The Xaros drove humanity to the edge of extinction. Now, an immense alien fleet is on the way to Earth to end the human race.
Earth's defenses are in shambles. The planet needs time to ready for the next invasion, time it doesn't have. The Xaros are en route to Earth, and it will take a daring mission to buy Earth the chance it needs to survive the next attack.
While a fleet of brave men and women prepare to face down the Xaros, the Breitenfeld travels to an ancient world where the key to ultimate victory lies buried beneath the crimes of the enigmatic Malal. What price must be paid to secure the aide of this evil being?
The fate of the Earth rests with the Battle of the Void.
©2016 Richard Fox; 2016 Podium Publishing
I confess to bias. I preordered the book and downloaded Battle of the Void at the stroke of midnight. Yes, the other books in the series are that good! Fox outdoes himself in Battle of the Void. The plot is fresh and maintains my interest in the series. Luke Daniels has improved his narration and has created new voices for more characters. Yes, I got irritated as he mixed accents in earlier stories The story line is fresh. He does a superb job of unpacking and developing the Xaros. Fox and Daniels kept me on the edge of my seat as mere mortals do battle with "Uberbeings". Fox explores and develops the characters of several of the Procedurally created humans and doughboys. I enjoyed getting to know more about Makarov.(forgive my spelling as I only listen to the Audible versions of books). The book ranks high on my short list of great SciFi.
This book has the fight to save humankind from the Xaros being waged on two fronts; one with the 8th fleet against the earth-bound Zaros drone armada fighting Zorro and the other with the Breitenfeld venturing into Mad Malal's lair with the quest of acquiring a potential key for ultimate victory.
As with the previous installments, there is a lot going on to keep the story interesting, along with the introduction of a few new species; one of them being Sergeant Torni. Yes, she exists on ... sort of ... and still, always a marine.
Luke performance in this book and previous books is superb. His ability to cover a range of characters combined with consistent presentation is what makes a good story great!
This is a great series. The writing is clean with a well planned, imaginative story arc and exciting plot twists throughout. Luke Daniels continues to impress with a seemingly endless stable of unique and recognizable voices, bringing life and personality to each character.
I'm looking forward to the next installment and highly recommend the series to anyone looking for exciting science fiction military drama.
love this series listened to this installment straight through, knowing I have to wait for the audio book of the siege of earth is a bummer but at least I know is coming.
This story is getting better and better.
Story is excellent, the performance is exceptional and I'm cranky that the next book isn't available!
Well done team, you've delivered a masterpiece again!
At this point I'd say that this is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi series. The feeling of breadth/complexity in the universe rivals that of Hamilton or Banks. Unlike most of Hamilton's work, Fox's writing doesn't take long to get up to speed. I've found myself immediately immersed in every book.
The continuing advancement of the humans and their preparation for the next wave could have been a less-exciting filler. Fox didn't do that. In fact, a lot of the build-up was kind of skipped over in a way that leaves the reader empathetic with the disbelief of characters who didn't witness it.
Excellent job maintaining numerous plot lines and keeping everything consistent and clear. Ancillary note:a lot of operas tend to try to narrate both at the top and at the level of individual Marines. The lower levels often feel like they're not fully fleshed out. Not the case here. I care about the Iron Hearts, the Marines, even the Proces. Not only that but the reader can see that what they do affects the larger plot. They matter.
I like the glimpses of the Xaros - even they (and Malaal) are given treatment so they're not one-dimensional evils.
Narration: I'm a big Daniels fan. His performance here is what I've come to expect... freaking awesome. He brings the characters to life in a way very few other narrators can.
I'm definitely in this series for the long-haul. Heck, after this series ends I'd be interested in a spin off series about Ibarra's machinations leading up to the first attack.
I spend about 2 1/2 hrs a day commuting to work, so I have a good amount of Audible time. I love sci-fi, post apocalypse, and zombie books.
I really like this series!! My entire 120 audio book collection is space sci-if, zombie, and other post apocalyptic stories. This story is interesting and totally keeps me engaged! I can't believe I blew through 7 books in just a couple weeks!!! Can't wait for eight!!!
"Well written and well narrated"
Really enjoyed this book, you can loose yourself and not realise time going bye so good is the story and the story teller
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