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Galaxy's Edge

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Galaxy's Edge Series, Book 1-2
Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
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Galaxy's Edge contains Legionnaire through to the end of Galactic Outlaws

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come.

In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

Galaxy's Edge combines sleek starfighters, exotic aliens, loyal bots, blasters, scoundrels, heroes, and powerful enemies in a thrilling adventure that will take you back to that magic place from a long time ago.

©2017 Nick Cole; 2018 Podium Publishing; 2017 Jason Anspach (P)2018 Podium Publishing
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This is a hard one for me to review. At the time I did not realise it was two books, so I was really enjoying the book then it jumped to seven years later and I did not recognise the characters and I just felt lost. I kept waiting to hear from Legionnaire Sergeant Cohen Chhun. Nope, don’t think I did! But I can’t give this book a negative review. I enjoyed it once I did a quick search on the book and found out it was more than one book. There is a series and this is the first two. So the first book is set on one world with one group of legionnaires. It’s very military with science fiction weaved in, (we are on a foreign planned in the future) there are aliens. The second book or 7 years later. We are following a young girl and her war bot/guardian, a legionnaire-turned-smuggler and his crew (starts up and him and a AI but expands)
and a bounty hunter. They are on a collision course with each other. This book we see a lot more of the universe or at lease a few different planets. I feel it’s a little less military but there are some good fights. It’s well narrated of course as it’s R.C. Bray I always enjoy his voice! I enjoyed the story very much, once I understood it was a second book.

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Feels like a StarWars Firefly mashup

RC Bray a friend pointed out to me that you could make microwave instructions enigmatic, awesome job as always.

The story is ok, a good pulp fiction story. The occasional interesting twist. Please don't do an Arisen and over play this.

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Good story similar to Star Wars.

Very well narrated story which is similar to Star Wars. Enjoyable. I'll look for the next episode.

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can't wait!

A proper space opera! Very good aspects of a thriller, military sci-fi and science fiction a-la Lee Child, Michael Stephen Fuchs and Alastair Reynolds respectively. R.C. Bray does a wonderful job too.

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SciFi enough... But superficial story...

I picked this book as I needed a sci-fi fix. R C bray reads it superbly.

Sadly for me the story just doesn't have enough "depth". The ruling governing republic is so inefficient it couldn't survive for as long as it is supposed to have. Elite troops that are almost wiped out easily by forces supposedly hundred of years behind their tech.

But mostly because the characters just don't really get developed. I didn't get to know any of them, so had no response to any of them dying

And just too many elements "borrowed" from other famous sci-fi greats.

Sadly one I won't continue into the series....

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K.T.F. : Kill. Them. First.

Two complete novels from the Edge of the Galaxy, The Legionnaire, and, Galactic Outlaws. Both are complete in themselves, the second set decades after the first, but there are links between them.
From the very first moment of the first book, the reader is thrown into the middle of the action and it just keeps on going to the end. But emerging from the fast, furious and deadly are the personalities of one closely knit unit of leggionaires from Victory company, so alive, so three dimensional, they quickly become people to care about, just as they care for, and protect, each other as they try to defend the interests of the Republic who's bad judgement sent them there in the first place.
Book two has moved forward in time and the new leggionaires are not what they used to be. Instead we follow the activities of bounty hunters, one very old loner with a terrifying reputation, the second a charasmatic space pirate, his hologram navigator and several unsavoury, if amusing friends. And one little girl who wants vengeance on the man who murdered her daddy. More stunning and original action as different strands come together to culminate in a climactic ending. And lots of humour woven into the mahem from these technicolour characters.

The whole double helping of S.F. delight is masterfully performed by R.C.Bray, whose reading (first person in book one, varying in the second) is consistently clear, with perfectly balanced intonation and involvement without ever distracting from the story with over indulgent excitement. Instead, he allows the story to tell itself, the individual characters always clearly distinguishable, one from another, with voices which perfectly matched their personalities. Voice acting at it's best and which makes an already superb story even better.
If you enjoy science fiction, you've got to get this.
Highly recommended.

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Excellent

An interesting story, some interesting characters with potential for further development. I enjoyed the gritty darkness of this universe. well performed also

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Confusing

The first part is fine. After that the plot is confusing, too many characters doing much the same thing.
I won't be buying any more of this writers work.

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1st book so much better than the 2nd

the 1st book is a good, if a bit predictable, sci-fi action. Some very stereotypical character architypes, but its enjoyable.
The 2nd book goes off in a mad direction and becomes 75% a star wars rip off. Some interesting elements that should have been looked at more.

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Mediocre Star Wars Fanfic

The crowning glory of this experience was the narrator. Seriously, R.C Bray does the best voices.

Most of the characters are very boring and the ones that weren’t didn’t get the attention and progression they deserved until far too late in a 10 hour audio book. I ended the whole thing just feeling dissatisfied, no questions answered, and not knowing enough about a handful of characters I liked. There’s so much potential, and so little accomplished.

The story had an eternal bounty hunter, loosing his sanity and forgetting who he is, yet somehow we focussed mostly on badly written totally-not-Han-Solo who only became interesting in literally his final appearance in the book. Mechanic princess from a planet where everyone is royalty was ignored in favour of bad-Solo again, or boring PTSD child. There was even a cat version of Chewbacca we didn’t need, presumably just to fill in the Chewbacca gap.

The writing was best when there was something actually going on. A lot of the story was spent with a babbling stream of consciousness that meant nothing. Even the good streams didn’t really add anything, they just sounded cool - until the author rewrote a very well known phrase to try and be original and then it stopped being cool.

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  • Tyler Smith
  • 27-02-19

More than you Bargained for.

Galaxy's Edge "Book 1", consisting of "Legionnaire" and "Galactic Outlaws", came as a recommended listen by Audible a few months ago and I thought, "why not?" Part of me still wishes I had never listened to this book. However, this is not for the reason you think (obviously from the star rating). I wish I had not started because now I cannot stop.

The story starts focused on boots-on-the-ground military forces that are seeking to add another desert planet's support to the Republic through diplomacy, but things go awry. Quickly. A battle ensues between the natives and the military force, dictated from the point of view of Chuun who is a leader of a Legionnaire squad, the most elite soldiers in the galaxy. The leejes try to make sense of what caused the turmoil and confusion as well as survive, not knowing who to trust besides those fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with them.

The characters begin to feel personable, beyond just cookie-cutter military tropes we see over and over, especially through the narration of R.C. Bray, who brings life and intimacy to them and the story. Seriously, the man seems to know exactly how the authors wanted the characters to be portrayed.

What is truly impressive and appreciated in the novels are that the tactical and gritty details of the novel were clearly inspired through research and a desire to encapsulate what it is like to be caught behind enemy lines. And this is just the first half of the audiobook! Jason Anspach and Nick Cole had me hooked from this gripping new take at Military Sci-Fi with the story of Victory, but then they had to go and write more...

That is when things became problematic as now I cannot stop reading and listening. Each installment shows that the authors are creating an entire universe that keeps surprising but does not feel played-out. While they do have clear inspiration from other Sci-Fi sagas (*cough* Star Wars), Galaxy's Edge comes off as its own major player, and dare I say, contender, to be one of the greatest Sci-Fi Sagas.

This is the first review I have ever written, at least more than the obligatory 15 words, as I feel it is absolutely necessary that this book, and this series, get all the praise and acclaim that it deserves. Well done Nick Cole and Jason Anspach! If you need me I will be writing reviews on all the other novels in Galaxy's Edge, all of which improve upon the last. KTF!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-18

it felt too much like starwars at points

there were spots i glazed over because i was picturing han solo instead of the character. instead of a wookie they have an insect thing. the first half of the book the legionares fighting and such is outstanding.

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  • Archangel91
  • 03-07-18

loved it

Really liked this book. I need to know what happens next. thanks for the read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-12-18

Star Wars Meets Halo.

If you love Star Wars and Halo you will love this adventure. The story draws you in on the 1st page and makes you want to read the next book immediately after the last page. There are so many characters that I need to know more about in the books that follow.

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  • Reign
  • 10-03-18

bit of a disconnect between parts

this is a good space adventure but there seemed to be quite a disconnect between part one and part two. it takes a while to catch up and the ending leaves you hanging. obviously there has to be more book forthcoming but I feel as though there should have been a bridge between the two parts. the narration is masterful although he used his Skippy voice for a truly dreadful character in this book. and if you know Bray you should know about Skippy the meh by now.

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  • Paul Stein
  • 08-03-19

How Star Wars should be!

If you like other space warfare stories this one is great. I listened to it none stop. Then started it again.

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  • Erik
  • 13-02-19

My New Star Wars

Galaxie's Edge is pretty much my new Star Wars. It is a little more militaristic in style and has less cutsie wacky humor (the droids and ewoks) than Star Wars but I personally found that made the story more enjoyable. The performance was great as well and fit the tone and style of the book. Really excited to dig into the rest of the series.

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  • Tyson S Sukeforth
  • 10-09-18

As if Star Wars was rewritten from the ground up

This reads like someone saw Star Wars and thought "I could do better". Then started grinding down the whole story until it was down to the foundation and a couple studs, and rebuilt it into something bigger, grander, and more sophisticated than the original ever was. So much so that you could would hardly believe they were related. I use Star Wars as reference purposefully because while this is very much a story and a universe unto itself, there are small number of small but very specific details that they share. Almost annoyingly so, like the writers were purposefully leaving breadcrumbs. But such things are drowned out in the larger story. And if indeed the writers set out to write a better Star Wars, they succeeded.

Couple things to watch for. The timeline isn't fluid, but it is a little squishy in parts. One chapter might jump to a perspective that was 10 minutes prior the end of the previous. Just be prepared that it will sometimes happen and you'll be fine. Secondly, the second book is a very different pace and feel from the first. It's confusing now, but when you continue on to the next installments it becomes a lot more clear why it was done this way. Just roll with it and you'll be rewarded.

RC Bray continues to be my favorite narrator out there. Probably 70% of what made me pick up the series in the first place is knowing he was the voice for it, and he lives up to my high expectations yet again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-18

As scrambled as Rex’s Memories

This book was all over the place in time, stories, flashbacks, character development, character devolution, numerous subplots, and left a lot of questions to be answered. R.C. Bray did an outstanding performance and this book series has a lot of promise; however, this particular book seems thrown together. It really reminds me of an amalgamation of Halo, Warhammer 40k, Starcraft, EVE, and Stephen Sommer’s The Mummy Trilogy. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this book. I want to like it, but it’s a hate/love relationship at the moment. Get it if you like sci-fi, stay away if your OCD about storylines.

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  • Antonio
  • 08-03-19

Worth a second listen.

Worth a second listen. A real good story line. Good amount of action as well.

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