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Summary

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance.

In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival. Earth will need a fleet. One with a hidden purpose. One strong enough to fight a battle against annihilation.

The Ember War is the first installment in an epic military sci-fi series. If you enjoyed A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo and The Last Starship by Vaughn Heppner, then you'll love this explosive adventure with constant thrills and high stakes from beginning to end.

The Ruins of Anthalas, book 2: An ancient holocaust holds the key to humanity's survival.

Only a sliver of mankind survived the Xaros invasion. With Earth's defenses in ashes, nothing can stop the aliens' inevitable return. Hope arrives through a cryptic message from a long-lost alien race, promising the means to rebuild the shattered space fleet. Captain Valdar takes one of the last strike carriers, the Breitenfeld, and his shell-shocked crew on a desperate mission to the dead world. Unfortunately humans aren't the only power that received the ancient message....

The Ruins of Anthalas is the second book in The Ember War Saga, a military sci-fi space opera. If you like David Weber and John Ringo with a touch of Isaac Asimov, then you'll love this fast-paced and captivating adventure where humanity survives at the edge of a knife.

©2015 Richard Fox (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Very enjoyable fast-paced space story.

I enjoyed these two fast-paced works of art immensely. Lovable characters, with nail biting twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat till the very end. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Very good space saga let down not by the narration but by the narrators accents.

Great book but terrible accents from the narrator. Being Scottish I was a little upset but the Scandinavian was like Indian!

Really had to stick at listening for the first 3 chapters

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Quite good

What did you like most about The Ember War?

The pace of the book was ok and there is clearly a lot of s one to the series. All is good except the Scottish accent. Omg

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A good space Opera

A good old yarn. Bits of lots of sci fi stories from battlestar galactica to stargate and star trek. Some interesting twists along the way and well performed throughout. Now I've got to listen to the next five in the series, oh well there goes £100!

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  • Andrew
  • Thorrington, United Kingdom
  • 14-06-18

Not short of action.

Plenty of action both in space and on the ground. A great military action story.

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happy

took a shoot with this and was not unimpressed , was well worth a listen

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Overall very good, but narrator can't do accents

If you could sum up The Ember War in three words, what would they be?

Popcorn sci-fi adventure

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ember War?

The armour units kicking ass

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, it was generally very good, but the narrator simply can't do some of the accents of characters. They are hilariously, gratingly awful.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I couldn't wait for the next one.

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Fast moving space epic

I really enjoyed this space saga although the story moved a little too fast for my liking. The events, technology and tactics are described in great detail but the characters aren't fleshed out enough for my liking. For this reason I had trouble empathising with the main characters and understanding their motivations. The battles are very exciting but quite hard to follow at times too ! A good series but I did notice that the rest of the books are 8 hours long which is poor value in my opinion.

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BY FAR THE BEST SCI-FI YOU COULD HOPE FOR

This series all 9 books is amazing. the story the visuals, the humor and the tears. Im not good with words myself so my review could never do this series justice. just amazing I am sure I will listen and even read this set of books before my times up x

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love it

I have listed to all of them they are brilliant I highly recommended great story and there are other books to go with the series 😃

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  • bhagat
  • 30-04-17

I want to be ARMOUR

I am quadriplegic and applaud Mr Fox's creativity in turning the disabled into powerful mech warriors. This is the first series I listened to where the disabled play an integral part of the story. The battles and fast paced action is entertaining but one of the core principles of the series is inspiring: ALL LIFE IS PRECIOUS human, alien, AI, tube grown humans, disabled, robots etc. Sentience is the means by which the universe is self-ware.

GOTT MIT UNS!

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 27-07-17

Everything you ever wanted in space warfare.

Space marines, giant robot armor, space battles, manipulative AI, mysterious aliens, and a human race struggling to start over from scratch while fighting a war that they have little understanding of...what more could you want?

"The Ember War" is so satisfyingly entertaining for science fiction adventure fans that it is a wander that it isn't a household name yet. The writing for it all has so much personality and characterization that the story's pacing is perfect. Richard Fox did a fantastic job putting this story together.

Then Luke Daniels does the narration and the audiobook experience will hook any listener instantly for the entire read through books 1 and 2. His ability to add personality to all these characters and make you care about each of them just using his voice is incredible.

"The Ember War" is definitely a series this reviewer will continue to follow and is highly, HIGHLY, recommended to anyone who has ever enjoyed any science fiction adventure on any form of media. Played "Halo" or "Mass Effect"? Watched "Robotech" or "Stargate SG-1"? Have you read "I, Robot" or "Enders Game"? Everything you have ever loved about any of those examples can be found here.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-17

absolutely fell into this story.

loved it totally fell into this story. great science fiction and military tradition. coming from an infantryman

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  • James
  • 13-07-17

Cast of dozens, one actor

A unique take on aliens invade earth type sci-fi. The reader is amazing and creates a unique voice for each of the dozens of characters.

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  • Sheldon
  • 27-05-16

I just don't understand the hype.

Overall it's not a bad listen, there are moments where you actually care what is going on. Mostly though it's two dimensional characters playing out a story the feels like you've already heard it a dozen times from a dozen different authors. I got this because of the narrator and Luke Daniels is still good though he does mispronounce a few things here and there.

My biggest concern is that I had very little desire to listen to the book at all. It wasn't fun, entertaining, witty, interesting, dynamic, or really any of the things you'd like to hear in a good book. I guess I'd compare this to microwave macaroni and cheese. It's not actually bad, but it isn't really good either.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 10-12-16

A COUPLE OF BULLETS AND FOUL LANGUAGE TO DEFEND

OURSELVES
The book starts out pretty good with a Scott Meyer type opening. Then the book jumps ahead in time and all imagination is replaced with clichéd, cardboard cutout characters and action. Hard core military fans and the paid help seem to like it a lot. You probably know what you like, so if your looking for some shoot-em up action, this is your cup of tea. Did you know that the American Flag is so superior to all other flags, that after sitting on the top of a pole for thirty years in bad weather and good, it will still wave?

YOUR EYES ARE SECRETING
Luke Daniels is excellent as always.

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  • G Russell
  • 27-03-18

Good book excellent narration

If you like the other armor books are gonna love this. This author is always good for hell of a ride.

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  • Panagiotis
  • 22-03-18

Wonderful

Mr Fox writes as he is there. Good action. And Lude Daniels is awesome. Really good book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-03-18

Luke Daniels brings this series to life.

I have now listen to 7 books narrated by Luke Daniels. He is easily my favorite narrator, his accents Bring the characters to life. I Highly recommend the ember war series as well as Any other book narrated by Luke Daniels.

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  • Joseph
  • 21-03-18

Awesome!

I loved this book from beginning to end and can’t wait to listen to the next in the series. Full of action and suspense with a story line that hooks you from the beginning. The narrator did an excellent job with voice considering this isn’t graphic audio.

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