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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 par 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 but 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. For 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.


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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 par 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 but 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. For 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.

30 review for Fear the Future

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Moss

    Well I liked it. But this author is the kind of guy who reviews his own books, so I wouldn't trust him.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Spoilers ahead. I really liked this series, but I was very disappointed in this last installment. (view spoiler)[I didn't appreciate the way the author basically took the main characters from the first 2 books and essentially eliminated them from the conclusion of the story, shuffling them off to some remote prison island under some not-very-believable set of circumstances. Then, with the culmination of the series, basically everything possible falls in place for the humans to have a shot at defea Spoilers ahead. I really liked this series, but I was very disappointed in this last installment. (view spoiler)[I didn't appreciate the way the author basically took the main characters from the first 2 books and essentially eliminated them from the conclusion of the story, shuffling them off to some remote prison island under some not-very-believable set of circumstances. Then, with the culmination of the series, basically everything possible falls in place for the humans to have a shot at defeating the aliens, but they *still* fail, except wait, here comes the Deus Ex Machina... a woman is able to magically transcend into some form of demigod to save humanity. All the preparation and efforts of the first couple books were essentially worthless in the end. (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I loved the first two books, so I was both surprised and disappointed to end up with such mixed feelings about this final chapter of the Fear saga. Perhaps it was the strangely anti-climactic fights. Perhaps it was the uneven pacing. Perhaps it was my own frustration with earth's leaders who continued to selfishly focus on their own political aims and power grabs instead of coming together for the survival of the human race. And perhaps it was the occasionally irrelevant segues into the activiti I loved the first two books, so I was both surprised and disappointed to end up with such mixed feelings about this final chapter of the Fear saga. Perhaps it was the strangely anti-climactic fights. Perhaps it was the uneven pacing. Perhaps it was my own frustration with earth's leaders who continued to selfishly focus on their own political aims and power grabs instead of coming together for the survival of the human race. And perhaps it was the occasionally irrelevant segues into the activities taking place aboard the alien craft speeding towards our planet. I didn't hate it. I did still like it, just not to the extent that I had expected and wanted to. And perhaps I'll feel more charitably towards the story when I've had more time to dwell on it. To be fair, it was a lot to take in - Moss ambitiously dips his toe into many a moral, philosophical, and technological flight of fancy. But too often I felt myself wanting to skip some of the longer ramblings and over-descriptive moments (pacing!). It is a series that I would still recommend, despite my ambivalence about the third novel, as the first two books received whole-hearted 5-star ratings from me. SPOILERS BELOW And now, let me rant a little. Fighting with one hand tied behind your back is not how wars are won, especially on the scale required in the Fear Saga. And ruling by committee is even worse when you need to get something important done in a hurry, because everyone is usually only thinking about their own hides, so the end result gets watered down trying to appease the whole group. So here we are, with the human race on the cusp of forced extinction, but repeatedly people need to be dragged kicking and screaming towards a chance for survival. There's no room for limp-wristed bureaucracy when you're preparing for interstellar war against a far more technologically advanced opponent. Yet one of the biggest struggles was how concerned people were with their own political and religious power. Aliens that are coming to kill you don't give a crap about what the Pope has to say about it. It was frustrating to watch world leaders drag their feet at every step. This leads me to my next point. Neal sweated blood to save humanity - it was all he ever seemed to think about - and it is only through his laser-focused leadership that the defense efforts were able to reach the level that they did. Was he cold at times? Yes. Cold, but never unnecessary. I never once got the impression that he enjoyed what he was doing, or relished the power he held. He was never needlessly cruel. And that's why the coup against him felt like the ultimate betrayal to me. I nearly rage-quit when it was revealed that Jim's treachery was actually successful to the point that TASC was now being led by committee (headed by Jim, of course). I have to wonder, how much of what Jim did was driven by jealousy? How long did it take him to put the poison pill to the ears of the others? And why did Madeline, who was with Neal from the beginning, never TALK to him if she really felt that he had too much power? Instead we have a sophomoric clique whispering and plotting in their own little corner of cyberspace instead of actually confronting the man who considers them all to be his friends. No, instead they waited until Neal had overseen all of the truly important work and the defense program would be on auto-pilot from then on out (it was just "assembly line" manufacturing of the fleet at that point), then decided to take him out of the picture. Then, when Minnie caught their plotting asses, Jim gave a very pretty speech claiming that the coup was about retaining their "humanity," but it even sounded false to his own ears. And how hypocritical was it all in the end? They harshly judged Neal's actions as war crimes, yet went on to use his methods and the incredibly skilled orphan pilots that his program created because Neal's methods were the only thing that could bring them even close to victory - even going so far as to do the same thing to Banu! But it's okay, you know, because they did it by committee or something? Right? Pot, meet Kettle. There wasn't much information given about the depths of what Ayala did, and we're left to imagine the worst about her clandestine actions, so I can't say what she did or didn't deserve as punishment. But I can say for damn sure that Neal didn't deserve the ending he got, to be imprisoned and brushed aside as an afterthought. Okay, done ranting now.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Stewart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hands down, the most poorly written conclusion to any series I have ever read. Neal's 'decision' is so completely out of character that it amounts to character assassination, and in a few small paragraphs renders the investment in the whole series to nothing short of worthless and places it at the bottom of my never to read again Sci-fi pile. Moss was obviously going for: "Oh no...!" As shocked hands leap to mouths, but instead he managed to get: "Eh!!!" Following this revelation I completely lost Hands down, the most poorly written conclusion to any series I have ever read. Neal's 'decision' is so completely out of character that it amounts to character assassination, and in a few small paragraphs renders the investment in the whole series to nothing short of worthless and places it at the bottom of my never to read again Sci-fi pile. Moss was obviously going for: "Oh no...!" As shocked hands leap to mouths, but instead he managed to get: "Eh!!!" Following this revelation I completely lost interest in the rest of the book, and snorted derisively at the absurdity of the finale. Considering the first 2 novels (and first Half of this one), the quality of writing and obvious talent of the author, this is a real head scratcher! Take hied budding authors, if you want to teach yourself how NOT to wrap up a novel or series, this is the book for you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Warren

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was had at books 1 & 2 ( fantastic character development through their trials and tribulations) 3rd Book - SPOILER ALERT! 1) Then you changed the arc for the two main protagonists that you spent 2 books making very likable. 2) You made politicians the heroes at the end - despised them in the beginning, didn't like them any better. 3) Did not care about the politics of the aliens, skipped entire chapters because of that - boring, at least make it shorter and intro in book 1 first if you're going t I was had at books 1 & 2 ( fantastic character development through their trials and tribulations) 3rd Book - SPOILER ALERT! 1) Then you changed the arc for the two main protagonists that you spent 2 books making very likable. 2) You made politicians the heroes at the end - despised them in the beginning, didn't like them any better. 3) Did not care about the politics of the aliens, skipped entire chapters because of that - boring, at least make it shorter and intro in book 1 first if you're going this route. 4) Dissatisfied with the third book, though it was the conclusion of the trilogy - maybe a 4th book? Or start a new trilogy? 5) As you can tell, I like the main protagonists - and not the politicians as the saviors. 1&2 5 stars , book 3 - meh! Just sayin'

  6. 5 out of 5

    Soo

    Notes: RC Bray was great! Trilogy: - Too much going on to make it cohesive or personal. I ended up not caring about 80% of the series because events were told as mini-summaries or info dumps. - Characters Human/Alien + Plot were interesting but the way it was pieced out ended up distant & not engaging. - Story would have been better if it followed 4 or less characters. Author tried to show ALL sides of the events: alien, human, different countries, many characters, etc. It was too ambitious and en Notes: RC Bray was great! Trilogy: - Too much going on to make it cohesive or personal. I ended up not caring about 80% of the series because events were told as mini-summaries or info dumps. - Characters Human/Alien + Plot were interesting but the way it was pieced out ended up distant & not engaging. - Story would have been better if it followed 4 or less characters. Author tried to show ALL sides of the events: alien, human, different countries, many characters, etc. It was too ambitious and ended up not establishing anything well except to tell the reader what's going on in mostly detached manner. Either cut down on POVs or make the series longer to give each event enough space to be shown.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ozy Ali

    If I could give this book a rating based on disappointment, it would have like a 1.5. I would give this 2.5 overall just because he did such a damn good job with the previous 2 books that I was SUPER INVESTED. This book was a disappointment for me personally, and I hate that. All of a sudden, introducing the factions of the Mobilei, introducing politics into it, introducing the events that happened to Ayala and Neal, seemingly from nowhere for no apparent reason, was ludicrous. Neal and Ayala were If I could give this book a rating based on disappointment, it would have like a 1.5. I would give this 2.5 overall just because he did such a damn good job with the previous 2 books that I was SUPER INVESTED. This book was a disappointment for me personally, and I hate that. All of a sudden, introducing the factions of the Mobilei, introducing politics into it, introducing the events that happened to Ayala and Neal, seemingly from nowhere for no apparent reason, was ludicrous. Neal and Ayala were the driving forces behind the whole thing, and to end like it did for them...A scandal. Birgit was a legend to the end and beyond, as was Minnie. I feel like Stephenson got the pacing wrong, got the styling wrong, got a lot of it wrong in this book. In the end, I wasn't sure what was going on as it was described in a way where I felt I struggled to keep the picture in my head, which was never the case in the first 2 books. The conclusion was sub par, some really significant characters were sacrificed and I felt like I didn't even care, I was that out of touch with this book. The driving force for me up to this book was the involvement, the characterisation and how integrated into the group I felt as reader. This was definitely not the case in this book. I will still recommend it because it's so damn good and others may like what I didn't, but there you have it. I can only recommend this based on the strength of the story before it, not on it's own merits.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This book was absolutely awful. How can an author who did so well on the previous two installments of this trilogy fail so miserably on the final installment. Ignoring the lack of editing (spelling errors, grammar, etc), the story itself was a mess. Introducing new characters for no purpose, meandering side stories (just to increase page count?), and a complete disconnect from the prior two books with the main characters. Perhaps the most egregious had to do with the characters. After spending so This book was absolutely awful. How can an author who did so well on the previous two installments of this trilogy fail so miserably on the final installment. Ignoring the lack of editing (spelling errors, grammar, etc), the story itself was a mess. Introducing new characters for no purpose, meandering side stories (just to increase page count?), and a complete disconnect from the prior two books with the main characters. Perhaps the most egregious had to do with the characters. After spending so much time developing the protagonist, he was simply written off with an implausible story-line that did not fit the character. Honestly if this was a TV series, this would seem like an attempt to write of an actor (main character) who left the show unexpectedly, and still in that medium would have done a poor job. The ending reminded me of a student writing a paper who realized it was due in about 5 minutes and just made something up completely out of place from the entire set of books. All of the build-up to an event that no matter what the genre was done that prevented any suspension of disbelief. I wish I would have known how bad the third book was going to be, and then I would not have wasted so much time reading the prior two books. As it stands I do not think I will ever read another book by this author in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    CB

    (Entering in books that I read over summer/fall) I LOVED the first book, I felt the tension building with the second, and was soooooo ready to jump into this conclusion. Cue worst let down ever :( after I was done listening to this audiobook I seriously regretted all the time I spent listening to this series. I can't remember the specific complaints that I had (besides wtf happened to Neal?!? What a weird way for that character to end up) but I do remember being absolutely distraught. It all fel (Entering in books that I read over summer/fall) I LOVED the first book, I felt the tension building with the second, and was soooooo ready to jump into this conclusion. Cue worst let down ever :( after I was done listening to this audiobook I seriously regretted all the time I spent listening to this series. I can't remember the specific complaints that I had (besides wtf happened to Neal?!? What a weird way for that character to end up) but I do remember being absolutely distraught. It all felt so bleh, especially after all the buildup. I don't know what could have made it better, but for me it just was not a recipe for enjoyable storytelling. RC Bray was, of course, a flawless narrator but ultimately could not save the story for me. Very disappointing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yossi

    Such a disappointing conclusion to the trilogy. This book is everything the first two are not - slow, boring, and far from intelligent. While things seem to happen at breakneck (and unbelievable) speeds for the characters, the author focuses on telling the story in the most boring way, focusing on technology advancements instead of character and long non-interesting scenes (aliens doing a boat race, really????) instead of important story points (the actual war, hello??). The ending is also somewh Such a disappointing conclusion to the trilogy. This book is everything the first two are not - slow, boring, and far from intelligent. While things seem to happen at breakneck (and unbelievable) speeds for the characters, the author focuses on telling the story in the most boring way, focusing on technology advancements instead of character and long non-interesting scenes (aliens doing a boat race, really????) instead of important story points (the actual war, hello??). The ending is also somewhat of dues ex-machina, which is really disappointing. Shame really. I think a good editor would have made this work better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I liked book 1 but by the end of book two it was starting to drag. By the end of book three I was kind of relieved it was over. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the series more if I'd read it rather than listened to it. I often found myself wanting the author to just get on with it. There were parts that just didn't help move the plot forward and I feel like we could have done without. Related to that, as some other reviews pointed out, the end was kind of disappointing because so much of the build I liked book 1 but by the end of book two it was starting to drag. By the end of book three I was kind of relieved it was over. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the series more if I'd read it rather than listened to it. I often found myself wanting the author to just get on with it. There were parts that just didn't help move the plot forward and I feel like we could have done without. Related to that, as some other reviews pointed out, the end was kind of disappointing because so much of the build up throughout the books didn't transition into an impact on the outcome. Why did we spend so much time hearing about various characters, situations, etc, if they didn't have an impact on the outcome that the author wanted to share with readers?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bernard Davis

    Not a very satisfactory ending to the trilogy. The main protagonists are written off in very unsympathetic and almost perfunctory way. The alien ‘intervals’ are boring and unnecessary and can be skipped without really losing anything. The final (what should be) climactic battles are dealt with almost as an afterthought. The typos and errors found in the earlier books are still there. I wondered if Mr Moss was perhaps getting a bit bored with it all and wanted to move on. Read it if you’ve read t Not a very satisfactory ending to the trilogy. The main protagonists are written off in very unsympathetic and almost perfunctory way. The alien ‘intervals’ are boring and unnecessary and can be skipped without really losing anything. The final (what should be) climactic battles are dealt with almost as an afterthought. The typos and errors found in the earlier books are still there. I wondered if Mr Moss was perhaps getting a bit bored with it all and wanted to move on. Read it if you’ve read the first two, mainly to complete your trek but don’t bother otherwise.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Baptiste

    Excellent! Give me another one. I love this book, I can't wait for another one that takes place in this world. I enjoyed the character development but not some of the things that happened to them. Please don't leave this book as open ended as you did.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Omry Yadan

    I liked the first two books in the series more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gilbert Lidholm

    The third part was too much politics for me. The ending was not as good either. The epic last battle was short and not really exciting. The book series falter a bit due to its numerous characters, some even with the same name as another character, but all in all it is good.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Hosey

    The promise of this trilogy was worth the effort to see it realized. There is enough here to entertain, but the ending is disappointing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    AudioBookReviewer

    My original Fear the Future audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. This is the third and final volume of the Fear Saga. The Earth must somehow increase its defenses, all while crushing its own internal power struggles. Neil, now de facto dictator of the world, has focused the world on building great weapons for the coming battle. He may have also lost his humanity and will ultimately pay a great price for it, but doesn’t see any another option to saving the Earth. The My original Fear the Future audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. This is the third and final volume of the Fear Saga. The Earth must somehow increase its defenses, all while crushing its own internal power struggles. Neil, now de facto dictator of the world, has focused the world on building great weapons for the coming battle. He may have also lost his humanity and will ultimately pay a great price for it, but doesn’t see any another option to saving the Earth. The story switches back and forth between the coming Mobili armada and the Earth. The alien political struggles mirror our own in many ways. Indeed the struggle for power is the main theme of this series. We are introduced to many new Mobili characters, some sympathetic to the plight of humanity. The question is, will they be willing to sacrifice their own people to help an alien race. Moss stretches his imagination here, introducing many intriguing ideas: can artificial intelligences, through logic and experience, actually become more human than their creators? How far does a species go for survival, when do the ends not justify the means? If a reality construct in the mind is real to the participant, can we simply call it reality? When is the body a hindrance to be discarded, would you? Can technology and humanity coexist? And many more. It is a long and thoughtful novel, full of ideas and political intrigue. The action, as in the previous novels, is brief and somewhat anticlimactic. There is much more attention paid to the events leading up to the battles, than the battles themselves. The characters are well developed by now and the listener will have his or her own favorites, flaws and all. There are a handful of loose ends, but life is kind of like that too, people we get to know, but disappear from our lives. It is not a neatly wrapped bundle, but concludes well enough. Don’t skip the short story at the end. It is really a second epilogue. R.C. Bray continues with his outstanding performance. It needs to be said again just how enjoyable he is to listen to, one of the best audio performers working today. You’ve read or listened to volume one and two of the Fear Saga, you can’t possibly stop now. Find out if the Earth prevails, or if humanity is wiped clean from its own world for an alien race so similar to our own. Is it possible to go too far to survive, giving up our own humanity in the process? You’ll just have to listen to this highly entertaining conclusion of the Fear Saga to find out. Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris Moyer

    A decent conclusion Many other reviews panned the politics and scenes from the alien ships, but I enjoyed them. This felt like a fitting conclusion to the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dimitar Dinchev

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first book was incredible. It was so exciting, with so much suspense. The second one was still interesting and paced right, had its novelty and even if not as original as the first book - I still read it with pleasure and rated it 5/5. However, the third one felt rushed and poorly thought. There were a couple of things that made it particularly hard to finish. The way Neal & Ayala were judged. Seriously? Humanity is awaiting its potential annihilation. It is expected (or implied) that in the The first book was incredible. It was so exciting, with so much suspense. The second one was still interesting and paced right, had its novelty and even if not as original as the first book - I still read it with pleasure and rated it 5/5. However, the third one felt rushed and poorly thought. There were a couple of things that made it particularly hard to finish. The way Neal & Ayala were judged. Seriously? Humanity is awaiting its potential annihilation. It is expected (or implied) that in the coming battle millions or billions could die and the main drivers of the effort to stop the alien armada are imprisoned because they put orphans saved from North Korea in a military training program. Orphans that love the training program and the ability to fly in their virtual reality more than anything and in the end actually play a crucial role to save Earth - so without such a program, Earth wouldn't stand even that chance. In the context of that probably during the same time, when all economies are spending everything they got towards the war effort, there are millions of orphaned and unorphaned children around the globe starving, this part of the book felt so absurd. Another thing that I did not like or believe was how little role the Mobiliei agents had in 3rd book and how emotional they were. In first book these are the machines making impossible feats, doing millions of decisions in split second, managing to carry a complex fight between each other in a matter of seconds and now one of the agents is against letting orphaned children fight - is crying for his daughter, does not want to lose her, while he has sentenced to death either million of his own kind or billions of Earths'. Yes, these agents have personalities but they also were supposed to be pragmatic and realistic. It might be just me, but it all felt absurd on how many occasions in this book, so much value is put in a single or few lives and on next page, it's reiterated that it's likely that the entire planet is going to be cleansed from humanity. I'm sorry Stephen Moss, I feel like this trilogy started on a high but ended on a low.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Šárka Králíková

    The first book was great, the second was alright, this one was a waste of time. I wouldn't read it if I didn't read the previous ones. The author can write well about a handful of people and about their stories, but when he gets to the big scale, it gets slow and tedious. In the end it felt as if the author couldn't come up with a good way to end the saga (view spoiler)[Like I didn't get the subspace story at all. She was pulled into the subspace and from there she could see the enemy ships as if The first book was great, the second was alright, this one was a waste of time. I wouldn't read it if I didn't read the previous ones. The author can write well about a handful of people and about their stories, but when he gets to the big scale, it gets slow and tedious. In the end it felt as if the author couldn't come up with a good way to end the saga (view spoiler)[Like I didn't get the subspace story at all. She was pulled into the subspace and from there she could see the enemy ships as if they were floating on a river of time and she could pluck them from the surface one by one? That was too far from me. The worst deux ex machina ever. Just think it and destroy the whole enemy army. Well done.. Unfortunately, very disappointing. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    Like many others I really loved the first two books which was the only reason I toughed through and finished this book. This last one just seemed as though the author got completely bored and threw out a bunch of unrelated chapters to fill the last book. I think I would have been fine if he simply did this as a short story. Perhaps from Part 5 on, which seemed to be the only part that I could somewhat pay attention to. The other thing that I didn't like was how many people (and random animals) h Like many others I really loved the first two books which was the only reason I toughed through and finished this book. This last one just seemed as though the author got completely bored and threw out a bunch of unrelated chapters to fill the last book. I think I would have been fine if he simply did this as a short story. Perhaps from Part 5 on, which seemed to be the only part that I could somewhat pay attention to. The other thing that I didn't like was how many people (and random animals) he threw into this which made it even harder to follow.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)

    The third installment of a good sci-fi thriller. The story seemed to loose touch with the main characters but pushed forward some themes about what it means to be human in a way that I liked. Worth reading. Lots of action and things blow up. That's always a plus. Recommended. Deeper than you might think.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    A bad story poorly told. I'm certain this book had a net negative cultural impact. There are people that decided to read fewer books after reading this. There are people that, after reading Fear the Future, decided not to write, just in case their work turned out this bad.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rich Christiansen

    YES YES YES

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tavi Tudor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall Fear Saga is one of the best sci fi stories I have ever read. Amazing characters, incredibile story building with complex ramifications. But the entire trilogy and especially the third book prepares you for the epic battle that humanity has to face. Everything is built to make the reader crave for the armada to arrive and feel the war between the two races. But when it finally comes almost nothing happens. The major event of the battle, the fight of the Skums is completly ignored and eve Overall Fear Saga is one of the best sci fi stories I have ever read. Amazing characters, incredibile story building with complex ramifications. But the entire trilogy and especially the third book prepares you for the epic battle that humanity has to face. Everything is built to make the reader crave for the armada to arrive and feel the war between the two races. But when it finally comes almost nothing happens. The major event of the battle, the fight of the Skums is completly ignored and everything we are given is the statistics of what remained alive after the clash. We only get the numbers of the enemy Skums still flying. We don't see Banu in action even though the entire book we see her living for the opportunity to get into the Skum and into the action. We don't know anything about the orphans, about how they fought. When the brief fight is over I would have enjoyed to see princess' Lamatte reaction to the fact that they lost the war, to the fact that she is to live her remaining life in shame and in exile. I would have liked to feel her frustration and anger to the fact that she can do nothing. Probably for the first time in her life she is powerless. In the final hours of the book I had the impression that Stephen Moss simply wanted to end the book as quickly as possible. He simply didn't give the reader what he had promised and what he had so beautifully built. He tried something with the short story "The Orpahns' End" but not nearly enough. With that said The Fear Saga remains one of the best sci fi stories I have ever listened to. I also want to congratulate RC Bray for his astonishing and amazing talent of narrating. He would make even the worst and boring stories seem good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    By the time I finished this book I was covered in goosebumps. I had no idea how it was going to end and there was no respite as the conclusion drew near. As I had mentioned in the first two books, this was not your typical alien invasion story. The tumult, the struggles, the costs, and the sacrifices are well illustrated as is the loss of morality in order to achieve the larger goal. More than once did I find myself thinking, if this is the expense, is it worth it to preserve humanity? This is w By the time I finished this book I was covered in goosebumps. I had no idea how it was going to end and there was no respite as the conclusion drew near. As I had mentioned in the first two books, this was not your typical alien invasion story. The tumult, the struggles, the costs, and the sacrifices are well illustrated as is the loss of morality in order to achieve the larger goal. More than once did I find myself thinking, if this is the expense, is it worth it to preserve humanity? This is what a book should do. Entertain while making you think. Stephen Moss certainly succeeds on both counts. In this final chapter, we know the aliens are almost here, we know we have thrown a monkey wrench into their plans, but we also know this has taken an enormous toll. In the face of this, does the world deserve to survive? This question gets raised more than once. By the same token, we get a peek into the invading species' minds and the same questions are asked. This takes me full circle to the first book. I had a quibble that the aliens seemed too human in their motivations and behaviors. I now believe this was intentional in order that we could understand their own failings and ambiguities. If they were truly alien, I do not think we would have been able to appreciate that. I kept finding myself going back to Stephen Hawking's assertion that a superior civilization will always dominate and eradicate an inferior one. The issue here becomes, which civilization is superior? While not as action packed as the previous books, this volume does not need to be. It is a long burn to a climactic explosion and it is a well contested affair at that. There is loss and there is redemption. All in all, a damn fine read. This was an inspired trilogy and was worth every penny.

  27. 5 out of 5

    One Flew

    4.5 stars After years of preperation, disaster and sacrifice, humanities time is running short as the approaching armarda gets closer to Earth. I really loved the Fear Saga, it's a take on the alien invasion concept that I've never seen anything even close to before. The series is a lot more about careful preperation, out manoeurving your opponents and diplomatic strategm than the usual invasion story line, which would normally be centered around brave American soldiers kicking arse. This series ha 4.5 stars After years of preperation, disaster and sacrifice, humanities time is running short as the approaching armarda gets closer to Earth. I really loved the Fear Saga, it's a take on the alien invasion concept that I've never seen anything even close to before. The series is a lot more about careful preperation, out manoeurving your opponents and diplomatic strategm than the usual invasion story line, which would normally be centered around brave American soldiers kicking arse. This series has been a much more of a slow build and Fear the Future is the business end of that build. This volume wasn't quite as action packed as the previous two, most of the immediate threats already dealt with by this point. The story in this volume flips between the ever more desperate and morally frayed humanity, and the coming invaders are coming to realise that their planned war is not going to be as easy as they first thought. I did love the finale to the series, which did a brilliant job of tying up all of the loose story threads in a very satisfying manner. I've only got a one real complaint with the ending. There was a large element of Deus Ex Machina with part of the conclusion (particularly Birgid's involvement), that did feel like a little bit of a cheat. But overall it was a minor concern. Very innovative science fiction that is interesting, engaging, thought provoking and clever. Loved it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    After the pace and suspense of the previous two novels this one unfortunately loses the momentum. It appears that the novel is rushed towards the ends as the final encounter between earth and its future conquerors is very anticlimactic. The pacing at the beginning is very slow, going into the everyday life on earth with their new found future tech which becomes boring and drawn out. i find cyberspace and AI in stories a bit overdone and boring and this adds nothing groundbreaking to the idea. Th After the pace and suspense of the previous two novels this one unfortunately loses the momentum. It appears that the novel is rushed towards the ends as the final encounter between earth and its future conquerors is very anticlimactic. The pacing at the beginning is very slow, going into the everyday life on earth with their new found future tech which becomes boring and drawn out. i find cyberspace and AI in stories a bit overdone and boring and this adds nothing groundbreaking to the idea. The introduction of the alien factions invading earth is annoying and kind of ruins the story. When the long planned battle is finally engaged is rushed, short and disjointed. This is shown by the need of a short story to tell the fate of several characters that just disappear in the main book. What started out as an enjoyable series was let down by the final installment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Whiskeyjack

    Truly awesome. I enjoyed the different angles of the story very much as well as some of the plot twists. It still feels there could have been a whole lot more of good stuff than there already is, but the flip side is that story keeps a murderous pace (a plus in my book!). I do think this last one in the series was a little less excellent than the first two, but still definitely worth the 5 stars. And of course a must read if you read the first two (but knowing what is next after book 2 I'd be sur Truly awesome. I enjoyed the different angles of the story very much as well as some of the plot twists. It still feels there could have been a whole lot more of good stuff than there already is, but the flip side is that story keeps a murderous pace (a plus in my book!). I do think this last one in the series was a little less excellent than the first two, but still definitely worth the 5 stars. And of course a must read if you read the first two (but knowing what is next after book 2 I'd be surprised if you didn't want to pick this one up already). The closing words did hint that more may follow, so who knows. In any case I'm keen to read more by Stephen Moss and hope he will get on with it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Milan

    Great series although I was a bit disappointed with the last sequel and with the ending. It was a bit rushed and I missed detailed descriptions of the technology, ships and all the gadgets. It was a bit problem in the whole series, but the most noticeably on the last series. Also some parts could be more elaborated, because during my listening I was almost lost fee timea in the plot. The way how the story ends was not traditional but it makes it more special and interesting in the end. All in al Great series although I was a bit disappointed with the last sequel and with the ending. It was a bit rushed and I missed detailed descriptions of the technology, ships and all the gadgets. It was a bit problem in the whole series, but the most noticeably on the last series. Also some parts could be more elaborated, because during my listening I was almost lost fee timea in the plot. The way how the story ends was not traditional but it makes it more special and interesting in the end. All in all I highly recommend to read / listen to it!

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