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Ruins of the Galaxy

(Ruins of the Galaxy #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  922 ratings  ·  73 reviews
The mission is simple. Escort an emissary to an intergalactic peace summit. Try not to get in the way.

Lt. Magnus and his 79th Recon Team have certainly handled worse, after all.

But when an explosion rocks the tower and sends everyone into a panic, Magnus and his asset find themselves cut off from the rest of the team.

Worse still, a dying alien chieftain gives them a price
Paperback, 585 pages
Published July 28th 2019 by Variant Publications (first published July 27th 2019)
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Meenaz Lodhi
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You choose, and the universe responds.”
This is not your regular military science fiction story, it’s more than that. It’s a combination of fantasy, thriller, mystery and suspense that really drew my attention. There’s a lot of intrigue that pulled me in from the beginning. Besides being fast paced and action packed, it’s mystic, with a mental power play, a demonstration of our basic and most shallow personality, egocentrism, power hungry and biased beliefs. The world building is fantastic, and
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lt Adonis Olin Magnus, Commanding Officer of Charlie Platoon, Seventy-Ninth Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Special Units, was on a “milk-run” mission or so he thought. He was to escort one Emissary Awren dau Lothlinium of Luma to a potential peace conference between the Republic and the Jujari Empires. That’s a lot of words for one paragraph, but now you know the names of our two main characters.

Of course Lt Magnus is the warrior-type while Awren is the peaceful-type. They obviously didn’t see
dennis barron
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruins Of the Galaxy J.N. Chaney

LT. Magnus is a Republic Marine. Similar to what is a marine recon. A highly specialized special forces unit. Warriors, feared and respected. He and his unit are tasked with protecting a Lumina, a special emissary named Awen. Not a type of tasks marines normally perform. Orders are orders and Magnus and his unit will protect her. Initially, they do not get along. The emissary doesn't want his services. But then everything goes to hell. Non stop action. Enjoyed imme
Jackson Bell
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the characters and the writing but even though this listed as book one I feel like I came in the middle of the story. Some of the characters Lt Magnus have hints of backgrounds but other characters not enough backstory. There is a short story at the end that almost needs to be a prologue to the book. This also a book one so you are left hanging waiting for the next book which is promised in Aug 2019. I was hooked enough that I am looking forward to book 2.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruins of the Galaxy is not just another Mil Sci-fi shoot-em up. It is an intense, gritty, and at times emotionally powerful thrill ride, and one that you will not be able to put down once you have picked it up.
This was one of those books that you find yourself saying ‘Just one more chapter…’, until it is 3am in the morning and you realise you have to be up in just a few hours for work, but you don’t care, you keep reading.
The story starts out introducing us to one of the main characters, Magnus,
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a number of non-fiction books, especially those about the sad state of the internet, I went looking for science fiction series to pick up. I wanted something fun to reset my head for more reality.

The algorithms pointed me to the Ruins of the Galaxy series. It sounded interesting and the review numbers pushed my tired brain into picking up the first book.

I went with it when the Marine characters were not acting like professionals. I went with when Awen demonstrated magical abilities. I kept
Frances Law
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He’s done it again!

J.N. Chaney has done it again! This time in collaboration with Christopher Hopper! They’ve started a new series! Congratulations Christopher because Lt. Adonis Magnus is a great hero. But...... once more we are waiting! Thank goodness it’s only for weeks and not months (or years with some authors!). From this rant you can probably work out that this book is well worth reading. The characters are well rounded and different. There is, of course, Lt Adonis Magnus and his men; the
Peer Sangngern
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audiobook. R.C Bray does an amazing job as always.

The story starts out intriguing enough, albeit a little standard, but it gives the book a nice familiar feeling and an easy opening. As it progresses it oozes with the sense that it was inspired by all the great current military sci-fi reads. And thats exactly what it is. It tries to stake its own identity of being an original setting but it draws a little too much from the inspiration material. It gets really trope-y. It isn't p
This story was chock full of everything - marines trying to protect ambassadors who could escape to a higher plane, a warrior race of hyenas, a Han Solo sort, a C3PO type and a little girl with special powers. It was kind of all over the place, but generally entertaining enough to keep me engaged. The somewhat cliffhanger ending has me continuing to the second book. It's not riveting, but it's decent entertainment.

And the reason I listened to this was RC Bray, who was amazing as usual.
Jesse James
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed my time with this, it was a fun ride and an easy read. There are some things I really would of appreciated though and I thought were lacking, however, so I'm going to start with those as I usually do.

I felt like the world-building in this was neglected, now, this isn't entirely a bad thing as the book does get straight into the meat of things like action and story-telling without bogging you down in exposition about the world, that's always a plus, however, I had absolutely no b
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great new Series

Well just started this series and got the first book done now into the rest... Struggled a little bit at first and got stuck into now I am hooked and need to carry on lol
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great starting point. Hopper's ability to switch between character perspectives just as you're getting right into it is something that is both fantastic and infuriating (in a good way). It constantly leaves you on the edge, causing you to force yourself to not put it down so you can find out what happens to that character, only to become invested in the next as the cycle loops around and around. You learn more about, and become heavily invested in each character's position in the grand scheme. ...more
D. E.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A JNC./CH. Collaboration of a SYFY. Deep Space Action Adventure (ROTG) (AMSE)

JNC . And CH. have collaborated to write A SYFY. Deep Space Action Adventure which begins with a Marine detachment being assigned escort duty of an emissary to an intergalactic meeting. The trip out was simple, just long and boring. The emissary was delivered to his meeting with the Marine detachment standing. A bomb exploded in the building where the meeting takes place. The Marines rescue their emissary, but at the sa
Tony Schumacher
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First pages a slow start, began to wonder -- THEN . . . .

It all began to take off -> got better & bester almost page by chapter. I'm a convert! And from here I'm planning to dive right into the rest of the series. Quite innovative • interesting races/cultures • OK characters • would have awarded the cherished 5 stars except for initial pages which almost caused me to ditch the volume ~> which would have been a real loss • SCI-FI - The Future Now!
juliette dempsey
An epic adventure

I enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait for the next one. Great characters with realistic situations and lots of action.
Amazingly immersive writing that will take you on a journey to far off worlds.
I will look for more from these authors.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Another winner with great storyline and characters. Love the way The author intertwines plots and subplots. Even the added short story is great and gives you insight on some of the main characters!
Nigel Frankcom
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun, well worth reading...

Highly entertaining and well worth reading. Lots of dos daring-ed and buckles swashed in this romp through space. An excellent storyline with great characters. I’m looking forward to reading more.
Noodle The Naughty Night Owl
7/10: Good solid read, something to get your teeth into.

"Own the mission, own the field.”

Enjoyed this one and will definitely be reading on in the series. Funny, gritty, engaging, and full of wonderful sci-fi.

Not to mention "naked monkey butts"!

Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were three narratives running through this book and I had trouble keeping everything straight. However, the story lines were good and so is the writing. I'll try the next book in the series and see if I can follow it better. ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a series

Several laugh-out-loud moments, good action, enough characters to make things interesting, and a universe still waiting for its backstory. Good stuff so far.
Carole Eshenbaugh
Good start

This is a good in depth story with solid characters. Story line is outstanding. It stirred my imagination. I do like the authors presentation of the different worlds. His description of the non humanoid characters was spot on. Thanks for a good story
Kenneth Legnon
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I am so looking forward to the next one.
Donal Kempton
Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utter nonsense

This is truly terrible, highly derivative, and rather obnoxious.
What on earth were they thinking?

The plot is pathetic. Dross.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story

Characters well developed and interesting. Some hard science and a little mysticism. Blah blah blah blah. I hate being forced to add words to submit.
Floyd Jamison
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Excellent tale, well told. Hooked me early and I eagerly await the next book.
How will not regret this read.
Don Viecelli
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Book Review Number 200!

This is my 200th Sci-Fi book review! It is on Ruins Of The Galaxy (Book 1 of 9 in the Series) by Christopher Hopper and J.N. Chaney. This is the second book I have read by these two authors. It is an exciting Military Science Fiction story with memorable characters, exciting military action scenes and interesting story about a special mission that goes sideways from the very start.

Lieutenant Adonis Olin Magnus and his special Recon Team are selected to provide security
Reeks of passivity
DNF @ 20%
I've been through the wringer enough to be able to identify a passive lead when I read it. "Lt. Magnus" is a meat-head who follows orders and is loyal to his charges. A character with little complexity which serves as "perfect" vehicle to spoon feed the plot.

Let Me Explain: Agency
This is my 3rd attempt at explaining what separates a passive and active lead. Suffice to say I'm finding it rather difficult to narrow it down to one bit-sized package but here goes anyhow.
I came across this book while looking for a Science Fiction series.
Lieutenant Magnus along with his team are told to escort an emissary to a peace summit.
That all changes when a Tower explodes. Magnus is now without his team.
He is the only one who must protect the emissary and also the tower.
Good story but what year is this? Where is this? Earth is never mentioned. At the beginning of the book there should be a map for the above.
What kept me reading this was Magnus's strength and the light stor
Samuel Ibrahim
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chaney and Hopper sure owned the field. Contrary to some negative reviews about the stark similarities with Galaxy's Edge series, I think this was an equally beautiful work of military sci-fi due to the said shared similarities. OTF might not have carried the same menacing punch as KTF, still, the game was tight and powerful. The characters are badass and rich just like those of Galaxy's Edge. And I think Jason Anspach and his team would be honored to have been an inspiration. Can't wait to jump ...more
Waldo Rodriguez
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story with an unexpected injection of fantasy elements that made it a stand out among a crowd of purely science fiction books.

I also wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did once they started switching between point of view characters but they kept it to a nice, manageable number and weren't injecting it into the chapters themselves which kept things focused and kept me grounded in the character I was reading at the time. I've seen other books that do this to mask head-hopping, and it
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