"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
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.
PSN - stucody
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.
I am now looking for other books about Alien invasion.
The book could have done with some heavy editing, but overall it didn't spoil or distract from a great story.
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.
Highly recommend for everyone to give this book a try.
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!
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?
I once lent a friend Arthur C Clarke ' short stories; he gave it back after reading just three saying it was just too believable. This story is really credible, unlikely as it is, if this were happening right now we'd never know until it was too late. very engaging.
Great story, with fantastic detail, some characters seemed a bit 2d and some accents were a bit off, but overall very enjoyable.
Generally listening in the car as I am on the road a lot with work. Will be listening to a variety of genres.
Things really start heating up in the final few chapters - but all the ground work getting you there is not a waste. The slow build up reflects the activities of those involved on all sides and what needs to be achieved. There is enough science behind the fiction to allow the reader to go along without too much resistance.
The writing is generally good, although overly reliant on hyperbole and the word 'literally' to convey the gravitas of the situations that arise.
For whatever reason I haven't quite bought into the characters fully yet - although I am eager to see how the trilogy continues and how the cast reacts to the next set of plot lines.
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.
"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
"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.
"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.
"Did not want to stop listening"
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"Awesome new series!!"
Incredible story and excellent narration! I can't wait to listen to book two! Hopefully it will come out soon.
"How many of these will get published?"
This is an occasionally entertaining but *BAD book.* Real Science? Very little Real Science. A lot of Social, Political, and Societal Commentary. A lot of Cliché’s. A lot of “I think that doesn’t mean what you think it means” use of “Proverbial.” That alone would normally make me return it, but I want to review it because it is an amateur, unedited manuscript, it is NOT (my opinion) a finished book. It is 20 hours of “Give me your $$$.” A lot of speculation, a number of statements that are Wrong if not intended as FICTION. There is some drive-by planetary science with little or no actual value to the plot. I have read this book before. There are lots of them out there… they are all pretty much the same. The only real difference is setting: Zombies, Nuclear War, Distopian Futurism, Lunatic Fringe “Off The Grid Novels.” Some are books aimed at targeted consumer groups. Nothing wrong with any of these categories except when the book reads like it has never been read by an Editor. This one is a prime example of what is WRONG with the publishing industry at the moment. This book would never stand up to peer review. There are NO characters that I care about, hate, can relate to…. The Alien Race’s backstory could not have taken up more than 20 pages. More time is given to setting up a Japanese walk-on character’s stereotype then the motivation of the Aliens. There is a droning, beat missing, painfully flawed teleprompter cold reading (by a company narrator,) and you have “A long book that one doesn’t need to pay attention to and won’t remember in 3 months’ time.” NO, I did not like it. Saga? Right....
If you listen to the sample you'll see that Moss starts out with a bang. Unfortunately, that's soon over and the tedium begins in ernest. My major criticisms in my short listen- the writing is incredibly flabby, passive in nature and shot through with adjectives. Want to learn how to write? This book is a textbook example of, "show, don't tell".
I didn't get through the second scene, where the narrater describes the start of a long, boring meeting. Alas, surely not as boring as the description of the meeting, but useful for predicting what's to come writing-wise.
Maybe it gets better. But it would have to get a LOT better to get to readable, let alone entertaining. Give this one a pass.
"Good idea, but the writing style suffers"
I enjoyed the story. 'Fear the Sky's' story has been told many times, but this take was original enough to stand out. As other reviewers have stated, the depth of technical understanding here adds some interest to the novel but also is very dry. Its interesting to me that RC Ray who read the Martian so well is reading this. He does well with dry stories.
In my mind, what drags Fear the Sky down are the many many points of view the author takes on. Many of which were the invaders. All of the suspense is sapped out of the story.
The writing is not very well done. Its ok, but uninspired. Stephen Moss' style is more akin to a technical brief than a rip roaring alien invasion novel. I'm not going to go out of my way to pick up another one of his stories in the future.
"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.
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