How can you not love Joe Ledger? Especially the way Ray Porter brings him to life. Conflicted, screwed up, tormented and one kick-ass mofo, Joe is my favorite action hero.
Great book, exceptional read and I will be listening to every Joe Ledger book I can get my ears on.
While I have always appreciated our soldier’s willingness to do our countries dirty work, I now respect them more than ever. Even if it is slightly embellished, as some claim, the story is fabulously dramatic and riveting. Luttrell gives a great picture of the mind set, discipline and intensity necessary to succeed as an elite warrior. And where would this country be without such heros?
The story also tells of the frustrations experienced by our military when we let the politicians plan and execute our military endeavors. Lutterll shares the anguish and danger of having to fight under policies built on lessons we apparently didn’t learn in Viet Nam. These ‘rules of engagement’ not only keep us from winning wars but put our soldiers at risk and get them killed.
The read was a bit flat and I found the Southern accent distracting (even knowing Luttrell is a Southerner). But, his passion for the subject and the action and drama made me want to listen straight through.
I'm a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genera and I work in the aviation industry. The characters fit well into the story and acted like you would expect. The drama was great and the situations were beliveable and exciting. But, what I found most pleasing was that the author is obviously an aviator. All to often aviation is used in a story by someone without all of (or many of the wrong) facts and it kills the book for me. The aviation details in this book are, for the most part, spot on. That might not mean much to most people, but it made the book all the more fun for me.
Way too many inconsistencies in this book. While the action and drama were pretty good, the scenarios that set them up were unbelievable and distracting. Career military officers that don’t know a thing about tactics, strategy or planning, let alone how to run a military op. People needlessly exposing themselves to blood when they know the virus is blood borne. And, characters consistently choosing the really bad options, it’s a wonder any of these people survived long enough to make it to the second or third book. (Which, by the way don’t get any better - actually worse).
If you’re able to completely forgo logic and common sense and avoid thinking “what would I do” (because it wouldn’t be what the characters in this book do), you might enjoy the listen. Otherwise, the incongruities are really distracting and hard to stomach.
Not a professional read but, the authors passion for the subject comes through. The book is a primer for Eastern philosophy so, if that’s where your interest lies, you will probably enjoy the listen.
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