This book was very enjoyable for the first half; the second half became a bit tedious. The Audio was well done, the story could have been better written.
The world the author creates on the northern hemisphere is vivid, imaginative, and full of intrigue. Earth is an enormous clockwork machine, part of a gigantic clockwork solar system, with a miles high wall running around the equator. The USA is still a part of the British Empire. It is a world full of zeppelins, horse drawn carts, and British troops.
The adventures of the main hero after an angel appears to him are interesting. Political, religious and social intrigues move the hero along his journey.
Until the Hero crosses over the Equatorial wall, then the author changes the style of the book. It changes from a quasi adventure story, to a man against nature survival story, and ends up a hero discovers he can do magic story.
For me, the tedious part was the authors repeated dialog about a scripture verse that is given to the Hero as He crosses the Equatorial wall. Over and over again the verse is repeated as the Hero trudges toward the South Pole, and the super clockwork spring that he’s trying to repair.
The conclusion was marginally satisfying, though I am still unsure of the main villain’s role in the wrap up.
The potential of the first half was not carried through to the end.
None, not a one of them was able to get me to give a darn what happened to them.
If you've not been very carefully following the lore & political storyline of the EVE online game, you'll be completely lost as far as the plot of the story. By
I was one of the many folks who 2 - 3 years ago thought that Ron Paul was just a complete nut case durring the last election cycle.
The events of the last year or so opened my mind to the point that I was willing to buy this audiobook, and give his aurguments a fair hearing.
I found my self convinced of about 80% of his points.
I don't think that withdrawing our millitary forces suddenly from the globe would be as clean and bloodless as he aurgues, nor that the world would suddenly come to love us after we tell the monsters of the world to "Have at it. we'll just stand on the sideline and watch."
He did convince me that, becoming neutral like Switerland should be the goal we should be moving our national policy to.
If you want to hear political positions and proposed solutions that nobody else is taking, get this audiobook. You may not agree with his positions, but you'll at least have heard his argument, and the reasons behind them.
I got this book after hearing an interview of the author.
In the interview he said that all on the tech in the novel does now exist, and could (if used by the right people) do exactly what is laid out in the novel.
Listen to the story, and let the fact that it may come true keep you up at night.
The Narrator speaks in a plodding, pause between each word, way. It was so bad it was difficult to get into the story.
I stopped listening 4 chapters into the story. Why? The awful narration coupled with the start of the story being the "Conservative Fascist" took over the USA, and the Air Force captain and his crew saves the Universe by stealing the only starship after they had replaced the original passengers with the good (oppressed liberals) people.
If you believe Conservatives are Nazis going to take over the USA and don’t mind a 1st grader reading the story to you, buy this audio book.
A great listen. The 13 things are well explained. Each one is explained as to how they were found, why they don't make sense, and some of the theories that are being considered to explain the problems.
Expanded my grasp of reality and really got me thinking.
The perfect gift for someone who thinks they know it all.
I stopped listening to this one just a few chapters into it. I just couldn't get past the massive dose of Eco-Doom Global Warming propaganda enough to even start enjoying the story.
Taking place in the same alternate history setting as the novel The Sky People, but 12 years latter and on Mars, I found the story to be very entertaining.
While the theme of the series (research into the Lords of Creation) was carried over from the first book, there was also an emphasis on the Marian political system and the "Game of Thrones" intrigues.
A prior review mentioned that they found the narration irritating. I personally did not have any problem with the narrators voice, or the characterizations. I had little difficulty telling which character said which line.
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