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When U.S. Army Specialist Kris Rose catches members of her unit stealing ammunition to kill aliens, she is forced to defend herself—with a freakish electrical charge shooting from her fingertips.

Shaken by her newly found power and hunted by vigilantes from her unit, Rose is forced away from her structured, military world and into a fight for her life.

With the aid of her b
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Paperback, 305 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by WiDo Publishing (first published July 28th 2014)
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Terra
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-read, arc
This is a surprising and refreshing read with new twists on old tropes. Aliens but not from outer space? Military but from a female point of view? I've never read anything quite like this. Full of action and plot twists that kept me guessing until the very end, this was a remarkable find and well worth the time to read.

**disclaimer: I know the author personally but this is still an honest review! :)
Glenn Conley
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book was so awesome. I didn't expect it to be this good, so it really took me by surprise. I couldn't put this book down, it was so engaging. I even tried to put it down. I tried to watch some porn, but couldn't finish, because dammit, I just had to know what the fuck happened to Rose. Did she punch somebody else in the face? Did she zap a humvee with her super alien powers? I just had to finish this book. It was really that compelling.

Of course, I am always looking for faults in books, whi
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Kelly
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had read an anthology, Secrets and Doors, and reviewed. I loved the story “Good Enough to Die For” by C.R. Asay. She contacted me and thought I would enjoy her book Heart of Annihilation and sent me a copy to for an honest review. The book has flashbacks to Cazandra (Caz) and present day Kris Rose’s (Rose) POV.

Holy crapolla! This book was beyond awesome. This is a sci-fi military action book that keeps guessing to the plot. So much happens to Rose, you can’t possibly believe any human could wi
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Sharon
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received an e-copy of this book from the author for an honest review. First of all, kudos to C.R. for writing a strong female character as a lead for a crossover sci-fi thriller. I would actually give this book 4 1/2 stars - my only reason for not giving it a 5 is because I feel that it needed a few extra pages with regards to the backstory about the disappearance of Rose's father. This book was well paced and I thought that the dimensional aspect was a great way of bringing science fiction in ...more
Christopher
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I received this a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.

While the book isn't the traditional take on the whole alien concept, it is however a refreshing breath of air into the idea. The book is well paced, and is equal parts action and plot. I could say more but that would just give the plot away, haha. If you want a different take on aliens, with a slight military edge to it this he book I would suggest.
Thomas
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Just finished it. Probably the best book I've read this year. There's a few grammar slips that don't distract from the story.

The flashbacks are very well done and remind me of "Once Upon a Time in America". There are some really well placed surprises for the reader.

C.R. Thank you for the wonderful story. I look forward to your next book.
Angela
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aliens, reincarnation, and a bad-ass military chick who's still willing to follow a moral compass even when her world is turned upside-down? Yes, please!

Specialist Kris Rose lives twenty-one years completely unaware of a secret government agency called the DNS until her father disappears - a mysterious coin with the word RETHA stamped into it left in his place. As she searches for clues, she's sent to investigate a paper trail leading to a warehouse full of missing ammunition also connected to
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Tiffany Skinner
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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Bryce Peterson
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast-moving, emotionally dynamic prose

I'm impressed with the emotional depth of Kris Rose. The more I read the more I reflected on the dynamic and often harrowing frames of mind the author was required to submit to in order to produce this well-crafted novel.

Heart of Annihilation is the first Sci-Fi novel I've ever read, and I'm really glad the author selected this medium with which to forge her intricate and action-rich story.

I gave this book five stars because not only are the other-worldl
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Amy
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sci-fi and action aren't usually genres that I choose. This book was on my to-read list but it's priority got bumped when it was picked for my book club. I ended up LOVING it. It contains two very strong female leads who's stories intertwine beautifully. The antagonist (if that's what she should be called), Caz, is quite possibly my favorite bad guy EVER! Her logic for doing the bad things she does just made sense to me. I related to her in disturbing ways. I enjoyed the dimensional world buildi ...more
Sarah
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Wow, this book was different than most science fiction that I have read. There was intense action and emotion and a lot of food for thought. There was definitely a lot of back and forth between good and evil, or perceived good and evil. The struggle within the main character was fascinating and I enjoyed the ending. I sincerely hope this will be a series as I didn't feel like I had quite enough questions answered. For example, who all was following the Commander and why? How did her little force ...more
Jadie Jones
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Author C.R. Asay doesn’t pull any punches with Heart Of Annihilation, an intense, action-based sci-fi story, well-supported by excellent writing and complex, fascinating characters. The journey is maddeningly, spectacularly unpredictable, and is told through a smart, gritty voice that expertly delivers each layer, twist, and blow. I could never guess where each next page would take me, nor which characters to trust, sometimes including the motives of the heroine herself. The protagonist, Special ...more
Cindy
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am generally not a sci-fi person. This book was a book club pick but even more thrilling is that the author is a part of our Book Club. I read this book a few years back long before it became a published novel. While reading this edition I kept thinking to myself "where did all this stuff come from?". I don't remember it in the early draft that I read. WOW!! It is a very violent book and a bit too much hate for me. But the author did a great job of adding some goodness to buffer the badness. A ...more
Shauna
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Different than anything I have ever read. I don't normally read books of this genre, but because I know the author, I did. I must say I loved the main character, Kris Rose. She was human enough to have fears and doubts and even let a smidge of "girly" through, and yet tough enough to kick some major butt. I loved the twist on the battle between two different types of people that can live inside you. Kris Rose had a wise father, and I was touched by the relationship that still existed between the ...more
Callie
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A military, sci-fi thriller with a strong female protagonist? Yes, please! This book doesn't disappoint, especially in the thriller department. I was up until 1:30am in the morning because I couldn't put this book down! The ending is incredibly satisfying. It ties up this interesting and complex plot, and fulfills every promise. I found myself heart-racing, page turning and smiling to the end. Be aware, that after the excellent prologue, the first few chapters build slowly, but steadily, but kee ...more
Angie
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, military sci-fi? On my reading list?? Surprise! This is not something I'd generally read, but the plot had me intrigued - an honest, straight-laced female Army specialist literally stumbling onto an alien plot to destroy Earth. Hmmmmm. I was sucked in to Rose's world and went on a wild ride only to be spit out at the end wanting more. Can't wait to see what else is in store in the next book... I hope there is more about the svelt, elusive Angie! I have a feeling she's hiding something. ;)
Bree Hodges
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Such a great, fantastic read!!
Heather Loertscher
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Totally did not see that coming. It was a great read. I can't wait for the next one.
Christine Hayes
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Sparrow Knight
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-non-magyk
A strong effort. Good characters, intriguing plot & good pacing. Some serious continuity problems, however. Clean those up & this would gain a star.
Ryan Hacking
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the realism of the story. I believed this could happen today. I also loved the progression of the magic. I know it wasn't really magic but in my mind as a fantasy writer I am calling it magic. It was a great job of discovery of the unusual in a usual world. Thank you for sharing your story.
Ed
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The "Heart of Annihilation" is a secret weapon created in an an alternate dimension (Retha), and then stashed somewhere in our dimension (Earth) as a threat to any of the 13 overlapping dimensions (Ehtar, Areth, etc.). Army Specialist Kris Rose finds herself involved in a search for "aliens" from other dimensions, and begins to wonder whether she herself is one, when she discovers she can shoot electrical charges from her fingers when attacked.

I loved the various ways the letters of "Earth" wer
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Cathy
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Heart of Annihilation
Specialist Kris Rose in the U.S. military has just punched a superior officer in the mouth. There is a mysterious coin with the word Retha on it. She had taken it from him and now he has it back. When she hit him there were electric blue light sparks which surprised her. Where did that come from? The light bulb explodes.
He could get her in trouble but neither of them wants to report the fight to the MPs. She keeps hearing a voice in her head which we see as italics from som
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Plaguedoctor
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a PDF version of Heart of Annihilation from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I wish I had more to say about it, I really do, but it was kind of hard for me to get into it. I kept putting it down and re-picking it up trying to get into it. It just wasn't attention grabbing enough for me. I really liked the characters, the background, and just the general set up of the story. I just had a hard time making it through. I think this would be enjoyable for other people and I reco
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Jola
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'Heart of Annihilation' is an amazing book, with a new, fresh look on things that we know for years. It has a brilliant female character, interesting take on aliens and is full of action that keeps you hooked. Definitely recommend!
Thom Stratton
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
JT Moore
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A military Sci-Fi from a female perspective. Interesting and exciting with a surprising twist. I really enjoyed this book, can't wait to see what she does next.
Caroline Anastasia Mccaskill
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C. R. Asay joined the Utah National Guard at the age of seventeen. After spending time in the 625th Military Police Corp she transferred to the 19th Special Forces group as a counterintelligence agent. She retired from the military after marrying her best friend and graduating from college so that she could embark on the most exciting adventure of all; being a mom.

The short story version of her fi
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