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The Invasion

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Fight for your freedom. Fight for your planet. Fight for your life.

What should have been a relaxing hunting trip for Sergeant AJ Cole, his kid brother Remmy and two Marines from his unit turns into an all-out brawl with enemies from another planet.

An invasion is being planned in the secluded woods of West Virginia. Ravagers from a distant world have set up a gateway allowing them to move their forces through space. Earth is their next conquest.

When push comes to shove, Earth's Marines are shoving back and taking the fight to the enemy. Outnumbered and outgunned these Marines will look to each other for the will to go on. Allies will be found along the way, as well as a haunting prophecy for one of their own.

226 pages, Kindle Edition

Published February 7, 2019

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Jonathan Yanez

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924 reviews74 followers
March 8, 2019
I am totally snagged! There’s a cutting-edge current to every page that’s hard to resist, so get ready to engage your heart and your mind. The characterization delves just enough into emotionality to give the characters realism without moving the focus away from fights, intrigue, and action. I’m definitely going to read the whole series!
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150 reviews55 followers
February 17, 2019
Remmy, his brother AJ and AJs 2 marine friends Jones and Rambo decide to go away for a weekend hunting trip. As they begin their trip they are captured by aliens and taken through a gateway to another planet. The aliens have realised Remmy’s high intelligence and his ability to see the coding of the gateway and have come to realise that Remmy is special and he is the prophet they have been searching for. Remmy has the ability to read and change the coding for the gateway and therefore the ability to open the portal to any world the Sarkans want.

The hunting party of 4 end up prisoners on the alien planet known as Sark. Emporer Aeon, the ruler of Sark has high hopes for Remmy but the hunting party are secretly planning their escape with the hopes of bringing all the Sarkan slaves with them.

Can Remmy, AJ, Jones and Rambo pull off the ultimate escape? The odds are stacked against them but with a little help on the inside they might just be able to pull it off.

This is the first book in this series, it’s an exciting read and if you love science fiction you’ll love this story.
1,421 reviews1 follower
November 30, 2022
Rating: minus 5

One of the benefits of rewriting my reviews, is the opportunity to correct my previous self censorship. This book is an bad imitation of the Star Gate TV program. A well written adventure using a similar premise, would work well but this is not. I had issues with the TV show but it was more entertaining than this book by far.

I hope that there is at least one other negative review for you to scan. A "rogue"" Goodreads tech does not "Allow" me to see other reviews, does not "Allow" me me see my commenters' ID, does not "Allow" me to remove my last lurker and does "not respond" to my queries. 🤔🤔🤔🤔

The lurker that Goodreads will not "Allow" me to remove is Dr Susan Hamilton (Maths professor at University of Tennessee?). She posted nothing over two years since her friend request and has not responded to five requests to unfriend me. 🤔🤔 If she finds my reviews so fascinating, that is sad. I am neither credentialed nor that interesting. My siblings will gladly affirm. 🤗🤗

It seems that when you write one brutal review of a "poorly written salute to the January 6, 2021 hero", that being a communist becomes a bad thing. Who knew. 😊😊

For more Goodreads, see my review of "2041: Sanctuary", a racist apocalyptic tale or Powers of the Earth (a poorly written salute to the January 6, 2021 hero) and comments from a Claes Rees, Jr/cgr710 (a self-identified NeoNazi and US patriot).

To Claes Rees, Jr/cgr710
Don't be a numpty. Be a smarty. Come and join the Communist Party.

Unlike Claes Rees Jr, Tucker Carlson or some US Republicans, I admit that I don't have a big stake in Gazprom and am biased probably. It seems odd that democracy loving US patriots support a Russian Army which as policy supplies Viagra but not food to its soldiers and employs gang rape (according to the UN, victims include women, boys, girls, at least one four year old girl so far to an 80 year old woman), kidnapping hundred of thousands of children, mutilation, torture, castration and up to two million Ukrainians (according to the US State Department) being taken for unpaid labor in the Russian Far East seems odd. Therefore I must say.


The StarGate TV show features a US Air Force Colonel leading a group of other US Air Force officers in varied galactic adventures. The US Air Force and government do not bother to notify the rest of the world that they have declared war in the name of Earth on a galaxy wide alien society. This bothered me even as I watched the show. I also was not the only viewer that had issues with that premise.

The writers at three seasons on (I think) addressed this madness by having the US government share knowledge of their military adventurism with the UN. The ability to speak with every alien in english is explained in story (somewhat lamely) and the audience accepted the reality that the added expense to the production of the story, did not allow for a different solution. 🙂

The show had other issues but despite that, the characters were interesting and relatable. The group leader was the only one of the main characters who did not change, which was appropriate and perfect for the story. The interactions were as plausible as was possible. The characters grew through their adventures. The show was much better written than this imitation.

This book is silly. A group of six or so of US Marines decide they can declare war on an alien species without any consultation with a government, a church group or a local scout troop. Does it matter that the Earth is put at risk? Not to a squad of US marines because they should be enough to handle any alien invasion. 😂😂

As usual the only requirement for hero status is to be a US soldier. These are the working class heroes portrayed in all these books. No officers needed when you have a sergeant available. Reminds me of a January date in 2021 for some reason. 🙂

With no training, they can decipher alien codes, translate alien languages, make alliances in the name of the planet and more. They are probably the bestest, most greatest, most invinciblest unbeatable soldiers that aliens have ever met. 🤗

Seldom have I read a working class hero actually organizing support and aid to fellow humans. Never have I read that working class characters challenged successfully the inequality of a capitalist society or even questioned it. 🤔

They all can kill anything or anyone that they encounter though, since they are americans ("real americans", of course). Empowering stories for a militaristic society, easily worthy of Russia's internal propaganda. The reader should cheer them on in their adventures and their well deserved predictable victory. That these books have an audience is sad and frightening.

With this goal in mind, the writers do not need good characters or a plot that would pass muster with eight year olds. No world building is required because it takes place in space and that should be enough. Writing skill is not considered a benefit, yet alone a requirement. Low end US science fiction is a wonder of jingoism and Ethnosupremacy but not very entertaining.

This is the level of storytelling that has put me off low end US science fiction print. Fortunately the streaming services all offer some science fiction which is always more entertaining and almost always better written. Included in the Netflix selection, there is a bonus multinational selection. 😊

I started to watch YouTube about two years ago. I came across book channels, while searching for science fiction news, reviews and stories. The book channels provide a community of readers who enjoy all bookish things, from library decoration to essays on popular fiction to literary analysis. 😍😍 They are the opposite to whatever the Goodreads experience is. I recommend a visit to several book tubers for any reader and list some below in my favorites.

From Goodreads science fiction readers, I have seen female readers receive comments informing them that women are incapable of understanding science fiction through one suggesting that her negative review was a reaction to recent anal rape. Goodreads is a thoughtful or human environment, is it? 🤔

By the way, if anyone knows anything about a Susan Hamilton, a professor (and Goodreads lurker) at the University of Tennessee or a Claes Rees, Jr who may or may not be a Goodreads employee, a message would be appreciated.

YouTube also carries channels that are part of educational video networks, for example Wondrium, Magellan TV, Epic History TV, The Great Courses, Curiosity Stream/Nebula, History Hit TV and other sites. Even without those sites there are a lot of YouTube essayists producing videos devoted to areas from literary criticism to political philosophy. My first was Curiosity Stream/Nebula at a cost of about $15 USD for a yearly subscription. To me it was a great bargain.

My picks of the moment.
New Economic Theory, Second Thought, Rina Sawayama, Dan Davis History, Chloe Stafler, Battle Order, Tom Nicholas, The Juice Media, Sarah Millican, Ozillo News, Up and Atom, Danni and Joe, Malinda, Beautifully Bookish Bethany.

As for Goodreads, please consider treating this site as potentially hostile. My own changes were to minimize information on my profile, remove all lurkers (they may be vicious little men), use emails not messaging. I discovered that all queries and complaints are forwarded back to the "rogue" Goodreads tech, who does not respond. 🤔

Seriously protect yourself. May we all enjoy good reading. 😊😊

Some of my favorite YouTube channels are.

The Leftist Cooks, Novara Media, Tom Nicholas, Some More News, Tara Mooknee, Noah Samsen, Munecat, Ship Happens, Tiny Wee Boat, Mrs Betty Bowers, The Juice Media, Tulia, Karolina Zebrowska, Jill Bearup, Neringa Rekaslute, Philosophy Tube, Sabine Hossenfelder, The Armchair Historian, The Great War, World War Two, Hello Future Me, The Library Ladder, Lady of the Library, Sarah Z, Eleanor Morton, Rowan J Coleman, Austin McConnell, Prime of Midlife, Cruising Alba, Chugging Along, May Moon Narrowboat, Tibees, Armored Archives, Military Aviation History, Atun Shei, Dr Becky, The Angry Astronaut, Real Engineering, Vlad Vexler, History of the Universe, Scott Manley, UA Courage, Mythic Concepts, Chloe Stafler, Malinda, Books and Lala, A Cup of Nicole, Kathy's Flog in France, Renegade Cut, The Piano Guys, Lilly's expat life, I'm Rosa, Merphy Napier, Serena Skybourne, Cecelia Blomdahl, Natasha's Adventures, Northern Narrowboaters, Sort of Interesting, All Shorts, France 24, Alice Cappelle, Jessica Gagnon, 2Cellos, Overly Sarcastic Productions, Chris Animations, Lady knight the Brave, Alize, World of Antiquity, Second Thought, Adult Wednesday Addams, Spacedock, Gate World, Jessie Gender, Adam Something, Battle Order, Task and Purpose, The Templin Institute, Big Think, Then & Now, BrandonF, Alt Shift X, Pro Robots, What Vivi did next, The Gravel Institute, Evie Pallas, Half as Interesting, Perun, Certifiably Ingame, Wizards and Warriors, Epimetheus, Spark, Art Deco, WION, Chill Goblin, Jake Broe, Space Matters, A Life of Lit, Emmie, Hailey in Bookland, Ask a Mortician, Money & Macro, The Present Past, Cruising the Cut, Engineering with Rosie, Linguoer Mechanic, Violet Orlandi, Straight No Chaser, Diane Callahan Quotidian Writer, Event Horizon, Book Odyssey, Books with Emily Fox, No Justice MTG, Make Better Media, DUST, Practical Engineering, The Shades of Orange, Elliot Brooks, Told in Stone, Owen Jones.

I wish you a glorious morning, a fantastic afternoon, a pleasant evening, a wonderful night and may we all keep learning.

There is no Human, where Empathy does not reside.
Thomas Moore
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315 reviews
February 24, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this and even though I'm not USUALLY a sci-fi reader, I do enjoy reading a good scifi book on occasion. This one reminds me a lot of the premise of the movie Stargate and television series Stargate SG-1, both of which I LOVED. Sixteen year old Remmy is on a long hunting trip with his Marine brother AJ and his brother's company members, Rambo and Jones. He is kidnapped by aliens out scouting from the sphere that has the capability of transporting travelers between worlds just by entering coordinates between planets. AJ and his friends go through the sphere to get his little brother back and find themselves on a different world full of dinosaurs, dragons and other dangers that kick off the adventure of a lifetime as they race to save Remmy and also the rest of mankind throughout the universe!
936 reviews9 followers
February 14, 2019
Good book but the writing of the guns sound effects takes you out of the story.

I enjoyed this book very much, I would’ve given it a five star rating but The blat Sound affects of the gunshots takes me out of the story, it makes me think like a nine-year-old has written this book. Also I am not too keen on 16-year-old kids in science fiction books. But some may like this book anyway. I did enjoy the grown-up characters especially in the Marines and hope to read more about them. I am waiting for the next book to see if I will continue reading the series.
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214 reviews3 followers
February 26, 2019
A mix of different SF concepts

Starts of ok, quickly become a mix of stargate, dragon riders of Pern, ST next generation, and jurassic Park followed by questionable Tactical decisions and a unbelievable escape, you have this novel.
125 reviews1 follower
September 18, 2023
A hunting trip with his younger (nerd, computer geek) brother in the mountains of West Virginia.

A. J. A Sergeant in the Marine Corps, is meeting his squad for some old school hunting, how's and arrows! His brother Remy a very inquisitive 16 year old years a noise being curious investigates. What he sees he doesn't believe until he is captured! Thus begins Invasion!
Authors Yanez & Baker have created a beautifully choreographed story that's wonderfully fun to read.
Great writing!
170 reviews6 followers
February 11, 2019
Adventuring In Snow

Kid brudder Remmy izz takin the trail ‘less traveled ‘ by acceded to a gifted hunting twrip in WV with brudder AJ Cole and marine buds. Bows Only. After Remmy is kidnapped by aliens their digital request fer hardware izz moot because Time izzint on their side. Theyz were virgins to portal travel Butz ‘Into Da Breech’ theyz go to recover Remmy while da trail izz HOT!
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19 reviews
October 19, 2019
An example of imagination beyond my wildest dreams

I was nervous starting this book since I’m not one for series books, but after reading The Invasion I cannot wait to read the next book. the authors are so creative with the technologies and alien worlds they came up with. Now I want to find a real gateway to other planets. Or maybe I can create one with my mind just by reading this series.
567 reviews
February 14, 2019
Remmy, his Marine brother AJ and his two Marine friends Jones and Rambo find out if this world adveture

Remmy gets dragged along for hunting in the snow of West "by God" Virginia. Where they get captured by aliens setting up a area to take over earth. They get caught and the adventure begins.

Read and enjoy!!
February 18, 2019
If you are a Syfy fan, love mythological creatures, know who the Borg are, and enjoy reading stories about the marines, then you will love this book. It kept me enthralled with bated breath till the end. Our main characters are brothers with 8 year difference that have the best bro bond, and Remy is too smart for anyone's own good.
588 reviews16 followers
February 19, 2019
Very entertaining and action-packed. The aliens gun sounds were annoying and at times the story seemed geared towards the YA readers. A little bit of high schoolish emotion crush from our "special" MC, the little brother, the awesome big brother and his Marine squad mates, each with unique and non normal characteristics. I will definitely read the next book from this author.
206 reviews1 follower
April 9, 2019
A good read

A good read, I did find the first few pages confusing until I realized what the authors where up to and then I just enjoyed more and more. If you have not read anything of these two then give it a go, I did and so glad I did and looking forward to reading more. Again a good read enjoy
32 reviews1 follower
November 13, 2020
So cool!

This was a blast! Just the right amount of action and humor to keep you engaged in the story. You gotta love Rambo, Jones and Remmy just as much as AJ.

Can't wait for the next installment so off I go. Pick up the whole series and join the Pack. You won't regret it! You have been warned 😁
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64 reviews
February 17, 2019
What do you get when you combine a genius teenager, marines, dragons, and an upcoming spare war? A great series! This book was so great I read it 2 hours. It’s great to see that someone has set this great book in the best state of WV. Don’t let this one pass you by.
697 reviews
March 15, 2019

There were moments in this story where I almost got a little bored. I can't explain why, it just happened. But then the action picked up again and I was hooked all over. Overall I rate this book a solid 4, and will definitely buy the next one.
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1,260 reviews7 followers
October 7, 2019
Exciting Adventure

Loved how Yanez/Baker ran with this idea , creating a lot of interest between adults and teen scifi adventure. This should appeal to adults and YA alike while still being fresh with some good pop culture references added in.
11 reviews
February 19, 2019
A Great Read!!

The authors did a great job capturing the audiences attention! I cant wait to see where they take us next!!
145 reviews
February 19, 2019
This is a great book. It was a little out of my usual reading comfort zone, but it was well worth the read. This book had great characters and a story you can dive into. I liked it.
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581 reviews4 followers
May 23, 2019

I have totally enjoyed this book could not put it down. Looking forward to book 2 of this series......... Then I need to look at the mercenary 1 lol
683 reviews4 followers
July 5, 2019
They are coming

While on a hunting trip a group of marines and one little brother are surprised by a group of aliens. They are prisoners. What next?
214 reviews1 follower
March 24, 2020
It was ok. The ending kinda fell apart but most of it was ok.
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27 reviews
April 13, 2019
There must be a lot more after this one. Yanez makes it interesting with three super marines - a leader, super killer and super oh-poleeze with a younger brother super nerd. Based on the straight shooting but implausible story line to me this is another YA novelette with enough inferences to keep you interested for the next in the series.
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