They came from deep space. They came to destroy us.
Fifty years ago bloodthirsty aliens devastated the Earth. Most of humanity perished. We fell into darkness.
But now we rise from the ashes. Now we fight back.
Marco Emery was born into the war. After his mother is killed, he joins the Human Defense Force, Earth's ragtag army. Emery must survive basic training, become a soldier, and finally face the aliens in battle.
Against the alien onslaught, Earth stands alone. But we will fight. We will rise. We will win.
If you loved Ender's Game, Starship Troopers, and Old Man's War, you'll love Earthrise, a new military science fiction series. From a USA Today best-selling author.
©2016 Daniel Arenson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
A man with a child in his ears.
An interesting start to the series. The initial scene setting is pretty standard alien invasion stuff but well done all the same. Arenson outlines a grim future where a war of attrition with a hostile alien race has lead to semi apocalyptic conditions on Earth. The human race is up against it, youth are being conscripted and death is a constant companion. No-one is safe.
After what feels like a very pacey and atmospheric start our hero heads off to basic training and the book seems to slow up and while I expected some time to be spent on this it actually takes up most of the rest of the book. I don't mind that, building characters and their backgrounds is to me the sign of a good author. In truth there are lots of cliches and the similarities to Starship Troopers are hard to ignore but I still enjoyed the story.
Towards the end the action suddenly picks up again and the scene is well set for future adventures in the series. The narration by Jeffrey Kafer sets just the right tone for the characters and story.
It is though a book that you can ask questions of. Why these super intelligent aliens behave in some of the ways that they do is very much open to question for example. For me though while this all looks promising if you want some military sci-fi I do question if this first book gives enough. It's relatively short, in itself not a problem. The author spends time developing his characters, to me a good thing. However, put the two together and in a credit-based system like Audible I think I would have expected more per episode in the series.
"Love Starship Troopers? Earth Alone is a win"
Earth Alone was an awesome book. The audio was fantastic and the story kept you hooked. Great story of an "every man" going to boot camp and the experiences he gains there.
Daniel puts the reality of preparing to war into a sci-fi story with honesty and grit.
You're hooked at the very beginning when you find out why the character has so much to gain and to lose by going to fight the scum. I was on the edge of my seat at the last battle, praying they would make it out!
I wanted to listen to this story all the way through!
A great beginning to a series that will keep you coming back to feel the humanity of the characters Daniel has created!
I am a big fan of sci-fi and I felt this book was well written. It reminded me of the movie starship troopers at the beginning but then it started to sound distinct. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in an starship trooper themed story line. Looking forward to the next book.
"50 years of war, death, destruction and despair"
It's been 50 years since the Cataclysm, since humanity's first contact with an alien race, since scolopendra titaniae - the scum from space - had slaughtered sixty percent of the world's population and plunged mankind into this war. The scum had ravaged the world in a massive assault, bombing and gassing city after city, wiping out billions - a year of death, of inferno, of humanity hurtling towards extinction.
Humanity had scrambled, bonded together, and launched their own warships into space. Ship after ship had perished until one intrepid pilot, the hero Evan Bryan, had launched a nuclear bomb against the scum homeworld, slaying millions of centipedes. The Cataclysm had ended that day. Humanity had emerged from the flames stronger, a civilization with the power to ravage distant worlds, to face enemies in the depths of space and defeat them. That day the genocide had ended and the long War of Attrition had begun.
The HDF, the Human Defense Force, the global military created to fight the scrum, was the gauntlet all humans from every last corner of this ravaged earth entered at eighteen, then spent five years in the fire. Marco Emery lived with his father above the library where his father worked. Addy Linden had lived with them since the day seven years before when she had saved Marco's life, pulling him away from the scum that killed his mother and Addy's parents. The scrawny eleven-year-old had grown into a tall wild woman.
This terrific tale, first of the Earth Rise series, continues to delight with Addy and Marko in basic training, taking me back to memories of the excitement and terror of my own basic training. The rich and colorful descriptions of the characters bring them and their stories to life. Great characters spring from the pages, providing emotional and exciting action. I can't wait for the next installment of this tale!
Whew glad this is over. I wanted to scream at times at the whining and repeating over and over again the whining. I must admit I had to get up and leave the audio running so that I'd hopefully miss it. Finally it's over. I don't know why I'm giving it two stars.
I was a little bit wary at first... But soon the characters captured a little piece of me. It was real and I even shed a tear now and then LOL
"Starship Troopers - The Lesser"
Alien bugs attack earth and humans mount a multi-generational war to save humankind. Sound familiar? First, the writing is okay and narration is above average but the individual characters backstories lack the depth needed for me to find any of them all that interesting. Add to that the fact that the entire book was devoted to the boot camp experience made it even more disappointing.
I'll not be continuing the series.
"Excellent start book 1"
I'm looking forward to the next 2 books. this is a good story. Audio pulls you in like you are there
It was a great start to the series, however it is short for the price.
"I can not wait to listen to the next 2 books."
This is one of the best sci-fi books I have ever read or listened to. Will definitely be buying the next two books in the series. Let's hope Marco doesn't get romantically involved with another woman....that will be trouble waiting to happen.
"Truly horrible book"
Listening to this book was torture. Although I have listened to hundreds of books through Audible, this is my first written review. I felt compelled to advise readers to avoid this book. No new ideas, no interesting characters, no pace to the book. A boring tale poorly told. Rehashed and derivative, it stands alone as perhaps the worst piece of fiction I have ever read.
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