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Invasion: Alaska

(Invasion America #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  969 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
The invasion of Alaska has begun. And the Third World War may not be far behind.

In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China.

The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services
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Mike (the Paladin)
This book surprised me. I suppose because I wasn't impressed by the cover-art I didn't look for much in the way of a novel. I was wrong, this is a good book.

Why is it a good book (you ask inquisitively)? Well, from the first I was interested. The book follows a war that takes place 20+ years in the future. it is told from the point of view of individuals on both sides of the conflict and from the point of view of the "leaders". With an overview of general events and closeups of military actions
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
David Weberesque, only with more wooden characters, more military technobabble, and more jarring use of italics for emphasis - but fewer vampires.
Bcoghill Coghill
Sep 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Awful book even considering the genre, this is still an awful book. I am an Alaskan. The author probably visited or read a tour book but I can't believe he knows Alaska.
Even without that, it is still an awful book.
Mike (the Paladin)
This book surprised me. I suppose because I wasn't impressed by the cover-art I didn't look for much in the way of a novel. I was wrong, this is a good book.

Why is it a good book (you ask inquisitively)? Well, from the first I was interested. The book follows a war that takes place 20+ years in the future. it is told from the point of view of individuals on both sides of the conflict and from the point of view of the "leaders". With an overview of general events and closeups of military actions
Adam Schwartz-Lowe
Dec 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
While I enjoy the genre, the writing jumped around a lot and I often felt like I missed part of the story. I also felt the characters were sometimes random in their behavior, and pretty shallow.
James Walters
Aug 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Heppner's book about a major war between a powerful China and an America that isn't just declining, but actually down and on the mat shows all the problems that give indie books a bad rap. I'll touch on each of them:

1) Terrible research. Heppner doesn't bother to reference Chinese military equipment using Chinese terms. Instead, he uses Russian. He is apparently ignorant of everything the United States military has developed in the last 15 years, let alone has in testing, and therefore has no co
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
Unfortunately not good. The premise is interesting from considering threats to the US. That is it. The story was extremely disjointed and poorly written. There were many ridiculous points to the story. One that almost made me put the book down was a sudden, extremely brief, encounter of passion that had absolutely zero bearing on anything. It was just thrown in for what I don't even know. Furthermore, the description of weapons and warfare were not believable. Alas, I won't be reading others in ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought that the storyline had potential when I got this book. Way too many unnecessary repetative acronyms for me. Weak character backgrounds. I know this was fiction but the president launching nuclear weapons on invaders on US soil because he thought a female analyst brought him luck, really!?! I still think that the idea has potential for a good read just not in this book.
Al Muniz
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Terrible ending thus the two rating. Seems as if the writer just decided ti quit. As a result I would not recommend the book. This guy is not a Larry Bond.
Joyce A. Wendeln
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alaska In War

The book was truly a page turner, but I thought it might be about the fact that during WWII we were ACTUALLY invaded. This was by the Japanese not the Chinese and it was just a couple of the islands in the archipelago of Alaska. It is not well known and I think that the government prefers to keep it that way
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I had no problem getting through this book, and I did enjoy the story/concept. However, it wasn't without a few drawbacks.

The big positive side of it was that, to me, it passes the smell test. That is, most of the story seemed entirely plausible and not just some fantasy. The events and descriptions really do feel like they could happen in the future as it is written here.

The first negative was that the author spent a great amount of detail describing the weaponry, vehicles, and aircraft. These
Shane Short
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
SO...I really wanted to give this book at least three stars, but just couldn't. While Vaughn takes the time to do the research on the environment of Alaska, like he got all the little towns in Alaska correct, He completely screwed up the other research. I realize in a science fiction book, there are things where you should just hit the "i believe" button and move on. But, when he puts so much research into half the book and none into the other, it is really hard to like to the book. And, it was ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a wider ranging modern warfare novel, that is up there with the likes of Red Storm Rising (Tom Clancy) and Vortex (Larry Bond). Set in the near future it has a good mix of real weaponry and futuristic technology which the author blends together well. The action scenes were well delivered, with pace and yet were able to retain the detail necessary to visual the battles taking place.
If I was to be critical of one aspect of the novel it would with some of the character interactions which
Mark Polino
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
There are elements to Invasion: Alaska that are Clancyesque, in the vein of Red Storm Rising, but it misses somewhere along the way. Maybe it's because Clancy tended to write about technology that wasn't that far into the future, but had yet to be deployed. Technology done enough that it was foreseeable in a future battlefield. Invasion: Alaska is set 20+ years into a dystopian future. American armament is essentially static while the Chinese field hover tanks and triple turreted monsters.

On th
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Similar to Tom Clancy's epics -- in particular, Red Storm Rising -- Invasion: Alaska gives an all-sides view of a Chinese invasion of Alaska in 2032. China is now pre-eminent, and the US a mere shadow of its former glory. But the US controls the grain, and China needs that grain to feed its masses. Already controlling the Siberian oil, China decides on a sudden invasion of Alaska to grab the American oil fields, and use them as bargaining chips for grain.

This was quite a fun read, even if the ch
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a Tier 1 book, plain and simple. I think my only beef was that the first quarter+ was character and story building, but even that part really added to the rest of the later story.

If you like military fiction, one with a science fiction element (it's 30 years in the future), if you loved books like Red Storm Rising or Team Yankee then you'll very probably like this book.

May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, thrillers
‘Invasion Alaska’ is a very good story but I had a hard time rating it. There is a lot of story development taking place so the author gives the reader a good look behind the scenes in China. The scenes are very descriptive which helps fill out the details to the reader. On the downside these take away from time that could be spent on the action and character development (the characters are a bit flat and static throughout). That being said it’s a pretty good mix as long as you’re not looking fo ...more
Interesting story about China which grew to superpower status and America which lost the same.

I enjoyed reading the near-future war story Heppner creates from the usual tropes, seasoned with starving chinese population, an abundance of boy childs following the chinese one-child-rule and american isolationism. Just about the only thing keeping me from choosing five stars is the sometimes heavy-handed way in which he tends to describe chinese technical superiority which is countered by the naked h
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series sounded so good I went ahead and bought the whole series before reading even the first book. I haven't been disappointed so far. It has a realistic plot and well thought out and written characters. I liked the idea of the Militias being involved makes it seem more realistic when more than likely during this time the military had been drawn down. I'd recommend this book to anyone who would like to read a near future military thriller. Now on to the next in the series.
Andrew Palmer
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Written in the vein and style of Red Storm Rising, Invasion: Alaska presents a plausible futuristic war scenario. As with RSR, you get the Strategic view, Operational view, and Tactical view by using disparate characters from both sides. It was a fun ride and I look forward to reading the further books in the series.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Really interesting and thought provoking..futuristic but not in a sci fi way. I have absolutely no military training or knowledge so I don't know if any of the weapons/vehicles exist or are in development..
That was a very awkward sentence! But I really did like the book and I'm reading book 2 now.

Ryan Helm
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Had a really slow start, picks up a lot though part way through. It was odd trying to pick out what I thought was really over the top unlikely, and what was just my own sense of patriotism making me biased. A good action/wartime read by the end. It felt pretty realistic with the interaction of politics and strategy causing the best plans to go haywire on both sides.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was just bad all around. I did not care about the characters I was supposed to care about, hell I liked the bad buys the best. The Chinese plan was stupid and foolhardy at best and the "valiant 'MURICANs" were all pointless.
It was badly written, paced, full of factual errors and crap characters.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I am enjoying this series. The only thing I can honestly think of to criticize about it so far is the fact that there are few dates given throughout the story. Not a huge deal, but I think it would have added a little more to the story if more dates had been given. Other than that, good work. It left me wanting to read the next book which is always a good sign.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
This story was OK. Lots of technical description that seemed to bog the story down. But, some fun sounding war machines. The 2 star rating is for the characters. They were not developed and I found myself not caring whether they lived or died. All in all it was an OK story.
Kurt B
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Really liked the topic. Tough to listen to at times especially when America's Armed Forces were taking it on the chin. The performance wasn't all that great on the audio but I got used to it as the book went along. Worth the read or the listen.
Bruce Baker
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Focuses a great deal of the minutia of several characters lives and not much on the bigger story. On audible the reader is rather dry and impersonal. I hope this serves as background for the second in the series which i just got. Great premise that could have been done better.
Shelly Singhal
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved it

I really like Vaughns books. I can't put them down, and this was no different. The only think I didn't like about this was that I felt like I just got to know a character and then he killed them off.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm actually rating this 3.5/5. A scary concept. A good read.
Randy Ramsey
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book

Enjoyed this story and the first rate character development for a number of characters. And of course the good guys win!
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