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Wayward Galaxy

By: Jason Anspach,J. N. Chaney
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
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Summary

The future isn’t what they expected.

A company of Army Rangers is sent on an interstellar colony ship to secure a foothold on a dangerous, alien planet through violence of action. Leaving behind a warring Earth flung headfirst into a conflict of mutual assured destruction, the Rangers and the accompanying crew of first colonists are guided on a 40-year journey by an unprecedented artificial intelligence.

But when they emerge from the frigid embrace of cryosleep, they awake to a nightmare, finding themselves greeted by the same ruthless enemy that brought about the ruin of Earth. Alone on a dangerous, alien planet and with no hope of rescue or relief, the military colonists are forced to finish the war they thought they’d left behind. And in an unknown galaxy, friends and enemies alike prove to be much more than they seem.

Wayward Galaxy is an explosive military science-fiction adventure featuring defective AIs, valorous soldiers, a brilliant scientist, and gritty combat written by Jason Anspach (Associated Press best seller and cocreator of Galaxy’s Edge) and J.N. Chaney (USA Today best seller and author of the Renegade series).

©2020 JN Chaney and Jason Anspach (P)2020 Podium Audio

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I enjoyed this, but....

did you really have to call one of your main characters Alexa?... I had to put her on nonlisten mode to stop her being repeatedly activated.

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Meh. Just Meh

This isn't a gripping story. Its starts in very much the spirit of The Remaining with the author in love with the idea of being a Marine. I got glimpses of an over excited redneck dreaming of what it'd be like. he's learned all the lingo and now he gets to shoot people!

The story is pretty derivative. You know the whole thing before it happens. The broken AIs the other reviewers touted as amazing have the odd moment that make you chuckle, but Skippy they aint!

The Bobiverse and Expeditionary Force books blow this away, They're far more creative and the characters actually call to you. I honestly can't remember a single characters name from this and I only finished it a couple of days ago,

In the background, not paying attention, it's a passtime book. if you want a riveting story or something to the standards of Expeditionary Force - look elsewhere.

R.C Bray - Awesome as always, but not much to work with this time I don't think. If it was anyone else narrating I'd have cut my losses half way through I think.

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Best random recommendation I ever got.

Book was recommended to me as an Audible recommendation. I have just finished my last books of Hell Divers, Galaxy’s Edge and Expeditionary force and was feeling depressed because of the whole 2020 Covid theme, miserable weather and lack of free time, this book literally saved me from that. It came as a hell of a surprise. A whole new world of characters and a new story, unlike all 300+ sci-fi books I’ve listened on Audible since becoming member and 2017. This book really helped me out and I hope it will do the same for others. From the bottom of my heart a RECOMMENDATION, and all the best wishes to all who made this project happen. Merry Christmas everybody and let us have a proper year in 2021. Cheers.

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Unexpected surprise

Wasn't sure if was in the mood for another military space opera and concerned it would be very generic. It was actually very good and a very entertaining listen.

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Enjoyable as always, But Alexa!!!

Great story as always from these authors, curious to see if this links to the Galaxy Edge series.

But a key character called Alexa, Really!!!! Had to switch mics off they went off constantly

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Good start

I did enjoy this book, quite a good start and more adventure, mysteries to come and WOW Brody you gotta love this character! Thats Skippy should have been! Lots of action what a ride looking forward on this series

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Alexa - really!?

Couldn’t listen to the book it kept setting off my phone tv and any other Alexa devices in the house. Absolute pain. Lesson for the author - don’t call your main ai Siri or Alexa in an audiobook 🤦‍♂️

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Great, great book. Well done Jasón & Bray.

This book is intriguing, well written and bang on good fun.

If you know Podium publishing, RC Bray or Jason; then you knew before listening that this was gonna be good. I’m honestly excited to download the next book in the series; and find out what’s going to happen to these great characters. Brady is obviously awesome.

You’ve done it again.

Thank you again Mr Bray. Keep KTF’ing these books!! Hope to see you back on the edge

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Flashes of brilliance but mostly "okay".

I was a bit disappointed in this but did enjoy it. There seems to be lots of plot threads left hanging and not in a way that feels like they'll be resolved and some of the reasoning behind characters actions is a bit shonky, my main sticking point is the ship being delayed by 400 years and Alexa's memory wipe, no-one seems particularly bothered, characters just seem to shrug and move on. The villains are totally one dimensional with zero characterisation. Brody is fun but there's no real explanation of how he's running about as an empty tech war suit, where's his program housed? The new planet rarely gets any description beyond a bit of flora, forna and a couple of animals.
Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the book but it's hardly Skippy or Bob if you get my meaning. It feels a bit like an early draft to be honest.
RC Bray is excellent as ever.

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Exactly what is required in a Sci fi book

Brilliant book excellently read and really looking forward to hearing the next in the series

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  • 29-09-20

A breath of fresh air

An exciting forray into a distant future with interesting characters and some really fun AIs. This was exactly the type of book I was looking for. Chaney and Anspach are great together, their voices made even more incredible by RC Bray's. I hope there are sequels to this, because this is a universe I want to explore even more.

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  • Tod
  • 29-09-20

Moooore please

I loved this adventure even more than the first Galaxy's Edge! Please write more in this series and keep RC Bray coming back.

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  • Eric
  • 29-09-20

Insanely good

I just want to say that I really liked this. The characters, the world, the story. It's everything I look for in military scifi. The narration was stellar, too. Gonna keep my eye on these guys in the future.

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  • Connie
  • 06-10-20

How long before the next book?

I love the story and R. C. Bray's narration is spot on! The premise has a few unexpected twists and turns for space opera, which I liked. The narration had a lot of variety which really helps to keep the many characters separated. Over all, I repeat, how long before the next book?

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  • Alex S.
  • 29-10-20

mediocre experience.

Performance is superb as always you can expect from RC Bray, the story feels rushed , repetitive, charachters lack depth, poorly thought through details or lack there of.
a mediocre book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-20

Loved it

add Brody to the list of best all time characters with Skippy. I loved the book and narration. I'm a big Galaxies Edge fan too. Wayward Galaxy was right there for entertainment value and I wish the next 3 or 4 were already out. I demand more from all three series.

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  • Lisa Jordan
  • 26-03-21

Ugh. Just...ugh!

I tried, but the cheese got so thick so quick that I only made it a few chapters in before I had to walk away. Between the Matrix-like brain programming and the throw-away line explaining why these guys were using antiquated (in their time) M4s, I could tell this one wasn't for me.
Oh and I can't believe that I seem to be the first person to mention this, but it's impossible to listen to this on an Alexa device. I'm sure Anspach and/or Chaney thought it was terribly clever to name the A.I. (a main character) "Alexa" & even have its creator in the story admit that it was a deliberate dig on Jeff Bezos, but I listen to my audiobooks ON an Alexa device. The constant interruptions were at least 50% of why I rated it as I did & why I returned it. Didn't feel like I should have to reset the wake word on all my devices just to listen to a story that started on shaky ground to begin with.

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  • John K.
  • 01-10-20

More than I wanted

Not what I expected, but I am looking forward to the next installment .Wonderfully written and Narrated, RC Bray does his usual fine work and we as listeners are lucky to have him. Jason Anspach and JN Chaney have put together a unique world where life is gritty yet has possibility for growth. Keep up the good work, all of you!

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  • Lynne
  • 07-10-20

Yes!! Bring on book 2!! Did you start writing it yet??

This was tremendous fun! Be prepared because once you’re hooked you won’t want to put it down. I am bleary eyed from lack of sleep. I couldn’t stop listening. Of course my job got in the way some. The story isn’t the same ole same ole Sci fi. RC Bray is as always the best at narrating and adding his special kind of vocal mojo. I highly recommend this book and yes I would love a book 2 and then some.

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  • Edwin
  • 30-09-20

Fantastic

Give us more Jason and Bob! This is a great new series. Don't let up on Galaxy's Edge though.

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