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Fear the Sky Audiobook

Fear the Sky: The Fear Saga, Book 1 [Audiobook]

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Fear the Sky is Book 1 in the hugely popular The Fear Saga series written by Stephen Moss and narrated in this unabridged epic fantasy audiobook by Audie award-winning nominee R. C. Bray. Listeners are engrossed as the battle for earth begins. A million-strong alien army burn through space towards Earth in their unimaginable war crafts. The nations of Earth join forces. All people must unite their weapons and manpower to fight as one in the largest war Earth has ever seen. There is nowhere to hide. Everyone must turn to face the advancing aliens and save the human race from destruction. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

"Real science in Science Fiction. This is a must read for fans of SF."
—John S. Gertsch, Amazon Reviewer

Perfect for fans of Peter F. Hamilton, Iain M. Banks, and Orson Scott Card, Fear the Sky is a hard-hitting sci-fi thriller that will have you looking at the stars in a different way.

In eleven years time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out. Their technology is vastly superior to ours, and they know they cannot possibly lose the coming conflict. But they, like us, have found no answer to the destructive force of the atom, and they have no intention of facing the onslaught of our primitive nuclear arsenal, or the devastation it would wreak on the planet they crave. So they have flung out an advanced party in front of them, hidden within one of the countless asteroids randomly roaming the void. They do not want us, they want our planet. Their Agents are arriving.

©2014 Stephen Moss (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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    mac 18/03/2015
    mac 18/03/2015
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    "Us vs them, at its best."

    I'm a sucker for earth invasion sf and this was right up my street. Rooted in a real sense of plausibility and science knowledge, this story moves through the gears and keeps you hooked. Love how the invasion is discovered bit by bit and knowledge of it known by a very few. I know books 2 and 3 are out there to read but I'm hoping the Audio books will be out soon, cos the narration is perfect in its sense of suspense.

    42 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    stucody Norfolk 22/03/2015
    stucody Norfolk 22/03/2015 Member Since 2017

    PSN - stucody

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    "Very Entertaining"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I throughly enjoyed this audiobook. Not being a big fan of Scif, I was hesitant on getting this book, but the whole idea of alien invasion grabbed my attention, and from the start I couldn't stop listening.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I am now looking for other books about Alien invasion.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The book could have done with some heavy editing, but overall it didn't spoil or distract from a great story.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator was perfect. Having listened to him on The Martian, I knew what to expect from his voice, and he certainly didn't disappoint on this book.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for everyone to give this book a try.

    33 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Dominik 31/07/2015
    Dominik 31/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping story & narration par excellance"

    I followed R C Bray from the Martian audiobook, and I wasn't dissapointed!

    Great sci-fi from Stephen Moss, put into today's circumstances. Alien invasion done in a thought-out way, not like in hollywood movies which is a plus.

    Cannot wait for other audiobooks from the series to be published!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    iain fraser porteous 05/04/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "gripped"

    fantastically enthralling can't wait for Fear the Survivors and Fear the Future hurry hurry hurry

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Robert Browne 06/06/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Great premise - lacks a little cohesion"

    Really great idea and I like the story in general. Although some of the characters decisions simply don't seem believable.

    Fantastically read though which reminded me of his reading of The Martian which is excellent.

    Will still get the sequel though as it is a fun romp.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Poppey 28/07/2015
    Poppey 28/07/2015
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    "Awesome"

    I do not usually opt for Sci-fi, but thought I would give this book a go. And, Wow! What a surprise.

    From start to finish the book kept you involved and seemed to urge you on. It was an extremely difficult book to put down.

    The narrator really brought the characters to life and made this such a good listen.

    The only question now is when will Audible let us download the rest of the trilogy?

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Guesteve 27/04/2017
    Guesteve 27/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Intriguing premise poorly developed."
    What disappointed you about Fear the Sky?

    Expected enjoyable pulp sci-fi novel but found story too poorly written to continue. Abandoned unfinished.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Moss again?

    No.


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

    I have not listened to any of his other performances but narration was fine-lack of story and editing was problem.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I can recall.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ALP England, UK 28/07/2016
    ALP England, UK 28/07/2016 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers & ... five-O.

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    "An interesting but occasionally dry SF story."

    Some recent brushes with "hard" sci-fi have taught me that I'm more of a casual SF fan than I had thought, and for me this book crosses the line just enough to stay enjoyable.

    There were some very dry sections which failed to hold my attention and often stopped me for progressing through the story for days at a time (the slow start particularly troubled me) but overcoming this led to an overall interesting and often unpredictable story. This is a rare case where I could have lived with listening to an abridged version, though veterans of the genre would likely disagree.

    The narrator too was good for most part, though mispronunciations were very noticeable - as others have noted.

    This is definitely a series I will come back to and complete over time, but for now I look forward to something to something a little lighter.

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    Dee Gee Peterborough, UK 24/02/2016
    Dee Gee Peterborough, UK 24/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing to fear here"

    Before listening, I have a piece of advice. Take a firm hold of your disbelief, give it a stern talking to and then suspend it from the highest point you can find. Then settle in for a fun ride. Oh, and make some popcorn, because it’s that kind of story.If it were a movie it would be the kind that featured Jeff Goldblum trying to shoot coke cans and giving alien ships colds. And you wouldn't want to be in any famous buildings.

    It’s definitely primarily sci-fi, but has a little bit of everything. Invading aliens, brave heroes, agents, double agents, hand-to-hand combat, battles and so on. The earth is once again in dire peril (not that I’m getting a complex or anything) and a small band of brave heroes have to get together to try to save it. For a change our heroes are drawn from around the world and the action takes place across many continents, although to be fair it’s still largely “America saves the world” (with a bit of unwilling and mostly unwitting help from other countries).

    The story takes a while to build, and as it progresses you’ll need to hoist that disbelief of yours higher and higher as some of the scenes get really quite hard to believe. However, by that point you don’t really care. You just want to see what happens next.

    It’s generally solidly written and well narrated, and once it gets going the story progresses at the kind of pace that you just have to listen to the next ten minutes. There’s nothing that’s particularly original and there are no twists that you won’t see coming, but that doesn’t stop it from being an entertaining way to pass time. I was listening to this mostly in the car on my way home from work and actually found myself looking forward to being in a traffic jam so I could spend just a little more time with it.

    In summary, it’s pulp sci-fi at its finest, and I for one really don’t consider that an insult.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Jenkins Sheffield, England 12/11/2015
    Tony Jenkins Sheffield, England 12/11/2015 Member Since 2015

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    "enjoyed the book but to long"

    a good story well told but to detailed and to long would have been better more concise.

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  • J. Hart
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    14/09/15
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    "Audible Where Are The Rest?!"

    I really enjoyed Fear The Sky. The plot is original and character development is so good as we watch a young man turn into a hero through hard work and force of will. I was invested in the series immediately. I knew the author had completed at least three books in the Fear Series so I felt comfortable with my investment. (waiting for a good series to publish the next one is something I try to avoid!)
    Yet now as I go to get the other two bestselling books in Mr. Moss's series I discover they are not available through Audible!? Each book is a best-seller on it's own and several years old. The narrator is putting our new works. The thing is it is not just one series. I myself have the same issue with three GREAT series Audible starts then dropped.
    I am very eager to continue : Trevor H. Cooley's, Bowl of Souls series is completed through book 8 yet only 3 are available on Audible, each VERY successful and Author Sara King has a popular bestselling series thar Audible only taped one of.
    Still, this book deserves 5 stars and is worth the cost.
    Beware when you're looking for a good series, just because this series has been completed and the narrator is working do not assume Audible has picked up

    232 of 247 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Perry
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    21/07/15
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    "Caught me by surprise, and held me till the end."

    Every now and then I like to peruse a narrator's work to see if they might have narrated something else I'd be interested in, and on a whim I grabbed Fear the Sky expecting a middling sci-fi story, I'll be honest the cover art looked like a C level self publish job. But RC Bray did a great job with the martian so why not.

    And then the book grabbed me and pulled me through the 20 odd hours till I was wondering why the heck the other two book werent on audible yet because I wanted more.

    48 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun Lake
    19/07/15
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    "Did not want to stop listening"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of research that Stephen Moss must have done in regards to the technical detail is amazing - it made the whole story more compelling because it sounds so believable and scientific. But there are things that still need to be resolved and I really hope that the next book is on audible soon - I was very disappointed when I saw that it was not available on audible (crossing fingers) yet.


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

    I heard R.C. Bray first in The Martian and was how I found Fear the Sky. This book really shows off his talents in creating different voices for the characters, something that was not required as much for The Martian.


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

    I normally listen to podcasts during my commute and gym sessions but took up listening to Fear the Sky because I did not want to stop listening to it.


    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombie Specialist
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    "The Next 'The Martian'"

    This has been a change for me, a break form the zombie genre to listen to some of R C Bray's other work, it has been just what the doctor ordered! I absolutely loved this one! The character development, the story, the writing styles, the use of language, the narration have come together to make a truly enjoyable story. Over the years my collection of titles has grown considerably, and this this one is right up at the top of the list, if not the top of the list. It challenges my favorite genre titles (zombies) it could actually make me branch out into other genres.

    I work in IT hence why I like the zombie genre. I often find myself daydreaming about some of my clients being chased by zombies - In many situations I just want to say to clients ringing me with a problem - 'What is I told you that blah blah blah does not count as a error message'. But now after listening to this story I am reminded of a line delivered perfectly by RC Bray towards the end of this one, one of the main characters is speaking after having just a little too much stress, just snaps and says 'silent scum'. Somehow the picture of this scene manages to lift me out of my gloom and doom.

    Another pleasant surprise was the length of this title. It seems unusual of late to have a title go for 20 hours. Most stories this long nearly always get broken into two titles which often leaves me feeling like it is a money grabbing exercise. As per usual I like to speed the narration up to 1.25x speed for any of RC Bray's work, but at 20 hours in length it does not effect the dollar per hour ration... it is still excellent value whatever way you look at it. The quality in this title is up there with "The Martian" in writing and narration. In fact I had to fight not to speed it up further just so I could find out what was happening next!

    I liked this one so much that purchased the next in the series and I can't put it down long enough to write this review! It is a well known fact that I am so poor that I can't even pay attention. But this title is such good value in quality and length that I would have been mad to pass on this one!

    Two thumbs up and a big grin from the fatman on this one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    12/07/15
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    "Good, Hard Sci-Fi"

    Overall I was very impressed with this listen. The plot clipped along and was rather engaging, keeping my brain occupied for the duration. Easy to listen to at 3x. As with most foundational works for a trilogy or saga, there are major aspects of character building and stage setting. That being said, there was clearly a three act plot line with an initial resolution; this is something many works in similar circumstance fail to achieve.

    Yes, as with most books, there were some plot holes. The sweeping nature of the book left some characters that were (are) primed to be *major* players slightly two dimensional after a very heavy set up. Further, there are some derivative scene settings in the first 3 or 4 hours. That being said, I have a great deal of faith that the saga, when taken as a whole, will be deemed extremely effective and high quality.

    I can say this with utmost honesty- I am saddened that I have to wait to listen to the next book in the saga; that is a very good sign for me and my feelings about a book. Bray did a fantastic job with his narration as always; he is fast becoming my favorite narrator.

    Worth a credit and your time. High marks.

    97 of 113 people found this review helpful
  • start54
    22/07/15
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    "Epic story and Epic Performance"

    I really can't say more about this book. It is entertaining beyond belief and had me up to 3am a couple of nights back to back...

    RC Bray is single handedly converting me into a SciFi nut...he brings books like this one to life and makes the content so compelling.

    Don't think twice, download this book.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Jason A. Youngblood
    14/07/15
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    "Awesome new series!!"

    Incredible story and excellent narration! I can't wait to listen to book two! Hopefully it will come out soon.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • MikeFarr
    San Rafael, CA
    10/07/15
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    "Great story and characters. Perfect narration."

    If you like Tom Clancy meets Ben Bova you'll like this.
    Not to mention that the narrator has that remarkable gift of doing voices of both sexes without making either sound ridiculous

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    Lakebay, WA, United States
    10/03/15
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    "I Loved This Book"

    Ok, so I started reading this book because of RC Bray. But once I got into it, I couldn't stop listening to it. The sci-fi was great, very interesting spin on some of the technology. Also the story line was interesting. Great character development. Not all of the bad guys are really bad. Lots of detail in the story, really well fleshed out. Cannot wait for the second book in the series.

    48 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    Keswick, ON, Canada
    02/06/15
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    "Survival of this onslaught is hanging by a thread"

    These aliens certainly have a well thought out invasion plan. Their main concern is making sure this beautiful planet of ours is not spoiled by nukes before or at the time of their main fleet arrival in ten years time. Eight robotic super agents who appear to be human with a plan to infiltrate the nuclear powers and four weaponized satellites with massive coverage of all our communications and the ability to monitor all visible activities (they could tell you how many fingers you were holding up if you are outside) paint a very grim picture.

    It was so oppressive, I almost gave up when a couple of my heroes were ruthlessly dispatched courtesy of a satellite. But Stephen Moss has a plausible push back strategy against overwhelming odds. The story actually got so intense and entertaining I broke my rule of always doing something while listening. At that moment, if you had walked by me in the kitchen, you would have seen someone sitting at the table with earphones on, eyes glazed and their mouth half open.

    I will let you discover what the "thread" is that gives us a chance to survive the first onslaught. Be warned this is a great story and if you take it on, be prepared to be compelled to purchase the second book in the series "Fear The Survivors" which is scheduled to be released July 14 2015.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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