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The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance.

In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival. Earth will need a fleet. One with a hidden purpose. One strong enough to fight a battle against annihilation.

The Ember War is the first installment in an epic military sci-fi series. If you enjoyed A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo and The Last Starship by Vaughn Heppner, then you'll love this explosive adventure with constant thrills and high stakes from beginning to end.

The Ruins of Anthalas, book 2: An ancient holocaust holds the key to humanity's survival.

Only a sliver of mankind survived the Xaros invasion. With Earth's defenses in ashes, nothing can stop the aliens' inevitable return. Hope arrives through a cryptic message from a long-lost alien race, promising the means to rebuild the shattered space fleet. Captain Valdar takes one of the last strike carriers, the Breitenfeld, and his shell-shocked crew on a desperate mission to the dead world. Unfortunately humans aren't the only power that received the ancient message....

The Ruins of Anthalas is the second book in The Ember War Saga, a military sci-fi space opera. If you like David Weber and John Ringo with a touch of Isaac Asimov, then you'll love this fast-paced and captivating adventure where humanity survives at the edge of a knife.

©2015 Richard Fox (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • bhagat
  • mississauga, ontario, Canada
  • 04-30-17

I want to be ARMOUR

I am quadriplegic and applaud Mr Fox's creativity in turning the disabled into powerful mech warriors. This is the first series I listened to where the disabled play an integral part of the story. The battles and fast paced action is entertaining but one of the core principles of the series is inspiring: ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS human, alien, AI, tube grown humans, disabled, robots etc. Sentience is the means by which the universe is self-ware.

GOTT MIT UNS!

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Everything you ever wanted in space warfare.

Space marines, giant robot armor, space battles, manipulative AI, mysterious aliens, and a human race struggling to start over from scratch while fighting a war that they have little understanding of...what more could you want?

"The Ember War" is so satisfyingly entertaining for science fiction adventure fans that it is a wander that it isn't a household name yet. The writing for it all has so much personality and characterization that the story's pacing is perfect. Richard Fox did a fantastic job putting this story together.

Then Luke Daniels does the narration and the audiobook experience will hook any listener instantly for the entire read through books 1 and 2. His ability to add personality to all these characters and make you care about each of them just using his voice is incredible.

"The Ember War" is definitely a series this reviewer will continue to follow and is highly, HIGHLY, recommended to anyone who has ever enjoyed any science fiction adventure on any form of media. Played "Halo" or "Mass Effect"? Watched "Robotech" or "Stargate SG-1"? Have you read "I, Robot" or "Enders Game"? Everything you have ever loved about any of those examples can be found here.

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absolutely fell into this story.

loved it totally fell into this story. great science fiction and military tradition. coming from an infantryman

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Cast of dozens, one actor

A unique take on aliens invade earth type sci-fi. The reader is amazing and creates a unique voice for each of the dozens of characters.

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  • Sheldon
  • Augusta, ME, United States
  • 05-27-16

I just don't understand the hype.

Overall it's not a bad listen, there are moments where you actually care what is going on. Mostly though it's two dimensional characters playing out a story the feels like you've already heard it a dozen times from a dozen different authors. I got this because of the narrator and Luke Daniels is still good though he does mispronounce a few things here and there.

My biggest concern is that I had very little desire to listen to the book at all. It wasn't fun, entertaining, witty, interesting, dynamic, or really any of the things you'd like to hear in a good book. I guess I'd compare this to microwave macaroni and cheese. It's not actually bad, but it isn't really good either.

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A COUPLE OF BULLETS AND FOUL LANGUAGE TO DEFEND

OURSELVES
The book starts out pretty good with a Scott Meyer type opening. Then the book jumps ahead in time and all imagination is replaced with clichéd, cardboard cutout characters and action. Hard core military fans and the paid help seem to like it a lot. You probably know what you like, so if your looking for some shoot-em up action, this is your cup of tea. Did you know that the American Flag is so superior to all other flags, that after sitting on the top of a pole for thirty years in bad weather and good, it will still wave?

YOUR EYES ARE SECRETING
Luke Daniels is excellent as always.

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Good book excellent narration

If you like the other armor books are gonna love this. This author is always good for hell of a ride.

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Wonderful

Mr Fox writes as he is there. Good action. And Lude Daniels is awesome. Really good book

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Luke Daniels brings this series to life.

I have now listen to 7 books narrated by Luke Daniels. He is easily my favorite narrator, his accents Bring the characters to life. I Highly recommend the ember war series as well as Any other book narrated by Luke Daniels.

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  • Joseph
  • Rockford, IL, US
  • 03-21-18

Awesome!

I loved this book from beginning to end and can’t wait to listen to the next in the series. Full of action and suspense with a story line that hooks you from the beginning. The narrator did an excellent job with voice considering this isn’t graphic audio.

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  • Mark Page
  • 03-20-16

Very enjoyable fast-paced space story.

I enjoyed these two fast-paced works of art immensely. Lovable characters, with nail biting twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Ben L
  • 04-17-17

Very good space saga let down not by the narration but by the narrators accents.

Great book but terrible accents from the narrator. Being Scottish I was a little upset but the Scandinavian was like Indian!

Really had to stick at listening for the first 3 chapters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-17

Quite good

What did you like most about The Ember War?

The pace of the book was ok and there is clearly a lot of s one to the series. All is good except the Scottish accent. Omg

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  • Paul Farmer
  • 08-22-16

A good space Opera

A good old yarn. Bits of lots of sci fi stories from battlestar galactica to stargate and star trek. Some interesting twists along the way and well performed throughout. Now I've got to listen to the next five in the series, oh well there goes £100!

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  • paul leonard
  • 02-06-18

happy

took a shoot with this and was not unimpressed , was well worth a listen

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  • MR J R C BRITCHFORD
  • 01-20-18

Overall very good, but narrator can't do accents

If you could sum up The Ember War in three words, what would they be?

Popcorn sci-fi adventure

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ember War?

The armour units kicking ass

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, it was generally very good, but the narrator simply can't do some of the accents of characters. They are hilariously, gratingly awful.

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

Yes, and I couldn't wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-28-17

Clueless

Sure, the whole Muslim war thing is clumsily handled and may well be indicative of some rather dodgy attitudes, but people have already covered that. The thing is, even if you give him the benefit of the doubt about that, the author has almost NO understanding of any of the science behind the stuff he talks about. This is definitely set in our universe; physics defying mumbo jumbo should at least have a superficial explanation and things people encounter should still make sense within the rules of physics we are familiar with. The author makes so many rookie mistakes I can't believe that he has even a rudimentary understanding of what he's writing about. For example:

* No understanding at all of orbital mechanics--you can't just run out the back of a shuttle in orbit to fall to the ground!
* The great wall of China is famously NOT visible from space with the naked eye. If he needed an example of how you'd easily know there was intelligent life on earth from orbit how about the cities, lights, etc?
* Opening a parachute does not "turn [him] into a lightning rod". Lightning can hit pretty much anything between the clouds and the ground, but a lightning rod needs to be grounded, otherwise you aren't really increasing your odds of being hit. The cloth and lines sure isn't going to make much of a difference.
* Electrical storms would not be able to sneak up on you while you're skydiving, and if your friends who jumped within seconds of you were fine it should have been easy to avoid it--you can easily move pretty fast horizontally while falling.
* Anti gravity or not, the main way to keep stable during a skydive is to maintain an aerodynamically stable shape, not attempting to put your feet downwards.
* You can't just imply that when you drop a "buoy" behind you while in orbit would make them stay in place without some kind of explanation as to why normal physics doesn't apply. The simple thing to would have been to put satellites in orbit at an even interval around the whole thing, not magically hovering buoys that would have to be powered and manipulating gravity (much more likely to be detectable) around half of it.

And that mess is only from the start of a single ground mission over the course of a couple of chapters. This is terrible science understanding coupled with at best clueless handling of sensitive current day issues (religion especially), wrapping at best mediocre writing and a mildly interesting plot that could have potential if handled by a professional. This absolutely, badly needed a great editor, but that's nowhere to be seen.

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  • Terry in Hull
  • 10-27-17

Fast moving space epic

I really enjoyed this space saga although the story moved a little too fast for my liking. The events, technology and tactics are described in great detail but the characters aren't fleshed out enough for my liking. For this reason I had trouble empathising with the main characters and understanding their motivations. The battles are very exciting but quite hard to follow at times too ! A good series but I did notice that the rest of the books are 8 hours long which is poor value in my opinion.

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  • ben smith
  • 09-28-17

BY FAR THE BEST SCI-FI YOU COULD HOPE FOR

This series all 9 books is amazing. the story the visuals, the humor and the tears. Im not good with words myself so my review could never do this series justice. just amazing I am sure I will listen and even read this set of books before my times up x

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  • CJSILV
  • 08-30-17

love it

I have listed to all of them they are brilliant I highly recommended great story and there are other books to go with the series 😃

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-14-16

An excellent story with plausible tech...

The narrator does a superb job with the narration. His pacing is spot on, as is the many different accents and intonations of male/female/alien voices, making it rather easy to follow the dialogue between characters. The narrator definitely brings the story to life.

The author of this story has a masterpiece here. There were occasions where I had to relisten, or listen very carefully in order to understand some of the plot line. But besides that, it is an excellent story, with varying themes small and large alike. The prominent theme, like most modern sci-fi, is about humanities insignificance in the grand scheme of the cosmos...But does not demean humanities abilities.

if you love sci-fi, space navy battles, believable technologies , civilizations and love thinking beyond our galaxy...then this is the book for you...And trust me. I'm extremely picky when it comes to sci-fi.

also, check out the Fear Saga by Stephen Moss if you end up loving this book. similar style of story, but insanely unique, as is this one.

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  • Andrew
  • 05-08-17

Enjoyable and gripping

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ember War to be better than the print version?

The audio book is exceptionally enjoyable and accessible when driving or relaxing while working around the house. With 2 Children it is not always easy to devote time a print version.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was excellent overall with good character vocal inflection. The only grating aspect is the Australian accent. As an Australian myself I find it over acted and hope I don't sound like that to others.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Phoenix from the embers

Any additional comments?

This is a great story without some of the over hyped military macho ism. The characters have more depth and frailty than is generally seen is this genre. All up a great plot, well executed. I will definitely work through the series.

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  • blorg
  • 01-14-17

Started 'meh' then got better.

Rough start for me but improved along the way. The attempts at Australian accents and women's voices are cringe worthy. I'll probably get the sequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-18

Fantastic

I loved it, U can't wait to get thought the other books in the series!

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  • Marg Pelenyi
  • 11-18-17

excellent sci fi

loved this book a lot. Great story and excellent narration. on to blood of heroes!

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  • Paul
  • 03-14-17

Great story, great production.

It's a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, the action just keeps going.
Love the narration, the voices are great.
I'll be spending most of the year listening to the series I expect.

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  • lol
  • 01-08-17

enjoyable

great voice acting, making each character stand out.
story was entertaining with moderate leaning on tropes

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  • Bradley
  • 07-25-16

Remnants of Humanity Vs the Unstoppable Force

Whilst the author does demonise several cultures whilst venerating America as the Bastion of Humanity and Virtue, once we get past that its quite a good Sci-Fi ride.

Luke Daniels is superb in his narration and brings the required levity and gravitas to each character as needed.

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  • Shane
  • 04-10-16

Want modern gripping Sci fi this story is the one.

This story has modern tec, ideas. when u think you coming to the story peak a new level kicks in. love to see this in a movie.

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  • Loxton
  • 11-28-17

Great original sci-fi delivered well!

This story is a great original and simple take on the sci-fi realm. It's a simple story written with everything simplified as much as possible, which makes it incredibly easy to follow and digest, although, for me, this had the side effect of making some points feel shallow.

The only two characters I really sympathised with and felt much for were Ibarra and Valdor, and to a slightly lesser extent Elias, but neither of them felt like they got the character exposition that they deserved, considering their sheer importance to the story and their own heft of power within the story.
And I get the impression that the full jist of what Stacey truly is will be explained in future books, but the hints at her biological makeup felt both underdone and overdone, considering the lack of an immediate answer to them within these two first books.

Some of the story -again just my perspective not quite an objective observation- felt rushed, or oversimplified.
Just like it's great simplifying sci-fi technical talk to make it easy to follow, it's also important to have just enough meat and potatoes behind it to make you feel that the characters are impassioned about it and give it a heavier importance to the story.

Before listening to the story, I was convinced to purchase based on a QA with Richard Fox I read. He mentioned those points I did above from a positive light, and my criticisms of them is purely from how I like to enjoy a sci-fi. The story itself seems to be very well written and delivered.
But one point in the QA which I did find very contradictory was the question and answer regarding why Humanity (modern day?) haven't heard from an alien civilization yet.
I believe that RF gave three possible explanations and used the third (There's something out there silencing civilizations before they can begin to use interstellar communication) to explain the why in this story.
And yet there is initial contact with the Alliance probe which propels the story forward. This point is in line with RF's answer, and the probe even explains why it decides to make contact considering Ibarra's discovery and how it can be used to propel Humanity forward.
Later, it's revealed that the probe is from an Alliance of alien species, which again feels in line with that answer, giving the impression that they were only perhaps a dozen or so different races.
But in the 2nd book, it's revealed that there are (perhaps) hundreds of races in the Alliance. And that many of them were already capable of advanced space flight and interstellar contact prior to the Xaros and the Alliance contact, contradicting the why for why the stars are so silent.
This point stood out to me and really knocked me off track on enjoying the story as much and I felt shook the core motivation of the story.

My next point that reeeeaaaallllyyyy bothered me was the Australian character. I am Australian, partly raised in US as well so I personally have a very in-between accent. But NEVER have I heard an accent as stereotypically atrocious as the one delivered in this narration.
Upon hearing it and realizing it was meant to be Australian, I tried to focus on the dialogue rather than how it was spoken and found that the "Australianisms" used were, likewise to the narration, stereotypically atrocious.
The most "Australian'ish" accents and speaking I've ever heard have been in Darwin, and they didn't hold a candle to the Australian in this.

My negative points aside, for the most parts, the narration was well done, but how bad the Australian part was put me off so much that I couldn't give that more than a 2-star rating.

The story is well written and brings a new take to Humanity expanding into the stars and contesting with peaceful and waring alien races in an easy to follow and enjoyable fashion.

The characters, whilst I felt were overly simplified, were still solid characters and were shown in a way that can make you understand their motivations and views.

I will most certainly be working my way through the rest of the novels over time.

And I thank the author for putting the work into making this.

I would definitely suggest this story to any sci-fi lover out there.

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