The Earth lies shaken in the aftermath of a conspiracy. Some of the smartest minds on the planet have striven for and died in an effort to scour the skies of four vast alien satellites, but their success has brought a terrible vengeance down upon us.
While alien agents stalk the Earth, a team of exhausted scientists and military outcasts struggle to fight them among a planet on the brink - the brink of plague, the brink of war, and the brink of an invasion larger than they can possibly imagine. But they have allies. Two of the alien agents have forsaken their homes, their families, and their very species to stop the greatest act of genocide any of them has ever known. They carry with them the knowledge we need to save humanity and take us into a new and marvelous age.
But Lana and the remaining enemy agents are far from defeated. As they begin to reap havoc among the diseased and bereft, Neal, Ayala, and Barrett must find a way to achieve the impossible - by fair means or foul, they must unite the world's disparate nations. And they must do so quickly, for the Armada is fast approaching, and behind the great fires of their decelerating engines, the huge fleet is readying itself for war.
©2014 Stephen Moss (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Moss serves up his science fiction like a plate full of hearty vegetables. You know the science and detail is good for you but all you really want is a bite of that delicous steak. Sadly, Moss serves up very little steak in a long and slow story that, whilst genuinely great, is very difficult to get through... I struggled all the way. With that said I'll still trek on to book 3.
lacked the tension of first book. Disappointed so obviously a setup for finale. Lathe chunks were really quite dull with overlong descriptions of training procedures ...the final few chapters did move the story forward quite a bit but what preceded was thin on excitement. Not sure if I'll go for third in series.
In terms of plot, concept and narration, this is a great book. Original and gripping. But Moss's writing style is weak, which is probably why it wasn't picked up by a publisher. I'm not sure I'd enjoy reading it so much.
This series is similar to The Looking Glass series by John Ringo - it's military sci fi but with more politics and better character development.
This is as good as any of R.C. Bray's other performances, in my opinion. A brilliant narrator.
Yes and no. It's quite intense so I simply couldn't. And at 20 hours you've got to be pretty dedicated.
I've listened to the whole series and this review pretty much goes for the other books as well. An enjoyable listen.
The book is great. The ending is far more phenomenal than I even thought it could be. I definitely loved it. The only thing is that the early parts of the story lack the same character development, discussions and suspense that the first book held. There was an unfortunate end to the antagonists and, although fitting, wasn't all that exciting. There was very little from a lot of the old characters and new characters relationships took their place. It was good, but I would have preferred a lot more Neil and Madeline and Ayala in the story.
Aside from the character interactions that could have been better, the science is intriguing again and there are lots of things to keep you exited through the book. It seemed more plot driven than the first however, so bare that in mind when listening. I would listen to it at a faster speed if I were you.
I have slowly been going through the Fear Saga over the last 2 months and have loved every minute of it. The characters are interesting and slowly develop over time and are superbly distinguishable through excellent narration. For fans of sci-fi I cannot recommend this series more highly, you will not be disappointed
I am not usually one to get really worked up over a book to the point where I am ecstatic and completely caught up. There have been a few notable exceptions and The Fear Saga is joining that list.
I enjoyed the first book, but it was nothing compared to this listen. Massive, massive fan of this story. I won't do any spoilers, but the climax... I was literally cheering. Maybe I'm a nerd like that, but I'm absolutely serious.
It's hard sci-fi, a true take on alien invasion and our potential response. Yes, there are referential aspects, but it's hard to completely remake the wheel. Bray does a magnificent job of narration.
I think the best part about this book is the simultaneous sweeping scale and incredibly intimate portrayal of the main protagonists. You feel, deeply, for the characters. But there is little doubt that this is playing out on a global, solar scale.
My only complaint is Moss has some trouble with slightly stilted dialogue from time to time. It's hard to put a finger on it exactly... it just struck me as off at points. But I absolutely overlooked this in light of the broader story, plus I realize that that is a personal opinion aspect and your own mileage may vary.
In any case, absolutely worth your time and a credit. Highest marks.
Great continuation of an awesome story! R.C. Bray narrates it perfectly! Can't wait for the 3rd book.
"Excellent scifi series, look forward to anything else this author does!"
Well written and organized, wish I hadn't read the books description on audible/Amazon as it contains spoilers.
"Most of the book sets the stage"
Book 2 in the Fear Saga continues where book 1 left off. The two good-guy alien androids are helping Earth gain the valuable tech they’ll need to have any hope of fighting off the coming armada. Meanwhile the bad-guy androids are working hard to destroy the human population, or at least severely minimize its capability before the massive force arrives. Through subterfuge and manipulation, they have gotten Earth’s major powers to fight among themselves. Divide and conquer until the alien force arrives. And it’s going to work if Neal and his team can’t move fast enough to build the defenses they so desperately need.
It was fun in book one to see what the androids could do, their high-tech so beyond anything possible on Earth. There is a little of that here; and except for a few cameo appearances, the alien androids tend to be off-screen. Most of the book sets the stage for the coming real battle between the aliens and the Earth and the skirmishes that distract them. There are several battles, but they are not all that exciting, more like journalistic reports than first hand action.
It is certainly an entertaining book, but lacks a lot of the fresh surprises that book one introduced. The pace has slowed from a sprint to a marathon as the listener looks forward to the real action yet to come. The tech reads well, powerful and futuristic enough to stretch our imaginations, but still believable.
R.C. Bray delivers another memorable performance as the voice of the Fear Saga Series. He is just great, one of the best audio performer working today.
You are reading this because you read or listened to Fear the Sky and want to know if you should continue. Yes, of course, you should. You are in it now for the long haul, and though book 2 lacks some of the punch and surprise of the first volume, it is still entertaining. It is more about important ground work than just action. New characters have been introduced that are quite interesting and you will be looking forward to their development.
Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.
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After I listened to fear the sky I eagerly checked audible every week to see when this boom would be available. Now after having listened to it nearly a year after fear the sky I have to say it was well worth the wait. Fear the survivors is deep, complex, and never seases to surprise. Its full of twists and turns that will keep you on edge until the very last second. Make sure you clear your schedule and buy lots of coffee because you wont even want to sleep once this book wraps is midnight black hands around your throat and burrows its way into your skull.
after being amazed by the first book in this series and waiting a year for this but one I must say I was mostly disappointed. I think the best thing about the first book was the sense of humanity being overwhelmingly overmatched and outgunned but that has more or less changed in this book thanks to lots of foggy science. it really got a bit aggravating to listen to hours of science fiction that was so far fictional as to not even have any real correlation within today's scientific world. trying to explain spacecraft and weaponry that sound about as aerodynamic as a brick is one thing, but in the words of my friend, "at least make that shit sound real". The author completely levels the playing field between the opposing forces and then sort of tilts the story at whim to suite his needs, often introducing completely new crap with minimal explanation of its function design and purpose; preferring to try and awe us with its vague awesomeness. the action scenes were still fairly decent but they should be since the author devoted so much attention to them. I'll probably get the third book but only on the merits of the first.
After reading the first book, I thought that it would be difficult to keep up the momentum in the second. However, Stephen Moss does not disappoint. In fact, Fear the Survivors has the potential to even surpass the first installment. Great read. 👍
"Slower than the first, but no less enjoyable."
Fear The Survivors is a very enjoyable book, the characters are vivid and realistic. In fact, the only thing I dislike about the book and its series, is how it has tainted the name Lana. There are some things to keep in mind, but these are merely potholes and do not obstruct enjoyment from the series. It is just better to know they are there so that you can deal with them.
This book is very pronoun heavy, more so than the first. A character known by two names is now known by three. A lot of new characters are also established, and a lot of their names are not native English names. Which is fine of course, but if you have trouble with names as I do, you will need to take special care in remembering who is who.
As mentioned in the title, the book is fairly slow. There are a lot of action scenes, but the main focus of the book is very similar to segments of the first where the scientists came together in order to find the fallen meteor in the Indian ocean. However, in seemingly typical Moss fashion, the slow parts are equally as important, if not more so to pay attention to than the fast paced parts.
It is also an imaginative book, requiring you to picture bizarre and unorthodox scenarios, especially when it comes to flight and weaponry.
Survivors is a very close second in terms of enjoyment when compared to the first. A lot of the book is setup for the third and final instalment which I have already pre-ordered and am waiting for with anticipation. What I have listed are not flaws, they are things I feel you should be aware of as a listener in order to fully appreciate the book to its entirety.
"Out in the open and fighting back"
Fear the Survivors is book 2 of Stephen Moss' Fear saga. Picking up where book 1 left off, Neil and his small cabal are making progress towards their multiple objectives which include ferreting out the remaining covert agents, building the space tether, and establishing a credible Earth based fighting force. Both the Russian and Chinese agents continue to confound developments and Lana is relegated to a homicidal killing machine that eventually must be put down like a mad dog. While humanity is adept at learning and integrating the alien technology, Moss introduces a ringer with human brain architecture differing from their alien counterparts. This necessitates a crash development program that may hinder future advances, but children turn out to be more adaptable than adults for operating the tech.
The sci-fi elements extend the previous introduction. Armor suits like the alien agents and tricked out avionics dominate. At the same time, Neil is finding an increasingly skeptical world leadership that is beginning to doubt the future implications. Book 2 ends with sides being taken, while the bulk of humanity remains ignorant of the coming threat. The action scenes are dramatic and riveting, while Neil continues to struggle as he grows into his new found role of planet savior. At the same time, hints of societal upheaval due to both the new technology and the impending invasion are evident.
The narration wonderfully rendered with excellent gender and character distinction. Mood and pace perfectly match the ups and downs with the ebb and flow of plot development.
"When things go bad, they really go bad"
Well, you would sure would want to have listened to the first book in the series, but yes, i would given that. Lot's context would be missing otherwise.
The latest Cotton Malone book is what I am on now.
Of course, RC Bray rules for having done " The Martian" alone. That said, he does excellent work on this series, and this particular offering is no exception. You know what you will be getting from him, and that is always a professional reading.
Nominally yes. The never ending "one problem after another" theme gets abit tiresome after awhile, but on balance, yes.
I was provided this book by the author in exchange for a fair and balanced review.
This is a reasonably good saga for the genre ( alien invasion, etc. ) and pulls the listener along. I found it grew on me over time. Recommended with slight reservations.
This audiobook is not an exact copy of the book, but it isn't really abridged either. That said, the extra words given by the narrator do actually enhance the story, so all is forgiven. Looking forward to the next and final book in this series. 5/5
"awesome story... detail... pace..."
simply fabulous... the detail and story line is incredible. all sci-fi writers need to pay attention to this book...
"Not as good as the first"
I think the book would have benefitted from being slightly shorter, I felt the whole thing was drawn out and a lot of the story felt like unnecessary filler.
The first book in the trilogy worked better in my opinion. It was fast paced and everything that happened seemed to be relevant. This book unfortunatley didn't have that same feel, it dragged in a lot of places.
The narrator was great, he was able to try and keep the reader engaged and I enjoyed his style of reading.
I didn't feel this book was as good as the first, personally I felt it started well, then a large chunk of the middle felt like filler and it became more intersting towards the end again. However, I did also feel as though the ending was rather abrupt. I understand that it's a trilogy but each book should still have its own conclusion. I also felt that the book was longer than it needed to be, everything with Lana and Mikhail (listened to audiobook so sorry if wrong spelling) seemed really drawn out, far more than it needed and then the final agent, whose name I don't even remember was barely mentioned before being obliterated. There was also a really bad overuse of the phrase 'this way and that' to the point that I cringed every time I heard it. I still enjoyed the general concept and plot but I felt everything could have been far more concise, which would have helped to increase the pace of the book, making it a more 'edge of the seat' kind of read.
"Too much politics, too little Sci-Fi"
Loved the first book, but couldn't even finish this one. Bored with repetition of cold war all over again.
If you've started this saga you won't be disappointed with this continuation. If you haven't yet started - what are you waiting for??
loved it can't wait to start the new book
don't know what I'll do when I've finished that one
really enjoyable to listen to. would recommend highly, and look forward to the next book
"carnt wait to listen to the next book"
Not as captivating as the first but only because you already have had insite into characters and plot + the first book was very very good .besides that well worth the listen with a few new characters ,good plot development and an all round good book .been on this app for almost 9 moths and this is the second best set 0f books I've listened 2 only second to the gentlemen basterds series .
"Worth waiting for!"
The latest riveting instalment in the fear saga, I could hardly stop listening. Some unexpected twists and turns in this story line, I really don't know what's going to happen. Downloading the last book now!
"love this book series cannot wait until the next 1"
this is the best book I have had the opportunity to read this year cannot wait until the next book in the series is released
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