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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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    Mark Powers 09-11-12
    Mark Powers 09-11-12
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    "fun concept"
    Where does Dies the Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better books i have listened to lately.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the author developed the story around the characters journeys


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

    The voice acting was solid


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I an from the area of the country that the story revolves around so it was fun for me to follow the journey.

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    Eric Portland, OR, United States 07-24-12
    Eric Portland, OR, United States 07-24-12
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    "Has potential"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I think the story idea is great as a concept but didn't like the writing or performance very much. It jumps around too much with no transition. Even a pause at times or a chapter break would have told you that the story was going to change locations, characters or time. Many times the story would be at the height of action and then stop. Later on you might find out what happened but not fully.


    Has Dies the Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Pretty much.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Entertaining reader and good with different voices.


    Do you think Dies the Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Could be continued but the highlights of the concept have been covered.


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    Scott 07-05-12
    Scott 07-05-12
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    "Good story and characters"
    What did you like best about Dies the Fire? What did you like least?

    Overall the story and variety of interesting characters keep this book going for me. I would have rated it much higher, but could not get past the author's insistance on making some of the "good" characters pagan satan worshipping witches. I would have thought the author might have been intelligent enough to know that this type of plot line would not appeal to 99% of the readers. Other than that, seems like a pretty realistic view of how society would react and collapse following an EMP type of event with a interesting twist. Great perfomance by narrator.


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    Jenassecret MN 06-28-12
    Jenassecret MN 06-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Start to a great series!"

    This was a fun book. "something" happens to change the world and now humanity has to adjust to survive without modern conveniences. There have been other authors with the same concept, but I loved the way S.M. Sterling pulled it off. The characters are believable and likable. Groups splinter off and those who are clever and willing, adapt, survive and prosper. I can just see the cities and suburbs panicking and motionless with fear. Any book that can make me both wince and laugh out loud are more than worth the credits! Todd McLaren's voice is rich, talented and gripping!

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    Teresa Adair 06-04-12 Member Since 2016
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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 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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