The Phoenix Descent

  • by Chuck Grossart
  • Narrated by Lauren Ezzo
  • 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn "Sif" Wagner and her team emerge from stasis to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry - the crew has run off course in space and, they suspect, in time as well. Their damaged ship returns to an Earth reduced to overgrown cities and blasted terrain. Yet humans have somehow survived, living in caves, foraging at night, returned to a tribal existence. Sif meets Litsa, the fiercest warrior in her tribe, and learns a horrific truth: the planet is overrun with the Riy, a swarm of spore-releasing revenants intent only on spreading their infection.
But even as Sif and Litsa unite in combat, they soon realize that the battle against the Riy is only one stage on which they must fight the war for humanity's survival.

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Customer Reviews

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Clever take on EOW premise.

I enjoy cleverness, and the author's idea on this genre was clever. I don't want to give the storyline away completely, but the end the ultimate evil doer felt awfully familiar to the villain in a popular movie series.
As a father to daughters I have encouraged and enjoyed strong female characters, and I can imagine the main character in this book being written as such. It was very disappointing to have her read as a bitchy, and sometimes mean character. The reader always makes her interactions with others confrontational, but then her internal dialog calmer. She is top of the class, best in the world pilot without equal but is read as someone very insecure and without inner strength, whereas the male counterpart is the opposite. This is the kind of thing I did not want my daughters to observe. As I would read the dialog, I would put a lot less stridency to her comments which would give her a lot more strength to match the merits she brings to the story. Unfortunately there were many times I just did not even like her the way she was read.
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- Bergerhoo

entertaining and different

What made the experience of listening to The Phoenix Descent the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed this book because it had a different plot line to a lot of the other books i've listened to in this genre. i liked the characters and i thought the narrator did a good job. another review mentioned her male voices weren't amazing, which is true, but it didn't detract from the story.

there were moments where i found myself thinking ahead and realising the direction the story would take, but also a lot of unexpected twists.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I very rarely get the opportunity to listen in one sitting, but it was a book that i looked forward to getting back to more readily than some of the other sh** i've listened to lately.


Any additional comments?

definitely worth a credit, and I hope there's a sequel.

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- Victoria Roberts

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio