It was a quiet Seattle morning until the skies filled with fire: without warning, a catastrophic meteor shower caused buildings to crumble and the lights to go out. Out of the rubble, five ordinary people arose to find themselves manifesting undreamed-of abilities.
Will they be enough to do what the military cannot - stop a massive alien invasion before the entire West Coast is destroyed?
©2016 Timothy W. Long (P)2016 Timothy W. Long
Yes. This is a different concept from other super hero stories. And I really enjoyed it.
Again. I really enjoyed this book. The only problem I had which really made me want to stop listening was the reader. He wanted to make everything sound like an action sequence. That very annoying if the characters are just going to sleep or sitting down. But other than that it was a good book.
The beginning was hard to follow at first because the narrator talked very fast and seemed to never take a breathe. I liked all the characters and the fast paced story.
Brian's Book Blog
We're being invaded and have the most unlikely saviors
An alien invasion strike Seattle, while the attack is happening, five strangers will find themselves now flowing with very unlikely... powers. What can these unlikely heroes do to prevent this alien invasion?
Impact Earth: Symbiosis was narrated by Todd Menesses who does a wonderful job. It's always nice to hear a narration that I would consider a "full cast" ensemble with only one narrator. A lot of the accents were really well done and it really helped move the story along.
Another book that has superhero undertones to it. Looking at the cover of this you would have no idea (but I guess that's why you shouldn't always judge a book by its cover).
While I enjoy superheroes, especially those who basically came from nothing -- this isn't my go-to genre. Menesses narration really kept me interested in this and helped me to continue listening to it.
I saw a lot of reviews that were complaining about the amount of profanity, so I will warn you -- if you are overly sensitive to profanity, just avoid this book. Given some of the circumstances that these characters are put into, I can completely understand the cursing -- I even support it for a book like this. I think that Timothy W Long was trying to make the book as realistic as possible (yeah, yeah, with aliens). But real people talk like that, especially those who are going through extremely stressful and bad situations.
If you look past the cursing there was a lot of really unique detail in this book. Long does a great job trying to make sure that each character is explained, and their backstories are told well enough that you can continue to follow with them as they learn of their new and different powers.
Overall, while a combination of a style that I really like with one that I don't as much -- I found myself enjoying Symbiosis. The combination of Long's writing style and Menesses comic-book-character-esque narration made this for me.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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Been waiting for TWL to crank out another good one. Tim, my man, please don't make me wait years for the next installment of this series!
Narrator. Is great, even liked his *pop* *poppop* that got left in when he made a mistake
The dialogue felt stunted between the characters and the lack of cohesion of the 5 main characters was frustrating and was never resolved. The narrator sometimes sounded like he was announcing for a monster truck rally commercial and his inflection on the last word in a sentence was jarring and kept removing me from the story. I will read the next novel in the series instead of listening to it.
I liked the idea of actual Super Hero's.
The fact that another alien race tried to help us survive. It's wonderful, since sometimes we don't seem to deserve any help....
This guy doesn't seem to know the difference between an Asian Female and a Latina Female's speech patern. I believe this was supposed to be a Latina woman but it had the stilted inflection of an Asian.
Great story. Loved the way the Hero's were actually able to save people in different ways, according to their best human instincts.
It seems the author chose not to include the chapter describing how each of the protaganists went to truck driver language school. F*** this and F*** that got old very quickly. I have no problem with some colorful characters chipping in a few zingers here and there, but not all of them. A dedicated family man doesn't typically speak that way, and neither do most highly educated engineers that I know.
I know it's the author's world that we are observing here... but it seems to me that the young kid would be quick to accept his new found abilities and the old guy would be the one not too thrilled about his daily routine being upset with these events.
Perhaps the mis-pronunciation of "ambulance" (and several other words) was intentional, but it drove me crazy.
I only saw it through to the bitter end because I was raised in Seattle and could visualize the places that were mentioned.
I have no interest in any sequels on this one.
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