I found this novel to be overall pretty enjoyable. The narrator is solid and it seems well written but it hasn't struck any chords with me personally. At the end of it, I'm left not really feeling it's whether I go on with the series or not. Actually, instead of getting the follow-up to this novel I decided to switch gears and listen to The Hunger Games...
I can't recommend the book as a "must read" but it's a solid military scifi novel. I actually really do like the concept of the battle-armored M.I. which is obviously an homage to Starship Troopers but it's unique enough to breathe new life into the concept and very well executed in that regard.
I'll likely wind up listening to the sequels at a later point.
If you like military SF, then this is near the top of the class. If you don't like the genre, you will not like the book. It's that simple.
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Rock classics while jumping from building to building. Yessirs left and right and officers pumping up their soldiers with clich?s. I just couldn't take it. But maybe I'm just not the right person to appreciate this type of series.
It just seemed like Armor/Starship Troopers fan fiction to me.
Poor characterizations and choppy plot contributed to my not knowing what was going on in this story. The other things that made this novel hard to understand was the constant use of military jargon and abbreviations with which I am not familiar. I found my mind drifting off of the story because it was so hard to follow.
Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work. - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
I expected an action-packed military sci-fi novel. Instead I received hours and hours of characters dealing with frustrating and confusing bureaucracy and dumb orders from incompetent superiors. Long parts of the book were just frustrating.
Like a lot of military sci-fi, this book spends way too much time focusing on the minutiae of military organizations. "Too much" in this case means approximately 3/4 of the book. These parts were'nt particularly enjoyable. I soldiered through (haha).
When the action sequences finally began they were pretty good. No complaints there. It's just that I expected that there would be action scenes throughout the book, not just piled on at the end.
All in all, this book was acceptable. I listened all the way through The narrator was good. I didn't ask for a refund. However, I have no intention of purchasing another John Ringo title. One was more than enough.
What an amazing thing a book… to step out of our lives, if just for a moment, to a different world of fantastic new ideas and possibilities.
This book was all over the place. It jumps from scene to scene with people you don't know. It has a lot of promise and the background and plots look good, it is just the execution that is bad. I really wish someone else would write this story and cut to the point.
Also, be warned the language is really bad.
At one time in the story He used the F bomb 10 time in a row would of been a much better book without the F bomb
I did not find this story worth the time or price. Unmemorable.
This story is not a ???real??? sci-fi tale. The sci-fi dimensions are used as an author???s pretext to present a military story about troops facing extremely long odds (fighting huge numbers of hostile aliens). 95% of the story is a long and boring exposition of military tactics. There was way, way too much detail given about the battlefield-specific tactics: down to the granular level. The story thread tended to get lost in all this great detail. There was lots and lots and lot of dialogue between officers and enlisted men. I am guessing that in personal life the author was an Army private because the officers are portrayed universally as jerks and idiots ??? the higher the rank, the bigger jerks and idiots. I flew in the Navy in Vietnam and did not experience this phenomenon, but then again I was not in the Army. The dialogue between characters, especially between higher and lower ranks, was quite unrealistic. In my experience, the Chiefs manage the Navy and the officers manage the Chiefs, and there was a high level of respect between the officers and the Chiefs. It???s not portrayed this way in this novel. There were also scenes of extreme stress and life-and-death emergency where the characters talked on and on and on just like they were at a cocktail party instead of fighting for their lives.
The story also involves a type of communications device given to humans by friendly aliens that played the obligatory role of the all-knowing computer that could answer every question and do unlikely things ??? all in a woman???s voice and with a female temperament. (Yawn.) One odd scene involving this communications device was one about two Harvard professors meeting clandestinely to discuss their discovery that the devices were not accurately translating all communications nor always delivering true information requested. They were assassinated at the end of this meeting, raising the idea that the communications devices, which were so heavily relied up by the main characters of this story, were sinister and that the friendly aliens who provided them were not so friendly after all. Nothing more was made of this scene, so one is left wondering why it was in the story. To leave a major thread like this is not good story-telling.
The reader read so slowly and deliberately that I had to put my iPod on ???faster??? to make it sound enjoyable.
If you crave a really great military story, then listen to ???Black Site??? by Dalton Fury or ???Matterhorn??? by Karl Marlantes. Both excellent! If you crave ???hard??? sci-fi, then listen to Peter F. Hamilton's wonderful "Pandora's Star" and its sequel "Judas Unchained" or Robert K. Morgan's brilliant "Altered Carbon" and its sequel "Broken Angels", or Morgan???s ???Thirteen???, all available from Audible.
This is a pretty interesting book, but Ringo does seem to go on dragging the story out, if you get it for a discounted price its ok. Not as good as the Troy series of books of his.
I'm afraid that this book really isn't very good. The characters are so 2 dimensional that they are almost 1 dimensional. Don't bother. Try one of his later books.