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
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.
Let the Wookiee win.
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.
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.
"Great story meets great voice talent. Super cool!"
lovable characters performed with pure genius by Luke Daniels. Wonderful mind expanding sci fi. This series has all the reasons we love this stuff.
"A Gripping & well told SciFi. stories;both! "
Both books, and every chapter was so tightly structured that it could have been a short story separate, and onto it's own, told as it was the whole thing held together for me. Not once was redoing a chapter to stay up with the flow called for.
I was told what the novel was about, then listened as it happened, page by gripping page.
After, I was reminded how it all began.
All to often a story laggs, or I'm left behind after a twist, or divergence, not here, Thank you!
I could give a review on what happened, but why? It's seldom so much the elements that make a story enjoyable for me as how well it's written, or told. This one is. Again, Thank You for your the experience.
"Engaging from cover to cover"
I had a hard time staying away from the story. Well crafted leaving questions that demanded they be answered. This is a wonderful start to a saga, looking forward to what comes next.
"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.
"A COUPLE OF BULLETS AND FOUL LANGUAGE TO DEFEND"
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.
"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.
"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.
"great book, more please!"
love the series and the story so far. my only complaint would be that the books seem short, but if it means more content sooner, then I am happy with that. the characters are great, and the narrator does a great job making each characters personality come through
"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.
"Entertainment at the cost of character depth"
I really enjoyed this series, the characters don't have as much depth as I am used to but that is also why this series has caught my attention. It is fast paced and provocative.
"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.
"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!
"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
"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.
"good solid story"
great read ,sorry listen, especially as its part 1 and 2 excellent value, will watch out for more from this auther
"one of the best and most original of this genre "
I found I enjoyed these first two books in the series immensely. Free from an excess of techno babble and uninteresting back story, the books just get on with telling a compelling story really clearly. The basic premise is that humans have been given a 60 year warning of a nearly unstoppable alien attack. Can the humans do enough in the time with the help of a single friendly being ?
Beautifully narrated with some fantastic characterisation as well.
"Not easily pleased"
I wasn't sure at first as this was on impulse after quickly going through reviews, and I was well rewarded. This is a great sci-fi gum audio, Luke Daniels does a great job! For 15 hours it's great story and value. If you like sci Fi you will love this. Two thumbs up.+
"Good book, terrible accents"
Written by Fox, yes, narrated by Daniels, no.
Abysmal accents. Appalling attempts at French, Scottish and other accents - really comically bad. Plus some idiosyncratic pronunciations of common words like "shone".
Good concept but the story is much too short,. Feels a bit like a rip off!
"Giving Up After 6 Hours"
The narrator is either not very good or the style doesn't fit this book, or more likely both. I would describe the style as 'comic book' with some of the characters sounding like Michelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
The audio preview is misleading because the book quickly jumps 60 years later. The story is pretty boring and builds up no character relationships of note. I didn't find myself caring about anyone in this story, nor about the story itself. The enemy is some soulless destructive force seemingly out to destroy everything 'just because'.
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