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Best-selling author and narrator team from Solitude: Dimension Space book one.

Humans rule the galaxy...today!

The galaxy’s predominant species discovers a lost colony of their ancestors - humans - populating today’s Earth. Then, our genetic link draws the attention and enmity of their galactic rivals.

When a plan to elevate present-day Earth leads to an alien invasion, a team of military officers may be all that stands between humanity and certain annihilation. If you like action-packed novels, then you'll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller.

Grab Ambush today!

Independence Day meets The X-Files when Air Force fighter pilots Jake Giard and Sandra Fitzpatrick join a decades-old secret project to integrate today's Earth into a galactic government. But when a galactic war spills onto our shores, plunging the planet into an otherworldly post-apocalyptic hell, can Jake and Sandy save humanity from extinction?

©2014 Dean M. Cole (P)2019 Candtor Press and Blue Heron Audio

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Fanfuckingtastic!!!

I can't stress enough how much I loved this story. this isn't your campy Roland Emmerich alien invasion story, it's smart SciFi, Dean Cole is on fire with this series. R.C. Bray is a genius narrator. he can get inside these characters heads, becoming them, making them all believable, putting the listener in the story. I can't wait for the next audiobook to be released!

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Meh

Mildly interesting story, However, I am having a hard time with the dialogue, it's pedestrian and predictable. I can't even finish this one. there are better books like Expeditionary Force, The Synchronicity War, Fear the Sky

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As per usual for a great story read by R. C. Bray.

Just great. A new, yet refreshing and simplistic plot. Based on the "Aliens Attack" theme, but not as simple as one might think. There are pre-stories that lend sci-fi credibility. There are post-apocalyptic undertones which do not become overbearing. Good writing. Amazing narration. Fun, interesting more than with a read (listen).

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More, more, more!

This was a fantastic, exhilarating story! I can't wait for RC Bray's recordings of the additional books to come out!

it would be best to listen to First Contact prior to this one for additional background, but it's not required.

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interesting premise that is never expanded upon

starts out all right but once the curtain is pulled back it's like a pair of socks after you open a Christmas present.

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well done.

it is a clean, well executed book that delivers its story. excellent. rc bray is amazing as always.

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Great narration hampered by terrible writing

I couldn't finish this book. The overall story is okay, not great, not terrible. If you can ignore the way the characters react to terrible things happening you'll be okay. The way the emotional state of the characters is described is just terrible. Time and time again they reach peak emotion in one sentence and then go up another level, and another, and... they should cease to function as human beings at that point. But then they keep going and in the next scene are even more horrified, terrified or disgusted.

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terrible waste of potential, a misleading premise

This is my second attempt to write this review. Due to a slight misclick I lost over thirty minutes of work. I’ll make this brief.

I am legitimately shocked this book has received as well of a reception as it has, to the point I’m wondering if people listened to shorter BETTER version than what I got because I was at the point of screaming “SHUT UP AND MOVE ON FOR GODS SAKE”. It is not often I get such a strong reaction from a book, and that is rooted in its deeply missed potential that I have never seen in a piece of published fiction, and only in amatuer fanfiction that was so close to hitting its mark.

To explain how I review things: 3 stars is what a book starts with, what I consider an okay book, that I wouldn’t remove from my library. It will gain and lose stars during its course and final judgement.

To summarise, It was barely tolerable, I would NEVER recommend this book to anyone. It’s performer R. C. Bray was okay, I may just not like him, but his southern accent that permeated everything just made me feel a undercurrent of petty annoyance. This is not his fault so he gets 3 stars, he does and adds nothing to the character or actions of the story. There was I think one act of audio mixing to give some SOUND to the book that wasn’t his narration. But I was competently down therefore I see no faults for giving this lower than the standard.

For the story however. It is the hallmark of a truly failed execution in many respects.

We have a superfluous character who adds like 4 hours to the book and does nothing in it besides see some heart wrenching moment, crash lands, see another heart wrenching moment, gets shot at, sees another heart wrenching moment, finds her daddy, and nearly gets raped. That is her entire character arc of importance. Sandy is a pointless character, and is the first time in my life that I have truly wished a character to die for having done nothing wrong other then exist. Her inclusion is the greatest sin an author can do, to waste your reader’s time. She is hours of wasted space in this book, that was already way too long. Do you know the worst part? She is congratulated by a general for doing a good job bringing them information. Information they had already learned hours previously, information that took her significantly longer to tell them. Information that was pretty much useless in the end. I want Sandy to die in retribution. To have turned out to have died with the rest of her squadron. At least then her character would have meant something - 1 star for the first character I actually sincerely wished to die.

We have repetition of information, that while valuable, is repeated ad nauseum. Did we really need to know that the blast wave is 100 kilometers radius? Sure. Did we really need that information shared with us half a dozen times? No. How about the ending battle, where we see it from 4 (FOUR!) different angles. No I don’t mean it goes from set to set in chronological order. No. We get each scene told to us in four different viewpoints, so a bomb hits Yay! That same bomb hits, Yay! That bomb hits with effect, YAY! That bomb hit the ship,YAY! I don’t know how he did it, he made the final climactic battle infuriating with how annoying it was portrayed. This is done throughout the book, adding HOURS of time that could have been concluded in one chapter. Time could have contributed something actually interesting or entertaining. It’s so bad that I felt if I didn't read this book, I could have just read retribution and gotten everything of importance in needed in the first 5 chapters, where he retells the entire story because Dean thinks you’re an idiot. -3 stars This is the first audiobook I’ve actually yelled aloud “SHUT THE F UP”

The book is overly prousy and descriptive. Now a good description is all fine and dandy. But he way way way way overuses it for the most banal of things. This is more a personal thing, if you like Tolkien’s super descriptive stuff, you may not care as much. But it really adds up when I’m sitting there tapping my foot saying, ”Okay, move on, that's not important, okay, move on, that's not important, okay, move on, that's not important.” wearing down my already finite patience. Now I’m not normally like this, I like 40k stuff which can really get into the scenery and grandiose phrases. Indeed I don’t mind it in certain sections. The alien sections, where the description is actually damn important, where it’s actually INTERESTING. I don’t need a meticulous description of a SERVICE TRUCK and its former occupant. If this were a paperback book I would have skipped entire pages as being boring descriptions. Sorry *I* would have skipped entire CHAPTERS to avoid Sandy’s pointless pov and unnecessary chapters. Look Dean, I get it, you know how aviation works, now make like Tom Clancy and apply that to actually interesting scenes like say... oh i dunno, the combat? You know the combat that doesn't happen for 95% of the book. I don’t need meticulous descriptions of eventless take off and landing. Multiple times. -1 star Get an editor to pare your writing down. Hey, I’LL DO IT FOR FREE

The “heroes” do LITERALLY nothing of importance that couldn't have been done easier and swifter by other people. I’m not joking. Even the final climactic action was only stopping the last section of a ship landing in the center of the Atlantic, No shit I think Dean Cole realized he wrote himself in a corner and had to have a face to face confrontation between Jake and the Socsith leader and made up the tsunami crap. In short, Dean Cole wasted 12 hours of my time following these moose knuckles. -1 star, its BORING! HOW?!

Now some more minor problems. Your chronology is whack, in the course of the book something like 2 days, pass, the alien invasion last maybe 2 hours at most, which spans the bulk of the book at something like 40 of 50 chapters. Most of which is very boring go here info dump this, gut punch, continue and proceed to next info dump and gut punch of empty clothing. It feels like days have passed, not minutes, with how its written.

The Socsith or whatever the aliens are called are either liars, stupid, or just random.

Pacing is off. You spend an entire 15-30 minute chapter describing the process of moving 50 feet in zero G. How the hell do you have a single five star review? But with your previous blunders if you fix these this will be solved along with it.

The description? Totally misleading, this does not feel like X-Files. Or Independence Day.

“When a plan to elevate present-day Earth leads to an alien invasion, a team of military officers may be all that stands between humanity and certain annihilation. (If the US military used radio and satellites they’d have learned in five minutes what it took the “heros” 6 hours of listening) If you like action-packed novels, (HAHAHAHA AA. There is like… THREE whole action scenes in the entire book, and one of them is listened through a RADIO ) then you'll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller.(Something like 100+ million people die. SIgnificant yes but I don’t even care by the fifth time he says “apocalyptic”)
Grab Ambush today! (NO! DO NOT BUY)
Independence Day meets The X-Files(Those were fun! This is boring.) when Air Force fighter pilots Jake Giard and Sandra Fitzpatrick join a decades-old secret project to integrate today's Earth into a galactic government(Sandra joins jack and shit, she was never part of the organization). But when a galactic war spills onto our shores(when a galactic war is STARTED on our shores), plunging the planet into an otherworldly post-apocalyptic hell (No. Just no), can Jake and Sandy save humanity from extinction?”(No. They contribute nothing to the story.)
I was expecting action, drama, politics, a great galactic war already in session. Instead I wait 10 hours for the story to start only to be given a plate of poo four times, making it boring.
Okay what did he do right?
The alien scenes were good. The Socsith felt suitably alien if pretty stupid, and the argonians acutally feel like long lost cousins in space, even if they were hilariously incompetent. +1 star maybe try describing the aliens and their culture more instead of the same pile of clothes the tenth time.
The concept alone is fascinating. While I’m not a humanity F yeah kind of guy, I fully acknowledge an alien species can totally wipe us out just with their drive emissions, a story of an underdog earth proving vital to a great a galactic war for whatever reason is certainly full of promise. +1 star good premise!

Okay so that takes me to the score: a whopping 0 out of 5 stars. Good job! You started with an excellent premise, a wonderful idea, interesting alien species, and you ruined it with terrible characters, plodding plot, pointless chapters, out right infuriating dilly dallying, a merely OK narrator with just about NO sound boarding. I wanted a galactic war, I got walking simulator, the book.
In conclusion: How would I Improve this book? Scrap EVERYTHING after chapter 10. Just scrap it, its all a waste of the readers time and yours Dean Cole. While Star Trek Enterprise was very on the nose with hard men make hard decisions bull, go more that route, a quick one chapter terrorist attack or lightning strike against Earth, then have the Argonians come around, allowing us to start to see the galaxy. This would play to your strengths over describing every damn tree branch, give Sandra an actual story to follow instead of being pointless. Have our heros do something except shuffle from scene to scene.

For all the people who put up with my total rant on this book: I have no idea what ANYONE else who reviewed this book were thinking, they must have gotten the cut down 3 hour novella that was actually good. My recommendation: If you hate slow boring pots, if you hate over description, if you hate characters who have no right in being the story, DO NOT BUY.

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the pacing is all wrong

sadly, you have to wait about 2h before things get interesting. by "interesting", i refer to 1. the alien villains making an appearance, and 2. the alien villains being the only interesting characters in the book. sure, there's action in the first two hours, sort of an "x-files lite" episode including a shadowy car chase, but seriously...

it's good for authors to experiment with different parts of a genre in order to develop a compelling storyline, character arcs, and so on; however, successful books have to actually deliver on those elements. this book did not.

it is a hard slog to finish this work...

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Following RC Bray Titles and Another Great One

Awesome book and story. Story got me hooked from the get go and didn't relent.

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  • Robert
  • 02-05-20

Sorry, but it's nothing new.

I was excited to listen to this book based on the reviews left by other Audible members, but I have to say, I don't agree with them. There's nothing new here at all and certainly nothing that makes me want to pick up the next instalment. The performance by the exceptionally talented R. C. Bray, was brilliant, but surely he knew that most of what he was reading had already been written. Check out Craig Alanson's Expeditionary Force saga - also read by Mr Bray. Earth invasions, worm holes, alien tech, lizards, fully formed and believable characters.... and something this lacks - humour. Do yourself a favour and check it out, then compare for yourself.

I'm also left confused by the way Cole refers to his characters in so many different ways - first name, last name, rank... It's distracting - stop it please.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-21-19

brilliant

very enjoyable edge of the seat. mr Cole set a bench mark with previous books he smashes it again but gets even better. As for the narration, its Mr Bray so there no one better. ( but dont tell him that)

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  • 10-20-20

Oh dear. 😕

I would imagine Mr Bray was cringing as he read this. Scaley lizards with booming growling voices? Really? Hackneyed, unimaginative, boring. Unfortunately goes to prove that just because RC narrates it, doesn't mean it's good.

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  • 09-02-20

liked

very well paced narrative , likeable characters with equal emphasis on action and back groud storyline

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  • Mr. D. Taylor
  • 06-09-20

Very promising start

I have to say I chose this based on the fact that RC Bray narrates the book and I knew nothing of the author previously.

I am pleased to say it was a good choice in my opinion!

Clever writing, good plot development and a rattling good story - oh and a perfect performance from Mr. Bray as always!

I don't like giving too much detail as it can spoil the enjoyment, so just know that if you like a good sci-fi yarn set in current times, you should enjoy this. I am now going to listen to the second book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-20

So many clichés....

A struggle to listen to, RC Bray is great but the story, the female character (the only female character), the one liners and the bad cliffhangers are just eye rolling.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-18-20

Great fun!

What more is there to be said! Excellent story and narration by Dean M Cole and R C Bray.

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  • PAOLO ARRIGO
  • 05-17-20

slow start... was going to put it done. then it ha

classic Dean m cole a d classic RC Bray. good concept. buying next book now!

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  • Richard
  • 05-09-20

Excellent Alien Adventure

I really enjoyed this excellent and very exciting alien attack story, I found the plot very fast paced with believable characters. The idea that we actually have worked with aliens to advance our technology and that we were related to them was really thought provoking.
This audiobook was truly enhanced by the usual excellent narration of R. C. Bray.

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  • Joshua holloway
  • 04-18-20

Very enjoyable

From the very start of the book I was hooked, its not often a book has me actually saying don't do that it's a trap or that on edge because of events happening in the story.

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  • Steve
  • 02-04-20

interesting Start

Plausible story line that cod be our tomorrow... Really liking the characters and more importantly the potential of the story to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-31-20

Sadly average

Some good ideas here but it all falls sorta flat. The author jumps between characters constantly re-telling the same events over and over, which can be painful as it only affects the story by dragging it out.

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  • Nigel McDonald
  • 01-19-20

Gripping unique story

while I love the story I dingy like the constant changing of points of view and especially to boring ones. still the story was exciting enough to keep me in the series, I do already great power creep from the humans threatening to break my suspension of disbelief

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-20

great story

love it. great content and kept me wanting more, fantastic story line and well told.

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  • Technobill
  • 11-22-19

I loved this. Could not stop listening.

I spent many a time sitting in the car after arriving at my destination, as I just had to hear a little more.
This is now one of my favourite first contact / invasion stories. What a fun action packed ride. I can't wait to get into the next book.

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  • Jeffrey Hayward
  • 10-28-19

WHAT A BOOK

Another great book from Dean M Cole. Had me wanting more from the very beginning I can't wait for the next one.