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Origins (Spinward Fringe Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Randolph Lalonde
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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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. 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B008ABD256
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,006 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sci-fi 24 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked this book up from smashwords dot com for no price at all.

I was looking for something to start my kindle reading and while searching found this book, and thought I would give it a try.

Have to say I am very glad that I did. The book is the first in a series of books under the title spinward fringe, each one represented by a different broadcast number.

I thought the book was very well written, the story kept me interested, and the building of the characters done to a good extent, such that I am still worried about the safety of one of the pilots who may or may not have survived.

Only way to find out is to purchase the rest of the series, and I fully intend to do that over the coming months.

If your into your sci-fi, don't mind getting into what could be a series of books that will be difficult to put down, then go for it, I am very glad that I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read! 2 April 2012
By Lucky7
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I dont really write reviews but this book made me want to share my opinion.

The book may start off a bit slow to begin with because its just setting the scene but once it gets going i couldnt put it down. Absolutely brilliant read, i really enjoyed it, i liked the character development and i grew attached to many of them. Once the story ended i was disappointed because it left me WANTING MORE! i have downloaded the next 6 instalments of this series and managed to read Resurrection in a day!

i really like the way Randolph Lalonde has wrote this series and i cant get enough of it!

The first book origins was free and should definately get you hooked! =)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Opportunity missed 19 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well I really enjoyed this book, it captured much of my imagination, as I would want it written, the constant improvements in the ship, new technology and most of the combat scenes were most enjoyable. I liked the way the relationships develop and especially liked the mmo aspect that brought the main characters together.

Didn't really think the last part of the book was necessary and I think some areas of the plot were overlooked, but perhaps those areas are coming in later books.

I found the book started slowing down a bit between 79-89% on my kindle, but still a good read.

Some very minor mistakes in grammar, and some annoying first person multiple roles. While I like the idea of trying to write both the first person hero and first person enemy in the first person, I do think it's a bit confusing. Found some of the chat confusing as I had to really try and follow who was saying what and it was pages back that the reader is given a clue.

On the whole a good read, I look forward to book two maybe, just the ending of the first book put me off a little and ordinarily if I had not enjoyed the read as much as I have I would stop there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price of admission! 8 Mar. 2011
By Phil
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It shows either how confident or how desperate for exposure an author is giving away their work for free. In the case of Origins I think it is, thankfully, the former. It's no masterpiece - Banks, Hamilton and the other good sci-fi authors won't be getting worried just yet - but we have an extremely readable yarn all the same. I'd probably class it as pulp-sci-fi, easily readable on the beach or commute with a fast paced and engaging story, but not really that deep. The characters aren't especially well filled out, and the author owes a debt of gratitude to numerous TV shows and films (as well as X-box live I suspect for the back story on how the heroes came together). However, I really don't want to sound overly critical as I did really enjoy this book, and have purchased the next in the series - maybe this model of selling ebooks will really work, but it has to be a decent opening to entice the reader in, something this author has undoubtedly succeeded in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First time reviewer... 23 Mar. 2011
By kj
Format:Kindle Edition
I ordered this as free and it's sat on my Kindle for a couple of months before I got round to reading it - not because of the quality of the novel, more to do with my nubie enthusiasm for downloading everything I can get my hands on. I have to say I have been pleasantly surpised, the characters are engaging, the scenarios are exciting and as a commuter I'm really happy to escape for a couple of hours a day into a world that suspends my disbelief :-)

Anyway, if you still have a sense of wonder, and a desire to escape, this is a great book and I'd encourage you to give it a go - the best bit being that there's a whole new world out there to explore in the author's subsequent missives. Needless to say, I'm on book No. 2 at the moment and enjoying every minute.

PS, Thanks Amazon, along with my passport and my visa, my Kindle is now an essential piece of kit to take everywhere with me :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the Trumpets ....... great freebie 23 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Randolph Lalonde worked hard to create a fast-paced, entertaining sci-fi adventure, and it shows. The characters are great fun, the pacing is good, and the story is interesting. Unfortunately, his later books in this series don't seem to me to hold up as well to this first effort, and that's a shame, because Lalonde really is a great story-teller. Hopefully he will, in future endeavors, put in the careful work he has in this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment. 12 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
At first I wasn't grabbed by this author, in this book in particular he appears to struggle with characterisation, especially anything romantic in nature. I'm now on the fifth book in the series and I have to say it's a brilliant series, very entertaining and lots of original content. You never quite know who is going to survive the many battles and he's not afraid to kill off his big characters. With a decent editor he'd be right up there with Hamilton in terms of his ability to entertain and hold your interest. If you're looking to get lost in a new space opera this is a really good one. You have to be willing to step over some grammar and spelling mistakes but it's a small price to pay for great content at excellent kindle prices. If you're into sci-fi this is going to please you.
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