Fear the Future : The Fear Saga

  • by Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by R. C. Bray
  • Series: The Fear Saga
  • 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A predator hunts the skies over Earth. Its intent is peaceful, and its mission is essential, but it is the deadliest machine humanity has ever created.
Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst.
But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.
The armada is approaching, its far-off engines now bright as stars in the night sky. They mean to kill us. They have the power to do so. And as oblivion's maw opens up to engulf us, we brace ourselves for battle.
We will fight to the last. Live or die, we will leave a scar upon our attackers that will last an age, even if we ourselves do not.

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What a colossal waste of time Mr Moss!

Disclaimer: I loved the first two books. LOVED THEM! At some point between book two and three Stephen Moss lost his mind.

Spoilers ahead, you've been warned.

1. Protagonist Rules - Stephen, you had an excellent protagonist. You took an everyman and threw him into extraordinary circumstances. He excelled and became the hero in book two. You placed him on a pedestal for everyone to worship as the protagonist we needed to carry the story forward. Then you started slowly chipping away at his armor in book two. But that's ok, we need our protagonist to have flaws and we need to see him fall and earn redemption. But instead of allowing the audience to revel in his fall and triumph you decided to make him into a modern day Josef Mengele. What the heck? How can you destroy your protagonist like that and expect anyone to feel fulfilled by this story? You had an excellent scapegoat in Ayala and a character that I imagine most readers would not have minded losing. Why was she not written to be the mastermind behind the vivisection of the Korean children? Why did you destroy Neal? It's one thing to kill a protagonist, but you destroyed him. This is unforgivable.

Furthermore, you toyed with your readers by bringing Neal back into the story when he was asked to give his opinion on the deep space images from his prison. Then you just left him there...you left him there with no conclusion except for two sentences in the end of the book. How can you take such a strong character and reduce him to nothingness? I found myself cursing you at the conclusion....not good for your future readership.

2. Mobiliei Exposition

I don't care about the Mobiliei. You spent two books building up human characters. In the last book you decide to introduce us to the opposition. But instead of giving us a few chapters of character development you go on ad nauseam about their sexual preferences and meaningless interpersonal quirks. Nobody cares about their personal lives unless they serve to link us to the main story. You could have spent a third of the time developing their characters (or no time at all) and the story would be no worse for it.

3. Character Overload

In the first two books you had a sum total of about 15 main characters (it's a rough estimate as I don't have time to go back and count.) You spent a lot of time developing these characters and suddenly in book two you introduce an entirely new lot of people, many of which are not even given proper introductions. We're just supposed to accept these people at face value without any knowledge of their motivations or morality. You bounce back and forth between these characters as as a reader I completely lose focus and start to drift away from the story. Much of this fault lies with the Mobiliei chapters which are, as I already mentioned, a complete waste of time.

4. Deus Ex Machina

Stephen, I really really really loved your first two books. It cannot be overstated how much your story enthralled me and kept me coming back for more every day. But the last few chapters of book three felt as if you took those books and slapped me in the face. What were you thinking? Until now I was able to suspend disbelief. Body transplants, check. Brains in a jar, check. Creating an inter-dimensional god-like Birgit? What the heck man? This is the worst kind of Deus Ex Machina I have ever seen. I kept hoping that Birgit was attempting to access the core of the IST to enable some doomsday weapon that would empower our fleets to become invincible or some such nonsense. But instead we're left with something that makes me think Stephen was late for a dinner party and had to turn in the book that evening. Why oh why could you not sacrifice some of the ridiculous amount of Mobiliei exposition and give us a somewhat plausible finale instead? I want to give you the benefit of the doubt here. Did you have a personal struggle while writing this book? Did you lose someone close to you? Were you kidnapped and forced to finish the book under threat of death? Are the Mobiliei real and did they force you to substitute this fake finale for the real one? Maybe they were afraid you would give away their weaknesses in your real final chapters? I hope that's it because I would rather think you were under duress when writing those chapters than to think that you just gave up.

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- Stephen G

Mixed Feelings

This is a difficult review to write; partially because I have been such a fan of the series and partially because I have very mixed feelings about this final installment. I am not necessarily disappointed, but I'm also not as happy with what 'could have been'.

I am acutely aware that there is difficulty in succinctly and comprehensively tying up every loose end in a story as broadly sweeping as this. I'm not holding Moss to that standard. We need to be shown the scale of the struggle, of the coming forces, the preparations on earth. And, we are. To an extent. My issue is less with the build up (in fact I thought the build up was great) and more with the resolution.

***Potential Interpretive Spoilers Ahead***

I won't tell actual plot devices, but the way I have to discuss this to explain mandates the spoiler warning.

Essentially, we have this massive build up to a final conflict, something that is shocking in its brevity, and then a deus ex resolution that, while it was alluded to (I guess) was pretty bizarre in its execution. I'm just not sure it was a fitting end. I would have gladly listened to another 2 or 3 hours (or more, frankly), if it was filled with a bit more... cinematic quality. Yes, there were poignant moments. Yes, it was cool in its own right. And, actually, the battle itself was very likely exactly how something like that would play out (at least in this book's 'science'). That's part of the frustration- Moss didn't fail us, really. But it still feels like a bit of a let down.

Beyond the battle, actually everything felt *extremely* clipped and rushed. I don't know whether he got bored writing it or what... but the triumphant exuberance at the end of book II was completely gone in this installment. A lot of build up and then... poof. Done.

I didn't hate the book by any means. I thought it was very good overall. But it just had so much potential that seemed to get wasted. Certainly finish the trilogy if you have been listening so far and I still feel strongly that it is absolutely worthwhile. Maybe my expectations are unrealistic at this point- in fact I fully accept that likelihood.

Worth a credit and your time. A great trilogy and an acceptable ending that fell short of what could have been.
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- Charles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2016
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing