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Welcome to the Occupied States of America MP3 CD – Unabridged, September 12, 2017
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (September 12, 2017)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1543622380
- ISBN-13 : 978-1543622386
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,616,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I had been hooked on "Stella" in Xenophobia, but now I've got "Chuckles" I won't be able to forget.
While the ideas of "first contact" can be eerie - even frightening - Peter has the uncanny knack of weaving a tale that won't just have you riveted and turning the pages through the wee hours of the morning, but tossing in science and human qualities and 'voices' to 'hostile' aliens. Reading carefully, you will as I, be highlighting tidbits of humor mixed with messages of hope for humanity to go on; that the possibility of life past our tiny planet is not only a possibility but also something to look towards the future in our vast heavens and galaxies that surround us.
I highly recommend this book to people of all ages. In fact, the first two people I HAD to talk about to were my granddaughters, ages 9 and 13. While I would not put an age-bracket on this book (eg. 'YA'), it is refreshing to read a novel that not only held MY attention, but I can so highly recommend to ANYONE of ANY AGE.
The heroine, Ash, is someone you will be cheering on and her wit and bravery in the face of danger definitely keep you wondering as you turn each page, "NOW what is she going to do - let alone SAY?" EXCELLENT, excellent, excellent writing!
Cawdron always gets in a little speechifying. Again, why not.
These books are worthy of more attention. (Hello, established publishers.) I’m a writer myself and know how challenging it can be. This Aussie puts us all to shame. He just keeps writing and telling his yarns. Well done. And keep on.
Note: I’ve been paying the small Kindle fee rather than go the “Read for free” route because I believe in exchanging with the author (like writing this review.) Every little bit helps.
Once again an entirely different type of alien is presented. The circumstances surrounding the first contact are quite extreme; set against the backdrop of war which promises the end of mankind. While there are some examples of what has become of the US, most of the book is spent in a refugee camp with a young girl in a wheelchair.
That young girl and her wheelchair play the pivotal role in the story. While at times her adventures seem a bit extreme (I spend all my day in a wheelchair also) everything did work and I particularly enjoyed her observations as to the role the wheelchair itself played in the resolution.
A worthwhile read.
By: Peter Cawdron
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
Everytime I listen to one of Peter Cawdron's books I feel so satisfied and refreshed. I love his books. I feel my brain has gotten what it has been craving. This book was no different.
This is after the arrival of alien life but it is not like any other alien life in any other book! No, this is soooo different and strange. I wish I could invite all sci-fi lovers to PLEASE read his books. A girl in a wheel chair, a touch chick she is, she is the one that makes this book POP, her and Chuckles, lol. I can't and won't give more details but read some of his books.
The narrator, oh my god!! Perfect!!! I felt like I was there, I almost forgot I was home and not there with the soldiers and the girl. She is one heck of an actress!
Top reviews from other countries
Seen through the eyes of a young, lonely girl, Ash, herself crippled in the first alien landings, as she lives through her pain and terrors, her joy at finding a friend at last in Jai, a helpful soldier, and the unexpected wonders of a wheelchair, this book is bursting with tension. Mr. Cawdron captures emotions perfectly, reflecting them back to the reader. The story is detailed, thought provoking, full of action, sometimes of a most unexpected kind and lightened throughout even the darkest scenes with an effervescent humour.
I rarely give five stars in a review; no matter how good a writing might be, there is usually some part which could be made better. And this story is not perfect. But it doesn't matter: the whole is so immersing that it sweeps away any chance a mere four star rating. Whether your preference is for character development, wild fighting action, imaginative alien invasion, ideas to make you think long after the book itself is finished or even a touch of biology, look no further. This one is for you.
No, this is refreshing and different, set in the aftermath of a successful Invasion and subjugation by totally incomprehensible aliens.
No square-jawed hero here, just a moody crippled teenage girl in a wheelchair.
Cawdron gives us totally alien Aliens, fascinating to read about and a palpable sense of dread and despair as the world is crushed and mankind totters on the brink of extinction.
I really enjoyed this First Contact/ Alien Invasion, with its strong characters and intelligently designed invaders, that wraps up nicely and is hard-to-put-down.
I look forward to reading many more books by this new author.
There is no one concept or theme that makes this stand out, rather it is the way that the novel works as a carefully crafted whole which makes it a rather pleasing experience to read. Most of all the invasion actually has a credible reason to happen and this earns it five stars.