This is an "if this goes on" story. Campbell wrote this while serving in the Navy at the Pentagon and this story illustrates a couple of the problems he saw. The first problem is the increasing separation of the military man and the civilian. That being if one of your parents didn't put in their twenty your didn't join the mil. Campbell takes this problem and increases it to portray the way he believes things could go in the future. The other problem is micromanagement in the military. That being the top brass sitting back in their offices and giving exact instruction the grunts on the ground and not allowing ingenuity.
Campbell expands these problems and puts them in a world were the US of A is the top dog with no one able to compete with them economically on earth. This leaves one logical alternative the moon.
However this book is not really about the war on the moon it is about the problems in the military. There is lots of action and fighting, but the book is not about that its about the culture.
I hope you enjoy Stark's War
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I may be a little biased because Jack Campbell is my favorite living author, but I loved THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR. This book picks up about two weeks after THE DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE ended, and you’re thrown right into the action. The intense battle and action scenes are one of the places where Campbell’s writing really shines. There are a lot of urban and epic fantasy novels that make me cringe when I read their battles, but Campbell’s years of military experience help him write realistic battles.
Even though the battles are amazing, my favorite part of this book is the interaction between Mari and Alain. In the previous book, Alain and Mari only barely admitted their feelings to each other, so it’s great to see their friendship and relationship develop as they continue working together and saving each others’ lives. One of the things I loved the most about THE DRAGONS OF DORCASTLE was the fun and natural banter between Alain and Mari, and that banter is still in this book and maybe even a touch better. Though Alain is continuing to learn more about normal social interaction, he still makes slips every once in a while that will make you want to either laugh or put your head in your hands.
While they’re relationship continues to grow, it’s also fun to watch their individual characters develop. They have to remove their guild related garb and don the clothes of commons, as they run from both of their guilds. This allows them to see the world through the eyes of the commons when they interact with commons on an equal level. They both work hard to throw off the false teachings of their guilds, as they see what the world is actually like.
I love/hate cliffhangers just as much as anyone else, but Campbell hasn’t found the need for them yet in the Pillars of Reality series. Campbell ended THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR in a great place, where I’m dying to know what happened next, but without putting the characters in a life or death situation. I just have to hope the next installment comes out as quickly as THE HIDDEN MASTERS OF MARANDUR did. It will be an instant buy for me.
On the Audiobook:
Jack Campbell is in the process of getting the books in print, but until that happens the Pillars of Reality series is exclusively on Audible. And that’s okay because MacLeod Andrews does an amazing job narrating the series. MacLeod does an excellent job putting emotion into the banter between Alain and Mari, adding an extra layer of realism to the production.
T.A. Baron writes like the classics of previous generations like Tolkien. So the series starts off rather slow, but once Merlin starts his journey there are lots of adventures in store.
The first book in the Lost Years of Merlin series has lots of action and adventure once you get to about the halfway point in the book, but even then a lot of the book is still just building the world and setting the stage for the rest of the series.
I love Shim! He is such a fun character, and of course there is the ever present Trouble is a lot of fun too.
Also a lot of people complain about the narration, but I rather liked it.
The Croak Series is great, and the first book starts off really strong.
I love the characters in this series, and I'm constantly laughing at and with them. Damico has done an amazing job of crafting a rich fantasy world of Grims. So many authors build off of worlds that others have started, but Damico's world is unique and original.
I also think that Damico does a great job discussing the moral dilemmas that Lex goes through as she is introduced to the Grim Sphere and learns just who she is and what she has to do.
I strongly recommend this series.
Schubach takes the classic Norse mythology and twists it. Instead of the gods of Valhalla we have an alien race. Instead of the Valkyrie and the Einherjar preparing for an event called Ragnarok, they are fighting other aliens called Ragnarok. In the story the ancient norse mythology was actually all started by Kara, the main character, when she got drunk and told the tales of her people to a group of vikings.
Though all the characters are a little larger than life, since they are super old and powerful aliens, they all still feel real. And Schubach adds plenty of humor into his books too that make the characters feel that much more real.
I absolutely loved this book and the series just gets better with each book. I highly recommend it.
I absolutely loved this book! It is so hard these days to find a good clean book that teaches some great morals, and has lovable characters and a strong plot. Easily five stars!
One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the way that Ripple built the world. She never spent too much time explaining the way things were through narrative. It was almost all through dialogue. She made everything fit together well, and the world just seemed right.
The other thing I really liked was how easy it was to relate to the characters. They felt real, and I am now very attached to them.
I highly recommend this book! I couldn't put it down! Also superb job on the narration!
This is a story about the setting, the world that the main character lives in. As many people have commented nothing happens in this book. This is not an action book. However, I still really enjoyed it!
Clarke writes about a world where humans already have many space stations, colonies on the moon, and mars, and even exploration missions to mercury. Clarke clearly understands the way things work in space even though this was published in the 50's. Clarke describes the life of an average boy as he takes a couple weeks of vacation on a space station, not a vacation station though, but a working station.
The title is a bit misleading … if I were to pick a similar title name I would call it Revealed or Unearthed. The fourth book in the Greywalker series reveals many things about Harper’s past and many things about why and how she become a Greywalker. Also some interesting plot lines brought up in the first book and practically dropped for the next two are finally brought up again and more is revealed.
Also I’ve found that the grey is becoming normal, as normal as any paranormal thing can be. I am no longer confused by the oddities of the grey, and find that it makes sense.
Finally, Harper gets to explore other parts of the world beside Seattle. She visits London! Full of great history and lots of paranormal activity in the grey!
Also I had no problem with the narration. I think that Mia Barron does a great job!
So I've been trying to figure out why the Greywalker novels have such low reviews ... I think I've finally figured it out. Greywalker novels don't have anywhere near as much action as say the Dresden files, though I must also say that Kat Richardson doesn't have the humor the Bob the skull brings to Dresden either. Greywalker novels though are much more about the mystery than Dresden and as such have only a few action scenes.
However, this is the best Greywalker novel yet. I really enjoyed Underground. A lot more information is found out about some of the more mysterious characters in the novel, and many interesting relationships spring up. Also the world that Kat creates about the underground world of Seattle is very interesting even if reminiscent of Dresden's Undertown. Great novel really strong mystery and the answer isn't as obvious as the other two. Looking forward to continuing the series.
I liked this book better than the first one. Harper has started to understand the grey a little bit better, and she can actually use it to help her when interviewing people. I saw some people comment that Harper had gained greater knowledge of the grey between books with no explanation. That is true, but it only seems natural since this book picks up quite a bit after the first one ended.
My only problem with this series is still the oddness of the "Grey." I'm still not sure I like what Kat Richardson has created, but it is definitely different.
I still prefer the Dresden Files, but I do like this series better in one aspect. The Dresden Files stopped being quite as much a detective novel as an urban-fantasy novel. Where the greywalker series is still very much a detective novel.
The Chronicles of Nick keeps getting better. In this book, Kenyon continues to give more depth to her characters and they really seem to be actual people they all have that much history and depth to them.
At the same time Nick is growing into his demon powers very fast. The question is can he control them or will they control him?
Can't wait for the next book to come out.
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