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Heaven's Fall: The dramatic conclusion to this near-future thriller
 
 

Heaven's Fall: The dramatic conclusion to this near-future thriller [Kindle Edition]

Michael Cassutt , David S Goyer
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PRAISE FOR THE SERIES ‘Engrossing . . .in the tradition of Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein’ George R. R. Martin ‘Recalls Arthur C Clarke at his heights . . . Better still, there's more to come!’ Gregory Benford ‘Goyer and Cassutt offer a compelling yarn about first contact in the near future’ David Brin ‘A terrific SF novel from two of the hottest scriptwriters in Hollywood . . . Prepare to have your world rocked’ Robert J. Sawyer ‘Understands genre while turning it over its head . . . pulse-pounding’ Guillermo Del Toro ‘In the tradition of Rama and Ringworld . . . plotted like an old-school SF story, it’s firmly in the modern cinematic trend in its writing style’ SFX ‘A compulsive read . . . Goyer and Cassutt know their craft well’ SciFiNow ‘A gripping space adventure and a true page-turner’ Bookgeeks.co.uk

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THEIR GREATEST TEST MAY BE THEIR LAST.

Humanity is facing its greatest challenge. The alien Reivers have conquered our world, and their newly erected strongholds cast shadows across a subjugated land.
Twenty years earlier, extraterrestrials first came to Earth. They abducted humans; stranding them on a spacecraft named Keanu. However, these entities came seeking our help -- against the Reivers who had overrun their home-world. But they brought the Reivers to us, carrying their contagion from the stars.
Then when Keanu finally re-establishes contact with Earth, terror awaits. Reivers now control the planet and are preparing to destroy Keanu. And Rachel Stewart will leave the ship to lead Earth's last rebels in a bid for freedom; their goal being to infiltrate a Reiver fortress.
But somehow Keanu holds the key to our salvation – and if it can’t be found, humanity will be finished. The galaxy will be next.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (15 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CRIWOCA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A damp squib 22 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
After reading the first two books in this trilogy, I was hopeful that the conclusion would leave me satisfied, excited and thrilled. Sadly, this final instalment left me unmoved and frankly, a little bored.
The action here takes place twenty years after the events in the second book and struggles because of it - essentially starting from scratch with a bunch of characters who hold little resemblance to those in the previous books. The writing never feels urgent or tense, despite the 'end of the world scenario.' There is little flesh on the bones of these people that we are supposed to care about. And, more than the other two books, this feels like it was rushed - like an expanded screenplay. The story is interesting, but the execution left me numb. It might make a good TV show but it certainly hasn't made for a good read. A real shame...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Conclusion 16 Dec 2013
By Marleen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I received my copy from Tor through Nudge

The first thing you need to know about this book is that it is the third and final title in a trilogy. While I won't go so far as to say that this book can't be read without having read the first two instalments I would strongly recommend against such a course of action.

The story:

Twenty years have passed since the Near Earth Object christened Keanu - and I still like that play with words - took several hundred humans from the only home they ever knew and forced them to create a community for themselves in space. Over the course of those years the people on Keanu have travelled through space while learning to live with and within Keanu's confines. Now Keanu is on its way back to Earth with a mission that needs to succeed in order to save not only all human life but also the home planet of those who create the NEO.

Reivers, the semi mechanical enemies of Keanu's creators, have successfully established themselves on Earth after being forced to flee the NEO and have started a process that will destroy the planet if they manage to bring it to a successful conclusion.

Rachel Stewart is in charge of the small group of humans and one alien whose only goal is to find a way to stop and destroy the Reivers before they can finalise their programme. But alone on a planet they don't really know anymore, in a world most of which is controlled by those Reivers, it appears their mission may be doomed to fail before it has properly begun. It will take help from unexpected quarters as well as some startling developments on Keanu to provide any hope for our heroes as well as the billions of lives they are trying to save.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this was worth waiting for 20 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After a long wait , finally the concluding book ........ or is it?
I think there is scope for more yet.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 29 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Disappointed was that it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 Aug 2013
By Learner89 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a fantastic end to a fantastic series. From start to finish the first two books were riveting and the third was no exception. True science fiction like this is hard to find, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any fan of the genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Sometimes you had to make quick decisions. And live with them." 29 Dec 2013
By Oleg - Published on Amazon.com
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Good news first: Heaven's Fall is the final book in the Heaven's Shadow trilogy. At the end of Heaven's War, the alien space ship (or rock) Keanu has in fact turned around from its path to leave the solar system and the 200 or so abducted people from earth are on their way home. Or so it seems. The return trip has in fact taken the best part of twenty years because the rock is somewhat below is usual functionality. In keeping with the spirit of the previous two books, the characters still have their "we might as well get used to it earlier rather than later" attitude. So instead of trying to send everyone back to earth, they only rebuild a small lander for six people who shall save the earth from whatever has befallen it (remember, those bad Reivers dropped off earlier). Also, they have started to seriously produce offspring (one fourteen year-old they - of course - bring along on the trip down to earth).

Luckily the Reivers have taken a laid-back approach at taking over the galaxy and only occupied parts of the Western world, where they are trying to build something very dangerous. In the meantime the Keanu team crash lands in India, where people are completely indifferent about the alien invasion. We might as well just accept it, I guess... if it weren't for that something that is being built in the Free Nation US and the handful of Keanu visitors who then try to get to it and stop it. Naturally they are caught, but left alive (for whatever reasons). Naturally also, the Reivers assign a human to push the final button because they themselves can't make decisions that would not only threaten the Architects home world but also endanger all life on earth. Ouch! But at least this is consistent within the trilogy; the whole crisis is completely bootstrapped and nothing is achieved. The Architects could have just steered their space ship into the sun and all would have been well. Everything that happens is directed by the Architects, but they never do it themselves. Ouch! Ouch!

The more I think about it, the more satirical it appears. Unfortunately the editor had lost interest earlier; the typos and grammatical errors start piling up towards the end of the total 1200 page exercise. The storytelling is becoming a chore when information is available from point-of-views that should know nothing about it. The authors' previous trick was to use the Revenants' supernatural connection with the Keanu object to relay this information. In the end it just becomes sloppy. The same way in which some of the aliens' point-of-view is used to build reasoning behind the protagonists do-or-die decisions that otherwise wouldn't make any sense. It may be appropriate to use the characters' speech in screenwriting to point things out directly, but in a novel I don't consider that a good interpretation of the rule "show it, don't say it." Even (or especially) if the information is completely irrelevant.

Fun fact: the dangerous thing that is being built in Arizona has a diameter of 10 km which (as one of the characters rightly states) is larger than the LHC (by about 15%). Comparing this to the SSC, would probably require too much research in wikipedia. But it naturally raises the question why it is built above ground... or maybe it is the other way around: why is LHC is so deep underground?

I'm staying with my three-star rating as before. I'm just too indifferent about the books to not like them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Story 20 Aug 2013
By Amanda K Stanley - Published on Amazon.com
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The characters I grew to love and the well described locations kept me enthralled from beginning to end. There was a good balance of character development vs description of the tech side vs integration of alien characters. Well worth the price paid.
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Tale 23 Jun 2014
By Night Owl Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
4.5 / 5 - Top Pick

There is a breathtaking perspective provided in this imaginative tale that explores differences in philosophy and the culture-shock that is inevitable when vastly different paradigms interact. Despite the fact that I have not read the second volume in the series, “Heaven’s War”, there are enough allusions to past events that I was not completely lost. Dismayed, perhaps, at the unfolding of certain events, but not floundering and wondering what has transpired. It is particularly interesting to see things through the lens of a child who has never been to Earth, an even-tempered alien capable of slicing through an assailant effortlessly and an Aggregate formation designated as Carbon-143 which amazingly comes to radical conclusions. There are remarkable developments which prove that Keanu has untapped depths that still need to be explored, unexpected shifts in those previously labelled as hostile and ostracized and a wonderfully intriguing adjustment which definitely whets one’s appetite for the next story. I certainly wouldn’t want to deal with the repercussions that these people are dealing with but I can’t help but be jealous of the vast horizons that have opened for a handful of these intrepid folks and I look forward to seeing more of their adventures.

“Heaven’s Fall” by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt continues the thought-provoking science fiction series about mankind’s interaction with aliens as seen through the prism of experiences involving the near-Earth object (NEO) dubbed Keanu. Events that took place in “Heaven’s Shadow” and “Heaven’s War” have resulted in significant changes for both the humans who were gathered up and translocated to Keanu and the remaining human population on Earth. Unfortunately, those entities known as the Reivers (which exist as Aggregates) have taken over and subjugated humans on the planet and they have initiated a major project that may destroy the planet. A small team of humans accompanied by the alien Sentry known as Zeds has launched a daring rescue mission from Keanu, using some of the resources that the Architects who apparently designed the NEO have provided. Unlikely allies on both Keanu and Earth join them in their struggle, with unexpected results.

Review by: ELF of Night Owl Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars very intriguing 1 Feb 2014
By M. Paulson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good unique story. When is the next installment? We want to know what happens to the crew when they get home.
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