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The Ember War Audiobook

The Ember War: Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2

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Publisher's Summary

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance.

In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival. Earth will need a fleet. One with a hidden purpose. One strong enough to fight a battle against annihilation.

The Ember War is the first installment in an epic military sci-fi series. If you enjoyed A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo and The Last Starship by Vaughn Heppner, then you'll love this explosive adventure with constant thrills and high stakes from beginning to end.

The Ruins of Anthalas, book 2: An ancient holocaust holds the key to humanity's survival.

Only a sliver of mankind survived the Xaros invasion. With Earth's defenses in ashes, nothing can stop the aliens' inevitable return. Hope arrives through a cryptic message from a long-lost alien race, promising the means to rebuild the shattered space fleet. Captain Valdar takes one of the last strike carriers, the Breitenfeld, and his shell-shocked crew on a desperate mission to the dead world. Unfortunately humans aren't the only power that received the ancient message....

The Ruins of Anthalas is the second book in The Ember War Saga, a military sci-fi space opera. If you like David Weber and John Ringo with a touch of Isaac Asimov, then you'll love this fast-paced and captivating adventure where humanity survives at the edge of a knife.

©2015 Richard Fox (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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    Amazon Customer 14/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "An excellent story with plausible tech..."

    The narrator does a superb job with the narration. His pacing is spot on, as is the many different accents and intonations of male/female/alien voices, making it rather easy to follow the dialogue between characters. The narrator definitely brings the story to life.

    The author of this story has a masterpiece here. There were occasions where I had to relisten, or listen very carefully in order to understand some of the plot line. But besides that, it is an excellent story, with varying themes small and large alike. The prominent theme, like most modern sci-fi, is about humanities insignificance in the grand scheme of the cosmos...But does not demean humanities abilities.

    if you love sci-fi, space navy battles, believable technologies , civilizations and love thinking beyond our galaxy...then this is the book for you...And trust me. I'm extremely picky when it comes to sci-fi.

    also, check out the Fear Saga by Stephen Moss if you end up loving this book. similar style of story, but insanely unique, as is this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    blorg 14/01/2017
    blorg 14/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Started 'meh' then got better."

    Rough start for me but improved along the way. The attempts at Australian accents and women's voices are cringe worthy. I'll probably get the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 08/05/2017
    Andrew 08/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable and gripping"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Ember War to be better than the print version?

    The audio book is exceptionally enjoyable and accessible when driving or relaxing while working around the house. With 2 Children it is not always easy to devote time a print version.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narration was excellent overall with good character vocal inflection. The only grating aspect is the Australian accent. As an Australian myself I find it over acted and hope I don't sound like that to others.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Phoenix from the embers


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story without some of the over hyped military macho ism. The characters have more depth and frailty than is generally seen is this genre. All up a great plot, well executed. I will definitely work through the series.

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    Paul 14/03/2017
    Paul 14/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, great production."

    It's a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, the action just keeps going.
    Love the narration, the voices are great.
    I'll be spending most of the year listening to the series I expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lol 08/01/2017
    lol 08/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "enjoyable"

    great voice acting, making each character stand out.
    story was entertaining with moderate leaning on tropes

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    Dena M. 22/11/2016
    Dena M. 22/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "over acted"

    give me the thing was over acted the characters voices all seemed strange. It took away from the story.

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    Bradley Australia 25/07/2016
    Bradley Australia 25/07/2016 Member Since 2014

    Let the Wookiee win.

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    "Remnants of Humanity Vs the Unstoppable Force"

    Whilst the author does demonise several cultures whilst venerating America as the Bastion of Humanity and Virtue, once we get past that its quite a good Sci-Fi ride.

    Luke Daniels is superb in his narration and brings the required levity and gravitas to each character as needed.

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    Shane 10/04/2016
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    "Want modern gripping Sci fi this story is the one."

    This story has modern tec, ideas. when u think you coming to the story peak a new level kicks in. love to see this in a movie.

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  • Aaron James Rahn
    2/05/17
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    "great story average narration."

    I think my standards of narration might be to high due to listening to R.C Bray for almost 230hrs straight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • bhagat
    mississauga, ontario, Canada
    30/04/17
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    "I want to be ARMOUR"

    I am quadriplegic and applaud Mr Fox's creativity in turning the disabled into powerful mech warriors. This is the first series I listened to where the disabled play an integral part of the story. The battles and fast paced action is entertaining but one of the core principles of the series is inspiring: ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS human, alien, AI, tube grown humans, disabled, robots etc. Sentience is the means by which the universe is self-ware.

    GOTT MIT UNS!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    10/12/16
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    "A COUPLE OF BULLETS AND FOUL LANGUAGE TO DEFEND"

    OURSELVES
    The book starts out pretty good with a Scott Meyer type opening. Then the book jumps ahead in time and all imagination is replaced with clichéd, cardboard cutout characters and action. Hard core military fans and the paid help seem to like it a lot. You probably know what you like, so if your looking for some shoot-em up action, this is your cup of tea. Did you know that the American Flag is so superior to all other flags, that after sitting on the top of a pole for thirty years in bad weather and good, it will still wave?

    YOUR EYES ARE SECRETING
    Luke Daniels is excellent as always.

    30 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Sheldon
    Augusta, ME, United States
    27/05/16
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    "I just don't understand the hype."

    Overall it's not a bad listen, there are moments where you actually care what is going on. Mostly though it's two dimensional characters playing out a story the feels like you've already heard it a dozen times from a dozen different authors. I got this because of the narrator and Luke Daniels is still good though he does mispronounce a few things here and there.

    My biggest concern is that I had very little desire to listen to the book at all. It wasn't fun, entertaining, witty, interesting, dynamic, or really any of the things you'd like to hear in a good book. I guess I'd compare this to microwave macaroni and cheese. It's not actually bad, but it isn't really good either.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Skipper
    California
    12/03/17
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    "Drone war"

    Best thing about this book is that it's told in 3rd person. I dislike 1st person for fiction. The first chapter is NOT a good sampling of the book. The tone of the rest of the book is very different, as chapter 2 jumps ahead 60 years. The plot is hard to follow as the author holds his cards close to his chest. I sometimes wasn't sure what was going on. Lots of battles. Too many characters. I didn't care if they died in battle — I didn't know them. Not enough characterization. Not enough relationship building. The author may have a bias against Muslims.
    I was startled by the stupid sentence: "Humans are the only sentient beings on Earth." (Or words to that effect.) I was surprised that everyone saw Ibarra as a villian, and none of the military officers could relate to the difficult choices he had to make. I didn't like him much, but I sympathized with his position. There are several no-shades-of-gray simpleminded characters. Their reactions to most of the big events in this book just didn't resonate with me.

    Narration is okay.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Striker
    Atlanta, GA
    24/04/16
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    "Amazing Military Space Sci-fi"

    This is definitely one of my new favorite space sci-fi audiobooks. The book is filled with everything you could want from a sci-fi novel... Space battles, ground battles, advanced technology, alien adversaries, alien allies, action, mystery, and suspense.

    The book starts from the point-of-view of Marc Ibarra. A young scientist, Marc is lead by an unknown person (who seems to know everything about his unpublished work in mathematics) to the middle of nowhere. What he discovers is not a person, but an advanced, self-aware alien probe. It tells Marc that it was sent on a mission to help humanity prepare for an approaching threat that promises to destroy everything and everyone in it's path.
    With the help of the alien AI, Marc and his company are successful in advancing humanity's technological level at a rapid pace. Even with all of the advanced technological breakthroughs, Marc is only able to hide one unsuspecting fleet of ships from the oncoming swarm of alien drones. When the fleet emerges from what they thought would be a short jump into FTL, they emerge in the same place decades in the future. They discover that while they were hidden, the rest of humanity has been destroyed, and it is up to the few remaining ships to combat the alien drones in an effort to save not only the human race, but countless other races the drones will undoubtedly destroy in their unstoppable advance.

    Luke Daniels, of course, does another amazing narration with the Ember War books. I have listened to him in several other space sci-fi novels, and he is just as good in this book as he was in the others.

    This was an all-around great listen. Anyone who enjoys space sci-fi will love this book.

    24 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Austin D Mifsud
    19/05/16
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    "could be better"

    interesting premise. there is plenty of skipping around in the story, some plot holes. Campy characters. lots of events that happen just in the nick of time to save everyone. this story could be great but needs to go through a few rewrites.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Hiruu
    All around the World, baby!
    12/05/16
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    "Decent story, but alot of clichés"

    The author certainly has a deep understanding of military structures and protocols , but at time seems to over excess in there details. In general, the bike are loaded with tropes, and while not a bad thing, the "you-know-something-bad-will-happen" cliche is overused. All in all, the audio performance was good, and the story entertaining, if not ground-breaking.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Bordeman
    25/05/17
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    "Simply outstanding."

    This is the first two books in the series. The first book was a bit boring, almost constant battles that mean very little and can be safely skipped. But the second book vastly improves, with a far more interesting story and many new and interesting characters! I'm one to book three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim K
    Surrey, BC
    24/05/17
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    "Great story and decent characters"

    Absolutely love Luke Daniels narration! this is a great story with lots of moving parts. Really enjoyed the ideas behind it, but could use a little bit more character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark Page
    Staffordshire UK
    20/03/16
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    "Very enjoyable fast-paced space story."

    I enjoyed these two fast-paced works of art immensely. Lovable characters, with nail biting twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Farmer
    22/08/16
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    "A good space Opera"

    A good old yarn. Bits of lots of sci fi stories from battlestar galactica to stargate and star trek. Some interesting twists along the way and well performed throughout. Now I've got to listen to the next five in the series, oh well there goes £100!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    21/05/17
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    "Good story but very short."

    Worth listening to, believable characters with the right amount of depth.
    finishes far to quickly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hassan Khan
    10/05/17
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    "A slow burner"

    This was a slow burner, but once it got going it was enthralling, this book has made it into my top 5.

    The Naration was excellent and the story was amazing. If you have only one audible credit, dont waste it make sure you get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krzysztof
    27/04/17
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    "Intresting."

    Currently at book 6. This series is nice surprise to me since I had not expected to be this good - plot is interesting - and time flays fast with The Ember War books :) there are some minor drawback - characters could be better, and it lacks of "something" to be very good. If you are looking for a great Sc-fi you will not faind it with this books - but you can fiand this book intresting, relaxing it's a nice way to spend your free time - I least for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karol K.
    25/04/17
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    "Nice book"

    I'm a big fan of B.V. Larson and this series is as good as the Star Force.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben L
    17/04/17
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    "Very good space saga let down not by the narration but by the narrators accents."

    Great book but terrible accents from the narrator. Being Scottish I was a little upset but the Scandinavian was like Indian!

    Really had to stick at listening for the first 3 chapters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/03/17
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    "Quite good"
    What did you like most about The Ember War?

    The pace of the book was ok and there is clearly a lot of s one to the series. All is good except the Scottish accent. Omg


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stanley
    11/02/17
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    "I could not get into it at all"

    I found it very hard to get involved with this book to picture the scenes that was been described just found myself feeling confused with it iv had this book for three days and iv only spent 50 minutes listening to it which is very unlike me not impressed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    31/01/17
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    "Fast paced nearly to a fault. "

    Luke Daniels performed excellently bringing each character to light with ease. The story itself was compelling enough but I did feel it glossed over some details which I felt could have benefited the world which the author has created. Despite this I still enjoyed both books and will most likely purchase the sequels in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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