The invasion of Alaska has begun. And the Third World War may not be far behind.
In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China.
The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.
A weakened America uses old technology against the next generation of military hardware. The invasion unleashes the Hell of battle as two armies turn the snowfields of Alaska red with blood.
Invasion: Alaska is a thundering techno-thriller of vast scope from bestselling author Vaughn Heppner.
©2011 Vaughn Heppner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I have been listening to audio books for 20 years. I am a big fan of Tom Clancy's RED STORM RISING,but this book blew him out of the water. Although I do wish Vaughn Heppner was long winded like Tom C. I highly recommend this book. Its rich with characters and action. Plus its makes you think if its possible in our future.
Interesting concept, although some of the characters were a bit of a cliche. Overall, it was a good story. But I am baffled by the listeners who rated the performance as 4 and 5 stars. The book had such glowing reviews I decided to give it a shot but as I began the book I had to stop and check to make sure I hadn't mistakenly downloaded some version that the author decided to try narrating himself. The accents are ridiculous, there is no flow to the narration, and the way the narrator reads really detracts from the story. I had to force myself through the book while wishing I had just read it myself.
Likes intelligent mysteries, spy thrillers, world history, most anything Ancient Roman. Hates bad writing
I bought this book because of an interest in speculative geopolitics. The idea of China invading Alaska in the aftermath of a sovereign debt depression intrigued me. However, neither the geopolitical speculation nor the story grabbed me. Instead I suffered through endless (and repetitive) descriptions of military weaponry, battle scenes described in the most purple of purple prose (worthy of first prize in a "bad writing" contest), cartoonishly shallow characters (to call them cardboard would be to insult inanimate fiber material), rampant stereotyping and cultural chauvinism, etc. I disliked this book on every level imaginable. In the end, however, it failed to connect with my interest in geopolitics and near-future sci-fi.
“Invasion Alaska” is similar to some other books with which you may be familiar: Harry Turtledove’s alternate (civil war) history series, “How Few Remain” and “American Front” and Tom Clancy’s imagined theater conflicts “Red Storm Rising” and “The Bear and the Dragon” all of which were more realistically imagined and which had superior descriptions of the technical military details. But what “Invasion Alaska” most closely reminded me of was the (first) movie “War of the Worlds,” because of the unremittingly depressing hopelessness of the story until the final, and in “Invasion Alaska’s” case, predictable, bail-out.I found the characters mostly shallow and pitiable, and the author’s prose inelegant and heavily reliant on pathos.The narrator ends every sentence with a rising tone on the last syllable, which I found disconcerting and distracting. He does an adequate but uninspired job with accents and inflection, but is not very good with women’s voices,which, fortunately for him, are few.The hurried, dismissive, and disappointing ending is a shameless setup for the sequel, and quite possibly an endless series of sequels in the fashion of the execrable “Left Behind” rip-offs.My remarks are tempered by having bought “Invasion Alaska” at a first-in-a-series teaser sale price.
He is in the crowded genre of techno thrillers, where even the ghost writers for the old guard are pretty good. There may not be much he can do.
A genuine Chinese speaker.
Okay plot and the battle scenes were good but the reader is terrible and detracts from what little the book offers. Don't think I'd recommend it and I'm not going to bother with the rest of the series.
Exciting and realistic; great listen!
The narrator did a great job--Ive listened to audiobooks daily for years and Mark Ashby is one of the best narrators I've listened to.
The book did a good job bringing a futuristic conflict into light. Made me think of how mass warfare is so devastating.
I would love to listen to the rest of the series but the monotone reading nearly lost me. Dialogue was ok. Any narration was monotone with an irritating quality.
The narration was unbearable, to the tone of his nasally voice to the random pauses, it sounded as though he had never read the book before! The little listen button was not working or they disabled it because they knew how bad it sounded. I got Red Storm Rising and Ghost Fleet for 15 bucks and this was over 20! RIP OFF! I want my money back!
Nothing with a Mark Ashby Narration.
I want my money back, i couldn't get through the first 6 minutes of this garbage!
I travel 3-5 hours a day in the car and Audible makes it more than bearable.
I bought this book based on my recent listen to the same Author's The Lost Starship series which I loved, specially book two and three as they were read by Mark Boyett who is one of my favourite Narrators.
This was a big mistake though as this series is simply awful
Worst narrator on Audible for a start then just a ridiculous story with more plot holes than a colander.
It features Hovertanks????? (In a comedy like Sgt Bilko maybe that is fine) Bahemoths tanks that no one can find??? Apparently in the future Radar is forgotten about, Trench warfare?????????
Give me a break.... What utter rubbish
No, he is too inconsistent in his story telling.
He raises is tone at the end of every sentence, not sure if it is just a terrible accent or just a terrible reader
It has 4 followups and each is worse in succession
Please give me my credits back!
This book presents some potential scenarios that scare me greatly:
1. The US losing military superiority
2. The US losing space and technological superiority
3. China or other nations mass selling US treasuries
4. Continued economic stagnancy
5. Global cooling due to natural cycles resulting in famines
Any or all of these are real risks and decisions made today have real geopolitical ramifications in these spaces.
Mr. Heppner does a fantastic job with projecting these scenarios and the potential outcomes. I greatly enjoyed this book and am downloading Invasion California as I wrote this.
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