Almost every thing.
- The plot is almost a complete rip off of TV series from Heros. With a slight military flavor and limited set of super powers.
- The dialog of the Expendable. yes just about that bad.
- The main Character " a full grown man" has the same emotions of the hunger games teenage girl. It possibly even worse than the third hunger games book/movie.
- Oh yea, he also through in Jar Jar Binks for good measure. The sad thing is that Jar Jar Binks probably the most intelligent character.
I am not sure what to compare with but the tactics is frustratingly stupid. I am not a pretending to be a military expert. But seriously this was bad even by Hollywood standards. So I seriously hope our national security is never really dependent on this mans intelligence. Because if so we are screwed.
No, since the problem is the author, who would probably ruin any genre.
yes, the narrator did a decent job with what he had to work with. There narrator was the only thing that made the story bearable. (that and the unrealistic hope it would get better)
Frustration, hope, Frustration, Disappointment, Frustration, a little hope, Frustration, Anger, Frustration, and more Frustration.Ok, not the most frustration book I have ever read, but it is close.
I are curious like me and you will probably listen anyways. So am warning you that it continually get worse for the entire book. You will want to believe it can get better and the book might be saved. This is do to little parts of the book that aren't too bad. But do not trust this feeling it is false...... I warned you.
This story was a little bit new for me (as I am used to reading medieval fantasy) and at first I was a little apprehensive about picking it up. The idea of a military special forces squad filled with people who have magical abilities seemed to be a pretty cool premise to me but I wondered how it would fit in with many of the great fantasy books I’ve read. I am happy to report that it fits in remarkably well.
Oscar Britton is a sort of standard military man. He reflects many of the ideals of a stereotypical patriot and has a strong sense of conscience as he leads a team of special forces that take down magic users. The kicker that makes this story interesting is that Oscar wakes up one day only to find out he is latent with these magical abilities. Once he is captured by the team he once lead, he is given the choice to die or work for a secret operations base on another plane from Earth called the Source. Oscar, being the sort of guy who values living, accepts hoping to find some sort of comfort and purpose in this new position. What he finds is that working under the government’s thumb isn’t freedom at all.
The story takes off from here as Oscar again is leading a team of soldiers, this one filled with latents like he, and is sent on several ops that test his abilities and his conscience. I won’t give away any of the surprises that lurk here but what I will say is this story is filled with many twists and turns that kept those pages turning for me. Just when you think things can’t get any worse for our hero, it does. What results is a really compelling story that should be an easy read for any fantasy reader.
As far as writing goes this story is told well. Myke Cole balances the plot with Oscar’s conscience and makes several interesting theories on how people would perform in a world where people wake up with magical abilities that were never before thought possible. Reading this alternate world and the way people react to it was interesting and got me thinking about how I would react in similar circumstances. Myke doesn’t choke the reader with his own ideology of how America likes to run business, but he does bring several valid points into play as the story progresses leaving a very well thought view of how this alternate world would work realistically.
On top of the story and writing I also have to applaud the accuracy of the military descriptions. Some authors try to write about something they don’t know much about or haven’t researched well but this isn’t the case with Myke Cole. Myke has obvious military experience and the story really benefits from a point of view that understands the inter-workings of the government and military as a whole. I enjoyed reading this novel because of this and I felt it added deeply to my experience that the author really knew what he was talking about with the non-fictional stuff and worked it in wonderfully with the fictional aspects.
Overall I think this novel would be worth a read for any number of fantasy fans and even military fiction readers as well. The story is well realized and the author has a very vivid imagination. As I said before I was a little apprehensive about picking this novel up but I was not disappointed. I have really enjoyed by time with Oscar Britton and I hope to revisit him soon in the sequel.
My Rating: 8/10
The concept of a government-regulated magical department showed such great promise, but sadly fizzled. The main character is an officer that is at once perceptive and idiotic, making the worst possible decisions throughout the story. The story never explains the reasoning of the government enough to justify the main character's or other side character's actions. The most infuriating part is, unfortunately, the main character's insistance on making such bad decisions that you'd think he was a teenager instead of an educated individual with a bachelor's degree and classes on decesion-making and leadership.
Protagonist and narration. There was so much potential with this story, but I simply did not like the main character. Not only did he seem selfish and ignorant, some of his actions did not make sense.
The narrator, especially compared to other Fantasy narrators (James Marsters on the Dresden Files, Roy Dotrice on Song of Ice and Fire) was not good. He could emote, but there was very little distinction between most characters.
No. I give better performances to my kids reading them bedtime stories.
I really wanted to like this story and stuck it out to the end, hoping the resolution would redeem it in some way. But even the conclusion left me wanting.
What a letdown, too contrived, too much detail when not needed, and a sloppy storyline. Myke, you can do better. In fact, I'm hoping you do. See, this has potential. A LOT of potential. But somehow, this didn't hit the mark. I expected a different take on this genre', and somehow, you moved smoothly into the typical, mundane, and the predictable.
Myke, do us all a favor and do a rewrite. Do YOURSELF a favor, and write something else, ANYTHING else, as this should NOT be what you're known for in the audiobook industry. That would be a tragic shame.
I don't think I would. I don't like main characters that are incapable acting on their own, and when he finally does act, after tons of provocation, he acts like a moron.And the way the author tries to create moral dilemmas, when there isn't any, by mixing unrelated subjects, left me feeling irritated.
Cilla, she is the only character in the book with a clear idea of how wrong the hole setup is.She might be portrayed as over the top, but it's hard to say since we don't know more of her background story, but in the end, I would have preferred her as the main character.
Most of Britton's whining in the last half of the book.
I liked the story setup and and background, but the story it self was annoying.
I've listened to all the
Marty is the best character simply due to the fact that he's the comical relief in this relatively dark story.
I would since he has a good voice but I wish I didn't hear him eating (sounded like a chewing gum). Also his range of voices (a part from Marty which he does a good job of) is limited. I have probably been spoiled by other narrators though so my opinion is skewed.
I never listen to a book in one sitting even short ones so I wouldn't be the right person to ask but I had found myself not wanting to stop due to engaging scenes.
Overall a good book. I had been waiting for this book to come out ever since I had attended a panel at NYC comicon. I wasn't disappointed and I will be waiting for the rest of the series.