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Firefly: Big Damn Hero

Firefly, Book 1
Written by: James Lovegrove
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Series: Firefly, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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The first original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon

The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airpower because the ground war was "too hot". But the soldiers who were there insist that was not true....

While picking up a new cargo on Persephone, Captain Malcolm Reynolds is kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats who suspect him of sabotaging the Independents during the war. As the rest of the crew struggle to locate him, Mal is placed on trial for his life, fighting compelling evidence that someone did indeed betray them to the Alliance all those years ago. As old comrades and old rivals crawl out of the woodwork, Mal must prove his innocence, but his captors are desperate and destitute, and will settle for nothing less than the culprit’s blood.

©2019 Firefly TM & Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Adam
  • 2019-12-06

Take me out to the black!

I loved absolutely every minute of it! It was like getting episode 1 of a 2nd season... an episode that was over NINE fantastic hours long! We get some new information and insight regarding some crew members, but nothing not in keeping with established canon (thank you for having Joss Whedon involved!) - overall, it was great!

The narrator did a good job of capturing the unique "sound" of each character, without trying to impersonate or "sound" like the actors that made the characters famous - and while I'll admit I would have preferred Nathan Fillion as a narrator (I mean, c'mon - right?) I think the narrator did a great job, and I hope they keep him for the whole series (and I hope the series never ends)!

Browncoats forever!

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  • Powell
  • 2019-12-29

Shiny, let’s be bad guys!

I truly enjoyed this trip back to the “VERSE.” In The author brought in backstory, advanced characters like Shepherd Book, used iconic dialogue from the series, and told a fun tale. If you are a fan of Firefly, you will enjoy. I eagerly await the next installment.


Zoë Washburne : Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?

Shepherd Book : Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-05

If you want more Firefly then get this book

This book IS Firefly, it just is. Not only is it canon to the world of Firefly, but the story, tone, characterization, and everything else are done in such a way that it could have been written by Joss himself.

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  • George
  • 2020-02-14

Like fanfiction from the writer's room

It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good. The story overall is solid. It drags a bit at times, but not much and not for long. Some of the references to the show feel a little shoehorned, but others feel natural. The dialogue for each character feels right on the money for the most part, with a few deviations. You can tell the author is a Browncoat and loves the show as much as the rest of us. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The narration is fantastic. The narrator nails Malcolm Reynolds and mimics the intonations of the rest of the crew surprisingly well. The narrator is either a Browncoat himself, or knew the importance of the characters and did his homework. Either way, he pulls it the hell off.

I highly recommend it to any Firefly fan or fans of scifi western.

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  • Dreya
  • 2020-02-04

I REALLY wanted to love this book

...But I didn't. I found myself tuning out through portions of it and generally waiting for it to be over. It has all the characters we love, but they are not quite the same. Different enough to make the story NOT be a part of the cannon that is Firefly. I don't know how else to explain it. If you're a fan of the 'verse, definitely give it a listen, but don't expect to be immersed and in love like you were with the show and the movie. I can only give it a shrug instead of the five stars I wanted to give.

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  • Matthew
  • 2019-12-19

Finally Firefly is back!

I was overjoyed to have this addition to the Firefly universe, it is properly written in the sense that it feels like a missing episode from the TV show. If you are at all a fan of the crew of the serenity then you need to own this. Hopefully it is the first of a long line of books and I can't wait for more!!

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  • luke
  • 2020-01-26

Love the idea...Couldn't finish it...

Before I send this back, I figured I had better bring these ratings back down to earth. I know a lot people do not rate books before they return them.. please do so... Everything about this book–except the concept–is weak. Okay, the writing is "alright".. but the author is trying to parallel the show so much, he has no room to be creative and let characters breathe. Careful with this one...I gave it the extra overall star for its cover–the best part about the book.

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  • Chrism13
  • 2020-02-21

How did I just Gorram Find this?

If you’re a Firefly fan, and who isn’t, then this is the story you’ve been waiting for. It’s the entire crew in a story that surely would have been in season 2. It’s gorram near perfect. Listening to this book is like finding a long lost friend and just sitting for a spell and catching up.

James Anderson Foster, must be a brother from another mother to Nathan Fillion. Because he sounds just like him. You can literally picture the words coming out of Mal’s mouth. What’s more is he sounds just like the rest of the crew as well.

Audible, please keep Serenity flying.

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  • Chad
  • 2020-02-21

Big Damn Dose of Nostalgia!

I had some trepidation starting this, because I really didn't want to be disappointed with the promise of it. But I have to say, it felt like exactly the kind of story, told in exactly the way that you'd expect. It's written as if the movie never happened, so the whole crew is together, the narrator did an excellent job with it, giving the characters the tones you remember, I could picture them all in my head. Shiny!

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  • Chris in CT
  • 2020-02-14

Happy to have the crew of Serenity brought back !

Good story with familiar characters I've missed. It is a shame the suits at Fox ruined the show.

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