Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
Let me say up front, I may be a bit biased when it comes to Ringo's Writing.. the man is a prolific writer, turning out an INCREDIBLE number of books in bursts along the way, each with so much accuracy and detail it's amazing! I've had the pleasure of covering some of the same ground as Ringo being 11Bravo, and have spent much time at Dragon*Con talking with him and his wife out at the pool-side Breezeway (surrounded by many other fans).
I also own a Mountain Top Ranch in the Mountains between Greenville SC, and the North East Georgia Mountains where the majority of the battles take place in this series. I found myself constantly looking at "Nuclear Yields" and "Prevailing Winds" to see if my Ranch survived the actions, and as of the last book in the series, we seem to have come out OK,even though being DEEP in Posleen Territory ;) You can literally pull up a Google Map of the Areas where the Battles take place and track them road by road, Mountain Pass by Mountain Pass, Stream and creek by stream and creek, which is a LOT of fun!
Being Retired Military, and a Semi-Retired Electrical Engineer, I can usually "Pick books apart on bad technical details", things like "Misunderstandings between the differences of "Geiger Counters" and "Survey Meters"", etc.. But in a later book in this series, just as I think "Oh John, how could you screw up THIS detail? No way they could be that badly irradiated by a splash of 'Contaminated water!'" John turns the whole incident into a Funny Set of circumstances caused by one of the characters that mistakenly misused a Radiation Meter, and didn't know that pure water can't be contaminated by Radioactivity (Obviously John knew!)...
The series is FULL of John's typical "Side Stories" that branch off into technical details that get a little boring sometimes, and lots of "Training Details, and "Hoo-Yah", but end up being part of something VERY funny in future books in the series and always tie in somewhere along the line... During the Final book (so far) in the series I laughed so hard in places I woke my wife up repeatedly... then later she woke ME up laughing repeatedly (We use Audible's "iPhone App" to listen to books, which is an AWESOME App, FULL of great features... We also use "Sleep Phones" I modified to "Blue-Tooth" instead of "Wired" to listen to books at night in bed!)
I admit I got a little tired of hearing things like, "Like trying to hold back an avalanche with a fire-hose", and "Wiped the off the face of the earth", and several other sayings that were used a bit too often in the first 4 books, but that's so minor I feel petty mentioning it.
Ringo quotes a LOT of Kipling in all of his books in this series, which is great, and in the last few books he switches to quoting lyrics from the CruxShadows, which I believe he got into during Dragon*Con (I know *I* did), but it works!
Throughout the series there are references to "Star-Wars", "Space Balls", "The Princess Bride", "Monty Python" and several other Cult Classic Movies and TV Shows and Comic Books... But I found them hilarious since I know those cult classics well.
What I really love about Ringo's writing is that he's so accurate in his technical details, when he teaches you something new, you can take it as a given, he's done his research!
I really hope there is a continuation of the series since it's left WIDE OPEN for a whole NEW long series of books! I've also written and asked Audible to see about bringing in the Series of books "The Council Wars", which I read in paperback years ago, and would LOVE to have in Audio-Book form. Audible is usually VERY good about quickly getting books you may ask for by popular writers, so I'm hoping they can pick that series up also!
Marc Vietor does a FANTASTIC Job of Narrating, as usual! Much like "John Lee", I think I could listen to Marc Read a Dictionary and find it interesting ;)
If you love Hard Military Sci-Fi, Ringo is one of the Greats! His books are right up there with Richard K Morgan, Charles Sheffield, Alastair Reynolds, and the other "Deep thinkers of Realistic Far-Future Sci-Fi", yet with a style uniquely his own!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first time reading a John Ringo book. I found it well written and an interesting plot. The military jargon was realistic and the battle action exciting. There was lots of action and suspense along with some comic relief. The Posleen are conquering worlds and the Galactic Federation has sent the humans from earth out to be the warriors to stop them but can earth trust the federation? Marc Vietor does an excellent job narrating the story and the did great with the various alien voices. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
I like the narrator of this series and the author makes a good story and a good hero. the only thing is the amount of rank and sir's you have to endure in all his books. but i had allot of fun listening to it and have listen to the whole series.
A good way to get through the work day.
Good start to this book. Once the action starts it does not stop.
The fact that the story is told from many different characters makes it tough to follow and a bit confusing at times. At times all the viewpoint switching caused me to lose interest. I found myself waiting and hoping that the viewpoint would switch to the character Mike O'Neal who was a lot more interesting than the other characters.
The narrator did a pretty good job but didn't have great range with his character voices. Got confused often because many of the characters sounded very similar.
Overall a very good book and will definitely listen to the next one.
Let the Wookiee win.
Sci-Fi Military Action
Just a fantastic military sci-fi romp. It's got great characters, setting and pace.
The way he brought certain characters to life was great.
Moved me, no. Excite me, HELL YES! The final assault was fantastic
Can't wait to read the rest of this series.
My 3rd time, read twice now heard audio still love it. John Ringo is a master of Military SciFi
This is a story about a perpetually dysfunctional military, aliens of friendly, evil, and all-together shady types, and a handful of heroes who somehow make the best out of all of it.
I didn't much care for the first several chapters, but somewhere around the 1/3 mark I began to enjoy it, and at the end, I had become enthralled. I generally don't much care for male readers with American accents, but all of that changed when the narrater tackled the alien voices, and did a stellar job doing it. I replayed the last couple of chapters just to hear it again.
Be aware, though, that the story is dripping with military jargon, military world view, and what I might call military social pet peeves. Most of it is rather authentic, if not sometimes a bit shallow. There are significant and colorful descriptions of battle, complete with reasonably accurate tactical analysis. Some actions of the characters, however, don't seem to make much sense.
The SiFi aspects of the story is rational, and the science is consistent.
Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys military fiction.
Middle aged Male, lives in England, works for US Government.
I have listened to this book 2 times. It is just a great war SciFi epic.
As far as comparisons go I would say I have yet to find its equal.
The voices were perfect to the characters. Vietor’s range and consistency were outstanding. He was the perfect choice to suck you into the storyline.
If I could have I would have listened to it in one sitting. But alas it was a very long book. However, I could not wait to keep going and was absolutely looking forward to every minute of this series.
This is by far, my favorite series of audio books. The set up was slow but needed to set the stage for the series. But my god, once it got started it’s was action, tension and FUN!
Well told suspenseful classic combat sci-fi. The first in an epic series. Ringo knows his military jargon first hand. This is the juice. A+
Not really my thing, all ground force battles. It doesn't make a lot of sense to be a space faring civilization and you take cities by long ground battles. Yes, some ground force stuff makes sense, but they never say why they just don't nuke the enemy or why the enemy doesn't just nuke them.