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.
Mr Heppner has created a future world which seems reasonable, consistent within its basic premises and hence credible. In it a new glacial age has changed weather patterns making food far more scarce, petrochemicals far more important and the world a far more dangerous place. China, after years of military build-up, has become both rich from trade and a major military power and has consequently become expansive. America, after years of trade deficits and unbalanced budgets, has become much weaker, much less resolute and shorn of its military alliances. Facing a weakened and irresolute America, China has decided to seize the Alaskan oil reserves by force and thus starts a war between the two countries.
In addition to a logical and credible world situation Mr Heppner has also created a set of characters, American, Chinese and Canadian who are interesting, have reasonable back-stories, and react as normal people thrust into their situation might well react. They are not all admirable, but they are all believable and none are so superior as to make the situations unreasonable. While fiction, the book has the feel of a narration of real events involving real people making real decisions about real life situations and thus is a very pleasant alternative to the normal set of super-human secret agents, all-knowing detectives, mindless zombies and super-duper ninja-like fighters one often finds in current suspense novels. These people make both good and bad decisions, both succeed and fail, both live and die. I found the book so interesting and believable that I decided that I would buy the second book in the series. This may be military fiction but it is not made up of battle following battle but rather is a meld of the personal, political and military and this promises to be a very interesting series. The narration is excellent, the story both interesting and credible and it is not hard seeing the events as real-life news headlines.
This book is has some Tom Clancy influences, but dare I say better. This book contains continuous action, drama, and suspense to keep you reading. The narration is great, storyline realistic and continuous emotional highs. I’m pre-ordering for book two now.
I stumbled upon this book by accident, and was unsure if I should spend a credit on it. I decided to take the plunge, and was glad that I did! Character development is good, and it has a good storyline. This is not the typical "Bad guy attacks America - America's Dominant Army Fights Back - America Wins" kind of book.
Very interesting book. Details what road we could go down with further military cut backs and the rise of China as a world superpower. Shows the spirit od America despite being reduced by years of left wing political agendas, and political correctness.
A plausible idea with chilling consequences. A must read for anyone who believes we should slash our national defense.
Yes, but it is impossible to do so
An excellent read but outlines a very frightening future
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.
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.
The premise of a war between China and the US was interesting for me. I enjoyed listening to the tempo and language of the dialog among the Chinese ministers. However, perhaps I have watched too many West Wing shows, I did not believe the flow of the dialog of the military commanders and the President. The description of the military equipment and the actual fighting was interesting but it's not my thing.
Definitely not if Ashby is narrating.
Just want to say that Mark Ashby's needs a voice coach. He consistently would drop pitch at the end of phrases and sentences (dropping ends), which made it really difficult to listen to for long. He needs to learn to t use pitch to add variety so the result doesn't sound like monotone
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