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An invasion of the US orchestrated by China, Russia and their allies bring the US to its knees. Invasion: Ice Hammer is focused on Alaska only, a very small part of the invasion but still riveting! Brad becomes the Ice Hammer without realizing it; his sons are on the move with a boy scout troop now being led by a military leader; and Brad’s wife, believed to be dead is actually the prisoner of the Chinese General.
The invasion was completed in an imaginative way. One that I found fascinating; not one of the usual boring dropping of bombs or suicide bombers. I thought he did an excellent job of creating a very sneaky invasion and one that was total!
There are a lot of moving parts to this story but Basil Sands does a wonderful job of keeping them moving, bringing them together and creating twists and turns that keep the audience in suspense. One note – one of my favorite characters from Faithful Warrior makes an appearance as the Hairy One!
While the characters are faced with grueling conditions, starving, traumatized beyond belief, there are still some very humorous parts that will leave you with tears in your eyes. One is an older Korean woman who keeps the Hairy One on his toes by slapping his face after each kiss – this is so he gets the thorns with the flower!
Well-developed the plot moves at a good steady pace; the character development is well thought out and executed building the characters and their actions in conjunction with one another. Nothing seems out-of-place other than with the exception of Brad being lax in trying to recover his boys. A man such as Brad infused with his family, I would have expected him to take off immediately to find his boys but he doesn’t. This was the only part that disappointed me in the book.
Sands keeps his audience on their toes with a range of emotions - anger, sadness, laughter, and suspense. I enjoyed this book immensely and can’t wait for the second in the series.
Basil Sands also narrated the story. He performed the audiobook as a talented professional – I loved the voice Kadji (The Hairy One). His voices and accents were well done. I enjoy authors who read their own books – they inject the enthusiasm, suspense and other emotions that they had when writing their book thus giving their audience a true representation of their book.
There were no issues with the production quality of this book.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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4.5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes I try and write a good synopsis to start my posts, and other times the author provides a great one that’s better than anything I could attempt to write. I’m going to steal Sands’ intro here since there’s no better way to explain the premise of this book. “The bombs came first, and the troops were close behind. Life in the dream that was America ceased when a deadly new alliance of Communist states from Russia, China, and their allies invaded from the North… The age of peace has ended. The age of the Ice Hammer has begun.”
This was my first book by Basil Sands (both written and/or narrated), but I’ve had my eye on his stuff for a while. I’m glad that I took the dive with Invasion and boy what a book it was.
The start of the book was full of getting to know Brad and his family (along with his boys and some other Scouts). I thought it was really well paced and was needed. I had to laugh a few times because I’m facebook friends with Basil and some of the stuff that Sands wrote about seemed to be partially based on his life. I know that most readers won’t know that but I found it to make the book even more enjoyable.
Brad was an IT professional but was always prepared. When the bomb(s) dropped and the attack began he had his bugout bag ready and was on the move before anyone could find him. Following his trek and his struggle with certain situations was emotional. I thought that Invasion was written in a way that was both enjoyable but emotional. I felt for Brad numerous times (I won’t explain why it’ll ruin some parts of the book). After “doing what he had to do” Brad get’s a pretty awesome nickname by the NK’s that are looking for him.
The end of the book wasn’t as much of an ending as I thought it would be (I should have known with the name that it was going to be a “book 1”) but I still thought it was well done and well written. The story doesn’t have a traditional “ending” per say but was still enough of an ending to keep me happy.
Sands is a great author and narrator. I read other reviews that talked about people skipping books that were narrated by the author but I’ve found that a lot of the time the author can give certain scenes the proper amount of drama since they wrote the book. I also know that Sands is a narrator for other authors – so it’s not like he narrated his book to save money, he professionally does this and did a great job narrating Invasion.
Overall, I thought the Invasion was an action-packed “holy crap” type of book that numerous times I found myself thinking that this really happened or could happen. It felt that real and I love books like that.
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