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Summary

Contains books one and two of The Ibarra Crusade, a continuation of the action-packed military sci-fi Ember War Saga.

Ashes Fall, Book One

Earth suffers under a brutal alien occupation, but one young man brings hope from beyond the galaxy's edge. Ely Hale returns to the Earth with a desperate plea from his father: Take his son to Stacy Ibarra, and remove the Qa’resh technology embedded in his skull before it kills him.

Ely awakens to a world-turned-prison planet, and the Geist invaders have their own designs on the device he carries. Only the Ibarra Crusade stands against the darkness, and they are losing the war. When the Crusade’s few remaining agents learn of Ely’s return, they launch a final, desperate attempt to steal him off world and out of the Geist’s clutches. Ely isn’t a warrior, but the Hale name comes with high expectations...and carries hope for all of humanity.

Steel Sworn, Book Two

Ely Hale escaped the Geist, but their hunters are still on his trail...and they want him dead or alive. Linking up with the Crusade was supposed to be Ely’s salvation. Instead, he’s on a world under siege with no way out. The Crusade needs every soldier for the fight, even if that means Ely in a suit of Armor he barely knows how to use and a hunk of alien tech in his skull that’s killing him slowly.

Ely is not Armor, but he’ll fight side by side with the Steel Sworn. His new lance are veteran soldiers, but even their skill and valor may not be enough to protect their newest member when the enemy come for him. Meanwhile, the Geist get closer and closer to prying a secret out of Marc Ibarra. A secret that will change the galaxy forever.

©2021 Richard Fox (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • Travis
  • 28-07-21

More!!! please

Mr. Fox you are a master. I wish I could give a full review of this book, but it would be full of spoilers. I’ve been patiently waiting for this book to be released, reliving the rest of the ember war universe in the meantime. I can say for sure that I sincerely hope you will continue the ember war universe for years to come. This book is as amazing as previous ones, more so in many ways. Certainly more sad in some respects. There were several inconsistencies in this book when compared to the rest of the series. The original Qa’resh probes name was Jimmy, not Jerry. The Ark was always described as shaped like a conch shell, not a nautilus shell like in this book. A couple other differences but I can’t recall, not really that big of a deal. I’ve listened to the whole series 2-3 times already, and will continue to do so. Mr. Luke Daniels is absolutely amazing, as always. Not only does he make the story come to life with his character performances, but he’s able to retain the same character voices through 17, seventeeeeeen friggin books!! Mr. Daniels, you are the best damn narrator I’ve ever heard in my life. Also love the bloopers at the end of the most recent books, more please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-21

Werry good books.

For the first hour or so of the book, i was wondering of there was a book i hadent heard. But then i got to thw conclution it just was a timeskip without being informed of it. Love the books anyway.

Bloopers where genius

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-07-21

A jump forward

Caught me off guard in beginning. Though I missed a book somewhere. But it's just Fox skipping forward a bit.
Other than that. It's still an action packed story that kept my wondering "What happens next". Absolutely kept me listening. Luke Daniels turns out his normal outstanding performance.

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  • Nic Holbrook
  • 27-08-21

Little frustrated

When our main character is portrayed as a mindless, babbling coward throughout the book, it was very frustrating. I can see it early on but the fact that he never gets a spine was disappointing. Every battle, he never really grew or progressed. All that aside, it's still one of the best reads out there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-21

Simply put....Confusing!

I really wanted to love this book, but was frustrated throughout the book. The author explains things like a college professor explaining physics to a first grade student. Not to mention that the chapters are very short and the overall book is only twenty some chapters. I felt cheated out of my money. The narrator does a great job and was pleased with his performance, but for the book itself I was GREATLY disappointed.

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  • Ls-16
  • 28-07-21

I love it

Mr. Fox writes a great story, and Luke Daniels brings it to life. It's intense and desperate from one end to the other and I loved every minute.

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  • Leo Vaccaro
  • 09-08-21

Classic Fox story telling

It was not a surprise to me the story started hot and kept getting better. That’s a Richard Fox standard.

This was a new story in keeping with the Ember War universe. A warning against the human trend towards complacency and the cost it can bring. The perspective of a teenager thrust into war, fighting in ways he was not prepared.
I will be honest. I absolutely hated the enemies in this story.

Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t hate them because of the writing quality. In fact, the quality of the enemy is TOO good. They textured the story perfectly. The problem is I can identify enemies like this in real life. Fanatical, cruel, drunk on power. Totalitarian.

The heroes? Flawed, struggling through the stresses of war, doing their best and giving everything. I know people like that too. LOVED the hero line up.

There are no clumsy let downs in this latest addition to the Ember War saga. I appreciate the advances in technology were not lazy. In so many stories, authors are tempted to come up with a miracle technology out of nowhere that can be produced instantly and without cost. Instead, Fox builds on the last advance of the last story. The author did not lose patience and kept the discipline and cadence of Ember War. The breakthroughs happening in this story can be traced all the way back to book one. Using parts from previous stories to build the next advancement, including constraints of supply, energy, and manpower.

At the end of the second book, I wanted more of the story. Waiting not so patiently for the pre-order.

Five stars across the board. Highly recommend.

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  • johnm
  • 08-08-21

Not what I expected

I was expecting a movie, but got a cartoon. It was silly(but not funny), nonsensical and ridiculous.

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  • roger m pena
  • 07-08-21

Best Military SciFi Bar None!

Absolutely love everything about the Ember Wars! Ear candy! Can't wait for other novels to come out.

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  • LS 33 wraith
  • 28-07-21

All around good story ps spoiler questions ahead

I like this new story thread but… did i miss a book? I don’t remember earth getting concord like that in the other books I’ll have to go threw them again.

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