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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did not want to stop listening

What did you like best about this story?

The amount of research that Stephen Moss must have done in regards to the technical detail is amazing - it made the whole story more compelling because it sounds so believable and scientific. But there are things that still need to be resolved and I really hope that the next book is on audible soon - I was very disappointed when I saw that it was not available on audible (crossing fingers) yet.

Have you listened to any of R.C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I heard R.C. Bray first in The Martian and was how I found Fear the Sky. This book really shows off his talents in creating different voices for the characters, something that was not required as much for The Martian.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I normally listen to podcasts during my commute and gym sessions but took up listening to Fear the Sky because I did not want to stop listening to it.

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Good idea, but the writing style suffers

I enjoyed the story. 'Fear the Sky's' story has been told many times, but this take was original enough to stand out. As other reviewers have stated, the depth of technical understanding here adds some interest to the novel but also is very dry. Its interesting to me that RC Ray who read the Martian so well is reading this. He does well with dry stories.

In my mind, what drags Fear the Sky down are the many many points of view the author takes on. Many of which were the invaders. All of the suspense is sapped out of the story.

The writing is not very well done. Its ok, but uninspired. Stephen Moss' style is more akin to a technical brief than a rip roaring alien invasion novel. I'm not going to go out of my way to pick up another one of his stories in the future.

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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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  • Joseph
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-18-15

pleasantly surprised by the story.

the accents were terrible, frankly. that jarred the performance a bit, but otherwise it was a pleasant listening experience.

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  • Jamie Burns
  • 06-15-15

boring slow start but it really gets going!

The narrator is monotone and readying technical long drawn out sentences so I nearly asked for a refund. But I stuck it out and pleased I did... I have already pre-ordered the next book.

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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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  • 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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  • Paul Jones
  • 12-07-16

Epic

This is one awesome story set in the real world.. For us humans anyway and with great character's and awesomely narrated it is one masterfully crafted story.
Can't wait to get the next instalment as it's worth every penny

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  • Adam
  • 11-30-16

Matthew Reilly meets Game of Thrones

a bit of a slow beginning but a spectacular intriguing well written story with fleshed out and relatable characters. the narrators voice flows like a southern honey and it's long enough to last a few months of train trips

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