Julia reminds me Tina Fey in that every time you think you know life. You learn that you don't know life at all. Julia lets us know that we are all human and as we get older we change. Julia goes through wanting kids and not being able to have them. A good followup to this talk/book would be great.
I love this book in many ways. I like the part where he talks about if I do a job not in my job description then I should get paid for both jobs. So, at work I do three ‘jobs’ not in my description that should fall to others. This means I would make a lot of many, right? Except my boss doesn’t see it that way. Now the union guys get paid for it if they do it. No, we’re not union here. We’re stock traders.
I also like the part about getting paid double if your married and your wife is home taking care of the kids. Now a ‘Wife’ is a VERY demanding job and I think women should get paid for it. I mean if you hired someone to do that kind of work you’d pay 100k a year for it. I’m not married, but I would give my ‘wife’ a salary if I had one and the government would stop taking half my income.
I do understand the government better now and understand why they can’t control themselves. Their too busy listening to the 1% and going into debt. Like Dave Ramsey, Adam Smith says debt it dump and any government in debt should be removed from service. He then goes on to explain why gold has no value at all. Really? Then why do people want it?
There are lot of parts to this book including sections as to why you should keep people dumb and ignorant. Or why women need to be controlled and kept under their fathers, brothers, or husbands ‘guidance.’ Basically do nothing to disturb the ‘learned man’ from keeping the country moving. There are even parts where he talks about using the unions to intentionally keep prices high or low. Plus how they can use their power to stop the government. The whole section on using religion to control the worlds population is worth a read by itself. I can see why the elite’s love this book.
I’ve seen many movies based on this book and never got the full story. So, I decided because it was on sale with Audible that I’d grab it. I’m glad I did. I had to resist looking up the story line online and it was worth it. It is said that Charles Dickens used to walk the streets of London at night because he couldn’t sleep. He saw some orphans being mistreated and came up with this story. Based on the time it was amazing that he came up with it at all. Look at the research that goes into a story and realize he did it with the use of the Internet or any means of central research at all. Let’s face it library’s back then weren’t worth mentioning.
The story itself is very in depth with the characters and their inter dependency on each other. I’ve been part of the junior authors guild when I was in school, so I know how hard it is to write a book. Here Charles Dickens went beyond simply writing a story, he made us love the characters. He didn’t skip the smallest detail or the simplest mistake with the characters or story line. I like a great story with intricate characters and storyline. Here we meet young Oliver Twist who by chance or fate was named such. We see how his life goes from being simple to complex by a series of unfortunate situations or misinterpreted, misrepresented facts and situations. They say take two breaths then act. If someone had done that then young Mister Oliver would have had a very different life. He wouldn’t have been shot, thrown threw a window or kept as a slave before the truth was told. In the end I like this one better than Great Expectations for the depth of the storyline and characters.
Now that Geary got the ‘Lost Fleet’ home all the games begin. It must have felt like the Roman Senate when the first of the Caesars came marching in just before the ousted them. The difference is did Geary depose the ‘Alliance Grand Council’? Did he convince ‘Captain Padilla’ accomplish his plans to put Geary in power? I will let you read.
We see that the ‘Admiralty’ of the fleet is completely clueless. They are waiting for Geary to conquer them or be put under them. Geary is put in charge and doesn't have time to fix the Admiralty before the fleet is ready to leave again to deal the death blow to the Syndicate worlds. Geary learns that as he has fixed the captains with his from doing stupid tactics he must do it again. The ships lost by the fleet out of the gate are because of chasing ‘honor.’ Ultimately he starts to get control of the fleet.
In the Syndicate system Geary has outwitted the Syndic forces and helps to bring the war to an end. Then enter the aliens. We knew they would have to appear sooner rather than later. They remind me of the ‘Gallifrey’s’ in their threats of action in the timeline or sending their large fleet to destroy that doesn't really exist. I wonder what Geary would do. As for the next sequence of the stories don’t interest me at this time. This is reminding me of the ‘Dune’ series which seems to be never ending and getting redundant.
Geary finally get the fleet home with the ‘Syndics’ using them the whole way as a war rallying point. With the Syndics mounting all their ships to one final attack on Geary and the fleet will he make it to safety? Read the books to find out! No spoilers here at all.
The story line continues to follow along with what is really happening within our real military forces. Except the intentional plotting to kill your leadership. We see the ones behind the plans to ‘kill Black Jack’ finally outed and like anyone who knows their going down they take everyone they can with them, but with a twist. People rarely look at the long term result of their actions and when they're forced to they get scared real quick.
At the end of the book we see that Admiral Block wasn't alone in his aspirations. Captain Falco was more like Admiral Block in the end than was expected. The question is what about the of the ‘Admiralty’ and what they will do.
We also get to see the ‘Alliance Government.’ If you’re mad at our government for the intentional blockade they've found themselves in then the ‘Alliance Government’ will shock you.
In the end of the book a whole new path is opening. I can see this series as the ‘Dune’ series as never ending. I just found on Audible the two sub story lines and I will pass on them. Time for a new series because this one is becoming predictable as ‘Dune’ did.. Any recommendations from Steve Gibson?
I've enjoyed the series and it keeps interesting. However, the barbs at the Marines being brainless at the beginning of the book gets irritating as I’m a retired Marine. Then in the second half he tries to make up for it by sending barbs are Navy enlisted, but completely leaves the officer rank alone. Sorry, when I was in the Marines, everyone was fair game. I hope in the end he send barbs and jabs are the Fleet commissioned officers.
It also gets annoying where he explains the ‘conference room software’ two or three times in the book. I like other authors that do no back-story or go back at all assuming if you’re reading book 4 of 6 then you already know the back-story. I want to skip ahead whenever any of these repeats of information are done. Except that audible removed this feature from the Kindle Fire HD.
The book picks right up where the previous book left off. Captain Geary leads the fleet to a victory that turns into a defeat as billions are killed. This puts him in a mindset that will play out throughout the rest of the book and into the next one as the sub story-line hasn't resolved itself. We do see where the return to the ‘old ways’ is paying off for the fleet. However will then be enough? Will the ‘new’ internal enemy get Geary before he can get them home?
The new internal enemy reminds me of the job we have in IT of needing to balance shutting down the illegal ‘sub’ traffic on all networks and the need to keep it around to monitor it for legal reasons. It’s always a balancing act of not killing it and taking down those responsible and all involved at one time. That is what faces Geary. Can he do it? If it was up to his g/f then the network would be shut down. Buy will Geary do it or do what we do in IT?
John Geary has been using tactics that the Syndic and the Alliance have forgotten after 100 years of warfare. However, like all predators the Syndic is learning how to catch their prey. They hand Captain ‘Black Jack’ Geary his first defeat since taking command of the Alliance fleet. Is this the end of Alliance fleet? Have the Syndic fleet finally won? No, idea because I haven’t finished the series. This book is true to what happens in war when one side is handed an overwhelming defeat. General Patton after being handed a defeat by German forces said that a true commander feels the loss of all their people. However, a true leader must pick himself up and keep going because his people need him. Will John Geary learn this in the next book or this one?
As if Captain John Geary didn't have enough to worry about with his command of the fleet shaky as it was even after he had saved them all. The author through in a curve ball that we had to expect was coming. It was in the form of Captain Falco who Geary liberated from a POW camp. He reminds me of Marine/Army officers I knew and had come from well off families. They were simply there to do their time and then go off to careers in politics or corporate board rooms. Captain Falco has the idea that many today have concerning congress and that is that they can do it better. Can they? Geary has to deal with this very issue and keep his fleet together and despite another victory here in this book will he keep the command living up to 'fearless?' The author sticks true to the military way and to science fiction.
I used to think that the welfare state we have in the United States was a good think. Then I began to take economics classes and read this book. You can't walk into an empty room with nothing in it is at all and sit in a chair. Where did it come from? If the room was empty. That is what this book points out. How can you have something for nothing? People want fame and fortune yet they spend 8 hours a day watching TV. When someone does make it people say it was a gift from God or they got lucky. I will give you the second one. Hard work doesn't guarantee success, however it does improve it's chances by a significant amount. I personally know million dollar earners that couldn't tell you what was on TV, but they can tell you about the people working for them and what their kids are into. They also let their kids fail which were being taught in this country no to allow to happen. How else will they learn?
This is a great book that takes an in-depth look at our mentality as Americans and humans. We can't have a something for nothing culture or attitude because it is hurting us.
If you watched the Hobbit movie and think you know the story think again. The movie is Hollywood pzazz and nothing more. There was very little to tie the Hobbit to the rest of the series except the ring to begin with. I really don't remember the Dwarf's acting like this in any of Tolkien works.
However, we're not here to talk about the movie. This book started the whole 'Middle Earth' saga and wasn't intended in Tolkien's words to be part of the series and completely stand alone. He did however re-write one chapter years after finishing the last three books just to give it some tie in to the series. I won't spoil anything about the book. I will say that you need to read it to understand and appreciate the true brilliance of the work Tolkien did.
I listened to this book years ago and it had an narrator that did it with a think English accent and to me it was better. I've listened to other books narrated by Rob Inglis and he's good. I just like the other person better and this is why I can't give it 5 stars for performance.
Steve Gibson was right again with this series! I got this whole series because of Steve Gibson's recommendation on the 'Security Now' podcast.
The story starts out with no back story and that is true with each book in the series. The story picks up right after a major battle where the 'Alliance' gets its rear handed to it. It comes down to a man 100 years out of touch with time and tactics to save the fleet. This story is a great depiction of what has happened with the military lacks true leadership and discipline. It also is a real depiction of space battles without the 'advance' technologies appearing in most science fiction movies and shows. Humans haven't evolved to the point where they can build 'Hyper' drives for each ship or 'Warp' drives either. The author took a navy fleet and put it in space as if we continued to evolve at our present rate for the next 200 years. I like the story as I've seen it played out in military units when they're allowed to go lax and a real leader shows up to put everything back in place. I began the second book immediately and it doesn't skip anything from the first book at all.
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