The Luna Missile Crisis Audio CD – Unabridged, November 3, 2020
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About the Author
Rhett C Bruno is the USA Today Bestselling & Nebula Award Nominated Author of 'The Circuit Saga' (Diversion Books, Podium Publishing), 'Children of Titan Series' (Aethon Books, Audible Studios), and the 'Buried Goddess Saga' (Aethon Books, Audible Studios); among other works.
He has been writing since before he can remember, scribbling down what he thought were epic stories when he was young to show to his friends and family. He is currently a full time author living in Connecticut with his wife and dog Raven.
Find out more here: http://rhettbruno.com/
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Jaime Castle is the co-author and co-creator of The Buried Goddess Saga and the Pantego expanded universe.
He lives in Texas with his wife and two kids.
Ray Porter is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator and fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Almost Famous, ER, and Frasier.
- Item Weight : 2.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1713570653
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713570653
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 6.75 inches
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged Edition (November 3, 2020)
- Language: : English
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**Mild spoilers** This character is not supposed to be a roll model but for 2/3 of the book he does not say or do anything intelligent or witty and often harms friend and family alike. An example of one of his plans is to make an escape impersonating someone and going into territory filled with people who know that person. After the plan predictably spoils, instead of exiting he carries on and goes deeper into it. Into a situation where he's also likely to meet an alien who's best buddies with that impersonation. And the aliens are presumed to read minds!
In the final third of the book, the main character upgrades to being just a jerk with snarky dialog that occasionally passes for wit. The overall story line and the other characters including the alien are cool though so there's that.
I am a fairly restrained and professional person who does not get all bubbly and excited about a literary work most of the time. However, for this audiobook from the extraordinary combined efforts of Bruno and Castle and Porter, the sum is, indeed, greater than the parts.
JFK is my favorite president of all time. The cold war was an incredible era to be alive in. The concept of Yuri Gagarin running into an alien Volbathi ship as he made orbit for the first time, triggering a Russian death-dealing "dead curtain" producing nuclear wasteland of Europe is staggering. As I mentioned recently, the descriptions of the Dead Curtain, both early on and later in the book is absolutely visceral. You can feel it and taste it. The aliens then being marooned on the moon trying to fix their ship and protect their most precious being and sharing their technology with us primitive humans? This takes alternate history and cold war brinksmanship and sci-fi to the next level to be certain. This brings up a whole different question about what happened to JFK.
Oh, but we're not done yet. The aliens communicate with telepathically sent images and feelings. And they resemble giant upright toads. Main characters Kyle and Connor McCoy are twins - one good, the other... well... But he does have an awesome husky named Hiya who helps to make the story a lot more believable.
Let's talk about the narrator, Ray Porter. Fans of Ray will undoubtedly say this is his best narration... ever. I know I think so. Seriously, capturing a gloating and proud Russian by accent and tone and mannerisms, and the distinctly different personalities of the McCoy twins, and the sneering attitude of the New York mobsters... I could go on. One thing distinctly noticeable about Ray's narration is that he says it as we think it and feel it when we read it. He pauses in the right places, slows down, speeds up, and just flat out does an award-winning job telling this story. At least I think it's award-winning, and I sure hope he wins one. Lord knows he should.
Jaime Castle and Rhett Bruno also wrote the Web of Eyes series, and it is clear that they are getting better and better the more they work together. But their point and counterpoint, their natural synergy is a phenomenal match for delivering the goods.
When I first came upon this book, I knew it was going to be a winner and I knew it would be very popular. While the story is complete, I would certainly love to see more with these characters and in this universe.
When I am not an IT Security practitioner I am a watchmaker and I am a very hard man to impress. I don't flatter. I don't gush. So if you are getting the enthusiasm with which I am discussing this wonderful audiobook, perhaps you can tell just how much I loved it and how good a book it truly is. If you have been contemplating either or both of these authors, get it. If you have already read Castle and Bruno, get it. If you are a fan of good literature and good storytelling, good adventure and a great thriller, get it.
This book in some ways hearkens back to the great 20th century bastions of sci-fi. Simak, Asimov, Heinlein, this is like a book from the golden age of sci-fi, and Castle and Bruno and Porter deliver a tour de force that you will remember and revisit for a long time.
What I meant was...this book is like "Independence Day" and "War of the Worlds" crossed with "The Prince and the Pauper" with a dash of "All The President's Men," "Night of the Living Dead," "The Departed," and "Three Days of the Condor."
OK...I get that seeing all that might make this book seem manic and scattershot, but it's far from it. What Bruno and Castle do here is remarkable...setting a book in an alternate history 1960's where the arrival of an alien species coincides with the Russians sending Yuri Gagrin to space in the height of the Cold War. What happens from there was a great read made only better by one of the best narrators in the business - Ray Porter.
I bet this book was a hoot to write...taking actual historical figures like JFK, J. Edgar Hoover, Nixon, Nikita Khrushchev, and Neil Armstrong and putting them in dramatically different circumstances yet finding fun historical Easter Eggs along the way.
I thought "The Luna Missile Crisis" was a riotous good time and I can't wait to see what these guys have up their sleeves for their next alt-history installment.
Well-written, exciting and clever, this story will let the reader actually live through these events with the realistic descriptions and the characters brought to life through the excellent narration of Ray Porter. Grab your copy now and meet the new neighbors up close and personal!
Top reviews from other countries
The characters are likeable, and the story was enjoyable, but there were a few things that just didn't ring true to me - and some of them were vital to the plot. This is clearly the first of a series as, while the main plot is resolved, there are a lot of questions that remain. I believe the sequel is due next year.
Kind of a crazy story, but the wonderful characters certainly carried it.
Having lived through the 60's made it especially fun to read.
Definitely interested in getting the next instalment in the series.