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Invasion: Alaska Audiobook

Invasion: Alaska: Invasion America, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The invasion of Alaska has begun. And the Third World War may not be far behind.

In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China.

The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.

A weakened America uses old technology against the next generation of military hardware. The invasion unleashes the Hell of battle as two armies turn the snowfields of Alaska red with blood.

Invasion: Alaska is a thundering techno-thriller of vast scope from bestselling author Vaughn Heppner.

©2011 Vaughn Heppner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Peter Wilson 02-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Depressing Disconcerting Dismissive Disappointing"
    What would have made Invasion: Alaska better?

    “Invasion Alaska” is similar to some other books with which you may be familiar: Harry Turtledove’s alternate (civil war) history series, “How Few Remain” and “American Front” and Tom Clancy’s imagined theater conflicts “Red Storm Rising” and “The Bear and the Dragon” all of which were more realistically imagined and which had superior descriptions of the technical military details. But what “Invasion Alaska” most closely reminded me of was the (first) movie “War of the Worlds,” because of the unremittingly depressing hopelessness of the story until the final, and in “Invasion Alaska’s” case, predictable, bail-out.I found the characters mostly shallow and pitiable, and the author’s prose inelegant and heavily reliant on pathos.The narrator ends every sentence with a rising tone on the last syllable, which I found disconcerting and distracting. He does an adequate but uninspired job with accents and inflection, but is not very good with women’s voices,which, fortunately for him, are few.The hurried, dismissive, and disappointing ending is a shameless setup for the sequel, and quite possibly an endless series of sequels in the fashion of the execrable “Left Behind” rip-offs.My remarks are tempered by having bought “Invasion Alaska” at a first-in-a-series teaser sale price.


    What could Vaughn Heppner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He is in the crowded genre of techno thrillers, where even the ghost writers for the old guard are pretty good. There may not be much he can do.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Ashby?

    A genuine Chinese speaker.


    Any additional comments?

    .

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 05-31-13
    Pablo SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 05-31-13
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    "Better than Tom Clancy's RED STORM RISING!"

    I have been listening to audio books for 20 years. I am a big fan of Tom Clancy's RED STORM RISING,but this book blew him out of the water. Although I do wish Vaughn Heppner was long winded like Tom C. I highly recommend this book. Its rich with characters and action. Plus its makes you think if its possible in our future.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Roswell, GA, United States 06-06-13
    Todd Roswell, GA, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible Narration"

    Interesting concept, although some of the characters were a bit of a cliche. Overall, it was a good story. But I am baffled by the listeners who rated the performance as 4 and 5 stars. The book had such glowing reviews I decided to give it a shot but as I began the book I had to stop and check to make sure I hadn't mistakenly downloaded some version that the author decided to try narrating himself. The accents are ridiculous, there is no flow to the narration, and the way the narrator reads really detracts from the story. I had to force myself through the book while wishing I had just read it myself.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 03-02-14
    Richard 03-02-14

    Likes intelligent mysteries, spy thrillers, world history, most anything Ancient Roman. Hates bad writing

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    "Weak story with appalling writing"

    I bought this book because of an interest in speculative geopolitics. The idea of China invading Alaska in the aftermath of a sovereign debt depression intrigued me. However, neither the geopolitical speculation nor the story grabbed me. Instead I suffered through endless (and repetitive) descriptions of military weaponry, battle scenes described in the most purple of purple prose (worthy of first prize in a "bad writing" contest), cartoonishly shallow characters (to call them cardboard would be to insult inanimate fiber material), rampant stereotyping and cultural chauvinism, etc. I disliked this book on every level imaginable. In the end, however, it failed to connect with my interest in geopolitics and near-future sci-fi.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Costello 07-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "just so-so"

    Okay plot and the battle scenes were good but the reader is terrible and detracts from what little the book offers. Don't think I'd recommend it and I'm not going to bother with the rest of the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Clarke Brisbane, Queensland Australia 11-15-16
    Gavin Clarke Brisbane, Queensland Australia 11-15-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Gripping"
    What made the experience of listening to Invasion: Alaska the most enjoyable?

    The story line was very entertaining and kept me entertained all the way from the beginning to the end.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was great and it was very thought provoking. It was strong from the start


    What does Mark Ashby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reading was fine. Mark is easy to listen to and very enjoyable.


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

    Yes this was a book I could have easily listened to in one sitting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason United States 10-16-16
    Jason United States 10-16-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed this book!"

    Exciting and realistic; great listen!
    The narrator did a great job--Ive listened to audiobooks daily for years and Mark Ashby is one of the best narrators I've listened to.

    The book did a good job bringing a futuristic conflict into light. Made me think of how mass warfare is so devastating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Adams, TN, USA 05-25-16
    David Adams, TN, USA 05-25-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story horrible performance"

    I would love to listen to the rest of the series but the monotone reading nearly lost me. Dialogue was ok. Any narration was monotone with an irritating quality.

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    Outdoors 05-22-16
    Outdoors 05-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Mark Ashby's narration was terrible!"
    What disappointed you about Invasion: Alaska?

    The narration was unbearable, to the tone of his nasally voice to the random pauses, it sounded as though he had never read the book before! The little listen button was not working or they disabled it because they knew how bad it sounded. I got Red Storm Rising and Ghost Fleet for 15 bucks and this was over 20! RIP OFF! I want my money back!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing with a Mark Ashby Narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Ashby’s performances?

    HELL NO!


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back, i couldn't get through the first 6 minutes of this garbage!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 02-09-16
    Andrew 02-09-16 Member Since 2007

    I travel 3-5 hours a day in the car and Audible makes it more than bearable.

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    "Absolute rubbish and it gets worse by the book"
    What did you like best about Invasion: Alaska? What did you like least?

    I bought this book based on my recent listen to the same Author's The Lost Starship series which I loved, specially book two and three as they were read by Mark Boyett who is one of my favourite Narrators. <br/><br/>This was a big mistake though as this series is simply awful <br/><br/>Worst narrator on Audible for a start then just a ridiculous story with more plot holes than a colander.<br/><br/>It features Hovertanks????? (In a comedy like Sgt Bilko maybe that is fine) Bahemoths tanks that no one can find??? Apparently in the future Radar is forgotten about, Trench warfare????????? <br/><br/>Give me a break.... What utter rubbish


    Would you ever listen to anything by Vaughn Heppner again?

    No, he is too inconsistent in his story telling.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He raises is tone at the end of every sentence, not sure if it is just a terrible accent or just a terrible reader


    Do you think Invasion: Alaska needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has 4 followups and each is worse in succession


    Any additional comments?

    Please give me my credits back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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