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The future isn’t what they expected.

A company of Army Rangers is sent on an interstellar colony ship to secure a foothold on a dangerous, alien planet through violence of action. Leaving behind a warring Earth flung headfirst into a conflict of mutual assured destruction, the Rangers and the accompanying crew of first colonists are guided on a 40-year journey by an unprecedented artificial intelligence.

But when they emerge from the frigid embrace of cryosleep, they awake to a nightmare, finding themselves greeted by the same ruthless enemy that brought about the ruin of Earth. Alone on a dangerous, alien planet and with no hope of rescue or relief, the military colonists are forced to finish the war they thought they’d left behind. And in an unknown galaxy, friends and enemies alike prove to be much more than they seem.

Wayward Galaxy is an explosive military science-fiction adventure featuring defective AIs, valorous soldiers, a brilliant scientist, and gritty combat written by Jason Anspach (Associated Press best seller and cocreator of Galaxy’s Edge) and J.N. Chaney (USA Today best seller and author of the Renegade series).

©2020 JN Chaney and Jason Anspach (P)2020 Podium Audio

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A breath of fresh air

An exciting forray into a distant future with interesting characters and some really fun AIs. This was exactly the type of book I was looking for. Chaney and Anspach are great together, their voices made even more incredible by RC Bray's. I hope there are sequels to this, because this is a universe I want to explore even more.

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Moooore please

I loved this adventure even more than the first Galaxy's Edge! Please write more in this series and keep RC Bray coming back.

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Insanely good

I just want to say that I really liked this. The characters, the world, the story. It's everything I look for in military scifi. The narration was stellar, too. Gonna keep my eye on these guys in the future.

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How long before the next book?

I love the story and R. C. Bray's narration is spot on! The premise has a few unexpected twists and turns for space opera, which I liked. The narration had a lot of variety which really helps to keep the many characters separated. Over all, I repeat, how long before the next book?

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When audiobooks have after credits material...

I cannot say enough about this book. I'm a big sci-fi junkie and I've listened to a fair bit from Podium and some of it is great, some of it misses the mark. Some of it started out great and has overstayed its welcome (I'm looking at you Expeditionary Force). But in a single title Anspach and Chaney have managed to put together all the pieces of proper military sci-fi. It literally checks all the boxes. I'm so tired of series that don't allow characters to grow or develop or even learn from their mistakes. While it's a bit early to tell, I get the distinct feeling that these authors know how to keep listeners on the edge of their seats. I love the fact that Jared Reach is both an every-man and a superman at the same time. I was absolutely thrilled when Brody appeared in the second half of the book. That was the element of humor that was missing from the early chapters but I realize that every story needs to be properly set, so I'm not at all disappointed. I cannot wait for future releases in this series, it is ripe for exploration and there are still mysteries to be solved. And without providing spoilers, the last few chapters gave way to several possible story directions, all of which will be great I'm sure.

Be sure to listen to the entire end credits, possibly the best author's notes I have ever heard.

Also, RC Bray is a national treasure and deserves a Nobel prize for narration. And if that doesn't exist it damned well should!

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Loved it

add Brody to the list of best all time characters with Skippy. I loved the book and narration. I'm a big Galaxies Edge fan too. Wayward Galaxy was right there for entertainment value and I wish the next 3 or 4 were already out. I demand more from all three series.

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mediocre experience.

Performance is superb as always you can expect from RC Bray, the story feels rushed , repetitive, charachters lack depth, poorly thought through details or lack there of.
a mediocre book.

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More than I wanted

Not what I expected, but I am looking forward to the next installment .Wonderfully written and Narrated, RC Bray does his usual fine work and we as listeners are lucky to have him. Jason Anspach and JN Chaney have put together a unique world where life is gritty yet has possibility for growth. Keep up the good work, all of you!

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Yes!! Bring on book 2!! Did you start writing it yet??

This was tremendous fun! Be prepared because once you’re hooked you won’t want to put it down. I am bleary eyed from lack of sleep. I couldn’t stop listening. Of course my job got in the way some. The story isn’t the same ole same ole Sci fi. RC Bray is as always the best at narrating and adding his special kind of vocal mojo. I highly recommend this book and yes I would love a book 2 and then some.

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Fantastic

Give us more Jason and Bob! This is a great new series. Don't let up on Galaxy's Edge though.

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  • Stephen Bond
  • 10-14-20

I enjoyed this, but....

did you really have to call one of your main characters Alexa?... I had to put her on nonlisten mode to stop her being repeatedly activated.

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  • craig prest
  • 10-23-20

Meh. Just Meh

This isn't a gripping story. Its starts in very much the spirit of The Remaining with the author in love with the idea of being a Marine. I got glimpses of an over excited redneck dreaming of what it'd be like. he's learned all the lingo and now he gets to shoot people!

The story is pretty derivative. You know the whole thing before it happens. The broken AIs the other reviewers touted as amazing have the odd moment that make you chuckle, but Skippy they aint!

The Bobiverse and Expeditionary Force books blow this away, They're far more creative and the characters actually call to you. I honestly can't remember a single characters name from this and I only finished it a couple of days ago,

In the background, not paying attention, it's a passtime book. if you want a riveting story or something to the standards of Expeditionary Force - look elsewhere.

R.C Bray - Awesome as always, but not much to work with this time I don't think. If it was anyone else narrating I'd have cut my losses half way through I think.

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  • Gibsonk
  • 05-08-21

Enjoyable as always, But Alexa!!!

Great story as always from these authors, curious to see if this links to the Galaxy Edge series.

But a key character called Alexa, Really!!!! Had to switch mics off they went off constantly

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  • Paully
  • 10-02-20

Unexpected surprise

Wasn't sure if was in the mood for another military space opera and concerned it would be very generic. It was actually very good and a very entertaining listen.

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  • Jevgeni Ardassov
  • 12-30-20

Best random recommendation I ever got.

Book was recommended to me as an Audible recommendation. I have just finished my last books of Hell Divers, Galaxy’s Edge and Expeditionary force and was feeling depressed because of the whole 2020 Covid theme, miserable weather and lack of free time, this book literally saved me from that. It came as a hell of a surprise. A whole new world of characters and a new story, unlike all 300+ sci-fi books I’ve listened on Audible since becoming member and 2017. This book really helped me out and I hope it will do the same for others. From the bottom of my heart a RECOMMENDATION, and all the best wishes to all who made this project happen. Merry Christmas everybody and let us have a proper year in 2021. Cheers.

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  • david ayre
  • 10-03-20

Exactly what is required in a Sci fi book

Brilliant book excellently read and really looking forward to hearing the next in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-20

Good start

I did enjoy this book, quite a good start and more adventure, mysteries to come and WOW Brody you gotta love this character! Thats Skippy should have been! Lots of action what a ride looking forward on this series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-21-22

Flashes of brilliance but mostly "okay".

I was a bit disappointed in this but did enjoy it. There seems to be lots of plot threads left hanging and not in a way that feels like they'll be resolved and some of the reasoning behind characters actions is a bit shonky, my main sticking point is the ship being delayed by 400 years and Alexa's memory wipe, no-one seems particularly bothered, characters just seem to shrug and move on. The villains are totally one dimensional with zero characterisation. Brody is fun but there's no real explanation of how he's running about as an empty tech war suit, where's his program housed? The new planet rarely gets any description beyond a bit of flora, forna and a couple of animals.
Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the book but it's hardly Skippy or Bob if you get my meaning. It feels a bit like an early draft to be honest.
RC Bray is excellent as ever.

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  • Mrs. Pa Davies
  • 09-11-21

Brilliant

loved this first book. buy it now. Got just about everything you would look for in a military sy fy story.

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  • TAHIR KHAN
  • 09-02-21

A space adventure with AI's

It's a good story, I liked the narrator like always, but the story left much to be desired. We got to know the end of the confusion by the reveal of the antagonist, thank God. Otherwise it was just going all kinds of wrong in storytelling. But the lack of hint to the antagonist made it really hard to follow for a lot of the book/story

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  • Ethan
  • 10-07-20

Awesomely awesome

Excellent story that got me hooked - plenty of misdirection that keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I’m a massive fan on military sci-fi and this delivers. Thanks for keeping me entertained while I wait for the next Ex-Force to come out 😉

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  • luke
  • 06-29-21

Great story but........

Space Force? Man every time I heard it I kept thinking of a pathetic orange man who was once in charge.......

Haha other than that, Brodie will go down in history as one of the most memorable AI's that have ever been imagined. Maybe except for Skippy the Magnificent, or the Bobiverse, but that's an argument for another time. This was a great read and Jason smashes it out the park again. And of course, Bob's narration is second to none. See you all on the next one.

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  • Steve
  • 04-23-21

F F Fantastic

The rating of 5 star was easy choice.
Not only characters, story line, i found it engaging on so many fronts.
If your a sci fi buff and don’t mind a little violence
you’ll j j just have to listen and b b be blown away, in particular by one bulky warrior with some of the best one liners history has to offer.....
Well maybe for a particular time period!
I’ll let you decide.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

Great military sci-fi

Really enjoyed everything about this book/audio-book. Great story, characters and pace and, as always, brilliant performance from RC Bray

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-13-21

Easily as good as Expeditionary Force.

A great read. Very exciting and believable given the type of book. Highly enjoyable and definitely recommend. Great job guys. Keep em comin.

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  • Ronald Wiggins
  • 01-22-21

Wow... its like the best meal you have eaten

Seriously...if you are a fan of military sifi... read this book... the ingredients are expertly balanced... narrative, character development, pace, plot and Brody “what a guy” ...and Mr Bray you legend... i don’t know how you shift from one character to another ... you are an “artist’ sir...

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  • Ken Oath
  • 12-03-21

Bloody fun

What a good story. I’m only just delving into sci-fi usually more & fantasy sort but this was great fun. Enjoyable action with enough twist to make a bit of fun.
In Brody speak, “I’ll be back”.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-21

outrageously good.

smashed it in two days, solid and gritty. keep it up.
looking forward to book two, which i just bought.
fast becoming my favourite author

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  • MIchael
  • 11-30-21

Like digging through rock with your fingernails

this story went no place. very slowly. not even saved by r.c. bray. weird u.s. nationalism did not help. avoid

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  • Simon
  • 11-14-21

An Actual Page Turner

One of the best fiction books I've listened to on audiobook.

I immediately purchased the second book in the series.