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Earth burns.

We call them the scum. They came from deep space. Creatures of claws and endless malice, they ravage the world.

As the war flares, as cities crumble, Private Marco Emery and his platoon blast into space. They won one battle on Earth. Their next battle must be fought in the darkness.

The scum will not rest until the last human is dead. Marco and his friends must defeat them. They must win. Or Earth will fall.

©2016 Daniel Arenson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • S E S
  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • 11-26-16

Another good book

It was like you're there. I enjoyed book 2 as much as book 1. looking forward to book 3.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Marco, Addy, Lailani and Kemi are now in space.

Among the fifty hand-picked soldiers aboard the HDFS Miyari, Marco Emery was on his way to the Nightwall Outpost, a space station on the front lines of the war with the Scum. They will train to fight alongside the Latona Company, a unit of the legendary Erebus Brigade - an elite fighting force in the Space Territorial Command. Under the command of Lt. Einav Ben-Ari and Sergeant Singh, the new Ravens Platoon also included Addy, Lailani, Elvis, Beast and Corporal Diaz from the training class at Fort Djemila.
The Latona Company is commanded by Captain Coleen Petty. After a dreadful first meeting, Addy dubbed her Captain Chihuahua. Their new uniforms awaiting them at the Outpost, the Ravens still wore their ratty old green fatigues, looking like second class soldiers next to the elite of the Erebus Brigade. And to pile on the pain for Marco, a couple hours before their hyperspace drive is fired a shuttle arrives delivering Cadet Kemi Abasi. She's managed to get assigned to shadow Lt. Ben-Ari in the field. Now Marco has to deal with both Lailani and Kemi. Add to the mix an android named Osiris, and we're ready for a disastrous trip.
Under way in hyperspace a distress call is received from the Corpus Mining Colony, they drop out of warpspace to investigate. What follows is some of the best battle drama and action I've ever had the privilege of reading. Love and death mix with mayhem and mystery as the Ravens fight to survive against a new type of Scum. The action is fast and furious. This is one terrific story and I cannot wait to read more!

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A disappointment

The first book in the series was not. Ad at all and I enjoyed listening to that. But this one? It's like a bad mix between "Starship Troopers", "Aliens" and some juvenile horror story. And only the bad parts. How could Arenson manage to destroy the believable story from the first book? It's like a bad movie where they cover a weak story by using too many special effects. A disappointment!

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tone down the romance!!!

the story should have been better, but the author seemed to have forgotten that it's sci-fi military and turned book two into a mooshy love story. love love love love love friends family friend family over and over and over again. it ruined the story.

I hope book 3 is much better!!!

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Sometimes we think we absolutely can't do it.

Then we give up our weakness and receive our Lord's strength. Where'd that come from?

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Not quite top of jeep but in the pile!

A little more Scum then story to this one. To keep it in the library it need more story and less description in vividality.

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The worst space-war novel I have ever come across.

This was difficult to get through. It is a novel about a future space military that feels like it was written by a Womens Lit professor. It is a bleeding heart cry about the injustice of war veiled in sci fi and space. There are much better options out there.

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Hidden gems

This series is a great surprise. Love the characters and the action is not predictable.

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Fun but a bit juvenile

I enjoyed this and the first one but it lacked depth. Beast was a predictable character and Captain Petty was underdeveloped. I’ll listen to another for fun but Atlas Shrugged it’s not

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Too poetic

I realize the main character is a warrior poet but the hyperbole is just a bit much at times. I love the humor injected by his sister Addy. the story got interesting with the new behavior from the aliens. I'm going to put this series down for a bit.

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  • Mr. T. Norman
  • 09-23-17

Relentlessly despondent

Would you try another book written by Daniel Arenson or narrated by Jeffrey Kafer?

No. His writing style is banal and excessively grim; to the point it loses all impact. Things are so utterly terrible all the time that no calamity that befalls the protagonists really has any significance.

Has Earth Lost put you off other books in this genre?

Entirely so.

What didn’t you like about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance?

All narrative is delivered in exactly the same sombre manner; as though he's laying out a cold, hard truth that the characters have to come to terms with. Even the mundane stuff is uttered with such gravity that it robs the story of any sense of character or pace. Dialogue is also very weak; voiced in such a way to routinely eradicate the sense of urgency. Jeffrey Kafer's superb diction does not carry well for an extended duration and he's a very poor voice actor.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sheer boredom. I wasn't so much compelled to get to the next section as I just wanted it to be over; all the while hoping it was going to get better but knowing it never would.

Any additional comments?

Daniel Arenson's writing style in this book is marred by a propensity for self-indulgent and overly-dramatic prose that could best be described as little more than gratuitous lists of synonyms to express a single sentiment. It's an inefficient technique that gets old fast.