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The Ember War

Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: The Ember War, Book 1-2
Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
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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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Difficult to Follow at Times

I generally enjoyed this book, however I often felt lost in what was going on. I think the main reasons for this is that the book often fails to convey the scope of what is happening and I felt little attachment to the characters.

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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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Good listening material

I likes the story and and individual characters. The armour is funny and well voice acted. What I don't like is the over use of 'said'. Would be better if the author used something different.

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fairly enjoyable

not a bad deal with 2 books in one. it was ok fairly decent story but a bit hard to follow at times
some of the characters were a bit annoying and this was made worse by the accents. the narration was generally good but for that. other characters i just didnt get behind at all and found it was easy to zone out from the story.
will give book 3 a go and hope it picks up from there

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Brilliant Series!

Cannot recommend this series more highly. Every book has a great story and the pacing is excellent throughout. It also has the best narration I've heard on Audible.

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Good but a bit shallow

A good listen. A nice sci-fi story with a good plot. I’ll problably listen to future books in the series.

But for me it lacked emotion. Given the scale of the events, everyone seems to just shrug and crack on. I listened the the combined book 1 and 2 version and I was surprised when book 1 ended as it hadn’t felt like it ramped up to much.

And it would be nice to have some other dialogue tags other than:
“Blah blah “ character 1 said.
“Such and such” character 2 said.
Perhaps they might exclaim, or whisper, or cry out once in a while. It was something I noticed as Luke Daniels has a way of saying these non-dialogue lines which make them stand out - once I noticed them I struggled to not hear them.

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Ember wars

Loving the story but its difficult at times to keep up with all the characters. also noted an issue with book 3 not being available so check that is there before you commit to this saga!

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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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  • 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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  • ODed01
  • 28-03-19

Excellent beginnings !

Just like any series it’s impossible to review until its ending.
So as for now all I will say is that the first two audiobooks which came in a pack of one are excellently writing, beautiful creation of a universe with many different worlds and aliens, space battles and perfect personalities.
More then excellent narration!

As of now I fully recommend this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-19

The best Space Drama with out a doubt

I have purchased many space dramas and there are several that are excellent. The Ember War series is I would have to say the best. Well worth the time and money investment

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  • Benjamin
  • 22-12-18

Better than Book One

Having a hard time describing how much I'm enjoying this series, and Ruins of Anthalas is one of the best. Firing on all cylinders, RoA gives us space battles, alien jungle worlds, lost civilizations, and plant of cosmic mystery and awe. The stakes keep getting hiring and the action keeps getting better. Slowly falling in love with the characters. The Ember War is part Robotech, part Starship Troopers, part Battlestar Galactica. If you like scifi, you cant go wrong with these books.

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  • tdg
  • 02-05-18

Great Scifi, riveting

This story is a parade of scifi influences. You'll find tech from nearly every major player in the genre, from Six Million Dollar Man, Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Alien, Independende Day, as well as the works of Issac Asimov and Frederick Poole. But I couldn't escape seeing the unmistakable parallels to Battlestar Galactica. So does this detract? No just makes the universe a bit more familiar.

I don't want to spoil the story line. This is a great read, er listen. Book 1 centers on the intrigues of Mark Ibarra, a man who toys with the lives of billions, killing millions to save humanity. It culminates in an epic battle.

Book 2 is a bit more diffuse, concentrating on an arc that follows a handful of marines and an exciting encounter with a never-before-seen species that is intent on killing them, while simultaneously being attacked by the Zaros.

We encounter strange aliens with interesting but mysterious traits among the way. Toward the end of Book 2, the main character clearly becomes Captain Valdar. And his character is developed a bit more, adding backstory and an emotional touch to his motivations.

The character Stacy, is never really developed. She's rather 2 dimensional and a misfit. Unfortunately, this character could have been very interesting, but she really stands out as an ill-prepared goofball, whose famous grandfather, Mark Ibarra, really does her no favors. I found her to be my least favorite character and I blame the author, because it seems he really didn't know what to do with hed.

The most interesting character is introduced in Book 2, it's an alien ally, known as Stubin (sp?). I hope to see much more of him and his people in the subsequent books.

Well worth your time if you are a fan of science fiction.

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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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  • Marlon Lewis
  • 08-01-20

Excellent!

Was looking for another great series like Galaxy's Edge and Expeditionary Force, and behold the first two books in The Ember War saga fits that bill. Started with The Terra Nova series first not realizing that it was a follow up to this one. Engaging story, great characterizations and Luke Daniel's performance is superb. Like RC Bray he could narrate a menu and it would be engaging.

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  • tony young
  • 30-10-18

Great book!

great book they could make a 4 hour movie of this book it wood be amzing.

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  • Joel Bradley
  • 30-11-18

pretty good, will continue the series

shaping up to be a good space opera by the end of book 2. nice.

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