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Dies the Fire Audiobook

Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.

But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.

©2004 Stirling; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The novel's dual themes - myth and technology -should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer 06-28-08 Member Since 2007
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    "fantstic"

    A fantastic book, well written, well read and a brilliant concept. All charactors and storylines are believeable with a hint of imagination and fantasy. Well researched . Please more of the same. S.M Sterling is one of the best Si-Fi writers around. This series as as good as the Terminator2 series. Sterling is what Ipods were made for!!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 12-18-14
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 12-18-14 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "I had high hopes but should have left it at book 1"

    It starts in the real world and slowly loses the plot. It is just another twist on the galloping 'Thrones' machine and it really doesn't get there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanja Gardner East Tamaki, Auckland, NZ 11-08-14
    Tanja Gardner East Tamaki, Auckland, NZ 11-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Why? Why does Juniper have an Irish accent?"
    What did you love best about Dies the Fire?

    I've been a long time fan of these books, so I was looking forward to listening to them. Unfortunately, every scene with Juniper in makes me cringe to hear :-(


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many to name - I love competence and there's a vast amount of it in this set.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd McLaren?

    I'd have loved to hear what James Marsters did with the book.


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

    Yes - every time the narrator voiced Juniper, I wanted to cringe. It's a plot point that she's an American who occasionally puts on an Irish accent for the effect it has - voicing her thoughts with one just shows the narrator hasn't read the book before recording.


    Any additional comments?

    It's amazing how something so small can totally ruin what should be an awesome listening experience

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth 11-01-14
    Beth 11-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "So so"
    Would you try another book from S. M. Stirling and/or Todd McLaren?

    This book has some good parts. But way too many long descriptions


    Would you recommend Dies the Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Narrator did a decent job. Only mispronounced a few words and was sometimes a blessed distraction from boring descriptions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 03-26-14
    Alan 03-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Dies The Story"
    What would have made Dies the Fire better?

    Character development


    Has Dies the Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The setting is interesting as are the events of the story but the author's telling leaves a lot to be desired.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-07-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2016

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Middle of the Road"

    ‘Dies the Fires’ is a post-apocalyptic book, with a bit of magic and medieval history combined. Not only do electronics not work, but many of the things people would use post apocalypse to survive (Guns) do not work, which pushes everyone into a middle ages lifestyle. The story is slow in the middle but had a good beginning and end. The characters were likable, but overall people in general seemed to change drastically a bit too quick after the change occurred. Also there was just way to much wiccan talk for me, which I normally wouldn’t mind but since it really didn’t add to the story I could have done without it.

    Performance was pretty good but sometimes everyone sounded like they were either from Scottland or Ireland.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis 10-18-10
    Alexis 10-18-10
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    "Great premise, horrible characters and dialogue."

    When I read about the premise of the story, I was excited to buy and listen to this book. I have enjoyed a few of the other post-apocalyptic, breakdown of society, survival type stories. But I am sorry to say that in this particular story the characters and the dialogue all but ruined the whole thing. I somehow forced myself to finish the whole book, but I will definitely not be moving on to the next installment from the series. While listening, I kept thinking, where does the author get the idea that people in 1998 America would actually speak this way? The speaking style is closer to that from generations past, like that of our great grandparents maybe, but it certainly did not sound to me like modern American banter to me. I almost quit listening a number of times after one of the main characters, Mike Havel, started off yet another sentence with "Christ Jesus, but..." (he says this about 50 times throughout the book). Also, how are readers supposed to buy that people in this situation could realistically pick up so many lost arts so quickly?? One minute, it's the modern age. Then a few months later, everyone who has managed to survive is busy farming, preparing for harvest, hunting and fighting with crossbows and swords, and riding horses like they were plucked straight out of the middle ages without more time than the blink of an eye. I'm sorry, but there is no way these things could possibly happen so quickly. All this combined with the constant barrage of Wiccan preachings and Gaelic proverbs was just too much annoying garbage to make any of the good stuff worth my time.

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    Casey minneapolis, MN, USA 06-15-09
    Casey minneapolis, MN, USA 06-15-09
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    "Ren-fair nerd revenge fantasy"

    I've been reading/listening to alot of "apocalyptic fiction" lately, and this is one of the best. Solid characters, believable dialogue. Despite the fact that it is clearly a D&D nerd's wet dream, I would recommend it to just about anyone. Hours of fun (23 of them!).

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    Kevin 10-29-08
    Kevin 10-29-08
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    "Kevin"

    The book is not that bad. The other reviews write how predictable it is. What book isn't. I got it for all the references to small towns in Oregon. While I am partial to this type of story, it was predictable. But still that did not make it a bad story. If you like a story that has hand to hand fighting in it, then you will likely like this book. But to call it boring and predictable is a bit harsh. I enjoyed it. Was it my favorite book ? No, but I would recommend it to people who like this type of story. Would I have read the book? No, but listening to it while running was fun. Not all books can be like Enders Game, Dune or Red Mars. Enjoy it for entertainment and not great fiction.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 10-05-08
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 10-05-08 Member Since 2007

    Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.

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    "Unbelievable and Clich?d"

    I got an hour into this novel before I decided not to finish listening to it. To me, the story and the characters were unbelievable and cliched. The Wicca references are over done and heavy handed. I can usually find one or two reasons to finish a story even if I do not really like the book, but not this time. It reads like a college student's first manuscript and I am surprised that it was published at all. Since the cover states that S. M. Stirling is a best selling author, it probably gets better and the sequels are probably much different. Even so, this book is so bad that I can not enjoy it and I will not give it any more of my time.

    27 of 40 people found this review helpful

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