I've listened to over 200 downloads from Audible and this might be my first written review. I'm feeling compelled to write this one simply because I was so suprised by how successfully the author, and the reader, grabed my attention from the begining. It was a facinating take on a classic scifi idea. That said, the last 3rd of the book was not nearly as strong as the first 1/3rd.
This is one of the best stories I have read in a very long time.
I really like the concept for this story. How do we fend off a robot invasion? With help from nanites sent by aliens.
The audio performance is very good.
Some of the character responses do make me chuckle.
Can't wait to read the next one.
I would have liked at least one strong female character as in the mercenary series but this first person diary form works well. The protagonist rejects authority, mostly as a way to move the story along, but it's done in a very convincing manner. Rather, I should say the protagonist creates his own authority. That I find interesting in the middle of a military adventure novel. There are no great human revelations, but lots of plot and action. I like the narration, the female protagonist voice is a little week,
but other than that it was fantastic
I like scifi. Space, Monsters, and middle earth. Don't try to sell me a book where every character has the same personality. make it real
I'm writing this after having listened to the entire series, and I'm going to be honest. I accidentally started with book 3 or so, then came back and listened to the first one. If I had listened to book one before the rest I may not have continued and would have missed out on some of the best listening I've had on Audible.
So let me explain. First off I'd like to say that anyone who loved the "evil dead" series of movies is going to have a great time with these books. They are action packed, campy, sometimes funny and full of great one liners. In this first book it's hard to get past some of the "no one would act that way in that situation" moments, but later in the series it just sort of becomes part of charm. I never got the feeling that the author was trying to push any of his characters as "truly believable". They are not intended that way, and if you need truly down to earth characters you aren't going to get half the humor in this series anyway.
Our hero Kyle Riggs like most of the characters in this story is sort of a cardboard cut out type action figure. That's not to say that he isn't dynamic. Just dynamic in a sort of womanizing alien killing one liner tossing macho man out to singlehandedly save the earth. Forced into a situation between power hungry government leaders who want nothing more than to control all of the alien tech for their own purposes and evil alien robots set to decimate all sentient biotic species in the universe. Kyle throws himself head first into the fray without looking back. With very few real friends and way to many enemies he has his hands full right to the end of the series.
So about this book in particular. Read it and you'll understand how it all started. Read the rest if you want to go on a very action packed and sometimes hilariously funny ride all the way through.
Good book. It kept me entertained. The beginning was a little weak but finished ok. It is a light listen that is strong on plot but not much on character development. I am going to listen to the whole series. Good books are hard to find. The reader was good and that is hard to find as well.