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Firefly: The Magnificent Nine PDF, ePub eBook The second original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon. An old flame of Jayne Cobb's, Temperance McCloud, sends a message to Serenity, begging him for help. She lives on the arid, far-flung world of Tethys, and bandits are trying to overrun her town to gain control of their water supply: the only thing standin The second original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon. An old flame of Jayne Cobb's, Temperance McCloud, sends a message to Serenity, begging him for help. She lives on the arid, far-flung world of Tethys, and bandits are trying to overrun her town to gain control of their water supply: the only thing standing between its people and dustbowl ruin. Jayne tries to persuade the Serenity crew to join the fight, but it is only when he offers Vera, his favourite gun, as collateral that Mal realises he's serious. When the Serenity crew land at a hardscrabble desert outpost called Coogan's Bluff, they discover two things: an outlaw gang with an almost fanatical devotion to their leader who will stop at nothing to get what they want, and that Temperance is singlehandedly raising a teenage daughter, born less than a year after Temperance and Jayne broke up. A daughter by the name of Jane McCloud...

30 review for Firefly: The Magnificent Nine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Queen

    Magnificent Nine is much better than the previous Firefly book Big Damn Hero. This book had a better pace and did a better job of capturing the magic of Firefly. Though there's nothing outstanding in this book, it does a pretty good job of filling the Firefly craving.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Unseen Library

    Rating of 4.5. Fresh off writing the fantastic first book in this new series of Firefly tie-in novels, author James Lovegrove has crafted another amazing Firefly book that focuses on one of the more entertaining members of the Serenity crew, the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne. As I mentioned when I reviewed the first book in this new series of Firefly novels, Big Damn Hero, and in one of my subsequent Waiting on Wednesday entries, I am a massive fan of the Firefly franchise and was partic Rating of 4.5. Fresh off writing the fantastic first book in this new series of Firefly tie-in novels, author James Lovegrove has crafted another amazing Firefly book that focuses on one of the more entertaining members of the Serenity crew, the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne. As I mentioned when I reviewed the first book in this new series of Firefly novels, Big Damn Hero, and in one of my subsequent Waiting on Wednesday entries, I am a massive fan of the Firefly franchise and was particularly eager to read the second book in this new series, The Magnificent Nine, which sounded liked it had an amazing plot. As a result, I made sure to order this copy online well in advance and was extremely happy when it came last week so close to the worldwide release date. I managed to read through it in about a day, and once again had the amazing feeling of being transported back into Firefly universe. Out in the darkness of the verse, the crew of the Firefly class ship Serenity is up to its old tricks, searching for smuggling jobs that will keep them flying, while at the same time staying off the Alliance’s radar. While Captain Malcolm Reynolds is used to anticipating the needs and wants of the inhabitants of his ship, he is completely thrown when a request for an unpaid mercy mission comes from one of the most unlikely members of his crew. Serenity’s resident disgruntled mercenary, Jayne Cobb, suddenly asks that the ship be diverted to the backwater world of Thetis. An old flame of Jayne’s, Temperance McCloud, has reached out requesting aid. A vicious bandit, Elias Vandal, is threatening her small town of Coogan’s Bluff with a horde of trigger-happy thieves and murderers. Mal initially does not take the request seriously, but then Jayne does the unthinkable and offers up his most prized possession, his beloved gun, Vera, as payment for the crew’s help. Arriving at Thetis, the crew find that not only are the inhabitants of Coogan’s Bluff reluctant to get involved in any sort of fight, but a well-armed force of killers is waiting for them and spoiling for a fight. However, the most shocking discovery is the fact that Temperance is raising a teenage daughter, born less than a year after Temperance and Jayne parted ways and named Jane McCloud. View the full review at: https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/04/01/... For other exciting reviews, check out my blog at: https://unseenlibrary.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    Geonn Cannon

    Some of the characters were a little iffy at times (and River, who can be incredibly tricky, felt right more often than not) but otherwise a very good addition to the Firefly canon. It might rely a bit too heavily on established canon/episodes, but it's nowhere near as rampant as it could be.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Nietz

    With "The Magnificent Nine" author James Lovegrove again offers up another solid story set in the Firefly 'verse. The characters all seemed true to their television counterparts and the plot felt like it could've filled another hour-long episode. In this story, different characters step to the forefront, Jayne most notably. Doctor Simon, Inara, Mal and Zoe have solid supporting roles too. It is a fun jaunt into Jayne's past--history that we learned little about in the show itself. Another page-t With "The Magnificent Nine" author James Lovegrove again offers up another solid story set in the Firefly 'verse. The characters all seemed true to their television counterparts and the plot felt like it could've filled another hour-long episode. In this story, different characters step to the forefront, Jayne most notably. Doctor Simon, Inara, Mal and Zoe have solid supporting roles too. It is a fun jaunt into Jayne's past--history that we learned little about in the show itself. Another page-turner for me. Looking forward to the next Firefly offering from Titan Books. Shiny!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    What a hugely entertaining read! Firefly really WAS the Old West in space, unlike Star Trek that had been pitched as Wagon Train to the stars. Firefly had cowboys, cattle shipped by starship, guns, and the Old West mentality in spades! The title harkens back, of course, to one of my favorite Old West movies the Magnificent Seven. Like the Magnificent Seven (the seven best gunfighters in the West), each of our cast has their own unique contribution to the group's overall defense strategy. If you enjo What a hugely entertaining read! Firefly really WAS the Old West in space, unlike Star Trek that had been pitched as Wagon Train to the stars. Firefly had cowboys, cattle shipped by starship, guns, and the Old West mentality in spades! The title harkens back, of course, to one of my favorite Old West movies the Magnificent Seven. Like the Magnificent Seven (the seven best gunfighters in the West), each of our cast has their own unique contribution to the group's overall defense strategy. If you enjoyed the Firefly TV series, you are gonna love The Magnificent Nine!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Well. This was OK, and I certainly wanted to finish it to see what happens (even though of course since it took place before the Serenity movie, we know all the crew survives). It was some better than Big Damn Hero, partly because the dialogue didn't sound quite so dumb. My main criticism about this one is it just felt like a retread part of the way through. It improved later, but at first it felt like every Firefly and every Western ever.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    It was enjoyable. Almost as good as an episode. Slightly predictable but still good overall.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Another story I would have liked to to have seen. As the title indicates, it is a Seven Samurai / Magnificent Seven variant. I particularly liked (view spoiler)[that is gave Jayne more depth than his usual bastich character. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Already waiting for the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    The author tries too hard at times to emulate the TV series and I don't agree with certain character traits, but this did feel like the Firefly universe most of the time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie Whitt

    3.5 stars. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, but it's still always a treat to get to visit with the Firefly crew! I felt the story was a little too reminiscent of previous episodes and the twist was fairly easy to guess. Not bad, but not as good as I'd hoped it would be.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    What a sheer delight of a book. Better even than its predecessor, Big Damn Hero, it hits all the fan favorite beats while managing to avoid more adroitly the issues I had with the first book. Captain Mal Reynolds' annoying mouthiness gets put on the backburner, as does the glorification of the losing rebel army that hearkens far too closely to the racist American Confederacy. It helps that The Magnificent Nine is centered on my favorite crew member, Jayne Cobb, in all his imperfect blockheaded g What a sheer delight of a book. Better even than its predecessor, Big Damn Hero, it hits all the fan favorite beats while managing to avoid more adroitly the issues I had with the first book. Captain Mal Reynolds' annoying mouthiness gets put on the backburner, as does the glorification of the losing rebel army that hearkens far too closely to the racist American Confederacy. It helps that The Magnificent Nine is centered on my favorite crew member, Jayne Cobb, in all his imperfect blockheaded glory. In this novel, he receives a distress call from an old flame and persuades the crew of the Serenity to fly to the backwater planet of Thetis to help defend the town of Coogan's Bluff from a band of marauders who style themselves The Scourers, under the leadership of purported former Reaver Elias Vandal. Upon arrival, the crew is surprised to discover that Temperance McCloud, as she's now known, has a daughter named Jane, born several months after she abruptly ran out of Jayne's life. Jayne, of course, is the last to suspect that Jane might be his daughter, but when he does... Let's just say that this book confirms my choice of Jayne as The Best. I totally cried at the ending, and I very much loved how deftly the issues of parenting and abandonment were handled here. I also very much preferred the main conflict here, of our heroes and the town against the Scourers, versus the vengeful kidnappers of the last book (but also, more Jayne is preferable to more Mal, in my book.) I did guess the big twist, however, which made none of it any less touching. Now I'm really curious to see where the next book, Generations, goes with the canon. I did enjoy getting to know Mal and Jayne's backstories, and I'm really interested in everyone else's too. Well, maybe not the Tams as much, since we know a lot about them already. Speaking of, they were both handled really well in this novel, as was Shepherd Book, who I'm dying to learn more about. The blurb for Generations seems to head off in a different direction however, but honestly, I'm here for it. With a big Thank You to Titan Press for sending me this gorgeous hardbound copy. My only complaint is that Jayne's eyes look brown on the cover instead of blue, which I ordinarily wouldn't complain about except it's kind of a plot point. The rest of the physical book is an absolute treasure, tho.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Unseen Library

    Rating of 4.5. Fresh off writing the fantastic first book in this new series of Firefly tie-in novels, author James Lovegrove has crafted another amazing Firefly book that focuses on one of the more entertaining members of the Serenity crew, the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne. As I mentioned when I reviewed the first book in this new series of Firefly novels, Big Damn Hero, and in one of my subsequent Waiting on Wednesday entries, I am a massive fan of the Firefly franchise and was partic Rating of 4.5. Fresh off writing the fantastic first book in this new series of Firefly tie-in novels, author James Lovegrove has crafted another amazing Firefly book that focuses on one of the more entertaining members of the Serenity crew, the hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne. As I mentioned when I reviewed the first book in this new series of Firefly novels, Big Damn Hero, and in one of my subsequent Waiting on Wednesday entries, I am a massive fan of the Firefly franchise and was particularly eager to read the second book in this new series, The Magnificent Nine, which sounded liked it had an amazing plot. As a result, I made sure to order this copy online well in advance and was extremely happy when it came last week so close to the worldwide release date. I managed to read through it in about a day, and once again had the amazing feeling of being transported back into Firefly universe. Out in the darkness of the verse, the crew of the Firefly class ship Serenity is up to its old tricks, searching for smuggling jobs that will keep them flying, while at the same time staying off the Alliance’s radar. While Captain Malcolm Reynolds is used to anticipating the needs and wants of the inhabitants of his ship, he is completely thrown when a request for an unpaid mercy mission comes from one of the most unlikely members of his crew. Serenity’s resident disgruntled mercenary, Jayne Cobb, suddenly asks that the ship be diverted to the backwater world of Thetis. An old flame of Jayne’s, Temperance McCloud, has reached out requesting aid. A vicious bandit, Elias Vandal, is threatening her small town of Coogan’s Bluff with a horde of trigger-happy thieves and murderers. Mal initially does not take the request seriously, but then Jayne does the unthinkable and offers up his most prized possession, his beloved gun, Vera, as payment for the crew’s help. Arriving at Thetis, the crew find that not only are the inhabitants of Coogan’s Bluff reluctant to get involved in any sort of fight, but a well-armed force of killers is waiting for them and spoiling for a fight. However, the most shocking discovery is the fact that Temperance is raising a teenage daughter, born less than a year after Temperance and Jayne parted ways and named Jane McCloud. View the full review at: https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/04/01/... For other exciting reviews, check out my blog at: https://unseenlibrary.com/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This second book was better than the first one, and fans of Firefly will enjoy it. If it bothers you near the beginning that the author stole a line (“damaging my calm”), you’ll be glad to know he refrains from other obvious thefts. It bothered me because the line was perfect where it was used in film and to use it in print cheapened it. But let’s move on to more important topics: This was a good story, with plenty in it that felt true to the series and the characters we love. There were moments This second book was better than the first one, and fans of Firefly will enjoy it. If it bothers you near the beginning that the author stole a line (“damaging my calm”), you’ll be glad to know he refrains from other obvious thefts. It bothered me because the line was perfect where it was used in film and to use it in print cheapened it. But let’s move on to more important topics: This was a good story, with plenty in it that felt true to the series and the characters we love. There were moments that I felt would have had more emotional impact if they were written slightly differently, but that’s why my imagination is handy to augment the reading experience, eh? For instance, think of the complex emotional response Malcolm Reynolds could have undergone in a few seconds if near the end of the book he had been the one to receive a salute instead of a tip of the hat. Right? Also, we all saw Wash be a badass numerous times, such as rescuing Mal from Nishka, so I didn’t appreciate the book trying to make him a weakling butt of jokes. Same critique with the book’s treatment of Simon, whom we have seen jump off a second story to take out a guy threatening River, among other heroics. But mostly I will say I was able to read the various characters’ lines and hear the actors’ voices in my head with only minor adjustments. So overall I’d say the author got them pretty well. I did see from very early that a plot twist was going to turn out the way it did, and I also didn’t see the point/probability of the entire Mayor storyline. The one was too obvious and the other didn’t add anything. Oh well. I’m not imaginative enough to think up my own Firefly plots from scratch, so I highly appreciate that someone else is trying and overall did a good job in this instance. Final note: the book contains a lot of suspense and violence, so don’t read before bed if you’re sensitive like me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    "The Magnificent Nine" is the second Firefly novel penned, at least in part, by James Lovegrove. And while it is a solid entry in this new series of Firefly books, it didn't wow me. I never felt the author was really "at home" within the Firefly universe. And I felt the author didn't really embrace the plot of the story either. The beginning and the end of the book were both pretty flat for me. Also, I wasn't a fan of some of the lengthy digressions the author took, away from the main plot of th "The Magnificent Nine" is the second Firefly novel penned, at least in part, by James Lovegrove. And while it is a solid entry in this new series of Firefly books, it didn't wow me. I never felt the author was really "at home" within the Firefly universe. And I felt the author didn't really embrace the plot of the story either. The beginning and the end of the book were both pretty flat for me. Also, I wasn't a fan of some of the lengthy digressions the author took, away from the main plot of the story to focus on enemy characters or the townsfolk. That main plot is that Jayne and the Firefly crew are called to a backwater (yet nearly water-less) planet called Thetis, where a horrible bandit king is slowly taking over the planet, one settlement at a time, and making them dependent on him for the water they need to survive. A female ex of Jayne's--both a business partner and a sexual one--is the one who makes the call. The Firefly crew--some more reluctantly than others--go to the aid of the downtrodden folks. In an uncharacteristic move, Jayne offers to pay the crew out of his own pocket for their time and efforts. Complicating matters is that Jayne's ex has a daughter--named Jane!--who is roughly the age of the length of time since she and Jayne separated. And everyone BUT Jayne seems to see the connection. I would say most Firefly fans (Firefly being the "space western" creation of Joss Whedon, if you didn't know already) skew pretty high on the intelligence scale. Yet some portions of the book seem overly simplified, as if the author is writing for a Young Adult audience. The "big twist" at the end of the book is one most readers will see coming a mile off. And the inclusion of a deus ex machina with a "fancy" former client of Inara's was a plot line that seemed mostly unnecessary. If you're a Firefly fan--starved as many of us are for new material from the Firefly 'Verse--you'll enjoy this book. I was hoping for more from this one, however.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Jaaaaaayne! The man they call Jaaaaaaayne! ...in a novel somewhat reminiscent of "Heart of Gold", Jayne Cobb receives a wave from an old flame and business partner. Her world is being taken over by a mob of savages who ape Reavers, and she needs help. Jayne isn't the most conventionally loyal man aboard the good ship Serenity, but he also isn't as mercenary as generally regarded. When he receives the call, he entreats Mal and the rest to help -- and being a crew bound to helpless causes, so they Jaaaaaayne! The man they call Jaaaaaaayne! ...in a novel somewhat reminiscent of "Heart of Gold", Jayne Cobb receives a wave from an old flame and business partner. Her world is being taken over by a mob of savages who ape Reavers, and she needs help. Jayne isn't the most conventionally loyal man aboard the good ship Serenity, but he also isn't as mercenary as generally regarded. When he receives the call, he entreats Mal and the rest to help -- and being a crew bound to helpless causes, so they do. What begins as a favor to an old friend becomes far more urgent when the Firefly crew begins to suspect that Jayne's old flame has kept a secret from him for the last thirteen years -- in her daughter, Jane. As before, Lovegrow shows off a good grasp of the characters' voices and personalities, and the interplay between them. And, as before, no character is overlooked to the story: all pull their weight, and especially little River. The story is nearly all action, though this being a Firefly novel there's plenty of humor and sly writing. It's utterly enjoyable, and I continue to hope for more, as the maturing relationships between the characters give us an idea what might have emerged in a second season.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Richard Thompson

    From the Goodreads blurb: An old flame of Jayne Cobb's, Temperance McCloud, sends a message to Serenity, begging him for help. She lives on the arid, far-flung world of Tethys, and bandits are trying to overrun her town to gain control of their water supply: the only thing standing between its people and dustbowl ruin. Jayne tries to persuade the Serenity crew to join the fight, but it is only when he offers Vera, his favourite gun, as collateral that Mal realises he's serious. When the Serenity c From the Goodreads blurb: An old flame of Jayne Cobb's, Temperance McCloud, sends a message to Serenity, begging him for help. She lives on the arid, far-flung world of Tethys, and bandits are trying to overrun her town to gain control of their water supply: the only thing standing between its people and dustbowl ruin. Jayne tries to persuade the Serenity crew to join the fight, but it is only when he offers Vera, his favourite gun, as collateral that Mal realises he's serious. When the Serenity crew land at a hardscrabble desert outpost called Coogan's Bluff, they discover two things: an outlaw gang with an almost fanatical devotion to their leader who will stop at nothing to get what they want, and that Temperance is singlehandedly raising a teenage daughter, born less than a year after Temperance and Jayne broke up. A daughter by the name of Jane McCloud... We are big fans of the Serenity family, but this one had some plot points that were thread-bare to the point of see-through. And some very awkward "reveals" in the form of long speeches when blood was dripping on the floor and action was called for. The three stars was a squeaker. This was book #23 on our 2019 Read-alouds List.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Briana Urban

    Firefly: The Magnificent Nine was better than Firefly: Big Damn Hero but also a bit of a struggle for me in a different way. The Magnificent Nine had less explanation about previous events and the characters, which had bothered me somewhat in the previous book. The characters all felt true and similar to the TV show counterparts. The story was good, very action filled and high stakes. The struggle I had was with the violence. I can handle watching violence better than reading it. Watching I can l Firefly: The Magnificent Nine was better than Firefly: Big Damn Hero but also a bit of a struggle for me in a different way. The Magnificent Nine had less explanation about previous events and the characters, which had bothered me somewhat in the previous book. The characters all felt true and similar to the TV show counterparts. The story was good, very action filled and high stakes. The struggle I had was with the violence. I can handle watching violence better than reading it. Watching I can look away; reading I have to imagine it, and then I start imagining if I was injured that way and then I start panicking. There was more violence in this book, which made it a little difficult for me at times. To give an idea on how graphic it was, one of the characters claims he once ran with Reavers, and we all know what they're like. Overall it was a nice addition to the Firefly family. I still prefer the show and movie but the books are interesting and I am enjoying them. I look forward to the third one later this year; it sounds very interesting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    As with the other Firefly novel, this really captures the feel and the energy of the Firefly TV series. We're never going to get more of the show, but we certainly can get more of the characters and their adventures on Serenity. This one feels very much like a "Let's Characterize Jayne Some More" style episode, and it does a fantastic job at doing that. It also advances the larger story arc (namely River and her freaky abilities) towards what we know will be the climax of the story (i.e. Serenit As with the other Firefly novel, this really captures the feel and the energy of the Firefly TV series. We're never going to get more of the show, but we certainly can get more of the characters and their adventures on Serenity. This one feels very much like a "Let's Characterize Jayne Some More" style episode, and it does a fantastic job at doing that. It also advances the larger story arc (namely River and her freaky abilities) towards what we know will be the climax of the story (i.e. Serenity (the movie)). A little is lost in that we know that no one can die -- otherwise continuity with the Serenity movie will be lost -- but there are really intriguing places for this to go. We know that Inara leaves the crew and returns to her companion world, for instance. And there is clearly space to fill the gaps and bring us all back to this story we love so much.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    Better than the last one, but still missing some of that special Firefly magic. What I enjoyed: * I LOVE the Firefly crew, so I'm always happy to hang out with them again * I think the characterizations were better in this book than the first * I could totally see this being a plot of the show although it is somewhat similar to "Heart of Gold" * I liked Temperance What could have been better: * The heavy handed introductions of everyone's full names at the beginning was brutal. Seriously, Wash on the i Better than the last one, but still missing some of that special Firefly magic. What I enjoyed: * I LOVE the Firefly crew, so I'm always happy to hang out with them again * I think the characterizations were better in this book than the first * I could totally see this being a plot of the show although it is somewhat similar to "Heart of Gold" * I liked Temperance What could have been better: * The heavy handed introductions of everyone's full names at the beginning was brutal. Seriously, Wash on the intercom stating his full name??? * Kaylee was criminally underused again. I mean this is a Jayne story, so everyone else takes a backseat, but Kaylee wasn't even in the vehicle. * Some plot issues were pretty transparent (view spoiler)[although I didn't see the mayor having been in cahoots for so long - he got what he deserved (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    A good second book in the series. Overall well-written, and in keeping with the Firefly theme. I really only have two complaints: 1. The major plot twist was, for me, far too obvious. We may not have known the "who," but the "what" was evident almost immediately. 2. By and large, the depictions of the crew are dead on. But there's one very important exception: River. She feels way too sane in this book. Almost all of her lines are coherent, her actions are mostly normal, and the crew gives her res A good second book in the series. Overall well-written, and in keeping with the Firefly theme. I really only have two complaints: 1. The major plot twist was, for me, far too obvious. We may not have known the "who," but the "what" was evident almost immediately. 2. By and large, the depictions of the crew are dead on. But there's one very important exception: River. She feels way too sane in this book. Almost all of her lines are coherent, her actions are mostly normal, and the crew gives her responsibilities they would never have dared on the show. Maybe in the post-Miranda world of the comics, when she seems to be recovering, but definitely not between the show and the movie.

  22. 4 out of 5

    James Frederick

    My new rating system for Firefly books is going to be: Does this sound like an episode? Is it an episode I would have liked to have watched? If so, then it gets a five star rating. Really, it starts with five stars, just for keeping Firefly alive. THIS would have made for a very good episode. It actually made me think it WAS an episode. It was really good. I stayed up WAY too late to finish it, because I did not want to put it down. And then when I saw the time, I thought, "I was reading that fo My new rating system for Firefly books is going to be: Does this sound like an episode? Is it an episode I would have liked to have watched? If so, then it gets a five star rating. Really, it starts with five stars, just for keeping Firefly alive. THIS would have made for a very good episode. It actually made me think it WAS an episode. It was really good. I stayed up WAY too late to finish it, because I did not want to put it down. And then when I saw the time, I thought, "I was reading that for HOW long?" Well done, Mr. Lovegrove. Keep em coming!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kiwi Carlisle

    Much of this book will seem comfortably familiar to the pop culture aficionado, from its title and references to the classic western throughout to delightful turns of dialogue pitched perfectly for the series. It’s not unpredictable, it’s not profound. It’s not heavy. The crew of Serenity head to a desert planet to help out a former partner in iniquity of Jayne Cobb’s, and to our surprise, we encounter a feisty teenaged girl there of a certain age, with blazing blue eyes, named, of all things, J Much of this book will seem comfortably familiar to the pop culture aficionado, from its title and references to the classic western throughout to delightful turns of dialogue pitched perfectly for the series. It’s not unpredictable, it’s not profound. It’s not heavy. The crew of Serenity head to a desert planet to help out a former partner in iniquity of Jayne Cobb’s, and to our surprise, we encounter a feisty teenaged girl there of a certain age, with blazing blue eyes, named, of all things, Jane. It’s complicated. It’s fun.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This is the second in the new Firefly series that has recently come out. An ex-girlfriend of Jayne's has reached out to Serenity for help. Bandits are on their planet hoarding the water and it is getting desperate for the rest of the people; they need water to survive. The Serenity crew agree to go and help, when they get there they discover Jayne's ex-girlfriend has a daughter named Jane. A daughter who would be the correct age for when they were together. Oh, this was another fun one. It's almos This is the second in the new Firefly series that has recently come out. An ex-girlfriend of Jayne's has reached out to Serenity for help. Bandits are on their planet hoarding the water and it is getting desperate for the rest of the people; they need water to survive. The Serenity crew agree to go and help, when they get there they discover Jayne's ex-girlfriend has a daughter named Jane. A daughter who would be the correct age for when they were together. Oh, this was another fun one. It's almost like having another Firefly episode to watch. It was a good story and so nice to have another story with the characters from the show. I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series when it comes out and I hope they continue to write more. They are well done and I have really enjoyed them so far. More of my book reviews can be found at http://bookswithkari.blogspot.com/

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    A Season 2 episode. These new Firefly books read like new tv episodes. Big Damn Hero leads the second season, with The Magnificent Nine following as episode 2...and an homage to Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. A great book and thoroughly enjoyed. Also, I don't buy hardcover books anymore, as they are expensive, but as a loyal fan and Browncoat, these are true gems. Well worth the money and read. I'm so excited for the next book, Generations, that I've pre-ordered it on the day it was announced. Yup, A Season 2 episode. These new Firefly books read like new tv episodes. Big Damn Hero leads the second season, with The Magnificent Nine following as episode 2...and an homage to Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. A great book and thoroughly enjoyed. Also, I don't buy hardcover books anymore, as they are expensive, but as a loyal fan and Browncoat, these are true gems. Well worth the money and read. I'm so excited for the next book, Generations, that I've pre-ordered it on the day it was announced. Yup, I'm hooked...😁

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tara L. Campbell

    Overall, better than the first novel. The story remained true to the characters and was wholly believable. No dragging parts which kept the pace nice and quick. It's Firefly, no deep introspection or navel gazing. My complaint, however, is the fixation of rape and sexual violence as motivator and plot points to emphasize grittiness. A sign of lazy writing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Leddon

    I am loving these books. They embody everything the series did and includes hidden references that any Browncoats will notice and love reading. I believe any fans to give these books a change and hop they like them as much as me. I am looking forward to the next book but sadly I believe it is the last. I do hope they work out writing more cause they have been fun to read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jo Besser

    It was a super quick and addictive read. I guess that's sort of obvious since I finished the book in a day. There were many parts that had me laughing out loud, and I was once again reminded of the series. If anything, my only complaint was how the novel ended. There was something about it that didn't feel right to me, but I can't exactly explain what made me feel that way.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Halbert

    Entertaining enough. I'd say it was a little better than the last one, though still not perfect. There was some good dialogue and the gratuitous references to things that happened in the show felt less forced, if still unnecessary.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (shelfreader)

    James Lovegrove really captured the spirit of Serenity once again with this book! Any fan of Firefly needs to read this and his previous book in the series (Big Damn Hero) ASAP! It's just like watching an episode of the show, that's how well James managed to write these characters. Kudos!

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