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.
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.
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.
"The Ember War too Cool!"
Action packed with funny characters that liven up the galactic opera into an enjoyable storey.
Always a pleasure to hear Luke Daniels read and when the story is as good as Fox writes... well it doesn't get much better than that!!
That story line is one that hooks you keeps you wanting more. The characters are relatable and you don't want to see anything happen to them.
"Embers have heat"
This is the first book in the Ember Wars series and it provides a well delivered tale (I hate the term, "space opera.") that will propel you through the entire series! I don't know how many times I've read the first book in a series, and became excited about the series, only to find the rest of the books were simply a retelling, or pale imitation of the first book. However, this book does what a series should, in two main ways. One, like the "Old Man's War," series, it provides great storytelling mixed with an interesting, and rare story for the reader to enjoy! In Embers that premise (spoiler alert, so if you haven't read the book just avoid the next part, and trust that it's a great premise) that the human race has been destroyed, which injects an emotional dimension to it's characters, and in this book, as well as the entire series, the characters have more dimension to them, that make them more real than just about every character you will read! Which is the other series it is like, the "Expanse," series (the books not the TV show even though that is good, but not as fantastic as the books!), where you come to truly care about each character, you feel their pain, as with the crew of the "Rosy," the characters on the Briet are almost real, and also, their differences are unique, (spoiler alert, so again take my word for it and avoid what I say next), the most powerful of the soldiers are called the Iron Hearts, and, "they are armor," combat suits so powerful they could destroy a space ship, but inside the suits are complex people who are anything but powerful, a paraplegic, and a man who's muscles are so atrophied, he appears more like a fetus, than a man, and the book gives you a reason why that makes sense! Then the man who's probably the most hated of all humanity, was just a poor brilliant college student that gets a call in the night and is informed he must save humanity, but oh, here's the catch, you can only save a very few and you have to comment atrocities! In all this we witness the best and worst of what humanity has to offer! Every character is this way, but this book asks the question, "how can the embers of humanity," defeat an implacable enemy? Fantastic read, and Luke Daniels narrates (if you haven't heard Luke Daniels, I feel bad for you!), and all the books integrates into each other very well! Note that this is the publishers pack, therefore it also has the second book in the series, "The Ruins of Anthalas," where after what's left of humanity is finally told the truth about what has happened. Earth has been attacked and nothing remains of the population. They have recovered the probe, as well as the holographic form and mind of Mark Ibarra, the world's richest man, and the most hated for his role in the destruction on Earth, as well as what's left of the human race see him as a schemer and manipulator, they need him to survive, so when he tells the Brietenfeld that it is imperative that they go to a world called Anathalas to retrieve has a device that is advanced technology they will need to create the materials necessary to have even a chance against the oncoming invasion! This book is about this, "supposed," easy task of running out to the planet and acquire this device. This story grows from the first book so well it seems almost seamless. You can imagine that nothing goes as planned (okay one criticism, I can't stand, and not just in this book, it's in most military sci-fi as well as other military type of stories. The quote you inevitably hear is, "no plan survives first contact," which is both an absurd concept. A closer interpretation of the quote, since it was made in German by Helmuth Von Moltke, who said something close to, "no operation extends with any certainty beyond the first encounter with the main body of the enemy," which would have Sun Tzu turning over in his grave (as well as Germany's greatest strategist, Bismarck! A quote from the Art of War is, "He will win who prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared"), however this group can get through just about anything, but unfortunately they make even more enemies, meet a god-like being and, well you need to read the rest!
"Fantastic! Luke Daniels is insanely good!"
After listening to the lost fleet by Jack Campbell few space books were captivating.
This one hooked me again on sci-fi!
great universe, characters who are likeable, plot that keeps me on the edge of my seat. wonderful all around.
I love that he explains a little but not a ton for each book and keeps the mystery going.
a few minor quibbles here and there but couldn't even remember them when writing this review.
"Stole me away for hours"
If I could have listened to this straight through I would have. It grabbed me and pulled me along for the ride. I want the next book now
Exceptional story telling and performance. Highly addictive and worth it. I can't wait to start the next books in the series.
"Entertaining & compelling"
Intriguing & creative plot, many humorous accents, & a virtuoso narrative performance in terms of sex/accents. Please finish the series!
loved it. can't wait to read the next book in the series. finally a fresh new story that will keep you entertained for hours.
Fun ride through space. Cool tech and familiar tech. All the basis for this books technology is starting to come to light IRL.
"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!
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
"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!
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