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The second original novel from the much-missed Space Western Firefly, produced with Joss Whedon as consulting editor, set between the TV series and the movie Serenity

A cosmic cry for help

Captain Mal Reynolds is in a fix. He’d like nothing more than to find honest smuggling work that stays under the Alliance’s radar and keeps the good ship Serenity in the sky. But when an old flame of Jayne Cobb’s sends a desperate plea across the galaxy, his crew has other ideas.

A cutthroat bandit

On the arid, far-flung world of Thetis, the terrifying Elias Vandal is threatening to overrun the town of Coogan’s Bluff with his trigger-happy army. He wants control of the only thing standing between its people and dustbowl ruin: their water supply.

The magnificent nine

When the crew land at the hardscrabble desert outpost, they discover two things: a savage outlaw gang who will stop at nothing to get what they want, and that Jayne’s former girlfriend, Temperance, is single-handedly raising a teenage daughter, born less than a year after she and Jayne parted ways. A daughter by the name of Jane McCloud....

©2019 James Lovegrove (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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A must for browncoat fans

A lot more story to help ease the ending of the tv show and it has the feel of it too

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could not even finish

I LOVED the series tried hard on first book, this is horrible. so bad I couldn't finish

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better than the 1st

I hope the make more, to fill in the gap between the show and the movie. the narrator does great. but having the original cast read it would be awesome!

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Love Firefly?

This book reads exactly like a Firefly episode. The narrator doesn't try to sound like the actors with the dialogue; but differentiates the voices enough that allows you to picture them in your head. The only thing I find distracting is that the author seems to have a checklist of saying or reminders from the TV series. Otherwise the story is very enjoyable for anyone who enjoyed and misses the Firefly 'Verse.

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A Real Treat for Firefly Fans

If you loved the Firefly series, you'll enjoy this. The whole gang is involved in another adventure, only this time the story revolves around Jayne, and we discover a side of him never before revealed.

The writing is pitch-perfect, and the reading keeps the characters as quirky and distinct as they were on the screen. You won't regret your time spent with these old friends.

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Another Firefly Adventure

The story was entertaining and the characters came to life in my mind. I enjoyed a very bit of it.

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follows original TV show

good story, easy listening, recommend it. very much in character with TV show. . .

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Another great entry into the verse.

The story was pretty fantastic. Good humor and I enjoyed the more Jayne-centric story. He’s a fun character.

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Good story, not as cookie cutter as i had expected

I'm really enjoying these books. i can really see the TV show in my head. Well done.

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Distracting but bad sci-fi

This is bad sci-fi, these tie-ins (not sure I recognized it in the first) make a mistake that the series corrected early on. The Firefly saga doesn't take place in a galaxy but in solar system (albeit with many planets and moons) or a close conglomeration of stars. The reason it changed in the series is probably because it occurred to someone (or was brought to their attention) a galactic yarn required faster-than-light travel and any society with tech that advanced (and energy hungry) is not believable as having such hard scrabble property (and marginal tech too). The author also doesn't apparently know how agriculture works either.
In short, this is Western patische not sci-fi (or perhaps howlingly bad sci-fi), which makes it limited and not able to live up to the ambitions of the series.

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  • English Atheist
  • 03-31-20

Just like Nathan

The narrator was excellent as Mal Reynolds, he sounded just like Nathan Fillion. He wasn't perfect however, for instance the 'Janes' sounded too much alike, that said, I would have given him 4.5 if I could. Apart from the comment below which I suggest you probably shouldn't read and which cost it a point, the story was actually really good and i would recommend it.

SPOILER ALERT!!
The so called twist in the story was the worst I have ever read. It was so blatantly obvious from the beginning what the outcome was going to be regarding Jane 2, the story would actually have been better without the twist.

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  • Louis C.
  • 03-01-20

Wonderful

Decent paced and full of life. A must read for Firefly fans. Can't wait to read the next

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  • firemonkey
  • 03-01-20

Lots of fun

Lots of fun in the Firefly vein. More exposition than an hour of TV could ever give, so it’s a little like a mini series version of a single episode.

If you’re not already sold on Firefly, watch the series first. This book appears somewhere between the series and the Serenity film.

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  • Jay Childs
  • 02-06-20

A must for Firefly lovers..

This book was an incredible ride with the people we know and love. The story no doubt has been done before in similar ways, but this didn't detract from the audio or text story presented here.. the character building is solid, and each Firefly character is well voiced from the start. Bittersweet that it's ended in mainstream media, but there is legs for Firefly/Serenity to continue in books if the calibre is this high. thank you.

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  • Ray Hollands
  • 01-29-20

The fly, flying once again!

A much missed show, brought to life every well indeed!

A third one please, perhaps leading us up to the film. would make these a very good trilogy!

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  • Jordan Burgess
  • 01-28-20

Fantastic

Please make more! This and the previous book are both superb in story and in performance. The way the voice actor finely recreates each memorable character's subtle speech styles is so immersive. These books are by far the most shiny thing 'Firefly' since it was on the screen.

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  • mark piggins
  • 01-16-20

Keep flying

If you like the TV show then you will like this great story and excellent characters I love it

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  • CitizenV
  • 04-23-22

Trigger Warning

Performance and characterization wise this is a great addition to the series. However this book is incredibly reliant on badguy are bad because they threaten sexual assaults constantly. The narrative is wholly preoccupied with terrible sexualised violence directed at every single female character. Several plot points are actually motivated by said sexual violence and while never explicitly described it is ever-present in a way that felt lazy, sleazy and unpleasant. Consider yourself warned.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-22

Awesome performance

Performance is fantastic, especially for Mal's voice. The story was a bit predictable, but not bad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-21

Why did they cancel the TV series?

while I miss the series the books a good second best. loved it, feel like I want to listen to another one now.

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  • Claire Innes
  • 03-27-21

Great story telling!

Love the movie and tv series so was curious about the audio books. I haven’t been disappointed. It’s well read with a good understanding of the lingo in this dystopian futuristic space story. I love the clever incorporation of Chinese swearing and the mix of space cowboy, frontiersman on a canvas of empire versus resistance story. The characters grow as you listen to each story so they’re more than the quirky quippy fast paced talk, there are fabulous background stories and a character that adds sparkles of future story. Might help to read the first book then the CC subsequent ones.

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  • saul jones
  • 01-27-22

Firefly on Audible A++

Firefly on Audible, what more can I say. I love Firefly and I love Audible. the story telling of these books are amazing though, I was so there onboard the Serenity with the crew. Great job.

Starting the next book tonight during my drive home from work ;)

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  • ben jackson
  • 07-25-20

not bad

not bad, the first was better. still fun to have new firefly stories though

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  • Phoebe D
  • 04-02-20

Loved this

This story has fed my empty spot where Serenity was, and I waiting for the next one.

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  • Babs59
  • 02-06-20

Enjoyable for fans

I enjoyed the story and the performance, easily following along with the characters we've grown to know through the series. River was a little less mysterious perhaps but she fit in well and I was happy to accept the variation from my memory of her.