Invasion: Book One of the Secret World Chronicle

Invasion: Book One of the Secret World Chronicle

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by Mercedes Lackey, Steve Libby, Dennis Lee Cody Martin
     
 

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From New York Times best-seller and science fiction and fantasy mistress of adventure Mercedes Lackey, the start of a new saga of modern-day humans with superpowers—and the men and women who must learn to wield those powers without losing themselves in the process. Plus, of course, an interdimensional Nazi menace! Inspired by characters created for the

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From New York Times best-seller and science fiction and fantasy mistress of adventure Mercedes Lackey, the start of a new saga of modern-day humans with superpowers—and the men and women who must learn to wield those powers without losing themselves in the process. Plus, of course, an interdimensional Nazi menace! Inspired by characters created for the massive multiplayer on-line game City of Heroes, and supported by a popular web site podcast!

It’s good to be meta-human, a superhuman hero in a world of normals. Use your superpowers, fight crime, stave off the occasional rogue mutant—then get some rest and have a nice day. But when swastika-laden robotic warriors from an alternate and incredibly advanced Third Reich discover a way to breach the barrier between worlds, the metas face an opponent that will push them to the edge of extinction.And if they can survive the transdimensional menace, the titanic effort will finally push the metas onward to find their true place in society and force them to forge a new, heroic destiny for their kind!

From New York Times best-seller and science fiction and fantasy mistress of adventure Mercedes Lackey together with a team of topnotch collaborators, the start of a new saga of superpowers—and the very human men and women who must learn to wield them without losing themselves in the process!

About Mercedes Lackey:
“With [Mercedes Lackey], suspense never lags...”—Kliatt

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451637724
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
12/27/2011
Edition description:
Baen
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
615,779
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times best-selling author of the Bardic Voices series and the Serrated Edge series (both Baen), the Heralds of Valdemar series, and many more. Among her popular Baen titles are The Fire Rose, The Lark and the Wren, and The Shadow of the Lion (with Eric Flint and Dave Freer). She lives in Oklahoma.

Steve Libby was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked as a graphic designer, a teacher of computer graphics, a web designer, and occasionally plays guitar with a seven-piece funk band.

Cody Martin is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, and currently resides in Florida where he's a self-described anarchist and avid gamer.

Dennis Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Canada. He has a degree in pharmacology and is a cell biologist when not writing.

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Invasion: Book One of the Secret World Chronicle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
The world is safe with Metahumans working for ECHO and keeping it so. Then, one fine day, we see the attack of Nazi Metavillains and Meta...not human, not meta - something else...attack the city of Atlanta and all around the world. New heroes, and villains, surface to help current Meta's and those that are attacked and trapped. Although, there is one super-villain that has resurfaced after sixty years, to turn himself in...for protection? What's to come? What does he know? This book is from a few authors working together and a few vocal voices and many Metahumans are introduced. Some of those Meta's become more than we thought, a few don't make it through. We get to see the day of the attack through several Meta's eyes. What they were doing that day before all went wrong, and how they fared through the fight. At first I felt Mercedes excelled in the battles and Steve Libbey rocked the characters along with action. Then as the stories progressed the two authors, along with Cody Martin and Dennis Lee, started to blend together as. It became harder to tell the difference as the world grows and so many details to track. The three narrators bring the stories alive. Veronica is amazing at different accents needed for different characters. All the narrators are amazing. The one with Handsome Devil, early on, felt to have stepped into his persona well. Veronica feels to take on every character and their personality, which amazed me when she was reading a few together. She converted between them with ease and perfection. We get a history of each superhero, and even a semi-villain (more a bad guy in way of robber). We see how there lives turned to Meta or how they lived and feel before the attack happens. Even while the attack their reactions relate to their history. I loved the intro and prologue. I did find, at times, there were some low points in the different stories for me. Lots of details of city setting and little things in lives, but a story has to start somewhere and build the characters. When the invasion happened with each Meta, I was drawn to the action and learning of these strange Nazi-Meta's. I think I might have remembered and understood a few scenes better if I had read the book. I felt there was a great deal of details I should have picked up, and replayed a few scenes to try and catch it all. I know this is a braided story line set in the same world, but at times it felt as things were rushed. This is the first book, the one that the 'huge happening' occurs - it's setting the stage for us. The cast is rather large. Which, as I usually say, a large cast means lots to kill off. There are some that don't make it, but the cast is still a magnitude that can make it hard at this point in the series. Lots to remember, and I know I don't remember it all. There are POV's from heroes in US and Russia. I will say, there will be at least one Meta that will stick in your mind. There are different personalities, and a cast this big, yes there will be one. I think my favorite Meta, at the end of this book, is Handsome Devil. He cracks me up and the luck he has, it is fun to watch. I liked the view of the world through his eyes and his reactions to all that's happening. This book sets the stage and raises questions in my mind for things to come. There is lots happening here. A great deal of details. A massive cast to remember. A start to an interesting world and creation. I'm curious enough to carry on.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Atlanta, Heinrich Eisenhauer arrives at the Echo metahuman detention center insisting he is a Nazi although he looks too young to have fought in the war. Echo Support Detective Ramona Ferrari is assigned to question Eisenhauer. However, before she can interrogate the prisoner, Nazis invade Echo. She is wounded and fakes death while observing Eisenhauer talk with a cell mate Slycke. The Nazis assassinate Eisenhauer as Slycke escapes. At the same outside of Echo Headquarters, all hell has broken out around the world. In a panic attack as she sees humongous war machines in a shopping parking lot, romance writer Victoria Nagy causes the ground to shake beneath the stormtroopers. Belladonna Blue watches nine foot tall armored suits shoot energy balls from their arms. The Third Reich has returned in New York City to the horror of John Murdock and others in a bar, but none of the metahumans fighting against the rise of these Nazis know how this could be true. Besides which the synchronized assault has the world reeling as Seraphym of the Infinite only sees fears and little hope in people she meets. Invasion, the opening act of The Secret World Chronicles, is a fun over the top of the Fernbank Observatory alternate historical science fiction thriller. The story line is faster than the Silver Age Flash as the metahuman homeland security operatives battle the resurgent Nazis. Fans who enjoy reading superhero tales like Crisis on Infinite Earth and the Watchmen will appreciate this exciting tale as the supervillains seem poised to rule the world. Harriet Klausner
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