• A Tangled Road to Justice

  • Paladins of Distant Suns, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (348 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When former soldier Everett Cole signed on to help colony planets prepare for joining the Federation, his employers were more than a bit vague about their identity and his duties. Ditto when - 11 light-years from Earth - he met his partner, Edgar Millen, an enigmatic man with a fetish for the mythology and language of the American Wild West. 

It wasn’t until they reached the colony world of Astrild that the mission became clear (somewhat). Cole and Millen were hired guns, tasked with removing impediments to order and justice - the methodology left open-ended. 

On Astrild, that means starting by freeing a dusty backwater from the iron grip of the local strongman, Cherkoff. Given the ambiguities of frontier life, and the suspicions of the colony’s settlers, it will be no mean task. 

Working in the shadows, Cole and Millen must walk the thin line between right and wrong if they are to bring justice, protect the weak, and truly become Paladins of Distant Suns.

©2019 Olan Thorensen (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Fast-paced, space-western action-thriller

Olan Thorensen is back with something a little different. A serial "western" series set in space. Like his previous books, Thorensen has created a really interesting milieu set in a speculative future. In this future Mankind has spread into space with the colonies at the farthest reaches existing in a 'wild west' frontier setting where centralized authority is still lacking. Horses exist along side electric vehicles, and technology is mixed-in with old-fashioned agrarian culture. This "old west" is filled with a diverse set of people of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Our protagonist is paired with an agent who has an obsession with ancient 20th and 21st century western movies and their job is to go out to the frontier planets and covertly "solve problems" where local law enforcement is lacking. Let's just say "you don't want to mess with these guys!" The setting is pretty brilliant, and Thorensen uses it to draw parallels to the modern day libertarian vs. government debate. Also like his previous books he's set a fairly light story there (and I mean really light). It's written at about the level of sophistication of an actual old Western movie. There's lots of shop talk about guns and ammunition, and a climactic battle pitting rifles and space armor against hovercraft and hay bales. I think the setting is what makes the books, and I wish the story there had a little more meat to it but it is what it is. Good reading for an airplane and the best part is you can read the books individually with no cliff-hangers. It's serial style, like an old western TV show.

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  • CK
  • 08-26-19

Fun

Was a very fun listen for my commute. Nothing compared to destinys crucible, but still fun!

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Frontier Justice Among the Stars

This is Gun Smoke or Silverado set in a universe of hyperspace and star ships. The new law in town faces down the evil town boss and his gang of desperado's with all the accompanying shoot outs you would expect.. Action Sci-Fi at it's best. I enjoyed Mr. Thorensen's "Destiny's Crucible" and I found "Paladin's of Distant Suns" to be just as entertaining.

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Great Read

Wow what a great ride. From the long waits to get to the next planet to the rides to work I was captivated almost on the edge of my seat.Actually I'm sitting on my seat waiting for the next sequel.

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A great listen

Olan Thorensen delivers an entertaining prelude to a a hopefully long series of books. No great mental heavy lifting, just a good entertaining listen.
Enjoy

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It blew me away

Can't wait to see if there is a sequel. It enthralled me. I listened from start to finish. Fantastic story line.

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A fun and interesting new novel

This is a fast paced and fun listen. The story revolves around the two protagonists as they deal with an oppressive "Boss" of a small settlement on a distant planet. The references to centuries old Western movies on Earth by one of the protagonists, gives some Western flavor to this story. The story is great, the narration supurb, and the pace fast. Once you start listening, it is difficult to stop for meals, tasks, or other things.
More novels in this Paladins of Distant Suns series will be forthcoming and are eagerly awaited.

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Bad hombres in frontier world, pilgrim!

If you pine for a western-themed series in a frontier future setting then Olan Thorensen's book has it in spades. The plot is intentionally framed as that of the Magnificent 7 or, in this case, the Magnificent 2 with some imagined spaghetti western whistling tossed in. The actual story is okay as far as a western goes and Neil Hellegers certainly makes for a listening pleasure. However, it wasn't a theme I was all that interested in.

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A Tangled Road to Justice

Great storyline. Really enjoyed everything. Very well presented and am looking forward to his next novel.

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A space western you won’t put down

It is truly a space western with a great episodic fee and a real tie into the behaviors and motivations of the individuals involved. It mashed in some super spy tropes and all the fantastic gadgets you’d expect.

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  • John
  • 04-17-19

Great book, but didn't have the magic of Anyar

It's not every day you stumble across a true recipe for success. Olan, all your Anyar books are just that. Beyond brilliant! So you have so much to live up to now. And are a victim of your own success. Saying that this is still a great book. But I've rated 4 stars because for me, it was a bit more, in the ball park with some other great titles and not truly full of fresh magic like Anyar was. Very sorry, and really looking forward to more of Joseph Coulsco. 😀

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