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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So...great story, decent narration, but as usual, for OSC, there are too many cooks...er...a.. narrators in the studios. Just let the Stephan Rudnicki narrate it...PLEASE! I'm not sure...which female repeatedly says...and talks about.... El Cavador. But I can't think of a more annoying narration. El Cavador/Rrrrrrrreina El Cavador/Rrrrrrrreina... OH my god (LDS for OSC)...I couldn't stand it.... I so rarely skip any part of a book....but click ahead I did. Fotrunately, I skipped the first book of the series which focuses on the El Cavador...
The rest of the book was awesome. Great action, good characters. Good story...can't wait for the next one....hopefully talk of the....El Cavador and Rrrrrrreina will be minimal.
Wonderful narration, great story, loved the entire book UNTIL the last 10 seconds... I was so mad at this ending (or lack of) I had to look at my Ipod to see if I forgot to download something. Cliffhanger doesn't even come close to this non-ending!! No spoiler here but imagine watching star wars and right after Luke shoots the torpedo BUT before it goes down the hole the movie ends!! I will not be getting the next book unless Card prices it at a HUGE discount. I feel cheated...
Let me start by saying that I love Orson Scott Card's Enderverse novels, and have all of them in audio form. I am a great fan of the Rudnicki and Co. productions of the novels and have never been disappointed...till now. As usual the Stefan Rudnicki team has produced a stellar performance of an Orson Scott Card work. The book itself though seems phoned in. It is comprised almost completely of formulaic and contrived "coincidences" and utterly unbelievable rugged individualism. I do not know if this is a result of the collaboration with Aaron Johnston but I feel that this is a strong possibility. The richness of character and conversation that i so enjoy in the rest of these novels is sorely lacking. This is far better suited to a throwaway Michael Bay summer spectacular than the high quality science fiction that I have loved so much from this author. I am not sure I will be able to stomach the third part in the trilogy.
As the second book in a series, Earth Afire begins to weave the characters lives together as I had hoped. In the first book, Earth Unaware, people were depicted going about their lives as usual, (if deep-space mineral mining and living on a colonized Luna is usual). The crisis we already know about is coming. Earth Afire really explodes into action and moves along rapidly, helped in no small measure by the performances of the narrators.
But I think the editorial decision to stop the story where it did was too abrupt. In fact, it felt like hitting a brick wall after jumping off a cliff on a hang glider with one wing and no 'chute. I know that there's at least a few more paragraphs, if not a few more chapters, that could have been used as an epilog or something. It left me HANGIN', man!
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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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