Invasion

Invasion

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by Sean Platt, Johnny B Truant
     
 

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They are coming. The countdown has begun.

First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with internet) has already

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They are coming. The countdown has begun.

First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with internet) has already shown the populace what is coming. So the news has turned from evasion to triage, urging calm and offering the few facts they have:

The objects are enormous, perfectly round spheres numbering in the dozens, maybe hundreds. They are on an approach vector for Earth. And they will arrive in six days.

Fear simmers.
Meyer Dempsey - mogul, wealthy entrepreneur, arrogant and always in charge - is in New York, on the phone with his ex-wife in LA when the news breaks. He can hear tension in the voices of reporters and experts chronicling all that's known and unknown. But even while those supposedly in charge restrain their own panic, Meyer finds he recognizes bits and pieces of what the world is facing. He's seen this in dreams - in visions of another place. He knows where he and his family must go. He has prepared ... though he never knew until now what he'd been preparing for.

He knows only they cannot hesitate. They must run to their safe haven in the Colorado mountains. Now. Before society shatters into chaos, and it all falls apart.

Fear rises.
Meyer has been taking steps for months, and has made preparations: a trove of supplies, a van stocked for the worst, a Gulfstream waiting at a small airstrip in Jersey. But he hasn't yet been able to take the final and most important step: moving the family to Colorado, where every contingency is covered.

The networks stay on-air longer than expected, creating a farce of calm. But those with means have already begun to scramble as Meyer gathers his wife Piper and his two teenage children and begins their race toward that compound, toward safety. There is no time for hesitation, regret, or pity. Soon, pundits begin to ask questions hard enough to tip those who've thus far stayed calm out of their complacency, inciting chaos:

What do the beings inside the ships want? What will they do when they arrive? And what if the scientists are wrong, and the spheres aren't decelerating? Will they strike the planet, raising clouds of extinction dust? Will they knock the Earth off its axis? Is this a prelude to an alien invasion? An alien war? An alien apocalypse? The first domino in the birth of a new alien empire?

Fear erupts.
Panic, once it breaches the thin crust of civilized society, spreads like a virus. Meyer knows only one thing, and it's a truth that has perched atop his mind like a psychic obsession: When the ships arrive, his family must be at the Colorado compound or all will be lost. The space fleet in itself doesn't matter. The disintegration on the surviving news outlets does not matter. Reports that Las Vegas has been set ablaze do not matter. The fate of humanity, in Meyer's eyes, doesn't matter.

All that matters is Piper. Trevor. Delilah. And Meyer's ex-wife Heather, coming to the same destination from the west - a woman who remains his best friend, and his secret lover.

Rioting spills into the highways as time ticks away. Unrest boils in both city and hinterlands. But Meyer's obsession to reach Vail is single-minded, guided with the focus of a far-seeing nightmare. Gangs can ground his plane, threaten his vehicles, and steal his belongings. But nothing will stand between Meyer's family and their haven ... and Meyer will kill his way to Colorado if he has to.

This relentless, page-turning tale of apocalyptic dawn is the first in the alien invasion series by masters of story Truant and Platt, authors of The Beam, Robot Proletariat, the Dream Engine series, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781629550442
Publisher:
Sterling & Stone
Publication date:
02/08/2015
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
865,597
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

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Invasion 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW. I LOVE this book. I thought I knew what was going to happen at the end by around the third or fourth chapter, but man was I wrong. I didn't see the third act coming at all, and REALLY didn't anticipate the very end.  I loved how this book took a subject that's been done to death (Alien Invasion) and gave it a brand new face with interesting but flawed characters, and a very human response to fear.  I cannot WAIT for the next book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like no other alien invasion book I've ever read before! Fast-paced and page-turning. The story focuses in on one family rather than trying to capture the entirety of the world, and what you get is a gripping experience, wondering how things will work out for them.  Can't WAIT for the next book in the series!
bibliophilic_felinophile More than 1 year ago
An edge-of-your-seat suspenseful read, filled with insights and plot twists. This book paints a believable scenario in a not-too-distant future, a time when 30-somethings characters are grandchildren of those who lived through 9/11. It's believable and suspenseful, costing me several hours of sleep trying to finish it. The character development is great, with many peeks into main characters' inner thoughts, insights, and feelings. Well worth a read! The authors (at this writing) are giving away the second book in the series, CONTACT, which is up next on my reading list. Recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Fast-Paced Read with Great Characters and Unrelenting Tension. Invasion is a masterful fusion of science fiction and pre-apocalyptic thriller unlike any other story I've read. At least for this first book in the Alien Invasion series, the invaders are kept in the background. Their presence creates a sense of dread, a tension that never lets up and sets the stage for the crumbling of society that starts before any actual contact. The story excels at surprises, twists, and an ending that catches you totally off-guard. The characters are not necessarily likable, but they keep you intrigued, and by the end of the book, you care about them.  Platt and Truant have written an enthralling story with muscular dialog, a well-drawn family dynamic and a stark look at humanity under stress. I'm pre-ordering Contact, book two in their Alien Invasion series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book.  Finished it in two days - couldn't put it down!  Loved the development of the characters throughout the story and the detailing of society's decline due the impending invastion.   Looking forward to the next book!
JaneM2 More than 1 year ago
It's just another day in New York. Until NASA spots alien ships, six days away from the earth. Media mogul Meyer Dempsey has known that something was going to happen for months, and fortunately he has a fully equipped bunker prepared for just such an emergency. Of course, it's across the country--in Colorado. Unlike most alien invasion stories I am familiar with, this book takes place before the aliens actually show up. Platt and Truant explore the fear and desperation even the threat of disaster brings. The Dempsey family has to stick together, despite riots, lawless countryside, and most importantly the secrets that each character possesses. The authors said they set out to write a page turner with this book--and they succeeded. The opening few chapters truly capture the desperate urgency of a world under threat of invasion, and the last quarter of the book revolves around a desperate showdown that had me turning pages as fast as my Kindle could render them. Despite my enjoyment, the book had one flaw which kept me from giving it 4 stars (5 stars are reserved for the truly exceptional). Many chapters end in cliffhangers--one reason why I tore through the book so quickly. Unfortunately, in the middle of the book, the problems introduced in the end of one chapter were quickly resolved in the next chapter, which gave the middle of the book an almost episodic feeling. There was a predictable formula of Problem chapter, Resolution chapter, Character Reflection chapter that ends in a problem, repeat. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and if you're a fan of alien stories, apocalyptic lit, or have ever enjoyed a Platt and Truant book, this is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have read Sean Platt this is very similar in style to his other books. The basics of the story are there...sort of, the characters are only slightly better than okay, and the ending, well as always...there isn't one. I keep trying to like his work and paired with Truant I thought let's see where this goes. Invasion is a get from point A to point B story, filled with the same outcomes...accidents, crazy mob mentality, no gas, no car, no easy way to get to an underground bunker supplied with everything from food to weapons until amazingly there is, then...sorry I won't spoil the ending that you will probably figure out. All this is salted throughout the book with various uses of not the usual profanity we are used to, but with vulgar crudity that does nothing to improve either the characters or the plot. I just don't get it. It reminds me of teens trying to gross each other out in a locker room. That alone stops the smooth flow of the storyline. Jp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the premise of this book - alien space ships sighted 5 days before expected arrival to Earth in near future (self driving cars!) and how a NYC affluent family deals with this challenge. It was fast paced and enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next book. Good writing and reasonable editing. Characters are growing, and hopefully the plot will continue to thicken. I think most will like the story, give it a try. Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the more narrow focus on the Dempsey family's flight from aliens. Shows a more personal viewpoint of a plotline that often gets beaten down by trying to explain the alien presence on a global scale. By making it about this family, it makes you feel more invested in the characters and what happens to them. I got it as a free read, not really expecting much, and was gladly proven wrong. Was some predictability if you're a fan of the genre, but the fast pace and tense situations as well as the more personal feel more than made up for it. I would recommend this and am looking forward to reading "Contact" as soon as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meyer and his family race to reach his underground bunker in the face of an alien invasion. The story is gripping and tense and the aliens haven't even landed yet! I can't wait to see how their story plays out.
suzyq118 More than 1 year ago
AWESOME! I'm not usually into alien books (probably due to some childhood trauma of watching Unsolved Mysteries, lol) but anyway, LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. I got really invested in the characters and the storyline. Fast paced, funny, gripping, easy to read. I couldn't put it down, I had to know what was going to happen next. Pre-ordered the next in the series, Contact. Read that in two days, Now I have pre-ordered Colonization.... and I'm counting the days til it''s release.
Julius_Buelow More than 1 year ago
Very good--if you are looking for a page turner, give this a read. Warning--it's enough of a page-turner that you will be left flapping your fingers after the last page wondering what happens next. The sequel is coming very soon (as of 3/11/2015)! One star less than five because (avoiding any spoilers here) the majority of the characters, while awesome and wonderfully flawed, do not develop much from where they were at the start, and I was hoping to see some growth in how they view each other. I like the direction this series is heading and think you will too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The authors have taken your usual alien invasion story and cracked it open to get to the meat inside. Well written & interesting beginning to what looks to turn into a classic. 4.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the story takes a bit of time to get going it finally lives up to its promise in the end. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series as the premise is solid and engaging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely on point in describing how quickly 'civilized' people can panic, become desperate, and things get really ugly. Ending leaves cliffhangers, seguing into the next book in the series. Overall, I enjoyed the book, its premise, and the characters. The characters all bring different perspectives as to how the crisis affects each individual. Caveat: personally, less profanity would have enhanced the story, and certain themes make it not child-appropriate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neat twists throughout the book. Kept me reading late into the night. Crazy ending that leaves you wanting more. I reccommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful, easy to read book filled with great characters and lots of fascinating events! Once I started reading I didn't want to stop until I finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally not my usual genre. But, I gotta say, sometimes when reading reviews and being a free, "What the heck?". I couldn't put it down. The whole evacuation process, totally realistic, being an active evacuationee from Huricane Katrina and other madetory evacuations for high level predicted hurricanes (New Orleans ). Anywho, loving paranormal romance and such, this was different but, I loved it. Yes, the end was unexpected and unpredictable but that leaves eagerness to read the next in the series. .. so off I am anxiously to read #2. That said, yes I recommend this totally enjoyable read. Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending had a twist I didnt expect..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seemed like this was probably the authors first book. So some of the writing could have been better. That being said, the story was interesting and I connected with the characters, and I will read the next book to find out what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the more believable stories of aliens from outer space invading the earth......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book very well written. Lots of action and would appeal to many not just scifi fans. Good job guys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story. A bit confusing at times and some events a bit contrived. I've gone ahead and purchased the next to books as I think this is just a part of a longer story and you are left wanting more.
aniemoo More than 1 year ago
This was a pleasant surprise.  This is my favorite genre of books so I am not easily pleased.  The character development was very good and detailed.  The authors made you really care (or not care) for the people.  I also just finished "Contact" and I am starting "Colonization".  Can't wait to see how it all ends!!