The Chrysallaman Empire made contact in 1947. Their mission was simple: find a suitable planet for colonization. Rich with land, minerals and water, Earth - HG-281- could boast only of a primitive race of defenders known as Humans, bugs who could be easily squashed by the might of a single Chrysallaman's mind. When a Chrysallaman ship is unexpectedly brought down in Roswell, New Mexico, the aliens return to their home planet to regroup, leaving behind a broken ship and a young alien boy who would grow to become one of Earth's greatest assets - and her greatest ally.
Mankind has 60 years to prepare a strategy to defend against not only superior technology, but superior psychic ability and strength. F.O.R.C.E., an elite group of military personnel, brilliant scientists, and a sombrero-wearing alien, is formed to develop a worldwide defense, the likes of which the Chrysallamans have never known.
Spanning six decades, the defining technological achievements, people and events of human history, from the Roswell incident to the Dali Lama to the Hubble telescope to the Pioneer missions, are masterfully re-envisioned and woven into The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. As they learn to work with each other, the humorous, tumultuous and sometimes romantic interactions of the F.O.R.C.E. team bring the book to life.
©2015 Sam B Miller II (P)2016 Sam B Miller II
Enjoyed how the writer started the book in the 50's era and gradually moved into the present day. Loved the way the writer took famous NASA missions and re-spun them to fit into the story as well. The aliens were portrayed as villainous but had a humorous undertone. The multitude of alien voices was impressive. Narrator was phenomenal.The plot was fairly simple but the characters, human and alien, made it really fun. The technology in the book is plausible and very inventive. I will definitely listen to book 2 when it is released.
This book had to have at least 40 characters. I was constantly impressed by the narrator's ability to have different voices for all of them. How the heck do they do that?? The relationship between Heinbaum and McPherson was performed exceptionally well...very funny too. The quality of the recording was excellent. I have listened to this narrator in another book called Threads of the War...a very different type of book but also incredible narration.
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review "
If you are wondering about the validity of "unbiased reviews " when we get the book for free to review; it's all about preselection bias. We choose the books we want to review, so of course we have good things to say, we don't read and review the unwanted ones.
That being said, how do I share with you , just how good this was. The performance by John Pirhalla was excellent. Each character was distinct and the emotion of each passage was vividly experienced by the listener. The author Sam Miller spun a story so intricate and enticing that you can't help but want to know what's going to happen next. This was an enjoyable read, try it😊.
Great performance, very enjoyable. Only things that knocked it down was that there were parts where the description of somewhat non-vital things or elements dragged on and on...filler...I recommend the book, had good flow for the most part, humor and suspense. Where will the story go? I am not sure but I will get it, it does say part 1
Fun, Exciting and Engaging
No, but I really enjoyed his narration
I liked How they went around the work to find unique humans to help save the human race.
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This book really impressed me. The story was fascinating. I loved how it spanned 70 years. I'm very curious to see where the story goes. Its a pretty good stand alone though. The story had me hooked from the get go. The characters are are wonderful. I especially liked how the author humanized the captured alien. He wasn't just a thing to be experimented on. Although the book dealt with some pretty doom and gloom subject matter it was quite funny at times. Which is always a plus for me. Not much action till the last part of the book but it always held my interest. I'll definitely follow up with this author.
The narrator gave a great performance. Very entertaining.
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I am listening to something everyday!
Enjoyed the book, very comic book feel to it. Well worth the credit.
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A little too reminiscent if the pulp mags of the 50's. A couple of twists that would appear to explain some historical trends are offset by some stereotype villains in the style of Ming the Merciless.
Not very good. The characters are one dimensional archetypes. You've got your mad Scotsman, your egomaniacal scientist who literally shakes his fist and has hokey lines, and your chiseled leader. It's a fine idea for a story, but so poorly rendered that it's got a comic feel.
""The fellow in the sombrero""
An imaginative reinterpretation of our history over the past 60+ years - or rather, a new slant on why major notable events took place.
The speculation and rumours that a space ship crashed, with alien occupants, at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, were vigorously denied by the government. But they were true. There was one a!ien survivor, a lizard like boy with considerable powers including mind control, who was secretly taken into custody, cared for and questioned. From him it was learned that an invasion force would almost certainly be back in strength to subdue (and eat) the much weaker earth's inhabitants. So F.O.R.C.E. came into being to try to drag the world into a state capable of defending itself when they returned, estimated as some 65 years later.
Covering various advances which have happened in the intervening years since Roswell and varying from space satellites to the anti polio sugar cube, it casts a whole new light on our scientific achievements as well as highlighting the question, just what does get done to us simple citizens sithout our knowledge or consent for untold purposes?
The narration perfectly fits the text. Told in an almost news bulletin cadence, broken only by the conversational voices of the quite numerous protagonists, John Pirhalla's performance is steady and clear. The protagonists themselves are never fully three dimensional but, again fitting the pseudo historic nature of the story, move in and out of the action like players on a stage. The one real exception is the lizard boy himself who, becoming friends with his earthling rescuers, goes out and about with them disguised in a poncho and a sombrero covering his face. He really glowed with life in all of it's green glory.
I really enjoyed the whole concept of this book and the past half century of rapid achievements took on new meaning: necessity is the mother of invention and all that ... Very convincing.
I would have much preferred the book to have ended a few chapters earlier as the possible invasion date approached. I felt the last part was really best suited to another, later book and detracted from the realities of the earlier sections. However, these latter chapters were also great fun, infusing a lot of colour and humour into the story.
Altogether a good, enjoyable read, not too technical but frighteningly plausible. My thanks to the rights holder from whom I received a complimentary review copy of The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. via Audiobook Boom. I wonder what will happen next?
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