The Earth died when aliens rained thermonuclear warheads on her cities and sprayed the surface with a bio-terminator. A deadly poison drifted to every corner of the planet, threatening the last survivors with annihilation.
For a soldier in Antarctica like Creed, there is only one way to keep breathing untainted air. He must bury his hatred of the extraterrestrials and join the Jelk Corporation as an assault trooper, leaving the planet for outer space. In return for his and other people's services, the corporation will house the last humans for as long as the assault troopers keep winning.
For the price of living and the chance to save humanity, Creed has to wear a shock chip in his neck - Jelk discipline is harsh - and he has to don a symbiotic battlesuit that feeds off his sweat. Human life is cheap in the vast alien war. The assault troopers are little more than suicide soldiers, but for humanity to escape extinction, they must survive. But Creed didn't agree to the bargain in order to remain a dog to the aliens. He has a plan, and he'll need all his cunning to beat these star born bastards and begin the road to freedom for the human race.
Assault Troopers is a tale of human extinction and ultimate desperation, written by bestselling author Vaughn Heppner.
©2013 Vaughn Heppner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Ranks in the high middle zone. How about 14.25 out of 20?
I will compare this book to The Battle of Heligoland Bight by Eric W. Osborne. They are totally different and have absolutely nothing in common except that they both concern humans and how they act in adverse situations. As I have said previously - Stupid question Audible!
Christian Rummel gives an edge to the main character that works well. Also, I dig his female character voices. When I heard Jennifer's voice I had a flashback and thought I was in Dauntless' bridge in Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series. Rummel is a pro. He made a pretty good story into a solid good story.
No extreme reactions. I did get saddened when the main character and Jennifer, fresh out of the sweaty sack, travel into a German city. Buy book for more info. I laughed at least 9 times toward the end when one of the central characters opts out of the evil camp and fights the good fight. Solid dialogue.
Give this book a shot. Picks up nicely in the latter chapters.
This must be the first part of a new saga. The story in ok and has action with drama. It could have been better but well worth the listen. I'll be waiting for part 2.
One of my favorite genres is military scifi and I am constantly looking for stuff I haven't read before. I came across this story and I liked the plot summary that was described, and never having read the author before, I read the reviews, and seeing most were positive I got the book. How disappointed I was in this story. The action mainly consists of a lot of yelling, a lot of shooting or stabbing, and very little realistic descriptions of the battles. The main character is boorish, always angry and has no leadership skills what-so-ever other than to constantly yell ATTACK. He shows no intelligence, never has a plan that is fully explained, treats everyone around him terribly and is totally undeveloped as a character. And that is really the most disappointing aspect of this whole story, not one character is developed or allowed to grow. There are so many opportunities for witty dialogue, developing relationships, and intrigue that are simply bypassed. The characters that are presented are 2 dimensional and totally wasted because they are simply introduced and dropped, make cameo appearances later and are dropped again. The premise of the story is very good but ultimately fails due to a total lack of character development and adequate universe development. If you like this kind of story, the underdog vs everyone else story, I suggest looking elsewhere, such as the Troy Rising series and Legacy of the Aldenata series by John Ringo, or the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. You will enjoy them much more.
An OK book made much better by the always talented narration of Christian Rummel.
This oft used plot of humanity, captured or recruited, by villainous aliens to be used as mercenaries is further enforced by holding the balance of mankind hostage to extinction.
This light read (or listen) is only slightly marred by the over the top, self-aggrandizing, oh so smugly superior alien villains. A writing style that creates antagonists that bring to mind those found in L Ron Hubbard’s Mission Earth series. As part of the plot line some of this fits in but too much tends to detract from the story.
If you’re looking for a light read or listen this one fills the bill.
I tried to like this book, but didn't even finish it. I just got tired of the main character and his anger issues.
First, the good stuff. Vaughn Heppner plots exceptionally well. That is, he sets up interesting situations full of potential excitement and conflict. He also writes well enough. Christian Rummel does his usual highly professional, well-paced narration.
But these aren't nearly enough to save this book. The characters are mechanical, but irrational. They don't relate to each other, except by banging into each other like rocks shaken in a bag. They also behave oddly. In the first scene, the main character, faced with a landing by genocidal aliens, immediately abandons all the people he has been hired to protect (we never hear what happens to them) and stands stock still in the open, weapons untouched, while (a) the alien ship lands (b) the hatch opens and a vehicle emerges, and (c) the vehicle sashays over to within spitting distance. A bit slow on the uptake?
As another listener remarked, it does get a bit better as Heppner gets warmed up -- but not a whole lot better. Not enough better. I finally gave up when the magically intuitive Russian scientist suddenly acquires total mastery of a completely alien technology based on zero data or reasoning -- and for the third time. She's, like, a scientist, man, so she knows stuff, see. That's pretty much all the explanation we get.
This is the story of a broken boy who became a loser first (harsh, I know) , and after the apocalyptic experience with the aliens , becomes a superhero and a....philosopher. Ha.
I don't think I will follow the series. This was enough.
The book was Kindle-Audible Whispersinc thing and the narration was excellent. Almost gave it four stars just for that.
Heppner's writing smacks of a neophyte into the genre. It's not really that bad, but there are a lot of improvements he could make to his style. He attempts to create the anti-hero, but does so unrealistically in his characterization of Creed. Creed is supposed to be full of self-conflict, but he's just hypocritical at times. He has eschewed formal education and is an "initiative not planning" type, but revels in Wikipedia-depth historical lectures about military history.
Heppner overuses recent popular fiction, which will quickly date this book and is pedantic at times. I realize that Heppner had to target his audience, but he might want to zoom out on his scope for greater general acceptance. Also, if you haven't actually seen or read the references made in the books, the color of the story fades extremely quickly.
BV Larsen is my likely target.
Christian Rummel is a known quantity in this genre. He's good, but he needs to pick up the pace and use less voice inflection (or at least less haphazardly). I had to listen to the book at 1.25x speed to make it bearable.
Not sure what the point of the "savant" Ella is to the novel. A scientist isn't really a savant. Or even if they were, they would take offense to be characterized as such.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Heppner has written some good books, this is middle of the pack for any post-apocalyptic earth & then the earthlings rise up from the ashes to be the indispensable weapon for the aliens... which tends to be a fall back to many dystopia/post-apocalypse type story. I basically picked this book because I think Christian Rummel is a fantastic narrator, had an interesting cover, & it was authored by Heppner.
The book was not filled with much substance, it had lots of action, lots of suspension of disbelief, & obvious predictability, but was fun. I'm not sure if I would buy the next book if he wrote a second book for this series. The book had the quality of a 'been there, did that, didn't get a T-shirt' vibe. But I knew that going in after reading the short description.
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