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Occupation

By: Devon C. Ford, Nathan Hystad
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Summary

Twenty-five years ago, the Overseers conquered Earth and enslaved humanity. The time to fight back has come....

Alec works in the Detroit Overseer-factories, building a mysterious alien device. When three strangers appear, he's provided an opportunity to escape after years of servitude.

Cole, a Freeborn loner, encounters Lina after her village is destroyed by the alien Occupation. Together, they make the arduous journey to a fabled safe-zone, trying to stay one step ahead of the enemy drones on their trail.

Dex is a Hunter, working for the Occupation to track down escaped factory slaves, or Roamers, at all costs. But his latest hunt uncovers a massive secret and threatens his loyalty to the Overseers.

All their fates are bound. For the first time in decades, a secret enclave of alien resistance fighters known as the Reclaimers prepare to make their move.

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brilliant brilliant rivaling the Bobiverse!

Fantastic listen, gripping from start to finish a real contender for the Bobiverse. Great characters coupled with fantastic story telling! Books 2 and 3 even better!!!

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A solid piece of work with no sign of dwindling or fizzling out like lesser pieces.

I have been struggling to find a decent series to commit to for a long while. Disappointed so many times by formulaic text and weak narratives. I have been pleasantly surprised with the Rise series. No wordy or trite descriptions of characters. No pointless background filling in. A brilliant idea taken seriously and written very well. As for the Narrator, my appreciation for a professional and convincing performance. I’m hooked and looking forward to the next one!

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They will rise!

Twenty five years ago the Earth was conquered by the Overseers, an alien race which killed most of the population, enslaving those left to be breeders or work for them. Most can no longer remember a time before the aliens arrived. But there are still some freeborn, living in hiding, trying not to be found by the roaming drones, and there are some amongst those wearing the Overseers identify chip in their wrists who want out, to escape from the daily drudgery serving the alien masters. And there is one tracker drone, SW18, who has been there since the alien arrival, diligently searching for runners from the Overseers camps, who doesn't want to be recycled like most of it's peers. It was experienced and had begun to think.

Told from several different perspectives including that of a worker in one of the alien factories, a freeborn healer who's community has just been destroyed, and a hunter, who's job it is to find and bring back runners from the camps, the book vividly builds a picture of this dominated Earth, setting the scene for revolution against the aliens which hopefully, is to come. There is drama aplenty, and growing characterisation evolving from the action. And there is Ray Porter, helping to bring it all to life through his excellent narration and individual voicing of each of the protagonists. A fine performance which enhances the reader's enjoyment of the novel.

I was very fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of Occupation, at my request, by the rights holder through Aethon. Thank you so much. I thoroughly enjoyed this post invasion starter book for the new series, Rise, and am really looking forward to book two. Congratulations to authors Ford and Hystad for together writing a fresh and exciting new post invasion novel which should appeal to all science fiction fans.. Recommended.

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Good start

A good start to the Occupation series well worth a listen, would recommend if you like space opera

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Rise up

Been looking forward to this book by Devon always enjoy his wrighting a good introduction into Nathan who work I'm not familiar with . Great Audible.

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Occupation book one

liked it. hard to get into but a good story now looking for book two

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Wasn't sure at first...now hooked.

Slow to start but yeh this just gets better and better, so looking forward to the next..

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Scattered humans with insurmountable aliens?

The book was written by two authors that are very strong on their own. They have joined together for this series to make a fantastic beginning to what seems to be a very interesting concept. I can't wait for the next book. There are no spoilers in this review.

They build a world in your mind that picks up the story the seemingly disparate threads of scattered groups of humans. The amount of exposition is thankfully limited, you pick up over time the big picture. I felt for them and rooted for their survival. I hated others for their betrayal to humanity and selling out. There are no great cliched characters to this, there are shades of grey. You had to ask yourself if you faced an invader as powerful as this, what would you do to fight and/or survive?

The book built this world slowly and carefully. Then with the accelerator slowly building up as I followed the big picture, suddenly it let the clutch out on a plot supercharger with a whooph! The plot accelerated up to an ending that almost came up too fast. I would have enjoyed a little bit more build and picture building personally. This is where the craftsmanship of a great pairing of authors I think is apparent. This actually makes me want to reread the book again shortly to enjoy the buildup and I know I'll get more out of the book the second time around.

The bit above is from my Kindle review, below covers the audio book

I got the audio book and listened to it as my 2nd reading as it were. Yep Ray Porter did a fantastic job. Yep he does sound a bit weary to answer another reviewers view. I suspect that's the view he's taken on the characters. This book happens nearly 2 decades after the invasion. The people within have been knocked about, some used as slaves and others as bounty hunters. Yes some of them are despicable but you get to read how some of them found the role and that they are viewed as vermin by the aliens with not much offered back to the humans assisting the aliens in rewards once they have been in the role for a few years. I liked this approach to the book. The second reading also helped with bringing together a few deeper understandings about the flow of the book and some of the people presented within. Normally I'll reread/re-listen after a year or two esp with a series but the book didn't seem to grate or slow down much because of rereading it so soon.

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excellent story of people surviving an alien.....

an alien invasion. how they're coping. how different groups are doing. Still a lot of mystery about the invaders is yet to be revealed. can't wait for next 2 books.

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Fantastic start to a new trilogy.

Really enjoyed the first book, so much I have purchased book two before I even finished this book. I will be buying book 3 as soon as my credits come in.
Ray Porter does a really good job at giving each character their own voice.
The book has chapter names. I have listened to books by Devon C Ford, but haven’t, before this book, listened to any of Nathan’s, now after this book I am will have to have a listen to Nathan Hystad.

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