Man of War (Rebellion Book 1) by M. R. Forbes

Posted August 22, 2016 by Jay Magidson in Reviews / 0 Comments

Man of War (Rebellion Book 1) by M. R. ForbesMan of War by M. R. Forbes
Narrator: Jeff Hays
Series: Rebellion #1
Published by Podium Publishing on 14 June 2016
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
Genres: Hard Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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In the year 2280, an alien fleet attacked the Earth. Their weapons were unstoppable, their defenses unbreakable. Our technology was inferior, our militaries overwhelmed. Only one starship escaped before civilization fell.

Earth was lost. It was never forgotten.

Fifty-two years have passed. A message from home has been received. The time to fight for what is ours has come.

Welcome to the rebellion.

©2016 M. R. Forbes (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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It is a half-century after the Earth is in ruins from an alien invasion.  Only a handful of humans remain, trying to stay alive and communicate with their counterparts on the one remaining hidden spaceship.  The aliens have shields that have never been penetrated, unknown origins or motivations.  Now they have decided to methodically exterminate the last few humans from Earth.

But it’s not over until it’s over.  Luck and an accidental discovery allow the humans one last desperate attempt to fight back.  Now, a daring attempt from an ace pilot and a few brave resistance fighters on Earth are all that stand between total extinction and taking back humanity’s home.

This action based Sci-Fi thriller is full of ordinary heroes against overwhelming odds.  Little is told about the aliens until late in the novel.  It gives the listener the feeling of desperation that the survivors would feel.  What possible hope could they have, after all?  And it is very effective.  The characters are believable and we easily empathize with them.  It is also interesting that two generations have gone by since the invasion with few living witnesses to the original apocalypse.  Many survivors simply want to hide and live as best they can in the ruins.  Only when that option is removed do they have to join in the fight.

Jeff Hays provides an exceptional performance, exuding the overwhelming foreboding and desperation in his voice that the characters would feel.  His accents and characterizations are excellent and the listener is swept up in the story.  It would be difficult to imagine a better match for the novel.

Alien invasion, desperate humans, star-ships, cool weapons, exciting fight scenes and flawed heroes all combine into an extremely entertaining novel.  It is clearly the first in a series of unknown length and will have the listener looking forward to the sequels.  Highly recommended.

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About Jeff Hays

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I’ve done a lot of media production through my life. My first true love was music. I went to a music conservatory, and after a year of air-bowing in the orchestra and still getting A’s, I dropped out. I didn’t want to learn to be a musical museum clerk, and it seems that’s what conservatories are shaping their students into. I wanted to make new music, and play on stage like my favorite rock and jazz favorites. I started an eccentric . . . eclectic . . . band. It was truly a labor of love, but eventually my band mates had more important things to do, and I sadly had to come to the realization that, so did I. I had been working for my parents managing rental property, but they ran into hard times and I could no longer count on having a job with them, let alone on taking over their business when they decide to retire. Nor did I want to. With my job as a maintenance man circling the drain, I scoured the internet for any creative way to make money. For a while I was shooting and editing wedding videos, web commercials, and MMA fights, but I wasn’t making it there. But then I found and, and I already had all the gear I needed besides a sound booth. This was only 2 years ago, but I feel like I’ve started a new life.

About Jay Magidson

Lover of books, Sci-Fi, 19th Century literature, young adult, and more, as long as it's good, I'll read or listen. I'm a writer as well, my weekly art column was published for years in the Aspen Daily News, Roaring Fork Sunday and Aspen Sojourner Magazine. I have 5 books in print, all pretty entertaining if you'd like to check them out. And my Sci-Fi novel, "Threshold of the Mind" was recently produced into an audiobook, read by award winning actor: Jeff Clarke (Chicago, Mad Men).

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