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 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.
Time well spent as the story does have considerable political depth and makes you think about current geo-politics and the future.
Perhaps, I will have to let this one set in and see if I am still interested later
Narration was pretty good but not the best of Audible performance. Sometimes I found myself confused as to which character was which. Most often this occurred with the Chinese characters as they had the most difficult names and very so plentiful.
A good but not great book. Seems plodding in some portions but perhaps some of that is building for rest of the series.
I wonder where these narrators come from. I also wonder if they have ever listened to an audio book. Not too far into this one, but if he doesn't make a reading change fairly soon, I will not be able to say if the story is any good.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
This book is for children. Well, either it's for children or VERY slow adults. Truth be told, for the young adult (early teens) market who's into military history and tech, this book is probably not so bad. However, I am an adult, and I saw no warning anywhere in the description, letting me know who this book was written for.
Where to begin with this steaming pile... The dialogue is so unimaginative and stale, it comes across like a high school kid wrote it. The plot is so utterly unrealistic that it's cringe-worthy. The author seems to be guessing as to much of the military tactics and strategy throughout. You won't care about any of the characters. None are unique, memorable, or likable.
I'm not a fan of Tom Clancy, but I've seen where other reviewers compare this guy to him. That's rubbish. This guy makes Clancy look like the greatest writer to have ever lived... and, again, I'm not a Clancy fan. This writer is just that bad.
The worst part about this book are the characters. The leaders of China and the US are retarded. I mean that literally. They come across as mentally deficient to the point of retardation. Everything from the decisions they make, to the way they speak, to the way they are constantly talking to themselves, all of it is completely retarded.
What may be worse than the retarded characters is the fact that the author "played it safe" by making some of the leaders on both sides racist. Really? Racists in the White House, and running China? Really? It would be laughable how contemptible this author considers China, if it wasn't so sad. Obviously, this clown believes more in stereotypes from the 1980's than he does in actually researching his subjects.
I could go on, but this should suffice. This book is a complete waste of time and money for any adult with an IQ over 80.
The narrator is good.
Best Selling Author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Some uneducated toothless moron, who dropped out of kindergarten.
This author has no skill with words. The plot might have been good, but the prose was so bad, I couldn't bear to listen past 5 minutes.
Mediocre at best. The fault was the writing, not the narration.
All of them. Actually, let's cut out the writer!
I cannot believe audible published this. I'm very disappointed with audible's poor judgement.
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