Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins (First Light Chronicles #1-3) by Randolph Lalonde


My Thoughts:

Ok so I will admit it, I haven’t read many Sci-fi books and I’m not usually hooked into them, but this one is different. First off, it is free on kindle which is nice, but always hit or miss, you never know if you’ve stumbled across a good or bad book. I am pleased to say though, in this case it was the former as opposed to the latter.

I started to read this book and I was completely sucked in by the end of the first chapter. I was so surprised by the first chapter I just had to find out more and easily lost hours reading this book. There are a couple of spelling errors but nothing too major that it detracted away from the story. The world building and futuristic setting are done extremely well too, my mind had no problems believing in Randolph Lalonde’s world.

The characters are hugely likable (like I want them to be my friends), I especially enjoyed Jonas Valent, Minh-Chu, Ronin, Terry Ozark McPatrick and Ayan Rice. Their friendships and jokes really helped to gel all the characters together. I found Ronin and Terry (Oz) particularly entertaining. Also, I liked how a gentle and realistic love interest built-up between Jonas and Ayan, their relationship seemed genuine and there were no dramas or love triangles.

The writing style is easy to read, the terminology however, might fry some brains. I didn’t mind it because I like physics and space and nerdy stuff. I could understand enough to get by, sure I’ve seen complaints that the science isn’t perfect, but it is a fictional piece of work so use a little imagination ladies and gentlemen. I feel that all in all, Randolph Lalonde pulled this one off terrifically, and I’ve heard that the series as a whole just gets better and better (I may even have to read more of it).

Thumbs up from me (a person who now reads Sci-fi), I will be definitely keeping an eye out for more Sci-fi novels like this one in the future.

From The Current Reviews:

The Good: ‘A truly amazing book from an Indie Science Fiction writer’, ‘Truly enjoyable’, ‘I have to say that so far this is STILL the best free book I have read‘, ‘logical and easy to follow‘, ‘a very fun, easy to read sci-fi’, ‘original ideas’, ‘a phenomenal series by an independent author‘, ‘well written and innovative‘, super enjoyable characters’, ‘a wonderful series of short story/ebooks‘, ‘I absolutely loved this book‘, ‘Interesting world building, characters I could empathize with, and excellent plotting all drove this story into my mind and heart‘, ‘Outstanding Space Opera’, ‘This book is über-awesome‘, ‘Lalonde is a masterful story teller‘, ‘The characters were real to me‘, ‘incredibly good’, ‘Completely and thoroughly entertaining! Well written characters that you quickly begin to bond to. Tons of exciting action, lots of very cool sci-fi tecnology.’, ‘fantastic’, ‘One of the best scifi series I have read‘, ‘loved it and couldn’t put it down‘, ‘Action packed’, ‘This has everything for a good book: a good story line, suspense, a little romance, tragety, etc‘, ‘this book was funny and interesting and unusual and the characters were good‘, ‘excellent sci-fi’, ‘Absolutely brilliant read’, ‘a brilliant series, very entertaining and lots of original content‘, ‘characters are well rounded.’

The Bad: Loose ends abound. The story is very choppy‘, ‘The writing doesn’t do it for me’, ‘Not the fault of the book – but remembered that Space operas are not my thing‘, ‘bad dialog and boring plot‘, ‘The characters and story are a bit simplistic, but, to tell the truth, the story is actually fairly interesting‘, ‘I got bored with the perfect crew flying the perfect ship‘, ‘characters are not very believable‘, ‘although it was written okay, it was too optimistic‘, ‘I found it quite tedious‘, ‘Not my cup of tea’, ‘

The Darn Right Ugly:Even at a price of “free,” this book is not worth the time and effort it takes to read it.

The Unicorns: I LOVE this one!! It’s in my collection forever!’, ‘Lalonde has created something truly remarkable, producing a host of dymanic characters, a seamless lack of a gender divide, a well-developed and thought out universe with a complex political situation and, most importantly, a riveting story!‘, ‘So good I went straight out and bought the next couple of books.

This Book Has Been Compared/Likened To: Mass Effect Trilogy (Video Game), Star Trek, Firefly (TV Series), Star Wars, Stargate Universe (TV Series), and Battlestar Galactica (TV Series).

Amazon Kindle Rating: 4.4 stars (4.4 Stars)

Goodreads Rating: 4.02 Stars (4.02 Stars)

Release date: 1st December 2010

Pages: 376

Age Range:  12+

Contains: Mild descriptions and references to violence and references to sex.

Genre: Science Fiction

About The Book: It is the distant future and one man, Jonas Valent, is letting his life slip by. He is employed by Freeground station as a port traffic controller, a job he took after completing a tour in the military. His only real joy in life is his participation in true-to-life military simulations with a cadre of friends who come together regularly to defeat challenges made to test the brightest military cadets and officers alike. These restricted scenarios stand as an addictive preoccupation that is so enticing that they ignore the potential repercussions of breaking in to participate.

When someone betrays their identities to the Freeground Fleet Admiralty, Jonas and his friends are faced with a far greater challenge: to venture out into the more populated regions of the galaxy to acquire technology and knowledge. They are tasked with laying the groundwork for the Freeground Nation in their efforts to reconnect with the rest of humanity, and to secure the armaments they might need to defend themselves from encroaching enemies.

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins is a collected trilogy that chronicles the early adventures of an ambitious crew. Their leader, Jonas Valent, has the least to lose and everything to gain as he tells the tale of his first tour as Captain of a ship tasked with making allies and discovering new technologies for the good of his people. This simple mission becomes more complicated as the crew ventures further into the settled fringes of the galaxy.

This trilogy spawned the best selling Spinward Fringe eBook series. This is where it all began, when one man was challenged to aspire for more than an idle life.

A Space Opera Adventure enjoyed across the globe by all ages.

Where to Buy?

Amazon Kindle Ed: FREE, Paperback £11.99. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Origins-Spinward-Fringe-Book-0-ebook/dp/B004EPYUXA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Note: There are cheaper paperback versions on eBay and other websites.

About the Author:

Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you’ve never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He’s also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields.

He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since.

He self published his first novel;
Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the First Light Chronicles series.

Randolph Lalonde has sold thousands of eBooks to date, enough to keep writing full time. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular offering.

He currently resides in Sudbury Ontario and manages a chapter a day writing habit.

In his diminishing spare time he reads voraciously, tinkers with design, video editing and reviews the occasional film or television show. A science fiction and fantasy fan, he often comments on the state of the entertainment industry on his website…

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Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing, and will potentially change in the future.


4 thoughts on “Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins (First Light Chronicles #1-3) by Randolph Lalonde

  1. The whole series of books that Randolph Lalonde has written are totally addictive. As your reading the Broadcast series, I would reccommend that you read The Expendable Few, between Broadcast 6 & 7. It too is set in the Spinward Fringe Universe, although it has new characters, but blends in with the overall story, and comes in pretty handy to have read in later Broadcasts. His Facebook page, Randolph Lalonde and the Spinward Fringe Universe Crew, is as much a family, as friends. We support each other as we experience the effects of withdrawal symptoms as we wait for each and every book to be completed and published . Also, check out his fantasy novel, Brightwill, which happens to be free also. Keep an eye out for the release of his horror novel, Dark Arts, which we hope to get our hands on in October. Randy is an author who is very much involved with his readers and we ALL appreciate the time he takes to involve up in his life

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