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The Solar War

Series: The Long Winter, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Hear the second book in The Long Winter trilogy!

They decimated Earth during the Long Winter. Now the Grid has returned, and they won't stop until the human race is extinct. On a ruined world, humanity's last survivors fight against impossible odds. In their darkest hour, they discover a new hope for survival. But it comes at an unthinkable price, with consequences that will change everything.

We thought the war was over. We were wrong. After the Long Winter, Emma Matthews and James Sinclair hoped life would get back to normal. They've settled down in Camp Seven and welcomed their first child, a daughter. And they have waited and watched the sky for any signs of the Grid's return. When NASA discovers that several asteroids have broken from the Kuiper Belt and are headed for Earth, James instantly realizes the truth: the Grid is back. 

And this battle will be one to the very end. As he and his team prepare for humanity's last stand in space and on the ground, Emma makes a discovery closer to home, one that will change life for her and James once again. With war raging around them, Emma and James fight to keep their family alive. 

In the cold darkness, humanity splinters. New alliances emerge. At every turn, Emma and James face new dangers and question whom to trust. Just when it seems that all hope is lost, James uncovers what may be the key to humanity's survival. But it comes with enormous risks. To implement his plan, he and Emma will have to survive the Grid and another, even more deadly enemy. One thing is certain: their gambit will change the future of the human race forever.

©2019 A. G. Riddle (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Not his best work

the last hour had the most promise, but like most of the book, evaporated into nothing

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  • Robert Jackson
  • 14-07-2019

Thrilling!

Just like the first one this keeps you on the edge of your seat. Extremely entertaining!

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  • Gentle Heart
  • 21-08-2019

BORING & REDUNDANT WORDING

First book in the series, Winter World, was very good; HOWEVER, book 2, The Solar War wording was over-the-top redundant. Over and over the main characters, Emma and James used the same wording, talked about the same things ad nauseam. After listening to 20% of the book I just wanted to shoot myself. I just couldn't stand it anymore! I had to stop listening. I skipped to the end just to make sure the predictable and expected ending came to fruition. Spoiler alert: Unsurprisingly, it ended as I anticipated.
Gave 4-stars to the narrators, Edoardo Ballerini and Amanda Leigh Cobb; they did a nice job.
I called Audible and returned this book.
To paraphrase another review: If you love books where the main character misses painfully obvious clues and seems to consciously make things worse --- then this is the book for you,

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  • Flowersprite
  • 13-07-2019

The Solar War is a great science fiction read!

The Solar War is the pinnacle of science fiction drama. Master alien threats, love, romance, suspense, danger, ethics, science, rebirth both in the form of a baby and perseverance rewarded with a new beginning of mankind in a new world. At the end it leaves you with another mystery. Bring it on I can hardly wait for the sequel.

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  • Shellie L Robinson
  • 28-08-2019

Goes nowhere, tedious and scattered

A lot of draw out filler to take you nowhere. No real ending and far too many detours.

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  • Matt
  • 18-09-2019

Solid entry for the middle book!

The second entry in a series is often boring or lacking its own defined story. This is not one of those. It has its own story arc that fits into the bigger picture with great twists in the story line. Can’t wait for book 3! Another great story from Riddle!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-2019

Loved it

I thought it was great, I would have liked the 2 books to be one and there might be a third one coming, I hope so, I want to read more. I love science fiction but am often disappointed, I was not with this.
Some reviewers didn’t like that the science was not correct, OK with me, how am I to know that, I’m not a scientist. I liked the whole scenario, I listened to both books in 10 days. I was disappointed in the characters of Art and Arther, Art being from the first book, his attitude. I’ll say no more for fear of a spoiler.
The narration from Ballerini was masterful, the first book was my first listen from him. I’ll seek out more from him in the near future. I even watched a movie with him in it, Ha!, he spoke very little!

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  • Indraneel Phadke
  • 15-09-2019

The plot thickens!

Loved the premise. However, there are problems with the genepool diversity. Also, the plot rgd the other players is weak - why were they not taken into confidence? Why just two supercarriers? The Journey remains a mystery - why did it take 3 times as much? Very light on the science. Hope A. G. Riddle takes this into account and addresses them in the next book. Which I am waiting for most definitely!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2019

Ugh...

Had to return it. If you love books where the main character misses painfully obvious clues and seems to consciously make things worse than I have the book for you....

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  • JH
  • 05-08-2019

Excellent

The first book was great, this is as good or better. Great reading performance by both narrators. Couldn’t stop listening. Made me look forward to getting in my car to go somewhere.

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  • Nick Van Bast
  • 12-12-2019

Simply Amazing.

The struggle of humanity for survival continues. This second chapter of the trilogy, is as good as the first book. It kept me in my toes up until the end. Excellent work.

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  • PenguinsAndPaper
  • 06-09-2019

Good yarn but parts felt familiar

For a sequel, this wasn’t too bad of a listen. Some of it felt too drawn out. Some of it felt like I was listening to Expeditionary Force. Arthur could be Skippy’s twin. The Narrator for Emma needs to do some work on her British accent. It was... just odd. Like Brightwell was a geordie, went to a posh public school and lost the accent but kept the pronunciation. Odd.

It’s a shame but I don’t think I care enough about any of them to bother with book 3.

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  • John
  • 29-08-2019

Great book. left hanging at the end.

I am not a huge fan of the James Emma James Emma James Emma... you'll understand that when you read it. And the narrative by Edwardo always sounds so full of "despair" . I know they are in a desperate situation but there is some happier moments but still the tone of despair never ceases. saying all of that I still rate it very highly and will by the third the moment available.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-2019

Alien Nonsense arent they all

Not as good as the first book but set up for a third the 2 narrators works but i prefer the female🚺🚺👍

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  • sarah MacHattie
  • 04-10-2019

brilliant brilliant brilliant

only disappointment was that there is no book 3. this book had me in the edge of my seat start to finish. great plot. love the twists and turns. hate that some mysteries were left unsolved but I guess that's to keep us excited for book 3. hurry up with the next book I'm dying out here back on earth!!!!

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  • James Burkill
  • 17-09-2019

Awsome story, bad science

This is probably the highest rating I have ever given to a science fiction story that doesn't pay close enough attention to scientific accuracy. I love realistic sci fi and am usually quite unforgiving, but two things made it difficult to justify rating the book with anything less than four stars.

1: The author didn't completely and gratuitously throw away the real science. There is no faster than light travel and the technology the humans have isn't much more advanced than what we have today.
2: The story is very good. Not going to leave any spoilers, but it's clever and has interesting twists.

I'm not a rocket scientist or physicist, s o there are probably a lot more problems with the science than I could detect, but these are the ones that threw me in the series:
1: Sending out a spacecraft to one destination in the solar system and the pilots of that spacecraft just deciding on the spot, you know what, lets go to some other destination instead... and then another.
2: Navigating debris fields in space. No. You just die.
3: The sun is getting dimmer and dimmer every day, so much so that when they decide to leave Earth it's all pretty much dark... but then during their tour of the solar system on the way out they somehow get stunning views of Mars and other celestial bodies? Really? If Earth is dark, how do planets even further away from the sun get illuminated?
4: The fact they could even do a tour of the solar system. The voyager spacecraft were only able to do the tours they completed due to a narrow launch window offering a once in 175 year planetary alignment.

Definitely worth a read though.

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  • martin
  • 13-10-2019

Much better than first book

The story picks up and focused a lot less on female emotion and relationships this time. Very nice twists on the story and excellent turns. Looking forward to the next book.

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