They are coming. The countdown has begun.
First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming. So the news has turned from evasion to triage, urging calm and offering the few facts they have:
The objects are enormous, perfectly round spheres numbering in the dozens, maybe hundreds. They are on an approach vector for Earth. And they will arrive in six days.
©2015 Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant (P)2015 Podium Publishing
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"Even perfect preparations fail..."
Interesting approach to a doomsday scenario. Not a deep, complex story, but a fun listen. Interesting postulation on how or why a wealthy business mogul would prepare for an apocalypse event.
I love Ray Porter's narration!
"True page turner"
Alien invasion stories seem to be especially popular right now. Ernest Cline just released Armada. Edward W. Robertson is killing it with his Breakers series. James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series is crushing it, and is set to debut the television series on Syfy soon. While the appeal of the fantastic in what may come from meeting an alien race, and possibly more suspenseful, if they are met soon before their wicked intentions of domination are revealed, the most appealing aspect to these stories are the characters who may be soon to perish.
Invasion, co-written by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, has done a phenomenal job taking an entire first book prior to the alien landing to entertain and endear us to a cast of characters ripe for an emotional disaster. On the surface of the story’s outline, the plot seems simple, and if the characters were bland, it would be mediocre at best. The aliens have shown up on space footage and a family separated from coast to coast has to find a way to a bunker in Colorado. Most of the story takes place in their cars or walking. While reading, I was amazed at how as a writer I might have been intimidated at how to make this transitional and introductory book entertaining while knowing it will be mostly a travelogue. Platt and Truant are master creators though, so it’s no surprise that the characters they’ve built have so much budding conflict between them that they could have been going to the grocery store on a normal Saturday morning and I would have been hooked.
Our main character, Meyer, is an entrepreneurial tycoon with two teenage kids, a son and a daughter. His son is enduring the beginning of puberty and a star crossed crush with Meyer’s new wife, a hot yogi who’s only fourteen years older than his son. His daughter has a secret and happens to be with her boyfriend when she’s picked up, so now he’s forced to go with them instead of going to his family. His new wife is struggling with the changes she’ll have to make to survive in this new world, as well as a jealousy over possible lingering romance between Meyer and his ex-wife. Everything from dialogue to getting into their inner thoughts keeps this story highly engaging and one of the best stories I’ve read this year. The ending really took me by surprise and I immediately had to get started on Book Two, Contact.
I listened to a few chapters of the audiobook, but I didn’t want to wait until I had a moment to listen, so I read this every chance I could in ebook. I have the paperback, too–one of the perks of being a newsletter subscriber and winning a giveaway–but I read way too quickly to make it to the paper version. Anyway, my point was to mention the narrator, R.C. Bray is awesome as always, so if you prefer audiobooks, definitely pick this one up.
I hear a lot of books called page turners, but this one truly stands out as earning such praise.
"Marathon Listening to this Book!"
Building suspense and action.
There were several but I would spoil it for others that haven't read the book if I detailed it.
Meyer was my favorite because I liked his attitude. He reminded me of myself in a lot of ways. Ray Porter's voice is addictive when he portrays the male characters. I liked the way he vocally portrayed Meyer.
Nothing was really "moving" but there were some areas that were thought provoking. The interaction between the siblings and the boyfriend was true to life. The author really captured the angst of puberty in the teenage son, Trevor.
Well, I've been getting acquainted with Platt/Truant recently and enjoy their work. This was no exception. I thought there were a lot of positive aspects to this story- swift pace, action, general theme.
My only real complaints, if you can call them that, center on the general implausibility of the protagonist and his life story. It's just so oddly juxtaposed against the rest of the plot. Maybe it will end up playing a bigger roll in the series as a whole. We will see. There are lots of ways to make the main character have a ton of money- they chose a very strange one in my opinion.
Very abrupt ending that seemed to negate a lot of the book leading up to the final 5 minutes or so. I'm also banking on the probability that this will make sense in future installments.
Worth a listen and your time. Should end up being a great series.
loved it. it was better than i expected and can't wait for the next story.
"Can't wait for more..."
This story is a great setup for an awesome series! Looking very forward to the second book and am hoping for it to be released soon!
"Good intro what could be a very good series"
Awaiting volume 2
It was interesting to see how well prepared Meyer is for the event. If he knew it was coming-How? Building a bunker in advance with the way he stocked it seems more than a guy planning for one day needing a place to survive.The few dream flashbacks leave me to expect there is more to be revealed.
I liked this one and especially the narrator. I have book two, Contact in my library. If it as good as this first one I likely will become invested in the entire series.
Could not stop! Finished the book in 2 days and it was fantastic! On to book 2!
Fantastic introduction to author's Platt and Truant. Reasonably fast paced and well laid out "Alien Invasion" story. If you liked the movie Armageddon, you will love this book. My only issue with it is that book 2 is not available yet..... Ray Porter does a fantastic job with the narration. Very well done and worth the credit.
"action packed race to safety"
I have to say that was absolutely amazing!! Full of action and adventure with quirky characters and high energy. great story about a man with a plan to save his family from an alien invasion and the people on earth who are totally freaked out. I have to say I enjoyed it all. The narrator was enjoyable most of the time his rendition of a female voice is a little disturbing but it was fine.
The only bummer here is that the rest of the series is not available on audibles right now. I am starting to see a trend here with the Sean Platt books. The series has been finished but the audibles have not.
"Well narrated disappointing story"
I'd definitely buy another book narrated by Ray Porter as I've enjoyed previous audiobooks he's narrated and he did a good job with this one too
it's not so much that the story is bad...it's just not what I expected having read the synopsis and listened to the samples. I was expecting more science fiction...more focus on the imminent invasion whereas this dealt more with the breakdown of society. I didn't even make it half way through the book but got so bored of the riots etc. Maybe the next book will be better...I'll never know.
the first few scenes, where the news of the imminent invasion first broke.
"Apocalyptic alien invasion of Earth yet again, but this time done much better!"
This is a fantastic novel with great narration. The apocalyptic Alien invasion is a theme that recurs often, but somehow this one has been done better than most. My only criticism is that it was a bit short. That could just be because I'm used to reading epic novels now, but to be fair to the authors, this is a series and I already own the next two books.
"Great start to the series"
I genuinely enjoyed this story. It's a good start to a series and introduces you to the main characters well. I found the family interesting and the pacing was great. I know some people complain that this book is just the precursor to the actual Alien Invasion but I think that's a good thing. It introduces the threat then becomes a survivalist/prepper story focusing on the family trying to get to their destination whilst society starts to fall apart around them.
Luckily, both books 2 & 3 are out now so I'm going to go straight onto them as if it were one long story! Really looking forward to finding out what happenes next.
As usual, Ray Porter does a great job narrating. His pace is on point and he's a pleasure to listen to.
I wouldn't know I have not read the print version
When the realization sets into the age old question "are we alone in the universe" is this real or just a nightmare??
I always listen to the narrator of audio books because I think that they bring the storey to life and if their passion shines through, it makes it makes the storey a good listen and Ray Porter did that for me.
I did have an emotional reaction because of my belief that there are other races out there and we maybe right at the bottom of the galactic pecking order.
I hope that Audible will soon get the next book in the series while the storey is still fresh in my head.
"Ray Porter is amazing,"
A very good story delivered in a magnificent performance. Ray brings all the characters to life and delivers a thumping rendition of the action. Debaters will be looking out his other work.
"The realisation they are coming and the escape"
I liked this and will certainly get the next book, it's really just the prelude to the actual invasion and how they deal with humanity going crazy!
"Not sure if it was the narrator or the female char"
They just really grated on me, not sure if it was the narrator doing the female voice badly or doing a shrill nasal voice perfectly but either way I listened about half way and lost interest.
"Worst audio book/book I have ever completed"
Simply the worst story I have ever finished. the only reason I finished it was to see if the invaders were successful. But I'd have to listen to part 2 to find that out and life simply isn't long enough to contemplate that. I'd rather watch paint dry first.
"Plot from the Cornfield but good fun"
Plot from the Cornfield but good fun. But thin on futurism. Mostly about current greed and selfishness of crowd behaviour but interesting set up for next books
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