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Publisher's Summary

One hundred and seventy years from now, aliens decimate Earth. A relative handful of humans survive, hidden in deep subterranean enclaves that offer some protection from surface radiation. Although the main attack is now seven years in the past, one alien ship remains in orbit, and the conquerors are not content merely to let humanity lick its wounds...
©2013 William Bryan Miller (P)2014 William Bryan Miller
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5 out of 5 stars
By R. R. on 04-20-15

Sci-fi story with a small slash of fantasy.

Where does Kyrathaba Rising rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best stories I've read. If you are are a sci-fi fan and enjoy a little fantasy this is the book to read.

What did you like best about this story?

I was surprised by all of it. Mostly, I was impressed with the writing. This was edited well. I really enjoyed the parts that they Tolkien parts.

What does Christine Padovan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This was the first time listening to Charistine Padovan. She did well with the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

For some reason I was reminded of Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I'm not sure why but I felt a connection with this story and Anathem. Perhaps its the style.

Any additional comments?

This book really blew me away. One of the best sci-fi books I've read for the year.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Steve H. Caldwell on 12-23-15

An interesting mix of Fantasy and Sci/fi.

This book is a hybrid, it that it tells a sci fi story but also has fantasy elements, due to some actions by some of the characters. Earth has been invaded and humanity's survivors live deep underground in vaults, trying to hold on. The aliens are trying to infiltrate and finish them off. Some of the survivors decide to try and merge with a computer network game in a closed loop they set up to give up their bodies and become the ghosts in the machine, so to speak, living their lives in an RPG game setting. Menawhile, the other survivors try to dig in and survive. With an alien menace and natural attrition taking place, will humanity survive? Read it to find out.
The main characters are engaging, with realistic reasons for their actions, and are pretty well fleshed out. Some of the supporting characters are a little 1 dimensional, but not so bad as to drag the story down. The action scenes are well done, keeping you on the edge of your seat, and the whole struggle and how they survive is well drawn out. With both fantasy and sci fi elements, this stor should appeal to a wide range of readers.
Christine Padovan's narration is good as always, bringing life to the characters, and moving the story along nicely.All in all, a book worth listening to, and a story worth following further.

I was given this book at no cost in by the narrator in return for an honest review through Audiobookblast dot com.

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