• The North Star

  • Galactic Sentinel, Book 1
  • By: Killian Carter
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An ancient alien race, a sentient monkey, and epic battles.

Jason Grimshaw has one job.... Get the cadets to Colony 115.

Just another day. Just another milk run. Or so he thought.

When scanners pick up an unidentified alien vessel, it's already too late. With his ship blown out from under him, and his crew scattered across a war-torn planet, his day just keeps getting better.

The good news is, one of the pilots survived. The bad news is, it's the biggest pain in his ass, and she's stranded miles away.

When Clio Evans said she wanted to fly, crash-landing a starship wasn't what she had in mind. She may not be the most experienced Fleet pilot, but she sure as hell has a few tricks up her sleeve, and with an army standing between her and the rest of her crew, she'll have to pull out all the stops, even if it means exposing a secret that'll see her hanged for treason.

You'll love this military sci-fi adventure with a twist, because who doesn't love overbearing commanders, cocky redheads, and aliens with guns?

©2019 Killian Carter (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Ok, but falls apart

You can make it through 9 hrs of the book with not much trouble. After that point, I felt like things were happening and choices were made just because the plot needed it to. The AI on Project 0 being probably the worst example...actually the whole sequence from getting to the ship to getting it through the gate is just ....bad Star Trek....really bad.

I might listen to the second book on the off chance the writer works on the mistakes.

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great for fans of Star Wars

if you like a lot of fighting. And I mean 90% fighting. The plot barely makes a show. everybody gets saved by some miraculous event. Apparently nobody's smart enough to figure their way out of fighting a superior Force. no cliche goes left behind. listen on high speed.

I don't think any of the reviews mention that this is really two books in one. There are two plots moving on parallel tracks without any resemblance to each other until the final chapters. pretty confusing when you're listening to the reader and the chapter switches to the other plot line. takes awhile to realize what happened to that battle you were just listening to.

My pet peeve is when author introduce an alien character that nobody knows about but coincidentally it speaks English and can eat human food without being poisoned. Maybe it will be explained in later books.

This is not science fiction. It is a military western/war with magic devices. For instance the alien gun has no obvious trigger and will not fire for our Heroes. Could easily be explained by technology that recognizes it's not near an authorized user. But noooo, turns all it takes is getting mad. Why would an alien gun recognize human emotions? hard to find any science here.

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  • TN
  • 02-26-20

Zero Enthusiasm

Great story to be sure this guy though needs to work on bringing the characters to life better. Struggled to get through listening to this guys voice. He sounds like Emo Philips that annoying and unfunny comedian. I will burn this guys name in my memory and avoid anything he reads going forward. Just awful

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Uh… did the author approve this narration?

This narrator has a frank and casual tone regardless of what he is reading about, from ship reports to fight scenes and space battles… BORING…

Book might be ok, but can’t connect with the story given the reading.

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Decent story, subpar narrator

I mean no disrespect to the narrator, as he has a good base voice. The issue is he doesn’t do well with doing voices. Many of the characters sound the exact same or similar. Many times I can’t tell who is talking because they sound the same, unless it is followed up by a “x said”.

The book is decent, and enjoyable enough. That said I notice a lot of similarities that it shares with the Mass Effect game series. Could totally be coincidence.

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couldn't listen.

who hires someone with a speech impediment to read books. might be a good story idk couldn't make it through the first hour. I tried. guess I'll have to order the book and read it the old fashioned way.

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Moves far too slow

The narrator talks slow, which only make the authors slow pacing worse. While this ship s crumbling around the 2 main characters have 5 minute conversation before enter the flight deck where they walk slowly to escape pod. Before stopping at a locker to calmly put in gear. The authors use 50 sentences where a couple would do.

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Enjoyable Space Opera

I'm reading the 3rd book in the series now. A fleshed out galaxy of many alien races, political intrigue, an ever developing evil plot against the sentient races, fast paced fighting on alien worlds and in space, good character development and main characters that I actually want to succeed. With some graphic scenes torture and violence and the occasional F bomb,I wouldn't give it to my 10 year old. But if you like a sweeping space opera for adults, then I highly recommend.

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fresh - excellant

yes! will check every week for next in series. wonderfully new and fresh story lines

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  • Revdave39
  • 06-25-22

Halo Again!

Not a bad story as it goes but have to say it does seem to be a thinly disguised Halo plot; backed up by a lot of re-used alien names and slightly changed vehicle designations.

What I really don’t understand is why the author felt they has to to do this, or indeed why he thinks we won’t realise this?

And …. Just cant be bothered to comment on the narration!

Thank goodness its free or it would have been heading back for a refund long ago.

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  • MR J A SYKES
  • 09-22-19

Good story, not the best narration.

I am enjoying the story itself, however it is hard going to listen to at times. This is mainly due to the narration and poor pronunciation of certain letters. Ideally this should be recorded again by a different narrator. I know in the future I will only by a kindle version of this story or sequels if it has the same narrator.

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  • Graham
  • 09-08-22

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

I haven't written a review for a while now, there's a lot of run of the mill military Sci out at the moment. most of it either superhero unbeatable or just meh stories. As they used to call it pulp fiction. This was good, out matched and barely surviving, moving from multiple storylines you do not know who will survive. This hit the spot for me and was too good to be a freebie though I'd have missed it if it wasn't. I'm looking forward to the next in the series and it has been a while since I last felt way. Thoroughly recommended. Graham

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  • El presidente
  • 07-26-22

flat story, awful narrator

I couldn't get beyond the first ten minutes of this - partly because of the trashy story, partly because of the narrator's speech impediment. Simply unlistenable.

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  • TA
  • 07-01-22

Alien seige on a space colony

I enjoyed the narration sufficiently engaging with believable military jargon. I found the story quite entertaining and engaging. Not being a Halo player it was sufficiently original for my attention. I liked the characterisation and found the way the narrator voiced the different people effective. Will definitely look for the rest of the series.

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  • thefinn
  • 08-15-22

Fresh Space Opera.

I like the story and characters so far. I'm on book 3 right now.

This is a whole universe that's being built with all the races and bureaucracy that entails.