Action Courage Pride
Too many to mention liked them all
When the damn is a weapon
Yankees in time
Liked the story line and will read some more
I fell in love with this series from the first book. The plot line moves quick and captivates at every new encounter. Both good and bad characters were fun to get to know and made this a very interesting read when wars and disputes broke out. Anyone that likes adventure and exploration books will certainly like listening to this.
Middle aged Male, lives in England, works for US Government.
It was a very intersting and unique storyline.
Abdrew Keane was a COL in the Union army transprted to a world in which humans were cattle. He decides not to play the game with the local humans and fights back.
I don't think I would. His voice was a bit odd for me. Although I still got into the story but it just keep rubbing me the wrong way. Kind of like a Nat that just won't go away. I hate to be harsh but I am not sure he was the best choice for the narration.
Transported to a world where man is cattle, these humans bring guns to a sword fight.
This was a great book with ok narration.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
This is a planet that has all of earth's war like people from the past (Mayans, Romans, Russians, etc.) All of these war like communities are treated like cattle by the natives who are similar to Klingons. Spike TV's Versus on a grand scale. The natives are 8 to 10 feet tall, eat human flesh and keep humans as pets.
The novel starts out with promise, then gets bogged down in the details of starting a colony and industrialization. There is a lousy attempt at a romance (WF really needs hlep in this area). There is a bunch of patriotic speeches to the point of nausea. The regiment is mostly from Maine and are glorified as the perfect regiment. Almost every man is the perfect solider. This is counter to how the Maine regiment was pictured in Shaara's Gettysburg. In Gettysburg they signed up for like two months and when the crops where ready for harvest they were ready to desert. A few other things bother me, such as the Colonel finding out who was responsible for the death and torture of several of his men and instead of killing the man, he threatens him.
If you buy the book and toward the middle you want to quit like I did, hold on or fast forward to chapter 14. When the Yankee's take on the Tugar's then the book gets good. While most of the book dragged on and felt like it was written by a ten year old, the last three to four hours went by fast. WF's strength is in battle scenes and war strategy, he does this better then almost anyone.
If the rest of the series goes on sale like this book was, then I might listen to them, but I will not be paying full price.
I have only read a couple of Harry Turtledove's books, but he writes books on similar themes and I believe him to be a better writer.
Like a kid mismatching toys from a mass box, wonder no more what might happen when you match a regiment of Union troops against a vast horde of 10 foot man eating alien mongols.
Several genuinely likable characters, not-too-pretentious on the abolitionist/freedom side and certainly NOT the bald faced hubris you'd find in stuff like 300. Some peeps grumble about an excess of grimly this n sullenly that but listening through it I didn't even notice. If you came to Rally Cry for the battles (see the toy box above) you won't be dissappointed.
The narrator definitely took some getting used to. It wasn't till halfway in I finally decided I could live with him. Maybe a 3/5 narration. The other reviews are spot on that his 'standard' voice is lacking, but Lawlor does sound much better when he kicks in the accented characters.
I love "what if?" stories, and this series is among the best. Well plotted and great description.
Best feature = the convincingly detailed descriptions of battles, which are obviously strongly influenced by Civil War battles. The author zooms in and out between the whole battle and individual struglles almost like a movie.
Worst feature = the treatment of defeated native foes. I am part native Australian and the treatment of my ancestors was of it's time, but now is so saddening. The 35th Maine in the books treats defeated natives in like fashion. But to give the author his due, that was exactly the way it was done in the nineteenth century.
Summary = We ll worth the time and money for the complete series.
I have just found this sub-genre. It is awesome. I like the pace of the book and the style of Forstchen's writing.
As a long-time Audible member with almost 300 titles, I found this book to one of the most interesting and engaging that I've experienced to date. Granted, I enjoy both Science Fiction and History titles, usually as a change of pace from mysteries and thrillers, and I found this one to be one wild trip. The characters are well developed and at the end of the book I almost felt that I knew them. Exciting battles, engaging characters along with a great storyline make for a great listen. Although fairly long, it seemed to be at it's end all too quickly. I might caution listeners that this book can be somewhat graphic about humans being used as food i.e. cattle, and the author spares no details, however harrowing about this aspect of the story.
Thoroughly enjoyable, well narrated, and fast paced with Likable characters. I look forward to the rest of the series.