This a second book in the series and it sees lots character development, a love interest, and tons of battles. Space marine hand combat at its best. Worth checking out.
Even though I cried several times (I hate books that make me cry), I still enjoyed this book as much as the last.
By now, Roger has insinuated himself into the Marines, and is becoming a "Marine" himself. And the Marines are quickly becoming his family.
As they go from town to town, they, of course help fight off hoards of barbarians, so it gets a little dicey at times. And, as in the Safehold series, they teach newfangled fighting methods, guns, and ships.
For those of you who like romance, Weber has added a bit to round it out, but it's very minor, I think. Who is in a romantic relationship? I'm not telling...
I'm reading three now. I'm sad, because that means I'll be reading four soon, then I'll be finished.
: ( "big sigh" Ah puck.
Very interesting! The prince has become a leader and is earning the respect of his men. I like the captain who make a very good mentor for the prince. Also the romance between his Sargent major is beginning to bloom and I am looking forward to the next book.! Both writer and narrator are excellent.
Yes, the series are great stories.
NO! Rudnicki continually misses words and mispronounces the most obvious. One scene speaking of the Prince, a marine says Rogo and Rudnick pronounces Ro Go not Rog O!
Several times Rudnicki misses words and occasionally entire phrases. Read what was written! Most annoying
The first books was good it had a military theme but it somehow fit into the book without being overwhelming. This one takes it to the next level. About 60% of the book is about guns and explosives i.e. types,what they do and. how they work. Then there are lessons (disguised as conversations ) about battle techniques, army leadership techniques and styles, troop training....pretty much anything and everything related to guns, the army, soldiers and battles this also includes "lessons" in older fighting techniques. Add on to that 25% lessons in economics and what's left is character and story development that could have been done in 5 hours not 17. I am definately returning this book.
I've read most of David Weber's books and enjoyed this series the most. The series has all of the exciting elements we've come to expect from Weber, but what really sets it apart is that it sheds a lot of the triteness found in his other books. The story does not rely on the main character conveniently developing new abilities just in time to save the day. Prince Roger is, in fact, deeply flawed, making him a much more interesting character than perfect, goody-two-shoes Honor Harrington (in my opinion). That the book retains the fast paced action and the political aspects of the Harrington series while vastly improving characterization makes this Weber's best yet.
The flow of action and the memorable characters.
He reads the book wonderfully and his inflections work well for this style of book.
I loved the first book in the series, but this one dragged a little. There was an inordinate amount of detail about arms design, military organization, and provisioning that may be entertaining to someone into hard-core military history, but I found quite boring. Also, the total transformation of Prince Roger into a sympathetic character is just a touch unbelievable--I think it would be more entertaining/realistic if he were to lapse every now and then into his old ways, or at least consider it. And finally, the "love story" with Desperaux (sp? of course I'm not sure since I'm listening ...) is chaste to the point of requiring a suspension of disbelief--although I guess it's nice if I'm going to recommend this to my teenage boys. Despite my complaints, and the feeling that it's something of a filler book, this does a good job of moving the story along and getting us to the next stage in the saga of the castaways. Which of course I'm planning on buying.