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The Ember War

Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
Written by: Richard Fox
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: The Ember War, Book 1-2
Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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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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Great book that's a little odd at times

Overall loved the story, and the performance of Luke Daniels is great. There was times though I had to rewind because I had no idea what had just happened. Recommended!

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Painful

Couldn't even finish it. Voice makes every character sound like they have a grade 3 education and only the over the top cultural stereotype people survive. Makes military personnel sound so uneducated Im actually offended. I'm baffled as to how this has any stars at all. Wasted my credit on this one.

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Need to make movie!!

Sooo good! Excellent voicing! I can't find any faults with this one! Sometimes the following books in such series get dull but not with this series.

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slow start...good second half

glad I stuck with it. the first book was underwhelming. I enjoyed the second book much more. looking forward to the rest of the series.

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A great and stellar start!

All around great intro 2 pack to the series! Solid characters, flawed heroes, and overwhelming and terrifying foe! Lots of mystery, suspense and action. Can’t wait for next book - downloading now! Narrator was great as usual!

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 2017-07-27

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
  • 2017-04-30

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
  • 2019-03-28

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
  • 2019-01-29

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
  • 2018-12-22

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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  • tony young
  • 2018-10-30

Great book!

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

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  • Sheldon
  • 2016-05-27

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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  • Joel Bradley
  • 2018-11-30

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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  • Stephen Mayo
  • 2018-11-29

Good series

Moves really well, a cast of characters , and enjoyable story line. The series is a little addicting as you follow the story through time .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-06

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Great story. Keeps you wanting more. Cant wait for the next book. fifteen word review.

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