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Fear the Future

The Fear Saga, Book 3
Lu par : R. C. Bray
Série : The Fear Saga, Volume 3
Durée : 20 h et 25 min
5 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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A predator hunts the skies over Earth. Its intent is peaceful, and its mission is essential, but it is the deadliest machine humanity has ever created.

Piloted by a six-year-old girl, the godlike Skalm guards the Districts of TASC. Her family is long dead. Her adopted father is a synthetic copy of an alien, her nanny an artificial mind connected via subspace to every part of the globe, feeding the young girl information, finding prey to satiate her growing thirst.

But the young girl is an innocent, a victim, one of millions the war has already claimed. Her innocence has been sacrificed by a man with singular purpose: a man who will stop at nothing in order to prepare Earth for the coming conflict.

The armada is approaching, its far-off engines now bright as stars in the night sky. They mean to kill us. They have the power to do so. And as oblivion's maw opens up to engulf us, we brace ourselves for battle.

We will fight to the last. Live or die, we will leave a scar upon our attackers that will last an age, even if we ourselves do not.

©2014 Stephen Moss (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • Okkin
  • 08/06/2016

An OK end to an otherwise great trilogy.

Any additional comments?

One book has to be the worst of the 3. This one's it. Be warned, its painfully slow & hard to get through. The book can be edited from 20 hours to about 5 and still tell the same story - a lot of nothing happens. Also the author did not make me dislike the people who (I think) you are suppose to dislike by the end of the story. Their end seemed unfitting and I was actually still on their side... If you already read the first 2 than, of course, you have to read this... I found it a little disappointing; hopefully you like it better than I did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17/06/2016

This makes me question Audible

I really can't add much that the other detailed reviews has already covered. This installment was a jumbled mess that read more like a first draft outline than a finished work. The first two books were great and it made the third book that much more disappointing. But this book is getting a 4.5 star average review while most of the active reviewers are mostly negative. That makes me question Audibles star review system. Most of the people that read this book and were into this series would have acknowledged this poor offering by Moss. It makes me think that Audible is infested by bots that give good reviews to keep poor books viable to potential readers. Nobody new to the series is going to start the first book if they see that the series drops off at the end. So to sell the series they prop up a bad book.

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  • Matt E Rhea
  • 20/04/2016

Is this the same series?

Would you try another book from Stephen Moss and/or R. C. Bray?

Yes

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have stuck with the main characters, and on that note, I wouldn't have written them as completely different people with minor story lines. The focus of this just got terrible.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

That voice... He ranks up there with Roy Dotrice for me.

Did Fear the Future inspire you to do anything?

Be upset

Any additional comments?

Books 1 & 2 are really great, I'm hopeful that book 4 will recover some of that lost focus.

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  • Steve & Mary
  • 23/02/2016

What a colossal waste of time Mr Moss!

Disclaimer: I loved the first two books. LOVED THEM! At some point between book two and three Stephen Moss lost his mind.

Spoilers ahead, you've been warned.

1. Protagonist Rules - Stephen, you had an excellent protagonist. You took an everyman and threw him into extraordinary circumstances. He excelled and became the hero in book two. You placed him on a pedestal for everyone to worship as the protagonist we needed to carry the story forward. Then you started slowly chipping away at his armor in book two. But that's ok, we need our protagonist to have flaws and we need to see him fall and earn redemption. But instead of allowing the audience to revel in his fall and triumph you decided to make him into a modern day Josef Mengele. What the heck? How can you destroy your protagonist like that and expect anyone to feel fulfilled by this story? You had an excellent scapegoat in Ayala and a character that I imagine most readers would not have minded losing. Why was she not written to be the mastermind behind the vivisection of the Korean children? Why did you destroy Neal? It's one thing to kill a protagonist, but you destroyed him. This is unforgivable.

Furthermore, you toyed with your readers by bringing Neal back into the story when he was asked to give his opinion on the deep space images from his prison. Then you just left him there...you left him there with no conclusion except for two sentences in the end of the book. How can you take such a strong character and reduce him to nothingness? I found myself cursing you at the conclusion....not good for your future readership.

2. Mobiliei Exposition

I don't care about the Mobiliei. You spent two books building up human characters. In the last book you decide to introduce us to the opposition. But instead of giving us a few chapters of character development you go on ad nauseam about their sexual preferences and meaningless interpersonal quirks. Nobody cares about their personal lives unless they serve to link us to the main story. You could have spent a third of the time developing their characters (or no time at all) and the story would be no worse for it.

3. Character Overload

In the first two books you had a sum total of about 15 main characters (it's a rough estimate as I don't have time to go back and count.) You spent a lot of time developing these characters and suddenly in book two you introduce an entirely new lot of people, many of which are not even given proper introductions. We're just supposed to accept these people at face value without any knowledge of their motivations or morality. You bounce back and forth between these characters as as a reader I completely lose focus and start to drift away from the story. Much of this fault lies with the Mobiliei chapters which are, as I already mentioned, a complete waste of time.

4. Deus Ex Machina

Stephen, I really really really loved your first two books. It cannot be overstated how much your story enthralled me and kept me coming back for more every day. But the last few chapters of book three felt as if you took those books and slapped me in the face. What were you thinking? Until now I was able to suspend disbelief. Body transplants, check. Brains in a jar, check. Creating an inter-dimensional god-like Birgit? What the heck man? This is the worst kind of Deus Ex Machina I have ever seen. I kept hoping that Birgit was attempting to access the core of the IST to enable some doomsday weapon that would empower our fleets to become invincible or some such nonsense. But instead we're left with something that makes me think Stephen was late for a dinner party and had to turn in the book that evening. Why oh why could you not sacrifice some of the ridiculous amount of Mobiliei exposition and give us a somewhat plausible finale instead? I want to give you the benefit of the doubt here. Did you have a personal struggle while writing this book? Did you lose someone close to you? Were you kidnapped and forced to finish the book under threat of death? Are the Mobiliei real and did they force you to substitute this fake finale for the real one? Maybe they were afraid you would give away their weaknesses in your real final chapters? I hope that's it because I would rather think you were under duress when writing those chapters than to think that you just gave up.

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  • Mike
  • 25/02/2016

Huge letdown

The first book was good, the second book was average and the last book a huge letdown. Story goes off on weird tangents that never go anywhere. Main characters built up in the first two books become minor sidelines in the third. All the tension built up over all three books comes to a fizzling, anti-climatic ending.

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  • Ron
  • 11/02/2016

What happened there?

I couldn't wait to hear how the author would wrap up this fine series and I had this finale preordered. Refreshing my email until about 3am it appeared! Without much sleep I went to work continuing to keep an ear bud secreted. Fantastic.... Until he sent my favorite character to an island for war crimes. I can't tell you how irritated that made me and how out of phase that was with the rest of the story. He was saving the world, the gloves are off. In order to keep the human race from extinction I'm thinking that leaving decisions to a tribunal representing the various countries around the globe would certainly abandon all hope for the survival of the human race. Especially when a group of A.I.s become the arbitrators, ugh. Perhaps I'm jaded but how could he do this to the man who was one, maybe the most important, character in the story? After the coo I lost my favorite character and I had to struggle to the finish. Please rewrite the outcome of the power struggle. I'm still aghast!!

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  • Roger
  • 03/04/2017

Not much of an ending

The set up for the great battle was ok, but when it came, nothing much happened. The book set up the characters but they did not get to interact before, during or after in the battle. There was no great conflict, either in the battle or between the characters. No tension at the end at all.

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  • I. Rudan
  • 29/03/2016

Not as good as the books before it

If you could sum up Fear the Future in three words, what would they be?

Okayish. But.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

I always enjoy R C Bray's performances, and he didn't disappoint.

Any additional comments?

Sadly the last book wasn't as good as the first two. The ending and the process towards it isn't as well developed as the other books. In fact the ending was disappointing. For 2/3rds of the book you are wondering whether you are ever getting to the point, and then the actual reason you are there is rushed through in the last 1/3rd. Sad.

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  • Richard
  • 02/05/2016

Very. technical and hard ro follow.

Too technical and hard to follow. 1st 2 books were great but I was lost in third.

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  • Draytrek
  • 16/02/2016

I enjoyed the series, but..

I enjoyed the series, but this book just didn't flow right with me. can't put my finger on what it was that was off.

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  • M. Hallerbach
  • 19/05/2016

Perry Rhodan meets the 6 Million Dollar Man

... Part 3 : If you ever think it could not get worse, it can.
This book feels like he had a contract to fill, to turn in three sequels.
It is hard to bear,
Very slow beginning.. the universe he draws, it still lacks depth.
The whole book seems to be written to be long and to climax in the ultimate fight to end this.

There are some interesting sidelines, but he seems not to be able to not let them feel like loose ends.
Althoug one special sideline gives this story some of the feeling of SciFi and that part IS good, in the end it reveals itself as the key to the whole story line.
And WHEN this starts to work out, he gets blurry, makes a massive error, just to keep them characters alive and no one will believe it.

Now the real drop shows off, the book STOPS, simply dead end.
Three lines to conclude it all.

Nothing about possible future developments, what might become of his characters, he COULD have opened a door for a further sequel, but he simply slammed it SHUT.

I am sitting here contemplating how I shall describe how I feel about this.
Where the two previous sequels had had their share of fun to me, this one, I don't know, i AM disapointed.
Full stop.

Generally: Mr Moss tried to hop on the train, which was so intellegently started by Cixin Liu, but he fell off the cab.

The reader, Mr Bray, does his acustomed good job.

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  • Joachim Trodler
  • 23/07/2016

Not as good as the first two books, unfortunately

Narrator excellent as always, unfortunately the story lacks the suspense of the first two books. The time line covered in the book is far greater and therefore the details are lacking.

It was at times a struggle to keep going

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  • Jens Hiller
  • 23/05/2016

Interesting story let down by poor writing

I enjoyed the story, particularly in the first book. However, it declined during the second and became simply mediocre in the last, mostly because there wasn't much story being told to begin with.
But the real issue is the writing; while at least passable in the first book, it got downright awful the further in I got, to the point where I actually struggled to keep listening.
The story lost it's focus completely and every time some already very familiar piece of technology was mentioned, the Author felt it necessary to yet again fall into a minutes long recounting of just how awesome said technology was.
The repetitive phrasing made this even more unbearable, and by the end the only reaction it provoked from this reader was a jaded "well, here he goes again..."

There was potential for more interesting side-stories, some of which were only mentioned in a single sentence as an afterthought, others criminally under-explored.

As it stands, the third book is pretty bad and so is the ending.

Throughout all books, R.C. Bray delivers a solid narration that makes it easy to tell characters apart, often with not necessarily authentic, but believable accents. No criticism here.


The bottom line is:
This might make a nice movie trilogy, it's focused on action, lacks any particular depth and you won't have to read the Author trying too hard to elevate a machine being a machine into some sort of poetry, which only serves to highlight the lack of any real story to tell for increasingly larger parts of his books.

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  • J. Mewes
  • 17/10/2018

Loved 1, liked 2, and had to force 3

Struggled to finish hits it on the head. After the first two books this was way too long, losing itself on too many side stories. The main one kept me in though.

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  • Dirk Zimmermann
  • 05/04/2016

Der mit der größten Kanone

Zum Ende des dreiteiligen spannenden Epos wird klassische vorherrschende Politik in die Geschichte umgesetzt, also der mit der größten Kanone. ... es ist auch nicht ganz schlüssig das einige Aliennationen ihre eigenen Stämme opfern um die Erde zu retten, wohl aber dass viele auf der Erde die eigenen Interessen vor das aller gehen lassen.

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  • singularity0821
  • 02/05/2016

Great!!!

Awesome book, that is impossible to put down and the perfect narrator for this book. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Garak
  • 12/04/2016

unfassbar gut!

Hoffentlich wird es weitere Trilogien von diesem Autor geben die in diesem Universum spielen.
Der Sprecher zog mich auch noch einmal tiefer in die Geschichte ein.

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