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Born of the Ashes

(The Frontiers Saga (Part 1) #11)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  3,009 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Episode 11

A world in chaos…
An eager new ally…
A newly acquired ship…
An even greater threat on its way…

Captain Nathan Scott must decide whether to stand and fight to the end, or live to fight another day… even if it means the end of his world.

“Born of the Ashes” is a 122,000 word novel, and is the 11th episode in The Frontiers Saga.

Episode 12 is coming soon!
Kindle Edition, 518 pages
Published May 21st 2014 by Ryk Brown (first published May 2014)
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Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
In the last book, the Arora had the Jung battleship defeated and the Ghatazhak troops had found and rescued his father. Nathan had killed his brother in a stand-off. The Jung were attempting to destroy all the major cities on Earth.

The Jung battle fleet is almost to Earth. The Aurora and Celestia are racing to repair severe battle damage and get the Celesta’s jump drive operational. The messenger with the Data Storage containers has reached Tug (Prince Casimin) and he has set about to obtain shi
Ray Perreault
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was Okay. In my opinion, it had too much dialog, too many lectures, too little action and the author seemed to change his technology for added suspense. He also needs to check the definition of 'wonder.' Many times a character 'wondered something' and another character responded. He also seemed pre-occupied with old submarine techniques, where he took a long time to 'compute a firing solution,' when he used an energy weapon. This really added to the excess dialog, because he has an ove ...more
Ian Dubaurrenfield
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
This series got off to a great start. A young and flawed, but altogether likeable, MC rises to overcome daunting challenges. New worlds and cultures, but human based and familiar. Nothing original, but good space opera. Very old school with an underlying Heinlein influence.

But things went downhill when the author decided to milk this idea way, way beyond its shelf life. At least 4 of the middle books could be condensed into one good novel.

Now that we're up to the eleventh book, with no end in s
arthur w watson
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best series going right now

Best series going right now

this is one of the very few series I eagerly anticipate this next episode. this is one very good series if you have not read it I suggest you start with episode one and by the time you get to will definitely be wondering where the next one is
Jeff Norton
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, ongoing serial of the Jung-Terran war. Ryk is crafting a robust cinematic image, and writing form like a television series. Well crafted, great characters, and tense cliffhanger. Another fine work.
Per Gunnar
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book in The Frontiers Saga series. It is perhaps the best one so far. The crew of the Aurora have liberated Earth…almost. Jung infiltrators are still making life miserable down on Earth and the problem with liberating a world is that afterwards you must be able to hold it which is easier said than done.

In this book we get to follow the crew of the Aurora, their friends and what is left of Earth’s government in their struggle to hold on to what they have liberated. At the same tim
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So You Want to Protect Earth?

Another exciting episode in the life and times of the Star Ship, Aurora! Another highly exciting and improbably story. This was fun although a little tiring. I can't put these books down when I'm in the middle of a battle which seems to be all the time for the Aurora and now the Celestia. I find myself reading very late into the night!

While the whole premise of the story is highly questionable, the crews of both ships have learned things the hard way, under fire! I d
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Before you start this book, please realize it is #11 in a series: if you haven’t read the first ten of the series in order, this one will make no sense to you.

After the last two volumes seemed to tread water and lay the groundwork for future installments, this installment picked up the pace significantly with action / battle scenes and less of the inner reflection by the main characters we saw previously. Similar to the other novels, the author does a great job describing the scenes, events, etc
John (JP)
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Born of the Ashes (The Frontiers Saga, #11). Ryk Brown has written the best book in this series to date. I feel like no character is too important not to be killed. The situations that the crews of the Aurora and the Celestia are exciting and compelling. I have enjoyed how Brown has not created one dimensional characters.

Brown uses this book to examine the hard choices war forces the t leaders to make. There are no simple solutions given in this book. Brown asks the reader to explore the possi

Thomas James
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here we go again!

Last review (10) I mistakenly thought I was through the series. Not so! Now the war begins. To appreciate a battle you must have a worthy opponent. The Jung are a worthy opponent. Can people unite enough to work together to defeat them even for their own survival?
Nathan Scott and his crew have liberated the Earth. Now there are Jung ships headed to the Earth, but they don't know how many, or when they will arrive. They must repair the damage from the liberation, and prepare for a battle for the survival of the Earth.

This book is full of excitement, agony, action, missile, and resignation.
Marie M Williams
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing action!

This book was a true space opera. The battle scenes are intense and scary and bite your nails suspenseful. The characters by this book are well developed and I love them. I don't know if the earth will survive, but I know this group will never given up trying. Woohoo!
Dazza McMil
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how Ryk does it, but each book seems to get better and better, this one simply put was incredible.

What a nail-biting finish! Now onto the next book, I can't wait to see what happens next.

Keep up the good work!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
a lot less action in this book than many other books in this series, but it was an interesting look at other socio economic issues and personal character issues. I still enjoyed it a lot. there was a lot less bad language than other ones in the series, but still enough to lose one star
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exciting end to this part of the saga.
Louise Pass
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Battle after battle

The war for earth continues. Against tremendous odds our hero's continue the fight, bringing to bear mind and body to defeat the enemy. Read this series!
Peter Sidell
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exciting but a bit tedious at times

Ends with a lot of action, and with a bit of a surprise. Sets the scene for further episodes. Leaves me wanting to read the next episode.
John Thompson
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read

Good story, the action is quite well written. Reminds me of Dan Abnett's warhammer 40000 novels somewhat. All in all an enjoyable read.
Shelly Singhal
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raised some questions

1. Why can't the plasma weapons take out the missiles and rail gun rounds?

2. How did the rescue ships get reconditioned so fast?

3. How many nuclear attacks can the earth take?

I resent writing this review because it's keeping me from reading the next book
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
By the letter of Goodreads’ ranking system, this is a 2 star book, as I found to be just OK. But the ranking system here – I imagine to accentuate the positive – is biased toward the high end. The rank “amazing” is a bit fatuous, unless one is easily amazed. Taken as it should be, the number of “amazing” books ever written could be counted on the fingers of one hand belonging to someone who’s suffered and industrial accident. So I’m rating this book 3 stars, as I feel that Goodreads is out of to ...more
Don Viecelli
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
From My Newsletter Number 74:

This review is on Born Of The Ashes from The Frontiers Saga Episode 11 by Ryk Brown. It is part of a continuing series of ebooks that have been very entertaining from the beginning. Each new release seems to be as good or better than the last.

Episode 11 begins with a security force of Ghatazhak soldiers allied with Captain Nathan Scott trying to quell an attack on a Sydney recruitment center on Earth by Jung sympathizers. They must use deadly force to defeat the Jun
Ed Tinkertoy
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book. It's a continuation of the previous issue with lots of fast paced action. The way the story goes, in short, is the Aurora and Celesta prepare for the return of the Jung but then they find that they will arrive earlier than expected and with a larger battle group than expected. There is a hasty plan to evacuate as many people from the Earth as possible using the jump shuttles and sending them to Tenna. Meanwhile Cashmir (TUG) hatches a plan to send help even though all of his "nob ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks Ryk!

I have never posted a review before today after reading lots of amazing books throughout the past 2 years but I felt obligated to share my love for this series.

A little bit about me to frame my review: I have always wanted to be a reader growing up as my mom and brother constantly read but I just could never get to the same level they were at. At age 27 or 2 years ago I bought a kindle and started buying books that I thought I would be interested in. My criteria started at pricing be
Once again, the continuing saga of Captain Nathan Scott and his associates does not disappoint on the action meter! A struggling Earth tries to rebuild from the maniacal Jung attack perpetrated upon it in the previous episode, thus leaving little in the way of resources to supply to the Arora & Celestia. To make matters worse, the Jung guerrilla forces left on the surface must also be dealt with by the Ghatahzak soldiers as the most organized and capable force in the solar system. Fortunatel ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-scifi
Just short of amazing at four and a half stars! WOW! Anyone who has gotten all the way to book eleven in this series has invested a lot of time in these characters. This was one of the installments that makes it all worthy of the effort. Just like that one perfect shot on the golf course that, no matter how bad the rest of your game, makes it all worth while.

The pacing in this story is quick, almost too quick, but balance is largely preserved. The action is virtually non-stop through the second
Patrick Barnes
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Getting boring

There is no consistent explanation for the armor of any navy's warships or the effectiveness of their weapons. The descriptions of the various ship structures aren't clear. Most writers make a stab at it, some better and some worse. This writer has not tried to explain their design features at all, except for mentioning cargo holds (apparently the same size on every ship ever built in this universe), some ships are strongly armored and some aren't (who knows why and yet every warsh
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ryk Brown has delivered another stunning part of his saga in this the 11th instalment of his series.
This book sees the crew trying to prepare themselves for the impossible task of defending the Earth against a massive Jung fleet. With the Aurora and un-finished Celestia, what hope do they have against not only Cruisers and Frigates, but Battleships and a mighty Battle Platform?
Again Ryk Brown writes an incredible story, capturing the feelings of his crew, and the now numerous tertiary character
Mike Nemeth
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, I'm into this series, The Frontiers Saga. Really into it. Author Ryk Brown is prolific, thank the stars. In "Born of the Ashes," he throws one thing after another at his young protagonists. Sure he gives them a second ship equipped with a jump drive, but it's incomplete, basically a hulking sitting duck. The challenge for lead character Captain Nathan Scott is a little more impossible this time around -- fix the new ship, Celestia, and repair his own, the Aurora, which was battered near to r ...more
Julie Kuhn
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it

It was another good story in this ongoing saga of the Aurora and Celestia war ships. Of all the books so far I think this one was the slowest moving at least through three fourths of the book then it excelled into a battle to save the Earth. I don't know if it's because the battles are the same or what, but I found myself skipping through scenarios which is not good, probably. The writing is still good and I still love the characters but this book seemed to have less interpersonal friendshi
Graeme Tindale
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved a big book, one that takes weeks to finish. It becomes like a good friend – always sad when you finish it. This review is actually more about the series. The basic premise is not that unusual – a strong junior naval officer, who overcomes great obstacles and ultimately is very successful. Having said that, the characters are well-developed and consistent throughout the series. They are personable and take on life of their own. - apart from the suspense and action, there is a ...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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