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Origins (Spinward Fringe Book 0)

Origins (Spinward Fringe Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Randolph Lalonde
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Product 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.

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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,686 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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure escapism 11 Mar 2011
By Hemzy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have no experience at writing book reviews but I have several friends who enjoy reading as much as I do and we often talk about our latest good reads. This is a book I will be happy to recommend to them, or at least those friends who like a bit of sci-fi.
I have one simple yardstick; did I enjoy the story?
In the case of "Origins", the answer was "Yes, I did". I enjoyed it sufficiently to order the next instalment for my Kindle.
Or should I say, instalments? The marketing is very astute. The first book is free, the second is actually two books for the price of the third.
I found myself easily drawn into the storyline and am actively looking forward to the following episodes.
It's by no means cutting edge literature but it is pure escapism and I like books which can give me that. You can't beat a good story.
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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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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant. just brilliant 4 Jun 2011
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if you're a sci-fi fan, you could do a whole lot worse (and probably already have!) than to experience the brilliance of this series.

engaging characters that will soon become family, intriguing tech, fast paced plot and brilliantly staged space battles are just a hint of what awaits you in the 7 books of the series. book 8 is on the way, and can't come soon enough for me!

I read all 7 books in a week. couldn't stop - and more importantly didn't want to.

you won't regret experiencing Spinward Fringe.

trust me. :)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction 6 Sep 2011
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This is a story set in the future; the main character takes command of a very large space going military vessel and the story covers what happens to him and his crew. It appears that it was originally written as several books, then joined into the one.

I'm a great fan of SF, and there are sections of the book that I really did enjoy. There are some great descriptive passages, and at points I really didn't want to put it down. However, I did also feel that at times the plot seemed to wander a bit; I think that some of the text could easily have been trimmed to make it move along a bit faster without adversely affecting the overall story.

Within the text are some concepts that would make for really great moral discussions, but I felt that the author missed the chance to make use of this to engage further with the reader; a pity as many of the really great SF stories do exactly that and I felt that this would lift the story quite considerably.

However, it's not a bad read and if you like SF, then you might well enjoy this. I may look out for other books by the same author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book for free 26 Feb 2012
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I picked this book up for free for kindle and had it sitting there for a couple of weeks, it is a brilliant book with a good storyline. If you like it there are about 8 more books in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down 18 Jan 2012
By Jane
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved this book from the first chapter. found myself caring about the crew and the dynamic and loved the story. A must read. Have now gone on to buy the next ones in the series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad... very bad
Didn't cost me anything... but you'll never get the time back.
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Published 7 days ago by SJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Bought the book because it was free, what a great read totally engrossing and could not put it down read it in two days.
Will definitely buy the others in the series.
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Brilliant story throughout; a real page-turner!
Published 25 days ago by R. Elliott
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I look at the ratings before deciding if to give a book a go. So only fair that if I find one I like I then contribute to the ratings..... Definitely recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
I got this book among a bunch of others for reading on holiday, out of those this is the one that I have come back to to re-read multiple times and always enjoy just as much as the... Read more
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Gripping and unputdownable - full stop.
Published 1 month ago by Antonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic space opera
Excellent pace. Keeps you wanting more. A mission to seek out new places, new people and new tech with plenty of action throughout. highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Terry O'Brien
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