The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance.
In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival. Earth will need a fleet. One with a hidden purpose. One strong enough to fight a battle against annihilation.
The Ember War is the first installment in an epic military sci-fi series. If you enjoyed A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo and The Last Starship by Vaughn Heppner, then you'll love this explosive adventure with constant thrills and high stakes from beginning to end.
The Ruins of Anthalas, book 2: An ancient holocaust holds the key to humanity's survival.
Only a sliver of mankind survived the Xaros invasion. With Earth's defenses in ashes, nothing can stop the aliens' inevitable return. Hope arrives through a cryptic message from a long-lost alien race, promising the means to rebuild the shattered space fleet. Captain Valdar takes one of the last strike carriers, the Breitenfeld, and his shell-shocked crew on a desperate mission to the dead world. Unfortunately humans aren't the only power that received the ancient message....
The Ruins of Anthalas is the second book in The Ember War Saga, a military sci-fi space opera. If you like David Weber and John Ringo with a touch of Isaac Asimov, then you'll love this fast-paced and captivating adventure where humanity survives at the edge of a knife.
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Overall it's not a bad listen, there are moments where you actually care what is going on. Mostly though it's two dimensional characters playing out a story the feels like you've already heard it a dozen times from a dozen different authors. I got this because of the narrator and Luke Daniels is still good though he does mispronounce a few things here and there.
My biggest concern is that I had very little desire to listen to the book at all. It wasn't fun, entertaining, witty, interesting, dynamic, or really any of the things you'd like to hear in a good book. I guess I'd compare this to microwave macaroni and cheese. It's not actually bad, but it isn't really good either.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
The book starts out pretty good with a Scott Meyer type opening. Then the book jumps ahead in time and all imagination is replaced with clichéd, cardboard cutout characters and action. Hard core military fans and the paid help seem to like it a lot. You probably know what you like, so if your looking for some shoot-em up action, this is your cup of tea. Did you know that the American Flag is so superior to all other flags, that after sitting on the top of a pole for thirty years in bad weather and good, it will still wave?
YOUR EYES ARE SECRETING
Luke Daniels is excellent as always.
The author certainly has a deep understanding of military structures and protocols , but at time seems to over excess in there details. In general, the bike are loaded with tropes, and while not a bad thing, the "you-know-something-bad-will-happen" cliche is overused. All in all, the audio performance was good, and the story entertaining, if not ground-breaking.
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!
This is definitely one of my new favorite space sci-fi audiobooks. The book is filled with everything you could want from a sci-fi novel... Space battles, ground battles, advanced technology, alien adversaries, alien allies, action, mystery, and suspense.
The book starts from the point-of-view of Marc Ibarra. A young scientist, Marc is lead by an unknown person (who seems to know everything about his unpublished work in mathematics) to the middle of nowhere. What he discovers is not a person, but an advanced, self-aware alien probe. It tells Marc that it was sent on a mission to help humanity prepare for an approaching threat that promises to destroy everything and everyone in it's path.
With the help of the alien AI, Marc and his company are successful in advancing humanity's technological level at a rapid pace. Even with all of the advanced technological breakthroughs, Marc is only able to hide one unsuspecting fleet of ships from the oncoming swarm of alien drones. When the fleet emerges from what they thought would be a short jump into FTL, they emerge in the same place decades in the future. They discover that while they were hidden, the rest of humanity has been destroyed, and it is up to the few remaining ships to combat the alien drones in an effort to save not only the human race, but countless other races the drones will undoubtedly destroy in their unstoppable advance.
Luke Daniels, of course, does another amazing narration with the Ember War books. I have listened to him in several other space sci-fi novels, and he is just as good in this book as he was in the others.
This was an all-around great listen. Anyone who enjoys space sci-fi will love this book.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Best thing about this book is that it's told in 3rd person. I dislike 1st person for fiction. The first chapter is NOT a good sampling of the book. The tone of the rest of the book is very different, as chapter 2 jumps ahead 60 years. The plot is hard to follow as the author holds his cards close to his chest. I sometimes wasn't sure what was going on. Lots of battles. Too many characters. I didn't care if they died in battle — I didn't know them. Not enough characterization. Not enough relationship building. The author may have a bias against Muslims.
I was startled by the stupid sentence: "Humans are the only sentient beings on Earth." (Or words to that effect.) I was surprised that everyone saw Ibarra as a villian, and none of the military officers could relate to the difficult choices he had to make. I didn't like him much, but I sympathized with his position. There are several no-shades-of-gray simpleminded characters. Their reactions to most of the big events in this book just didn't resonate with me.
Narration is okay.
Luke Daniels the narrator, yes. Richard fox no.
The author's obvious "alt-right" political leanings. The simplistic
Narrator did fine. He didn't have much to work with.
This book is the most simplistic vision ever of an alien invasion and/or first contact.One dimensional characters are exposed to wild otherworldly sights and knowledge with practically zero skepticism or wonder. Everyone just goes with the flow. The description of complex events are dull with no details filled in.Don't even get me started on the political stereotypes the writer just tosses in. His leanings are obvious and ill informed.A much better story with the same themes is the "Fear Saga" trilogy, by Stephen Moss. Best story I've listened to ever!I'm shocked there are so many sequels.
interesting premise. there is plenty of skipping around in the story, some plot holes. Campy characters. lots of events that happen just in the nick of time to save everyone. this story could be great but needs to go through a few rewrites.
I will be getting the rest of the books. it sure does remind me of Star Gate universe!
well this is the road that show should have gone down and it would be still on the air. can't wait for the movies !! hope so
What made the performance for me was the voice for the Iron Hearts. I don't believe I would have empathized as strongly with them if not for the stark contrast of their voice.
"Very enjoyable fast-paced space story."
I enjoyed these two fast-paced works of art immensely. Lovable characters, with nail biting twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
"A good space Opera"
A good old yarn. Bits of lots of sci fi stories from battlestar galactica to stargate and star trek. Some interesting twists along the way and well performed throughout. Now I've got to listen to the next five in the series, oh well there goes £100!
I'm a big fan of B.V. Larson and this series is as good as the Star Force.
"Very good space saga let down not by the narration but by the narrators accents."
Great book but terrible accents from the narrator. Being Scottish I was a little upset but the Scandinavian was like Indian!
Really had to stick at listening for the first 3 chapters
The pace of the book was ok and there is clearly a lot of s one to the series. All is good except the Scottish accent. Omg
"I could not get into it at all"
I found it very hard to get involved with this book to picture the scenes that was been described just found myself feeling confused with it iv had this book for three days and iv only spent 50 minutes listening to it which is very unlike me not impressed
"Fast paced nearly to a fault. "
Luke Daniels performed excellently bringing each character to light with ease. The story itself was compelling enough but I did feel it glossed over some details which I felt could have benefited the world which the author has created. Despite this I still enjoyed both books and will most likely purchase the sequels in the series.
"good solid story"
great read ,sorry listen, especially as its part 1 and 2 excellent value, will watch out for more from this auther
"one of the best and most original of this genre "
I found I enjoyed these first two books in the series immensely. Free from an excess of techno babble and uninteresting back story, the books just get on with telling a compelling story really clearly. The basic premise is that humans have been given a 60 year warning of a nearly unstoppable alien attack. Can the humans do enough in the time with the help of a single friendly being ?
Beautifully narrated with some fantastic characterisation as well.
"Not easily pleased"
I wasn't sure at first as this was on impulse after quickly going through reviews, and I was well rewarded. This is a great sci-fi gum audio, Luke Daniels does a great job! For 15 hours it's great story and value. If you like sci Fi you will love this. Two thumbs up.+
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