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"I found myself thoroughly enjoying To Defend the Earth. It's part military history, part sci-fi short story collection that takes a believable approach to a scenario as fantastic as Alien Invasion and gives us a glimpse into a cross section of people dealing with a world in tatters." - Steve McLauchlan, WWPD.net

"The book is fast-paced, even with some lengthy, detailed battle sequences, no doubt reflecting Stroock's interest in military history. But what I really liked about it is how Stroock did something different with this well-worn genre, instead of going the cliched route." Aussie Dave, Israellycool.com

"This is far from the B- grade story your wallet fears wasting money on. So ask your library for it or go to Amazon and buy, as I did. You won't regret it!" Battleblue1.com

"Overall this book is well worth the 99 cents being charged, if you own a e-reader or a kindle and your looking for a quick fun read, this book is for you." MI40k.com

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Like a lot of people I've been interested in the idea of an alien invasion of Earth for a long time. I guess the first movie I ever saw about an alien invasion was War of the Worlds, I am referring to the 1950s version starring Gene Barry. I must have seen it sometime in 1980 or 1981 at the latest. I was horrified by the apparent helplessness of America's mighty armed forces, the way armored piercing shells bounced of the Martian's force fields, how even atomic weapons couldn't harm them. I was captivated by the Martian's steady, relentless advance and their eventual destruction of Los Angeles. The movie captured my imagination and has been a favorite of mine ever since.
            Independence Day is probably the successor to War of the Worlds, at least for me, and the culmination of forty years of alien invasion movies. I was transfixed by the short 30 second ad aired during the Dallas-Pittsburg Super Bowl. Sneak previews were aired during the spring, these only whetted my appetite. I saw Independence Day the first weekend it was out and several times thereafter. Fifteen years later I think it holds up pretty well. Of course it's highly derivative of War of the Worlds. The moment the president gave the order to 'nuke the bastards' I knew they would fail, just like in War of the Worlds. I loved how Independence Day portrayed events at the highest level and the little details Dean Devlin and Roland Emerich put in the movie like the use of Stealth Bombers and F-15 fighter escorts for Air Force One.
            A lot of novels have been written about an alien invasion. For my money the absolute best is Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. I first read it in 1993. Anyone who is familiar with this excellent novel will see its influence all over To Defend the Earth.  
            I've wanted to write my own tale of alien invasion for decades. What follows are several short stories I've written over the last six years. Some of these stories are about how people act under duress, about how they look into themselves and change. Some are about their relations with other people and how events affect them. Some are just good old fashioned battle yarns; if you like battles on land, sea, air and in space these are for you.

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Coming Autumn 2015
World War 1990: Operation Eastern Storm

William Stroock is a professor of history at Raritan Valley Community College.

In addition to writing novels William Stroock has published widely on military history in magazines such as Military Heritage, Strategy & Tactics, Against the Odds, World at War and many others.

He has written more than a dozen magazine articles on the Arab/Israel Wars as well as Israel's current conflicts with various terrorist groups including:

-Bulldozing to Victory: Operation Defensive Shield (S&T #256)
-The 2006 Hezbollah War (S&T #245)
-Chanukah Blitzkrieg: Operation Defensive Shield (S&T #257)
-Holy Land: The Next Arab/Israeli War (Modern War Magazine #8)
-Pharaoh Fails: The Egyptian Army: 1956-1973 (Modern War Magazine #4)
-Israel's War on Terror (Alexandrian Defense Group)

Stroock has also designed three war games, Green Hell: Battles for Burma, Meuse/Argonne, and Lebanon '82, all available from Decision Games.


He is a fanatical Metal Head and plays guitar.

Before writing professionaly he was a copywriter, a researcher at CNN, a middle school teacher, and a high school substitute teacher. He lives in NJ with is wife and daughters.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RobbyGTX on March 2, 2012
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I was wondering just how good this little one dollar story could be. Well it starts off with a bang and continues from there. The author does a very good job of telling a series of stories, each chapter is a separate story line that flows to a conclusion. This style has its advantages and disadvantages.

First since each story is a separate story you have a nice beginning and end. However it would have been nice to see some carry over between stories to build some suspense and concern for the characters. As it is you become interested in a set of characters but they don't appear again after the chapter.

While these comments may seem negative you'll notice I rate this a 5 star book because it is great fun and it is well written. I enjoyed it very much and have recommended it to many people. Many of the individual stories are nail bitters while others make you think about, "what would really happen in this situation"? I am glad that the writer did not couch this story in unbelievable SciFi technology. The technology is beleivable and possible. You can see just how the less advanced humans would team up to fight an invasion.

All in all I would recommend this book. My suggeston to the author would be on part two, I hope there is a part two, he carries the story line and characters across chapters from time to time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randy on February 2, 2012
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Bought this off a link on a blog site I read. For less than $1 it's a bargain. Collection of vignettes surrounding the invasion of earth by an alien race. There are enough gaps in the story to leave me wishing for a follow-on to fill in some details. My only complaint is that although most of the book can be considered 'plausible' if you'll suspend some small beliefs, the final chapter suspends physics and includes military activity that I couldn't stretch the story to reach. Still, well worth a read, and I hope the author has more coming.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Rader on December 3, 2011
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I just finished listening to this book on my kindle and it was a true pleasure. Very enjoyable read and a good set of stories. The narrative of the alien invasion is well told across the different short stories and it's thought provoking to see similar events through so many different characters' eyes. Like all good stories, you start wondering, "how would I react if I was in that situation...?"
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Andrew on May 31, 2012
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It's an interesting idea and I gave it my best effort based on that alone. However, the book just goes on and on about details of this battle and that battle (as if he's just trying to fill up space) without really advancing the story.

Also, it's full of inaccuracies regarding the military details. Little things that might go unnoticed by some readers, but if you have any military knowledge, it can get a little annoying. Just an example: The commanding officer of a submarine does indeed usually have the rank of commander. But the CO of a submarine (or any other navy ship) is addressed as "captain," not "commander." And the captain would call his XO "XO," not "Sanchez." And he'd probably refer to his Chief of the Boat as "COB," not "chief." And since I'm harping on the details of the submarine chapter, the whole idea of a nuclear-trained lieutenant trying to start a mutiny after being at sea with no communications for a mere six weeks is laughably unbelievable.

Anyway, I could skim over the long-winded battle narratives, but the military inaccuracies became too much to bear and I had to stop reading about halfway through. It was just too sloppy. I mean, if the guy had just spent ten minutes reading any Clancy, he'd have been able to write more credibly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Knight on April 20, 2013
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Sadly will never buy and read this book. All of the reviews say it is a $0.99 book, but apparently it is worth triple the amount to send wirelessly to a kindle in Australia. Giving it a star rating to not hurt it's rating, but would recommend that Aussie users do not download from Amazon if this is their standard method of pricing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Chebb on July 17, 2012
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Finished this book in one sitting and enjoyed it from cover to cover, just couldn't put it down. Hopefully someone in Hollywood would pick this up to produce...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drbob on October 15, 2012
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Interesting, enjoyable read. If you like "War of The Worlds" books you will like this one. The religious theme is an interesting twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2014
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One of the most enjoyable invasion books I've ever read. Loved the "World War Z" style. If you ever wonder what would happen all over the world during such an event then this is the book for you. Would make an interesting movie or mini series.
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