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Onslaught

By: Lucas Marcum,J.F. Holmes
Narrated by: Talon Beeson
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What would you do if America and the world were invaded tomorrow by a relentless and brutal enemy? In an alternate 2015, a US Army Special Forces Team, part of the legendary black ops unit "Delta", is in midtown Manhattan to take out a Chinese spy and his handlers, sending a message short of outright conflict. All goes smoothly until they find themselves in a full-blown shooting war through the canyons of the City. Portals from another world have opened in Central Park, making a way for figures out of historical nightmare to invade. The Fae, creatures banished from Earth thousands of years ago and now only part of our legends, have returned with Dragon fire, spell, and sword to conquer and take revenge.

The first volume of the Fae Wars covers Team Three, G squadron, Special Forces Detachment (Delta) as they fight their way off Manhattan and then join the defense of the refugees as the Fae assault the bridges. The fabled 69th Infantry puts up an epic fight against superior weaponry and then the war descends into the asymmetric hell that the Delta Operators know so well. Along the way they find new allies and old powers that come to their aid.

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decent start poor finish

the book is an intersection take on a full scale invasion and and how insurgency is fought. but a few glaring issues like a sceen when the elf lord is on a dragon taking out a battle ship and the talk about the dragon moving at 70kpg and it dodging a missile strikes and active CIWS system like o no big deal. or that they can make a magic shield to contain the blast of a point blank nuke. but the IED's they use through out the book work no problem. like your suppose to believe cuz the bomb was hidden in a dumpster they could not stop it... right and then the MC is challenged to a duel cuz he is running an effective insurgency and they almost get found once and he is like ok honor dual. but not for the city or freedom, nope just to give his tired troops a break?....why any military leaded would agree to his own death for some nebulous hearts and minds mission.....I gave up at that point.

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The Writers Should Know Better...

Interesting idea (if getting a bit beaten to death lately if you look at similar books that have come out/coming out recently) and it has it's moments. Entertaining but ultimately disappointing. Especially coming from these guys. They know how aggravating it is to those of us green suiters/former green suiters who sit in the peanut gallery listening/watching civilians get shit wrong when talking about military stuff.

Leans a bit too heavily into tropeville...it's no substitute for proper world building or attention to detail. Basic Writer 101...I know it's a difficult task trying to balance magic & fantasy vs the implements of modern warfare but you have to do better than give the humans a sudden case of incompetency. Sure, us Army types like to make fun of the Air Force on a regular basis but one thing they have never been made fun of being, and that's being ridiculously stupid. That strike mission in the early part of the book just broke my brain. No. Just no. And the "naval engagement"? Seriously? It's just seems like you're pulling shit out of your ass to justify the outcome. We won't even discuss the idea of an O-4 leading a DA team in the field. I mean the vast majority of civilians won't know the difference and are all caught up in the language and minutia. But damn.

Guys, there's bullshit and there's BULLSHIT. Anything that pulls you out of a story so much and so often is just bad.

I'm just about at my third hour in and REALLY not leaning into finishing this.
Dig the narrator though. Wish he had something better to work with.

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Surprisingly good

I downloaded this on a whim. I thought it would be whimsical and insubstantial but it's more hardcore and visceral. I look forward to reading the next one.

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great combination

I love the combination of hard military and fantasy but it's hard to believe that magic brought America and most of the world to its knees so fast. a cwis would cut down a dragon easy and I don't care how good magic is if you can't react to a missile going Mach 3 it doesn't matter how strong your shield is. I didn't like the underground star wars rebels hit and run story line. I was looking for 2 forces clash on the big stage. it is a good start to a new book but I hope we get back to big military

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Fantastic military Sci-fi/fantasy

NOT YOUR ORDINARY ELF

The Fae have returned and with a vengance! After licking their wounds from their defeat over 2000 years ago at the hands of Julius Caesar and the Roman Legions, they were banished from this world to the void. They went on to conquer other worlds. Like a story shrouded in the mists of legend, the Elf Lords subjugated races we only think of as myths. Orcs, Trolls, Dwarves, Dragons, all fell before them. But never have they forgotten their defeat at the hands of humans. Mere mortals at that!

They returned to the Earth to conquer and subjugate humanity. Like the rest of the world, the US is caught off guard and rocked back, losses are tremendous and no quarter is asked or given! This will be a long bloody war. The battle for NYC and the Earth is only beginning.

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Very one-sided. Imbalances in characters and plot.

Ancient Immortal magical elves!!!! And they just run out to get hit with rockets and bullets..

Raging inferno of burning buildings and collapsed skyscrapers. 6hrs layers it's like nothing happened. The while area would be covered with toxic ash. It all sort of comes across like a video game with all the stereotypes. The immortal elves just run around like children and get taken out like nameless faceless bad guys in a video game. One second they have unstoppable powers and magic blasting around when it makes an exciting scene and skyscrapers are knocked down left and right. The next second when the hero is actually fighting and clearly visible. The elves only use tiny fire balls that always miss or dramatically hit a side character.
could be an amazing book but it just falls into every obvious and worn out plot twist. Entire scenes feel like a clone of an Avengers movie and elves attacking NYC... Not original. not entirely compelling. not entirety entertaining.

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good and short doesn't drag on

I like fantasy and Urban fantasy this book reminds me of Jim butcher Dresden files a lot.The fact that you put Roman history in here was a really good plus I like we're this series is going so far keep it up.For all you D&d/Pathfinder table top players you'll enjoy this book.

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GREAT READ!!!

This books in my top 5 list. Right there with Red Storm Rising. Keep up coming!!!!

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pretty darn good

great concept that went a little too fast. Wish the author would have fleshed out the details and some of the timeline. great concept looking to get book 2

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it's just kinda ok

this is an OK story. it follows the typical formula for these things and was entertaining enough that I won't return it asking for a refund. that's the best I can say about it.

characters are poorly developed and 2 dimensional. the military jargon used makes it clear the authors aren't actual vets but have watched a lot of movies and TV about the GWOT. the world building falls pretty flat and you don't get the feel of what any of the settings really feel like. and the one nuanced and deeper character on the roster is taken off the board before they can add anything of substance to the story. basically the large number of opportunities to make this truly amazing and epic are squandered in favor of a storyline you can chart out easily if you've read anything similar.

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Good story and very enjoyable.

This is the second time I’m writing this as the first one didn’t show up on the App.

I’ll start with it’s a Great story!

It kicks off and gets into what your going to be expecting. No long wait till the Fae turn up and some silly build up.

The main character is enjoyable and the secondary characters the same. I like them and no one annoyed me.

The “bad guys” are good and I understood their motives.

On the most part no one is completely safe and I like that. For me brings me closer to the story if I know there is a risk and people can die. Not saying everyone dies but I didn’t feel board because I know everyone will live. If you get what I mean.

The setting was clear and I didn’t feel lost or confused were the characters were.

The battles and fighting was clear and again everything felt smooth.

Very very light spoiler now.

The Fae are strong and smash all country’s from my understanding. The story is set in the U.S and they to take a huge beating because of the surprise attack and bad decisions on the U.S top military and politicians part. Other country’s are still fight and some surrender and some not . I liked this because it shows we as humans are knocked back and some fold but others stay and fight. It shows across the story a good mix of people and what people do to survive.

Good story and will get the next one when it’s out.

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