Don't let the cover fool you, it almost stopped me from reading it. This is a good book, and a funny one.
imaginable space wars
Maple Syrup War
Wished the author would allow the flow of the speakers to move a littler better. Hearing the reader every 5 seconds saying " he/she said " gets pretty distracting and grating but the story does a good job to keep you going.
I loved this book. It was well written, It is not a Hard SciFi book but just a fun read.
OK, I finally have figured out that Sci-Fi is not my genre. I enjoyed Dune and saw the high star rating and decided to give it a chance. Though the narrator was great, the story line is not believable nor interesting. I think it takes an exceptional author to create a sci-fi book that will cross boundaries and allow non sci-fi people to get into the story line. This is not one of those exceptional authors in my opinion. Will not be going on in this series.
This is the first book by John Ringo that I have read, and I want to say that this book is one of the best reads I have had in awhile. So many authors today, it seems to me, feel that in order to be good they have to make the story dark or complicated. Well this story was a relief from that style. I found it very witty, insightful, and extremely refreshing. It's nice to read a book where you feel good and refreshed after reading it. The thing I liked most is the positive outlook for the future it has for mankind. It is indeed a real page turner. So throw off political correctness, the entitlement mentality, and embrace the mentality that has made man great all through history, LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!!
no magic, no witches, no dragons, no fantasy, just good science fiction well told
a feeling of anticipation
ringo's opinion re. of the warrior "class" . his opinion of government officials.
There are some hilarious moments in this book, I'm talking laughing-to-tears funny. Lots of interesting technology, explained in great detail---a bit much at times, but mostly entertaining. Not a lot of action. Not that that diminishes this book; it's just not a posleen war story. There are plenty of things going on in this book though (eg, astronomical science experiments), and at fast pace. I expect there will be more action in the next book, which I look forward to.
I would rank him under Heinlein, but equal to Scott Card. I am a libertarian, so I'll agree to about 80% of the politics, however, this is the novel that Heinlein would have wrote if he had an IQ 20 points lower. Having said that, I loved this book, and will definitely get more of his books, either on tape or in hard copies! A lot of really cool ideas, starting with the implants, and the battle station. Wonderful, interesting science fiction, but the problem is that a lot of right wing wishful thinking is the thing that drives this plot. Anyone ever see the results of trickle down economics? No, neither have I. Now I did not find a story about Aliens who bring a stargate to the planet and get drunk off of Maple syrup, Preposterous, but the fact that the central character, who is a former IT guy who works five jobs and is a Sci-Fi comic book writer and publisher on the weekends, who becomes a billionaire over night, that, I am afraid is what I found Preposterous! But All in All, it is fascinating Sci-Fi, if you can handle the Right wing, Knee jerk conclusions, and the Oh the Conquering aliens, conveniently giving us 10 years to arm ourselves and build our own space ships, then its ok. Listen, writing is hard,and an Author has to find answers to plot problems, and problems in a story just don't solve themselves. It nice if things happen, the way you would like them to, or would wish to, but the plot must have some believability to be something that has a degree of integrity.
Yes, Loved a lot of the ideas!
Really great descriptions, and cool ideas, like the machine that replicates all kinds of stuff, including space ships, missiles, mining equipment, etc.
It was a great performance, but if he was trying to do a southern accent for the central character, he kinda missed the mark.
I will definitely get more of his books, I look forward to them.
Mark Boyett narrative and delivery of the book was excellent. His impersonation of different characters was amazing. Definitely recommend the audible version.
Simple but not stupid beginning, Scale kept getting bigger and bigger. Lots of practicle info, realistic physics and not-too-tough math to keep things plausible. Great for those of us that actually do build things. Metalurgy for the masses!
When you realize just how big and tough the Troy is.
Easy to keep trak of all the characters, never silly or over the top.
Atlas Shrugged the Death Star.
Best Sci Fi I've heard since the first Dune. Starts small and keeps getting bigger, bigger biggest!