Annihilation: Love Conquers All offers humor and a tale of enduring love against the backdrop of galactic war on a grand scale.
Tag, an exceptional young human living in Central City on the planet Earth, tries to keep his powerful, one-of-a-kind skills undetected by leading an ordinary life and staying under the radar. But one day, on the way home from school, Tag's compassion leads him to make a decision that alters the course of his life - and history.
The Alliance of Worlds, which includes Earth as a ruled non-member, has decided that humans are to be annihilated as an example to anyone who discovers an ancient alien technology, even though there is no proof against them. The Alliance thinks fifty thousand warships can do the job. Unfortunately, the humans are not cooperating with their plan and one young human who has fallen in love will change everything...
In this epic story, author Saxon Andrew takes us into the future and the lives of human and nonhuman characters alike. Along with a hearty dose of battles and spaceships, this is a story that offers humor and a tale of enduring love against the backdrop of galactic war on a grand scale.
©March 2011 Saxon Andrew (P)2014 Saxon Andrew Publishing LLC
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"A Thoroughly Entertaining Story"
It was an uncomplicated, but imaginative and well-told story that moved along very engagingly. Just the right mix of humor, action, and syfy.
Yes. I laid in bed until after 6am to finish the story.
The voice effects were particularly clever and well-done. This was the first audiobook production that I have ever listened to that made the effort to do this.
I have listened to over 200 audiobooks and this is the first time I have been motivated to write a review. I am concerned that without sufficient encouragement I may never see the remainder of the story written or produced.
"Great Scifi Action Audiobook!"
Really enjoyed this audiobook! The story is phenomenal, being Book 1 in a great long series. The characters like Tag grow on you as you get glimpses of who he is as a child when he discovers his unique abilities. The story is filled with great action scenes, from hand to hand combat to space battles and ground battles. The performance and effects here were amazing! Like listening to a movie! Simply can't wait for the next one to come out!
"This was good!!"
I purchased this book on a whim because it hit one of the sales on Audible. I normally don't go for sci-fi military novels, but occasionally I pick one up, so I did not have much expectation, I just thought it sounded interesting...but not interesting enough to pay full price. I was wrong about that. I admit, I had a very hard time turning this book off. I listened to the entire book within 36 hours. I even stayed up to 3am last night to finish it. The story is engrossing, although it is hard to tell you why exactly. Mr. Saxon's language is not particularly complex or impressive, but it remains compelling. Perhaps it is the very simpleness of how he tells this story that conveys the beauty of the protagonist's life.
The production, and it was a production, of the reading was top notch. The main author was complemented seamlessly with the various voices that portrayed the some of the characters. I don't think that there was a new voice for every character, just the main characters and I am pretty sure a few other voice actors were involved with creating them. But, unlike some other productions, this production did NOT forget to keep including the " said" (voiced by main reader) during the reading. To make it clear a sentence like "Bring up the star drive, said Captain Orvlosky" would have two voices, one voice would "be" Cpt Orvlosky and the second would be the main reader say "said Capatin orvlosky". In other productions that attempted this, the exchange would be clumsy with awkward breaks between the two voices. Not in this production. I really felt that the production was top notch.
The story itself is not nearly as maudlin as the title may lead someone to expect. This is not a "romance novel", there are no "heaving bosoms" or "swelling manhood". It is though, in part a love story, a love story between two very young characters (17 - 20). And I liked how the author kept the love story at a realistic level for two people of that age during the 3 years the book takes place. It is also a sci-fi military thriller with a philosophical bent. I will admit the aptitude with which each side was able to discern their opponents motives and actions was, at times, a bit over the top. But to be honest, I did not even mind it then.
Some reviews on Amazon criticize the language of this book (one in particular) and the supposed lack of skill of the author. Well, I hold a BA in English Lit. I see what they are talking about, but I think they are wrong in hating this book. I would have to label those reviewers as that type of reader who are a bit on the pretentious side. Where every book they read must drip with social comment and Shakespearean overtones. They can not appreciate a novel that simply tells a simple story. This novel tells a simple story, with simple language. And I think that is why the novel is so engrossing...perhaps the difference is in reading vs. listening. But I thought this was a great listen.
"Made Me Realize How Jaded I've Become!"
I should have HATED this book! "Should Have"... Within the first 30 minutes, I THOUGHT I knew how this plot was going to play out. Typical "Good Versus Evil, On A Far Future Earth"... I rolled my eyes and thought, "Maybe it'll surprise you.. At least keep listening until you go to sleep"... Didn't Sleep AT ALL That Night!!
I SHOULD HAVE Hated this book, because a young man with "Special Powers" goes WAY 'over and above' to help people he had NO REASON to help, other than "It was the right thing to do", even at a HIGH cost to himself, Every time...
...This, on a future Earth where EVERYTHING about your future is decided BEFORE you're even old enough to TRY to better "Yourself".
Your parents get divorced? Then YOU can't marry because your genes predispose YOU to have the tendency to "Produce Children and then frivolously divorce YOUR spouse". Basically, "The Sins of the Father (or "Parents" in this case) are visited upon their Children"
Don't do well enough in your School's Mandatory Tests that show your "Probable Abilities In The Future"? Then AFTER you graduate, you're stuck in a menial job with no chance of ever doing better...
And then the young man with 'Special Powers', grows to develop "SUPER POWERS!" And the Earth's Police Forces, with their BRILLIANT Investigators, assisted by their Special Scanners, Cameras, 'Truth Fields', etc, placed EVERYWHERE "To keep the Population under control", try to track the young man down for, well, 'No Good Reason'. Which SHOULD BE especially crazy, considering that GANGS of Murdering Thugs seem to be able to freely Murder masses of innocent people at will, and never get caught... Yet the Police hunting the young man for 'No good reason', hunt him by making THE WILDEST "Crazy Assumptions and Guesses" about things they COULD NOT POSSIBLY know, and coming up with scenarios that they ALL admit COULD NOT POSSIBLY be true... Except that ALL of those Wild, Crazy, 'Not Possible', Assumptions, just happen to be EXACTLY "The Truth"! ... I SHOULD HAVE Hated this book for THAT alone!
Yet... When other "More Advanced" Races describe "The Human Population", they keep describing us as "A Very Peaceful Civilization, with NO 'War-Like Tendencies'..".. THAT is when I realized how jaded I have become.. I mean, "Humans are ALWAYS described as War-Mongering and Evil".. Right? I kept backing the book up to make SURE I was hearing things correctly.... Yup... WE are "A Peaceful Race That DOES NOT Wage War On It's Neighbors".. WTH???? Well, It seems that WW3 was so horrible, that NO ONE wanted war any more! And so ALL Movies and entertainment shows are made where life is great, and people fall in love, and the ending of nearly ALL entertainment shows is some version of "and then they all died in Nuclear Devastation". So in the future, we HAVE become a VERY Peaceful Race, All things considered.. Not "Perfect", but "Peace Loving" and we DO NOT want War with ANYONE, unless FORCED to defend ourselves!
Yeah... that all seems confusing on MANY levels.. but somehow, the Author makes it work! The longer you listen, the more you begin to understand that what you "Think" are inconsistencies in the plot-line; AREN'T! You just don't know enough about Human Culture 800+ years in the future... Yet! At some point as you Listen/Read, You'll realize that you're applying our 20th and 21st Century Values and Thinking, to "A Culture In The Far Future with VERY different Values and Thinking!"
I usually Dislike "Super Heroes that are nearly invulnerable".. I mean "What's the point of the plot if the Hero can't be harmed?"... OK, now make the Super-Hero become a 'SUPER SUPER Hero', AND throw in a "Gift" of "God-Like Special Powers"... And then realize that while the Earth's Policies and Governments are FAR from "Perfect", that MOST people genuinely ARE 'VERY GOOD People' who WANT to help each other; So the Limitations placed on people by "The System", CAN be overcome by good people doing good things when 'a wrong' comes to their attention.
....THEN we find out that the Earth's Technology is UNIMAGINABLY Superior to even THE MOST Advanced Races, who have always considered themselves "Our Overlords"... We're so pathetic in the eyes of those other races that we aren't even worthy of joining their "Alliance of Advanced Ruling Races"...
Humans have just grown to dislike War so badly, that we kept our Superior Technologies and abilities to ourselves, and we let the SCORES of 'Galactic Overlord Races' think whatever they want to think about us... We'll even take a LOT of crap from them, and obey their unfair edicts they issue to us... "As long as they leave us alone"...
But OF COURSE they don't leave us alone! So they get to find out WHY we don't like war... and THEY won't like 'War' any more either, after they figure out how exceptionally GOOD we USED TO BE at waging it! Just because "We Choose NOT To", doesn't mean "We CAN'T"! The 'High-Technology Aliens' who evolved on Hostile Planets and LIKE to Fight and Dominate each other (and everyone else), just haven't had the time and experience yet to learn what WE'VE learned from OUR time of being "War-like" in our distant past!
A VERY good Twist on "Races", and "Warfare"... and FOR ONCE, "WE" are the Highly Superior, Peaceful, Benevolent, Race! I had to listen to the whole book TWICE, Back to Back! Once with my 20th and 21st Century Values and Ways of Thinking, and the second time with "800+ Years In The Future" Ways of Thinking!
Someone else gave this book low ratings because it was unbelievable that a 17 year old young man went from "A Nobody, to being the Top Dog and an expert at War in just a few years.. too unbelievable!"... I think we need to remember that 'Alexander The Great' was a GENERAL by age 17, Assumed the Throne of Greece at 20, had created the largest empire of the ancient world, built HUGE new Cities and made changes to Human Culture that STILL shape our world today by age 27, and was bored with life and had run out of 'worthy goals' before he was 30! His innovations in Warfare are STILL taught in military academies today! It DOES happen!
"Great Story, Can't Stop Listening"
It's better because of the performance by Liam Owen. I have listened to 100s of Sci-Fi Space adventures and this performance is by far the best!
For once Earth and Humans are not behind the eight ball.
This is the best.
"I have listened to the fist three of this series."
Great listening. A classic Si/Fi opera. Cannot wait for all seven in the series
"E. E. Doc Smith Has Returned"
Purchased this audio book purely on the fact that a couple of previous reviews made comparisons to the E E Doc Smith and his great space adventure books. I wasn't immediately convinced but as the story rolled on it hooked me and now I want more. No hard sci-fi here...just a fun story and high adventure with some original and novel tech to drive the military aspect of the story. I'm now hoping that Audible picks up the rest of Saxon Andrew's works. (C'mon Audible...please make it SOONER and not later.
Just a good fun read without the long winded technical crap. Good story that pushed a lot of emotional buttons.
Took a LITTLE getting used to but overall quite satisfactory and he did add quite a lot to the emotional part of the story.
I have to admit that the emotional scenes tugged on the old heart strings harder than most other books I've enjoyed.
I've been hoping and praying that another author would come along with the style and sense of adventure that E E Doc Smith displayed in the Lensman series. I know this is only my first Saxon Andrew book but think (at this point at least) he's got a new fan in me!
"Great Space Opera!"
This was a great adventure, with lots of action and heart. Thought the narration here was outstanding!
"More great classic space opera!"
This book has even more space battles and actions. Interesting new twists and all the fun stuff you'd expect. Again, narration and special effects here are awesome!
wanted to listen in one sitting but was not able
this is one i would listen to over again
"Great Story well Presented"
This was a very enjoyable story. it moved quite quickly. so hang on to your hats. The narrator complimented the best of the story adding to its enjoyment. thank you for this series.
What can I say, this is a fantastic well written book. Can't wait to read the others.
A good promising starts properly paced and with interesting characters. the first half of the book was very enjoyable and page turning.
Then wham it was as if the author suddenly realised he only had x no of words left and just rushed everything as if it was just an executive precise of the story. Also for me the conclusion they seemed to be drawing about the basic goodness of humanity and aliens and the overturning of in some cases millennium held beliefs and mores was just a step to far.
Great initial character development.
Very rushed 2nd half.
I actual found this book because of another series narrated by Liam Owen (The Hank series) and enjoyed his delivery and timing. But the story tops this.
Possibly but would need more detail and padding.
I am not familiar with any of this authors other works but hope he does not "rush" his other works.
I took a chance with this book and boy was i not disappointed. It kept me fully engaged from the opening scene right through to the finish.
Fantastic story with quite an interesting way of telling the story through multiple voice actors and effects.
If like me you appreciate a good military space opera style story you have to check this one out.
Downloading book 2 now.
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