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Karl

Montclair, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (276)

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "disapointing"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed every one of S.M Stirling’s books until now. It seemed like ½ of the book was missing. Was S.M Stirling rushed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2320)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1518)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Mitch says: "Destroyermen and The Lost Regiment"
    "Go Cat Monkey"
    Overall

    I have read every one of the books and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one. I have absolutely no problem believing in a slightly altered parallel world. The only problem I have is that I vote for Limeiran over Cat Monkey.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3210)
    Performance
    (2302)
    Story
    (2299)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Ponderous"
    Overall

    I am sorry but no matter how much I like zombie stories this author as well as others does not know what he is talking about. He claims that the US military is conducting this war and yet he completely forgets about the one weapon that would be useful against the Zombies. It is called a fuel air bomb, daisy cutter, MOAUB. This is the most powerful non nuclear weapon we have. Instead of nuking the cities we would drop this on them. It does not produce any radiation but would incinerate them and create a firestorm that would kill hundreds of thousands more. As far as the swarms that we are tracking in the second book the MOAUB would kill everyone in a swarm in one drop. This eliminates the mutant Zombie problem and the need to waste all of our ammo. Now I know that this eliminates his basic plot plan and would need a writer with more imagination than this guy has, but it would be a better story.
    There is so much else that is wrong with this book that it would take too much time to go into it.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Final Impact: Axis of Time, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Birmingham
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (111)

    In the year 2021 a multinational fleet - experimenting with untested weapons technology - pitched through time, crash-landing in 1942. The world is thrown into chaos as Roosevelt, Hitler, Churchill, Tojo, and Stalin scramble to adapt to new, high-tech killing tools, and twenty-first-century ways of war.

    Alan says: "Would like to see it become a movie."
    "bad"
    Overall


    I noticed that the only reviews to his 2nd and 3rd books were by the same 2 people. Mr Birmingham’s politics are obvious and his love of liberals and other progressives permeates all of his books. Like all people of his ilk he has absolutely no idea of the proper use of power and force, and his disdain for the military shows through. He does not understand technology or what would be proper military tactics, but given his persuasion that is understandable. There is no way that his super force would do what it did with the 1942 navy, nor would our navy behave the way he has them doing. Not much of his reasoning makes sense which sets up the plot and builds on it for the rest of the book and series. I did read the all three books as I loved the premise but I cringed every time his biases cam through, which was ever few minutes. He is a typical left wing wacko.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2290)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1616)

    The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

    RGH says: "For Zombie Lovers"
    "boring"
    Overall

    I really tried to like this book, I did. I read all the other reviews about how riveting it was, but it is one of the most boring books I have ever read. I know this is hard to believe for a zombie book but this guy’s plot is plodding, boring and stupid. As an example they go to extremes to acquire A.T. forklifts and flat bed trucks to move freeway concert dividers to reinforce a wire fence, when they could simply get a couple of D-9 cats and build a 30’ high earthen berm and reinforce it with ruble and concert dividers. The main character has absolutely no sense of style or purpose. He has all of the resources of the world at his disposal and people to follow his orders and he does nothing with it. Far from waiting for the next book I sincerely hope that this is the last one. I sincerely hope you do not squander your money on this book.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allen Steele
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Allen Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (329)

    The crime of the century begins without a hitch. On July 5th, 2070, as it's about to be launched, the starship Alabama is hijacked - by her captain and crew. In defiance of the repressive government of The United Republic of Earth, they replace her handpicked passengers with political dissidents and their families. These become Earth's first pioneers in the exploration of space...

    Michael says: "It gets better"
    "offensive"
    Overall

    I found this book incredibly offensive. The right wing-conservative bashing was unbelievable. Why couldnt this guy write about left wing fascist? We all know that it is the left wing that will not allow free speech. They are the ones who want to run every tiny aspect of your life. I want my money back.

    2 of 22 people found this review helpful

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