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Earth Afire | [Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston]

Earth Afire

One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.
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One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

©2013 Orson Scott Card (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    David Apopka, FM, United States 08-21-13
    David Apopka, FM, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Let Down At The End"

    I know the story because I own the comics, disappointed with the end, I feel he should have ended this one earlier and finish the story once and for all in the last book. It was amazing and I really enjoyed it, but I much rather had been left in absolute misery for all of the characters, in contrast to the roller coaster at the end. Can't say much more without spoiling anything.

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    Andrew FPO, AP, United States 08-18-13
    Andrew FPO, AP, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Was hoping for one shot knock out"

    Sad that Orson Scot Card didn't finish the book in a single go, and didn't feel like part one did enough to be a good stand alone book in its own right. Perhaps it would have been better without as many characters, most have hardly any ties to the enders game novel.

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    Ryan Weatherston 08-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great 2nd book in the series!"

    Great follow-up book to the first one. It kept me hooked until the end and then I couldn't believe the book was finished; I wanted more. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

    Just wish that the story followed Mazer Rackham and the MOPS team more and Victor and Lem less.

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    Amazon Customer United Socialist Republic of Lesser Minnesota 08-12-13
    Amazon Customer United Socialist Republic of Lesser Minnesota 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wesley Crusher Rides....sigh....Again"
    Any additional comments?

    I think I'm done with Card. I guess there will always be a place for him in Sci-Fi, but I'm not sure I can take another Wesley Crusher Saves the World story. I've read at least a half-dozen of his and this just seems another cookie from the same tray. I think that my assessment may say more about me than Card; maybe I've been expecting too much military details like from Ringo; maybe expecting too much weapons details like from Maberry; maybe expecting too much character development like Brett. Either way, me or him, I'm done. Not in a mean vindictive sort of way, but just, 'I'm done.'

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    Patrick Flynn La Grande, Or United States 08-08-13
    Patrick Flynn La Grande, Or United States 08-08-13 Listener Since 2010

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    "More of the story of the first Formic wars"

    If you have enjoyed the previous books in this mini-series within a series this will not disappoint. Telling the story of the soldiers, industrialists and civilians caught up in a world event.
    Great writing and story of what you would expect from Card and now Johnston.
    Can't wait for the next book!

    I was a bit disappointed that there was no "Bonus Material" interview with Card at the end, but alas, I'm sure there is a reason.

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    Brad 08-02-13
    Brad 08-02-13
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    "OK story but the many characters are annoying"
    What disappointed you about Earth Afire?

    Too many characters were so self-righteous and whining it became painful to listen too. I was hoping a few of them would die off so my ears would not be assaulted by them anymore.


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    Scott Middleville, MI, United States 07-30-13
    Scott Middleville, MI, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2014
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    "why did I get this book so soon?"
    What did you love best about Earth Afire?

    now I have to wait! I started again with Ender's Game, but realized that since I last read the book that there are now more books in the series. Upon listening to earth unaware I was quite excited to listen to earth afire. Great book. I was quite upset when it ended at. cliff hanger, now I need to wait till the next book comes out. :( I would quite like to see where they take the story.

    Mr. Card and Mr. Johnston, sooner would be better please.


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    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 07-30-13
    Eric LYNCHBURG, VA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

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    "Imagine how good it will be when it's finished!"

    It is an average part of a story and Mr Card is taking that approach with much of his work of late. This, ironically after he credits the publisher whit patience while he finishes. This is a lazy prequel that tries to tell far too much of story that we don't want to know and fails. At this rate, there are five more books before we ever reach the second formic war. Mazer Rackham is the story we want to know. The other stories just drags into far too many books before the End(ers) Game.

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    Sph123 07-28-13
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    "And the Story Continues"
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Afire the most enjoyable?

    The performances brought the story to life, adding an extra dimension which made listening to it more enjoyable than just reading it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not much. Sometimes it was difficult to differentiate the characters when they were speaking. And what's with the kid, Bunyan? It didn't add anything to the story. A waste of effort unless Card intends to develop a new story line.


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

    They add color and believability.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Drill, Baby, Drill


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    Douglas 07-22-13
    Douglas 07-22-13
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    "Good story, ANNOYING narration."

    The cadence and phrasing of Stephen Hoye's part of narration was extremely hard to listen to and distracted from what was otherwise a good story. If he is part of the next installment I will skip the audio version and buy the book. The other narrators were excellent and worthy of both Ender and Card.

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