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In the timeline next door, Earth has been occupied by the Amphibite Empire since the Teddy Roosevelt Administration.

Winston Carmichael, a Sergeant First Class in the human soldiers of Earth, is getting out and going to University. He wants to join the higher caste and make life better for humanity, but his hatred of the Empire might be too much for him to sit quietly and play ball. Now he has to decide if he's going to work for the Empire he hates or join the rebels and become a rough rider.

©2019 Derwin Lester II (P)2019 Derwin Lester II

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  • JM
  • 08-27-20

The Job Of Liberating

Another decent story by Derwin Lester II Good characters and development Jason did a fine job narrating.

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  • RJ
  • 05-10-20

Mesmerizing!

This has been an engaging, intriguing short story. While listening, I was waiting for the hook, the plot, or the point to the story. After a while, it became clear that there was no plot to speak of. It was a discussion between two friends on the best way to effect change in the world. I tried to fit this discussion into the present day and realized that this story is timeless. It would be relevant in present-day or at any time in history. The narrator, Jason Sprenger was outstanding. His voice and the story together were mesmerizing. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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I’m hooked

I can’t wait to have Derwin Lester II on the show. I have so many questions. So many things left hanging. I can’t wait to hear all of his books.
-N!ck from Daycare Podcast

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Well-wrought, engaging and full of great stuff!

The best thing about this book is that it really takes its central premise (namely, that change can be made gradually, over many generations, if we only have the courage to be steadfast in our determination) very seriously and makes an excellent case for same. The only real problem with this book, is that I wished it was longer!

Sure, there are a few little things I could nitpick, but by and large this was a thoroughly entertaining, engrossing and well put together piece of genre fiction, with plenty to offer for fans of intrigue, lovers of alternate history dystopia, and anyone else interested in a good listen. The writing is very consistently good, and the narration only helps deliver it with a zing.

Honestly, if you like aliens, sci-fi, good characters and engaging story, with a bit of thoughtful, relevant to today social commentary thrown in, this is the book you need to be listening to!

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Short but sweet

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I'm already looking into other books in the series.

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Good things come in small packages

I really enjoyed this book. While it is only 2.5 hours long there was a depth of character study. The character's back story was handled in a very smart way. Unlike the other reviewer, I enjoyed the sound effects and thought they added to the story.

The narration was fantastic. With this medium, the narration being on point is essential. I expect big things from Jason Sprenger.

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Interesting Take on how to best defeat Oppressors

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
The Liberation of Earth was an entertaining story. I judge short stories a bit differently than long books. I tend to think of them more as in the terms of a movie, if I’m entertained for a few hours it’s a good short story. The Liberation of Earth was able to keep my attention and tell an interesting short story. Although it’s Sci-Fi and there are alien overlords the story really comes down to two main characters with different views on how to overcome oppression and tyrants, one choosing violence and the other trying to go for a peaceful solution. Although the sci-fi elements were there you could remove them and probably tell a similar story. Overall this was an interesting read with some unique outtakes on how to best defeat tyrants. I would have liked a bit more closure, but it sounds like one of these characters may be used in other books in alternate universes which could be interesting to read.
Jason Sprenger did a good job narrating and voiced the characters well. The sound effects were a little odd but in some parts they added to the atmosphere of the story.

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Alien invasion

Interesting story of an alternative time line where Earth has been conquered by aliens during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.The plot is placed 100 years after the invasion and is centered on the differing solutions of two friends to the problems caused by the alien control of Earth. The sound effects detracted from rather than enhanced the narration, but the narrator did an outstanding job.

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Politics in the Future

Winston and a cast of characters, all well-developed, struggle against oppression by the alien Amphibite Empire. The intrigue bounces to and fro and I'm not sure if anyone really won the day. Still, an interesting listen and 2 & 1/2 hours well spent.

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Ugh, sound effects

What I disliked are the unnecessary sound effects from the page turning and pen scribbling to the heart thumping. It distracted me from the story and lost my attention. I had returned this story a long time ago because of it was awful to listen to, and then I forgot that I didn’t like and bought it again, lol. As soon as I heard the sound effects, I was mad at myself that I wasted my money on this stupid story.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-09-19

We were going to change the world.

One hundred years after the Amphibite Empire invaded Earth, altering human society, values, and history, two keen become friends at university. Usually reserved only for the elites since learning is not easily accessible and few books survive, both men have arrived there by a less than conventional route, neither coming from the upper level, and one had even been a sergeant in the Human Soldiers of Earth, army troops recruited to spread control through the galaxy. Through entries in their journals we learn of their nightmares, hopes and ambitions.

I have read a couple of Derwin Lester II's other shorts before and found each one, like tbis, well written and with the quirky diversity of human personality rigorously on display. The two main protagonists are real people, doing the best they can, not right or wrong, but human. I noted that other reviewers have objected to the objectification of women, their being spoken of mostly in terms of sexual playthings for men, their attractiveness or other domestic duties, like courtship and reproduction. Whilst this is true, it is important to remember that the setting for the story is not the brave new world of twenty first century political correctness, but an alien-led other time society of predominantly selfish gain, and for the protagonists to be vigorously arguing women's rights would be as incomprehensible for that time and place as would young Roman senators sons two thousand years ago arguing for rights equal with citizens of all the slaves owned by their families. Different times and places, different attitudes. Even in stories.

The Liberation of Earth, is really just a little slice from the (fictional) history book of Earth some several decades after it has been pacified by its alien invaders: we can't know exactly when this happened or even if it was an alternate time line rather than our own. Narration by Jason Sprenger was well done, clearly read with good intonation and emotional expression and well suited to the nature of the book. My thanks to the rights holder, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. I very much enjoy these snippet stories and would like to see them gathered together in a single book. Definitely recommended for more thoughtful science fiction readers (not those whose main interest is action packed military S.F.).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-19

unfortunately not what I thought

unfortunately after reading the blurb, I used this month's credit to get the book. but I don't like it one bit, I'm not a fan of the story line at all, and can't get into it.