This book would have been more slightly enjoyable without the preface by the author, but only just. The author specifically says that he had no interest in genre military/scifi, and ironically creates the worst kind of genre fiction. William Cole is an arrogant, sarcastic nonconformist who is never wrong, yet pretexts himself to be a humble soldier. The supporting cast is entirely hollow and the antagonists are strawmen. Too many nonsense "alien" words. No depth of plot.
I can't say it's all terrible, but it's terrible military-political fiction and middling scifi. I had to put it down.
I was initially put off by the author's reading, but I persisted and he really is a good narrator beyond the physical problems. Just think of it as a tale from grandpa if you can't suspend disbelief long enough to get into the story. There is real emotion in the reading, unlike other books I've listened to recently.
Similarly to Resnick's Mutiny books, don't read this book for fleshed out characters. This is a beach book. I'm not saying it's bad but it is a very classical "Hero" story. The only twist is the setting, which is really the only reason to read it. I found the reader enjoyable for the character.
It's an interesting mystery by itself, but without knowing it's from 1984 you might be wondering a bit about the strange computer slang and references to middle-aged Korean war veterans.
I found "Soon I Will Be Invincible" to be an easy book to get into even though I don't follow any superhero comics. The events and archetypes are fun concepts. I found this book comparable to "Watchmen" in that it gets into the superhuman psyche and the conditions of being an inhuman person.
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