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Fear the Sky (The Fear Saga Book 1)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2014
Found it promoted on Facebook suggesting it was as good as some other authors... Hmmm... During reading Ian M Banks' last book I wasn't sure. However for a few quid as a kindle purchase I thought I would give it a go...
Although it suffers a little from being too explanatory at the start (eg the use of brand names to engage the reader), and some of the world agencies seem to have little or no processes and security in place, it is actually a very enjoyable read.

The timeline the story takes place is around the present and (taking my comments above) relatively believable it could happen. A good narrative keeps the story going and with a few minor twists (but no real cliffhangers) it keeps you coming back for more. Good to see this is the first of a trilogy telling the story as there is lots more to say from Stephen.

Keep up the good work Stephen (and if you want a poof reader for your next works to remove the typos and occasional incorrect words, happy to oblige!)...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2014
This saga is a real page turner and really should be in a different category. It is sci fi certainly but the depth of the plot, the twists and turns and the complexity of the characters make it much more than that, it has real literary merit. I think this guy will go places.

As a first book this is real first class SF, and as the series continues, the characters mature and become more complex, the technology is dazzling. I guarantee that you will want to read book two and three, all of which I read as soon as they came out and the story rises to a tremendous climax with some intriguing politics and emotions on top of the evolving science and technology.

Stephen Moss is a welcome addition to the top echelons of science fiction writers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2014
Mr Stephen Moss has written an engrossing tale that builds slowly, but surely - when the action kicks in it kicks in hard and fast. This tale ends with a Bang. Good stuff all round.
Will be purchasing the next when it appears.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2014
A very good read with stunning imagery. The detail is well presented and the action is gripping. Looking forward to the next book, film or TV series and game app.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2014
This is one of the best SF novels I've read in quite a while. Whilst the broad plot is nothing new (alien invasion of Earth) the twists and turns it encompasses are laid out with precision, relevance and no small degree of suspense. Stephen's book skilfully combines some exceedingly well thought through science with believable fiction. Character development was pretty good too, although the logical, machine oriented minds of the alien race did tend to acquire a few less than rational characteristics as the story developed. But without that tiny flaw, the human race would surely have been doomed. It's quite a long book but there are no barren patches along the way in the sense that some novels seem to struggle for direction mid way. A real page turner amongst the genre, and I can't wait for the sequel. Nice one Mr Moss !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2014
This really was fantastic, intelligent but far from perfect well developed aliens (to be honest a little more developed than some of the human characters). A nice balance between plot and just blowing things up.

Looking forward to the next book but a small warning to the author. The first book stays on the right side of American jingoism (ie it doesnt dominate it) but it could easily turn into an 'all American heroes' save the world in future books. Please could you try to cover how the whole world reacts, whether it unites or tears itself apart (realistically following on from the 1st book the world is more likely to blow itself up long before it has to worry about aliens)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2014
I very rarely review and far too often reviews are made up which really annoys me but occasionally there are gems out there to be read. I would have liked to give this a four and a half as a four is graded as I liked it, well I really liked it, but not quite loved it. I am now frustratingly waiting for the sequel. This is a well thought out plot with depth and a degree of complexity and a lot of thought with the science. Far to often in too many Sci-fi books I see too much co-incidence and its just lazy authors that want an easy solution to a story. This story really kept me hooked not knowing where the plot was going, and I finished the book within a few days, loved the idea of the Agents and their personalities and look forward to seeing how Lana Wilson (princess) gets on. I am a fan of British SF and Stephen Moss has the potential to be up there with the likes of Dan Worth, Peter F Hamilton and Neal Hamilton. This sequel now sits in my must get list alongside greats like George R R Martin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2014
A fairly good read which passed the time - not much better than that really.

I wasn't sure if I could be bothered to read the second book, but I did, and I'm really glad I did. The second book was fast paced, disturbing in places - at one point causing me to literally break out in a cold sweat on the train, and so very sci-fi with lots of great technology and original ideas.

The first book didn't really have much of the above, but it certainly wasn't bad. Editing is poor in both books, which distracted me from the story only slightly.

I'm looking forward to more from this author, and I'm really looking forward to the third book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2014
This is a new twist on the old tale of aliens coming to earth with vastly superior technology, infiltrating society and expecting to win easily. But a small group of conspirators know what is going on and plot to defeat them. Loads of drama and space battles. I found some of the detailed passages a bit slow and skipped over them. A very satisfying read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2014
Its a bit mean 3 stars but let me explain. I nearly gave up at about 65%. The amount of detail I had to trudge through about the plan to take out the satellites was painful. In fact I just skipped lots of it in the end. The start and the end with some of the middle bits involving the aliens were very good, the padding was not needed. The aliens were very impressive as was the plot and most of the characters. So I am glad I persevered in the end. Not sure I can face another book though. Also I notice it all took place in 2010, it's a shame that because I believe Science Fiction is best given a few years of shelf life before it's over taken by current events. Loved the end of the book though which is just about worth the effort.
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