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Astral Prime Mission Pack 1: Missions 1-4

Black Ocean: Astral Prime Mission Pack
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
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They found a planet where none belonged. They should have left it alone.

With her company bankrupt, Hiroko takes her mobile mining station as severance pay. Trekking to the edge of the galaxy in search of a way to keep afloat, she stumbles across a planet adrift in astral space.

Instead of registering the anomaly as a hazard, Hiroko embraces the opportunity to investigate. But she didn't know she'd be triggering a wild adventure of interstellar intrigue as factions vie for the ancient secrets guarded by the planet.

Calvin was just here to help out. As a wizard on the run, he felt obliged to help rebuild the station he’d almost destroyed. Posing as a lowly star-drive mechanic, he gets by performing odd jobs until an emergency exposes his true magical strength....

They wouldn’t be in this mess without him. Nor are they getting out of it without him.

Black Ocean: Astral Prime hearkens back to location-based space sci-fi classics like Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Astral Prime builds on the rich Black Ocean universe, introducing a colorful cast of characters for new and returning listeners alike. Come along for the ride as a minor outpost in the middle of nowhere becomes a key point of interstellar conflict.

Set off for adventure and terror at the last planet in the galaxy...or maybe the first.

©2018 J.S. Morin and M.A. Larkin (P)2018 J.S. Morin and M.A. Larkin

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Oh what a teaser!!

You built the backdrop with Black Ocean and got us enthralled with the crew of the Mobius and now you drag us deeper into the Astral with Cedric The Brown... Damn it!! Now when does the next one come out?? When do the Vyien come pay Astral Prime a visit??

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Just need more!!!

Awesome narrative and narration, can’t wait for more black ocean books. These books are seriously addictive

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fantastic

absolutely brilliant I always enjoy the black ocean series and it being nerated by the best makes it even better

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Very entertaining

Really enjoying this story, though I should have listened to it before all of the Mercy for Hire stories for continuities sake.

looking forward to Astral Prime mission pack 2!

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  • Nirvosh
  • 31-01-2019

fantastic

This is everything I've been waiting for. I've finished the Black Ocean series 6 times before finally listening to this mission pack and it everything I've wanted to hear about. I can't wait for the next set of mission packs and learn about Cedric's choices. Naramore once again does an amazing job bringing life to the series and it wouldn't be the same without him! For now, I continue the series with Mercy for Hire!

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  • L. Olson
  • 29-11-2018

Great addition to the Black Ocean

This was a great addition to the Black Ocean universe. Finally an answer to one of my biggest questions, the "Earthlikes". Books 1 and 4 were a little weak, but 2 and 3 were great if a bit short. I wish each one had been at least twice as long. I also very much enjoyed the special cameos in 4.5.

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  • Kelvin
  • 03-01-2019

Great, but with 2 problems

The first real problem for me is that Cedric is hardly in any of these stories until the end. The other characters do need fleshing out more to bring them up to par with him but we never really got much from Cedric's view in the other books and more of him would have been nice if not practical.
The worse problem is that he included that hypocritical, sanctimonious turd Esper at all. I almost didn't finish the original stories because of her and I KNOW I'm not getting any of her stand alone stories. At least she only shows up in the bonus story.
Otherwise this was well paced and completely in line with other characters in the Black Ocean universe as a whole. It was great to actually see some of the other races involved.
p.s. I hate Esper the way HBO's Game of Thrones fans hate Olly. Seriously, I'd rather read about Kubu eating than Esper....have her deop astral in a star or something.

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  • Diana
  • 15-11-2018

The Specialness is gone, just another sci-fi story

I am about 2/3rds of the way through this sci-fi 4-pack series, and couldn't care less if I finish or not. The specialness of the series that was experienced in the 1 through 16.5 series is gone. No more great descriptions that kept reminding me of what the characters looked like or saw, smelled, tasted, felt, or heard. No more unique insightful moments of noticing something about life, or on a planet, or in some interaction. No more twisty plot that holds delightful surprises. No more sophistication and depth.

The story uses the world structure built in the previous books. Some of the characters or species too. But it is just basic paint-by-numbers writing and the series has slid back toward a Young Adult level.

The narrator slides around mixing up the characters' voices at times, not bothering to give distinctive voices to the characters so I am constantly guessing, wondering, and waiting for the X-said or Y-said written in the story to let me know who said what.

I will trudge through the rest of the story, but it's not a wonderful hike through someplace different. It's just another science fiction story. The unique and delightful difference that made me compare the writing to the specialness of Firefly is not here.

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  • Amanda
  • 02-10-2019

Not a fan of Esper

Loved the narrator. Stories are good. Did not like the bonus, Esper is my least favorite, her high mighty judgment gets old. I'd rather have Carl and the Mobius or just Kubu

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  • Jack Fitzpatrick
  • 04-10-2019

Great story of Wizardry and space opera

I do much so joy these stories when Authors blend space opera and Fantasy/ wizardry ... Helps painting a bigger universe and the wonder of what could be

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  • Jimmy
  • 11-09-2019

Need more!

Amazing as always! I can't wait for the next pack! I listened almost nonstop and had to attempt to pace myself.

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  • WastexGames
  • 11-09-2019

Not bad...

...but definitely not as good as the original series. The cameos were a nice touch, though.

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  • GREYVOICE
  • 12-08-2019

A really good continuation of the series

Note at the end: I'm still not a fan of Esper but anything with Kubu is a delight.

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  • Cody W Edwards
  • 04-07-2019

Great Continuation

This was a great follow up to what happened to Cedric after leaving the Möbius crew. The Astral Prime arc fleshed out a character I had always felt was underdeveloped in the Möbius missions. While there is less of the Ocean's Eleven-esque mystery around heists or missions I love so much in the Möbius or Mercy for Hire series, there are many new characters and perspectives from the station brought into the story. This mission pack in particular brings you into the minds of various Xeno species who are only mentioned in passing in other stories. I would recommend this to anyone who already loves the Black Ocean universe. While it could stand alone, it may not be a great place to start the series for newcomers to the Black Ocean as it leans heavily on prior knowledge of the universe especially in the earlier stories.

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  • Solomon Roller
  • 17-06-2019

Waiting for the the next!

The black ocean series has become one of my all time favourites. If you keep them coming, I will happily listen.

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  • Gary
  • 16-06-2019

Black ocean

So well written and entertaining. With enough loose ends for you to want more
Black ocean.

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  • Stephen Oates
  • 26-09-2019

absolutely fantastic

loved it from start to finish. the narrator brings the books to life, not many have the ability do this.