the author spends way to much time explaining the world in the beginning of the book. I don't mind alittle set up but come on 4 and a half hours before we get to the meat of the story about the charater
don't know, I would because he got the military mind set for the character very good and besides the first 4 hours of political and to much explanation, the book was great.
when he has his swagger stick
if your looking for a survivalist book or end of the world type of book look somewhere else. if your looking for a good book that shows a solider mind set and shows what he does so his unit can go home with good action then here it is. but again skip the first four hours if you can unless you like political rants
First, let me say, I have read about everything Ringo has written and I will try his next book. BUT having said that, if you wanted to read a SciFi and not a treatise on how Red states are better than Blue states, don't bother. It's not really SciFi anyway, but I can get into a decent apocalypse/survival book from time-to-time, but the book doesn't really start until Book 2 / chapter 7, up until then it's Ringo's political rantings.
About 60% of it is political ramblings. All media is anti army, except Fox. Red States are gooder and Blue states can't find their own asses. (Of course, he ignores the fact that Blue states economically outperform Red states hands down. But hey, why let reality get into an apocalypse/survival book.)
Ringo has the ability to bring a soldier's life and risks alive and he does this in a scene where two scout strykers hit a pre-battle rant by a local leader. The whole chapter is classic Ringo and one of the reasons I listened to the whole thing even though I kept flipping forward as he started a rant. I was hoping to find more, and there were more small little bits of writing, but not much.
If they left out his ranting scenes, I could appreciate the main character and the men who followed him.
I also listened to the whole thing, minus the ranty parts, was the narrator. I am looking for more of his books. I have done this with three other narrators. This would have been a solid one or two if it hadn't been for the narrator!
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I hate giving this book such a bad review. Almost all of his other works I have listened to multiple times. The Hot Gate series is some of his best. The Aldenata series are also great. The Prince Roger series with David Weber is outstanding. This one I tried twice to get through it, but this book is good story wrapped around his politics, and he isn't even correct on some of the things he says. If he kept the preaching to the level in the Troy Rising series then this would be another 5 stars all around, as it is the only good part is the outstanding performance by Dan Miller. John Ringo is capable of amazing story telling, I wish him to get back to it.
It is really to bad you can't write a review after returning a book, because I would return this one.
Whilst Dan did a good job on the narration the main protagonist was just too full of himself for my taste and the unnecessary use of F*** all the time was just plain annoying. Did not get past the first couple of chapters so returned it.
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This is, so far the best audiobook I've listened to.
The novel was about one mans experience, both in the military and during a hellish plague. So really, there's only one character to follow.
Never heard his work before, it was okay, though there were some emphasis issues that that were a bit off.
No, the whole book was great.
The story line -- troops stranded in the Middle East when the ice age and 'flu' epidemic devastated all governments. And their fight to get back home, punctuated by observations about how the political powers that be (you know who you are) screwed up at every turn ... and made things much worse by blindly adhering to their agenda in the face of devastating reality. Like sticking to the global warming story line (and taking actions as if it were really true) when it was obvious that the planet was cooling due to changes in the sun. Scary parallels to today.
Good narrator. Pace and timing good. No complaints. I prefer to listen nowadays.
Political Correctness Meets Reality -- and Kills People.
This isn't for everyone. If you're a lefty, you'll find much to be offended about. As a Libertarian, I didn't agree with his comments about Ayn Rand --- well, most of them anyway. This story, for me, was an unexpected gem. Thanks, Instapundit.
I really enjoyed this story. Having been a soldier myself added to that experience. If I ever run out of audio books to read the first time, this will be one of the first ones I read again.
I would be wary of buying another one of John Ringo's books.
The beating of the RIGHT WING RHETORIC drum was too strong in this book. I'm a moderate conservative and some of his Ringo's views about the economy and how people act were just wrong. It also had a little too much of making every bad guy a pedophile a little too much for me. Plenty of bad people don't have to rape children to be evil. Cough *Rambo V* cough.
The battle of the iran depot was one of my favourite scenes.
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Great books, less politics.
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I expected a story closer to Troy Rising, Looking Glass, Posleen and Aldenata books. I have listened to at least 15 of Ringo's books. Really enjoyed them.
I think if you are one of the fine heros that is serving or has served in the armed services you might really enjoy this book and can ignore this review.
If you expect more of what I was mentioning above you might take a minute to read more reviews.
This aside I happen to applaud the author's political views in all the titles I have purchased and I hope someday I can meet him and shake his hand. In a different world I think we might be good friends.
I usually love John Ringo's books, so I bought this one without hesitation. I was surprised at the frequency of explicit language. I know that there is swearing in John Ringos' books but I thought this was excessive. I couldn't get past it and stopped listening after 45 minutes.