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.
This book starts slow but takes off after a few hours,i'm new to this author but seems promising cant wait till the next book.
If you enjoy a SCI-FI you might enjoy this book. If I were to rate this as a movie I would say it is worth renting, but probably not worth spending the money at a theater.
Aliens invading Earths orbits, with an unconventional means of destroying the enemy. Oh and "Blonds in heat" that cracked me up.
I picked up this book on the recommendation of a podcaster (who shall remain nameless) who said he really loved it. My feelings, however, are mixed. I like the overall near-future premise on which the story is based, and the idea of turning engineers and IT guys into heroes is also really cool, but - in the end - it failed to captivate me for two reasons.
First, there are two fantasy worlds at play in this book. One is a delightful universe filled with quirky aliens and fun, over-the-top technological toys. The other is a near-present Earth in which resurgent libertarian political philosophy offers a viable solution to various twenty-first century global crises. In this world, global corporations don't externalize costs on the third world, global warming is a joke, and peace/economic protestors literally have no discernible motivations. You never have to worry about missing this bizarre twist on reality because Tyler is prone to extended monologues that explain how all the "correct" things are happening as the Earth adjusts to a rapidly changing socio-political environment. If this book had been written in 2012, I'm pretty sure Ron Paul would be President by the end.
Then there is Tyler himself. In the epilogue, Tyler muses over how a lot of people won't like him and what he has become, and he is baffled about it. And what HAS he done? He has single-handedly invited a war before Earth was ready to fight it. He has seized control over various extraterrestrial resources as if he owned them. He has withheld information from the U.S. government that is critical to the defense of the planet. He has (proudly) gouged the government for almost everything he has sold it. He has thrown huge sums of money into elections to help ensure that his favored candidates win. He has defended the role the South played in the Civil War. He has quietly celebrated the Eugenics-like effect of an alien virus that has wiped out much of Africa and the Muslim world. He has taken pride in his ability to control the risk of litigation associated with the deaths of his employees. He has flaunted environmental regulations. He has virtually ignored his two daughters for well over a decade and attempted to make up for it by throwing money at them. The list goes on and on.
All of this would make for some engaging irony were the author not completely blind to the fact that - in the minds of many of his readers - Tyler has become arrogant, self-centered, and morally bankrupt. Like his creation, Ringo genuinely does not seem to understand why Tyler could be perceived in this way.
The saving grace of this book, however, is Boyett's reading. Boyett approaches the material with a light-hearted tone that refuses to take any of it - including Tyler's frequent political diatribes - too seriously. It saved the experience for me, at least enough for me to get to the end.