Great Sci-Fi epic about what if aliens came to earth and what they would do. The action is good, the characters are interesting. The plot is entertaining and engrossing. The main character is believable as a very resourceful “normal” American. The portrayal of governments and bureaucracies not able to deal effectively with the Aliens is spot on.
This book is a great look at first contact and how humanity could react. I appreciate this bend on the situation. Beautifully written, beautifully read!
An Excellent Book! Listened every available minute and looking forward to the next in the series said to be released this 2011. Thanks for this John and hope Mark Boyett narrates the squeals.
Awesome book, but I am having problems waiting on the next! I really enjoyed it and I am sure you will too if you are a Ringo fan...
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Bit 'lecturey' on civil rights and "community" as it relates to subsets of the American population and how "protective" they are about their "own"... it would have been okay in smaller doses, but there are entire scenes put in the story only for the purpose of pointing out how Federal intervention contravenes civil liberties. (Yes, I know Ringo has a reputation for putting his political views into his novels, it doesn't normally bother me, it's just a little... story-slowing here.)
There is too much time spent detailing how asteroids are mined (several full chapters and then some was dedicated to this) and how various components of a space ship are built (interspersed a bit better than the asteroids, but still a couple chapters full of techie details, like you're reading a "how-to" manual or something).
Not nearly enough action!! There is some action and suspense, but there is so much time spent on lecturing/describing space station/weapon/ship building and mining techniques that it drags the story's forward momentum right down to a slow walk. I had bought all 3 books of the trilogy before reading any of them and think I would not have if I'd known it was so slowly paced. I've read lots of Ringo's stuff (Into the Looking Glass is a good military sci-fi with decent pacing) but this is the first time I've noticed such a draggy pace... I'm guessing it's because there's so much "teaching" going on. Anyway, I hope that the others in the series have more action.
Don't get me wrong....the story is okay - alien invasion and human perseverance and a bit of wondering if we'll prevail!! Some great concepts and nicely narrated... It's just that there is way too much talking and not nearly enough shooting.
A story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and opens your mind to technology of the future.
Love the scene when our hero with cell phone in hand was standing on the mountain waiting for the evil space ship to blast him to bits.
Yes, this is a book that you are will to give up some sleep to hear it all.
Loved the author's look on what freedom means and how much freedom people in the United States are will to give up. A fun book that makes you think.
Way too much tec data but the story was interesting enough to warrant getting the next book.
This book is likely to appeal to young science ficiton fans who are unknowingly conservative.
The book hasn't put me off science fiction as a genre.
The narrator was excellent.
Throughout the book I was struggling to work out whether the right wing US nationalism of the characters (and inherent in the plot too) was supposed to be ironic or not. I sincerely hope it is irony but, unfortunately, I doubt this is the case. Until my doubts prove to be unfounded I won't be reading or listening to any more or Ringo's books as I find the attitudes on display disappointing and naive.
Another fun and mostly enjoyable "low" sci-fi by Ringo. I found myself frequently disappointed in the author for his flogging of the concept the free market and other overwhelmingly discredited social concepts. The narrator doesn't voice female characters well, which is not a major problem since women don't exist in Ringo's universe unless they're "stacked" and a genius; even then, they're respectfully quiet around men. I nearly deleted the novel from my phone when he discussed children of minorities dying because " don't care about their children;" not to mention that in his fantasy world the majority of the lowest income bracket is occupied solely by those minorities. (It's implied that this is because they're lazy, stupid, and don't want to work.)
If a story about an extremely misogynous and racist super-rich Gary-Stu winning the day because he's misogynous, racist, and rich doesn't bother you, then this is a perfectly passable, though simple, science fiction story. If you aren't in the Sarah Palin crowd, (anyone can be President, even when they are dumb as a cow patty!) you should probably stick with more mature writers.
The story started out with an interesting and gripping premise. What if an advanced race droped a gateway to your planet that connected earth with all the other advanced cilizations? What if anybody could come thru?
Starts off great actually. Then....it was as if the author had a handful of (right wing) political points that HAD to be worked in to the story....and after he finished glueing those disjointed story lines/talking points together, he went and belabored them all again.
I've heard that the rest of the books are better but I'm not really keen on trying them out.