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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!

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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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Basic Story, poor character development. Save your credits

Seriously, save your credit. Basic dialogue and a plot that leaves holes to never be filled. The narrator is talented but this story is for teenagers and that’s fine but don’t expect a story that will make you think at all.

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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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Badly written, cliche trash.

Just awaful. The dialogue is unbelievably corny stream of military fiction cliches to a such an extent that I found myself either cringing or rolling my eyes at every single line. It's just unbearable. This is made worse by the extremely narrator hamming up the voices something fierce.

Characters are all zero dimensional archetypes pulled from action movies with nothing remotely resembling their own personality. It's completely impossible to be interested in them or anything they do.

The book also ticks basically everything on the list of unforgivable sci-fi sins, including transplanting second world War air combat to space to constantly name dropping flavor of the month supermaterials (in this case graphene) to having all advanced science having no apparent basis in reality and literally just being space magic.

I've read and listened to some bad science fiction before, but this was really atrocious and easily the worst I've ever heard through audible.

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Zero Effort

This book was a lazily written joke. Every time the story started to get going, the author slams the readers face first into a wall. The story is constantly jumping around with ZERO continuity. I felt no attachment to any of the characters. Major events in the book felt meaningless. Only redeeming quality of this book is the narrator. Don't recommend.

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Ehh ...

Ehh ... It was ok. Maybe my expectations were set to high with all of the good reviews. The story was ok, but the dialog was awful. Everyone talks to one another as if they were in a junior high gym class. And that is how the narrator reads them as well. Probably going to skip the rest of the series.

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This book just does not go anywhere for a long time

The story is sub standard and the author takes his sweet time in getting to the underwhelming action scenes.

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Disappointing

Too many discombobulated entry and exit points including hard to follow characters and time lines. It’s like spaghetti and rice added to a meatless salad. Sorry wish I could say more.

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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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  • Dune Drifter
  • 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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  • 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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • laura
  • 10-01-18

Too Alice-in-Wonderland

Basic premise was promising but the alien characterisation was vastly lacking I will not be reading any more in this series

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  • Kenneth Flint
  • 08-31-18

Good at first then found it hard going

First problem is the narration some of the accents were awful particularly the Scottish and Nordic. I thought the story started well and enjoyed most of the first book. The second book however just got more and more ridiculous with almost pantomime like villains.

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  • Laura Hunter
  • 08-20-18

Great story, mostly great narrating.

The accents are painful, but if you can get through them, great storytelling and concepts.

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  • simon rae
  • 08-12-18

bargain book 1 and 2

really enjoyed the audiobook good story, engaging, allows me to listen whilst I am at work.

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  • JimR
  • 07-31-18

Complicated story line

The story line was pretty complicated, I like to listen casually to these sorts of things but found I was rewinding quite regularly to find out what had happened. I also found the narrators voice a bit irritating but I know this can be a very personal thing.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-14-18

Not short of action.

Plenty of action both in space and on the ground. A great military action story.

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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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  • Darrin Jack
  • 10-02-18

The Ember wars

I enjoyed this book. it had a good story line. narrated very well. I will be checking out more audio books by Richard fox.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-18

A painfully pro American author with good ideas

The story was intriguing and punchy enough to keep my interest consistently piqued. However, the authors nationalistic arrogance made me want to puke and stop numerous times throughout. This could be a recommendation if these inane comments were removed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-18

Outstanding

This series is one of the most brilliant audiobooks available. So many great scifi concepts. A great performance and story. Highly recommended.

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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