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Dies the Fire Audiobook

Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.

But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.

©2004 Stirling; (P)2008 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The novel's dual themes - myth and technology -should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Teresa Adair 06-04-12 Member Since 2016

    An avid listener! My taste runs from Non-Fiction to Sci-Fi and everything in between. Only novel I could not get through . . . 50 SHADES. Terrible! Falling from the reading train due to a busy life made for a boring person and finding Audible in 2008 gave back so much life.

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    "This is Sci-Fi"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is well written characters are interesting and believeable. Interesting story line.


    Any additional comments?

    S.M Stirling has become one of my favorite authors.

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    Daniel S. Palter Pelican Rapids MN 05-09-12
    Daniel S. Palter Pelican Rapids MN 05-09-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Post-apocalyptic brain candy!"

    The first of the Emberverse books by S.M. Stirling.

    I'd originally read this novel a few years ago, but I'm re-reading/listening to them not just because of the story, the quality of the books, but because I'm part of the team working on the Emberverse RPG and any review might well be considered biased.


    I love the premise of the series, the way all tech, and explosives, cease to work in the blink of an eye. No one knows why this occurs, though there are several stories about Alien Space Bats - where characters discuss possible ideas behind the change and name the power behind it 'Alien Space Bats'.

    Trying to survive in a world where everything you relied on suddenly stops working, is a challenge. Some make it, some devolve into cannibals, and others use it as a means to grab power.

    If you enjoy post-apocalyptic settings this is a must. It's a well written series with engaging characters. The balance of personality types and the research that has obviously gone into the series, all combine to make the book shine.

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    Maureen 03-23-12
    Maureen 03-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Addictive and beautifully written!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dies the Fire the most enjoyable?

    A perfectly paced novel with the ideal blend of vividly descriptive prose, intriguing themes, noble and unique characters as well as the essential interesting evil antagonists..just a delight to experience. I loved his Nantucket series of the change and this is an amazing parallel novel...delicious and finely performed! I'm about to invest in book 2 and 3 of the series right now..


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    Amazon Customer Ferndale, WA, United States 03-16-12
    Amazon Customer Ferndale, WA, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, cool concept."
    Where does Dies the Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've really enjoyed this whole series so far (this is the first book but I've listened to books two and three now too)

    The concept of what would happen if the world just stopped working right is age old in survival fiction and scifi but this was a new detailed take that really caught my imagination.

    My complaint, and it's only obvious to those of us who are historical buffs (but let's face it a story where the history geeks rule the world after the apocalypse this is part of the target audience) I wish the narrator would have studied up on correct pronunciation of things like the pieces of armor or weapons. He even mispronounced city names that are not that unknown. Oh well, mispronunciation is my bane but for once I was able to glaze over it and enjoy a book that I'm sure will be re-listened to over and over again.


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    Daniel Pasadena, TX, United States 03-05-12
    Daniel Pasadena, TX, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A wonderful story with exceptional characters"

    This is a great read the plot is wonderful the charcters exceptional. A thrill from start to finish!

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    Ramiah Bogues 01-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Read"

    Great intro to a series. Developed story well. Had you wondering what would you do if in similar situation.

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    Robert Airdrie, AB, Canada 12-24-11
    Robert Airdrie, AB, Canada 12-24-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not finishthe Wica/pagan overload ruined it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Gag me with stonehenge... I've read a lot of far fetched alternate fantasy that one could accept and enjoy but this was certainly not one. the pagan theme totally ruined the story it was too prepotorus. We do not have enough wiccans in our world prancing around to make thi work


    What other book might you compare Dies the Fire to and why?

    None ... I would not want to cause offense to them


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of a great storey line... Let someone else rewrit it

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    Douglas Whittaker, MI, United States 12-23-11
    Douglas Whittaker, MI, United States 12-23-11 Member Since 2001
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    "depressing"
    What was most disappointing about S. M. Stirling’s story?

    Not my type of book, and gave up after a few hours. dwells too much on the negatives of human nature.


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    Ann 09-30-11
    Ann 09-30-11 Member Since 2017
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    An inordinate amount of wicca (cult religion) and witch crap.....wicca beliefs, talk, spells etc. very disappointing!

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    antoine hicks New Jersey 09-25-11
    antoine hicks New Jersey 09-25-11 Member Since 2011

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    "An innovative plot with visceral execution"

    My only regret about "The change" novels is that I didn't find them sooner. The world building is excellent, mostly because it includes the deconstruction of modern society as well as the construction of a new one. Many things in this story could have gone another way, and the little mini societies that survive are indicative of how your resources and leadership in life or death situations like this one are more determining factors than one may have previously believed. Mostly I like how it brings to life human values and highlights the things that we take for granted in modern society. Most people in america never experience a life or death situation and never really worry about their next meal. With no market to go to or fast food places...what would you do? It made me really think about my own skill set and how useless most of us would be in a post modern society.

    This novel made me think. It's not just sci fi or speculative fiction, it puts you there and makes you ask questions of yourself...something books rarely do these days.

    Kudos to the narrator as well. He brought a solemnness to the situation that I believe helped me visualize which is so important in the audio format.

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