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  • Missions 1-12
  • Written by: J.S. Morin, M.A. Larkin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 61 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Black Ocean: Astral Prime Collection

Written by: J.S. Morin,M.A. Larkin
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
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Publisher's Summary

A station at the edge of the galaxy is about to become the center of the universe.

Cedric the Brown is a wizard with a dark past. In an effort to make amends, he hides in plain sight among the residents of a space station he once nearly destroyed. Cut adrift by a bankrupt megacorp, the mobile mining station sets off to uncharted space in a desperate attempt to scrape by. 

What they stumbled onto would change the course of the galaxy. 

A planet. 

A lost alien race. 

A secret that will lead to all-out war. 

How will a station filled with scoundrels and crewed by former miners handle being the fulcrum of history? 

Astral Prime is a collection of all 12 Black Ocean missions chronicling the adventures of a mining station on the edge of known space, along with five short stories. This series follows in the traditions of Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 with high-stakes space station intrigue and epic discoveries.

©2018, 2019 J.S. Morin (P)2019 J.S. Morin

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  • Joe
  • 2022-02-02

What am I listening to?

This book is science fiction with magic and wizards. The book does neither well and the attempt is unsatisfying. The story can't fall back on the characters either. Every single one of them is a stereotype of their profession.

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It was okay.

I loved Galaxy Outlaws and Mercy For Hire. I was expecting more light, easy fairing scifi adventures from the Black Ocean.
This one was overly existential and monotonous.
I listen to many serious fiction and nonfiction and this wasn't one, as hard as it tried to be. I found myself fast forwarding the never ending litany by one particular character. It grew tiresome and I grew weary.
I highly recommend the other books in the Black Ocean series.
I was quite disappointed in this one.
Mikael Naramore was fantastic as usual!!!

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the black ocean draws you in

another epic tale from JS Morin, between the ftory telling and the narration this is just a very pleasant listen.

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Great story and performance

Impeccable value for one credit. Satisfying throughout. I recommend the other collections as well.

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Fantasy fiction in the garb of sci fi.

I started this hoping it to be sci fi. I listened to the whole of it coz I terminated my audible account and needed something. The plot is decent, but I don't like magic based and fantasy fiction.

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  • M
  • 2019-12-17

Builds the Black Ocean by leaps and bounds

If you've enjoyed the Black Ocean so far, and want more lore and expansion, this is for you. Some familiar characters but not the old crew, and Astral Prime does more to build the Universe. Don't waste your time pining for the old stories. Just enjoy the new characters and the occasional nod to your old friends. This is an epic tale that gets bigger and bigger as you continue.

These books hover around the former mining station--I mean it's named after Astral Prime so duh--but also stretch out across the Black Ocean. This is a way more in-depth jump into all of the different species and alliances. Ever wonder about the different cultures in the Black Ocean?

Once again, if you want the old stories just listen to those again. This is something new that brings more to the Universe.

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  • Todd Amick
  • 2020-01-24

bleh

The authors did a decent job of creating the conflict and background, but the protagonists and supporting characters just aren't likable. Self centered, functional morons. I found myself wanting them to be red shirted so other characters could take their places. There's a premise that one key character is there based on guilt, but this background was not explained 13 hours into the series (a little more than 1 book) and I just couldn't listen anymore. It's possible I missed it as I often found my mind wandering. But that tells you something in itself. I wanted to like it, I really did. But as when I started listening to Twilight and Bella started droning on about teenage angst, I stopped and found better stories. Naramore has a solid reading voice but the style/tone was like a "Star Ship Troopers" propaganda video. While it worked in the SST movie, it just didn't fit here.

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  • Jaco du Preez
  • 2020-02-11

Manufactured drama through stupidity

This book is entertaining but falls short on character and plot driven events. The suspense or drama created for each scene is preceded with stupid actions that is contrary to the character's normal intelligence and understanding breaking the immersion and enjoyment of the plot. It is just one stupid action to the next driving the plot forward making it jarring and shallow.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-06-11

Not as Fun as the Other Black Ocean Books

I really enjoyed the Galaxy Outlaws Black Ocean collection as well as the other JS Morin books I've listened to on Audible. They have just the right mix of silliness and seriousness for an enjoyable listen when you're in the mood for something fun. So I must say I found Astral Prime to be a bit of a disappointment.

At first I thought this would be an enjoyable episodic romp as a new base is established orbiting a strange world, with people coming and going and different adventures transpiring.

Instead things take a dark turn very early and never turn back. The entire universe is imperiled and that peril does not go away till the very end. The characters are just not that much fun and neither is the story. If you liked Galaxy Outlaws you probably won't like this one.

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  • Mr swaff
  • 2020-01-30

the other collection is MUCH better

this story never gets interesting, the annoying parts just get more intense until eventually I just wanted the galaxy to be eaten by tentacle beasts. this collection is in no way comparable to the other, amazing, stories based in the same universe.

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  • Chip D. Snow
  • 2020-03-13

What happened?

loved the Black Mobius, absolutely loved the characters, the settings, the intrigue all of it. was hyped about this story line and, I'm going to be honest, struggled every minute to finish this book. I struggled to care about any of the introduced characters. seemed to me that the story was dragged out longer then what was necessary.

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  • JeffreyM
  • 2020-07-10

I couldn't stick with it

I've enjoyed the other books in this series but I couldn't stick with this one. The plot and characters were just not interesting enough to maintain 25+hour story.

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  • Andy
  • 2020-02-27

Disappointed

I loved the original black ocean series and that started off slow, but the world building and characters were top notch and I couldn't put the book down. This series however was a disappointment even to the end although I kept hoping it would get better. The characters in this series are the embodiment of stupidity with each mistake they made being more obvious and ridiculous than the last and it drove me crazy listening to certain parts. The orginal black ocean series was much better.

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  • Phx17
  • 2022-04-02

Anti- kitten farts & dandelion fluff

If you haven’t been initiated into the Black Ocean universe, you should start with the 85hr Galaxy Outlaw collection. It has the best assortment of pirate rouges and the best balance of space camp, action, and “wild, wizardly magic vs. science” adventure. Then, I recommend the 90+ hr Mercy for Hire collection, which spins off Esper (aka Wizard Barbie) and megaladog Kubu and leans into the whacky world of wizards while maintaining a format of mostly standalone capers with a new colorful cast of misfits.

This collection is a spin-off within the Black Ocean universe, but has less camp and virtually no characters from the other collections besides MC Kelvin Black, aka Cedric the Brown, the wizardly prodigal son of Mordecai the Brown. It started off fun, with the outpost-at-the-edge-of-the-galaxy feel of Deep Space Nine (as the summary suggested). I loved the first few missions. But, for every hour of story, there’s another hour of philosophical ruminations on the meaning of life or metaphysical mumbo jumbo delving into the Black Ocean’s magic vs science dynamic. Instead of standalone missions, each mission (or “book”) builds on the one before, as the cast keeps paving the road to Armageddon with not so good intentions. There are no good people or aliens, just stupid, selfish, arrogant beings who bring on exponential redshirt death of beings and worlds in a Cthulhu-like catastrophe that goes on and on.
And on. The second half dragged. I was desensitized, speeding up the listening to get to an ending that I suppose was meant to be deep, but I just didn’t have the energy to understand.

For a collection that contains banana aliens and crusty space wizards grouching about kitten farts and dandelion fluff, this wasn’t remotely the fun space opera it should have been.
Still a good sale purchase, if only for the first 20 of 60 hrs.

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  • Nessy Alford
  • 2020-02-13

Wonderful story and I loved the narration.

I want more black ocean stories. I enjoyed this series soo much! I wound up binge listening to the entire series.

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