I picked this up free on Smashwords and promptly forgot about it due to the sheer amount of books I have. I am glad that I found it again!
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins by Randolph Lalonde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins is a trilogy (Freeground, Limbo, Starfree Port) about Captain Jonas Valent and the crew of First Light.
Caught for hacking into Freeground military simulations (and beating them silly) Jason Valent and his crew are offered two options: participate in a high-stakes simulation and win or face court martial for breach of security.
The trilogy is filled with high-stakes space battles, hyper space flight, betrayals, rescues, secret missions and a blossoming love story between Captain Jason Valent and his Chief Engineer Ayan Rice.
I enjoyed reading it, despite some clunky sentences and dialogues here and there.
It's space opera at one of its best and Lalonde has created believable characters who evolve with the story, drawing the reader to love and care for them... and hope they survive.
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