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.
Started good, and the maple syrup thing was pretty funny...then it gets bogged down with right wing rhetoric and some very tedious space construction. In short it started taking itself too seriously. I will pass on book 2.
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.
If you like good sci-fi, and hate the liberal media... then this book is for you.
If you have any world view that differs from that found of Fox News... Then this author is going to spend quite a bit of time calling you a "Socialist." Actually, he is going to spend the entire book ranting about liberals.
The expression of different ideologies within fiction can be a very good thing. Spreads the brain and expands your world. But, when a book seethes with hate for one specific group of people (ie. people who's opinion differs from that of the author), it becomes offensive. This book is a good example of an author exercising his first amendment rights. It is also an excellent example of bad business sense. Rule one: if someone is willing to buy your book(s), don't spend the entire book insulting your potential customer. Limit it to a couple of paragraphs at the very most.
I subtracted only one star for this mistake. I don't know if I will buy his next book in the series.
Less gross politics.
Don't know but not a John Ringo book.
I try to ignore the politics of authors and entertainers. Either left or right. Most authors do a decent job of not letting their bias creep into their work in such a direct manner. Ringo is not one of them. I suppose if you are a RWNJ who thinks that minorities just don't love their children as much as good white country folk than you'll love this book. Otherwise if you are a decent human being you will despise this book.
The values championed by the writer within this story are horrific at best, and more like Facistic at bottom. That the writer would put into the mouth of the hero the words that the painful death and suffering of millions of people would leave us "better off" is horrendous and morally repugnant. That he then praises himself for being able to do the "cold calculations" to draw such observations is disgusting.
His total lack of moral fiber.
Mark Boyett is an excellent performer.
None. Absolutely none!!
The main character is unlikable and unrelatable. It feels like a Author Insertion fantasy, but to my knowledge John Ringo isn't as miserable a failure as our protagonist, though books like this make me wonder why not. The book whizzes past interesting events, most likely to prevent the listener from noticing the shoddily erected explanations, and thing lingers endlessly on the least interesting aspects of space travel, engineering, aliens and mining asteroids.
Live Free or Die is the the latest new series in John Ringo's library. This work is humorous, idealist, well thought out, and a very good read. In other words it's classic Ringo. Ringo's imagination is on full display with this work about alien races, diplomacy, freedom, and maple syrup, lol. As crazy as it might sound, this might be the closest depiction of first contact that's ever been written. You will laugh, think, and enjoy this interesting look at the possible future.
Mark Boyett does a his best to bring Ringo's work to life and does an admirable job. He really brings his A game and puts together a stellar performance.