• The Falling Star

  • The Triumph Saga, Book 1
  • By: Scott J. Young
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The universe is a dangerous place. 

When you’re out in the black wilds of space you might encounter warring pirate factions, rogue planets, or even find yourself on the wrong side of the Royal Union, the ruling government of the Triumph galaxy. Unfortunately for Halstaan Cross, it's all three.

Halstaan is the chief engineer of a long-range rescue/salvage ship that patrols the dangerous frontier. He is relied upon to keep the ship running and ensure that salvage and cargo is rendered safe and stowed without incident. The crew counts on him with their lives and their livelihood. But he is also hiding a dark secret that may threaten the whole crew. 

Ro Javlin is a young man from a remote planet setting off into the universe for the first time. Bound by duty and pressured by his community, he reluctantly accepts a commission to attend the Royal Military Academy.

When Ro’s path unexpectedly intersects with Halstaan, the two are thrust into the midst of a discovery that will affect the entire galaxy and change the course of their lives forever.

©2022 Scott J. Young (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Awesome start to a new Sci-Fi Series

As an Audiobook addict, I have fallen into boredom recently because for some reason, the more popular narrators have drastically slowed releases compared to prior years. I am not sure why, but it hasn't been good for me. The biggest hurdle is that other books don't get as many people "trying" them out or even getting many, if any reviews... which makes dropping a credit on an unknown book a very big gamble. However, I gave this one a shot and was pleasantly surprised! The narration is good, and the story is very good. You know you have an awesome and rare audiobook when you realize that it is 7:00 AM and you have been listening to the book non-stop since 7:00 PM the evening before, and you have no urge to stop. This was one of those books. Sure.. it has a few issues... but so does every first book in a new series. This is a good space opera, and as an avid fan of "hard" sci-fi, I never found myself rolling my eyes at scientifically impossible scenarios and technology, and even when those did show up, it was never done in a way that made you really question it. It had a lot of surprises, making me want to know what happens next, rather than being one of those books that you can easily predict what happens next. Forgive my review if it is a bit hard to follow, I did listen to 80% of this book straight through without sleep :)

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kept me wanting more...

I found the cadence of the narrator off sometimes...but for the story it was engrossing and kept me wanting more. Grab any form of this book and you won't regret it. (FM Maple Valley).

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Excellent

Space opera, mystery, action and more this has it all and does it all very well. What a awesome listen can't wait for more!

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  • 06-22-22

Total YA

If the author is going to write a YA novel they should let us know in advance. That being said it’s an ok story but I didn’t finish.

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Fantastic Debut Novel!

For a debut sci-fi novel, Young hits all the right threads here. What’s not to like? I was impressed with the pacing - not perfect, what is? - but very well done. I really enjoyed the character development, the action, the pain, the rescues and the tech/world-building. There are some critiques I could mention but are definitely overshadowed by the heart and spirit of this book. This book has soul! These are flawed characters that have an actual moral compass and try to recompense for their past. It’s the story of humanity. I love it. And I think you will too if you give it a shot.

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  • 03-27-22

Pretty good.

Kept my interest from start to finish, ended up liking the characters and the character focus chapter names.

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