• Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (22,956 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Real science in Science Fiction. This is a must read for fans of SF." >(John S. Gertsch, Amazon Reviewer)

Perfect for fans of Peter F. Hamilton, Iain M. Banks, and Orson Scott Card, Fear the Sky is a hard-hitting sci-fi thriller that will have you looking at the stars in a different way.

In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out. Their technology is vastly superior to ours, and they know they cannot possibly lose the coming conflict. But they, like us, have found no answer to the destructive force of the atom, and they have no intention of facing the onslaught of our primitive nuclear arsenal or the devastation it would wreak on the planet they crave. So they have flung out an advance party in front of them, hidden within one of the countless asteroids randomly roaming the void. They do not want us, they want our planet. Their Agents are arriving.

©2014 Stephen Moss (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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amazing

paid for the whole seat, only used the edge. R.C. Bray is a fantastic narrator.

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So close to excellence

The Good:
The first 2 and 1/2 books of this series are excellent. The story follows key figures reacting to a hostile alien invasion who have a plausible plan. While there are certainly instances of technologies that don't exist, nothing in these parts falls so far from what we know to be called magic (well, maybe one exception but I thought it was reasonable for a scifi).

The characters are varied, engaging, and very believable. There are consequences to mistakes and characters that have genuinely opposed interpretations of morality. Not just "good" and "bad" guys, but hard questions about how far to go, what can be done, to save the species.

The Fugly:
About half way through the third book a big event happens. Something that was built up to that I was looking forward to. An event that could have been an excellent arena to speculate on morality in the face of annihilation. Not only does that event get skipped over, once the book gets past that point all of the morally "wrong" actions that were going on are then continued by the characters who wanted to stop the "wrong" behavior that they were so upset about. Further, the plot is largely resolved with "technology" that can only be compared the author waving a magic wand and shouting "TA-DA!!!"

If you can accept that the ending is going to be silly and the author will abandon all moral speculation at the said point, then these are must read books. But I have a hard time recommending a series that ends so badly.

The Narrator:
Come on, this is R.C. Bray. He's excellent. I bought these books looking for books that he narrates. He's that good.

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Unfinished ‘trilogy’

I really enjoyed the first book and while the rest of the series got continuously stranger and less cohesive I was hanging in there. However, I got to the end and expected to find another book waiting. The story ended with multiple threads unresolved, many questions unanswered and a deeply unsatisfying ending. As a reader, if you’re not ok with that then don’t bother starting the first book. I’ve never written a review before but I’d hate to have other people waste their time the way I have on this series.

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Highly Enjoyable

Would you listen to Fear the Sky again? Why?

As one who prefers my science fiction to be within the realm of possibility with minimum hokiness, Fear the Sky delivers on both accounts. This modern day War of the Worlds is how an Earth invasion may actually take place in today's modern internet age. Along with the cool technology, there is no shortage on character development, which combines through R.C. Bray's narration into an enjoyable read. Definitely worth the investment in money and time, and I am so waiting on the next installment in Audible.

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Wow! Had me at edge of my seat.

Narration: Amazing performance. Captured each of the characters.

Story: Could have been cheesy. The author managed to keep it contained. I enjoyed every bit of it.

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Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end.

Every now and then I like to peruse a narrator's work to see if they might have narrated something else I'd be interested in, and on a whim I grabbed Fear the Sky expecting a middling sci-fi story, I'll be honest the cover art looked like a C level self publish job. But RC Bray did a great job with the martian so why not.

And then the book grabbed me and pulled me through the 20 odd hours till I was wondering why the heck the other two book werent on audible yet because I wanted more.

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Love R.C.Bray

Not sure why the author finds it necessary to insult president Reagan and Bush but that makes it difficult for me to listen. Obama was the president at the time he published the hard copy of this book so I can only assume that he couldn’t control himself. Stephen Moss was born in the UK. I suggest to him in the future that if he wants to make political observations he should stick to Great Britain. Bray did his usual great job at narration, Unfortunately, I cannot recommend the painful story line.

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Audible Where Are The Rest?!

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 and 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

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Great book, do not pick up

TL;DR. Great book, horrendous ending to the trilogy

This book Is trully great. It deals with a first encounter situation where humanity is doomed due to an oncoming alien invasion. The fantasticly written characters, the thrilling and suspence filled story, and the narration which brings it all together create a wonderful book that will leave you wanting more. The more may make you wish you never started the series.

I would tell you to pick this book up if it were a stand alone title. But it is not. This series drops the ball hard in the finale. It drops it so hard that it would cause an extinction level event on Earth.

I listened to this book over 2 months ago at the time of this review and the ending still keeps into my mind. I cannot recommend this book despite my high rating of it as the ending of the series has completely ruined any love I have for this book.


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Needs some editorial help

Starts out pretty well, with a decent amount of momentum and some strong characters, including a very engaging protagonist. I particularly liked being surprised when the Evil Aliens turn out to be quite a bit more complicated and conflicted than expected. I do think the author has some trouble handling the scope of the material he has taken on. As the perspective widens to encompass a world-ranging plot and the number of characters proliferate, the protagonist disappears for long segments and the narrative flattens into summary, more "tell" than "show." I also found myself stumbling over the number of redundancies and solecisms in the text which get distracting after a while. Too much of that and you lose trust that you're in the hands of an author who knows what he's doing. Still, it is quite original take on an old story--the Alien Invasion--and the characters and situations commanded my interest sufficiently to keep me going to the end. I think there's still the potential for a great series here if Moss can build on his strengths and lose some of the flab in his writing. A good literary editor (and copyeditor!) would be able to help with that.

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-24-15

Solid, straightforward Sci Fi

I bought this on the strength of Iain M Banks comparisons, but those comparisons must be fairly loose. This is not a dense, lushly detailed and lovingly created piece of art, but instead feels more like a script for a TV series. Most of the writing is plain, utilitarian stuff and the author seems out of their depth when trying to do anything more advanced, even occasionally making me cringe, eg. "that little boy inside was now dead - as dead as his parents". However, despite this, some clunky dialogue, and several clichéd characters I still really enjoyed it! The story is nicely paced, the action sequences well described and plenty of genuine tension is built. I'd recommend it, especially as the narrator suits it well, and will get the next instalment for sure.

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  • stucody
  • 03-22-15

Very Entertaining

What did you like about this audiobook?

I throughly enjoyed this audiobook. Not being a big fan of Scif, I was hesitant on getting this book, but the whole idea of alien invasion grabbed my attention, and from the start I couldn't stop listening.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I am now looking for other books about Alien invasion.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

The book could have done with some heavy editing, but overall it didn't spoil or distract from a great story.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The narrator was perfect. Having listened to him on The Martian, I knew what to expect from his voice, and he certainly didn't disappoint on this book.

Do you have any additional comments?

Highly recommend for everyone to give this book a try.

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  • mac
  • 03-18-15

Us vs them, at its best.

I'm a sucker for earth invasion sf and this was right up my street. Rooted in a real sense of plausibility and science knowledge, this story moves through the gears and keeps you hooked. Love how the invasion is discovered bit by bit and knowledge of it known by a very few. I know books 2 and 3 are out there to read but I'm hoping the Audio books will be out soon, cos the narration is perfect in its sense of suspense.

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  • Bek
  • 04-20-16

Fantastic! A must read for any fan of fiction!

Sci Fi novels are so often acclaimed only within their own genre; I challenge any fan of fiction to not enjoy this book! Fear the sky is so well plotted and executed. The characters are realistic and likeable or hate able, either way they draw a genuine emotional response! The story flows at a perfect pace, punctuated by many memorable scenes, to its blistering conclusion. Truly an epic start to what I hope is an awesome trilogy! A must read, or listen! R.C.Bray as always is bang on form, his measured narration adding a new layer of enjoyment to the story!

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  • G. English
  • 04-27-15

Great, but some details need work

What made the experience of listening to Fear the Sky the most enjoyable?

It's a good story, and whilst there is rarely a very high level of tension, the plot moves along at a great pace and characters are fine.

Any additional comments?

If you're going to make a techno-thriller, then you need to get your details right. This could have used someone from the UK to edit the UK-bits. For example, it's the British Navy, not the English Navy...and the motorway that runs past Hammersmith is the M4, not the M5...
Small stuff, but it does rip away your suspension of disbelief that's needed for near-future sci-fi.

In addition there was, for me, perhaps a little too much Tom Clancy-esque focus on weaponry and missile technology, perhaps at the expense of individuality in the characters. Still, some of those missiles had real depth, and backstory.

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  • iain fraser porteous
  • 04-05-15

gripped

fantastically enthralling can't wait for Fear the Survivors and Fear the Future hurry hurry hurry

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  • Dominik
  • 07-31-15

Gripping story & narration par excellance

I followed R C Bray from the Martian audiobook, and I wasn't dissapointed!

Great sci-fi from Stephen Moss, put into today's circumstances. Alien invasion done in a thought-out way, not like in hollywood movies which is a plus.

Cannot wait for other audiobooks from the series to be published!

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  • DangerPaws
  • 11-02-21

Good idea, badly written

Got through it in full but there were some really painful moments, more than moments, I had to tap fast forward on several painfully dull sections and even chapters that went into detail about such unimportant stuff, it made me want to quit. One example where the description goes into such detail about copying files from a computer to a usb flash drive just to give to a friend as they casually chat (real nail biting stuff), while other times a character will simply steal a plane and is then cruising at several thousand feet (what? Just like that? How???) so basically focusing on mundane stuff and skipping the real adventure parts. Thankfully it's not all like that but plenty enough to leave a bad taste. I have the other books in the series and I'm not sure I have the courage to listen to them...

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  • ALP
  • 07-28-16

An interesting but occasionally dry SF story.

Some recent brushes with "hard" sci-fi have taught me that I'm more of a casual SF fan than I had thought, and for me this book crosses the line just enough to stay enjoyable.

There were some very dry sections which failed to hold my attention and often stopped me for progressing through the story for days at a time (the slow start particularly troubled me) but overcoming this led to an overall interesting and often unpredictable story. This is a rare case where I could have lived with listening to an abridged version, though veterans of the genre would likely disagree.

The narrator too was good for most part, though mispronunciations were very noticeable - as others have noted.

This is definitely a series I will come back to and complete over time, but for now I look forward to something to something a little lighter.

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  • John Lyle
  • 07-12-15

Cheesy but enjoyable!

I love a bit of a fast paced action story and this hit the spot. The story is a little bit simplistic at times but overall very enjoyable. It is a shame the other books in the saga are not yet on Audible.

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  • Amanda
  • 10-04-15

Hanging out for book 2.

Very enjoyable...brilliantly read. ..original and highly researched. Interesting likeable and hateable characters enhanced by excellent narration.

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  • Darks G
  • 08-26-15

One of the best new age sci fi thrillers!

Read the reviews and thought I'd give it a try, wowsers! Awesome story and great production!
Highly recommended!

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  • dave
  • 08-23-15

what a ride!!!

loved it, the story , characters and the of course the bad guy's. you are at first easily dropped in the story and you get to know the characters and the all Hell breaks loose, wow what a ride.

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  • Brett
  • 09-12-17

Character building?

I felt no connection to the characters of this novel. I honestly feel its reviews thus far is too high. plenty of other better reads with lower ratings.

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  • Matt
  • 11-07-15

Exciting and inventive, if a little drawn out.

Whilst I concur with other reviewers that the book is slow to start but grabs you eventually, I kept getting frustrated at the often, all too elaborate thought processes that the author went into with some characters situations. At one point, I had to laugh at how obviously hard the author was trying to make me feel for a characters particular situation! However, the plot itself was exciting and appealed to my desire to see some real sci-fi technology used and explained well. Once again, R.C. Bray nails the performance, bringing so much life to each character. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Casey
  • 12-15-16

Not a great audiobook

I think this might be a novel that is better read than listened too.
I liked the narrator in other books but not sure if he suited this one. Found myself drifting off a lot.

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  • James
  • 09-15-15

intriguing story with excellent narration

An enjoyable fast paced story, combined with one of the best narrators I have come across made for a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-21

Execrable pap

The most jingoistic load of rubbish I have ever read/listened to. Audible should be ashamed of itself.

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  • R. Walker
  • 10-06-20

Slow start but worth the wait

Very slow start made worse by the shock of the monotone, emotionless narration but battle through that and once you get into it, it’s a very gripping story. Well worth the listen.

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  • Kerry G. Bolton
  • 12-05-19

Monotonous narrator but good story

God awful narrator with very little to enthuse over with his reading, but nevertheless the story is good and well paced.

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