Review: Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 0: Origins by Randolph Lalonde

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Review by Scott Arendt
 
Randolph Lalonde has created an enticing space opera in Spinward Fringe that begins in Origins – Broadcast Zero.  The story moves forward at cruising speed that keeps you moving through the universe as you flip the pages, always excited for what comes next.  The action starts early and keeps up throughout, slowing down just enough for the space farers to take half a breath along with the reader before plunging into the next battle.  He doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining his universe, but there is a steady stream of technical jargon to keep the engineers happy.  

Jonas Valent, the main character, is portrayed realistically, though the lifespan of humans has increased to the point where characters tend to be more well-rounded than our traditional world would allow.  Randolph weaves in other characters and plots as the story sails along with barely a tremor, but all in a believable and compelling way.  Best of all, he masterfully leaves plot threads dangling to tease the stories to come in future broadcasts!

If you are a fan of space shooters or space operas I highly recommend checking out Origins. It’s available as a free download from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Title:  Spinward Fringe, Broadcast 0: Origins

Author:  Randolph Lalonde

Genre:  Science Fiction

Publication: Randolph Lalonde (Aug. 02, 2009)

Price: $0.00 (ebook, all formats), $13.49 (paperback)

Author’s Website: http://randolphlalonde.blogspot.com/2011/02/candid-interview-of-yours-truly-at.html

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