The invasion of Alaska has begun. And the Third World War may not be far behind.
In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China.
The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.
A weakened America uses old technology against the next generation of military hardware. The invasion unleashes the Hell of battle as two armies turn the snowfields of Alaska red with blood.
Invasion: Alaska is a thundering techno-thriller of vast scope from bestselling author Vaughn Heppner.
©2011 Vaughn Heppner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Suspenseful and believable"
Mr Heppner has created a future world which seems reasonable, consistent within its basic premises and hence credible. In it a new glacial age has changed weather patterns making food far more scarce, petrochemicals far more important and the world a far more dangerous place. China, after years of military build-up, has become both rich from trade and a major military power and has consequently become expansive. America, after years of trade deficits and unbalanced budgets, has become much weaker, much less resolute and shorn of its military alliances. Facing a weakened and irresolute America, China has decided to seize the Alaskan oil reserves by force and thus starts a war between the two countries.
In addition to a logical and credible world situation Mr Heppner has also created a set of characters, American, Chinese and Canadian who are interesting, have reasonable back-stories, and react as normal people thrust into their situation might well react. They are not all admirable, but they are all believable and none are so superior as to make the situations unreasonable. While fiction, the book has the feel of a narration of real events involving real people making real decisions about real life situations and thus is a very pleasant alternative to the normal set of super-human secret agents, all-knowing detectives, mindless zombies and super-duper ninja-like fighters one often finds in current suspense novels. These people make both good and bad decisions, both succeed and fail, both live and die. I found the book so interesting and believable that I decided that I would buy the second book in the series. This may be military fiction but it is not made up of battle following battle but rather is a meld of the personal, political and military and this promises to be a very interesting series. The narration is excellent, the story both interesting and credible and it is not hard seeing the events as real-life news headlines.
"THE AMERICANS ARE NOT SIBERIANS"
MEN ARE MEN
This hit my wish list the day it was offered. For years I have wondered why more authors have not explored China and China as a number one military power. It almost seems taboo to consider the possibility. Few have considered an attack from them would include boots on the ground. Their population is their biggest weapon. Heppner did a great job exploring this possibility. He included their desire to own Taiwan. Few people probably knew that Siberia was once part of China. With World History being cut out of High School Education, we are going to need more people like Heppner to educate us. If you have read Gavin Menzies, you will most likely enjoy this. Conservatives who are worried about what happens when we cut back our military will like this. Liberals who are worried about our environment will like this. There is a lot of military techno talk and that usually turns me off, but I enjoyed it in this book. Some battle scenes go on for a long time.
IT WASN'T AUTHORITY THAT PAUL HAD DIFFICULTIES WITH, IT WAS AHOLES.
Are the characters, card board cutouts? Mostly yes, but they are not that important to the story. I did enjoy Paul, who is an ex-marine who got an dishonorable discharge. I could relate to his problems due to opening his mouth too much and I DON'T KNOW HOW TO KISS A. I enjoyed the parts involving the Chairman. I was intrigued by the politics and the troubles caused by a nation without enough women. I loved the parts involving drones and their operators. I will be following this series.
I gave the narrator five stars, but he is not a top tier narrator. I did not feel he took anything away from the story, but he did not add to it either. I can not see how he could upset anybody. A lot people complain about narrators who dramatize to much, no worries here.
"First of a great series"
I stumbled upon this book by accident, and was unsure if I should spend a credit on it. I decided to take the plunge, and was glad that I did! Character development is good, and it has a good storyline. This is not the typical "Bad guy attacks America - America's Dominant Army Fights Back - America Wins" kind of book.
"Listen to the sample first"
I've listened to more than 50 audiobooks here, and although I hate to be critical, I really didn't enjoy this one. Maybe the story was meant for a younger crowd, but I found it less sophisticated than most of the other books I've listened to. The biggest downside though is the narrator, the cadence was just strange, and the voice flat. Almost reminds me of the way Paul Harvey spoke. However you describe it, it was hard to endure. So like I mentioned in the heading, listen to the sample before purchase.
probably not, although I liked the overall plot, and thought it a possible scenario, the writing was a little simple for my taste.
Yes, not sure who would act in it.
This book is has some Tom Clancy influences, but dare I say better. This book contains continuous action, drama, and suspense to keep you reading. The narration is great, storyline realistic and continuous emotional highs. I’m pre-ordering for book two now.
"Fun Speculative Fiction"
No as the story line isn't deep enough. Fun brain candy but lacking nourishment. While the story line lacked substance, the prominent reason I wouldn't listen to the Invasion: Alaska again was the narration. Large tracts of the production sounded as though the narrator was a monotone computer narrator running at 115%. My repeated thought listening to these sections was "Ugh, give me patience to get through this section."
Apparently the first title in a series. Would listen to the other titles provided they were narrated by someone other than Mr. Ashby.
"Excellent insight into the mind of the future"
Very interesting book. Details what road we could go down with further military cut backs and the rise of China as a world superpower. Shows the spirit od America despite being reduced by years of left wing political agendas, and political correctness.
A plausible idea with chilling consequences. A must read for anyone who believes we should slash our national defense.
Yes, but it is impossible to do so
An excellent read but outlines a very frightening future
"A good story"
‘Invasion Alaska’ is a very good story but I had a hard time rating it. There is a lot of story development taking place so the author gives the listener a good look behind the scenes in China. The scenes are very descriptive which helps fill out the details to the listener. On the downside these take away from time that could be spent on the action and character development (the characters are a bit flat and static throughout). That being said it’s a pretty good mix as long as you’re not looking for mile a minute action. If I could give it 3.5 stars I would but since I can’t 4 stars it is.
Mr. Ashby does a good job with the narration but he’s a bit flat at time not really changing much from one character to the next.
"Interesting premise but there are flaws"
The premise of a war between China and the US was interesting for me. I enjoyed listening to the tempo and language of the dialog among the Chinese ministers. However, perhaps I have watched too many West Wing shows, I did not believe the flow of the dialog of the military commanders and the President. The description of the military equipment and the actual fighting was interesting but it's not my thing.
Definitely not if Ashby is narrating.
Just want to say that Mark Ashby's needs a voice coach. He consistently would drop pitch at the end of phrases and sentences (dropping ends), which made it really difficult to listen to for long. He needs to learn to t use pitch to add variety so the result doesn't sound like monotone
Yes, totally took me by surprise this one. There are quite a few invasion books of a similar ilk but either bore you with to much weapons technical spec rubbish and cartoon characters or are so jingoistic it hurts...but not this one. You empathize with both sides and its refreshing change that an American doesn't kill a million enemies single handedly. Its intelligent and entertaining and plausible!
The Party Chairman.
look forward to reading the second book.
more action less talking.
Not much. I was disappointed with the story..
disappointment I was expecting a lot more the idea is good but it was slow and dragged out
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