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To Defend the Earth [Kindle Edition]

William Stroock
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Book Description

A collection of short stories about an alien invasion of earth. Chapter-1 Presidential Briefing: The newley elected president is briefed by a secret committee which tells her of the alien's approach. The president learns the background of the discovery as well as American military capabilities which include ASAT missiles, Mid-Course Interceptors and airborne lasers. In Washington the pundits wonder, can a president who campaigned on defense cuts and 'bringing the troops home' wage a war against alien invaders? Chapter-2 Kim is ill: North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il, offers to make an alliance with the approaching aliens. In response China and the United States attack.... Chapter-3: Lt. Wales, the King: In London a pacifist prime minister orders the British armed forces to stand down and the new king moves to stop him. Chapter-4: The Waiting Below: As the war unfolds above, the crew of the USS Olympia bides time and hopes the boat's orders will never have to be carried out. Chapter-5: Citadel: A grizzled news man and a young videographer cover the alien attack on Iceland, a key US base in the defense of Earth. Chapter -6: The French Interrogator’s Alien: The French have captured an alien. A cynical interrogator discovers his motivations are very human. Chapter-7: Arawat Kill Box: The aliens invade the sub-continent and take on the cream of the Indian Army, the 1st Armoured Division, the Black Elephants or Arawat in Hindi. Chapter-8: Rising Again: A Japanese skipper takes command of the surviving ships of an American carrier battle group and battles an alien starship. Chapter-9: Guitars and Stars: A guitar playing vagabond flees to his family's mountain home only to find his estranged brother and his family are already there. Oh, and the aliens show up too, but they've never seen anything like the fighting Canavan brothers. Chapter-10: Third Temple: Far into the future; a religious ceremony commemorates the alien invasion of earth. Chapter-11: The Battle of Luna: A decade after the war the United States Space Ship Wasp attacks alien bases on the moon.

Editorial Reviews


"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,

"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,

"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!"

"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."

From the Author

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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  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461132576
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061MDDTQ
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome little story 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story February 2, 2012
By Randy
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Tried to like it, but... 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aussie rip-off 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written book February 8, 2013
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Interesting and well done book about a alien invasion, told in 11 separate short stories ,
It is a bit like a "Alien invasion war war Z".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good nights read January 7, 2013
By MickB
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A collection of short stories that tell of an alien invasion of the Earth from several different perspectives. Mostly good action and fast passed. A level of technology just slightly above our own, making the fight back beleveable. Mostly skipped the religious chapter on Israil, bid not fit well with the rest of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Mr Mustang
5.0 out of 5 stars A win for Earth and sci-fi fans
This author does a wonderful job of weaving together stories from different points of view to form a compelling narrative of an invasion of earth by an alien race. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Tortolano
2.0 out of 5 stars Earth Women Not Ravished?
Author seems to have no knowledge of modern weapon systems, their capabilities, and limitations. Cruise air combat weapons require aerodynamic forces to maneuver, and in some... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars To Defend the Earth by William Stroock
I just love this novel, It has all the action that you could ask for and could not put it down. This is what I been wanting to read for awhile. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ronald thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Take on Alien Invasion, but PLEASE Get an Editor
I read this and Israel Strikes, another of the author's books. Both were relatively well-written and engaging books. worth the price. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen L. Grow
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read of a possible alien invasion and a realistic story of how...
I enjoyed the book. It was a series of short stories with few interactions between topics, but you had the approach of the aliens, how governments would prepare leaders and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul P. Dahlen
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
A collection of short stories by the same author centered around an alien invasion of Earth. I appreciate the fact that the author in the main had a good grasp of the military... Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Like most books that are made up of short stories. You have good stories and you have some of the stories just lacking. Over all, most were in the good to okay level.
Published 8 months ago by James Urban
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Although seemingly unrealistic in the fact that space aliens start a war with humanity it is well written and fast paced. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Pigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I agree with the other positive reviews of this book. It was fun and although I have some engineering issues with the last chapter and the spotting of the alien fleet early on (it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Lee Knipple
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William Stroock is a professor of history at Raritan Valley Community College. He has published more than 80 magazine articles on various topics in military history from the ancient world to today. His credits include "Marlboro's Art of War", "The Arab Legion", "Sundiata: Lion King of Mali", "Pershing's Hammer", "Russia's Chechen War", and a series of articles chronicling Israel's War on Terror in the 2000s.

He has designed three war games: Meuse/Argonne, Lebanon '82 and Green Hell: Battles for Burma.

Future works will include "To Liberate Mars" and "Israel Strikes: War of the Red Sea.'

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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