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Invasion

Alien Invasion, Book 1
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Great base story riddled with misogyny and incest

The main idea is great. Ray Porter is Great, like sooooo good. The characters are good for the most part other than a clearly divided line between men and women and the most stereotyped version of each. Alot of character development is even in good spirit but misses the mark with random incestual fantasies between the son and his step mom. Also in the second book the teenage girl becomes of age and becomes the center of much juvinille sex talk. Also does it matter how often the teenage son jacks off to his step mom ? No.... Take out all that garbage and this divided gender BS and it would be great. No incest and no mysoginy would also mean it's only one book. I really want to know what happens but I just can't listen to the trash that seems to have been injected for filler. And Ray.. if you read this... You made it tolerable at best and if it was read by anyone else, I would assume high schools boys got ahold of a typewriter.. also Im a dude and probably a more stereotypical one and like.. it's just gross and dumb. Audible owes me hours of my life back and but want cliff notes on the other 8000 books or whatever cause the concept is crazy interesting. The writing is BS. I listened to this because of the quality that BOB delivered... Why doesn't Bob have 20 books. It isn't fair. Change my mind audible.

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Story is good. But poorly divided.

Equivalent to EA games monetization of the game world, Audible is killing good stories by partitioning them to make more money. Movies do not even stop like this.

shame on you.

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  • Big jim Picotto
  • 2015-09-27

Armageddon Redux

Fantastic introduction to author's Platt and Truant. Reasonably fast paced and well laid out "Alien Invasion" story. If you liked the movie Armageddon, you will love this book. My only issue with it is that book 2 is not available yet..... Ray Porter does a fantastic job with the narration. Very well done and worth the credit.

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  • Michael
  • 2015-08-28

Just what I was looking for!

Loved the slow steady build to the climax of the book. Perfect reader. Can't wait for book 2.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2016-01-01

Even perfect preparations fail...

Interesting approach to a doomsday scenario. Not a deep, complex story, but a fun listen. Interesting postulation on how or why a wealthy business mogul would prepare for an apocalypse event.
I love Ray Porter's narration!

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  • cristina
  • 2015-08-15

Very entertaining

I am really liking this pair of authors. Their Rise Again books were super fun. This one is too. You have to take it like a tv series, though...and expect the series to continue in the next "season." I will immediately download Book 2 and hope it comes soon!!!

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  • Erika Wells
  • 2015-11-12

Well written, couldn't put it down!!!

Loved it!!! Can't wait to read the next one. Had me at the edge of my seat, many times I had to tell myself, this is not happening to me.

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  • HKinEliijay
  • 2015-08-06

Marathon Listening to this Book!

If you could sum up Invasion in three words, what would they be?

Building suspense and action.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Invasion?

There were several but I would spoil it for others that haven't read the book if I detailed it.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Meyer was my favorite because I liked his attitude. He reminded me of myself in a lot of ways. Ray Porter's voice is addictive when he portrays the male characters. I liked the way he vocally portrayed Meyer.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing was really "moving" but there were some areas that were thought provoking. The interaction between the siblings and the boyfriend was true to life. The author really captured the angst of puberty in the teenage son, Trevor.

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  • Tim Ward
  • 2015-10-09

True page turner

Alien invasion stories seem to be especially popular right now. Ernest Cline just released Armada. Edward W. Robertson is killing it with his Breakers series. James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series is crushing it, and is set to debut the television series on Syfy soon. While the appeal of the fantastic in what may come from meeting an alien race, and possibly more suspenseful, if they are met soon before their wicked intentions of domination are revealed, the most appealing aspect to these stories are the characters who may be soon to perish.

Invasion, co-written by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, has done a phenomenal job taking an entire first book prior to the alien landing to entertain and endear us to a cast of characters ripe for an emotional disaster. On the surface of the story’s outline, the plot seems simple, and if the characters were bland, it would be mediocre at best. The aliens have shown up on space footage and a family separated from coast to coast has to find a way to a bunker in Colorado. Most of the story takes place in their cars or walking. While reading, I was amazed at how as a writer I might have been intimidated at how to make this transitional and introductory book entertaining while knowing it will be mostly a travelogue. Platt and Truant are master creators though, so it’s no surprise that the characters they’ve built have so much budding conflict between them that they could have been going to the grocery store on a normal Saturday morning and I would have been hooked.

Our main character, Meyer, is an entrepreneurial tycoon with two teenage kids, a son and a daughter. His son is enduring the beginning of puberty and a star crossed crush with Meyer’s new wife, a hot yogi who’s only fourteen years older than his son. His daughter has a secret and happens to be with her boyfriend when she’s picked up, so now he’s forced to go with them instead of going to his family. His new wife is struggling with the changes she’ll have to make to survive in this new world, as well as a jealousy over possible lingering romance between Meyer and his ex-wife. Everything from dialogue to getting into their inner thoughts keeps this story highly engaging and one of the best stories I’ve read this year. The ending really took me by surprise and I immediately had to get started on Book Two, Contact.

I listened to a few chapters of the audiobook, but I didn’t want to wait until I had a moment to listen, so I read this every chance I could in ebook. I have the paperback, too–one of the perks of being a newsletter subscriber and winning a giveaway–but I read way too quickly to make it to the paper version. Anyway, my point was to mention the narrator, R.C. Bray is awesome as always, so if you prefer audiobooks, definitely pick this one up.

I hear a lot of books called page turners, but this one truly stands out as earning such praise.

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  • mike
  • 2015-08-17

Good but far to short and yet to stretched

I rather enjoyed many details of the story but 30% of the story spent far to much time on a whole lot of nothing, and yet still I am debating on buying the follow up books.The fact that Ray Porter did this narration made it a great listen as he usually does.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2015-10-18

Captivating!

Could not stop! Finished the book in 2 days and it was fantastic! On to book 2!

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  • Matthew
  • 2015-09-21

Get ready...they ARE coming !

If you could sum up Invasion in three words, what would they be?

Detailed
Intense
Honest

What did you like best about this story?

First off, you just HAVE to give it up to Ray Porter. This reader ( an excellent actor in his own right ) is OUTSTANDING in this offering. He must jump around through a number of characters/genders/ages and does so seamlessly and with precision and , at time, a form of ironic humor. So, that is my highlight.

He also has excellent story material to work with.

Which scene was your favorite?

The gas station in the midwest was well crafted.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The first meeting between the exWife and trophyWife. Very honest and real experiences.

Any additional comments?

This is the beginning of what appears to be an epic dystopian series. I genuinely enjoyed this story, and can't wait until the next segment, which MUST be soon! Highly recommended!

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