The Eighth Day

  • by Michael O'Neal
  • Narrated by Robert Martinez
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What they know might get them killed.
What they are might save us all.
High school seniors Jay Anderson and Kathy Winters have been best friends and next-door neighbors their whole lives. Both have bright futures ahead of them...then in an instant their idyllic small-town lives are turned upside down.
Jay is accused of a crime he didn't commit and immediately becomes social pariah. Kathy and the rest of their small circle of friends seem to be the only ones who believe in his innocence. Risking her own future, she sets out to clear him at any cost. But she rapidly discovers that cost might be their lives. Someone wants Jay out of the equation. Badly. And as they dig deeper, they uncover the shocking truth about the sudden explosion of violence and paranoia around their sleepy little town, the suspicious activity at the city reservoir, and the strange light that streaked across the night sky...
Now, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, five seemingly ordinary friends must embark on a desperate quest. From the steps of Capitol Hill to the frozen wastelands of Siberia, from the unfriendly skies over Eastern Europe to the treacherous waters of the Caribbean, danger lurks around every corner as they seek to learn the truth about what was created on...
The Eighth Day
About the Author:
Michael O'Neal wrote the first draft of The Eighth Day as a sophomore in high school, and it was the first prize winner of the 2000 Fountainhead Productions National Writing Contest. Since then he graduated from the professional pilot program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and served a tour of duty in the NOAA Corps, America's seventh and smallest uniformed service. When he's not writing he teaches nautical science and is a volunteer aviator with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He lives in Virginia with his wife and a small zoo of rescued animals.

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a fun teen action/adventure Sci-Fi military

In a small town in Iowa, local nerd Jay Anderson just wants to finish high school and go to college, then medical school. That all changes when a Martian meteorite crashes into the local water supply causing strange symptoms in the local population. Everyone is affected, except for Jay and his lifelong friend Kathy. First Jay is framed for drug charges, his future ruined, then he and Kathy are forced to flee not just their town, but ultimately the country. There are enemies everywhere, even the government; with no one to trust, they can only turn to each other.

This young adult action/adventure story is part alien invasion and part military action. There is also the awkward love story of the two friends deciding if they should move beyond just friendship. The story can get a little farfetched, and the protagonists are almost too lucky to believe, but it makes for a fun ride.

The alien invasion becomes a kind of forgotten backdrop at times, pushed aside by the military adventure. The author is clearly more comfortable describing various kinds of military gear and high-tech transport and steers the story towards a modern spy drama. There is nothing wrong with any of this, just that the science fiction definitely takes a backseat to the war-craft.

This is a lighthearted and quick listen, with enough action and chase scenes to satisfy most action junkies. The teen drama is generally believable and enjoyable. Jay and Kathy are incredibly lucky and seem to have learned just the right knowledge for what they are faced with. It makes for reluctant heroes many of us enjoy.

The story is performed by Robert Martinez, who does a good job with the character voices. They are differentiated well and the accents are believable. The producer uses a subtle echo sound to let us know when they are thinking to themselves. There are other subtle sound effects, very few and not overdone.

The Eighth Day is a fun teen action/adventure Sci-Fi military alien invasion love story. You won’t strain your brain trying to follow the plot. Just sit back and enjoy the ride as everything gets neatly sorted out in the end like a well wrapped present.

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An enjoyable listen.

This is a fast paced and quite enjoyable listen. While there may have been some plot flaws, overall it was really good. This reminded me of one of those movies, where there is a ton of things missing from it, yet you can't help but watch it till the end, because you need to know what happened!!

I don't want to say much about the plot because it's hard to without spoiling something, so all I will say is that there is a lot going on, from a boy being framed to alien lid=fe forms detected!

Character wise, we have a fair few of them in the book, though they were all likable and well written. Poor Jays life turns upside down, though he remained steadfast the whole way through, I think in part that's thanks to Kathy, his best friend.

The book starts in a small town but travels as far away as Russia. You could just picture the Russian prison and imagine the horrors of a place like that!!

So in all, it's an action packed and entertaining listen. We have teens, aliens, mind control, government conspiracy, deception, deceit and friendship, all rolled into one easy listen.

Robert Martinez did a good job differentiating each character! I didn't get confused once while listening to him. He had a clear and concise manner and I enjoyed listening to him.

*I received a copy of this in exchange from an honest review, via Audio Book Blast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2014
  • Publisher: Michael O'Neal