I have read this series for many years and it is interesting to see how the fortunes (and character) of Marcus Didius Falco progresses. The narrator gets the sometimes world-weary Falco's moods over extremely well. The everyday life of Romans is painted well and the inclusion of Roman notables is handled well. Will continue to get as many of this series as I can.
Continues to build on earlier work, but can be read on its own. Competent space/military/galactic empires sci fi. Some of the military hardware seems a bit antiquated for time scale, but generally convincing and a good liste.
Although this can be read as a "stand alone", it does build well on the first in the series and is starting to set the foundations for some good story lines. The aliens are believable and the human politicians even more so. Very steady and well written military sci - fi.
I first read this book when it came out many years ago, On listening it wasn't as good as I remembered it. Larry Niven has improved since then and fleshed out his Universe. Still worth a listen , especially if you like any of his "KNOWN SPACE" series.
Narrator does a good job with range of characters especially the dolphin.
I was a bit wary when I bought this because I've read/listened to so many attempts at re-making the cynical/humorous detective that were poor. But I like Robert Crais and I wasn't disappointed. Not a demanding read, the plot wasn't convoluted and characters weren't too deep, but overall well written and it kept my attention. The obligatory smattering of violence and some (very low level) sex, but a concentration on crime and relationships made this a good detective story.
I enjoyed the crime plots running through the book but this was spoilt by the too frequent meanderings into the frantic couplings of the main characters. More time developing the investigation etc would have been beneficial. Too many of the characters and their behaviour were stereotypical. The narrator did a good job of differentiating between the characters. I ploughed through until the end - won't bother with this author again. Some may like this particular blend of crime/politics/relations but not my cup of tea.
Some really good stories here, but a bit optimistic with saying they are the greatest. However, well worth a listen, especially if you are new to the genre
Pournelle and Niven have written some great stuff and this is a stand out. For once an alien race (the "moties") that is different and self-consistent is portrayed in a sympathetic light. I would recommend that you read "The mote in God's eye" first but not essential. One of the best Sci Fi novels from the recent era.
If you like an updated and harder version of Robert Heinlein's military work mixed with a bit of space opera, then look no further. A bit derivative in parts, but generally well written. The rest of the series are in a similar vein and are consistent with the story line. Traditional sci fi with a few interesting alien species and "good guys" with flaws. A good read.
Raises smiles rather than laughter. Very agreeable reading with happy endings - eventually. Perhaps a little simplistic, but if you want some feelgood literature that doesn't demand too much, well this is for you.
Took me several attempts to get into this book. Very nearly returned it but persisted and think it was worth it. Some really interesting concepts, but it was a struggle at times. I found the "Modular Man" the weakest part of the series/chapters. A good idea, but perhaps better written by one author.
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