I really enjoyed Fear The Sky. The plot is original and character development is so good as we watch a young man turn into a hero through hard work a..Show More »nd force of will. I was invested in the series immediately. I knew the author had completed at least three books in the Fear Series so I felt comfortable with my investment. (waiting for a good series to publish the next one is something I try to avoid!) Yet now as I go to get the other two bestselling books in Mr. Moss's series I discover they are not available through Audible!? Each book is a best-seller on it's own and several years old. The narrator is putting our new works. The thing is it is not just one series. I myself have the same issue with three GREAT series Audible starts then dropped. I am very eager to continue : Trevor H. Cooley's, Bowl of Souls series is completed through book 8 yet only 3 are available on Audible, each VERY successful and Author Sara King has a popular bestselling series thar Audible only taped one of. Still, this book deserves 5 stars and is worth the cost. Beware when you're looking for a good series, just because this series has been completed and the narrator is working do not assume Audible has picked up
Fear the Survivors is book 2 of Stephen Moss' Fear saga. Picking up where book 1 left off, Neil and his small cabal are making progress towards their ..Show More »multiple objectives which include ferreting out the remaining covert agents, building the space tether, and establishing a credible Earth based fighting force. Both the Russian and Chinese agents continue to confound developments and Lana is relegated to a homicidal killing machine that eventually must be put down like a mad dog. While humanity is adept at learning and integrating the alien technology, Moss introduces a ringer with human brain architecture differing from their alien counterparts. This necessitates a crash development program that may hinder future advances, but children turn out to be more adaptable than adults for operating the tech.
The sci-fi elements extend the previous introduction. Armor suits like the alien agents and tricked out avionics dominate. At the same time, Neil is finding an increasingly skeptical world leadership that is beginning to doubt the future implications. Book 2 ends with sides being taken, while the bulk of humanity remains ignorant of the coming threat. The action scenes are dramatic and riveting, while Neil continues to struggle as he grows into his new found role of planet savior. At the same time, hints of societal upheaval due to both the new technology and the impending invasion are evident.
The narration wonderfully rendered with excellent gender and character distinction. Mood and pace perfectly match the ups and downs with the ebb and flow of plot development.
This is a difficult review to write; partially because I have been such a fan of the series and partially because I have very mixed feelings about thi..Show More »s final installment. I am not necessarily disappointed, but I'm also not as happy with what 'could have been'.
I am acutely aware that there is difficulty in succinctly and comprehensively tying up every loose end in a story as broadly sweeping as this. I'm not holding Moss to that standard. We need to be shown the scale of the struggle, of the coming forces, the preparations on earth. And, we are. To an extent. My issue is less with the build up (in fact I thought the build up was great) and more with the resolution.
***Potential Interpretive Spoilers Ahead***
I won't tell actual plot devices, but the way I have to discuss this to explain mandates the spoiler warning.
Essentially, we have this massive build up to a final conflict, something that is shocking in its brevity, and then a deus ex resolution that, while it was alluded to (I guess) was pretty bizarre in its execution. I'm just not sure it was a fitting end. I would have gladly listened to another 2 or 3 hours (or more, frankly), if it was filled with a bit more... cinematic quality. Yes, there were poignant moments. Yes, it was cool in its own right. And, actually, the battle itself was very likely exactly how something like that would play out (at least in this book's 'science'). That's part of the frustration- Moss didn't fail us, really. But it still feels like a bit of a let down.
Beyond the battle, actually everything felt *extremely* clipped and rushed. I don't know whether he got bored writing it or what... but the triumphant exuberance at the end of book II was completely gone in this installment. A lot of build up and then... poof. Done.
I didn't hate the book by any means. I thought it was very good overall. But it just had so much potential that seemed to get wasted. Certainly finish the trilogy if you have been listening so far and I still feel strongly that it is absolutely worthwhile. Maybe my expectations are unrealistic at this point- in fact I fully accept that likelihood.
Worth a credit and your time. A great trilogy and an acceptable ending that fell short of what could have been.