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Fear the Survivors

The Fear Saga, Book 2
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (568 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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Great Story.

A good read but I feel the author missed a few more opportunities to use the word "moot"

Maybe there will be more in the next 😉

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A great story bogged down by science and detail

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.

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Definitely the second book out of a trilogy

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.

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  • Alex
  • Ellenbrook, Australia
  • 02-05-2016

Great story and narration, average writing

Where does Fear the Survivors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What other book might you compare Fear the Survivors to, and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is as good as any of R.C. Bray's other performances, in my opinion. A brilliant narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. It's quite intense so I simply couldn't. And at 20 hours you've got to be pretty dedicated.

Any additional comments?

I've listened to the whole series and this review pretty much goes for the other books as well. An enjoyable listen.

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Wow. Just wow

If you thought the first book was good, hold on to you britches, book 2 will rock you and leave you begging you for more... Bring on book 3!

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Great

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.

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Fantastic series

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

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Excellent Sci Fi

A fantastic second book to a thrilling Sci Fi trilogy! Gripping and compelling from start to finish.

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good series worth reading

I am really enjoying this series. it's really got me hooked since I first stumbled upon it on audible. though not as tense as the first book.

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Awesome!

Awesome! A thoroughly Riveting read and great tech. Can't wait for the next one. Well worth the wait

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  • Thomas Gingery
  • 26-02-2016

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.

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  • Terra
  • 29-01-2016

Awesome!

Great continuation of an awesome story! R.C. Bray narrates it perfectly! Can't wait for the 3rd book.

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  • David H
  • 23-04-2018

so awesome I listened to it all in only 3 days.

awesome is an understatement and can't wait for the next book. great narrator and had me on the edge of my chair many times.

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  • Jimmy Beans J
  • 25-01-2016

honestly underwhelmed

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.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 19-01-2016

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.

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  • Adrian
  • 22-01-2016

Spectacular

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.

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  • Nicholas saviano
  • 22-01-2016

Stunning

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. 👍

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 07-07-2016

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.

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  • Alexander
  • 23-01-2016

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.

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  • Padre Bob
  • 25-04-2018

This series just keeps getting better

Edge of your seat drama and action. found myself not wanting to stop listening when my commute was done.

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  • Michael
  • 25-01-2017

Disappointing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No. I had high hopes for this book because the first one was so good but it just didn't live up to the first book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Moss? Why or why not?

Yes. The first Book in this series was excellent, well researched and was wrapped in a great story.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

R. C. Bray was brilliant as usual.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found it difficult to really connect to to the story because it just didn't seem realistic in any sense. In fact the "real world" environment was completely unbelievable - I am not referring to the sci-fi aspects of the story (see additional comments below).

Any additional comments?

It was difficult to really become immersed in the story because many elements were just not realistic. The mark of a great sci-fi story is for it to be believable. Can it be far-fetched? ... Yes!

Can it be incredible? ....Of course!

Can even be highly improbable? ...Possibly!

However, it should never be unbelievable!

Why did I feel this story was unbelievable? Well surprisingly it has nothing to do with the sci-fi aspects of the tale.

Let me give you an example:
I can't understand how a guy, with no military experience, zero political clout or past experience in foreign affairs, who just a few years previously was a socially-awkward nobody, was allowed to hold a position were he was heading a task force (and having the last say in that task force) which was responsible for military, espionage and foreign relations.

How could this simple guy have so much power that he could even put a USA president in his place??? I mean this guy was making important foreign relation decisions when the world was on the brink of war.

In the real world this guy would be lucky if he was even allowed access to the task force let alone run the entire show and be able to muscle out the governments of Super Powers - regardless of how pivotal he was in the previous events.

This made the story completely unbelievable for me as in the real world if someone like this was given free reign over such decision making the world would descend into chaos pretty quickly.

The first book introduced incredible technology and a far-fetched (and entertaining) story but it took place in a very believable world. This book just looks as though the author lost the story in self-indulgence by keeping characters that should have been dropped or at least set into a more realistic role.

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  • MrMatt
  • 01-02-2016

Blown away!

This is a fantastic follow up to fear the sky. Lots of detail, depth in plot and character development. Performance of RC Bray is excellent and really adds to the story. Cant wait for the final installment

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-2016

a great secuence to the first book

Not as strong as the first book but still set above sci-fi books of it's kind. Being Russian I've struggled with often very pro-western stance and numerous one sided historical references. Shame concuest of America is never referenced in the book.
Ones again an outstanding narration by R C Bray!
looking forvard the next one

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  • M. Davies
  • 04-03-2016

Too laborious a listen

Book one was fantastic. This was no where near as good. I shan't bother with the third. Too much politicking and character I can't believe in any more.

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  • Goubebie
  • 10-02-2016

Great tech

The technology in this book is wonderfully creative and appears to be relatively scientific. I loved humanity's ability to adopt radically advanced tech so quickly.

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  • T
  • 02-02-2016

Just brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of Fear the Survivors to be better than the print version?

It is a fantastic squeal to the first in the series

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Tech 10 combat scenes are great

Any additional comments?

This is a great standalone book, but much better if read as the squeal to book 1, its the best book i have read in a while, and I read 2 a month.

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  • Gary
  • 25-01-2016

awesome story... detail... pace...

simply fabulous... the detail and story line is incredible. all sci-fi writers need to pay attention to this book...

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  • SBRAL
  • 24-01-2016

Extras...

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

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  • Fiona
  • 08-06-2017

Great plot, lots of fighting

I really loved the first of this series, so was excited to begin the second.

I enjoyed the plot but found the whole thing just way too fighty for my taste. I'm not interested in blow-by-blow accounts of battles, and graphic descriptions of things/people getting shot. However, I suspect that's more to do with my taste than any failure of the book.
I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who likes that sort of thing, but I found it difficult to really believe in the role our hero ends up in. It didn't fit with the character I felt we'd been introduced to in book 1, and I think contributed to my general dissatisfaction.

The narration is just wonderful - very engaging. I wouldn't have stuck with this to the end with a different narrator.

Overall, if you liked book 1 and like fighty stuff I'm pretty sure you'll love it.

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  • Book Lover
  • 19-04-2016

Not as good as the first

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Moss before, how does this one compare?

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.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator was great, he was able to try and keep the reader engaged and I enjoyed his style of reading.

Any additional comments?

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.

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