• The Crucible

  • The Ember War, Book 8
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,093 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Xaros broke against Earth's defenses, but the war may be lost.

The alien ships of former allies rule Earth's skies, threatening to obliterate cities and turn the planet into a barren wasteland if humanity refuses their demands.

With their backs to the wall, the scattered crew of the Breitenfeld must work together to foil the enemy's plan before time runs out.

The path to freedom leads through The Crucible.

©2016 Richard Fox (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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love it

been drinking these books like a dude stuck in the Sahara that found a gatorade. luke daniels is a great narrator and the story is solid.

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Damn I love standish

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

its good for the series and takes a break from the big boom and gloom to set the story up for the next chapter.

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A bounce-back from book 7

While book 7 was a bit predictable and seemed to hint at another multi-book war with another set of species, I was pleased to find out that this book completed that war with flair, daring and guts from the primary protagonists. There are several surprises and twists we discover as the war plays out and the strategy of using what amounted to multiple "Hail Mary" maneuvers in order to win the day was enjoyable to see how they played out without knowing the specifics ahead of time.

The preview into book 9, as with the previous novels, opens new questions that guarantee that I'll grab the next episode as soon as it's available.

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  • 03-20-17

Excellent

The only negative is that the books are r too short. I'm just getting into the story then it's over

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really loved it!

love all of the series so far. can't wait to listen too the next one!

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Just can't get enough of this series.

Great series, can't wait for book 9. If you ha e some time to sink into this series you won't be disappointed.

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Outstanding Sci-Fi Saga! Best I've listened to or read in a very long time

This series has been outstanding with each and every book leaving you wanting more. My only knock on the series is the price tag. It would be nice to have a discount for buying the entire series. With that said, it's still worth it and wasn't a roadblock to me purchasing each story. Character development has been outstanding.
If a Hollywood producer is out there and comes across this series, you could have your very own Star Wars-esque movie franchise to build on. I can see the Avatar visuals combined with Star Trek type battle scenes, but with a cast of characters more relatable than either of those two series.
I'm an audible listener as I can listen while I work. I am dying for "Xaro's Reckoning" to hit the download scene. Of course it MUST be recorded by Luke Daniels, so we shall wait in his schedule to free up enough to get this next book done. Is it the last in the series? Any spin off series in the works?

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Great but to short

These books cannot come out fast enough.
Listened to all the books several times over.

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Once again!

Again I'm not disappointed. It's another great sequel and now I can't wait for the next one!

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Holy shit - awesome series!

Dude...... just buy this book. The author is kickass. The voice acting is top notch. This series - not just this book - but this series = pure entertainment.

Sucks I have to wait for the next book.

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  • Azure Teal
  • 01-06-19

love these books more each time

again still #TeamStandish this guy is a very important comic relief in this book and I love how the earth just keeps on keeping on against all adversity. poor Elias this time I miss her too buddy.
Hale dodges so many bullets it's not even funny. the amount of time the shot is just above his head or where he was standing a minute ago...

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  • neil
  • 09-12-19

good listen

loved it a well written and well performed part of a great series that is hard to put down

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  • iphoneman
  • 03-28-19

loved it

No spoilers but more twists are on their way!
Another great listen, as always!
Bit sad, the end of the saga is near but keen to see how it ends after following all the characters from the start.

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  • CJSILV
  • 03-13-18

Great book

Great book love the story and the narration love the book series this is the second time I have listened to this book I highly recommend listening to this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Georgina Farn
  • 02-25-18

Brilliant

I enjoyed this book as much as the others in the series. Wonderfully crafted plot and great, well developed characters.

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  • Smudger444
  • 08-31-17

Still not Tiring

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This continues to hold my imagination even at book 8, so I cant wait to get my hands on Book 9. I can see this series making films.

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  • MEJP
  • 07-18-17

good but felt short

wish it was longer only one book to go. I enjoyed it. now I need to find a new Saga

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  • Reuel
  • 03-20-17

Excellent audio book

Well made and very exciting! Kept me on the edge of my seat. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Gaz Cripps
  • 02-08-17

bloody brilliant!!! favorite sci-fi author ever!

Richard Fox is my favourite SciFi writer ever. This series keeps me hooked for more !!! Bloody brilliant. I don't want it to end......

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  • MartinRS
  • 05-12-22

I just can't get enough of those marines.

Really entertainming story, complicated enough but not mind bending. Just a coffee and listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-21

Too good

I have read quite a few military sc-fi genre but never enjoyed them much. This series brought me back and loved it. Love how author is able to engage without having to resort to cheap cliches and lazy writing. Can’t wait to read… ahem listen to book nine.
Good on you Mr Fox and kudos to the narrator(s).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-19

Solid Story

Coming together well. The problems facing the characters don't feel overtly contrived and the voice acting of Luke Daniels seems to have settled down a bit. Mostly solid performance and a story that I am invested in and eager to hear more from.

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  • beaver
  • 02-19-17

Immersed!

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I have listened to this series with great excitement and thoroughly enjoyed them all and can't wait for book 9. If your looking for a good listen, that has excitement, drama and great story telling, then this is for you.