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S.M STIRLING / [Emberverse: Bk 01] DIES the FIRE [ Audiobook ]
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15 Jul, 2014 12:59:49 AEST
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Complete & Unabridged

22 Hours on MP3 CD

Read by Todd McLaren

Emberverse Series: Book 1

Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

Juniper Mackenzie was singing and playing guitar in a pub when her small Oregon town was thrust into darkness. Cars refused to start. Phones were silent. And when an airliner crashed, no sirens sounded and no fire trucks arrived. Now, taking refuge in her family's cabin with her daughter and a growing circle of friends, Juniper is determined to create a farming community to benefit the survivors of this crisis.

But even as people band together to help one another, others are building armies for conquest.


5.0 out of 5 stars It's the end of the world as we know it... 12 Mar 2009
I think this is a superb action/adventure story with believable, engaging and rounded characters, genuinely threatening bad-guys, and plenty of twists & turns in the plot.

This is the first in a trilogy - with a second follow-on trilogy now in progress. I'm finished the first trilogy and have started the second. All the books in the series are like a box of chocolates - once you've started, it's hard to stay away and you end up forcing yourself to slow down and enjoy it properly !

I won't recap the plot (see Jim Harmer's review for a good summary) but just to say that while this is set in the same universe as the author's "Island in the Sea of Time" series, there is no real interaction or overlap between them, and it doesn't add anything to this book if you've read the other series. IMO this is an excellent first read by this author, if you're new to him.

The intriguing premise is - what if technology stopped working one day ? Basically anything from the industrial revolution onwards just suddenly stops - no electricity, no machines (water, wind and muscle-power still work but that's pretty much it) no nuclear power obviously, no guns, no explosives... It's an interesting idea, and makes you scarily aware of how dependant most of us are on food being produced, and imported, using all those machines.

I think the author does an excellent job of making this "Change" (as the survivors call it) believable - and the new societies that grow up in the aftermath. The results are filled in more with each succeeding book, and I found the developments that he describes to be very plausible. I particularly enjoyed the parts of the second book (The Protector's War) that are set in England.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written - un-putdownable 14 Feb 2007
This book is the first in the trilogy. Characterisation is good and the story is a real pageturner. I was new to Stirling's work, and am now keen to read more. He builds a world to get engrossed in. You end up caring for the characters in this book. Beautifully written, with a well executed story, you'll find it hard to put down. Having finished this one, you'll want to read Protectorrs War followed by A Meeting at Corvallis. Brilliant.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, slow pace 28 April 2007
I have never read any of S.M. Stirling's work before and so therefore cannot comment on any comparisons that can be made with the 'island in the sea of time' books etc.

However, regardless of this the book was very well executed with an immersive world that is vividly described with pages of work. Personally this daunts me slightly as I prefer the book to move quite fast, yet I perservered and the sheer idea alone held my attention for the whole novel. Perhaps the book would feel very superficial if it did not have the level of description Stirling has embedded into it, due to the fact so many things have to be established to the reader after the Change.

After adjusting to the style I really enjoyed the story and I think anyone who finds the idea of a post-apocalypto world exciting then this book will fulfill the void. Yet the only reason it is four stars is that the descriptive writing can become tedious and not a lot happens throughout the whole novel and each task etc is very progressive over chapters.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great yarn 14 July 2007
First, let me say I am quite a 'what-if' fan, so Dies The Fire was right up my alley. I greatly enjoyed it and since bought the next two books. I think a measure of its worth is that I could happily let slide quite a few incredible lucky breaks for the heroes without it spoiling the fun.

This is not Hard Sci-fi but its a great tale and a real page-turner. If you like this genre of books, or any sort of military adventure stories, then you will probably enjoy 'Dies the Fire'. If you have nothing urgent distracting you, you'll finish it within 48 hours and probably be back down to the bookstore for 'The Protectors War'.

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