It only took an instant for the world to come crashing down.
The bombs came first, and the troops were close behind. Life in the dream that was America ceased when a deadly new alliance of communist states from Russia, China, and their allies invaded from the North.
The invasion splits Brad Stone's family apart. His wife, Youngmi, is captured and exploited by Alaska's new communist warlord. Brad and his sons narrowly avoid massacre and retreat into the icy wilderness. Brad, a former Marine, finds himself thrust to the front as the warrior they call "Ice Hammer" - a leader, a legend, and the most wanted man in occupied Alaska.
Brad, Youngmi, and their sons Ben and Ian must find their way through the horrors of war. They may not live to see victory, but they will not live as slaves. They have already learned a brutal truth:
The age of peace has ended. The age of the Ice Hammer has begun.
©2017 Basil Sands (P)2017 Basil Sands
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"a range of emotions - anger, sadness, laughter..."
An invasion of the US orchestrated by China, Russia and their allies bring the US to its knees. Invasion: Ice Hammer is focused on Alaska only, a very small part of the invasion but still riveting! Brad becomes the Ice Hammer without realizing it; his sons are on the move with a boy scout troop now being led by a military leader; and Brad’s wife, believed to be dead is actually the prisoner of the Chinese General.
The invasion was completed in an imaginative way. One that I found fascinating; not one of the usual boring dropping of bombs or suicide bombers. I thought he did an excellent job of creating a very sneaky invasion and one that was total!
There are a lot of moving parts to this story but Basil Sands does a wonderful job of keeping them moving, bringing them together and creating twists and turns that keep the audience in suspense. One note – one of my favorite characters from Faithful Warrior makes an appearance as the Hairy One!
While the characters are faced with grueling conditions, starving, traumatized beyond belief, there are still some very humorous parts that will leave you with tears in your eyes. One is an older Korean woman who keeps the Hairy One on his toes by slapping his face after each kiss – this is so he gets the thorns with the flower!
Well-developed the plot moves at a good steady pace; the character development is well thought out and executed building the characters and their actions in conjunction with one another. Nothing seems out-of-place other than with the exception of Brad being lax in trying to recover his boys. A man such as Brad infused with his family, I would have expected him to take off immediately to find his boys but he doesn’t. This was the only part that disappointed me in the book.
Sands keeps his audience on their toes with a range of emotions - anger, sadness, laughter, and suspense. I enjoyed this book immensely and can’t wait for the second in the series.
Basil Sands also narrated the story. He performed the audiobook as a talented professional – I loved the voice Kadji (The Hairy One). His voices and accents were well done. I enjoy authors who read their own books – they inject the enthusiasm, suspense and other emotions that they had when writing their book thus giving their audience a true representation of their book.
There were no issues with the production quality of this book.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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"Holy Guacamole Batman!"
Amazingly written and narrated, this story had me on the edge of my seat during nearly the whole thing!
I've been listening to books narrated by Basil Sands for a while now, and only recently learned that he was an author as well as a narrator. This book goes to show that his writing is just as great as his narration skills!
Mixed in with all the action is the witty comic relief of an certain furry side kick immediately comparable to a loveable, knowledgeable, yet quirky Robin.
There are also quite a few spots that will truly test your ability to hold back tears as the true fear and horrors of war are explained out in the Alaskan Bush.
After such an intense cliff hangar at the end of this amazing book, I'll definitely be grabbing the next in this series as soon as it's out!!!!
I've been blown away by this book, and look forward to reading many more written, and narrated, by Basil Sands.
I received this book free of charge for an honest review. something about it being based in my own nation makes it appealing and gives a bit of an understanding to what it would be like to be invaded by another country. wouldn't mind seeing more of the series
"I liked it"
I enjoyed this story. it was well written and i had a good range of emotions through out the story. the narrator witch is the author did a great job.
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
"Chilling View of an EMP and Invasion"
Korean Cuisine Invasion. There is a lot of discussion of Korean food and culture which is odd, but meshes well with the story-line.
The book has a wide range of characters and the author does a good job of balancing their situations and tying them into the overall narrative. There is no shying away from the real impacts of a invasion of this type and the violence resulting on both sides.
The scenario presented is believable for the most part and well thought out and presented.
Fortunately I do like Korean food as this is a reoccurring theme in the book. Your stomach may rumble a few times during your reading. You've been warned.
Overall this is a good story and is well performed. I look forward to future additions to this series
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com..
"An engrossing and expertly crafted and story!"
Drawing on modern fears that come from the clash of cultural extremes existing in the world in which we all live, this tale lays out a plausible scenario of a surprise attack, (Think "Red Dawn"-ish elements) invasion, and occupation on US soil. The story brings to life the individual experiences and situations that each of the four members of one family are forced to live through as they find themselves in three separate groups on both sides of the conflict.
One a reluctant hero, another a prisoner of war, the others finding strength and clarity in family tradition and beliefs they've held dear. The other main characters in the story add depth and reveal the differing emotions needing to be understood in such an experience. Each one having their place and their purpose.
It's man against the harsh Alaskan elements and against a brutal invaders purge. There are moments of anger, of laughter, and the facing of fears. There's the uncertainty of deathly conflict and the heartbreaking grief that accompanies war. There are selfish characters and selfless characters. There's budding love and new friendships and the inevitable tears. There's plotting and strategy and new alliances formed.
The story ends as a great setup for the next installment in the series which I look forward to.
I am pleasantly rewarded when a story doesn't let me down. In short, I loath stories that have elements that are so out of place they rip me out of the story and remind me I am listening to a book on my phone. It can be unrealistic banter amidst terrifying events, overblown situations with solutions that defy physics, human anatomy or psychology. They are moments where I say "Really!?, You're going to force that down my throat? Do you take me for some idiot groupie? This story had none of that, and for that, I say thank you to the author, Mister Sands!
(I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. What you just read was my honest opinion and therefore my review!)
"American invasion from the Alaskan perspective"
This story took a bit of getting used to. The author read this himself and at first I did not like the voices. But by the time I was half way through I realized that I liked the voices and everything seamed to fit. Once I got into the story it was very engaging and hard to put down. You really connect with the characters and want things to get better for them. Overall a good read with a reasonable stopping point before the next book that must be coming because this story is not finished.
"Nice blend of genres."
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
I really loved this book. It was an action story about individual people. It combines a kind of survivalist/war story with an intrigue/love story. I was certainly sorry when it ended and am looking forward to the next book. Much respect for writing and narrating both.
"Another Great All-Round Effort"
I'm a pretty big fan of Basil Sands' work, with as a narrator and as an author. His narration of the Peter Meredith Undead Worlds books is first class.
The story was a "Red Dawn" style invasion, centered in Alaska, with both Russian and Chinese invaders, as well as some turncoat locals. The lead characters are a husband and wife, who are separated early in the novel, and the story then progresses primarily following their threads. The book, unlike his other works, is a definite part 1 of a series, so be prepared for it ending at a fitting place, but with a lot of open threads. I find the writing style engaging and rich, and the narration easy to listen to, as with all his work.
There was a Pastor Mike in this book also, and although it wasn't made explicit or mentioned in the notes, I'm pretty sure this was Mike from "Faithful Warrior", although possibly this might be a different universe.
I did get this book as a free review copy from the author. However, I have personally purchased several books and audiobooks written by or narrated by the author, so that is a great bonus!
I love Basil's books! they are so entertaining! they are always well written. I love the details he puts into them! this book is action packed and I really connect with the characters. as always the narration is amazing! I can't believe it ended there! I want more in the worst way! I must find out how this story ends!
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