You can look at this point two ways. One is as a old fashion space romp, the other as a bit of a political book disguised as an SF book. In both ways it both succeeds and fails. As an old fashion space romp, I think Mr. Ringo forgot that folks really don't care to listen to 15 minutes of why a particular nanotube needs to be 15 mm large (stunned that he used the evil metric system!), a good edit would have whittled those bits down, especially when it doesn't really impact the story. After all this techno talk the battles themselves were pretty standard without a lot of drama, again a good edit would have pumped those up a bit. Still had some good funny and poignant bits. As a political book, yes it's slanted way to the right, and I don't, so yes I was mildly offended, but it's fun to hear what the other side thinks happens when hyper simple solutions are applied to mega complex problems so I just flowed to it. I'm pretty sure I laughed out loud at certain parts Mr. Ringo didn't expect.
What if we killed all the black, brown and asian people.? Who would save us? Why, rednecks from Vermont, of course! Reading like an editorial from the WSJ, this book is so silly, the plot so obvious and that characters so one dimensional it's pitiful. If you are so far to the right that you think Fox News is liberal ( as does the author), then this book is for you. And if you are so sad that you dream of a world where blond women are forced by alien manipulation into coupling with anyone who wants them, your dreams will come true.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
This story line has some interesting and unique ideas to it. I don't think it's as compelling as the Prince Roger series, and I also think the narration for Roger series was exceptional, while I think this is just OK. Far better for various Southern (US) accents than other parts of the US and the rest of the world.
Despite actually having an interesting story, the novel is just intolerably Fox News-y political. It creates straw-men of city life from a "the South shall rise again" deluded perspective of individualism. Ayn Rand would be proud of the protagonist.
If you have a different world view than Sean Hannity, you will find it offensive.
kill all the city folks? i said it to save the city but i meant it anyway.plenty of this type of garbage.i hate the government,politicians,big city people.only small type folksy folk know how to be Americans type of talk.::history rewrite alert::the civil war wasn't about slavery but the south's ability to trade with england.yep.plenty here for the right non thinker tell me what to say and think listener.
I do appreciate the conservative views and interesting twists of political insight, but a little bit too much theoretical science and too little action. Because it's Johnny Ringo, I gave it 3 stars. I guess I was spoiled by the Prince Roger and Aldenata series. The main character was pretty savvy, but I couldn’t get over the fact that the aliens acted too human. I’ll pass on book 2 unless there is a serious drought in good sci-fi.
I liked John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata. In that series, we saw the author's conservative views but they were part of the story. In this book the same views are preachy and shallow. The book wants to be a young republican's fantasy: Blowing stuff up, speeches on the virtues of conservatism, and blondes in heat (yes, that's correct, blondes in heat.)
I'll save you some time. Here's the book:
talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk action talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk conservatives=heroes talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk asteroids talk talk talk talk mirrors talk talk talk liberals=cowards talk talk talk talk action talk talk talk talk talk action talk talk talk talk talk.
The author's strong right-wing orientation made this book absolutely insufferable for me. I have rarely abandoned any of the books I have purchased, but this one put a bad taste in my mouth more quickly than any other. I have not submitted such an unfavorable review before, and was delighted at Audible's gracious policy to allow me to return it. I certainly don't want it lingering in my library any longer, lest I should accidentally contemplate reading it again!
I gave up on this book about half-way through. There's 7 billion people on the world, but only our conservative red-blooded American hero has the connections and wit to initiate a trading relationship with a visiting alien civilization? Not really swayed by that, but ok, I'll suspend my disbelief. But then there's all this self-righteous political posturing by the author, over and over, thinly disguised by the main character's soliloquy's. One of those examples of something so bad that at first you want to think it's satire, so you stick with it, and then realize that, no, someone actually does think they can get away with that crap.
That was two strikes, but I still stuck with it! There's some fun bits, some interesting plot turns, and some ok science. But then there's this point where the main character and his friends start talking about the mechanics of space flight and asteroid mining and nothing happens at all. It's just made no sense. I mean, sure maybe the science was good, but it wasn't interesting, and it more seemed an opportunity for the author to show off how much research and thought he'd put into this issue. It's also kind of obnoxiously presented by the main character in a way that makes that main character look like he's 100% smarter than everyone else, so he loses any readerly sympathy very quickly.
Most of the characters are not characters, just caricatures: the fat bearded nerds, the earthy, xenophobic New England old-timer, blah blah blah. Didn't see any female characters to speak of. Maybe they were in the second half.
The reader was quite good, I'd never heard him before, and I thought he did a great job of assuming many different voices, and of switching around between them all. I'm going to look for more that the reader's done, but probably not John Ringo again, ever. In any format. Ptui.