A little to slow for me. I like a ton of action. The battles in this book were good but it seems like his publishers contract was for 3 books, but the story was only good for 2 books. So, he had to do to much fill in. A good 2-3 hours or more could be cut here and there with much better results. Much more personal stuff in this book 2 of the series to really move fast. Book 1 was great. This book seemed to drag on a little. I will probably listen again because it is a really great series, but I will fast forward through some of this book. Hopefully book 3 "Hot Gate" will be faster paced.
A Billionare saves the galaxy with help from the US military. Since the rest of the governments of the world don't want to put up the cash, it's up to the USA (as usual) to save the world and beyond with the help of a benevolent dashing charismatic genius billionaire (aren't all billionaires like that?). While the story and characters are engaging and the narration is well done, it also comes off as a rediculously arrogant pat on the back to the good old USA, it's military, and it's billionaires, painting civilians, union labor, and foreigners as ignorant selfish dolts who should be either pitied, ignored, beat up, or bombed out of existence, all of which of coarse is no fault but their own.
If you can stomach the ethnocentric arrogance, it is an entertaining read.
I think this is one of the great space battle books. .
I would rank this book up there with Ender Game or Dauntless.
I really liked how Tyler Vernon got stuff done.
Bigger really is better in space.
Good series really enjoyed it. My only complaint is that sometimes the book drags because Ringo dedicates too many scenes and too much time to boring details such as "how to check your space suit for air leaks." I don't really need to know all the details as to how to check a space suit for air leaks or how to install chairs in a space shuttle etc.
Instead I would have preferred more details related to the battle scenes.
The pompous attitude of the United States characters and the deeming of other nations seemed to have no purpose at all. Should have named it "The US Saves the World!"
If this is a sampling, I doubt it very much.
With a bit better production value, I'd have no objections.
The characters were too simplistic. The bad guys were incredibly stupid and the good guys had EVERYTHING fall they're way. I was amazed that the Rangora Empire had the intelligence to find their way to a gate let alone the capacity to create ships to get to one and they were supposed to be some kind of leader in the galactic scheme of things. It's incredibly predictable and no intelligent reader can at any time believe that the US, not Earth, but the US, was going to lose any battle. Apparently without the United States and the capitalistic system the world would have fallen to the mealy mouthed actions of all the other cowardly states of the world.
The second half of the book I give 4 stars the first half I give 2 stars. I find some of the knee jerk conservative diatribe not even reasonable. The character of Dana, is very two dimensional, and not the strong independent woman I would expect her to be, and an ace pilot for the earth defense at that. She seemed like a timed little woman just doing her best, which exemplifies John Ringo's typical sexist right wing nonsense.You need a bad ass like Mila Jovavich to go in there and get the job done! Great battle scenes, great descriptions, of process's and advanced machinery! That's the part that I love about John Ringo.But all that is in the second half which is as good as the first book. I am sure I will get the third.
It was fine and was similar to the first book, but all the crazy conclusions from the first half of the book, not realistic. Example: Earth is attacked by aliens and only the United States wants to defend the planet! Not the Russians, not the Chinese, not the Germans, no one but us here in America. Really?
Excellent story teller and reader, does good voice's, I give him 5 stars
Yes! In the right hands it could be spectacular, Hey give it to Michael Bay, he did a fantastic job with the Island, and Transformers. I like that chick from the medical show House, the bomb Oliva wilde! yeah she would be a great Bad ass pilot, or Milla Jovavich.
John, John............I guess your strengths out weigh your weekness'es but I can only give this a 3 star over all for story and 5 stars for excellent reading.
Very much so.
Comet and the Hero of The World...From
Many to count. Must listen to touch them.
This series is one of the best. Buy, and start with book one.
If you likes the other book in this series, you will like this one as well. It is just more of the same awesomeness found in the other books.
This book is unlike anything John Ringo has ever written. An author???s reputation can build momentum that translates into automatic sales because of the past reputation of the writer. Once this happens, a writer can lose sight of the reader and begin to write from himself. That is fine until he begins to abuse the reader???s time and money. I think that is what has happened with this book.
The second book in series is usually a somewhat slow setup for the grand finale, but this one makes the Wheel of Time tomes look like lightning in a bottle. I hope that friends or a good editor can help Ringo see what is happening here and bring him back to his normal superb style.
This book has about 2 hours of good content. Most of the book is consumed with irrelevant, redundant dialogue, and technical details that give new meaning to the word pedantic. For example: instead of just stating that a tech has figured out that a Chinese company is building defective super conductor connectors, there is a long boring dialogue about the design, function, composition, and manufacture of connectors. Then the dialogue shifts to what is wrong with the defective units, right down to the fact that they were supposed to be 70 nanos in thickness but were only 24 and should have been composed of 14 Ct. gold, but were of 7 Ct. gold (trusting my memory here on exact numbers).
I recommend listening to most of the book at 2X speed, then slowing down to 1.5X for most of the last 2 hours. The last hour is great. But you will pay your dues before you get there.