Spinward Fringe Broadcast 4: Frontline

Rated 4.65/5 based on 17 reviews
Captain Valance and his crew are finally learning to work as a unit. Oblivious to the grander designs of the Order of Eden, they are drawn into a brutal conflict over a planet the Order is depopulating so they can use it for themselves. Who will survive the Frontline?

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452307404
About Randolph Lalonde

Born in 1974, Randolph Lalonde has worked in customer service, sales, played drums for several heavy metal bands you've never heard of, dealt blackjack in a traveling casino, and serviced countless computers. He's also owned businesses in the design, printing, collectible and custom computer fields.

He completed writing his first novel in the fantasy adventure genre at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since.

He self published his first novel;
Fate Cycle: Sins of the Past in 2004 and after taking a break has begun to release his work again starting with the Spinward Fringe series.

Randolph Lalonde's Ebooks have been legally downloaded over 750,000 times to date including free downloads. He has made just enough to keep writing full time from sales. He is deeply grateful for his following of readers and strives to improve his skills to better entertain them. The Spinward Fringe Space Opera series has proven to be his most popular offering.

He currently resides in Sudbury Ontario where he's working on a new trilogy of Spinward Fringe novels as well as a Fantasy trilogy. The first offering in the trilogy, Brightwill, is available for free along with the first Spinward Fringe novel, Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins.


Spinward Fringe - What They're Saying
Readers from across the globe have reviewed the Spinward Fringe series in text, video and on Internet radio shows. This is a taste of their opinions regarding the Science Fiction Space Opera series by Randolph Lalonde.

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Review by: Marc Therrien on June 25, 2017 :
A fantastic tome of the Spinward Fringe series, with a lot of action, and unforeseen developments in the war ravaging the galaxy. Characters we loved and that we believed to be gone are back. Some spelling mistakes, but nothing major. The story is fantastic.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Michael Finney, Sr on Aug. 21, 2012 : (no rating)
Excellent! Well written and innovative. The kind of science fiction I like to read
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeff Hatch on May 13, 2012 :
Another good entry in what is becoming a truly great series. Wanna-be literary critics might take issue with the editing, but in my opinion the excellent storyline, characterizations and overall pace of the novels trumps all.

I've read the series through twice, and can't wait to read Broadcast 7.

This book would be a "must read" at normal retail prices...at $2.99 it's a steal!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Murakh on April 04, 2012 :
In comparison to the other books in the series, this is value for money and you can really get into it as it is a good length. The same author errors are present (spelling, grammar, naming) and this is getting to be a bit irritating and makes one wonder why no proofing is done to provide a "polished" end product.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Boris Rekheler on Sep. 06, 2011 :
7 books Spinward Fringe Broadcast were one of the most exiting 7 books I read in years. They contain non-stop adventure, sophisticated plot, a lot of unexpected development and sudden turns. I could not stop reading until I’ve reached the end. Highly recommended for the SIFI lovers.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: L Driver on July 06, 2011 :
The Spinward Fringe world continues to enchant. I was telling someone earlier today to check out this series, and mistakenly said that the author was "Jake LaLonde." I guess that is a good indicator of how well the books draw me in... While my favories are Origins and Triton so far, Frontline was all that I have come to expect from this series.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: L Driver on July 06, 2011 :
The Spinward Fringe world continues to enchant. I was telling someone earlier today to check out this series, and mistakenly said that the author was "Jake LaLonde." I guess that is a good indicator of how well the books draw me in... While my favories are Origins and Triton so far, Frontline was all that I have come to expect from this series.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: jstoc on June 19, 2011 : (no rating)
Lalonde is fantastic. I keep reading one after the other.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Alan Schuyler on June 08, 2011 :
The First Light Chronicles and Spinward Fringe series by Randolph Lalonde evokes the earlier golden age of sci-fi storytelling. This wide ranging series is a delight in the vein of an early Asimov or Clarke. Many writers bog down their storytelling with attempts at distracting explanations of hard science to the detriment of the actual story. Gene Roddenberry was asked to describe the first Star Trek series and he said it was, “Wagon Train to the stars”. (For you youngsters, Wagon Train was an early sixties TV show about a wagon train's crossing to the West.) As in those early stories you didn't need to explain how a wheel works or how a horse pulls a wagon. In the same way LaLonde doesn't get bogged down trying to explain every detail of how a ship works and doesn't try to invent an entire new vernacular for the sci-fi elements we have come to take for granted. A wormhole is a wormhole. We don't care how it works, we want the action that lies at the end of the journey. LaLonde keeps his stories flowing in a linear fashion exploring the characters and their environments. The universe he populates can easily be seen as a far future extrapolation of today's society where major corporations compete with governments and the governments fall by the wayside. His characters are fully fleshed out but have their foibles. There is plenty of action in a true space opera fashion. There are complicated relationships that are easily identified with, no matter that they take place in hyperspace.
Each book in the series stands alone as an enjoyable work. But for maximum enjoyment, the reader should read them in order as each carefully builds on the previous work and the surprises and adventures are more rewarding when read in order.
A quick word about editing. I've seen some reviews that disparage the editing and typos. To these folks I can only say get a life. It's true there is an occasional editing error, but they are few and far between and do not detract from the works. I have paid far more money for a hardback book of lesser quality. For the price of free or a couple of bucks, this series is a bargain and a delight.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mirella Banfi on May 10, 2011 : (no rating)
I liked the whole series and i'm waiting for chapter 7.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Brandy Hunt on April 19, 2011 :
This is a very exciting installment. Lots of battles, and fire fights, and wow ZOMG, did you see thats? I definitely enjoyed it and will be reading the next one soon.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Chris Gilbride on March 27, 2011 :
This is the central book. The characters come together, or attempt to. New characters are introduced and information on the background to the story's setting is given.

It's been said that this is more of the same, that the descriptions of things are overly long. I can see where that is coming from, however I feel that the main characters are developing constantly. They don't always do what I expect, or even want. The descriptions tend to give the impression of how that character is handling that situation. So it's not, for me at least, necessarily a bad thing.

A good addition to the Spinward Fringe series.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: jig on Feb. 17, 2011 :
It's been a joy to find a new author that write space opera in its full glory! Just finished reading 4. Can't wait to start digging into 5/6 and looking forward to 7 coming out (hopefully soon!). Keep writing!!!
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)

Review by: Marik Kil'Vanya on Jan. 09, 2011 :
Seriously, more pew pew is far better than all your QQ.
Simply amazing, you wont be able to stop reading, nor will
You want to.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)

Review by: gandergal on Aug. 30, 2010 : (no rating)
I am on book 5 now, but don't know if I will finish it. I really liked the first 2, but now it's just: everybody meets back up, the main ship gets in a LONG and DRAWN OUT fight. It's getting to be the same ol', same ol'. The descriptions are way too wordy...do we really need to know what type of screw is loose on a fighter ship or what the dimensions are on every ship the heros come in contact with when it has no bearing on the storyline? Again, I was really enjoying the first 2, 3rd was ok...have pretty much lost interest now.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: Jimmy Goossens on Aug. 21, 2010 :
Great series. NEXT!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Dale Bell on June 09, 2010 :
Great book, I started with the free Omnibus and could not stop until I had read this and every other book in the series. Great entertainment. Keep bringing these stories on.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Robert Plummer on May 31, 2010 : (no rating)
Love the series please let me know when the squeal to frontline is available
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Brian Coate on May 08, 2010 :
I agree.. great series
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Dean Gainer on April 13, 2010 :
I'm pretty critical when choosing SciFi. I really enjoyed this space opera. I've read every book in the series.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

Review by: JRM34857 on March 25, 2010 :
Very enjoyable read! It wasn't as good as the previous Broadcasts, but still better than most of the books from the big publishers I've read lately. Looking forward to the next one!
(reviewed 82 days after purchase)

Review by: Martin Krischik on Feb. 09, 2010 :
I must say I lost count on how may times one of the hero's left Hyperspace or a Wormhole only to find them self in an ambush. Eventually even the dumbest would eventually learn the value of doing reconnaissance first.

Still an good read, good story, well developed characters, full of potential.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

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