A. G. Riddle – The Solar War

Hear the second book in The Long Winter trilogy!

They decimated Earth during the Long Winter. Now the Grid has returned, and they won’t stop until the human race is extinct. On a ruined world, humanity’s last survivors fight against impossible odds. In their darkest hour, they discover a new hope for survival. But it comes at an unthinkable price, with consequences that will change everything.

We thought the war was over. We were wrong. After the Long Winter, Emma Matthews and James Sinclair hoped life would get back to normal. They’ve settled down in Camp Seven and welcomed their first child, a daughter. And they have waited and watched the sky for any signs of the Grid’s return. When NASA discovers that several asteroids have broken from the Kuiper Belt and are headed for Earth, James instantly realizes the truth: the Grid is back.

And this battle will be one to the very end. As he and his team prepare for humanity’s last stand in space and on the ground, Emma makes a discovery closer to home, one that will change life for her and James once again. With war raging around them, Emma and James fight to keep their family alive.

In the cold darkness, humanity splinters. New alliances emerge. At every turn, Emma and James face new dangers and question whom to trust. Just when it seems that all hope is lost, James uncovers what may be the key to humanity’s survival. But it comes with enormous risks. To implement his plan, he and Emma will have to survive the Grid and another, even more deadly enemy. One thing is certain: their gambit will change the future of the human race forever.

Author: A. G. Riddle
Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini, Amanda Leigh Cobb
Duration: 12 hours 20 minutes
Released: 19 Jan 2007
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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In general, I feel the voice acting for this series has been terrific. Not perfect all the time, but very good overall. However, the writing could use a lot of work!

In particular, I do not believe the author has ever spoken to a child between the ages of two and five. The dialogue for the children is extremely under developed from a cognitive perspective. Children who are capable of pronouncing the first consonant of the word dad do not struggle with the second D. Moreover, children by the age of two are capable of formulating complete sentences, even children with poor exposure to formal efforts of education.

The scientific writing regarding descriptions of the solar system, technological advancements, and the human body were much more accurate; however, they frequently felt forced. Characters rarely asked for explanations, but those knowledgable in specific subject areas would expand upon concepts not required to progress the plot. This is why I titled this response as I did. During each of the sections it felt like the author wanted to make sure the audience knew he had adequately researched the subject matter he was discussing, much like a resident attempting to impress a senior physician.

An additional problem, but more of a personal pet peeve, is the use of redundant dialogue between the first book and the second that was poorly orchestrated. It is important to ensure newcomers to the series, who start with the second book adequately understand previous events, but each time this occurred, it was done in the mind of the lead characters. This again felt forced. I suggest taking a page out of the book of any saga in which characters between episodes rehash previous events in the mind of new characters or through the lens of old characters in an effort to generate knowledge for new characters.

Finally, the overall story arc was underwhelming. All of the characters appeared to be two dimensional they show minimal growth in Antioch. There also seems to be an under developed support cast. Theyre telling the story back-and-forth between the two main characters is an interesting and fun way to portray the story. Little seems to be providedIn the way of support characters beyond the main 344