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Galaxy's Edge

Written by: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Galaxy's Edge Series, Book 1-2
Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (365 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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I would listen to RC Bray read a phone book

The title of my review may seem to take away from the book itself, but to be quite honest, the book was great. It shoved you into a whole new galaxy without apology and you are forced to play catch up. There’s no prolonged preamble to explain and flesh out the world, you are just there as a fresh set of eyes taking it all as a given. I like this form of world building. You are here to witness the story, the characters, the action and the moment. No distractions to paint the world. Your mind provides the image without hand holding. It becomes yours.

The initial story felt abandoned when you then flash forward 7 years. I wanted to know what happened to the characters we met. So it was jarring starting a whole new tale. Almost felt like it was unnecessary. But even unnecessary, it was a great introduction with tons of action and plenty of great character moments. The second story is a sprawling adventure that reminded me very much of the Firefly series, or the film Serenity for those who don’t know Firefly. (Watch it. You won’t regret it).

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Sci-fi Fan? Listen up!

Seriously. I’ve been reading sci-fi for eons, and in the last 5 years listening on audible non stop. I drive for work so audio books galore. This series is some of the best written sci-fi out there. A bit of a slow start in part I, and yes, you do have to watch out for a couple of sections that are a flash forward or backwards, but man when the story picks up steam you can’t stop listening. Great technical writing too. Just get it! Cheers

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An ok story to be honest. Brilliant performance

Was thoroughly bored for the first few chapters. Story picked up in the last few chapters. Definitely not the best military SciFi I have read/ heard this year.

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not very engaging

the SciFi element it there but limited. nothing about this universe brought a unique experience. the characters purposes felt shallow And unmotivated. hardly any comic relief either.

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This book is bad

As the title, this book is bad. Avoid it. It is full of tropes, xenophobic slaughter that would be horrific were the victims human and not 'generic alien tribesmen', ridiculous plot oversights, editing and proof-reading issues which R.C. Bray professionally reads despite being obvious mistakes, absurd lack of planning, plotting and magical protagonists spouting nonsense. The second half is slightly more entertaining, but is not a good book and I regret my time listening to completion. I was hoping the quality of the writing would become comically entertaining. It did not.
Avoid.

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two books for the price of one!

The first book, top notch, really enjoyed it, fast past, very detailed and R.C.Brays 5/5 as always, but the second book just could not spike my interest, I may buy the 3rd/4th book for another try tho, all authors have a one off (i hope) that's all it is

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  • Rob
  • 2019-09-23

Good, not great

It's an interesting story but the pacing is off. It's as if the authors are trying to cram in more story into less text.

I'm on the fence about trying the sequel.

RC Bray solid as always.

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Great Storylines

A great listen. RC Bray brings it to life. I look forward to the next in series

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It’s not good

Switches between multiple (non-interesting) stories. It’s not good. RC Bray does a great job.

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Food

Jason should seriously give consideration to having a good meal before he starts writing. I can't recall anyone, even a food critique, obsessing so much about food.

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  • Tyler Smith
  • 2019-02-27

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
  • 2018-05-20

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
  • 2018-07-03

loved it

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-28

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
  • 2018-03-10

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
  • 2019-03-08

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
  • 2019-02-13

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
  • 2018-09-10

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
  • 2018-03-05

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
  • 2019-03-08

Worth a second listen.

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

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