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The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us.

While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies. Two of the alien agents have forsaken their homes, their families, and their very species to stop the greatest act of genocide any of them has ever known. They carry with them the knowledge we need to save humanity and take us into a new and marvelous age.

But Lana and the remaining enemy agents are far from defeated. As they begin to reap havoc among the diseased and bereft, Neal, Ayala, and Barrett must find a way to achieve the impossible - by fair means or foul, they must unite the world's disparate nations. And they must do so quickly, for the Armada is fast approaching, and behind the great fires of their decelerating engines, the huge fleet is readying itself for war.

©2014 Stephen Moss (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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I find the authors stereotyping offensive

I find the author's stereotyping of people who live in the south as being "moronic" 'fat' "imbeciles" quite offensive. Clearly he is small minded and childish.

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so awesome I listened to it all in only 3 days.

awesome is an understatement and can't wait for the next book. great narrator and had me on the edge of my chair many times.

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honestly underwhelmed

after being amazed by the first book in this series and waiting a year for this but one I must say I was mostly disappointed. I think the best thing about the first book was the sense of humanity being overwhelmingly overmatched and outgunned but that has more or less changed in this book thanks to lots of foggy science. it really got a bit aggravating to listen to hours of science fiction that was so far fictional as to not even have any real correlation within today's scientific world. trying to explain spacecraft and weaponry that sound about as aerodynamic as a brick is one thing, but in the words of my friend, "at least make that shit sound real". The author completely levels the playing field between the opposing forces and then sort of tilts the story at whim to suite his needs, often introducing completely new crap with minimal explanation of its function design and purpose; preferring to try and awe us with its vague awesomeness. the action scenes were still fairly decent but they should be since the author devoted so much attention to them. I'll probably get the third book but only on the merits of the first.

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Excellent scifi series, look forward to anything else this author does!

Well written and organized, wish I hadn't read the books description on audible/Amazon as it contains spoilers.

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Spectacular

After I listened to fear the sky I eagerly checked audible every week to see when this boom would be available. Now after having listened to it nearly a year after fear the sky I have to say it was well worth the wait. Fear the survivors is deep, complex, and never seases to surprise. Its full of twists and turns that will keep you on edge until the very last second. Make sure you clear your schedule and buy lots of coffee because you wont even want to sleep once this book wraps is midnight black hands around your throat and burrows its way into your skull.

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Most of the book sets the stage

Book 2 in the Fear Saga continues where book 1 left off. The two good-guy alien androids are helping Earth gain the valuable tech they’ll need to have any hope of fighting off the coming armada. Meanwhile the bad-guy androids are working hard to destroy the human population, or at least severely minimize its capability before the massive force arrives. Through subterfuge and manipulation, they have gotten Earth’s major powers to fight among themselves. Divide and conquer until the alien force arrives. And it’s going to work if Neal and his team can’t move fast enough to build the defenses they so desperately need.

It was fun in book one to see what the androids could do, their high-tech so beyond anything possible on Earth. There is a little of that here; and except for a few cameo appearances, the alien androids tend to be off-screen. Most of the book sets the stage for the coming real battle between the aliens and the Earth and the skirmishes that distract them. There are several battles, but they are not all that exciting, more like journalistic reports than first hand action.

It is certainly an entertaining book, but lacks a lot of the fresh surprises that book one introduced. The pace has slowed from a sprint to a marathon as the listener looks forward to the real action yet to come. The tech reads well, powerful and futuristic enough to stretch our imaginations, but still believable.

R.C. Bray delivers another memorable performance as the voice of the Fear Saga Series. He is just great, one of the best audio performer working today.

You are reading this because you read or listened to Fear the Sky and want to know if you should continue. Yes, of course, you should. You are in it now for the long haul, and though book 2 lacks some of the punch and surprise of the first volume, it is still entertaining. It is more about important ground work than just action. New characters have been introduced that are quite interesting and you will be looking forward to their development.

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Not as good as the first one

I found myself listening to the book and really not caring what happened to the characters. All the main people are now cyborgs and assholes so I’m deleting this book and returning book three. The only good thing about this book was R C Bray.

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Where did all the smart people go?

1) Lana escapes and no one bothers thinking about her impending targets or even how best to track/destroy her until she starts murdering a ton of people. It's almost as if the characters completely forget about Lana. 2) You're telling me that Lana, the super smart alien AI cannot come up with a better plan to kill Neal and Madeline except going after their families? If an apple drops from a tree she would have 100 options to deal with it, but finding and killing her enemies? Nope, nothing. 3) So the Mobili have the ability to craft super powerful complex killer robots but they have absolutely no good way to track or kill them? 4) The president of the United States has secret service agents equipped with Glocks to protect him against an alien machine that survived a fight against 30 or so Navy Seals? Glocks. With no advanced systems at all? Literally the best they have are some incendiary rounds, that's it. Seriously??? 5) The United States gets attacked by a terrorist in the worst attack in modern history and all of America starts falling apart eh? Did the author forget about how America responded to Pearl Harbor? 6) So Lana finally dies, thanks to a drill made especially to kill her, well drill and drill bit. Seriously? Yet no one could spare the time to come up with actual weapons that could have killed her faster? Yet later in the book Neal's forces have all sorts of crazy advanced weapons in seemingly endless supply which were made with absolutely 0 resource constants at all 7) So Neal somehow becomes Mr Political Commander Man and is now not only a shrewd diplomat, but also an amazing military commander? Zubeda goes from a spy to Neal's top ground forces commander?? And all the allied commanders just follow Neal's orders as if they don't have a chain of command??? 8) So all the satellites around the globe suddenly can't spot where the Russian ground forces are? Where did all the spy satellites go? 9) So the Russians push into Hungary and Neal/Co decide to commit their entire force compliment to the attack not suspecting it could be a feint? The entire time the Obitias were coming in I kept wondering when Neal would reveal the troops he held back, but nope, Neal/Co were completely fooled by this extremely obviously feint to lure their forces away. Did they forget there were 2 agents left?? 10) Badu, a 6 year old girl, not only becomes the best pilot in history but also has 0 emotion towards killing people. I mean 0 and the author keeps referring to her ability to fly and kill as if Badu is in ecstasy. That's beyond disturbing, especially considering the fact that at the end of the book she has no qualms about murdering over 100 people in order to kill the last agent. 11) The attack on China, the attack that kills over 100 people and leaves a smoking crater where once a government building stood is mind boggling. The author honestly thinks that China would not retaliate for this? Regardless of the fact that Neal has a Skom, China is not a country that would take that and say "Oh they have advanced tech, we can't win, lets just do nothing." No, China would mobilize, they would launch nukes, they would do everything in their power to kill Neal and crush his forces and no single Skom would be able to stop them (They do have billions of people you know) 12) So in Book 1 the author makes it known that tweeter communications can be tracked/picked up by the agents systems. In Book 2 that is completely forgotten by Neal as his advanced team in Russia gets killed THEN to top it all off the Chinese Agent Pay Ling (I believe, I stopped caring long ago) DOESN"T REMEMBER HE AND THE RUSSIAN AGENT USED IT TO TRACK AND FIND NEALS TEAM SO HE TALKS TO QUAVOS FOR 2 HOURS, 2 HOURS AND THEN IS SURPRISED THAT NEALS FORCES FIND HIM. I mean, *represses anger* 13) Neal threatens every world government, EVERY WORLD GOVERNMENT, by saying that he is now in complete control of the advanced tech, that anyone who attempts to stop him will be killed, that he will now claim sovereignty over parts of their own countries whenever he wants, CLAIMS SOVEREIGNTY OVER SPACE, and says that he will deny anyone who does not support him access to satellite technology (GPS would be one example of this that everyone uses everyday). Seriously? So no country on Earth is going to respond to Neals threats? Oh he has a Skom! A SKOM!!! Yeah 1 single skom, 1, those things are not invincible, certain countries already have an idea of how to defeat the advanced tech, they have a ton of nukes, and they know exactly where Neal is. Not just that but Neal (and the author) seem to forget that the resonance domes REQUIRE RESOURCES TO BUILD ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Neal has 0, let me repeat that for everyone's benefit, NEAL HAS NO RESOURCES! NONE! His only potential Ally is Japan and you really think if every country in the world told Japan not to deal with Neal they wouldn't listen? I have absolutely no idea what the author was thinking when he wrote this book. I liked book 1, it got a bit tedious at times, but overall the story was interesting and I wanted to see where Neal/Co would go. I liked Neal as a character in book 1, yet in book 2 I really would not support him, he's turned into a despot tyrant dictator who believes the end justifies the means. He's become everything the Mobili are, quite frankly given John's and Quavos's characters in book 1 (especially Quavos), I think they would turn on Neal and I think Neal would not find as much support as he thinks given the fact he's essentially declaring war on every nation in the world. I cannot recommend this book and I will certainly not be buying book 3. I have no idea how this book has such a high rating and I cannot believe that the majority of those ratings are from thinking human beings.

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Something went wrong

Would you try another book from Stephen Moss and/or R. C. Bray?

No, this author has lost my faith, the narrator was really good.

What was most disappointing about Stephen Moss’s story?

I liked the first book, but this one went into a low-level cold-war story. Absolutely illogical story, the last few hours were complete misery to listen.

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

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If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fear the Survivors?

95% of this book could worth nothing for this story, which started as aliens try to conquer the earth and ending up a few men creating a "state" and blackmail earth nations to follow them into their mission.

Any additional comments?

I am really sorry, I gave 5 for the first book, but this one turned out to be the worst book I have read (listened) ever ... and it is 17 hours.

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Stunning

After reading the first book, I thought that it would be difficult to keep up the momentum in the second. However, Stephen Moss does not disappoint. In fact, Fear the Survivors has the potential to even surpass the first installment. Great read. 👍

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-26-16

a great secuence to the first book

Not as strong as the first book but still set above sci-fi books of it's kind. Being Russian I've struggled with often very pro-western stance and numerous one sided historical references. Shame concuest of America is never referenced in the book.
Ones again an outstanding narration by R C Bray!
looking forvard the next one

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  • MrMatt
  • 02-01-16

Blown away!

This is a fantastic follow up to fear the sky. Lots of detail, depth in plot and character development. Performance of RC Bray is excellent and really adds to the story. Cant wait for the final installment

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  • Fiona
  • 06-08-17

Great plot, lots of fighting

I really loved the first of this series, so was excited to begin the second.

I enjoyed the plot but found the whole thing just way too fighty for my taste. I'm not interested in blow-by-blow accounts of battles, and graphic descriptions of things/people getting shot. However, I suspect that's more to do with my taste than any failure of the book.
I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who likes that sort of thing, but I found it difficult to really believe in the role our hero ends up in. It didn't fit with the character I felt we'd been introduced to in book 1, and I think contributed to my general dissatisfaction.

The narration is just wonderful - very engaging. I wouldn't have stuck with this to the end with a different narrator.

Overall, if you liked book 1 and like fighty stuff I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

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  • Goubebie
  • 02-10-16

Great tech

The technology in this book is wonderfully creative and appears to be relatively scientific. I loved humanity's ability to adopt radically advanced tech so quickly.

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  • Tim
  • 02-02-16

Just brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of Fear the Survivors to be better than the print version?

It is a fantastic squeal to the first in the series

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Tech 10 combat scenes are great

Any additional comments?

This is a great standalone book, but much better if read as the squeal to book 1, its the best book i have read in a while, and I read 2 a month.

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  • Gary
  • 01-25-16

awesome story... detail... pace...

simply fabulous... the detail and story line is incredible. all sci-fi writers need to pay attention to this book...

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  • SBRAL
  • 01-24-16

Extras...

This audiobook is not an exact copy of the book, but it isn't really abridged either. That said, the extra words given by the narrator do actually enhance the story, so all is forgiven. Looking forward to the next and final book in this series. 5/5

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  • Michael
  • 01-25-17

Disappointing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No. I had high hopes for this book because the first one was so good but it just didn't live up to the first book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Moss? Why or why not?

Yes. The first Book in this series was excellent, well researched and was wrapped in a great story.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

R. C. Bray was brilliant as usual.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found it difficult to really connect to to the story because it just didn't seem realistic in any sense. In fact the "real world" environment was completely unbelievable - I am not referring to the sci-fi aspects of the story (see additional comments below).

Any additional comments?

It was difficult to really become immersed in the story because many elements were just not realistic. The mark of a great sci-fi story is for it to be believable. Can it be far-fetched? ... Yes!

Can it be incredible? ....Of course!

Can even be highly improbable? ...Possibly!

However, it should never be unbelievable!

Why did I feel this story was unbelievable? Well surprisingly it has nothing to do with the sci-fi aspects of the tale.

Let me give you an example:
I can't understand how a guy, with no military experience, zero political clout or past experience in foreign affairs, who just a few years previously was a socially-awkward nobody, was allowed to hold a position were he was heading a task force (and having the last say in that task force) which was responsible for military, espionage and foreign relations.

How could this simple guy have so much power that he could even put a USA president in his place??? I mean this guy was making important foreign relation decisions when the world was on the brink of war.

In the real world this guy would be lucky if he was even allowed access to the task force let alone run the entire show and be able to muscle out the governments of Super Powers - regardless of how pivotal he was in the previous events.

This made the story completely unbelievable for me as in the real world if someone like this was given free reign over such decision making the world would descend into chaos pretty quickly.

The first book introduced incredible technology and a far-fetched (and entertaining) story but it took place in a very believable world. This book just looks as though the author lost the story in self-indulgence by keeping characters that should have been dropped or at least set into a more realistic role.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-08-18

Better with age

The first book I found awkward as it drove to the point and meat of the story. The second book was a delight and had me hanging on to every word from start to finish

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  • Mrs V. Bracewell
  • 09-12-17

Yawnnnn - Filler for 3rd Book

Not even a good narrator can make this book anything but monotonous. It reads like a publisher said to the author, "Brilliant storyline. Now go write that into 3 books so we have a nice little series".

Basically, it's about preparing for the alien invasion/battle, battles with other nations, losing.battles, winning some, then rebuilding for said alien invasion again. Oh yes... a 10-year-old Kurdish girl is training to be Earth's savoir. Alas, I'm still interested enough to read/listen to 3rd & last book. However, having heard a freebie excerpt of Book 3, I could have skipped Book 2 altogether.

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  • Nathan
  • 06-16-16

Great Story.

A good read but I feel the author missed a few more opportunities to use the word "moot"

Maybe there will be more in the next 😉

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  • Chris Gander
  • 06-14-16

A great story bogged down by science and detail

Moss serves up his science fiction like a plate full of hearty vegetables. You know the science and detail is good for you but all you really want is a bite of that delicous steak. Sadly, Moss serves up very little steak in a long and slow story that, whilst genuinely great, is very difficult to get through... I struggled all the way. With that said I'll still trek on to book 3.

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  • Alex
  • 05-02-16

Great story and narration, average writing

Where does Fear the Survivors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In terms of plot, concept and narration, this is a great book. Original and gripping. But Moss's writing style is weak, which is probably why it wasn't picked up by a publisher. I'm not sure I'd enjoy reading it so much.

What other book might you compare Fear the Survivors to, and why?

This series is similar to The Looking Glass series by John Ringo - it's military sci fi but with more politics and better character development.

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

This is as good as any of R.C. Bray's other performances, in my opinion. A brilliant narrator.

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

Yes and no. It's quite intense so I simply couldn't. And at 20 hours you've got to be pretty dedicated.

Any additional comments?

I've listened to the whole series and this review pretty much goes for the other books as well. An enjoyable listen.

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  • Steven
  • 02-20-17

Great

The book is great. The ending is far more phenomenal than I even thought it could be. I definitely loved it. The only thing is that the early parts of the story lack the same character development, discussions and suspense that the first book held. There was an unfortunate end to the antagonists and, although fitting, wasn't all that exciting. There was very little from a lot of the old characters and new characters relationships took their place. It was good, but I would have preferred a lot more Neil and Madeline and Ayala in the story.

Aside from the character interactions that could have been better, the science is intriguing again and there are lots of things to keep you exited through the book. It seemed more plot driven than the first however, so bare that in mind when listening. I would listen to it at a faster speed if I were you.

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  • John Trimble
  • 05-04-16

Definitely the second book out of a trilogy

lacked the tension of first book. Disappointed so obviously a setup for finale. Lathe chunks were really quite dull with overlong descriptions of training procedures ...the final few chapters did move the story forward quite a bit but what preceded was thin on excitement. Not sure if I'll go for third in series.

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  • Darks G
  • 01-28-16

Wow. Just wow

If you thought the first book was good, hold on to you britches, book 2 will rock you and leave you begging you for more... Bring on book 3!

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  • Ross
  • 01-16-17

Fantastic series

I have slowly been going through the Fear Saga over the last 2 months and have loved every minute of it. The characters are interesting and slowly develop over time and are superbly distinguishable through excellent narration. For fans of sci-fi I cannot recommend this series more highly, you will not be disappointed

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  • Brody
  • 04-25-16

Excellent Sci Fi

A fantastic second book to a thrilling Sci Fi trilogy! Gripping and compelling from start to finish.

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  • Jonathan Crane
  • 02-24-16

good series worth reading

I am really enjoying this series. it's really got me hooked since I first stumbled upon it on audible. though not as tense as the first book.

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  • Leonie
  • 02-01-16

Awesome!

Awesome! A thoroughly Riveting read and great tech. Can't wait for the next one. Well worth the wait

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