Fifty years ago bloodthirsty aliens devastated the Earth. Most of humanity perished. We fell into darkness.
But now we rise from the ashes. Now we fight back.
Marco Emery was born into the war. After his mother is killed, he joins the Human Defense Force, Earth's ragtag army. Emery must survive basic training, become a soldier, and finally face the aliens in battle.
Against the alien onslaught, Earth stands alone. But we will fight. We will rise. We will win.
If you loved Ender's Game, Starship Troopers, and Old Man's War, you'll love Earthrise, a new military science fiction series. From a USA Today best-selling author.
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By Simon on 23-11-16
Does This Book Stand Alone?
An interesting start to the series. The initial scene setting is pretty standard alien invasion stuff but well done all the same. Arenson outlines a grim future where a war of attrition with a hostile alien race has lead to semi apocalyptic conditions on Earth. The human race is up against it, youth are being conscripted and death is a constant companion. No-one is safe.
After what feels like a very pacey and atmospheric start our hero heads off to basic training and the book seems to slow up and while I expected some time to be spent on this it actually takes up most of the rest of the book. I don't mind that, building characters and their backgrounds is to me the sign of a good author. In truth there are lots of cliches and the similarities to Starship Troopers are hard to ignore but I still enjoyed the story.
Towards the end the action suddenly picks up again and the scene is well set for future adventures in the series. The narration by Jeffrey Kafer sets just the right tone for the characters and story.
It is though a book that you can ask questions of. Why these super intelligent aliens behave in some of the ways that they do is very much open to question for example. For me though while this all looks promising if you want some military sci-fi I do question if this first book gives enough. It's relatively short, in itself not a problem. The author spends time developing his characters, to me a good thing. However, put the two together and in a credit-based system like Audible I think I would have expected more per episode in the series.
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Martin Monsrud on 07-10-17
It’s a good written story with a lot of potential. The first book is about Marco a young boy who is drafted in military in an after apocalyptic environment. Where earth is still under attack. The story focuses a lot about the camp life. It’s good but I can’t wait for the next book where I feel the story will really begin. I recommend the first book, just to know the Dragon company and how it all started. But I think the second book is where it really begins.
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 31-08-17
I JOINED THE ARMY TO DIE
A Liberal in The Army
I found this to be entertaining and the miles melted away as I listened. Yes, it is formulaic and predictable. A lot of books are formulaic, because that is what works. I read a lot of Westerns for that reason. This is a character driven story. We are given a background on most of the characters and I found that very thoughtful. It really made me think in my own life, as to why some people are the way they are.
LOGGERHEAD NOT JARHEAD
The main character, MARCO, wants to be a writer, does not want to fight, but he is drafted. I did not find him to be whiny. The author compares his disgruntle complaints to those of other characters, pointing out that no matter how bad we have it, someone else has it worse. My main complaint would be that they did not go into space. The book has a spaceship on the cover and I like space travel. Like most Military books, this is about boot camp. Unlike most Military books, this has characters with complex personalities. This has some action, but probable not enough to please the hard core action fans.
Kafer is hitting his stride as a narrator and I considered him in the top tier with Bray and Porter.
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By Mike Keller on 26-11-16
50 years of war, death, destruction and despair
It's been 50 years since the Cataclysm, since humanity's first contact with an alien race, since scolopendra titaniae - the scum from space - had slaughtered sixty percent of the world's population and plunged mankind into this war. The scum had ravaged the world in a massive assault, bombing and gassing city after city, wiping out billions - a year of death, of inferno, of humanity hurtling towards extinction.
Humanity had scrambled, bonded together, and launched their own warships into space. Ship after ship had perished until one intrepid pilot, the hero Evan Bryan, had launched a nuclear bomb against the scum homeworld, slaying millions of centipedes. The Cataclysm had ended that day. Humanity had emerged from the flames stronger, a civilization with the power to ravage distant worlds, to face enemies in the depths of space and defeat them. That day the genocide had ended and the long War of Attrition had begun.
The HDF, the Human Defense Force, the global military created to fight the scrum, was the gauntlet all humans from every last corner of this ravaged earth entered at eighteen, then spent five years in the fire. Marco Emery lived with his father above the library where his father worked. Addy Linden had lived with them since the day seven years before when she had saved Marco's life, pulling him away from the scum that killed his mother and Addy's parents. The scrawny eleven-year-old had grown into a tall wild woman.
This terrific tale, first of the Earth Rise series, continues to delight with Addy and Marko in basic training, taking me back to memories of the excitement and terror of my own basic training. The rich and colorful descriptions of the characters bring them and their stories to life. Great characters spring from the pages, providing emotional and exciting action. I can't wait for the next installment of this tale!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful