I read this series back in the early aughts. It still holds up. Stefan Rudniki does a fantastic job with the narration.
I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.
I love the premise, I like the characters, and I find so much to enjoy in this series.
But... sometimes the characters just go on and on planning battles or discussing polictical machinations... bo-ring. Othertimes, they get into a battle and it just goes on and on and on. These are things I would skim in a real book--maybe the Audible app needs a double-speed function?
Yet I've really enjoyed this series. The progression of cultures has been fun, and the development and implementation of the Mardukan natives is clever and thorough. Plus, Ringo and Weber aren't afraid to kill off almost anyone, so the stakes are real, and the effect of extended combat on the human troops is realistic and educational.
I think that the audio format may have been better
I think the most memorable moment of the book was when roger was able to shock everyone by saying the he had not been the first one to jump to to the other ship
my favorite scene was when A high priestess of satin explained how her originally catholic home world ended of with satanism as the planetary religion and how different it is from what anyone reading the book would have thought of as satanism
I found the death scene at the end of the book to be quite sad.
The only thing that really disappointed me about the book was that for the last two books and most of this one they were working up to the assault on the star port and then when it came it was over in minutes and I while I don't remember for cretin there may not even have been a single shot fired.
Sometimes the narration adds to a story, and in this case it does.
A few moments of genuine laughter.
Continues the "saga" well, and I'm looking forward to the conclusion.
I loved every heart strand tugging and heart pounding moment. Im a big sci fi lover but kind of picky. March to the stars, and all of the Prince Roger series, are the reasons why I love science fiction. The aliens are very believable in many ways but with a lot of nice alien strangeness that you might expect from non terrestrial evolution. the characters and story are beautifly crafted. Im trying to decied if this is the best book I have ever read. Stefan Rudnicki is the best voice tallent I have ever listnend to as well. It's so rare to have a audio book meet and surpass all of my expectations. but this one did. I hope David Weber and John Ringo and Stefan Rudnicki team up again. They have a good thing going.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
The journey continues for Prince Roger and his marines. There are more grander and better battles to come in this book and continues to follow the same formula which has kept me glued throughout the other books. It is a little sad to see the number of members of Prince Rogers group dwindle and we do lose some good characters. However, overall this series just keeps getting better as it goes on.
The 4 Book Series is Simply Outstanding!....
I've listened to the series on 3 occasions and enjoyed it each time!
Highly Recommended to anyone who enjoys action and adventure when seemingly impossible odds are in play.
Stephen Rudnicki's narration is wonderful too!
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
And Dogzart is a huge lizard. Prince Roger is an unlikely hero and jarheads even Basick jarheads aren't usually my favorite characters. And the natives are giant 4 armed Scummies covered in slime??? Endless battles with 100,000 or more dead Scummies as the result can get pretty repetitive and the loss of some heroes we come to like is tough to take.
But we are finally out of the jungle and across the sea where Scummies are clothed in Muslim garb as the fighing and killing continues. Will any of the native's survive this corps of Marines?
It takes a heck of a book to overcome those 'shortcoming' and this is one hell of a book and series.
Sure it drags on a bit with 3 full books from the time the characters crash land on Marduke until they take off for a flight back to Earth but 90% of this epic is very imaginative and interesting. Mr Weber loves his ancient weapons mixed with the new and his future worlds back in the Dark Ages. I listened to the entire series and enjoyed almost all of it. 4 stars.
this book is all about marines....squirmishes, battles, wars...a mission and their honor and duty to fulfill it..in a far away planet.
If you like milatary novels, this will work out well.
If you like me you listen to the whole series in order. so this book is a must there is a few real plot details that will ruin book four for you. there are only some of the same old battles you want to listen to. that my only complaint to this book. worth the listen its importiant to the series. definatly good. but get ready to hear a bit of the same.