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To Defend the Earth by [Stroock, William]
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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

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: 720 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061MDDTQ
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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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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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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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This is a really DIFFERENT kind of alien invasion story.

The book picks up a couple of years prior to the invsaion, as our deep space sensors and telescopes spot the alien fleet incoming. They're not really trying to HIDE per se, and as they get closer our military gears up accordingly.

From there the book goes into overdrive, jumping from one engagement to another over the next decade as we make war against the invading Jai (as they are called). At first we're hammered of course but we rally and give them a couple of bloody noses that force them to regroup and change their plans. The final battle takes place over the moon and is *particularly* well written.

The book itself reads rather as a series of stories, though they hang together well enough. There's definitely room for a sequel if the author wanted to do one, and if he did I'd definitely buy it.

Recommended for fans of solid military science fiction, fans of science fiction set in the "near future", or just plain fans of good military action books.
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Mr. Stroock had a need to come at this theme from maybe a dozen angles - What would the President do? How about the soldier home from the war, trying to protect his family?

This is a fascinating look at the story many have tried to cover - Independence Day, War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood Still... but so down to earth, you kinda wish you were the one waiting behind the tree, behind the rock, tearing through the sky in your F-15 loaded for.... WHAT?

I wanted to GET SOME!

Bill in Milton-Freewater
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I had expected a more robust storyline - but what was presented was well thought out - especially with the beginning chapter. There were some very unique story twists involving North Korea, India, an attack submarine waiting for orders and captured aliens andwhat appears to be a modified Passover event in Israel - and I was pleased that the story did not restrict itself to American soil as many of these Alien invasion plots tend to do. I wish that the novel was longer with emphasis on what the other major powers such as Russia and China would have faced or what might have occurred in Africa, the occupied Middle East or Australia. An opportunity was missed in telling the story of Alien cooperation between Pakistan and Alien forces.
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A short but good story. It was very intense, despite the military inaccuracies. Mainly the mutiny on the submarine was corny, highly trained military personnel panicked after several weeks in a sub during wartime conditions was pure bs.
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This was written in the style of World War Z by Max Brooks but with an alien invasion instead of zombies. Lots of action with a lot of modern day weaponry used. You see the invasion and war through many eyes. Lots of devastation. But you also get some character building as well. Great job!
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