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Ruins of the Earth

Written by: Christopher Hopper,J. N. Chaney
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
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A secret buried in the Antarctic. A puzzle unsolved for thousands of years.

And a Brooklyn-born master gunnery sergeant who's royally pissed that he has to babysit the researchers sent to figure it all out. Patrick "Wic" Finnegan's last op as a Marine Raider before retirement sends him to the frozen Ellsworth Subglacial Highlands. The only reason he's here? He owes a favor to an old friend, but that doesn't mean he has to like it. 

When Wic finally sees what the team has uncovered, he can't believe his eyes, nor is he prepared for the violence to come. Soon, the portal opens and unleashes a storm of unbridled fury upon humanity. 

From the Antarctic tundra to the streets of Manhattan, Wic and his team will be pushed to their limits as they fight to hold back Earth's ultimate threat. The odds are against them. Governments are toppling. And the Earth is falling into ruin. 

Join best-selling authors Christopher Hopper and J.N. Chaney on what audiences call a "nonstop, break-neck thrill ride into metaspace". For fans of District 9, Expeditionary Force, and Galaxy's Edge, this is one military sci-fi thriller you won't be able to put down, and the official beginning to the hit series Ruins of the Galaxy.

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Impressively bland

A lot of reviews are talking about similarities to 'Expedition Force', and I get it. This is what you would get if you rewrote Expedition force, only with the jokes replaced with masturbatory naming of every piece of military equipment under the sun. Much more military fiction for gun nuts than scifi. R.C. Bray manages to make it listenable, because the man could read the phone book, but even his wonderful voice acting and general delivery can't breath life into a cast of generic soldier stand ins (that die frequently to keep the main duder oh so ANGRY)… Couple all this with a heaping helping of terribly written political talking points and its down right painful at times. You know you are preaching like an asshole when even people that agree with you are annoyed, and your driving away the rest to de-characterize your damned characters. Stop it. Reads like video game fanfiction written by a team of 4 16 year olds that met on /pol... Might actually be just that. Save your money, check out the 'I am legion I am bob' series or whatever it was called, way better... Unless you really want to hear the exact model number of every weapon fired in a 15 hour action novel, if that gets your bits tingling, enjoy?

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  • Joe
  • 2021-04-23

Not very original

"For fans of District 9, Expeditionary Force, and Galaxy's Edge." That pretty much sums it up. This book is basically those three stories mashed together and not in a good way. While I like every one of the stories this one is derived from, this book also includes the worst parts of each. For example in Expeditionary Force they never really accomplish anything concrete. The same is true here.

R C Bray is a good narrator but Skippy... uh I mean "Chuck" loses his British accent one paragraph in and it's never heard from again. Don't even get me started on Veronica. BAD stereotype (bordering on racist) sums that up.

Being able to suspend your disbelief is important especially with science fiction. Would these aliens really be caught flat-footed by humans? They've been doing what they do since humans were wearing animal skins. Injuries are just a footnote and mean nothing seconds after they happen no matter how severe.

Bottom line is this is were I get off this silly train. Trained warriors whining about -5°F? What a bunch of wimps. We camp outside at -25.

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too much like expeditionary force.

It was nice to see Bishop and Skippy back in action... Whoops, I mean WIC and Charles. I enjoyed this well enough, but the similarities between Expeditionary Force are undeniable.

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My Favourite Reader

Seriously, I'd listen to RC Bray read the back of a cereal box. The story was good too of course, but he really does bring anything he reads to life.

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hesitant on all 5's

overall this is a solid listen, the story, nothing you could imagine, needs, bureaucrats, and a good old master Sgt that just offers a SHIT TONNE (metric system is the best BTW) of street cred to the protagonist. some similarities to other reads , expeditionary force for example, but with enough differences to make it unique and interesting... I really couldn't put it down

RC does a good job of hammering down John Cleese in the beginning, but looses it a bit, but his characterization and voicing of women has always impressed me.

solid book if your a member of the MBOP, I think you'll like it

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Ruined

I was enjoying this book until the Skippy wannabe appeared and the main character turned into an irrational idiot.. This pretty much ruined the look for me after the far too many chapters it took for the main character to finally get a clue.
Even RC Bray couldn't save this as I could honestly listen to him read the phone book, but many of the characters and dialogue were too annoying that even Bray's solid voice acting couldn't fix.

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fast paced, interesting story

The story was certainly interesting and I think as a book (electronic or paper) I would have enjoyed it a bit more. The difficulty I had was that while In love RC Bray as a narrator, there is a character in this story that comes of as Extremely similar to a character he narrated in a different story. The plucky AI who banters and finds its humanity is perhaps not a unique idea, but unfortunately, the one in this book, and the other similar character RC narrates in a different series are indistinguishable from one another for me. Book felt a bit rushed but overall was enjoyable.

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Great listen

A great team up of authors, narration is fantastic. Great characters. Some more words to go.

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RC Bray does it again

Absolutely loved it. If you enjoyed expeditionary force you'll like this. RC Bray is spot on with narration per usual.

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Give this series a try, it's worth it!

One of the best inanimate characters I have ever listened to is found in this book. Although the story's first half is a bit slow, it picks up pretty fast halfway through with the introduction of this character. You won't regret taking a chance on this first book.

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  • Jeremy Korpi
  • 2021-04-06

I really wanted to like this.

Imagine if Craig Alanson wrote expeditionary force while in middle school. Same characters, same basic plot, just not as good. if not for RC Bray, I think I would have turned it off. I will not be continuing this series.

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  • MLT78
  • 2021-03-30

Suspenseful military story with great characters.

This book series is part of the RUINS (Ruins of the Galaxy) book universe. This book can be read before or after you have read the other series. This series is starting off with more focus on the “military” aspect of the mil sci-fi than Ruins of the Galaxy.

It is written in a way that keeps the suspense high. It is gritty at times and has an incredibly “realistic feel” for it being sci-fi.

The characters are done very well. They are interesting, realistic, quirky, flawed, and entertaining. Each one seems unique, has depth, and we already see some character development in book one. Many sci-fi books focus on story rather than character development but this book equally places importance on both.

A fun start to a new series!

And RC Bray kills it as usual.

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  • General Tso
  • 2021-04-02

Expeditionary Force, but completely on Earth

Even has Skippy the Magnificent! Um... I mean, "Sir Chuck the gun".

As always, RC Bray is amazing.

However I expect the authors either got Craig Alanson's permission or are expecting a law suit.

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  • rob stover
  • 2021-04-05

Plagiarism? Or Skippy & Nagatha light.

You get a few hours into this otherwise promising story and run head first into an AI character amazingly similar to Skippy/Nagatha from another series by C. Alanson. Oops! So I am returning the book.

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  • Michelle Allen
  • 2021-04-04

I love RC Bray but...

Not sure he was the best choice for this book. Given the premise of this book and some of RC’s vocalizations, some Characters were too close to Expeditionary Force for my liking. It’s a fun listen but I felt it was a rip off of EF.

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  • Steve Janulin
  • 2021-03-30

The bar has been raised!!!

Unlike most Sci-Fi thrillers, this one takes place right here in our own back yard. Starting at the South Pole, moving through the rural country side of eastern Pensylvania, through New Jersey, Staten Island, and into the heart of Manhattan. The author has spared no detail to make you feel as if you are right there in the middle of all the action.

With a new batch of characters, and very authentic action scenes, mixed with humor and twists and turns, this book will keep you on edge from start until finish.

Topped with the voice talents of the legendary R.C. Bray, this is one thrill ride you absolutely do not want to miss.

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  • 2021-04-04

Disappointed

Stereotypical characters and predictable events made this book difficult to listen to . If it wasn’t for R.C Bray’s excellent narration I would have turned it off.

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  • Lanie and Alex
  • 2021-05-19

Too cliche, too derivative, couldn’t finish

Listen, I like both these authors but this was just not up to par for them. This is supposed to be realistic in terms of the military characters, at least that’s how it seems to be written. I’m not former military but I can tell you that just because you were in, doesn’t mean you’re going to have access to military grade comms equipment, weapons, explosives, etc, when you retire. The protagonist is frustratingly dense in both his reluctance to accept the fact that earth is being invaded by aliens as well as being cliche in his interaction with technology. I’m just a little tired of the “I’m an old man in my thirties/forties and I don’t understand or trust all this new fangled technology that I’ve been living with and around for most of my adult life” trope. Also, there are just too many similarities to other popular contemporary military science fictions out there and borders on the cringy when the “Skippy/Bishop” plot development begins. I’m just disappointed because the meat of this story had the potential to be fun, compelling, and original but got bogged down by what one could call paying tribute and another would call intellectual theft. Sorry friends, try something else.

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  • Eric
  • 2021-03-31

Bray is King

Once again, RC Bray graces us with his stupendous vocal talents. Prepare yourselves, Monkeys! Another adventure is upon us, but this time it's a whole new universe. And boy, what a story. I love the ancient civilization stuff, the aliens, and the mystery of Antarctica. Can't get enough!

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  • K. Culleton
  • 2021-05-09

A ripoff novel

It starts out well enough, but becomes a blatant second rate rewrite of Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson. The AI interaction is just silly.

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