John Ringo was in the military something like 30 years ago, but he describes modern weapon systems and light armored vehicle maneuvers, etc. to such a high degree of expertise that you would think that he got out of the military two years ago. I really appreciate that degree of accuracy. As far as the being in the Army itself goes, whether it be 30 years ago or 20 years from now, some things stay the same no matter what, and there really are officers like Bandit 6, and there are good and bad BC's, and there are grunts, tech soldiers, and Fobits, and Remps and on down the line. Me I was a grunt at first and then I turned into a fobit. He described what happens to fobits stuck on FOB's perfectly, but what makes a soldier one thing or another is only dependent on what MOS he chooses when he is at the MEPS. With the right training most grunts could be just as good of mechanics as most mechanics and vice versa. So all the distinctions of suck are sort of arbitrary. Anyways its a good book, right wing or not.
I'm a big military sci-fi and alternative fiction fan, and have been a fan of Ringo' for a while. For once though, I couldn't listen to a book anymore. I think the idea and structure of the book is novel, but it really is just one huge rant. I'm a centrist by nature and swing back and forth across the political spectrum so I don't terribly mind Ringo' typical conservative viewpoint for the most part...but this was just to much. I'm get the stereotype and typical diatribe that both sides go on about...but this is just...god I hate the term - but "diarrhea of the mouth" that is on par with Limbaugh and Beck. If you like that thing - this books for you. I was sincerely hoping the other reviews that I had read were wrong...and in the beginning I even saw that at points he was pointing out how much the main character was an asshole to an extent...but at 8 chapters in and firmly in the far - far - far right wing camp I can't take anymore. That said, please give Ringo another try and pick up Live Free or Die, any of the Prince Roger series, or for that matter most of his other works. They still sell the party line, but they typically makes up for it.
I bought this because I like military suspense, history and adventure. This book is none of those and is simply an extreme right wing rant posing as a military adventure novel. Almost the entire book is used to present Ringo's extreme views, with virtualy no story. Plese don't waste your money.
Do you love hours of endless exposition with no real payoff? Do you love being condescended to by a guy who has all of the subtlety of a stop sign? I voted for McCain and I agree with a lot of the author's opinions but for those of us who work our butts off I think we deserve a little more creativity and effort when it comes to our post-apocolyptic escapist yarns. If I lived through a horrible tragedy like what was described in this book, I think I'd be a little more interested in telling a 1st person narrative about me and my family and our struggles to survive, not some distant historical regirgation. No character development, no story arc, no personal growth and no journey. If I wanted to experience a fake documentary I would rent a Michael Moore film.
I've listened to it twice since I bought it. It's very funny at times and also has the feel of being a book of prophecy sometimes. Even tough it's a work of fiction, The author writes candidly about cultural differences, war and media influence. If your on the left politically you most likely won't like this book. Now lets all hold hands and sing Kumbaya :)
I'm not a left winger but I found this poor excuse of a book WAY out in right field, even if I agreed with all of this BS I would still feel ripped off, no story line, very little action, just rant after rant about how those stupid lefties ruined the world, he has a right to his opinions but why did I have to pay to hear them? Instead of calling this book "The Last Centurion" he should have called it "Endless Right Wing Rants"
I had previously listened to his Weber cowrite Prince Roger series and found it entertaining. The last centurion however is utter garbage.
After the initially ok sounding non serious litt he expands in to this completely and utterly ridiculous anti-BamaCare anti-anything but the conservative republican way tirade. For more than 30min (stopped at that point) he was using 'facts' to reason why the plague was killing in different countries. There was little connection to the story and seems that the story was made up as a window dressing to argue the point that no other health care model than the current way we are conducting business can work. One can argue that this is true but being a health care professional who listens to trash while running the argumentation was complete BS.
Some picks, In the netherlands they kill people against their wishes to save health care costs. In any universal health care country doctors stop working after filling their quota at the end of the year, thus killing people. This went on forever.
In fiction I don't much care for total conformation to reality, but you can't go on with bull for pages and pages when it does not serve a purpose for the story.
This was for sure the last Ringo book I got and I've been enjoying some pretty patriotic literature.
In case you agree with Ringo on this topic you don't need to book because you are already familiar with the argument. In case you don't the listen won't be very useful.
This audio book is less a science fiction story then a rambling political rant that would get Glen Beck to say "Woah, wait, slow down there buddy!" However, it is reasonably entertaining, and Dan John Miller does a fantastic job narrating.
It is without a doubt the worst thing John Ringo has ever written, but considering the quality of the rest of Ringo's stuff, thats not that damning a statement.... Book gets a three.
The book is aimed at 16 to 26 year old males.
The story line is cross between Star Ship Troopers and a USA conservative Republican Radio show.
The first chapter is in Military jargon to bond with people either in or just leaving service. All
There is alternate science that has nothing to
with the real world. Such as a new ice age even
though the glaciers are melting. How does that
The author assigns behavior to the opposition that is
truly dastardly. (Unbelievable)
The hero is flawless, smart, and a farmer.
If you enjoyed Star Ship Troopers, as I did.
I have the book and reread it once in while.
You'll like this book. In my opinion it's has about
as much relevance to what's going on today.
Star Ship Troopers is relevant in a quirky way,
but I would not quote it like Shakespeare,
except to a Conservative Republican Radio show
host. "Seven Habits of Successful People" it is
I would consider the book only to be a work of fiction and an okay read. Light humor.
An accurate mirror of today and how you should live your life. No, unless your a conservative
Republican Radio show host. The world only needs
one or two of them.