The Last War: The Last War Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Earth is under attack. Twenty years after the American-Chinese war devastated our worlds, we finally have a tense peace. But legendary American Admiral Jack Mattis, on his inspection tour of the first joint American-Chinese space station, finds himself in the middle of the unthinkable: an alien invasion. Their ships are powerful, their weapons overwhelming. And in the confusion, our tentative peace with the Chinese is shaken to the core. Taking command of his old battleship, the Midway, Admiral Mattis races the alien fleet to Earth, desperate to prevent the utter destruction of humanity's home. And in Earth's darkest hour, Mattis must unify and lead old adversaries to the fight against a common enemy, one that doesn't care about flags or borders. An enemy driven by malevolent hate and a thirst for blood. An enemy that cares for one thing only: Earth's destruction.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 43 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 12, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #105,517 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#390 in Technothrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,304 in Technothrillers (Books)
#1,894 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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It would be fair to say that this is a brilliant book.
Bostrom has created a universe that is somewhere in our not too distant future, in which we have moved into space, started to colonise, set up space stations, and in which the Americans and Chinese have a huge interstellar war that results in not only the loss of a lot of ships and assets, but of life as well.
One of the main characters, Admiral Jack Mattis is a veteran of this war, having earnt his reputation and his Admiralty out of this war. At the start of this story, Mattis is in the company of another main character Senator Pitt, as they fly to a new space station, ‘Friendship Station’, that is now co-owned by both the Chinese and Americans. The war has only recently ended and is still raw for many, with fresh wounds still laying open on both sides. The space station is meant to signify a peace offering for both sides, an opportunity and a symbol that peace will be possible.
But as these two former enemies try and come to terms with their fragile peace, out in the far edges of human territory, an unknown fleet annihilates an American station, killing all on-board.
As everyone gathers at Friendship Station to signify the end of the war and the opening of the station, news of this tragedy reaches them, and the fragile peace is suddenly threatened. The Americans immediately blame the Chinese, that is, until the unknown fleet appear out of nowhere and threaten everyone.
I don’t want to give too much more away, because what unfolds from here is a truly spectacular Sci-Fi Novel that has to be read to be believed. There is political intrigue, some exceptional starship conflict that is described in such captivating detail, you feel like you are on the bridge of the ship with the characters as they fight for their lives.
As the story unfolds, there are numerous outstanding characters to create a compelling story that you just can’t put down. There is the grizzled Admiral Mattis, the snake like Politician Pitt, a reporter from the war who knows Mattis, Ramirez. There are also characters on the Chinese side, most notably Captain Shao, who is utterly brilliant.
The numerous minor characters of the bridge crew bring the action scenes to life (as well as the Political and many other in-between scenes as well). One of the more amusing characters is the Chief Engineer, who although human, appears to be somewhat removed from human emotion due to his engineering gifts, leading to some ‘interesting’ conversations on the bridge.
Overall, this is a sensational Military Sci-Fi book, for anyone who likes a story with a bit of mystery, Political Games, fantastic Characters, and some awesome ship to ship combat.
Both books include the identical elements:
- a period of human peace and complacency;
- an unknown alien force emerges at the outer edges of human space;
- said alien force absolutely shreds the earth defenses and is making its way toward Earth;
- grizzled commander with peacetime insecurity commands an old warship that is destined to be a museum;
- said museum-grade warship becomes the last line of defense against unknown alien threat;
- grizzled commander leads humans to victory despite incredible odds and museum-grade ship takes a royal beating; and
- conclusion with "stunning" revelation as to origin of unknown alien threat, building lead to Book 2
It's not a bad story but I just felt like I had been completely duped into buying a book I already owned and had read. Granted, I've not read any more books in the series so I can;t fairly comment on the rest of the series. I am sure they found ways to make it different from the Legacy Fleet. But as this book unfolded I went from interested, to amused, to annoyed, to downright irritated. Regardless, the story is a good one and the protagonist is sympathetic and likable. However, it is nevertheless a repeat.