This book series is not a deep insightfully look into very tech savvy future like books from Peter Hamilton or Alastair Reynolds. It is more of a fun “RA RA GO EARTH” book series that is easy to follow and addictive, kind of like a Rambo movie but good. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.
I am aging and waiting for the NEXT book in this series. This is a masterful , adventures, funny series. I have listened to this series three times. John Ringo must shoot out the next one soon, I know it is there, somewhere in his head. He can't leave me hanging. Is it good? DUH !! It's a 6 star.
I am a Coast Guardsman. I spent a lot of time underway and I could empathize with the competent personnel in the book. Back in the post Viet Nam era military we had some of the same problems. They were overcome by less intense methods but in combat I could see the lead character being just this way.
The everyday problems of daily living in space were carefully considered and delt with.
I read the book before I listened to it. I usually do this because my mind builds a different world in my mind. This gives the book a whole new flavor.
I did listen in a single setting. I travel a lot.
The performance of this book was great but the story didn't do it for me at all. I really enjoyed the first two books but this one felt like it was a "let's do a slightly bigger battle than normal...but I must fill 13 hours of content first with boring, non-space human culture stuff".
I don't want to give too much away but I'm fairly certain that at least 80% of the book was dedicated to...Latin American culture and issues with the clashing cultures of North Americans and Latin Americans.
The ending battle was a bit boring as well. I'm not sure how much I should give away but it basically goes exactly as expected: the enemy is still stupid but a little less stupid now and manage to actually hurt the humans...until the humans win, of course. Now I'm not expecting someone to write a story about humans losing (especially since the previous books built up the human's capabilities so much that it would also seem stupid that they would lose) but the final battle was just ridiculous with the humans having an almost unlimited amount of chances to keep coming back.
The battle strategy of the enemy also didn't make sense. They are not winning the war on one front with one species...so let's start a fight with another species on another front!? That's bothered me during this entire series but this final book was so disappointing it's hard to overlook it anymore.
I will absolutely listen to this again in a few years. But I would really hope there will be a fourth book by then. But I doubt it.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series. This third installment was very disappointing. Three-quarters of the story was spent describing what amounts to a culture clash between South and North Americans. As someone that has both travelled and spent 30 years working among South Americans, John Ringo's description of Latin culture was entirely wrong... it simply doesn't reflect reality or how anyone I've ever met from South America acts, talks, or behaves. I found it somehow retarded to read such trash in a SF book. BTW John: South Americans are not a single "race"; every color is represented there, just as in the U.S.. The battle which comes at the end of the story had no build up or connection to the aforementioned culture clash described in most of the story leading up to it. I hope the next installment in this series is as good as the first two books.
Well although I really enjoy the series and further more all of Mr. Ringo's books, I believe this one could have been better. I understand the need for properly setting up a story, however this was a little much. So much of this book revovled around "Parker", it should have been called "Comet".... The first half of the book had not one action scene whatsoever, except for the "jungle ball." There should have been more action and I hope the next edition will oblige....
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
I've liked this series enough. This book is a low point - too much time spent on the South American psychology, not enough on the larger relationships with other species. The combat scenes are well-done, and those parts of the book that don't deal with the South Americans are fine.
I might like to see some exploration of the origin of the gates at some point.
I loved the first book and the second one was ok, this one I had to force myself through. I really enjoy the alien chapters but the culture/political chapters take away from the book I think. The entire book felt like it was about culture and politics!
Also being half Swedish and half Costa Rican I felt the portrayal of the latinos was horribly offensive. No spoilers but no nationality would behave like that or send people that acted that way to space to defend the world.
I was very disappointed in this book. The story was very lazy and takes forever to get going. This was just another payday for Johnny Ringo.