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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441011047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441011049
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This concluding sequel to Dietz's Deathday (2001) contains the same wide cast of characters whose recognizability (burnt-out pro, canny vet, manipulative pol with sincere heart, etc.) is balanced by their better-than-average depth of portrayal. Yes, Alexander Franklin is a devious politician with ambitions. But he is also an African-American U.S. president who mourns his wife's death and is willing to accept a reputation as a collaborator in order to organize the resistance movement against the insectile Saurons. Yes, the more noble humans and equally enslaved Ra 'Na defeat the arrogant Saurons in the end. But not everyone is motivated by selfless ideals, and even the good guys around Franklin make a hard (and immoral) choice, using the Saurons to decimate the white supremacists who also fight to overthrow the aliens. The author includes some interesting speculation on the nature of race relations and class divisions, giving his Saurons three separate genetic castes operating in a rigid social hierarchy. The commentary on human race relations is full of satiric insight. Surprisingly, this tale of worldwide alien invasion centers on only four locales. The sense of confinement, however, does help build an atmosphere of captivity, which aids considerably in reader identification with the plight of the human characters. Unfortunately, Dietz's plot-central alien reproduction seems unlikely, while his humans are rarely confronted with the problems of reconciling their real differences of belief.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A fascinating invasion thriller." ---Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author William C. Dietz has published more than forty novels some of which have been translated into German, French, Russian, Korean and Japanese. Dietz also wrote the script for the Legion of the Damned game (i-Phone, i-Touch, & i-Pad) based on his book of the same name--and co-wrote SONY's Resistance: Burning Skies game for the PS Vita.
Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for half a year, and has traveled to six continents.

Dietz has been employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer, television producer and Director of Public Relations and Marketing for an international telephone company. Dietz is a member of the Writer's Guild and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

He and his wife live near Gig Harbor Washington where they enjoy traveling, kayaking, and reading books. For more information about William C. Dietz and his work visit:

Customer Reviews

Why weren't they eaten by predators on their homeworld millenia ago?
At about that point, I noticed that Dietz used the phrase "the fact that" and "given the fact that" every second paragraph.
Kevan Dunsmore
As the sequel to DEATHDAY, EARTHRISE does you a favor if you haven't read the previous book.
B. Hanks

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DED on April 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
'Aliens Invade Earth' is probably one of the most prevalent story ideas in the history of science fiction. At this point in time, an author had better have some new twist to the subject and write it well in order to justify going down this well worn path. Unfortunately, Mr. Dietz's twist isn't good enough for me to recommend it to others.
'Earthrise' is the sequel to 'Deathday.' I'd received 'Earthrise' as a gift, discovered it was a sequel, and decided that I should see if I should buy the first book. Almost all of the reviews I read of both books rated them both at fair or poor. After reading a summary of 'Deathday' I realized that I didn't need to read it before 'Earthrise.' I picked up enough from the summary to know what the scene was: Earth had been invaded by insectoid aliens and was now enslaved.
Dietz's twist was that the insectoid aliens were racist. In their hierarchal society, black bugs ruled, brown bugs were warriors, and white bugs were slaves. As such, when the bugs enslaved humans, they categorized them that way as well. For example, the black governor of Washington state is picked by the bugs to be the US president.
So why did the bugs (who call themselves 'Saurons' - not too obvious that they're bad guys) invade Earth? They needed to reproduce. Apparently the entire species reproduces asexually at death, giving rise to a nymph that carries the genetic memory of its parent. It's an intriguing concept but every single bug all at the same time? That sounds far-fetched to me.
In 'Earthrise', the President leads a resistance movement to take back Earth at the point when the bugs are spawning their nymphs. The humans are aided by another slave race that the bugs have brought with them through space. They're called the Ra 'Na.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevan Dunsmore on April 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was about half way through the first book when I read the reviews on this site. I wondered why most of them were negative. Sure, the action is confined to a small part of the world, the aliens are one dimensional and the good guys are stereotypical. But, for all that, I found myself enjoying it. That was until I hit the last third of the book. At about that point, I noticed that Dietz used the phrase "the fact that" and "given the fact that" every second paragraph. It really started to bug me and I found myself mentally rewording his sentences whenever I came across that particular piece of laziness.
I bought this book because I wanted to see if it was as bad as the reviews depicted. Once again I found that the story was acceptable but this time saw that Dietz continues in the same patterns he fell into at the end of his previous effort. OK, he branches out a bit and adds "that being the case" and "and so it was that" to his repetoire of stock phrases but it happens that often that I wonder if anyone bothered to read, let alone edit, his manuscript. Even the characters, human and alien alike, start saying "the fact that" and "given that" by about half way through the book. It happens that often that I began to wonder if it was some sort of joke.
Aside from the poorly written nature of this series, the one thing that annoyed me more than anything else was this: the Saurons live a long time. Every so often they die and a "nymph" takes their place, inheriting its ancestors' memories. One of the Sauron characters does some ground breaking research near the end of this book and discovers how to allow Saurons to have more than one nymph. From that I deduce that under normal circumstances, Saurons only have one nymph.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I bought the first book (yeah, I know not a real good excuse). You have the evil Sauron, which are basically beetles on steroids, The Ra Na, which a furry little dwarfs and a collection of human refugees.
Humanity has been reduced to 3 billion souls. The only kind of religious fever that could survive in this apocalyptic world are white racists.
Most of the action is confined to a revolt on the rbiting fleet and what remains of Washington State. (I don't know what happened to the rest of the world, but the last time I checked there were people in Asia, Africa and Europe).
Of course, the bugs (as they are called) have a weakness, and the good guys manage to wipe them out.
There are good aliens-invade-the-earth-and mankind-wipes-them-out books, this just wasn't one of them.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on November 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Earthrise is second in a duology about the invasion of the alien Saurons. In the previous book, Death Day, the aliens have destroyed major cities around the world, shot down aircraft, strafed vehicles and groups, and reduced the world population by 3 billion. Now it is the humans turn to strike.

The Saurons are divided into three classes: the black rulers, Zin, the brown warriors, Kan, and the white workers, Fon. They have likewise divided the surviving natives in their control, with the blacks as overseers, the browns as artisans, and the whites as grunt labor. Alexander Franklin, the former black governor of Washington state, has been selected by the Saurons as the President of the USA. Although an arrogant and manipulative politician, Franklin has grown into the job and is now the de facto leader of the Human Resistance.

The Resistance has weathered a major crisis: the White Rose, a racialist group, has attacked Franklin's headquarters and, although driven off, have killed Jina, Franklin's wife. Worse, Jina was killed by the sister of Jack Manning, head of Franklin's security detail.

Meanwhile, the Ra 'Na, alien slaves of the Saurons, have created their own resistance group and even the Fons have started to rebel.

Now Franklin reaches out to the aliens and other human groups to form a common front. Unfortunately, the Saurons have an informer in his camp and they assassinate one leader and take another into captivity. Moreover, the local slaves are divided and 75% of them are taken from the main camp to reduce the Resistance's effectiveness. And then the Saurons initiate an assassination attempt against Franklin.

This is not a very sophisticated novel, resembling Saturday matinee movie serials in both plot and characters.
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