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Star Nomad

(Fallen Empire #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,349 ratings  ·  484 reviews
The Alliance has toppled the tyrannical empire. It should be a time for celebration, but not for fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko. After barely surviving a crash in the final battle for freedom, she's stranded on a dustball of a planet, billions of miles from her young daughter. She has no money or resources, and there are no transports heading to Perun, her former ho ...more
ebook, 253 pages
Published May 26th 2016
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Decaf Space Opera is Us Buddy Read (DSOiUBR™) with the MacHalos of Despicable Book Taste (MHoDBT™) ☠

Actual rating: 2.5 stars.

Presenting…The Emperor's Edge Diet Edition! In a Sci Fi setting! With lackluster everything!

That blinking gif is pretty annoying, huh? Good. Mission accomplished.

Okay, so most of you have probably never heard of The Emperor's Edge (aka "The EE" to the people of impeccable book taste who have read and somewhat enjoyed this most awesome series), so please allow me to ver
Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl)
3.5 stars

A good first-book-in-a-series entry. What bumped this up for me was the sense of mindfulness the author had in making sure the female lead was flawed, yet didn't need the big muscly hot dude (cyborg) to save her. That goes a long ways with me these days.

I like the rag-tag vibe of the fledgling crew. This is very much an "origins" story. You know a lot is going to happen in the following books. There is tons of room for growth and plot development.

This had a "space pirates" main plot. B
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks, because we are on a Sci-Fi kick:):):)

I think I am the one of this buddy read who enjoyed this book the most. It is a Sci-Fi light with enough of everything to make it enjoyable and interesting. I am not sure why it was not very liked by my friends, because I thought it was perfect for a first book in a series. I can see it being a pilot episode for a show on SciFi channel and having all the components for a successful run for at least couple of
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bloody love it! Hits all my Firefly, Star Trek and Star Wars buttons in one neat little package. Mouthy lady starship pilots on their banged up old ships, rebellions, and the aftermath of a war against an 'evil empire'. Oh and SPACE PIRATES! Leaping straight into book two because omg I NEED MOAR.
Another surprising novel that kept me up late turning pages till the end and hooked me on the series at least for now; fast paced space adventure in the usual mold of unstable space polities (this takes place at the end of a civil war where a despotic/law and order civilized empire, depending on whom one asks, was mostly overthrown by a 'freedom alliance' though the Empire still holds a planet and the Alliance doesn't seem capable to offer stable government outside its few core worlds, so space ...more
I’m generally a strong proponent of recycling, like, annoyingly so - but there are a few exceptions. Like pee, cuz gross.

And fiction.

Lindsay Buroker is the author of another series, The Emperor's Edge, which I happen to be a huge fan of. I've re-read those books bunches of times, and I'm quite familiar with it. So it didn’t take long for me to see (it was pretty immediate actually) the similarities it had with this book.

The various personalities of the characters, their dynamics, the dialogue
Stevie Kincade
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Pessimism is an admirable quality in an Engineer. Pessimistic people check their work 3 times because they are sure something won't be right. Optimistic people check once, trust in Solus Dei to keep the ship safe - and blow everyone up".

"I think you're mistaking the word "optimistic" for "inept".

(Audiobook) Generic cover art that practically screams "self published", run of the mill "heroine will stop at nothing to get her daughter back" blurb, the dreaded "Firefly" comparison. I was planning
Sherwood Smith
Alisa Marchenko has finally recovered from injuries sustained in the final battle between the Empire and the Alliance who worked for fifty years to bring the empire down. She's a long way from the place her daughter is being kept--without her husband, who died in the war.

Alisa is stuck on a horrible planet with no money, and no way to get home. Having been a hotshot pilot, she goes to a junkyard where she remembers her mother's old freighter having been dumped, along with Mica, an engineer with
1/24/18 FREE for Kindle.

Really had a blast with this one.

Oh, and no romance (although a bit of a hint one might develop over the series).
 Simply Sam ツ
This was very much a first book, and I don't mean that in a bad way. It reads very much like a prequel to a series. It sets up an interesting cast (and I'm super happy to see that in this case there are multiple females! Yes!), gives hints of their backstories, has them go through a few tough situations to help solidify their bond, and at the end of the book these people who were once strangers are now, more or less, a crew. Space pirates, illicit missions, cyborgs, political upheaval, killer Mr ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, a-own-it
Meh - This is exactly what I expected from a random super cheap Amazon book. A lot of reviewers are calling this a female version of "Firefly" - if anything this is the "Sharknado" version of Firefly. It's cheesy, lame, unbelievable, terrible dialogue, and unbelievable situations. The jokes aren't funny, the dialog is stilted, everything goes wrong, but no one gets hurt. There's references to shag carpeting and stuff animals (which really annoys me - seriously - thousands of years in the future ...more
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Do you ever get that genre itch? The one that starts when you partake of a genre in one type of media, and then find yourself inexplicably seeking out that same genre in other forms of media? I mean we probably all get that way as kids, but I have apparently yet to grow out of it. Case in point, I don't know that I would have read Star Nomad if I wasn't current playing Elite:Dangerous on the PS4. But all that space station landing, goods trading, pirate killing, and ship upgrading had me hankeri ...more
cEe beE
Lindsay Buroker's Emperor's Edge books is one of my top fave fiction series. I also love her Dragon's Blood series. So I always grab a new book of hers when they come out.

Star Nomad is a sci-fi action tale that contains all the ingredients of Lindsay Buroker's writing formula; feisty, independent female protagonist, smart-alecky, comic relief sidekicks, and a stoic, strong masculine type anti-hero. In short, nothing original or surprising. Too bad.
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, action, sci-fi
This was a fun, fast read with lovely characters and an interesting post-war universe. Or galaxy. Empire? The main character, Alisa, was a captain in what seems to have been an insurgency to overthrow an abusive empire. A successful one, so there's that. Only now that the dominant source of order (however corrupt) has been blown to bits, there's a lot of anarchy and bad things are happening. Which sucks for Alisa as she emerges from medical discharge with no way off the planet she's stranded on. ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hoo-boy. This book hit the spot in a BIG way. A snarky, driven heroine. A cyborg with an honorable core. A pessimistic engineer. A ship full of memories that's old enough to have been retired ages ago. Yes. I AM BLISSING OUT HERE, THANKYOUVERYMUCH.

Alisa's desire to get back to her daughter on a planet she won't be welcome drives her to take some interesting chances. She partners up with a former enemy, for one thing. She also tests her flying chops in an asteroid belt. Which I'm sure was hair ra
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, read-2016
Lindsay Buroker goes space opera? Hell yeah, sign me up! By now, it's an established fact in my mind that whatever this woman writes is pure entertainment gold, making her one of my go-to writers whenever I'm in need of a book I know I'll love. It's gotten to the point where I automatically click "want to read" and buy the first book of any new series before I've even read the blurb.

As expected, Star Nomad was a joy to read from start to finish, following a new great ensemble of characters on a
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, sci-fi
Fluffy sci-fi brain candy.

I didn't buy the main character's motivation and would have preferred that the specter of a distant child had been cut altogether. Alisa never thinks of her daughter at all except in a sort of logistical way (how am I going to get to her? what will I do then? will I have enough money to support a child? can I raise her on the ship while I run cargo?), and even those are fleeting moments. She has exactly one fond memory that's shared in flashback at the beginning of the
The Girl Called M
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, here goes. I've been in a book slump for too long. I've started and stopped maybe ten books, and I just wanted something to care about! And I have found it. This book ticks all the boxes for me. A strong, adult, MATURE, funny, snarky, centered, focused, but-not-unwilling-to-learn heroine who just feels like a normal person. Really, that's it. Alisa's just a normal woman going about her business. Sure, her business is ex-fighter pilot (view spoiler) ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie, well-edited
Disclosure: I received a free review copy from the author.

I've been a fan of Lindsay Buroker's fantasy novels for some time now, and happily followed her into this new space opera series, because I've found her work consistently entertaining. Also, though I haven't read as much of it lately, I'm a space opera fan from of old, having grown up on Andre Norton and loved Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books.

Norton, Bujold, and C.L. Moore's Northwest Smith are in the lineage of this series, not t
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Be warned that the rave reviews are all from the fans of this author--from the rating and book summary I thought this was a regular sci-fi, but it seems it's in the "chick-lit" genre.

Thoughts on this book from a scifi regular:

- extremely vapid and juvenile dialogue

- in contrast to other reviews, this does not read like a space opera at all

- laughable character motives and actions

- much more enjoyable once I decided to skip over all inconsequential dialogue

To sum up:

- may be good series if looki
Entertaining space opera series begins here. Humans and cyborgs — who apparently are humans with upgrades. Nothing new or intellectually absorbing, but well written and fun, and told in 3rd person.
A former rebel fighter pilot puts together an unlikely crew for her mother's huge old freighter. They plan to travel across the galaxy to her home world of Perun, to recover her child. The varied crew members bond together a little in this first book, as they deal with pirates, murderers, alien animals
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great start to a new series and another series for me to follow.
Richard Abbott
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Star Nomad, by Lindsay Buroker is the first in what is clearly intended to be a long series. The central character Alisa is a military female pilot, reduced to meagre circumstances by the end of a war and the subsequent demobilisation. She has teamed up with an engineer, Mica, in order to reclaim and repair her spaceship, the Star Nomad. You think at first that this engineer will be another major character, but in fact she slips quite rapidly into the background, eclipsed by others as they arriv ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book has all the adventure, action and humor I have come to expect from Lindsay’s work. A fun start to a new series it begins with our heroine rebel pilot Alisa stranded on a planet far from home at the end of the war due to a long recovery period from her injuries. The rebels might have won the war but toppling the restrictive Imperial government has left the galaxy in a bit of a mess with crime families, pirates and
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the first in a eight book series and what I'll say now applies to all of the series pretty much.

This is a fun, fast paced and action orientated science fiction series that take inspiration (I believe) from well known shows like Star Trek and Firefly. The series plot focuses on the Alisa Marchenko, the captain of a space freighter whose daughter is kidnapped and she has various adventures throughout the books trying to catch up with and rescue her. Each book is written like a individual e
~3.5 stars~

This was an action packed space adventure. Constant battles, etc. The characters were intriguing, but I found myself wanting to know a lot more about the hero. He barely talked throughout this entire read. I wanted more interaction from him. No romance in this read and the heroines journey that she set out to concur was never accomplished. I suppose that’s to be expected in a series but I found it to be a bit disappointing. Since this was offered as a kindleunlimited, I'll go ahead an
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! The heroine was really quirky and funny, humor is always fun when done right. The story had everything that I love in a great space adventure, a quest, mysterious passengers, a clunky old ship with history, a lot of enemies and a cyborg! I musy say, besides the cyborg and that the captain was a woman it reminded me a lot of the show Firefly. Can't wait to start the next one!
Sandy Williams
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This review is spoiler free. To see my full, spoiler-y review, go to the eighth book in the series. :-)

I loved it! It has a very Firefly-esque-ness to it (yeah, that’s totally a word). The characters are fantastic, and the action scenes pulled me in. I kept wondering how the hell they were going to get out of the predicaments they were in, but somehow Alisa always figured out a way.
Probably the best thing about this series was the banter between characters. It’s probably the best banter I’ve eve
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and engaging story! Well worth your time. Deals with several interesting premises including what happens to civilization when a well meaning but ill prepared rebellion overthrows an oppressive empire. But that’s not what makes it a page turner! The strong characters and excellent dialogue and pacing of an interesting story will keep you hooked. On to the second book!
Cheryl La Pa
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Had me laughing on every page. Review to come....
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