They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods. Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender - or death for all humans.
©1986 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
“Nobody does it better than Niven and Pournelle. I loved it!” (Tom Clancy)
"Rousing – the best of the genre.” (The New York Times Book Review)
I think that this story was very well written, this is very different from some of the other SF stories about dominance from other worlds.
Oh yes, in fact I liked it somuch that I didn't want to put it down.
Helpless in CyberSpace
The concept for the book was interesting. The character development was quite good. The aliens were hard to understend at first, but you will become used to it and be able to keep up with what's going on.
war of the worlds, the original book. It too was a book about the invasion of earth. Footfall was different in that the author let us into the mind of the aliens.
Overall yes. There were times when it seemed to drag abit.
Maybe. I generally don't like followup books because they have a habit of not living up to the original
I read this on talking books
A very exciting story
Because that's the name of a friend of mine.
I wondered if the 'good guys' were going to win
No comments for now.
Yes. Great narration and interesting plot.
The congressman and his neurotic female companion. His steadfast belief that a compromise could be reached and the slowly evolving interplay between her and him was unforeseen and interesting when it finally started to show itself.
The climax where the president was overridden and the congressman played his cards very close to the vest.
The Herding of Humanity
I could really never get my head around miniature elephants being able to bring humanity to the brink of destruction.
Believable, great yarn
The Congressman, he's like the every-man of the story.
Pronunciation of the alien names was difficult when reading the print version.
Yes but it was great for a long car ride.
This book is pure entertainment! It is like candy for my ears. I am still in the first part of the book, but I am having such a great time listening to it, I am ready to rate it. It is one of those rare finds where the story and the narrator are a perfect match and the result is delightful.
Because I haven't actually finished the book, I can't say much about the story but thus far it has totally sucked me in. I can hardly put it down.. The broad range of characters is astonishing and the narrator's ability to voice each one differently and so naturally switch between them is amazing.
I gotta go now. Right now the Russian general's secretary is sitting on his lap unbuttoning her blouse...
I loved this story when it 1st came out. It was one of the 1st SF books I reccomended to my son to read as a young adult and he also loved it.
A good story with interesting charactors......Harry Red Rules
Harry Red. Average guy that does good. Could be next door neighbor
Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science
Good enough to keep you listening. More action with a fun story. One themee point of a different perspective but not that engoosing. Good scifi action.
I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.
I love this book 10of10, best of Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle!
One of the best Sci-Fi books I have ever read, and loved it just as much on Audiobook!
poor story,.. unnecessary dialogues and characters, i really don't get the good reviews? better get larry niven's 'mote in god's eye'.. save this one. waste of credit.
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