This is definitely a middle book in a series. It is better than book 3, in that it gives more purpose to some characters that felt like Deus ex Machina things in book 3. And, the author didn't pull any punches. I'm still not sure the Legacy series will make anyone fall in love with this world (I recommend the Deeds series for that), but it is more of a good thing.
I read this book years ago. I just purchased the audiobook, and it was spectacular. They have great narrators for these books. I love Mary Russell and Laure R. King's version of Sherlock Holmes.
This book tracks the training of the public health service's disease detectives. It's like Dick Couch's The Warrior Elite for medicine. Fabulous. Along the way, you learn a lot about the tracking down of pathogens and the 2001 anthrax outbreak.
The memoir of the scientist who ran the beginning of the UN's real work on AIDS/HIV. In general, great, but the end section is all about working through political mechanisms. I can imagine it would be dull for many.
A great overview of the history of modern cross-over viruses from animals to humans w/ a smattering of bacteria. Mostly, it's a great read, but there is a section of the history of HIV that gets ridiculously long.
This is a great story of an investigation into wildlife crimes and a woman's explanation of what it take to be the first to break an incredibly tough glass ceiling. The narrator is strong, and the story is well written and edited. I highly recommend this book.
I haven't finished the book. But, I want to speak against many of the negative reviews.
This is satire. So, when people liken the book to Haldeman's Forever War, they are really talking about the second half of that book.
The book really thinks about social equality and inequality, the use of contractors and indigenous people in American military expeditions, and the bureaucratic messes involved in that.
Further, the narrator is very expressive. However, he is African American and the viewpoint character is also African American. If you don't know that version of American English, then you might not appreciate his skill.
This is good science fiction in its political, fabulous, best.
The book begins by describing Delta selection and then the process through which Delta force established its procedures and culture and how they're prepared evolve through changing times. The second half of the book describes the author's participation in several actions. I really enjoy the first part of the book because the focus on developing methods and procedures really demonstrates good management methods. The narrator for the book is excellent as well. I highly recommend the book.
I love this story. I've re-read the book multiple times, and I love the book so much that I purchased the audiobook even though I practically have every bit of the plot memorized.
Scott Brick's performance is adequate, in that it does not distract from the story, but it is also not inspiring. I doubt he'll make anyone fall in love with the book.
Not the best Mary Russell story as it is a bit light hearted and lacking in sophistication, but the usual magic of Laurie R. King comes through. Audible has a great narrator for these stories, so I'm always pleased.
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