Into the Light: Out of the Dark, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In New York Times best-selling science fiction epic Out of the Dark, Earth beat back an alien invasion. Now we've got to make sure they don't come back, in Into the Light.
The Shongairi conquered Earth. In mere minutes, half the human race died, and our cities lay in shattered ruins.
But the Shongairi didn't expect the survivors' tenacity. And, crucially, they didn't know that Earth harbored two species of intelligent, tool-using bipeds. One of them was us. The other, long-lived and lethal, was hiding in the mountains of Eastern Europe, the subject of fantasy and legend. When they emerged and made alliance with humankind, the invading aliens didn't stand a chance.
Now Earth is once again ours. Aided by the advanced tech the aliens left behind, we're rebuilding as fast as we can.
Meanwhile, a select few of our blood-drinking immortals are on their way to the Shongairi home world, having commandeered one of the alien starships...the planet-busting kind.
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|Listening Length||25 hours and 28 minutes|
|Author||David Weber, Chris Kennedy|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 January 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 40,861 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
302 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
945 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
2,354 in Alien Invasion Science Fiction
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I must confess to being extremely disappointed with Safehold and will probably not continue with it until I know there's going to be some resolution.
Out Of The Dark goes back to the tried & true plot of aliens misjudging the drive & inventiveness of Humanity.
There is the (so called peaceful) Interstellar Council looking out for its own good despite what that means to newer races.
The only warlike race in the council being manipulated to take on Humanity. And of course, we poor humans know nothing about any of it until we are invaded!
Of course, with our backs to the wall we come out fighting but, unfortunately it's defeat all the way. How will he get a happy ending out of this we think? Well, as another reviewer said 'I didn't see that coming!'
Yes we overcame but satisfactorily?
This is why I gave it only 4 stars.
It will be interesting to see if he continues this with another book.
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It's a well-worn trope. Aliens invade and bite off more than they can chew. Despite having the high orbitals and killing half the world's population in their initial bombardment, the plucky human resistance fights back.
This is a pretty well written genre book. We've got weapons systems lovingly described and great combat. The hapless aliens are characterized pretty well, and I was almost expecting a "Footfall" moment where they roll over and submit.
Then at the end It's Vampire Ex Machina. Dracula and his thralls wipe out the aliens, ride the shuttles up to orbit and take over the fleet without any problems.
Now, mil sci-fi where the humans are rescued by Dracula? Sign me up. But sadly, Mr Weber managed to make it kind of a boring afterthought of a climax. Humans win, seize the enemy fleet and wipe out the enemy. Now they'll take the fight to the stars. How do you make that not exciting?
Anyway, I'd give it a miss just to avoid the disappointment at the end. This one could have used some more beta readers, and an editor or two.
The plot is very John Ringo with aliens with limited tech or tactics invading the earth. The resistance is heroic and every gun and weapon system is named in full. I kinda need to know it is a semi automatic rifle. Do I need to know the model number, calibre and weight of the bullet and cartridge? A small part of the plot is interesting when the dog/pack like aliens start to get an insight into human mindsets in contrast to their own
The ending degenerates into fantasy of the worst sort. With-one-bound-Jack-was-free type. Vlad the impaler rescues humanity by using vampiric powers to become smoke and kill loads of the invaders. In SF we at least deserve SOME explanation as to how that might be possible.
So we have global partisan struggles and despite human frailty some temporary triumphs against the odds. Finally the high tech aliens are too overwhelming and just as adversity grinds humanities last hope down, finally a 'Deus ex Machina' resolution.
Good, lightweight, quick read; nothing epic: Very much of the Apocalypse Troll and Dahak standard of writing. Nothing on the Treecat or Harrington level
The idea of having the undead rise up in defence of Earth - in defence of their hunting preserve - is not a bad one, but the execution is awful.
On the plus side, Weber knows how to keep you turning the pages, and it is at least entertaining. But one to get second-hand for pennies and read once, I think, no more.