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In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China.
The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.
A weakened America uses old technology against the next generation of military hardware. The invasion unleashes the Hell of battle as two armies turn the snowfields of Alaska red with blood.
Invasion: Alaska is a thundering techno-thriller of vast scope from bestselling author Vaughn Heppner.
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By Mike From Mesa on 02-16-14
Suspenseful and believable
Mr Heppner has created a future world which seems reasonable, consistent within its basic premises and hence credible. In it a new glacial age has changed weather patterns making food far more scarce, petrochemicals far more important and the world a far more dangerous place. China, after years of military build-up, has become both rich from trade and a major military power and has consequently become expansive. America, after years of trade deficits and unbalanced budgets, has become much weaker, much less resolute and shorn of its military alliances. Facing a weakened and irresolute America, China has decided to seize the Alaskan oil reserves by force and thus starts a war between the two countries.
In addition to a logical and credible world situation Mr Heppner has also created a set of characters, American, Chinese and Canadian who are interesting, have reasonable back-stories, and react as normal people thrust into their situation might well react. They are not all admirable, but they are all believable and none are so superior as to make the situations unreasonable. While fiction, the book has the feel of a narration of real events involving real people making real decisions about real life situations and thus is a very pleasant alternative to the normal set of super-human secret agents, all-knowing detectives, mindless zombies and super-duper ninja-like fighters one often finds in current suspense novels. These people make both good and bad decisions, both succeed and fail, both live and die. I found the book so interesting and believable that I decided that I would buy the second book in the series. This may be military fiction but it is not made up of battle following battle but rather is a meld of the personal, political and military and this promises to be a very interesting series. The narration is excellent, the story both interesting and credible and it is not hard seeing the events as real-life news headlines.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Edward on 02-22-14
Listen to the sample first
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I've listened to more than 50 audiobooks here, and although I hate to be critical, I really didn't enjoy this one. Maybe the story was meant for a younger crowd, but I found it less sophisticated than most of the other books I've listened to. The biggest downside though is the narrator, the cadence was just strange, and the voice flat. Almost reminds me of the way Paul Harvey spoke. However you describe it, it was hard to endure. So like I mentioned in the heading, listen to the sample before purchase.
Would you be willing to try another book from Vaughn Heppner? Why or why not?
probably not, although I liked the overall plot, and thought it a possible scenario, the writing was a little simple for my taste.
How could the performance have been better?
Could you see Invasion: Alaska being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Yes, not sure who would act in it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By martin on 02-03-15
Would you listen to Invasion: Alaska again? Why?
Yes, totally took me by surprise this one. There are quite a few invasion books of a similar ilk but either bore you with to much weapons technical spec rubbish and cartoon characters or are so jingoistic it hurts...but not this one. You empathize with both sides and its refreshing change that an American doesn't kill a million enemies single handedly. Its intelligent and entertaining and plausible!
Which character – as performed by Mark Ashby – was your favourite?
The Party Chairman.
Any additional comments?
look forward to reading the second book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Mrs. Pa Davies on 06-14-14
What would have made Invasion: Alaska better?
more action less talking.
Would you ever listen to anything by Vaughn Heppner again?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Not much. I was disappointed with the story..
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
disappointment I was expecting a lot more the idea is good but it was slow and dragged out
1 of 2 people found this review helpful