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Fear the Sky

The Fear Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,762 ratings)
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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.

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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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.

36 of 42 people found this review helpful

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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.

44 of 52 people found this review helpful

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  • ALP
  • England, UK
  • 28-07-16

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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Outstanding

Fantastic read. The last 2 hours of listening will blow your mind. Can't wait to start the next one.

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  • Fiona
  • Oxfordshire
  • 08-06-17

Dark and clever sci-fi

this is a clever story - quite dark (to my mind anyway), and quite bleak in overall outlook, but a good tale well told.
One clever man sees what no-one else can, and from there the story of a planned invasion unfolds. Our heroes have to try and outsmart an enemy they can't see, and is cleverer, stronger, and more advanced than our worst fears.
It's well thought-through, engaging and well written. I've knocked a point off the performance for a couple of dodgy accents, but they really didn't detract from a great book. I want to know what happens in book 2!

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Fantastic! A must read for any fan of fiction!

Sci Fi novels are so often acclaimed only within their own genre; I challenge any fan of fiction to not enjoy this book! Fear the sky is so well plotted and executed. The characters are realistic and likeable or hate able, either way they draw a genuine emotional response! The story flows at a perfect pace, punctuated by many memorable scenes, to its blistering conclusion. Truly an epic start to what I hope is an awesome trilogy! A must read, or listen! R.C.Bray as always is bang on form, his measured narration adding a new layer of enjoyment to the story!

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gripped

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

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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!

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Cheesy but enjoyable!

I love a bit of a fast paced action story and this hit the spot. The story is a little bit simplistic at times but overall very enjoyable. It is a shame the other books in the saga are not yet on Audible.

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pleasantly surprised by the story.

the accents were terrible, frankly. that jarred the performance a bit, but otherwise it was a pleasant listening experience.

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  • Kurt Schwoppe
  • 17-01-16

Highly Enjoyable

Would you listen to Fear the Sky again? Why?

As one who prefers my science fiction to be within the realm of possibility with minimum hokiness, Fear the Sky delivers on both accounts. This modern day War of the Worlds is how an Earth invasion may actually take place in today's modern internet age. Along with the cool technology, there is no shortage on character development, which combines through R.C. Bray's narration into an enjoyable read. Definitely worth the investment in money and time, and I am so waiting on the next installment in Audible.

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  • Brian Perry
  • 21-07-15

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.

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  • ByEqualMeasure - julie
  • 14-09-15

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

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  • SDStudent
  • 23-02-16

amazing

paid for the whole seat, only used the edge. R.C. Bray is a fantastic narrator.

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  • Luis Tienda
  • 09-10-15

Wow! Had me at edge of my seat.

Narration: Amazing performance. Captured each of the characters.

Story: Could have been cheesy. The author managed to keep it contained. I enjoyed every bit of it.

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  • Shaun Lake
  • 19-07-15

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.

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  • clifford
  • 25-11-15

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.

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  • Jason A. Youngblood
  • 14-07-15

Awesome new series!!

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

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  • Russell
  • 02-06-15

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.

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  • TQ White II
  • 05-08-15

Good premise. Pleasant listen. Sometimes verbose.

I have often sneered at the 'bunch of gigantic ships' vision of conquering Earth. It's a ball 8000 miles across. I don't care how many ships you have or how super they are, conventionally military engagement is silly.

Moss seems like he is trying to figure out a way that is, if not actually plausible, represents an idea that could work if science fiction weren't fictional.

The story is fun. The characters, iffy, but never annoyingly so and some are nice. The logic of the story is good and it mostly moves right along. I recommend the book. It's worth the time.

But, in case Mr Moss reads reviews, I'd like to tell him: Pay attention to the pacing of subordinate events. There were a handful of scenes that I thought were never going to end, to the extent that I thought about quitting. (Then I realized that would mean I wouldn't find out the rest of the story and endured.)

R.C. Bray is, as always, very good. He manages to avoid my favorite pitfalls, bad opposite gender voices and, worse, goofy accents. He also manages to do a nice job of distinguishing characters and create enough (and not too much) emphasis and energy where the story calls for it.

Nice book. You'll enjoy it. I look forward to the next installment.

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