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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
5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
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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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Just need more!!!

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Real Honesty
  • 19-03-2019

it's the Deep Space Nine to Star Trek the Next Gen

overall the story was good the storytelling was outstanding I would have liked to know more in about the shadow planet. the bonus feature was the best part of it

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  • Tom Smith
  • 12-03-2019

Not as good as the Esper spinoff series

it was fun & entertaining
but it was not as good as the Esper Spinoff series

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  • M.P.I.
  • 27-02-2019

more black ocean goodies please!

just when you thought that "galaxy outlaws" and the black ocean series was over! my only complaint and sadly as a result cant let my kids listen, is the over use of profanity. I love me some Brad thor and Vince Flynn too & their use is slightly less, but still there albeit more understandable in most regards due to the subject matter that blends fiction with fact in their books. but all are such great stories...just sad there isnt a version that's PG or PG13 at worst. black ocean series is still 5 star stuff. but adults or late teen only imho...cant wait for next installments!

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  • sean
  • 07-02-2019

Not long enough

Could have been twice as long. loved every second of it. JS Morin is awesome, going to read everything in Black Ocean.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-2019

Awesomeness

Once again awesome writing and narration
I love all the black ocean series can’t wait to hear more.

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  • Bdebourguignon
  • 07-01-2019

Another Fantastic Black Ocean Adventure

Expanding on a side charachter from the Mobius missions and introducing a host of new and interesting charachters as they explore what may be the greatest discovery in galactic history.

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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.