I loved the way the author would present a difficult hypothetical situation, for instance being chased by brigands, then describe what he would need to do to survive.
Then the lucky bastard would actually get to go train in that skill. He worked out with an Olympic weight lifter, learned shooting at a professional shooting school, driving at a stunt driver academy, the list goes on.
This isn't a fiction novel. The author describes a situation then actually goes himself and trains, telling you about the experience and what he's learned. I love it.
The narrator does a great job.
The narration was ok but everyone did sound a bit like Dr Zoidberg from Futurama.
I love the survival fiction genre. It has a lot of potential to explore but I have a hard time finding really good books in the genre.
20 years ago I read nearly the entire "The Survivalist" series by Jerry Ahern and loved them. They were less informational than this book but more entertaining. More gun oriented as the protagonists guns were fully described every time they were mentioned which was about every half page or so.
This book is about a survivalist group self described militia who all wear matching uniforms and love ambushing people walking down the road to question them in the name of justice. I found the characters to be pretty much pretentious self righteous pricks. That being said they would almost certainly be the people who would actually survive a global meltdown so I have to give them that.
I enjoyed the book even if I loved to hate the protagonists.
I like the entire series and have enjoyed listening to past audio books in the series prior to listening to the new books in the series just to keep all of the story fresh in my mind.
I find the decisions that the characters face to be interesting and they handle them in ways that aren't one dimensional and flat. For instance they don't always opt for non-violence if that's the best way to handle the situation, or vice versa.
The voice acting is top notch and Jack Campbell brings an interesting point of view to space exploration.
Great series, well written and narrated.
I was just about to give up on "Sword and Sorcery" type fiction for awhile after reading "The Eye of the World" and feeling the last vestiges of my manhood ascend into my abdomen. Maybe I've grown jaded but why do all the good guys have to be pansies?
Fortunately I picked up "The Blade Itself" and my manhood descended once again. Strong characters, great story and people making realistic choices. What magic there is never involves unicorns, rainbows or pointy shoes.
Good narration too.
The story is ok, but it is nearly plagaristic in it's "borrowing" from LOTR.
The male narration is weak, like an oompa loompa on helium. Listen to a sample of the audio before purchasing.
Very long, which makes it a good bargain, but there are a lot of yawns between the substance.
I was getting pretty tired of the same old "brought up from the gutters to become all powerful but conflicted inside" story, but this one is special.
The hero isn't a carebear, although still conflicted.
I just wish someone could write a story where the hero could kill people without feeling guilty and botching it, or seeing someones eyes in their head and hesitating, or contemplating their victims hopes and dreams. Not to sound like I want a ruthless cold blooded killer, but if you've been training to kill for years you're gonna do it and move on. Still this is a great story and I can't really knock it. I guess I'd need to stick to Conan for that. :)
One of the best I've read in quite awhile.
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