Starshine: Aurora Rising Book One

Starshine: Aurora Rising Book One

by G. S. Jennsen

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Now two individuals from opposite ends of settled space are on a collision course with the darkest of those secrets, even as the world threatens to explode around them.

The year is 2322. Humanity has expanded into the stars, inhabiting over 100 worlds across a third of the galaxy. Though thriving as never before, they have discovered neither alien life nor the key to utopia. Earth struggles to retain authority over far-flung planets and free-wheeling corporations while an uneasy armistice with a breakaway federation hangs by a thread as the former rebels rise in wealth and power.

Alexis Solovy is Earth Alliance royalty, her father a fallen war hero and her mother an influential military leader. But she seeks only the freedom of space and has made a fortune by reading the patterns in the chaos to discover the hidden wonders of the stars.

Nothing about her latest objective suggests the secret it conceals will turn her life-- not to mention the entire galaxy--upside down. But a chance encounter with a mysterious spy leads to a discovery which will thrust Alex into the middle of a galactic power struggle and a sinister conspiracy, whether she likes it or not.
When faced with its greatest challenge, will humanity rise to triumph or fall to ruin?
AURORA RISING is an epic science fiction tale of galaxy-spanning adventure, of the thrill of discovery and the unquenchable desire to reach ever farther into the unknown. It's a tale of humanity at its best and worst, of love and loss, of fear and heroism. It's the story of a woman who sought the stars and found more than anyone imagined possible.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149366699
Publisher: Hypernova Publishing
Publication date: 03/23/2014
Series: Amaranthe , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 515
Sales rank: 1,927
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

G. S. JENNSEN lives in Colorado with her husband and two dogs. She has written thirteen novels and short story collections, all published by her imprint, Hypernova Publishing. She has become an internationally bestselling author since her first novel, Starshine, was published in March 2014. She has chosen to continue writing under an independent publishing model to ensure the integrity of her series and her ability to execute on the vision she’s had for them since their genesis.

While she has been a lawyer, a software engineer and an editor, she’s found the life of a full-time author preferable by several orders of magnitude. When she isn’t writing, she’s gaming or working out or getting lost in the Colorado mountains that loom large outside the windows in her home. Or she’s dealing with a flooded basement, or standing in a line at Walmart reading the tabloid headlines and wondering who all of those people are. Or sitting on her back porch with a glass of wine, looking up at the stars, trying to figure out what could be up there.
Twitter: @GSJennsen

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Starshine: Aurora Rising: Book One 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So great a read that I will do whatever to get book 2! Fascinating storyline, excellent characters with great dialogue! Kudos! DMB
EJFisch More than 1 year ago
Wow. I can't get over how well-thought-out and well-put-together this story is. As a fan of all things futuristic, I'd have to say all the worldbuilding and descriptions were my favorite part... so thought-provoking! And such strong characters! By the end of the story, I felt like I really knew both of the main characters as people and I look forward to learning more about them and following them on their future adventures. Like some other readers, I struggled a little keeping track of some of the secondary characters, but by the end of the story they had all become memorable and meaningful. The actual meat of the plot seemed to take awhile to get going, but the beginning gave us a lot of important background and world-building information that was needed in order to understand the rest of the story, so that's a plus. And then everything ended up being connected in an ingenious way! The overall structure and flow was so well done, and I just love your writing style! Can't wait to see what happens next (cursed cliffhangers!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly delightful read! A space opera mixed with a heavy dose of romance. Well developed characters and world building. I look forward to reading the rest of the stories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first space opera. I think I'll be forever jaded, and I want to have Caleb's children. I listened to this as an audiobook, and plan on buying it in paperback because I want to properly sit down and visually see the words. While the audiobook left nothing wanting, I'm "one of those" people that tactically need to touch it. I actually listened to this while driving 1700 miles across the country. It accompanied me for 1250 miles, and probably saved my life. I couldn't stop listening. I hardly knew I was in the car. I literally pictured myself in the heavens. Awesomesauce. The only qualm I have about this was a scene or two where the techy space jargon went above my head for a little bit. (No small task, I promise). It's very few and far between that it happens, so I was forgiving. The beginning was a bit tough just because there are so many plot lines and characters, but once I got past that first little bump, I didn't even notice time passing. I was also able to keep all the characters and motivations in line, so it wasn't TOO too many. Like I said, I was wanting to have Caleb's children. Because . . . Caleb. Period.  I CANNOT WAIT for the next book. Because . . . Caleb.
Anonymous 11 hours ago
A great sci-fi series. The author creates a vivid landscape, and populates it with believable characters.
Anonymous 6 days ago
found this book to be a totally enjoyable read
Anonymous 23 days ago
Well developed chracters and a good flowing storyline. Cant' wait to read more about the conspiracy and space wars!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Is the author being paid by the word? I feel the bloat on reading the story. There are things I like, and I don’t mind mixing genres at all. However, the science and “spycraft” involved are more like an Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars novel, or a bad James Bond movie, with more than a bit of deux ex machina thrown in. Detail would involve spoilers, but I’ll try not revealing too much. There is a spy assign substitution for a nondescript character, but for a day, none of the members of the delegation notices anything awry. I’ve been on important group trips, and people do things together, including eat meals with others in the group. For this person to not be missed and the substitution not noticed is illogical, as Spock would say. I like that “enemy” guy and girl get together, but the suspension of disbelief required is beyond the pale. There’s likewise a fake military attack on a defenseless colony world, which is totally implausible. To advance the story, several levels of certain (fake) “bad guys” do everything right in the attack including fake evidence left behind, which any competent engineer/lab would analyze and find out about the fake origin of the attack, even if not who did it. Even in WW II at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese lost some identifiable wrecked planes, despite the overwhelming victory in the attack. It’s too long, so I skipped to near the end, and sure enough, there’s a cliffhanger. For a better example of a similar genre, I prefer Lee and Miller’ Liad novels, e.g. Despite liking some aspects of the book, it’s not for me.
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JJY More than 1 year ago
Jaw-dropping, great science fiction! This is a well-crafted sci-fi novel with strong plot and creative concepts. The characters are complex and well developed. It took me a little while to get them all sorted out in my mind, since there are a lot of players in this plot. This story grabbed me from the very beginning. The author creates a realistic, multi-faceted universe with all the elements that make me love this genre – wars, political intrigue, suspense, space travel, plots and just enough romance to add another angle to the story! Alexis ‘Alex’ Solovy is a talented Earth Alliance space explorer with a penchant for unique and valuable discoveries, and a relationship with her mother that incentivizes space travel. Her discovery of an anomaly, and her subsequent uneasy alliance with Caleb Marano, a special ops agent for the Senecan Federation, leads to a frightening discovery that could annihilate their civilization. Lots of action and battles both planet-side and in space. Although, I am not a fan of cliff-hangers, I will definitely read the next book in the series. I started reading the book, couldn’t even put it down to go to bed, and finished it in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you involved all the way to the end, I must read the next book .
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Very good, solid read. Enjoyed it very much.
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