If you have never met Nero Wolf and Archie Goodwin this is a good place to start. As all of Rex Stouts mysteries this is a fine tale with a chance to meet fun characters. After you get to know the main characters in this series you begin to enjoy the humor of the interplay between Wolf an Archie as these two incompatibles form an outstanding detective team. I recommend all Nero Wolf mysteries.
If you do any d20 roll playing games this will cause you to smile and answer one of the questions that every adventurer has always had at the end of a game. What happens to the NPCs?
All of the Andy Carpenter mysteries are fun and this is another very enjoyable listening experience. Listen to them all and enjoy meeting some very interesting characters.
If you liked the earlier books this will please you. More battles against "hopeless odds" with great action descriptions. Word
There is no history to match that of the man who was not only there but planned and lived this critical part of Roman history. It helps you understand the logistics of these wars if you have a map of Gaul and France but it is entertaining, even without, to follow this outstanding general, politician and writer as he shapes the world we now live in.
The civilized world's experience with the Barbary Pirates shows a lesson that is often forgotten in today's international relations and should not be. You can't deal with criminals and terrorists except from a position of strength. Almost every war the U.S. as been drawn into has been following a period when we let our military strength drop. Only then do other countries feel enboldened to try to push us out of the way. This book shows the U.S. at both its worst and best as a leader of freedom and it all true history that has lessons to teach and that need to be remembered.
Heinlein's talent is to develop characters that are so believable that you really feel you know them and care what happens to them and then set them is a science fiction environment and watch them cope. The question here is, are humans tough enough and adaptable enough to survive a first contact with creatures who just don't care what happens to the human civilizations? So far,on this planet, we have crushed or killed any creatures that have offered us any competition. But, are there are other places and other winners who have shown the same drive to win?
Well written action and battle with nice character development. You not only are led to understand the motives of the Union soldiers but you also look through the eyes of some of the baddest bad guys you are likely to run into and see from their point of view what makes their actions logical and right by their culture. The humans have to win this one for there is no retreat. It is hard to believe there are worse things than to be dead on a U.S. civil war battle field or even to be a prisoner of war in some place like Andersonville or Point Lookout but on this world there are.
I enjoyed this story for its mystery, its characters and its ability to help me understand what life might have been like for the "real" people who lived at the very edge of their civilization. They were faced with the problems of dealing with the locals, superior officers, politics and everyday life. Not to mention murder.
I am a Heinlein fan, particularly of all his earlier works - not so much his efforts after Stranger in a Strange Land. This book starts out as a fine story but gets a little lost in the middle and ends up feeling rather contrived. It seems to get to a point where the authors felt that there were enough pages so "let's just tie it all up". You might wish to listen to this story for a last chance to hear form this author.
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