In the year 2280, an alien fleet attacked the Earth. Their weapons were unstoppable, their defenses unbreakable. Our technology was inferior, our militaries overwhelmed. Only one starship escaped before civilization fell.
Earth was lost. It was never forgotten.
Fifty-two years have passed. A message from home has been received. The time to fight for what is ours has come.
Welcome to the rebellion.
©2016 M. R. Forbes (P)2016 Podium Publishing
This is one of those stories that when you get to the end you head back to audible to see if you can get the second book.
The immediate opening of Man of War sets the stage for the rest of the book. It is tension filled but also beautiful, a race in space to collect a message from resistance fighters on an Earth now overun and occupied by a seemingly undefeatable a!ien race. This book is more than just a fight-it-out-in-space story or a simple war for the planet between military and the invading armies. It is thoughtfully imbued with ideas of loves and loyalties, of how far to go before all must be found too much to continue, as well as providing exciting action and good characterisations.
I have heard one other book read by Jeff Hayes and, as in that previous story, his range of voices in dialogue is remarkable and the text is impeccably given. He is easy to listen to and carries the story in complete complement with the author's writing.
I love science fiction and read a lot, so it is refreshing to find a different approach to the 'them and us' scenario. This is the first of a new series and I will definitely be looking for the following book: there are so many possibilities opening up, i am really intrigued to see where it will take us.
My thanks to Jeff Hayes who gifted me this book without any conditions.
"Reality Speculation Done Really Well"
I went through my SF era about 40 years ago. The likes of Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert et al. I KNOW good Science Fiction when I encounter it. This is my first encounter with M.R. Forbes and I am impressed.A narrator is like a carpenter. He can build rickety walls with good material and poor craftsmanship, or work with the materials and build something others can enjoy for a long time.Jeff Hays is a craftsman. He adds so much to his narrations.With these criteria, this is up in the top 10 of the Audible books I own.
I think the realistic development of mechanics of machinery, and the emotional and physical abilities by humans in declining civilisation brought on by alien invasion. The alien invasion isn't new to the genre. The reality is - Batteries run out, the characters resort back to primal survival abilities. Are two examples.
As stated, Jeff Hays is a master at his craft. He can do voices across every spectrum. Timing, empathy for the characters. You can tell... he loves his work and the material he chooses to work on.
What I felt was a returning enjoyment of the Science Fiction field. Thank you M.R. Forbes. And thank you Jeff Hayes.
I listen to a lot of Audible works, sometimes five to ten a week. This has been a pleasure to review.Thanks for the opportunity. This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
"Hope from Ashes"
The strong story and the excellent performance
Gabriel Saint Martin. Can't say, don't want to spoil the story for anyone.
The old man, General Saint Martin
Man of War is the 1st book in the Rebellion series by science fiction writer M.R. Forbes and brought to life in audio format by the tallented voice over artist Jeff Hays. This is my first contact with both author and narrator and I can say that I’m impressed. Although I’m not a Sci-Fi fan, I enjoyed this story a lot and in the following lines I’ll tell you why you should give it a try.
The story in Man of War takes place long after humanity finds a way of traveling to the Stars, but there we encounter other intelligent life forms. There we meet The Dread, a species of aliens, more powerful than we are, more advanced, and they are not friendly! After a war in which we can’t even defend ourselves, losing bilions of lives, Earth is abandoned by the few thousands remaining alive and a some are left behind, forming some sort of a resistance to keep the Dread busy while the others escape.
The actual plot picks up after 52 years from these events and switches between those fortunate enough to have escaped in the starship Magellan, who formed the New Earth Alliance somewhere far from the planet and the few survivors of The Resistance, left to fend for themselves on ruined Earth as they fight an unwinable war. Both factions are lead by heroes, by men of war who never stopped hoping, who never stopped planning, who want Earth back.
This is their story! The story of Starfighter pilot Captain Gabriel Saint Martin and of Major Donovan Peters. We get to know them, we get to care for their wellbeing, we discover dramatic stories. We see them fight, we see them cry, we see them hurt and we see them as they find hope and cling to it. They have to work together to win back their home!
Author M.R. Forbes delivers a compelling story, driven by a great plot and filled with rich and deep characters. From the first sentences the book pulls you in and it doesn’t let go until the end, at which point you are left wanting for more. The personal dramas each main character had endured, the indestructible enemy, called The Dread that lives on Earth in cities made from spaceships, the brilliantly written dialogues and the tense actions scenes make Man of War a sure hit for fans of the Sci-FI and Military thrillers genres alike.
As I said in the beginning of this review, this is the first time I experience an audiobook performed by narrator Jeff Hays and I liked his solid performance. Straight from the opening sentence he immerses you into the great story, pulling you in with a full range of voices and accents. He is one of those actors that can switch between characters in a way that you’ll think that you are listening to a full cast recording. Jeff has that very rare talent to give life to male and female characters without becoming ridiculous or pathetic in the process. His narration style reminds me of MacLeod Andrews‘s, but Mr. Hays has his own tricks up his sleeves and he is original in his own personal way.
Yes, this was the first time I listened to a book read by Jeff Hays, but I can assure you that there are many more to come. I enjoyed his performance tremendously and I will hunt his works down and listen to more of them… Who knows, maybe I’ll even review them as well…
I finished listening to Man of War about five days ago, but the story, the characters and Jeff‘s performance are still lingering in my mind. I took this time to put my thoughts in order and I realised that I’m willing to give more chances in the future to Sci-Fi books. My experience in this genre is limited to the Star Trek tv series of which I’m a big fan, to the Mass Effect video games series and to Dune, the movies. I need to listen to the books some day.
As a parting remark, I suggest that you listen to the sample from Man of War on Audible and I’m sure you’ll like it. After that, if you prefer Science Fiction books filled with vivid characters and with thrilling action you can’t go wrong with this one.
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"Outstanding! Five Solid Stars!"
Man of War was great! The story started off a bit slow, alternating between Donovan and Gabriel's POVs, but as M.R. Forbes develops the plot and characters, it starts picking up steam, and before you know it, it's moving at a fast pace, and heading towards intense. As it's developing, you are not only sucked in by the narration, but by the captivating plot full of suspense, action, drama, and amazing characters. I truly enjoyed this story, and all the twists! Looking forward to book two!
Jeff Hays narration is like a "one man show!" He's such a skilled narrator, who can successfully project a wide range of characters, voices, and emotions. His performance really enhanced the story, and pulled me right in! I loved all the character's voices, especially Theodore, and his Cajun accent.
A great Sci-Fi, sure to satisfy even the most die-hard fan!
"anxious for continuation books"
like the concept
son meets mom?
the old man
smiles and possabilities
would like to know when 2nd book comes out
The voice acting was sublime and the story had me on the edge of my seat. cannot wait for the rest of the series!!
Forbes starts a new series off with a bang and Hayes does a phenomenal narration.
"First they decimate, over-take, then they remake"
An enjoyable take on the alien earth invasion story. While the plot seems too coincidental and too timely at times, the author makes up for this with his unique skill at creating a cast of characters and situations that keeps one's interest flowing.
The narrator was very good and had an excellent dynamic range that made it clear when jumping between genders, age groups and cultural accents.
I'll be on the lookout for audible book 2.
"Neither fantasy nor hard SF"
This book if for those SF Military readers that do not pay attention to details nor desire technical coherence.
1) Make the military dialog realistic. 2)Make operationalizing a warship, that been in retirement for 50 years, more involved than having the protagonist speak to the ships computer and say "Maggie, fire it up" and having the ship ready to move in the next couple minutes.3) Not slip up on details such as describing bloated bodies that died 50 years prior.4) It was kinds hard to believe that Aliens with some incredible tech did not have airborne or spaceborne sensors, to detect people on the ground, at least as good at we have today.5) Character personalities were shallow and development was minimal.
The narrator certainly did better than I could have. However, by the time I was most of the way through the book I was left feeling that the narrator was trying too hard.
I am surprised that this criticism has not been raised prior to the point of impacting the ratings.
"loved the book"
it was amazing from beginning to end kept me wanting more. great book I'm going to finish the series
starts out slow. but believe me it picks up well. can't wait for the next one!!
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