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To the Stars (Harry Irons #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  335 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
TO THE STARS is the first book in a science-fiction trilogy concerning an intrepid group of space explorers in the year 2107. Harry Irons dreams of escaping poverty and an over-crowded Earth by gaining employment with the Braithwaite Corporation. After proving himself in a series of tests, Harry gets his wish and soon enough finds himself struggling to survive on an alien ...more
Kindle Edition, 506 pages
Published November 2010 by Cooper's Press (first published March 29th 2010)
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Robert Schwenk
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, though I sometimes felt it was rather elementary. The twists and turns kept me going and I definitely wanted to turn the page to see what would happen next. The one problem I had with the book was references I thought an alien species might not make, even in their minds. Here is an example: an alien creature is supposed to have thought in its mind "the coast is clear." Of course, we westerners may well understand such a phrase, but I doubt that an alien creature woul ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is a god-awful amateurish book. I haven't been able to finish it, and might not. None of the characters go beyond buffoonish stereotypes thus far, and the action is in the worst tradition of Star-Trek-redshirtism. "What, I shouldn't walk into the unexplored forest alone? Don't be silly, I'm not going far, and you can't tell me not to." Followed by sound of screaming and gore. The apparent villian of the piece may be the only character with common-sense.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Two stars is a gift. The characters are silly, the science is often wrong and the development choppy. Why not one star? Because it has an intriguing plot which almost overcomes its other short comings. An enigmatic leader and self-centered crew members explore uncharted space and stumble (maybe) on not one but two first encounters with sentient aliens. An emending supernova adds the ticking clock.

Science gaffs: Geosynchronous orbit can not be achieved 600 miles above a planet which out masses ea
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I judge my science fiction on a modified version of the Baen criteria: the scientific advances / future technology needs to be somewhat believable, if there are aliens they need to be presented in some realistic format with names I can pronounce in my head while I read, and must have some type of plot with circumstances - good or bad - with their resolution I can get my head around, believe, and be interested in turning to the next page to learn more; that's quite a mouthful, but we've all read ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Although I enjoyed the book enough to look for additional books in the series, I have a few major problems with the characters, and the way the plot moves. There is very minimal world-building outside of a narrowly focused path driving Harry onto spaceship and each step of the way towards the ultimate end. The primary female protagonist is embarrassingly stereotypical blonde bimbo, the only black character also happens to be self-interested/unfaithful/turn coat. We get very little insight into s ...more
To the Starts is a good read, but not original. It is a patchwork of themes/plot-points that we've all seen before if we have watched any sci-fi TV/movies or read many sci-fi books.

This is a 'spoilery' review, so be advised...
A young man with drive and amazing (linguistic) skills is selected to be part of the ongoing commercial exploration (exploitation?) of space. His crew leader has pulled strings for him (or so it seems) and he ends up part of a crew that gets 'unexpectedly' diverted to a pl
Brian Wilson
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book just doesn't hit the mark. The writing is rather flat and at times very cliched, and the plot is disjointed and uninspired. I don't mind suspending disbelief (this is sci-fi after all), but a story has to at least be somewhat consistent within itself, and unfortunately this story is not.

The characters are extremely shallow, but still manage to be motivationally muddled. If these are the best that humanity has to offer to be shot off into deep space explorations, then humanity must hav
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Not a bad book (I finished it...I won't finish a "bad" book).

It had some formatting/conversion issues that bugged me, like some entire paragraphs indented (not just the first line, but the entire thing) and misplaced hyphens. I've seen then before with RTF/Doc's that get converted to Kindle books. But at least there was no extra line between paragraphs (man I hate that and can't read books formatted that way...)

The story was interesting but the characters seemed a little over the top stereotypi
Sharon Michael
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Most of my issues with this book I suspect are due to the author's inexperience but I certainly enjoyed it enough to be interested in more by this writer.

Interesting exploration/ first contact (only you get two for the price of one) and still a third if you include the sentient spaceship, who I'd really like to hear more about. The storyline flowed quite well and the three main characters were quite well developed. I wasn't so impressed with the other crew members' development, though it was obv
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I would actually have given it a 4 if not for the old fashioned dialogue and "feel" to it. Interesting plot because I Like stories that immediately take the reader to another planet and other cultures. Harry the main character was likable but he like the rest of the characters were Caricatures and stereotypical of "ages ago!" The ending begs for a sequel and hopefully Mr. Stone will rise to the challenge and give us characters that seem "real," and some fleshed-out dialogue. Plenty of action tho ...more
McCartha Sheron
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Good First Contact

Linguistic specialist, Harry Irons, gets selected by corporate powerhouse Braithwaite as a crew member to explore new worlds. But mission Commander Fagan knows more than he let's on and may have his own agenda for the mission.

The world they discover has interesting aliens, some primitive aborigines, but a visiting ultra intelligent species proves dangerous and puts the whole mission in jeopardy.

Interesting aliens and a creative world offer a nice scifi story.
Pete Vaughn
Pleasantly Surprised

Was looking thru the numerous books in the Kindle library and decided to pick this book because I hadn't read space fiction for awhile. Around about the third chapter I found I was hooked. Fairly light reading that held my interest. For those who want to relax with a good trilogy, this one hits near the top. Recommended for anyone who likes to escape for an hour or 2.
Alexander Fedyunin
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
That book is a nice example of good space-opera thing. It has a dynamic story with full entourage - a space, aliens (evil and good ones), stupid partners and so on and the beauty girl, of course :)

I gave it 4 stars for a little more predictability final then than may be.
Paul Harry
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Overall this book was an enjoyable read. My only complaint was the writing was inconsistent. Some parts flowed and carried the story well. At other times I felt the story was a tag team writing effort lacking direction and pot marked with poor dialogue and execution.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book but felt it got a little long. The pacing and editing could have used a little work. It's a fun adventure that feels like Avatar at times. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Larry Kreeger
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read for a while.

A great plot and well written. The book had many surprises and unexpected twists. Normally, I can guess where the book is going, but except for the last chapter the book kept me guessing.
maria bonfiglio
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good read

I liked this book because it has a lot of action it's nonstop. I was never bored.on the negative they kept going from first names to last names so I got somewhat confused.Overall a good read and I will read the others in the series
Jaime Cheeka
Aug 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Another good freebie for kindle. I liked it enough that I'm considering buying the 2nd book in the series.
Jim Hynes
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite a ride.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good sci-fi book

Anyone who likes sci-fi and a good number of people who don't will enjoy this book. I can't wait to read the rest in the series.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
The writing feels amateurish and a bit flat. The story is OK, it is a page turner even if the characters seem cliché. I won't be be reading the rest of the series.
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I developed a fascination for speculative fiction as a boy. Hot Texas summers were filled with baseball, fishing, and reading. In college, I was a mediocore student, studying writing, classical literature, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science. Struggling with finances, I dropped out my senior year and enlisted in the Navy, serving two tours of duty with the Seventh Fleet in the closing ye ...more
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