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Assault Troopers: Extinction Wars, Book 1 | [Vaughn Heppner]

Assault Troopers: Extinction Wars, Book 1

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 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 11-17-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 11-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Story over all a fair to good book. 3.5*"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    rich san jose, CA, United States 09-29-13
    rich san jose, CA, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.

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    "Payback is a Bitch You Lumpy Midget!"
    Where does Assault Troopers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in the high middle zone. How about 14.25 out of 20?


    What other book might you compare Assault Troopers to and why?

    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!


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this book a shot. Picks up nicely in the latter chapters.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Green Cove Springs, FL, United States 10-26-13
    Edward Green Cove Springs, FL, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Angry, Poor action, No reality, A lot of Yelling"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 10-09-13
    Paul 10-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A good light read"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Esmeralda HEMPSTEAD, NY, United States 10-30-14
    Esmeralda HEMPSTEAD, NY, United States 10-30-14

    Nena10

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    "The book was Kindle-Audible Whispersinc"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Mcgregor 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Genre piece will entertain specific crowd"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    BV Larsen is my likely target.


    What aspect of Christian Rummel’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Assault Troopers?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 11-01-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2011

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Cool Cover, Great Narrator, Figured I'd Try it"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Rivers 12-20-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm obsessed with audible

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    "Meh"

    After reading just little of this book, I was going to write to B V Larson to see of he knew about this. After doing some research, I see they are friends and they have collaborated on book of separate short stories. I can tell they're friends. There's a lot of the same humor when it comes to some of the alien interactions.

    However good some of the parts were, it felt sloppy overall. There are some characters introduced that fall by the way side, the battle scenes were not explained enough to picture anything. (Ex. "Attack") Well, attack what, who, where?. How many? What kind of weapons do the aliens have? Where are you in relation to them... Sigh.

    Christian Rummel is fantastic as narrator though...He's one of my favs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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