Detroit | Member Since 2015
So if you dont know thi sis a prequel of sorts for the book "Ringworld - 1970" by the same author so you might have read that some years ago, if not then even though its 42 years old (as of Oct 2012, did we survive past Dec 21st 2012 lol) its not dated that much if at all, I am 30 years old and I dont like much of anything older than the 90's when it comes to entertainment but I suggest you read Ringworld after these 4 books that take place 200 years before.
There is a problem I will note right off, the narrator is someone to get used to and he really trails off with the end of words like "world" is "woorllldd" and it takes a while to get used to that - also there is another major problem with the pronunciation of the name of a, well, not major character but not a minor one either since when he comes up in the 3rd book hes back in a semi-major roll - the name is "Baedeker" but in this book its pronounced as "bed-a-ker" but in the latter books its pronounced as "beta-ker" - also aliens called "Gw'oth" pronounced as "gwa-auth" becomes "guat-ta-oth" or something like that, this is stupid and if the cause was that they were pronounced incorrectly in this the first book then in the next ones where its changed it needs to be mentioned in a forward by the reader.
Now with that out of the way, the review.
This book and the ones that follow it all pretty much follow a story that although it changes it will lead up to the discovery of the ringworld which is awesome - in this book you are introduced to the characters that the story will follow for the following 3 books and learn that one of the "races" isnt what it thinks it self to be.
Humans from a colony star-ship find out the truth behind there history, even that fact that they are called "humans" - there ship was captured by the "Puppeteers" and the survivors were in gene banks and were implanted into the living humans left and the babies were told a lie when they grew up, but the truth is found out and then things get good.
Without giving much away here the humans are looking for Earth and will do anything to find it, they break into secure places and all sorts of cool things that are made easier by the fact that the puppeteers are not very good at security and easily scared so they get away with lots after they are found out.
Read this and the 3 that follow, then go on to "Ringworld - 1970" and I guarantee you wont believe that Ringworld was written in 1970 because it feels just like these books which are only a few years old
This being the last book at the time of this review (30 Dec 2014) that's out isn't really an ending to the series because like the other books it ends the current story arc but there could be more, I hope there is.
I said this in the first review I think but I have most all the books by John Ringo and I really wanted to get back into his type of writing so I just got book 1 and after a few hours of listening to it I decided I wanted the rest of the books so having 2 credits I bought book 2 and 3, then I got to the part in book 1 with the graphic sex and rape scenes and it went on for ever with really detailed descriptions and seeing as I am not wanking while listening to books this was strange and it was a man reading it so even stranger, I just wanted enough and decided to get my credits back for book 2 and 3 and I did - then I decided because of my OCD I would have to finish the book 1 and upon skipping over those scenes I decided I wanted to here more of the actual story and just skip over those parts, and it was great.
This book deals with computer boards that control nuclear power plants being stolen so that cant be good, you are going to know what to expect at this point in these books if you have read the first 5 books so the only thing to say is that this book wasn't as good as the ones before it but just a little less, I cant give it a half of star so it gets 4 not 4.5 - not sure what wasn't as good but just that it was something that I expected a little more of and it didn't deliver, maybe it was because there could be more books and if that's the case then this is OK not being great as it might fit in a larger group of books to complete the story.
So I would say that if you have read any of Ringo's other books and you like the writing style you will like these books, just maybe skip over the graphic sex/rape scenes which are really only in book 1 and 2, the rest its sorta lessened down.
The main action takes place in Disney World and at this point you know that the Kildar can take care of bad guys and likes his women (or teenagers sometimes) so this time he gets to do much of both.
Terrorists get some VX gas into the Disney World park and its up to Mike and his teams to stop it as usual.
I like how this story has gone so far, Mike or the "Kildar" as hes known now has become a cool character, although he does like to do some pretty questionable stuff he also saves people at his own risk even when its not part of the mission hes on so hes not that bad of a guy.
There are a few times when he tells someone hes not a good guy he just does good things from time to time and this might not be what most people think is good but at least hes doing good things.
The "Kildar" as Mike is called now really does live a good life, hes killed terrorists and rescued a whole bunch of young girls who were sold off as sex slaves even stopped a nuclear event or prevented it from being so bad and now he just wants to chill out but he keeps getting bothered by people.
This time the Kildar is trying to stop a new form of small pox from getting out and killing everyone, as you might expect he does some good killing here and his new teams are great.
I think if you have read this far just finish the series its only 2 more books as of this review (15 Dec 2014)
Trust me the next 2 books are just as good.
This is one that has much less graphic sex/rape scenes in it although there are ones with young virgin teenage girls but that's not bad because its not really rape and things are pretty different in those parts of the world.
This book follows the recovery of a missing daughter of some powerful political person in America but things take strange turns before the end of the book.
Mike has a whole militia now and they are trained better than most in the world and he takes them to Europe and does some killing, this whole series has been good so far and this book having much less of the graphic sex/rape stuff its much better.
There is a whole lot of turns in this story and it really does keep you guessing, I cant see a reason to stop if you have read this far and liked the story.
The first book had a graphic sex and rape scene in it and although the main character does some pretty bad things and thinks bad things also its not that bad, this one has a little scene about S&M and some young girls all over 18 maybe over 21 not sure, but again like the first book just skip this because the story is great.
Mike cant seem to get a brake here and every time he gets into the shit as it were he comes out pretty badly hurt but has lots of money to show for it, this time he decided to take a trip into the mountains and he ends up buying the whole place and spending some money to outfit a militia for his protection.
This whole series goes pretty well other than the graphic sex and rape scenes but those are almost gone by the 3rd book, although they are replaced with normal sex scenes not to much graphic much different though.
Again if you just skip over the graphic sex/rape scenes you should really like this whole series
Well I am sure you have read some of the reviews and some are 5 star and some are 1 star and talk about sex scenes and rape and both are right but its only the first book and second book that have this in it the others are really toned down like.
I got book 1 and like the other Ringo books I really liked it so I got the next 2 books then I got to this crazy sex scene stuff and was not liking it, I watch porn I just don't want to read or listen to some guy explain it in detail that sucked - so I decided to return book 2 and 3 which Audible did without problem.
However I decided I had to finish the book 1 because I already listened to so much at this point I didn't feel right returning it and I don't like leaving things unfinished, well I was glad I just skipped through that scene because the story got great and I was disappointed I returned the books so I re-bought them even though I just returned them a few days before.
I must say other than that 1 part in this book it is great, its not that its bad it just is that a man is telling me it, maybe if it were a sexy woman it would be different but I don't like women narrators much unless its one of those ones with a different person for each character.
give this a try anf just skip over that part, you will know when you get to it and its not that long, the second book has another one but not so much.
This is the last book in this sequence and really at this time 30 Oct 2014 this is the last book in this whole series of books but more are being created now so if like me you really liked these books you want more but after reading these books for like 9 months I want to take a break so I a few years I hope a few more sequences are released and I can get back into this.
This whole series was great, a few of the books were a little better then the others otherwise it would have been a 5 star across the board.
The narrator was simply great, he did a great job at the different voices with exception of maybe a few that I thought was someone else - like Brens Brother and some guy from the state department, the voices sound pretty much the same but I guess this can happen in real life and there are only so many voices one can do and there were lots of characters in this whole series so the narrator did a great job, 5 star for sure.
check the first book in this sequence for the full review.
This continues where thing's left off in the last book and there is 1 more book left in this sequence so if you have read this one you have to go to the next one to really get an ending, as I have said a few times before these are 1 book split into 3 for the sequences.
It goes without saying that if you have read this far then you are going to continue the whole series and at this point on 30 Oct 2014 this is the last sequence available now however there are books planed and I think one is in the works now.
This will be a review of the whole sequence as I have said in all the other reviews.
The Civil War is over at this point and after these many books it comes back to Cageiri and his friends from the space ship as you were probably wanting to know what happens since like the second or third sequence when they were introduced, the whole sequence of books pretty much focus around Cageiri and his friends split between Bren and all the things he has to do.
What I have really liked about this whole series is the way it goes to another story and feels like a totally different group of books but in the same world, I cant wait for the rest of the story to be created.
This is like the other reviews that I have done the real review is really in the first book in the sequences for each group of them so go there and read that.
This being the last book in the sequence doesn't end in a cliff hanger so you can wait if you need and read the next sequence later.
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