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The aliens have arrived!
Their first message is one of peace, but can they be trusted?
This is the story of the first contact between humanity and the civilization of another world, with all of the uncertainty, questions, deceptions, curiosity, fears, and ethical problems that it raises. But it is also the story of a huge spaceship in orbit around the Earth; and the diary of a government agent whose mission is to thwart the alien conquest.
The plot revolves around artificially intelligent beings, nuclear threats, virtual simulations, the mysterious origins of an alien civilization and government agents whose lives hang by a thread. The inescapable fate of the human race will be shaped by these, along with the power of love between a man and a woman.
What if, for a moment, the fate of the Earth was in the hands of a single individual?
What if the survival of one person could upset the future of two worlds?
And what if dying was preferable to living?
Live or Die - Trilogy:
Book 1: Betelgeuse or Alpha Orionis
Book 2: The Reawakening
Book 3: The Choice
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Cheri on 04-13-16
Very Unique ~ Unlike Any Sci-Fi I've Listened too!
I love a good Sci-Fi, but I'll admit this story is unlike any typical Sci-Fi I'm used to reading. It wasn't really a Sci-Fi opera or even a military Sci-Fi; however, overall I did like it, and think if you a true fan of Sci-Fi, then you will probably enjoy this trilogy.
Looking over other the reviews, it appears there were several comments about book one. Book one it's told in six parts but the first two are very different.
Part 1 - Diary format following characters that were placed underground from June 3 to September 11th and during this time earth is invaded by aliens. Two of the main characters Siroio and Namiko start develop a relationship and communicate by video.
Part II - Is told from the spaceship Alpha Orionis on-board log which details the most recent events but is mainly in a code like format - very different.
Part III - IV This is where the book starts to pull together the events from part I and II and becomes more like your typical story telling. By the end of book one, earth has been invaded and suffered a lot of human losses and these losses were a result of an error from one of the alien races on the spaceship Alpha Orionis. They've assisted earth with rebuilding.
Siroio and Namiko have fallen in love and moved in together; however, due to a medical condition Namiko is in a comma and her outlook is very grim. The first officer, Eldgh, on the Alpha Orionis offers to save Namiko by sneaking her onboard their ship when they leave earth, but she will the only person allowed to leave. Siroio agrees for Namiko to leave so she can be saved.
There's a lot going on in the story and the plot is full of kinds of twist. Book two picks but by book three, I was really into the story. I loved and hated the ending.... in a good way. :-)
I noticed there were mixed reviews on the narrator; however, I think he did an awesome job. Since this story is told from multiple alien races, he used a voice that you would associate with a logical thinking alien being. In my copy of the audiobook, there were many repeats, where you could hear a finger snapping sound, and that segment would be repeated. This may be annoying to some but showed me how hard the narrator worked to perfect the narration.
I was torn between giving the story a three or four star. Ultimately, I settled on three stars for the story. Overall, I did like the story, but there were times throughout the story, where it just was not holding my attention and I would stop listening and come back to the story later. However, due to the narrators efforts and how the story really came together in book three, I'm giving the book an overall four stars.
This is a story, I don't think would be a good fit for everyone; however, if you enjoy Sci-Fi stories, and are not expecting the typical military or opera Sci-Fi, then you'll want to add this story to your collection of Sci-Fi's because it is a both different and decent. One thing I do not like is for someone to get a story in genre they do not like and then give it a one star.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast dot com.
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By PB on 09-22-16
Someone forgot to edit the audio
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The book? Yes, it's pretty good. This audio recording of it? No.
What did you like best about this story?
The story itself is a clever iteration of the alien invasion story.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Yes, it has some good visuals.
Any additional comments?
Quite a few times throughout the story you will be listening along and suddenly there will be a "click" sound like someone snapping their fingers. The narrator then re-reads the last sentence. These seem to be audio editing prompts that someone forgot to edit out of the final recording. If the audio were properly edited to remove these the audio would be much better.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Edmund on 01-21-16
Poorly edited recording and lame storyline
Unfortunately this is a poorly edited recording with all the errors in recording still in place - clearly indicated by the narrator but obviously not pre-release edited. This is hardly acceptable for commercial audio production.
The story itself is pretty lame, unfortunately, exacerbated by the bad imitations of national accents.
This one was a disappointment. As an avid SciFi reader, I can't say this one stands out.