New free Space Opera Kindle books for 2018-04-22:

Admiral Who? (A Spineward Sectors Novel Book 1)
by Luke Sky Wachter, Pacific Crest Publishing, Caleb Wachter
$0.00, 416 pages, 4.0 out of 5.0 (204 reviews), #3 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military > Space Fleet
Book One in the Spineward Sectors Series: Admiral Who?

When the man handed him the keys and took off, no one expected Prince-Cadet Jason Montagne to act like a real admiral, least of all himself. Terrified of what might happen if he failed, he was determined to do anything (even impersonate a Confederate admiral) to succeed.

Bugs, battleships and blaster-fire will turn out to be the least of his worries. Ship-wide mechanical failures, assassination attempts, and every young man's greatest fear are just a few of the landmines the paranoid young college student must navigate if he hopes to avoid disaster.

But with the galaxy's oldest junior lieutenant in charge of Engineering, a conniving young Intelligence Officer as his second-in-command, and barely half the crew needed to man the ship (the untrained, undisciplined half), the biggest threats may prove to be those closest to him.

Then again, just how much trouble could he get into in a week?



Before long, the question everyone will be asking is: Admiral Who?


The Legacy: Dax
by GG Atcheson
$0.00, 223 pages, 4.6 out of 5.0 (6 reviews), #24 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
Ten years after earning his wings as a spaceship pilot, Zhendar is finally ready to silence the naysayers. Despite being the youngest navigator, he is tasked with infiltrating a brutal and amoral society where torture is entertainment and planets are expendable resources. As he struggles to blend in, he must determine how the Ksarrichis choose their victims before his own planet falls prey to their insane games.

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A prequel to the series The Legacy, Dax is a standalone that can be read first, or any time in between.


The Joint of No Return (Far Out Chronicles Book 1)
by Tom Sadira
$0.00, 150 pages, 4.7 out of 5.0 (4 reviews), #2 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
"Star Trek meets Cheech & Chong." – TAKE A TRIP TO THE FARTHEST REACHES OF OUTER SPACE ON THIS HILARIOUS SCI-FI ADVENTURE SAGA!

Charlie Hong is on the run from both sides of the law.

He’s spent the last year in hiding, cultivating one last hair-brained scheme to escape his troubles: a clandestine marijuana operation. Just as he’s about to cash in, his cash crop is stolen by a bright light appearing in the night sky. After catching a ride with one of his plants, he finds himself thrown into a world far stranger than anything he could have possibly imagined.

Does the stoned stowaway have what it takes to free the Starseed, a massive living spaceship overflowing with bizarre life forms, from the clutches of a mysterious force field trapping it in Earth’s orbit?

More importantly, before he decides anything, does he have time to light one up?

INTERPLANETARY PRAISE FOR FAR OUT CHRONICLES:

“★★★★★ Tom Sadira’s Far Out Chronicles has restored the galaxy’s faith in Earth’s ability to produce fresh and riveting science fiction. Without it, the Council would have demolished that dirty, backwater planet long ago.” — Emperor Izzug Brutag of the 713th Galactic Council

“★★★★★ The fast-paced, imaginative storytelling really helps get things moving during the weeks-long excretion rituals of Alpha Orionis, if ya know what I mean.” — Blek Ylp, custodial engineer in the Betelgeuse system

“★★★★★ The rip-roaring adventure series Far Out Chronicles kept the G’wark species distracted long enough for us to complete our weapon and wipe out their homeworld. Thanks Earthling!” — Commander Zrauvvurbu of the Essari Rebellion

“★★★★★ …so witty and delightful it made me wish that my processor core was capable of laughter. I have scheduled it to be stored in my memory banks for more nanoseconds than is logical…” — Qu’tron Krix, Prime Instance of the Cyborg Continuum

“★★★★★ The hivemind of Pollux Major loved the Far Out Chronicles so much that we couldn’t wait for more books in the series. We’ve used our forbidden time-jump technology to travel forward in time to get our hands on the complete works of Tom Sadira. All we can say is: it was totally worth the risk of temporal paradox!” — The Hivemind of Pollux Major

Readers have compared the The Far Out Chronicles series to Douglas Adams ' Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Robert Heinlein, John Scalzi, and James S.A.Corey.


My Horse and Myself (Manure happens Book 1)
by Rusty Shackleford
$0.00, 19 pages, 4.4 out of 5.0 (3 reviews), #68 in > Short Reads > 30 minutes (12-21 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
Johnny and his horse go on a strange adventure in the search for his menacing father. What Johnny doesn't know is that everything around him may not be what it seems and the whole world may need him.

This is a short story with more to follow.


Alex Kaidan: Series 01: All episodes (1-5 so far)
by Darren Hoyland
$0.00, 275 pages, 5.0 out of 5.0 (1 review), #168 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Space Opera
Being completely unable to think of a sensible name for your space ship tends to be less of a problem when there's only one ship in the whole Human 'fleet', besides Alex Kaidan only ever really borrowed it. What could be more of a problem is Earth having been paved and only a few Humans surviving, and that was only thanks to the actions of a benevolent alien race known as the Un. Alex and his crew have made it their mission to find and rescue however many Humans they can that are being held captive by any of the alien races. A mission made all the more difficult by the sad truth that a catastrophically decimated population is not exactly an employers' market.

Note from the author:
This book contains the first three episodes and more will be added as they are written. The reason for doing it this way is because Amazon imposes a minimum charge of $0.99 and while each episode is a self contained short story, I still did not feel that it was right to charge this much for what is essentially a single chapter of a book. Please keep checking back for more episodes and leave feedback to let me know if you like it. Thanks!


Reviews for the "Alex Kaidan" series:
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Intelligently funny
5 stars
By Matt (6 Nov 2012)
"This is a well written first episode in what I hope becomes a long running series. Credit to the debut author for his easy to read writing style that should appeal to everyone" (Amazon.co.uk)


Excellent short story
(No rating given)
By Joe Newman (1 Dec 2012)
"Excellent short story. Looking forward to reading the next segment. Good job Darren!" (Smashwords.com)


Well written
4 stars
By Daniel6394 (8 Dec 2012)
"Well written. You certainly have a good sense of humor and your text is as promised light hearted. An unusual approach for sci fi, but it works." (Authonomy.com)


Recommend
4 stars
By Anonymous (7 Mar 2013)
"Interesting concept and characters. Nice touch of humor thrown in. A serial without everything being a cliffhanger. I look forward to more installments." (BN.com)


Good reading
5 stars
By Anonymous (11 Apr 2013)
"This was a fast moving, entertaining story. Thank you." (BN.com)



5 stars
By J.M. (31 Dec 2013)
"This was a short story that is obviously episode 1 (or chapter 1, if you prefer) of a longer saga. Unfortunately, the author doesn't seem to have written much more with these characters -- if he has, he isn't selling them on Amazon. The story could use a thorough line edit, and the author seems opposed to punctuation in dialogue, for some strange reason, but errors aside, I really found myself enjoying this story. I loved the witty banter and the interaction between the characters. I could really see the scenes play out as I read, and it reminded me heavily of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." I hope the author continues the adventures of Alex Kaiden, et al. They were a fun bunch and I'd love to visit with them again!" (www.goodreads.com)


5 stars
By Vivek (30 Dec 2013)
(www.goodreads.com)


Singularity: In the beginning, we were all one... - The Labours of Iktis - Book 1 - A Space Opera begins
by Pablo D. Rodriguez
$0.00, 187 pages, 0.0 out of 5.0 (0 Customer Reviews), #60 in > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Military > Space Fleet

In the beginning we were all one


The Labours of Iktis - Book 1 - A Space Opera begins



The conglomerate of the Americas, after the unification of Asia and the agreement to create the Indian conglomerate, finally found the motivation to unite the forces of the north and south of the continent thus creating an unstoppable economic, cultural and social region.
The Americas conglomerate had begun to build a space station in Saturn's orbit that would be the most advanced and distant human presence in the solar system. An achievement for all mankind, which would again place America as the leader in space exploration.
The discovery of a frozen corpse in one of the new space station's cellars will force the newly appointed commissioner of the military police station's force, Puntshó Blade, to open an investigation in which his life will be threatened from the very beginning.
The story will take place in The Labours of Iktis: The Charon Threshold, and will be linked to the events chronicled in Singularity from the start. This is a book that contains a story with an ending... But which also triggers an adventure that will open the door to the first attempted invasion of Earth by alien beings, which are nevertheless closely connected to our own humanity.