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Celestia CV-02

(The Frontiers Saga (Part 1) #8)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,596 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Episode 8

A world divided…
A ship under construction…
A military scrambling to prepare a defense…
A moment that everyone hoped would never come…

The Earth Defense Force must find a way to defend their world against invasion by the Jung Empire. More importantly, they must protect their newest ship, the UES Celestia, as she may be their last hope.
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published August 14th 2013 by Ryk Brown
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Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
At the end of the last book, the Earth was now under control of the Jung Empire and the Aurora barely escaped capture. She is very low on fuel and must find some immediately. This series must be read in order.

Brown uses this episode to tell how Earth fell to the Jung Empire while the Aurora was trying to find its way back to Earth. The Celestia is the sister ship to the Aurora. We are introduced to some new characters in this episode. The ending caught me by surprise and is a cliff hanger.

Per Gunnar
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
The 8th instalment in The Frontiers Saga more or less sets the stage for what you could call “part 2” in this book series. I have seen some reviews saying that this book is 85% filler. I disagree with this statement. It is true that much of the book do not tell the story of the Aurora, Nathan Scott or his friends but it does tell the story of how Earth fell to the Jung and, as I said already, sets the stage for future things to come. I am sure you can already guess from the title of the book tha ...more
Greg Farnum
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
With this installment, it seems like Ryk Brown might be growing up as an author. I've enjoyed the previous entries in the Frontiers Saga as competent adventures in space, with no silly trappings like a sense of pacing or a desire to structure stories with a beginning, middle, and end. His universe isn't entirely original but is fun, and the space combat is one of the better systems I've seen people use — the ways in which his core FTL and warping mechanics apply to that are particularly inventiv ...more
James Crutchley
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one. The author is getting better at story telling. I felt the difference in style added to the overall plot and made me feel the story as a whole more complete and less like previous novels in the series. I have enjoyed each and every novel but have never seen the quality at this level from this author. It was an amazing read and a very large improvement for Ryk Brown.

I must say from first page to last I did not put the ebook down. Very few authors can have me enthralled fro
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-sci-fi
This is not so much a review of Celestia CV-02, but of The Frontiers Saga to this point.

I won't go over the synopsis, because you probably already know that.

If your a fan of military sci-fi, this is a good light-read series. The books are short and present some cool ideas that touch on everything from FTL to genetic engineering. I am a big fan of the ways that the different civilizations have forked in their development after leaving Earth to colonize new worlds.

I also enjoy the character deve
Christian Leonard Quale
After a run of really good books in this series, Celestia CV-02 is a bit of a breather. After the ending of the previous book (which I’m not going to say anything about… writing reviews of long series without including spoilers about any of the books is hard!), a book like this had to happen. It’s a transition from one arc of the story to the next arc. A lot of the book follows new, unfamiliar characters, making me realise how much of my enjoyment of this series has been down to feeling invested ...more
Don Viecelli
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
From My Newsletter Number 49:

This review is on Celestia CV-02 from The Frontiers Saga Episode 8 by Ryk Brown. It is part of a continuing series of ebooks that have been very entertaining from the beginning. I anxiously await each new release with high expectations.

Episode 8 is what I was expecting in Episode 7. The Aurora has returned home and found that the Jung has already invaded and conquered Earth and Nathan Scott and his new crew is too late to prevent it. Nathan has serious doubts that h
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
More silliness

Wars aren't won with a single ship, a single elite division, even a single great commander. I refer you to either the Napoleonic Wars or the American Civil War and Napoleon Bonaparte and Robert E Lee respectively.

Waging war is a team effort and if your entire society isn't on board, you can expect to lose your war.

I refer you to the unprepared Red Army of 1940 versus the Red Army of 1944 and the famous "Destruction of Army Group Center". The Soviet Union suffered millions of dead
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought, after reading some other reviews, that I would not like this book because it basically catches us up with what happened on Earth. New people, new groups, new politics... I felt vested in the Aurora's story and didn't want to start over. I'm glad that I don't have a problem admitting when I'm wrong about something because I was wrong about that!! This was fantastic! It was the perfect time to marry past to present and move the story forward. Excellent installment and it did not disappo ...more
Ed Tinkertoy
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this book the ship with a full crew has returned to Earth and found it taken over by the Jung. The ship immediately jumps away when it receives a message that instructions it received were a trap. They jump away and then reassess and position themselves to intercept radio signals sent months ago from Earth.

Then the story goes into explaining what happened while the Aurora was gone and how the Jung took over Earth. Still a good story. Can hardly wait for book 9 and others.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
As one could probably guess from the title, Celestia CV-02 is the first book (after 7!) of the series that doesn't focus on the Aurora and her crew.

On one hand, it's a nice change of pace and gives a much broader view of the universe the Aurora (and now Celestia) and their crews inhabit. On the other, we've spent a lot of time with the Aurora now! I want to know what's next! (We do get some Aurora time though.)

Other than that, we get a good amount of backstory on Earth and see the invasion of
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
To start, this is book eight in the series - you need to start with Book 1, Ep.#1 - "Aurora: CV-01" (The Frontiers Saga) as this is not a standalone read.

What usually happens with continuations of a series is they start going downhill as the author has either exhausted his or her creativity or the story should have ended long ago. That's not the case with this series, as you have the exact opposite effect: it slowly started getting better; long-time readers of the series should enjoy this one, a
Will Hudson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it

This is the first book in the series that I haven't completely enjoyed. Granted, I know Mr. Brown is setting up the next chapter so to speak, but there is a huge amount of the book that centers completely around a whole new set of characters. In addition, he sets this up as if the crew of the Aurora is watching past events due to the distance of space. But he narrates events that they could not possibly have seen or have knowledge of. This leaves the reader in the positio
Clayton Falter
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty Good

Another high point in story telling. Even mix of action and character interaction. Only flaw is the elevation in usage of unexplained FTL "active" scans replacing the far more plausible passive scans of very distant objects. I suspect this is writer laziness where the author has allowed himself to become slave to the well understood patterns of operations for today's military technology and to fall back on the well established drama and dangers of those operations. TBH without FTL tac
John (JP)
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Frontiers Saga series is a fun read but only if you are getting it free from your library. Celestia CV-02 is a direct continuation of Frontiers Saga #7 The Expanse. This episode covers the fall of Earth to the invaders called the Jung Empire. This really isn't a book in itself but rather a chapter of a larger space opera. One of the failings of this series is that Jung have no voice. The reader sees the universe through the eyes of the protagonists only. Also there seems to be little time in ...more
Hakan Jackson
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For 7 books I've been trying to guess what it will be like when they returned to Earth. I was even somewhat afraid of the "Gilligan's Island" trope where they would keep running into problems that would keep them from returning home. Sure enough they return home and there are enough problems there that you don't need the Gilligan's Island trope. I will say that I had been so invested in the current characters that I got a little impatient with the flashback. All in all this was a good book that ...more
I am a sucker for space operas.
This series has sucked me in.
I am only able to the works available on Overdrive, so I will not be reviewing the whole series.
In fact I'll give the same review for all of them.
Ryk Brown writes a consistent space opera and any fan will enjoy the action and little twists.
Suspend disbelief and enjoy.
David Syzdek
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Change of scenery — refreshing

This book kept the action moving in a new locale. Despite setting up for the next books, this book was riveting and revisited some characters and plot points that we haven't seen for a long time. This book was a real exciting read!
Peter Sidell
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can't stop reading the series

Back to earth with a major broadening of the story. An Eastside view of battles with the Jung. The unfinished sister ship of the Aurora makes an appearance.
Tim Rodkey
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So far a wonderful series.

So far this series has been flawless. Multiple storiy-lines of space and some ground-based warfare mixed with future tech. Politics, humanity, survival, sacrifice... All the good stuff.
Louise Pass
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even more explosions

Take the time to read the entire series. Excellent military dare doing, solving problems with bombs and science, spies and soldiers. Mayhem everywhere.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun and enjoyable

Truly an enjoyable read, following the ships attempt to return home,while dealing with unexpected and expected events, let's your imagination run!
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is just a continuation of a good story. I'm not sure I would read this series but it's excellent listening material
Thomas James
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Was that the end of the book?

I turned the page and the book was done! It can't end there! I know it's a series. And it's a good one. Gotta go now and find out what happens!
Jess Crosby
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The series continues, 1 advanced ship against the enemy fleet .... and it’s working, what could they do with another ship...
James Thompson
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bryce Carr
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good series with very well written characters. Very much enjoyed the whole series start to finish.
Shelly Singhal
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced

The Jung spies killed it. Didn't see that coming and would have been interested in more of the backstory there. This series reads so fast. The earth battles flew by. Great writing on a complex topic.
The crew of the Aurora were barely able to get away from the Jung. They are now trying to regroup and come up with a plan of action. How can they get fuel? How can they help the Earth?
This story took a very interesting detour. Right in the middle of the novel they cut to the Earth and what happened during the Jung invasion. I think as an author this is a really gutsy move. To leave the narrative arch of the characters that are well established and bring in several new key characters is a very c
Mike Nemeth
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ryk Brown messes with his readers with "Celestia: CV-02." This what-the-hell title says very little about what's going to happen. But in the tradition of a Flash Gordon serial, it just doesn't matter. Those who have stuck with him through what is officially called "The Frontiers Saga" just don't care. To me this is "The Aurora: The Baddest Space Ship in the Known Universe, Episode 8." Brown again takes a hammer to his heroes. He throws everything at them. This was supposed to be the Aurora's tri ...more
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Born in 1960 and raised on an overdose of television, NASA, and science fiction, Ryk Brown has worked as a cook, rock guitarist, stage lighting technician, and paramedic. He currently resides in Northern California with his wife, daughter, and cat. By day he fixes computers, and by night he creates stories.
Having spent his entire life "thinking stuff up", the advent of digital publishing has final

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