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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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    Aerindel 06-30-13
    Aerindel 06-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "What the hell is this?"

    That was my reaction after the first finishing this book.

    For a long time I thought that the the story of the first bugger war was one that needed to be told but it this is not that story.

    I don't really know what this is. Shameless cash in comes to mind. Poor copy of B movie alien invasion possibly. Whatever it is this is not the Orson Scott Card of Enders game or Speaker for the dead.

    This book seems to be mostly composed of recycled elements from previous books that all feel out of place in this one. Super intelligent 8 year olds? check. Young men and women with troubled family relationships? check. Excessive and gratuitous attempts to show off just how much the author knows about spanish culture? check.

    What is worse, this book has no ending. It is not the story of the first bugger war, it is the story of a bunch of hateful, ignorant or simply confused characters trying to find themselves, and failing to do so before the author simply seems to lose interest in his own book and pulls the plug on the whole thing without ever actually getting to the climax.

    The whole thing reads like Independence Day but with less interesting characters. Orson Scott Card has actually managed to write an alien invasion that is so boring that it is even ignored by most of the characters in the book.

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    Dr. CORVALLIS, OR, United States 06-25-13
    Dr. CORVALLIS, OR, United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2014

    Hi my name is Jason and I have a serious audiobook addiction. I'm not really looking for a cure.

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    "Good story ended too soon."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story with lots of good background on events for anybody interested in the Enderverse. Mazer Rackham is the man.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    A couple of the Narrators sounded like they whined their whole performance. It made characters who were supposed to be intelligent and savvy sound like morons.


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

    Yes. The ending was too abrupt. It's almost like it ended mid-sentence. More could have been resolved and I would be more likely to read the next one. It's hard to trust that you're going to get your money's worth when the story just suddenly stops. Disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steve Youngtown, AZ, United States 06-23-13
    steve Youngtown, AZ, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a book, an installment with a cliff hanger"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Love the story but that Orson Scott Card has resorted to this cheap tactic of making us buy the next book to find out what happens.is dissapointing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 06-22-13
    Dale Springdale, AR, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.

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    "what a rip off!!"

    I was excited to get this book because of the abrupt, unsatisfying end to the first in the series... but this book took that to an extreme. By ending this book at the plot's climax... O.S.Card is treating his readers like a dope dealer treats a drug addict. In other words: "keep them hooked but unsatisfied and they'll be back with more money"

    I don't believe in refunds because "I didn't like the book"... but I will be returning this because I feel seriously ripped off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bellevue, NE, United States 06-21-13
    Michael Bellevue, NE, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Accent Hell"

    I would have preferred a reading of the story instead of the attempt to use various accents.
    The worse by far were the chapters with the surviving free miners wives. I think the reader in this section was trying for a Academy Award for "Best 'R" Rolling". Since one of the characters was named Reina (Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreina) I almost gave up listening at this point. I understand what the narrators were trying to do, but it was too often overdone and took me out of the story.

    Other than the narration, I enjoyed the story. Since the prequel series started last year, I've been going back and re-reading the original novels. And I can recommend the Audible version of "Ender's Game"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aladin 06-17-13
    Aladin 06-17-13
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    "Great, But Canadian are missing the first Book!!!!"

    Great, But missing the first book "Earth Unaware" for Canadian reader.

    It seems to be available for US. Please fix this. I learned about it only after buying the second book.

    Good trilling book, the story is not finish, looking forward for the next episode (if available in Canada).

    Please don't forget the Canadian, and make sure that other book currently unavailable are made accessible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N.J 06-16-13
    N.J 06-16-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "The book is by Orson Scott Card AND Aaron Johnson."
    What would have made Earth Afire better?

    I didn’t notice this book wasn’t by Orson Scott Card till I was half way through, and then the book made sense. It’s somehow dated, I feel like I’m listening to a bad book written in the 60’s


    Has Earth Afire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I loved the other Enders game books


    How could the performance have been better?

    I proffer one reader doing the whole book


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    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 06-16-13
    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging"

    Get this book, but only if you have listened to Earth Unaware. Earth Afire could stand on its own, but it is better when you already know some of the characters. There are several plot lines and many characters in this book. Some characters like Victor and Mazer were introduced in the previous book. A major new character is Bingwen, a 10-year old Chinese boy who is wise beyond his years. I don't know how precocious Orson Scott Card was as a child, but it is clear he likes to write about extraordinary children. One plot line involving Rena and the other survivors of the El Cavador has no intersection with the other elements in this book. I prefer books where the story is resolved at the end, but this is the second part of a trilogy so the cliffhanger end is not a surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 06-14-13
    Richard 06-14-13
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    "Solid edition to Ender's Universe."
    What made the experience of listening to Earth Afire the most enjoyable?

    The first book in this series left me feeling a bit emotionally manipulated. That said, this book actually moved me to tears several times throughout the story. It tells an h g wells worthy story of an Alien landing with characters that are very well written. I will be waiting impatiently for the next book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandre Miami, Florida 06-07-13
    Alexandre Miami, Florida 06-07-13
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    "The typical middle book of a series"

    Im a great fan of Mr. Card's books for a few years now, being enthralled by Ender's Game in that 20th anniversary audiobook edition and since then sifting through his work.
    I confess that i was very intrigued by the idea of a prequel trilogy for the Ender books.
    The first one: Earth Unaware (a five star listen, by the way) deliver what I wanted. Earth Afire, however, is a lesser book, and I will risk to predict that it will be the worst of this trilogy.
    Don't get me wrong, it is a nice story and point to a interesting direction, but, as a middle book of a trilogy lack the feeling of fresh ideas and don't have closure.
    On the other hand, the performance is superb. The multicast voices (which is the norm for the Ender and Shadow series) is quite well chosen and add a lot to an otherwise just nice story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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