Obviously you're already a David Weber fan, and an Honorverse afficionado or you wouldn't be even considering this book. If this is the first book in the Honorverse you're thinking of listening to, STOP. Go back to "On Basilisk Station" and start with book one; and I envy you the journey of your first read (listen) of this remarkable series. I literally stumbled into that first book shortly after it came out in paperback while I was in a used book store; and I've been hooked ever since.
This tenth book is more than 800 pages and has so many plots, sub plots, primary, secondary and tertiary characters all headed... somewhere... at different speeds and with different agendas that it's impossible to summarize it all. The Sol system and Frontier Security are rapidly being manipulated into becoming major players. Mesa is pulling strings as fast as it can identify puppets. And you'll have to listen to find out what else is going on.
But do listen. It just doesn't get any better than this. David Weber is the best in the business at the top of his form.
The protagonist, still grieving over his wife who died more than two years ago makes one bad decision after another while NOT figuring out there is a zombie outbreak outside his little apartment. he agonizes over everything and it just got old . NO ONE is THAT big a whimp AND also THAT big an idiot. it just got to be too much . I had to stop listening.
If you're a John Ringo fan, you won't be disappointed with this book, or this series. The books are long, but the plots aren't complicated.
When the earth is subjugated by aliens with a culture that values strength there is a guy who through perseverance and foresight finds a way to lead the human race out from under their ... ummmm... alien digits. (As I remember the first alien race has tentacles...) Anyway, our intrepid hero, through the application of good capitalistic methods and conservative values as well as sheer old fashioned flag waving patriotism inspires and cajoles and kicks and pushes and pulls the rest of the country and the world into defying the alien menace and throwing them out of the solar system and then successfully defending Sol and Terra against an attack to take it back.
And yes, he's a bit hard to take unless you're maybe a Tea Party member. But you know. it's a darn good story, and it's a great bit of drama and often during his patriotic speeches, while he's rallying the troops just before our boys and girls take on what is supposed to be aliens who are way ahead of us in tech and who should kick our butts; when he's talking about the values of the founding fathers and how they stood up to the British and how they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor; when those words and others like them were read and I heard them, I felt tears come to my eyes, and I felt a chill come up my spine. And yes, of course, the US and Terra won the battles, though they were hard fought too many good people were lost, for such is the nature of war.
So, again, I find myself recommending a John Ringo book. I'm rating it five starts and highly recommending it. Listen to it. You'll be inspired I believe. I was, again, by this author.
Mark Boyett is one of my favorite narrators. He caught all the flavor of the characters, kept them all straight and kept this long book moving along. He's a great narrator/reader.
Get this book and the following books. You'll enjoy them if you like action, great character development and great storytelling.
OK. Read my review on book one. All the comments there apply to this book. And I cannot wait for the third book. Also, yes, I'm sure there will be a third book. After all, it's Valentine's turn to save Lorenzo, isn't it?
Larry Correia, is, of course, known for cliff hanger chapter endings. His books would be ideal for a serial TV series where the hero is in dire peril at the end of each episode. Luckily, we don't have to wait a week; we just have to wait until the narrator turns the page until we learn how our hero is saved.
Actually, there's more than one hero. Of course, that's Larry again. I'm not as familiar with Mike Kupari, but his writing fit seamlessly with Larry Correia's. These guys must have bounced ideas off each other and written these books in a spirit of great collaboration. There are moments of quiet when there is some character development, but then hold onto your seat because the action will soon heat up again.
The plot is tight but there are undertones of "something is going on here". And sure enough, something was going on as we find out. I'm not even going to try to summarize the complex plot. And, I think there are too many spoilers in any summary I could attempt.
Bronson Pinchot did a very good job in narrating. At times I thought he became a bit "robotic" but then, I'm not sure how else he could have performed those parts. And the more I think about it, the more I believe he did them as well as they could have been done.
Bottom line, I recommend this book. After all, I downloaded the second in the series as soon as I finished this one. And I'll be watching for the third book, you can bet on that.
I for one have always been a fan of the "Western". I read them as a kid and only quit when I couldn't find them any more, other than the more short and shallow predictable paperbacks that are out there now. Somehow, I missed this one when it was written, and I'm so glad it was resurrected by Nancy Pearl and then produced by Audible. Thank you.
This Western is anything but predicable. You know the premise from the Audible summary; fifteen cowboys show up in Russia and then start a cattle drive of longhorn cows and bulls. These are not steers being driven to market but breeding stock; which are much more difficult animals than castrated and fattened steers. Indeed, the herd almost takes on its own personality as the story progresses.
Our cowboys of course meet up with fifteen Cossacks and together they begin a very long trail drive to deliver this herd to the village that bought it. Adventure ensues. Adventure which includes huge wolves, Siberian tigers, and bloodthirsty Tarters as highlights. Tarters apparently, are the Russian/Siberian equivalent of our "Indians".
As I listen, hours fly by. Figurative pages are turned, and turned, and turned. I had a very hard time even taking a break; though it's a very long book.
It's all told through the eyes of a young drover on his first long cattle drive, and so it's also a "coming of age" story. And it is an excellent story, well written with a good plot and a great narrator. I loved it and recommend it heartily.
All in all, not your normal "vampire" book but more of an apocalyptic bio-weapon sort of book. In this case the weapon is a virus that causes one to turn into an almost mindless vampire at first. That is, one becomes almost a "zombie" type of blood-sucker that congregates with it's own kind and then attacks and feeds at night on anyone not infected. Sunlight is deadly to these infected victims/vampires.
The battle to contain this virus is the meat of this first book, and it's a page turner given that there's a very rich human involved... on the side of the vampires. That little fact provides for some great plot twists.
Five stars in all three categories from me since the narration by Ron Perlman was spot on. This was a terrific listen all the way.
By the way, I was surprised at how closely the television show followed the book. There were some obvious differences, but the show and the book are very close. I'm sure season 2 will follow book two and so on, but we'll see. I've already gotten bot the follow up books and intend to listen to them before the next TV season because I cannot wait to find out how it all comes out. Frankly, it doesn't look all that good for the human race to be anything much more than just a blood source for these "beings". But wait, perhaps there is some help. Seems there was some sort of truce broken when "The Master" decided to come to the "New World"... Hmmmmm.
She was unexpectedly funny, whimsical, even, at times, a little satirical, in her own sweet unassuming way.
She was unexpectedly resourceful. Able to make due with very little and indeed, to cause very little to multiply into very much indeed.
She was unexpectedly brave. Not due to non-realization of the amount of danger she was in, but brave as in courageous, able to think under pressure despite the danger she was seeing very clearly.
She was unexpectedly dangerous in ways no one could have predicted in a thousand years.
She was unexpectedly entertaining from the start through the finish of the book, causing this listener to commit to listening to more of the books which have her as the main protagonist.
An astounding book; well performed by Barbara Rosenblat who captured the flavor and nuance of Mrs. Pollifax precisely and who kept the humor always just at the exact level needed to color the danger and intrigue with a little whimsy. The plot was tight and the tension was tight throughout.
Terrific! Just a lot of fun to listen to,
This is not normally my cup of tea. I'm sort of a military fiction/science-fiction/thriller/mystery kind of guy. I like a lot of action in my books and I don't like a lot of psychological mumbo-jumbo or romance or sex. Philosophy? OK. I can handle some of that, and there is plenty of philosophy found in this work. It's dished out in un-subtle slaps to the mug too, though not unkindly.
Plus, it's a very funny book, sort of in a "Stephanie Plum" funny way. However the protagonist, Amy, isn't young and fit and beautiful. She's in her 60s and sort of dumpy; and very anti-social, especially at the start of the book. When we meet her she has a basset hound and a couple of friends and teaches writing on-line and has a very messy house which she rarely leaves and which is filled with books she hasn't read.
In chapter one, she falls down. She's hit on the head and suffers a mild concussion.
What happens from there... Well, listen to the book. You'll enjoy it. I did, and I was surprised. Honestly I never would have bought this book but it was one of those books recommended by the narrators.
And, speaking of the narrator, Amy McFadden did a wonderful job on this book, catching the character's voices just right; hitting the proper ironic notes and also deadpanning the slapstick in the funniest ways. I laughed out loud while in inappropriate places, such as the grocery store, the pet store, the gas pump and one or two other public places I can't think of right now.
For me, this book was sort of like falling down and being hit on the head and suffering a mild concussion, metaphorically, and... I suppose... philosophically speaking.
This book is laugh out loud funny, I recommend it highly.
What can I say? This is a book that I will probably take back. And I take back maybe one percent of the books I buy, maybe less. I have more than 1000 books in my library and I think I've returned maybe two or three. So that is less than a percent. But I just couldn't get through this.
Watching this poor girl's life deteriorate while those around her just watched was just painful. If her account was accurate it was hard to believe that no one called her parents or that her boyfriend didn't react sooner or that her friends didn't figure out something was wrong much sooner.
That's about when I quit. I just couldn't take any more. Her accounts of what she was seeing and hearing and doing made absolutely no sense to me, which I guess was the point. However, I didn't find it any fun to hear about, read about, think about, remember or continue to listen to. I didn't understand any of it, and I felt so sorry for this young woman that I just couldn't continue. And this was way before she hit bottom.
For those of you who study these sorts of breakdowns or how the mind works, God bless you. I'm sure you found this fascinating. To me, it was just too sad to continue listening to.
If you're a fan of military fiction, and don't mind an elite mind set, W.E.B. Griffin might be your cuppa. This is the first book of the Maine Corps series, and in it we meet most of the protagonists. The antagonists, of course, are the entire Japanese army and navy and air force, as well as any bureaucracy in the US that might not agree with the Marines. But our young heroes and their beautiful (and rich) girlfriends who are willing to go anywhere to follow their warriors and their exploits are very entertaining, and the history is accurate. The story, set against the history, is well told; the heroes are heroic; the women are beautiful, and the action is ... well... not very realistic I suppose if one has ever been on a real battlefield, but close enough to reality to provide some tension.
Griffin has a style all his own, I think if you like him, you'll like him. I do, for some odd reason, so I do recommend his books, despite their elitist and very conservative flavor. I do feel a responsibility to warn the first time listener about that "flavor" in his writing, but if you can get past it, or if it doesn't bother you, I believe the books to be very well written and very enjoyable.
The characters, while all officers (at least eventually) with the exception of a couple of Gunnery Sergeants who are, of course, the guys who really run the Marine Corps, are all well developed and believable. One gets caught up in their lives, lived against the turmoil of the times. Again, I like the books, despite the obvious flaws, and I've read everything he's ever written and now I'm listening to them. He is that good a writer.
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