Anyone who has read David Weber's Honor Harrington series will know what to expect: from military hardware so well imagined you can almost reach out and touch it, on the one hand, to a fully worked-out exposition of von Clausewitz's aphorism that war is a continuation of diplomacy by other means (or was it the other way around?)
This book does not disappoint: it is (with a few expository longueurs) a rattling good yarn, that continually presses the reader's "What happens next?" button.
My only gripe is that I took this book on holiday, and to find out what happens next, I needed Book 2, because Book 1 stopped in midparagraph, which would not have been bad, except that in my Sicilian hotel a big download was unfeasible. Readers not connectivity-challenged may regard that as a good point rather than a bad point.
The performance is excellent, which is no mean feat with a Weber novel. A cast of dozens of speaking characters will tax the ingenuity and imagination of any reader.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
And Dogzart is a huge lizard. Prince Roger is an unlikely hero and jarheads even Basick jarheads aren't usually my favorite characters. The natives are giant 4 armed Scummies covered in slime??? Endless battles with 100,000 or more dead Scummies as the result can get pretty repetitive and the loss of some heroes we come to like is tough to take.
It takes a heck of a book to overcome those 'shortcoming' and this is one hell of a book and series.
Sure it drags on a bit with 3 full books from the time the characters crash land on Marduke until they take off for a flight back to Earth but 90% of this epic is very imaginative and interesting. Mr Weber loves his ancient weapons mixed with the new and his future worlds back in the Dark Ages. I listened to the entire series and enjoyed almost all of it. 4 stars.
this book is all about marines....squirmishes, battles, wars...a mission and their honor and duty to fulfill it..in a far away planet.
If you like milatary novels, this will work out well.
Not as dynamic and compelling as Mr. Weber's Honor Harrington series, still this first book in the Prince Roger series introduces us to a young man who lives in a very interesting galaxy. The story draws us in more as we encounter the characters who are in his orbit and the inhabitants of the planet they all find themselves on. The books ends rather abruptly.
I almost didn't download this one, given some of the reviews below, but decided to give it a try anyway. I'm really glad I did. I thought the character development was quite good (remember -- this is science fiction!), and the descriptions of the advanced (and primitive) technology were excellent. The authors obviously spent the time to research the details of much of the science involved, with extrapolations that seem reasonable. The story line had plenty of twists and turns, so I didn't lose interest. The story was fast paced and intense. I already have the next one in my cart!
I really liked the narrator, and will buy other stuff narrated by them. The Story is very good (except I didn't care for the ending -- it was too short). My big gripe is production quality. There are varying audio levels all throughout the book. Like they just didn't try to match audio (annoying but not the end of the world), but the biggest thing for me is that when the narrator stopped and started again, he would re-read the last sentence - so the audio engineer could splice the pieces together. Unfortunately, they did no splicing, so there is this annoying repeat of the last sentence when the narrator starts a new segment. This Coupled wt the audio issues, are a key reason I gave it 2 stars. This is one of the poorest books audio wise that I have bought. I listen to this on an mp3 player (quality level 4) with headphones, so the quality issues are very apparent.
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
Very seldom do I re-listen to a series of books. The Prince Rodger Series is definately one I'll look forward to listening too a third time. They are full of detail and research... The writer does his homework.
Most science fiction is completely untied to the past with little to no research as it's all couched in fantasy. However, this writer (or writers) appears to pepper the work with retrspective science and phillosophy about weapons, weaponry, war tactics, sociology, anthropology, religion and history. This all works to bring a super advanced weaponry of the future into a realistic and tangible picture that we can all grasp... and the wars they wage... what a fantastic ride this is. If you love action and wierd alien landscapes, you'll love this entire series. The series smacks of person experience, like the writer has actually been through all this - like he graduated from West Point.
Dave Weber introduces Prince Roger a spoiled pretty-boy with an attitude and waist-length blonde hair. Rog is a lazy, eccentric fop who leads a life of privilege and excess. When he is assigned a diplomatic mission Rog does everything within his power to wriggle out of it, however his Mother (the empress) remains firm.
Rog is forced to mature quickly when a failed assassination attempt leaves him stranded on a primitive world with even stranger natives.
I listened to the unabridged audio edition of March upcountry. It was a great book filled with excitement and adventure. I felt prince Rog was a breath of fresh air in a world of testosterone-infused bodybuilder-type action heros. I liked the marines too, particularly Ponner, and Julian.
This is the first in the series. Audible also has the last in the series "We Few" But the middle two are missing.
Usually when great sci-fi authors collaborate, things fall apart because of clashes in styles. John Ringo and David Weber play off each other perfectly in this excellent audiobook. My only complaints are that it went too fast, and that the next 2 in the series aren't on Audible (yet).