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Publisher's Summary

Two ships launch, but only one can come home with the prize - and no one suspects what they'll find when they get out there.
On June 30, 1908, an object fell from the sky, releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history - or something else. Alien artifacts have been uncovered since the 1908 event, and a new star drive is discovered. When another larger artifact is detected orbiting Jupiter, both NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency are determined to beat all rivals to the next treasure trove of alien tech.
©2014 B. V. Larson (P)2015 Audible Inc.
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By Antonio Stevens on 04-27-15

Spy flick meets First contact. :)

What did you love best about Starfire?

This type of story was different as it felt like a realistic play of events if something like this were to happen. Scrambling of governments, rushing ahead of the others, risking all in the process. It wasn't as flashy as some of the other scifi stories I've listened too but it felt real and sort of left a dark feeling on me. Not in a bad way, just made me wonder if something like this would play out in real life if this ever happened.

What other book might you compare Starfire to and why?

I'd like to sort of compare this to the movie contact. But not completely. Its a story about choices and decisions. So for me, it really stands out on its own.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a part towards the middle in which scientists face a decision that will affect humanity greatly. When I got to this part, I stopped and wondered what I would do. Even going out and asking others opinions. It was odd, I couldn't even think of a time in which I saw, read, or heard of anything like this before. It really made me think.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Decisions have lasting outcomes.

Any additional comments?

I'm a huge fan of this writer. Big fan. This story was different and was unique all in its own way. Each character was well created and explained. No one is safe to survive this story as I was shocked a few times. Many times I felt conflicted on what happened. Out of all scifi stores I've come across, this one really left a lasting feeling of how decisions could change everything about humanity. I can't say much without ruining it for anyone reading this but I will say, if you like scifi with a bit of a realistic spin to it, and maybe a bit of cloak and dagger this might be a good one for you. Don't expect space battles or anything like that but it stands alone as a good scifi story. This one is really good. I recommend it.

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By Mike From Mesa on 05-24-15

First contact gone horribly wrong

This book seems like a change for Mr Larson in that it is not military sci fi so there are no armies, battles or starships bristling with weapons (although it is hard to not think that that will change in the sequels). Instead we have both the US and Russian governments trying to get alien technology that was left on Earth about 100 years ago working. Both countries are after technology advances that they believe can be reverse engineered (or gotten in some other mysterious way) from the technology, but the sending of a signal from one of these “artifacts” back to its point of origin generates a race to get to the target spot and find what is there.

This book seems to be a bit unusual in the way the story is presented. While first contact books are fairly common in science fiction, few that I have read have results as horrifyingly bad as in this book. In addition, the characters themselves are a very mixed bunch in terms of the types they represent. While we do have a number of normal, likable people we also have more than just a few characters who are not only unlikable, but actually scary in the sense that it is difficult not to worry about people like these having responsible positions in any large organization or, in this case, government.

This is clearly the first book in a new series as little is resolved by the end of the book, but Mr Larson has given us a fairly well developed sense of who the characters are, what their strengths and weaknesses are and we begin to see the resolving personal relations between them. While I found the writing quite good (as is to be expected from Mr Larson) and the characters well formed and interesting I am not sure I will buy the sequel to this book. The story, while interesting, is not compelling and although it is easy to see what the next book will bring, it was difficult for me to believe that any reasonably intelligent group of people could, or would, make the decisions made by the characters in this book. On the whole, not one of my favorite Larson books. Good, in my opinion, but not great. Perhaps the sequel will be better.

The book is very well narrated by Mr Ballerini.

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By Martyn. R. Winters on 11-20-17

Entertaining and well performed<br />

This is an easy read, with some clever ideas and believable characters. The narrator is exceptionally good, with a wide variety of voices to add to the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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By Jeffrey Slater on 04-22-17

A very silly story

This is laughably implausible, the history and the science are at best iffy. Silly-fiction rather than science-fiction.

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By Kevin on 04-18-16

Just a story.

mostly a predictable story. nothing to write home about. the reader nade it entertaining. probably will look for the sequel, if only to see what happens next.

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By Malcolm on 10-19-15

Just a bit thin

The story as a concept is good but I just found the story a bit thin and lacking punch. I'm no expert and don't know exactly how it could have been improved but in my view it lakes the impact.

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