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Ace, Sept 03, 2002, 23.95, 432 pp.
ISBN 044100971

The planet Earth is in ruins following the Sauron invasion on Feb 28 2020. Whole cities are destroyed and most of the humans that survived are slaves to do the conqueror's bidding. The Saurons have installed Alex Franklin as their puppet president of the USA not knowing that he has joined with the resistance movement to find a way to destroy the invaders and rebuild the planet.
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The Saurons, a race divided into three castes, are pushing the human and Ra'Na slaves to rapidly build the citadels. The entire race will die giving birth to their hatchlings. Ra'Na and human resistance groups form to find a way of destroying the “master” race during the few days when the hatchlings are very vulnerable. Aliens and humans alike are willing to give their lives so that others may throw off the yoke of oppression.

EARTHRISE, the sequel to DEATHDAY, is a fascinating invasion thriller. The tale enables readers to gain an intriguing look at the psychological and sociological essences of two alien races as well as the human reaction to a first encounter. William Dietz also profiles humanity and shows us as a race worth surviving for many of us are willing to die in the name of freedom. Though an insightful character and race study, the plot remains an action packed novel even as the charcaters feel as though they are part of our lives.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   guns    -   air battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group Escaping from behind enemy lines?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship    -   futuristic human freighter/transport    -   one or two man fighter/scoutship Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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