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Invasion

By: Sean Platt,Johnny B. Truant
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Publisher's Summary

They are coming. The countdown has begun.

First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming. So the news has turned from evasion to triage, urging calm and offering the few facts they have:

The objects are enormous, perfectly round spheres numbering in the dozens, maybe hundreds. They are on an approach vector for Earth. And they will arrive in six days.

©2015 Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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"terrible, absolutely terrible"

a bunch of self involved assholes flee an imminent alien invasion while having trivial arguments.

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Do not waste your time!

This book is pretty bad. The narrator is great, but the story line itself is mainly about a Rich father and his teenager spoiled kids trying to get to a bunker. The author must love the idea of Rape because every female character dwells on it. It's not what you think it will be story wise.
I never take the time to write a review but this book was so annoying I just had to.

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slow headache

27 chapters of a family stuck in traffic. Aliens? not in this book. very boring.

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really glad that I listened to the audiobook

Aliens are coming, or at least that’s sure what it looks like. This causes a quick panic because everyone on Earth is completely in the dark as to what they want/need from them. Forcing most people into a panic, the Dempsy’s are trying to get to their underground bunker to escape anything these aliens will throw their way.

The narration, done by Ray Porter was excellent. He’s definitely a great narrator. He gives a great rendition of Meyer Dempsy and the other’s in Dempsy’s family. Porter was obviously an excellent choice, he doesn’t have the “military” man voice that some authors seem to pull off excellently, but that’s good because the main character was a businessman, not a military man. There were no issues with the production, just like every other Podium Publishing audiobook I’ve listened to.

Meyer Dempsy is not someone you would normally feel sorry for. Rich, with a wonderful family, and even a plan on how to survive almost anything. I’m glad that Platt & Truant didn’t dive much deeper into Dempsy’s past because I don’t think I could have felt sorry for them. Following them while they encounter problem after problem. Dempsy was prepared but not as much as he could have been.

Platt & Truant did a wonderful job making you really feel for this family. Within Invasion you go from not being sure what Meyer was thinking–to basically realizing that this man was a genius (other than a few small problems).

I really enjoyed this, I finished it in a few sittings and was really glad that I listened to the audiobook version. I will definitely be checking out the next book in this series (to which there was a 15-ish minute clip at the end of this audiobook). Platt & Truant are easily becoming one of my favorite duo of writers.

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High Octane Science Fiction at Its Best

A disclaimer: Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt are two of my favorite living authors and Ray Porter is one of my favorite narrators. So it's no surprise that I loved this book. For that reason you may want to take this review with a grain of salt.

A word of warning: This book should be rated R. for content. It is not for children.

The aliens are coming! And everyone is losing their shit! Everyone that is, except for Meyer Dempsey. He has a plan. This is the story of his quest to make sure his family is as safe as possible in this brave new world.

This is truly a book you can't put down until it's finished. When I got it on Kindle I read it in a little under 10 hours. It's the first book I finished with my own eyes in 20 years. Usually, I'll buy a book on Kindle, start reading it, give up and wait for the audio version. This story wouldn't let me put it down.

When I saw that Ray Porter was narrating the audio version I know I had to have it. Ray has a way of reading fast-paced, high-energy material that really pulls you in. Also, thanks to Ray the character in the book who most annoyed me was far more tolerable. The voice Ray gave Raj is far less annoying than the one I gave him in my head. Thanks Ray!

If you liked The Beam or Robot Proletariat written by Johnny and Sean you'll love this book. Likewise if you like anything narrated by Ray Porter (especially if you like the Joe Ledger series) you'll love this book.

I hope Ray continues to narrate the series!

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Just no.

It's like an alien invasion on Desperate Housewives meets a reality show with the most shallow, crude, and idiotically narrow minded daily life, complete with a silly attempt to "deepen" the main character with some pseudo-shamanistic stereotype drug use to give him "premonitions" about the world ending.

He's a paranoid billionaire, who, despite infinite resources, still botched what should have been a very easy extraction process. You don't have a secret apocalypse lair in Vail... and then take some POS high end minivan to DRIVE from NYC, out of town, to your private JET before FAA grounds all flights.

You hire a fucking helicopter to extract you and your family; in less than 15 minutes you are air born with private security. Done. This is manageable with a fraction of the purposed "wealth" this guy has. You do NOT send hysterical early 20-something yoga bimbo to drive across New York City to pick the kids up from school, then belittle and bemoan her obvious ineptitude--DUH. Seriously, that is his own fuck-up for assigning a job to someone who lacks the skill set to handle it. You hire a fucking professional if it's life and death: if you have that kind of money, that kind of paranoia, you have that kind of backup.

Oh, and his ex-wife, who he still sleeps with behind his bimbo's back, is ALSO driving from LA to meet up with them in the Vail Lair--his 15-yo son wants to bone his step-bimbo, and the teenage daughter essentially kidnapped her Indian boyfriend, now dragging HIM along to the Vail Lair, too--forget how THAT reads. The author, with the endless crude sex & rape jokes, clearly intends to encourage his characters' poor choices, endlessly.

I can't even get to the third day of their "adventure". This is the kind of family that you adamantly pray does NOT manage to reproduce after the world ends. Far from creating relatable and interesting characters, everyone thus introduced has no redeemable qualities, no depth, and whine and argue about EVERYTHING.

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Don't be duped

If your looking for sifi, look elsewhere. For 9 hours you get to hear about a family traveling from NYC to Vail. No aliens! I feel ripped off.

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Where is book two? Please! I can't wait!

Where does Invasion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best ever. It's not Shakespeare but it is a real page tuner and roller coaster ride.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Invasion?

The entire book is gripping and brilliant

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is superb. Great characters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Only my heart thumping and lack of sleep!

Any additional comments?

Please get us book two asap!

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  • LB
  • 11-23-15

Not SciFi - Lead in to buy Book 2

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

All about a family driving, but if you buy Book 2 they say the Aliens will come then. Somewhere I missed the fact this will be or is a series and this book was just the lead in to get you to purchase more.

Has Invasion turned you off from other books in this genre?

Maybe

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Ray Porter is always great that's why I purchased this book.

Any additional comments?

I feel like I wasted not only my time but my money as well.

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True page turner

Alien invasion stories seem to be especially popular right now. Ernest Cline just released Armada. Edward W. Robertson is killing it with his Breakers series. James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series is crushing it, and is set to debut the television series on Syfy soon. While the appeal of the fantastic in what may come from meeting an alien race, and possibly more suspenseful, if they are met soon before their wicked intentions of domination are revealed, the most appealing aspect to these stories are the characters who may be soon to perish.

Invasion, co-written by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, has done a phenomenal job taking an entire first book prior to the alien landing to entertain and endear us to a cast of characters ripe for an emotional disaster. On the surface of the story’s outline, the plot seems simple, and if the characters were bland, it would be mediocre at best. The aliens have shown up on space footage and a family separated from coast to coast has to find a way to a bunker in Colorado. Most of the story takes place in their cars or walking. While reading, I was amazed at how as a writer I might have been intimidated at how to make this transitional and introductory book entertaining while knowing it will be mostly a travelogue. Platt and Truant are master creators though, so it’s no surprise that the characters they’ve built have so much budding conflict between them that they could have been going to the grocery store on a normal Saturday morning and I would have been hooked.

Our main character, Meyer, is an entrepreneurial tycoon with two teenage kids, a son and a daughter. His son is enduring the beginning of puberty and a star crossed crush with Meyer’s new wife, a hot yogi who’s only fourteen years older than his son. His daughter has a secret and happens to be with her boyfriend when she’s picked up, so now he’s forced to go with them instead of going to his family. His new wife is struggling with the changes she’ll have to make to survive in this new world, as well as a jealousy over possible lingering romance between Meyer and his ex-wife. Everything from dialogue to getting into their inner thoughts keeps this story highly engaging and one of the best stories I’ve read this year. The ending really took me by surprise and I immediately had to get started on Book Two, Contact.

I listened to a few chapters of the audiobook, but I didn’t want to wait until I had a moment to listen, so I read this every chance I could in ebook. I have the paperback, too–one of the perks of being a newsletter subscriber and winning a giveaway–but I read way too quickly to make it to the paper version. Anyway, my point was to mention the narrator, R.C. Bray is awesome as always, so if you prefer audiobooks, definitely pick this one up.

I hear a lot of books called page turners, but this one truly stands out as earning such praise.

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  • C. MacDonald
  • 02-19-18

Not what I expected.

The story line centres mostly on the interaction between the members of a family and their reaction to an imminent Alien invasion of approaching ships . That unfortunately is all you get in this book. It talks about the breakdown of civilisation and the cleverness of the hero in building an underground bunker which they have to journey to, and their adventure on the way. Yawned a lot. Sorry showed promise but in my opinion didn't push any buttons. I listened to the first part of the next book, more of the same. I will not be buying it.

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  • Jude
  • 09-19-15

Well narrated disappointing story

Would you try another book written by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant or narrated by Ray Porter?

I'd definitely buy another book narrated by Ray Porter as I've enjoyed previous audiobooks he's narrated and he did a good job with this one too

What could Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

it's not so much that the story is bad...it's just not what I expected having read the synopsis and listened to the samples. I was expecting more science fiction...more focus on the imminent invasion whereas this dealt more with the breakdown of society. I didn't even make it half way through the book but got so bored of the riots etc. Maybe the next book will be better...I'll never know.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the first few scenes, where the news of the imminent invasion first broke.

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  • Mustang
  • 05-04-18

Struggling to Finish

Started off good, but I'm struggling with this one.

The narrator is putting me off. His normal male voice sounds like Brian from Family Guy, his female voice for Heather sounds like a female Jack Black.

The way the narration plays out Myers (main male character) is way too serious compared to everyone else who acts likes it's a vacation.

I'll try and get through this one.

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  • Mr. James Confue
  • 06-04-16

Not sure if it was the narrator or the female char

They just really grated on me, not sure if it was the narrator doing the female voice badly or doing a shrill nasal voice perfectly but either way I listened about half way and lost interest.

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  • Matt
  • 05-26-16

Apocalyptic alien invasion of Earth yet again, but this time done much better!

This is a fantastic novel with great narration. The apocalyptic Alien invasion is a theme that recurs often, but somehow this one has been done better than most. My only criticism is that it was a bit short. That could just be because I'm used to reading epic novels now, but to be fair to the authors, this is a series and I already own the next two books.

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  • Sally R
  • 08-02-15

The realisation they are coming and the escape

I liked this and will certainly get the next book, it's really just the prelude to the actual invasion and how they deal with humanity going crazy!

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  • Dave_R
  • 07-30-21

Unlikeable characters and grating impressions of women

How to make the apocalypse boring? First make one of your characters a poorly written unfunny and unlikable comedian, next make constant ham fisted references to near future technology and finally shoehorn the first half of your book into a car ride. It probably continues on for a while longer but I gave up.

All of the narrators female voices sound almost exactly the same with a whinny trill despite a couple of descriptions that they should sound quite different. This combines with all of them and being portrayed as spoilt brat damsels in distress who don’t understand the seriousness of their situation.

But don’t think you get a reprieve from the male lead who is an exemplar of the arrogant CEO type “he made the money so he got to make his families decisions”.

I’ve never given up on an audiobook before and had to write this review to try warn others away.

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  • Gerrard
  • 03-25-17

More of a prologue than a complete book

I can't consider this book as being complete. It really is just a preamble to the main event. Having said that, I can't wait to get to the main event as the story is well written and the narration is awesome. Book 2 commencing as soon as I type this full stop (or period as the pretent English speakers prefer to call it).

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  • Helen G.
  • 09-13-21

Nothing to commend this book

There was not one single likeable character in this book. I found myself hoping that aliens, that never appeared, would zap them all in to oblivion. The story line had so much potential but was dull and predictable. The female characters were sexulised and helpless. The males were either over flowing on testosterone or ineffectual. Boring. boring, boring.

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  • Sarita Carlos
  • 02-25-17

1% Alien, 90% BS

What disappointed you about Invasion?

I was expecting a book about Aliens, however, the only Alien part of the book is in the title. The rest is only about one family trying to get to a bunker, running from other human beings. It's Walking Dead without the zombies...
Narration was very good, though.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant again?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

More aliens, less human relations.
Describe the aliens, how do they look? What do they want etc.
Not going to get the next one, as sample made me think it will be only about other people trying to get into the bunker and again, not enough about aliens.
This title should move to romance category.

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  • beaver
  • 04-17-17

Not what you'd expect

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you like a road trip story, then I guess this is right up your street

Has Invasion put you off other books in this genre?

No, I even went further to read the next and found that for me I had reached the end of the road. A bunker story was not what I was expecting

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

Does a great job of what I thought was poor material

What character would you cut from Invasion?

All the women characters! They were stereotypes of the worse kind, I found myself loathing their contribution to the story, having said that, I didn't have a single character that I could empathise with, even the primary character was painful.

Any additional comments?

If your into a science fiction story then this will disappoint, book one is a road trip story with no idea of what or who is invading, book two is a bunker story where find out nothing about the aliens, who they are where they are from, what they want. After book two I gave up!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-19

a waste of Ray

too many stupid people surrounding 1 half decent character. the micro issues overwhelmed the story as a whole

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  • Catherine
  • 11-12-22

Not for me.

Too slow for my taste.

This could perhaps be called a “cheap drama”, with some Alien Invasion thing in the background. Not to me, true Science Fiction as the genre I enjoy.

Confronting topics - not uncommon in Science Fiction. This did not however do that. The elements of sexuality were trashy, predictable, unimaginative and caused “eeew, cringe”.

Ray couldn’t save this for me.

Perhaps someone else’s cup of tea.

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  • Shaz Ginns
  • 10-03-22

Interesting and disturbing

Every family needs a Meyer( perhaps with a better moral code) if they have a chance to survive. His biggest failure was not training his kids for what he knew was coming. You don’t invest that type of money without having a serious conviction that it will be needed and soon. Seems strange a guy as squared away as that would neglect to arm his kids with as much knowledge as possible. Lila seems to have a sad ability to make mostly wrong decisions that put her family and herself in danger. The writers seemed to push the idea that Heather was a great mother with absolutely nothing to support it. She is still sleeping with her ex, and others, has given up her children in favour of her career and any drug going seems to be her crutch of choice. And she’s a gutter comedian who has brought no other discernible skill to the survival bunker table. Interesting to see where this story leads though there are a couple of characters they could lose along the way.

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  • Bob Batchelor
  • 08-31-22

Not for everyone...

Some may enjoy but unfortunately, I found way too much pointless detail to be interesting

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  • ScroatySac
  • 08-07-22

A book with kne good character that goes nowhere..

yeah... a really slow story thats micro written.. Sorry , listened to it all but couldn't get into it...

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  • Kevin
  • 07-30-22

very slow

great story and narrated well but the story is very slow
feels like book was written just to get you to buy the next part when whole story could have been completed in one book

loved the Bob books

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  • Thomas
  • 07-24-22

Not even Ray Porter can save this one

A very poorly written story with racist and sexist characters. There is no twist and the white alpha male ends up saving the day. yuck.
Ray Porter's performance is solid but this book is to be avoided.
Will not be listening to the sequel...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-22

A very ORDINARY STORY............

Pretentious characters, a boring story.


Obviously the author hates it's family and parents and needs to get a divorce from it's partner.

Then......it needs to send itself to a psychiatric institution and commit for lifelong therapy.


A God awful story that can only be tolerated for 5 chapters before you scan for something interesting.

So many gay character names, the author shows it's hand.

If the author commits suicide, then that would be the most positive impact it's life has achieved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-21

rubbish regretful purchase

rubbish so slow predictable plot
meaningless story line narrator trying to pull off male and female voices