by William C. Dietz

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Deathday by William C. Dietz

On Black Friday, the aliens attacked. The human race was enslaved. But soon, everything will change.

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ISBN-13: 9780441009817
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William C. Dietz is the author of more than thirty novels, including Legion of the Damned, Deathday, and Earthrise.

Luke Daniels has narrated over 250 audiobooks, has been the grateful recipient of thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has earned three Audie nominations. His background is in classical theater and film. Luke has performed at repertory theaters around the country, but now he resides in the Midwest with his pack.

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Deathday 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Long and Tedious. Makes you wish the aliens would finish off the humans quicker. I am a science fiction fanatic and have read hundreds of scifi books, from Jules Verne to the present. I wanted DeathDay to be good. I listened carefully to all 16 hours hoping for something worthwhile to happen. I paid close attention to the mostly plot driven story, but finally reached the end more than a little disappointed. The overarching plot is pretty simple and way over used: Aliens attack the earth because they need a new home. They kill billions of humans and enslave the rest (Battlefield Earth). The aliens have a hierarchy where the darker the skin, the higher their status. They force this upon the surviving human slaves too. That is an interesting premise, but quickly devolves into idiot skin heads killing black and brown people with abandon. Really? After half the human race is exterminated, that’s how humans would react. It just didn’t sound realistic. The aliens are insect-like creatures that are hard to kill and can jump really high (Starship Troopers, Ender’s Game); except not on their own ships, because those are built by a super smart race of alien slaves who somehow forget to conquer their inferior masters. The aliens immediately learn English, can track every human, and continually squabble. They have very human-like emotions and are often more human than the humans. Sometimes, I found myself rooting for the aliens more than humans, though most of the time I just wanted everyone to die quickly. This rambling story is narrated by Luke Daniels who has a smooth deep voice. His character voices for the aliens and human females were quite good. Unfortunately, all of the male humans sounded the same, like East-Texas ranchers. This distracted me from the story. Why did the black governor of Washington state sound like Hoss Cartwright on Bonanza? But otherwise, Daniels did a good job. This is book one in a series of unknown length. The story didn’t end or even wrap up a little, it just seemed to stop at the end of the last chapter. There is no way I would sit through another 16 hours to find out what happens to all these two dimensional characters. Audiobook provided for review by the publisher. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
Guest More than 1 year ago
I see a lot of people really didn't like for this book and I don't understand why. It is a little slow in parts but interesting nonetheless. I thought that the aliens were intriguing and the characters are very developed. The story moves at a decent pace for the most part. One only real problem I have with this book is that it doesn't really describe the aliens technology a whole lot. Maybe it is in the sequel. I recommend this book. I think it is a pretty good Alien Invasion story and I look forward to reading Earthrise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The copy of the book Deathday that I bought had a quote on the front, 'Great reading for anyone who loved Independence Day or the War of the Worlds'. That line was utter garbage, both Independence Day and War of the Worlds had endings, this book didn't. I kept waiting for the book to develop some kind of action plan for the characters, but there was very little. This book actually doesn't go anywhere and it takes its sweet time to do so. It is literally half of a lousy story, stretched to fit into a novel. At the end of the book it actually advertises for the sequel, which should have been included in this book to be considered being called a story. It's like the author just tells you about a few things that happen that aren't really connected and then the books over, never really touching on the issues brought up in the first few chapters. I usually never write reviews on anything, but I felt this book was such a waste to even donate to the library. I recommend never reading this, your life will probably be better if you didn't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had many parts when you just felt dissapointed with the human race. A good book to read, many interesting, not to mention cruel, aliens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The people are real and the issues are not just for sci-fi, it is what we deal with daily. It was nice to see black characters as more than the football coach or the side kick that dies first. I can't wait for EARTHRISE.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 2020 in what seemed like a blink of an eye, New York City, Moscow, and Beijing were easily destroyed. Not much more than a weekend past and the invaders conquered the earth. More than three billion humans died starting on what became known as Black Friday as the alien Sauron race, using superior weaponry, easily win the war. Any human who survived the weekend of terror has a struggle ahead as slaves of the mighty Sauren race.

UN Security Officer Jack Manning ends his vacation once he learns that the nations of the world lost to the brutally efficient Saurons. The leadership Zin faction of the conquerors have no mercy immediately directing their Kon soldiers to kill any opposition no matter how slight. In that environment, a captured Jack labors in the mines of his enemy before being reassigned to a massive temple building construction project. He patiently waits to escape, but the opportunity never seems to surface.

DEATHDAY, the first tale of William Deitz¿s alien invasion series, is an exciting non-stop action thriller though most of the book occurs after the Saurons win. The fast-paced story line is exciting and the insight into the Sauron caste system is cleverly intermingled into the plot so readers begin to understand the conquerors. This is what makes this a must read for sub-genre fans. William C Dietz provides more than just an opening gamut of a military science fiction thriller along the lines of V. He provides a deep social and psychological study of humanity and the Saurons that make the invasion seem devastatingly real and leave breathless readers waiting for EARTHRISE.

Harriet Klausner