I will not put any specifics into this review and I really hope that this isn't a spoiler, but I feel that I have to say it. The first two books were pretty good and it suckered me in right away, but I was disappointed with the third book. The ending was VERY disappointing. I really felt like I wasted all my time listening to the story (and the last one was REALLY long). When you get to the end you say to yourself "okay, what was the point of all of this again?" Additionally, the last book was unnecessarily wordy. It droned on and on and kept saying the same thing over and over again. You really want Fitz to stand up and punch somebody for holding back information, it really does get annoying. I guess if you’re not looking for the perfect ending then the story is good, but I'm a sucker for a happy ending.
I had some pretty high hopes for this book going in based on the mass of good reviews…I was seriously disappointed. I like fiction, but the situation still has to be plausible. There is no freaking way that all of the worlds governments are just going to hand over all of their hopes and precious materials to a group of rag-tag, untrained, and undisciplined civilians who just happened to pass a ridiculous test outlined by the new alien spacecrafts. Also, why even have the children in the beginning? This section did not add anything to the story what so ever. I get the whole emotion thing, but having the main character's children get eviscerated and then hearing that he just kind of brushes it aside was a distraction (I'm also a father). There is no way that this guy would be able to function in that situation. I do not believe that the author understood the emotional impact that this section would have on readers with children, and I found it to be a distraction throughout the whole book. Also, how does a college computer science professor suddenly (within a few months) become a leader of over 7,000 super-marines without any prior training? Having been in the military, this was way too far out for me and acted as a slap in the face for trained military leaders. The idea was good, but the authors execution was off. I will not be listening to any more of this series.
I would have to say that it was the fact that I really didn't know anything about Genghis Khan outside of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures. That was the reason I got the book, because I realized that I knew nothing about one of the greatest figures in history. I'm glad that I didn't know anything about him going in because I was able to formulate my own opinion.
The man's ideology created the civilized world 800 years before the civilized world did.
Davis didn't kill the history lesson by trying to do voices. I really enjoyed his performance. It didn't put me to sleep like some history narrators have.
I don't know if it moved me as much as tore me in two different directions. Genghis Khan was responsible for a lot of war and death, and it can be really hard to like a guy that was responsible for so that much death. As an example of his ruthlessness: During one battle that took place during his conquest of the West, his son was killed by an arrow shot by one of the towns people. He turned to his son's wife, who was with them at the time, and told her that she can exact whatever revenge she wanted on the city's people. She decided to make three massive pyramids that consisted of heads: one for the men, one for the women, and one for the children. She had every person in the city killed and then proceeded to order the death of every single animal in the city as well. Her reasons were that she wanted to leave the city as devoid of life as her husband now was. Thats ruthlessness.
However, Genghis Khan was a simple man. He gave almost every city he came across the choice: submit to my rule and law and I will treat you as my sons and daughters, you will live in total religious freedom and you will be part of a great unified nation, or, I will destroy your army to the last man and force you to submit to me. But you kind of have to remind yourself that every nation was created by conquest; even the good old US of A.
His vision for the Mongolian Nation was utterly amazing for the times. He was granting total freedom to rule themselves (he even let their kings stay on their thrones in most cases). He granted religious freedom at a time when people were being burned at the stake and being thrown on the rack in Europe. He was a man of great integrity; as long as you didn't try and screw him he pretty much left you alone as long as you payed your taxes and followed the law.
His ideology paved the way for Kublai Khan to later create the most advanced civilization the world had ever seen (and in some ways it still is to this day). These guys didn't mess around and they almost never used torture (they saw it as pointless since the tortured would eventually confess to anything), and they were swift to hold people to the law (which was probably the best justice system ever created). They Mongol Nation was the center for educational advancement since everybody (Mongol, Christian, Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Russian, etc.) shared their knowledge and worked together to advance it. It was amazing what they accomplished once they were united, and in such little time. Novel idea isn't it?
Read this book. If you think Genghis Khan was just a murdering conquerer, then give Weatherford a chance to change your mind. This man (Genghis Khan) was a genius and a visionary.
Oh I'm sure that I will finish the series.
Experience and emotion.
Please don't take this review the wrong way because I do think that the story is great. I just have a few issues with it.
I am about halfway through this book so far and I have to tell you that I am getting pretty tired of the gender wars. Each gender thinks that the other is COMPLETELY stupid. It was funny in the first book or two, but I'm pretty fed up with it now. The book would be half as long if they just kept to the story and stopped babbling about how they don't understand each other...ever try talking!!?? Just a little miffed about it, sorry for the rant.
The other thing that is starting to get on my nerves is the characters’ inner monologues. I try and think about things in real time. There is no way that somebody can have an inner though that would be 1000 words long when the sentence they are actually saying is 6 words. I just picture in my head a person talking and then, mid-sentence, starring at you with a blank face while they are thinking in their head. Just another pet peeve of mine. Too much inner monologue, just get on with the story. Besides, we know what the characters are thinking because they have had the same inner monologue the whole story; it’s not until the end of each book that it changes so I could do without the author repeating it every few pages.
As I am listening to the book rather than reading it (there is no way I could sit there long enough to read this series) the names are bit hard to remember. There are A LOT of names in the story that sound very similar and it can be hard to keep track of whom the story is referring to. That and the fact that the story jumps from character to character.
The books could have been half as long and still great. I’m not a huge fan of unnecessary writing.
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