Whew, I have finally got to the point of fast forwarding to survive this author. The premise of this story is good, but the theme is buried under brutally long boring sections of trivia. If ever an author needs to have his works abridged for audio, it's this guy.
I really enjoyed "Dies the Fire" so listening to the second book was a must. Once again SM Sterling captured my attention and I was glad to follow more of the story. I have already ordered "Meeting at Corvallas".
This movel has a bit of a strange name... it should really be titled "Leading up to the Protector's War". Still an enjoyable story but weaker than "Dies the Fire". This book can't quite decide if it's an action story or a world-builder political tale. As a result, it does neither all that well. Still an interesting premise though.
Comment must be made about the odd pronunciation of the narrator. "Bared teeth" is said as "Barred teeth". Sinue is pronounced "siNOO", etc. Although the voice acting and accents are good throughout, the nuances get mixed up. For example, an English character uses the pejorative "git" in reference to another character. The narrator pronounces it as "jit". This constantly interrupts the flow of the story.
The story is good and the reader does a decent job. He can do enough accents and the like to make you feel the different characters. However, some of his accents are off enough for a main character or two that it throw things off.
The war between the Protectorate and the rest of the other factions finally comes to a head and Mike Havel and Norman Arminger finally settle their scores.
I really enjoyed "Dies the Fire" so listening to the second book was a must. Once again SM Sterling captured my attention and I was glad to follow more of the story. I love a book that once you are finished, you find you miss the characters and wonder what they are up to! I am officially hooked! I have already ordered "Meeting at Corvallas".