The stories come to life with Todd Mclaren's narration. I like the the slightly Celtic accent he gives Conan. These are the way these stories were meant to heard.
For the life of me I cannot imagine why L.Sprague Decamp, Lin Carter or anyone else had to make ANY changes to the original stories. These are just perfect the way they are.
Wondering when the "Bloody Crown" will appear on Audible. It's already on audio and I hope they keep Mclaren as the reader.
This series ranks right up there with Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" Series. Good character development, good plot and high adventure. John RIngo is a great story teller. Starting off with what appears at first to be a silly premise - Maple Syrup - it just rockets up from there with several alien species, mass destruction on Earth and the still formidable problem of trying to work together back on Earth. With the US rising from the ashes of almost total destruction of it's infrastructure to still be the dominant player on the world stage we witness the development of endearing and believable characters who are able to meet the challenge of saving the Earth from an implacable foe. And then there's Tyler Vernon, a billionaire like no other who turns his billions (maybe trillions) to the task of building an almost indestructible Death Star and a space mining and manufacturing infrastructure that is exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.
Much of this third book deals with trying to integrate diverse cultures including former enemies (the Taliban) and a South American class based, misogonistic and manana attitude into a working military alliance in space where no mistakes are allowed if you want to live. It's interesting how Ringo handles this and weaves it into the storyline. Definitely not PC.
Mark Boyett does just such an outstanding job as reader that you can't imagine any one else doing this story. His female voices are excellent and his ability to speak the almost un-pronounceable alien names is also great.
If you're looking for a great series to make your commute something to look forward to then look no further. Well worth the credits. I very much look forward to the next book in this series and knowing how prolific a writer Mr Ringo is, I doubt we'll have to wait long.
George Guidall gives his usual excellent performance. I'm giving it 4 stars overall for a good story but this series is getting just a little too formulaic John Wells is a killer, he hunts other killers, gets help from retired CIA honcho who uncovers clues a little too easily; John Wells finds killers; and kills killers. (Is that a spoiler?) People get pissed off in the process. End of story. All very predictable.
Alex, time to find a new story line.
Have not yet been bored or disappointed by any of the Lucas Davenport series. Its like returning to old friends and you want to see how their lives have been since the last visit. Great story lines and characters (good guys not the killers!) that you wish really existed and this one is no exception. Richard Ferrone is one of my favorites. Wish he did more.
On the west and north, almost nothing about what the other 5 or 6 regimental combat teams are doing but then it says this is about RCT 28 only. This book also begs to have a map laid out showing each battleground, but even in the print edition there is no map. You will have to google a battle map of Iwo Jima to properly see and place each of the locations described in the book. Otherwise a fine addition to any military history library. One truly gets a sense of how unrelenting the battle was - sort of like a Tarawa that goes on for 30+ days instead of only 3.
Much of the action that takes place near Camp Lejeune is described as taking place in SOUTH CAROLINA!??? What's up with that Mr. Hunter? ---
As Marine centric as all your stories are I would have thought you'd get that right. Glaring error. Camp Lejune and Jacksonville not "Jackson" is in North Carolina on the coast. Just north of Wilmington. Some other place names are referred to as in SC also although they are only a few miles off base. ---
You also refer to former Marines as "ex-Marines", a big no no as you should know. ---
The antagonists in this story are cartoon clowns and not the professional hitman one would expect Bob Lee to have to overcome and defeat. Seems like you're just pumping out BLS stories for the heck of it without any real attempt at a good story. ---
Also tell Buck Schirner to cut back to a pack a day. He often runs out of breath trying to finish sentences or say certain words and sounds like a smoker who doesn't have full lung capacity. ---
Hate to do this because I'm a fan of all your previous stories, but only 3 stars for this one. ---
- Jesse in Virginia.
Davenport's earlier years when he was a freewheeling Police Lt and very much a ladies man. Good stuff although pretty profane.
I'd give this one 6 stars if able. Where has there EVER been a better dog story that's really in the end about us? You will laugh, you will cry, you will be sad, you will be elated. Enzo is a dog who talks like a human but thinks like a dog. He remembers things but lives in the moment, loves Formula one racing and only wants to be a human. Trust me, unless you are totally cynical or hate dogs this is one book you will be glad you spent the money for. Oh and the narration is top notch. Christopher Welch does an outstanding job. I'm wondering how many takes it took him to get some of the passages because I know he was crying or laughing at what was going on. It's that good.
This one will rank right up there with Where the Red Fern Grows, Incredible Journey, and the best of Dean Koontz' dog stories.
This series just has me hooked on the characters, the plot and the locations and history. George Guidal has never been in better form and I can not imagine anyone doing justice to these characters as well as he does. I hope Mr. Johnson never allows anyone else to read his novels.
If you haven't listened to any of his books yet, go back and start with " A Cold Dish" and work your way forward. IF you like a good mystery with excellent writing you can't find better.
I liked the first couple of "Posleen" stores but Ringo's dialog and plotting gets old after a while. No more Ringo for me.
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