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Star Nomad

(Fallen Empire #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,617 ratings  ·  597 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
Kindle Edition, 229 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
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 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
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
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fand of sci-fi, cyborgs and female ship captains
4.5/5-stars for me.

This book has managed to rekindle my interest in reading sci-fi. I liked the way the author constructed this and the way it ended was good. It isn't a stand-alone but it does get wrapped up quite neatly ready for the next book.

This has a female main character, actually it has a number of female characters that are all quite entertaining in their way. There's plenty going on here, and unlike a number of the sci-fi books that I've tried and failed this one doesn't go OTT with t
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
1/2/20 Currently 1st 3 in a set FREE for Kindle. If you like Space Opera SNAG IT!

Really had a blast with this one.

Oh, and no romance (although a bit of a hint one might develop over the series).
Christi M
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, sci-fi
Audio Book Review:

Throw in a little Firefly and a snippet of Star Wars and you’ll get Star Nomad – a space opera adventure series. Star Nomad helped me remember all the reasons why so many loved the TV series Firefly and helped bring some of that fun and ‘misadventure’ back to life for me. One supposedly easy trip to Perun turns into an unexpected adventure when they have to make a detour stop.

The Star Nomad was an incredibly entertaining and relaxing read as I listened to the fabulous Kate Read
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
Stevie Kincade
"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
When system-wide civil war broke out, fighter pilot Captain Alisa Marchenko left her family and accepted a commission in the Alliance Army to battle the empire’s tyranny. Four years later, the empire has been toppled, but chaos and anarchy now rule the system. Alisa, after being injured in the final battle, is stranded on a dustball of a planet billions of miles from home. She learns that her husband died during the bombings, leaving their daughter on Perun, a planet that has become the last im ...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
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
 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
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.
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Elinor Master of Gifs
So at first I was not the biggest fan of this. But around the half way point, the characters really grew up on me. The story was good, a fun adventure blowing a lot of things (if not my mind).
Also, I really need to watch those sci-fi shows (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5). I've been wanting to for so long but I only have season 1 of BG.
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
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
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
As I've started this book, I had been pretty sure that it will be just this one book and that would be it and I will not read further books of "The fallen Empire" series. Now, the second one is already in my device. Though I'm not sure and don't really think that I'll manage whole eight books, but... Who knows, I've already proved myself wrong here.

It is a bit difficult to classify this book as of one particular genre. Theoretically, it is a sci-fi, but there's so little of the sci part, that I
David Zampa
Hah, this was great space opera fun. Focuses heavily on the characters, not so much on the science, just the way I like it. It's short, only 9.5 hours on audio, so very much a popable candy of a book. It’s relatively shallow, so I don’t give it five stars, just a straightforward spaceship adventure. What it does do, though, is set the stage with several wonderful characters whose stories still have much unfolding to do. Oh, this book wrapped up the first adventure nicely. I didn’t feel like any ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: well-edited, indie
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
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
T.A. White
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Science Fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. However, I am rather picky when it comes to finding books in it. I favor strong character development over technical babble and dislike when it turns into a dissertation on the politics of the world.

I'm happy to say Star Nomad has none of these flaws. It is a fast paced adventure featuring Alisa, a former Alliance pilot turned freighter captain. The world the author has created is an interesting one, where the Alliance has brought down the E
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
Laz the Sailor
It seems that I read this a while back, and forgot to post a review. I actually started to re-read it before I figured this out.

This is a solid quasi-StarWars space-opera with a quirky cast and lots of bad guys.

I don't recall the details much, but when I re-read a few chapters, I remembered liking the plot and the writing style. But not enough to read through to the end a second time.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a new series and another series for me to follow.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Are you sure you know where you’re going?” “I know where I left the ship six years ago.” “That’s a no, right?”

Pseudo-Star Wars post Episode six: defeated empire, dead emperor, Jedi/Sith, battered old freighter, wise-cracking captain, guys competing for the self-sufficient woman’s attention, but better. Humor.

“You humor is--” “Inappropriate, I know.” His eyebrow twitched. “It’s how I distract myself when I’m scared for my life.”

Well-drawn cast of conflicted and conflicting characters. Everybody’
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