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.
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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5 of 6 people found this review helpful
4.5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes I try and write a good synopsis to start my posts, and other times the author provides a great one that’s better than anything I could attempt to write. I’m going to steal Sands’ intro here since there’s no better way to explain the premise of this book. “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 age of peace has ended. The age of the Ice Hammer has begun.”
This was my first book by Basil Sands (both written and/or narrated), but I’ve had my eye on his stuff for a while. I’m glad that I took the dive with Invasion and boy what a book it was.
The start of the book was full of getting to know Brad and his family (along with his boys and some other Scouts). I thought it was really well paced and was needed. I had to laugh a few times because I’m facebook friends with Basil and some of the stuff that Sands wrote about seemed to be partially based on his life. I know that most readers won’t know that but I found it to make the book even more enjoyable.
Brad was an IT professional but was always prepared. When the bomb(s) dropped and the attack began he had his bugout bag ready and was on the move before anyone could find him. Following his trek and his struggle with certain situations was emotional. I thought that Invasion was written in a way that was both enjoyable but emotional. I felt for Brad numerous times (I won’t explain why it’ll ruin some parts of the book). After “doing what he had to do” Brad get’s a pretty awesome nickname by the NK’s that are looking for him.
The end of the book wasn’t as much of an ending as I thought it would be (I should have known with the name that it was going to be a “book 1”) but I still thought it was well done and well written. The story doesn’t have a traditional “ending” per say but was still enough of an ending to keep me happy.
Sands is a great author and narrator. I read other reviews that talked about people skipping books that were narrated by the author but I’ve found that a lot of the time the author can give certain scenes the proper amount of drama since they wrote the book. I also know that Sands is a narrator for other authors – so it’s not like he narrated his book to save money, he professionally does this and did a great job narrating Invasion.
Overall, I thought the Invasion was an action-packed “holy crap” type of book that numerous times I found myself thinking that this really happened or could happen. It felt that real and I love books like that.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed all of the references to the Anchorage area! Great narration as well.
Basil does it again. a rich exciting story laced with intense reality and a character with a bizarre sense of humor needed to keep his fellow travelers sane. overall a treatise on survival against intense adversarial conditions.
Despite the definite conservative christian leanings,I enjoyed this book.I could explain to the author that Christmas was first a pagan holiday that the church reallocated for their purposes....but I won't. I was a bit tired of the praying and comments about liberals.A boy scout group is on a campout when the Chinese invade by helicopter and on land.They kill everyone in their path, but take one Korean born woman into their 'care'.She is assumed to be the concubine of the general.It seems that the wilds of Alaska hold a lot of cabins and hide aways for peppers and the Scout leaders and fathers on the trip knew what to do.They train up the Boy Scouts and civilians to fight the good fight.I was provided this book by the author/narrator to the publisher.
So many landmarks to relate to & made the story really interesting. Good job!
Story was really good. I am a Alaskan Wildcrafter... so hearing the herbs, etc. being picked processed & used for food & medicine was a really good addition to the story.
What did you love best about Invasion?
I loved this book because it was good from the beginning. Not too much back story was given at the beginning
What other book might you compare Invasion to and why?
Does not compare to any other book I have read.
Which scene was your favorite?
When Mrs. Stone meets her old friend
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The way Brad feels for his wife.
Any additional comments?
I received this book in exchange for a voluntary review.
This book is narrated by the author who does a great job handling several accents well. Great production quality.
I'm about a third of the way through, and it is a pretty good story. It might be worth checking out after you have finished the James Wesley Rawls and Mark Goodwin sets.
Early in the book it felt like the author was going to get lewd with some of the story lines, but then I think the love interests might have died in the invasion.
Descriptions of the carnage are pretty brutal, but not in a horror genre way.
There are a lot more Asian women in This Alaskan story than I would usually think to associate with Alaska.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
The book tells the tale of enemies of the US invading and occupying the country. Taking most surviving citizens captive. While the few that escaped are trying to live int he wilderness and build an army to fight back.
While the book is fiction it is written in a way that the reader is able to believe the events.
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I truly enjoyed the book and am anxiously waiting for the next book in the series.
A fairly convincing tale of a Chinese and Russian invasion through Alaska. I believe I heard via a radio broadcast that both American coasts had been invaded; probably Chinese on the west coast and Russian on the east coast. Our main protagonist is Brad Stone, a former Marine whose life is turned upside down when his wife is presumed dead and his two sons escape capture with a group of Boy Scouts, their leaders, and a few former soldiers. Brad teams up with an experienced Afghan guerilla fighter named Kharzi and they head out to find Brad’s sons. Brad’s wife Youngmi, unknown to Brad of course, has in fact been captured and is being held by a Chinese General because she resembles his deceased wife. Quite the can of worms, eh? Very good writing and narrated by the author, Basil Sands who does an excellent job. We’re off to a good start with the series and we’ll have to see how it plays out.