Invasion: Alien Invasion, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
They are coming. The countdown has begun.
First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming. So the news has turned from evasion to triage, urging calm and offering the few facts they have:
The objects are enormous, perfectly round spheres numbering in the dozens, maybe hundreds. They are on an approach vector for Earth. And they will arrive in six days.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 10 minutes|
|Author||Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 21 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#76,067 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#469 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,378 in Alien Invasion Science Fiction
#4,888 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
Top reviews from Canada
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Meyer Dempsey is not likeable, but he's not supposed to be. He is interesting. Anti-heroes are protagonists that are not likeable people, or at least they're not supposed to be likeable, but if they are interesting then they are still strong characters. Narratively speaking.
Meyer Dempsey is a great example of this. No, he's not the most likeable guy. He seems full of himself at times. He cares about his kids, but there is an air of 'profession before matters at home' that wafts all around him. He got custody of the kids because he had the more stable job, not because he proved himself an amazing father. He treats Piper pretty badly. He's a little obsessed over a shamanistic herbal drug he partakes in. He's super rich, which most readers can't identify with. None of this screams likeable.
But he's also a prepper. He has been driven to foresee what other people don't believe in. He gets his kids and Piper through the throngs of violence and chaos amidst an alien invasion because destiny seems to have called him to it. That is interesting.
There is a lot of buildup here that, when the end comes, some readers may be frustrated by. It is a series after all. There are some big things to come, I think, and I'd say the writers Platt & Truant are doing a great job of setting that trap to get hooked into. Check it out.
One is supposed to sympathize with the protagonists, aren't they? There should be some common ground between us.
Here however, there is no such thing. Not all of us are billionaires who can have a private jet on hold 24/7 or have a fully stocked hidey hole in the middle of nowhere to retreat to in a crisis.
Not only are the main characters wooden, and unbelievable (and vapid at the same time) the story would barely get a C in high school English class. Tired, pedantic and utterly predictable.
Might be okay for some impressionable 12 year old, but if you, or your mind is slightly more mature, pass this one up.
with Aliens in some kind of invasion, but the story
is 90 % on how people panic and react to hearing
of the invasion. Other than that, the story is more
of expecting an Apocalypse than an invasion story.
Top reviews from other countries
Not a book I can recommend except as a cure for insomnia.
The predominant gripe I have (as do many others from reading the comments) is that the main guy isn't exactly likeable. I doubt many readers are going to find much in common with the filthy rich .......but once you get over that, it's not too bad. The others are bearable once you get to know them (apart from his ex-wife, who fortunately doesn't feature that much but I have a feeling that we might be hoping Vol 3 is going to be called ''Shallow Grave''!)
I'll give vol 2 a try and see how it is.
A shame as I was really looking forward to reading the whole series but the Author has shot himself in the foot with such a tedious first book.
In one way, I’m pleased I did, because it has introduced me early on to the cynical world of spinning out a story into as many “books” as possible, with low-cost options at the outset, steadily sucking you into having to buy more just to see what happens.
I have no problem with series novels, so long as each book also legitimately stands on its own as a good story with some conclusions. As with Foundation or, to pick a different genre, Deighton’s Hook, Line and Sinker spy trilogy.
But this – boy, it is so slow, slow, slow! If one cared about the main characters, then it might be OK – but you don’t. Or if there were some subtle plotlines on the side going on – but there aren’t. Or even if it was well written – which it isn’t.
I kept going to the end because I couldn’t believe that there wouldn’t be some interesting developments or twists given the overarching theme of the story. I shouldn’t have bothered – all entirely predictable.
Frankly, Invasion could and should be stripped down to a single chapter in a book - I suspect that the other books in the series will be the same. Unfortunately, I can’t advise on that because I was not inclined to waste my time on the next instalment – even though it was being offered for free!
Much better than this around – avoid.