The Age of Ice Hammer Has Begun
4.5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes I try and write a good synopsis to start my posts, and other times the author provides a great one that’s better than anything I could attempt to write. I’m going to steal Sands’ intro here since there’s no better way to explain the premise of this book. “The bombs came first, and the troops were close behind. Life in the dream that was America ceased when a deadly new alliance of Communist states from Russia, China, and their allies invaded from the North… The age of peace has ended. The age of the Ice Hammer has begun.”
This was my first book by Basil Sands (both written and/or narrated), but I’ve had my eye on his stuff for a while. I’m glad that I took the dive with Invasion and boy what a book it was.
The start of the book was full of getting to know Brad and his family (along with his boys and some other Scouts). I thought it was really well paced and was needed. I had to laugh a few times because I’m facebook friends with Basil and some of the stuff that Sands wrote about seemed to be partially based on his life. I know that most readers won’t know that but I found it to make the book even more enjoyable.
Brad was an IT professional but was always prepared. When the bomb(s) dropped and the attack began he had his bugout bag ready and was on the move before anyone could find him. Following his trek and his struggle with certain situations was emotional. I thought that Invasion was written in a way that was both enjoyable but emotional. I felt for Brad numerous times (I won’t explain why it’ll ruin some parts of the book). After “doing what he had to do” Brad get’s a pretty awesome nickname by the NK’s that are looking for him.
The end of the book wasn’t as much of an ending as I thought it would be (I should have known with the name that it was going to be a “book 1”) but I still thought it was well done and well written. The story doesn’t have a traditional “ending” per say but was still enough of an ending to keep me happy.
Sands is a great author and narrator. I read other reviews that talked about people skipping books that were narrated by the author but I’ve found that a lot of the time the author can give certain scenes the proper amount of drama since they wrote the book. I also know that Sands is a narrator for other authors – so it’s not like he narrated his book to save money, he professionally does this and did a great job narrating Invasion.
Overall, I thought the Invasion was an action-packed “holy crap” type of book that numerous times I found myself thinking that this really happened or could happen. It felt that real and I love books like that.
Invasion: Ice Hammer by Basil Sands
Narrator: Basil Sands
Length: 12 hrs
Series: Ice Hammer #1
Published by Permuted Press on February 8, 2017
It only took an instant for the world to come crashing down.
The bombs came first, and the troops were close behind. Life in the dream that was America ceased when a deadly new alliance of Communist states from Russia, China, and their allies invaded from the North.
The invasion splits Brad Stone's family apart. His wife, Youngmi, is captured and exploited by Alaska's new Communist warlord. Brad and his sons narrowly avoid massacre and retreat into the icy wilderness. Brad, a former Marine, finds himself thrust to the front as the warrior they call “Ice Hammer” – a leader, a legend, and the most wanted man in occupied Alaska.
Brad, Youngmi, and their sons Ben and Ian must find their way through the horrors of war. They may not live to see victory, but they will not live as slaves. They have already learned a brutal truth:
The age of peace has ended. The age of the Ice Hammer has begun.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: 65 Below
About the Author:
Author of several action packed novels and numerous short stories, Basil built an audience of tens of thousands of readers and audiobook listeners. His stories have been called “Pulse Pounding” and “Breathtaking”. Give them a read and judge for yourself.
Basil does not just write stories, but has lived a lot of what they contain. The backdrop for his writing started with his birth in rural interior Alaska and his school years among the Ohio cornfields where he wished to be anywhere else as long as it was exciting. He has lived in Alaska, San Diego, DC, Baltimore, and Ohio. He tried a career in the Marines. After injuries sent him home early he worked at the NSA, owned a computer shop, was a carpenter, farmer, actor, lumberjack, voice actor, EMT, network admin, helpdesk supervisor, Boy Scout leader, IT trainer, radio talk host, youth minister, and was a sergeant in the Alaska Defense Force Coastal Scouts.
Until a ski injury in 2008 he had been an avid weight lifter and could bench press 420 lbs. Now he’s limited to a bit on the eliptical machine each day and hefting his laptop and an occasional pint of Guinness.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Writer’s Guild, is a member of the Military Writer’s Society of America and International Thriller Writers (ITW), and is a regular contributing editor to ITW’s THE BIG THRILL Magazine.
He lives in Anchorage Alaska with his wife and sons.