • 05-06-19

Jon Ryan

I love these Jon Ryan series, I just wish the rest of the books in this series were on audible, I wish I would have wait on this one for the rest to be on audible so I could listen to the entire series in order.

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  • sixto
  • 31-05-19

it's understandable

I really enjoy this book not too complicated to understand the story was great the duration was funny really felt the voice in the storyline of how it developed

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  • Will B
  • 29-05-19

Awesome

Simply amazing! A worthy next chapter in the Ryanverse, with a good premise and some surprising characters both old and new.

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  • G. Anderson
  • 28-05-19

Cant wait for more.

Its a fun fast book with great narration. my only complaint is having to wait for the next one.

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  • Jw
  • 25-05-19

great read

loved this series. can't wait for more. super entertaining series. narrator is awesome and engaging.

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  • John Smiley
  • 31-05-19

SciFi Brain Candy!!!

The Galaxy on Fire, Audio Book Pub Pack - Books 1 - 2 continue the John Ryan universe right on track.Relax no spoilers here; if you want to pick up the pieces after The Forever series Books 1-6 then you are in the right place. If you have not read\listened thru the Forever series do a 180 degree turn now and enjoy the Forever series first. Really enjoyed Books 1-2 and cannot for the rest of them to make it to Audible.

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  • Christopher WJ Rueber
  • 17-07-19

And now I'm waiting.

Aw man. The book ends right in the middle of the action. I am askance at the 2 billion year time line... 10 million might have been more buyable.

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  • Neil H
  • 16-07-19

Pretty good.

If you ignore the absolute absurdities and the many characters, situations and sub-plots that are likely to remind you of other sci-fi books, these are quite enjoyable books. The absurdities are easy to dismiss, since they are openly mocked even by the characters themselves. The tropes, not so much. Some are so close to characters, and story elements from other books I've read that I cringed a few times.
Despite all of that, or perhaps because of it, these books are as a whole unique. There is enough originality here to glue the recycled bits together quite nicely. The character development and interaction between them are very well done - personal details and backstories are given when they further the story, and seem specific and relevant to the specific point in the story. When stereotypes are used, they are used well, and they fit the story mostly seamlessly. Several lengths of time are skipped, but they are summarized and described as boring, so they aren't missed. The humor ranged from juvenile to nearly cerebral. Our hero's Kramer's luck would be annoying if this book had a serious or hard sci-fi tone.

The conversational tone that Jon Ryan uses gives the story a fairly relaxed feel, but it is not slow at all. There's something going on all of the time. Not much of the tech is described in any detail except when that detail is needed to make the scene work, but it works, because you don't need to know how a data port is accessed or a computer is programmed unless the character is exploiting that aspect.
Once aspect I really liked is that the scenes featuring Jon Ryan are in 1st-person perspective, while any scene without him are 3rd-person.

Scott Aiello is great at demarcating characters and expressing mood. It was easy to tell which character was speaking by their tone and cadence as much as voice. That he is the reader was one of the reasons that I took the chance on this(these) book(s). He did not disappoint.

The one part that I really did not like in the lest is the abrupt end. No cliffhanger to make me eager for a sequel, no resolution of any story line or plot point. It just simply ended in what seemed like the middle of a paragraph. The first book ended the same way, but since the second book followed immediately, and I knew that it would, it was barely noticeable.

Still, I liked it enough to explore the original Jon Ryan series.