I had never heard of this book, but saw a review scrolling down the right side of the screen and quickly clicked on it. It sounded like an interesting story, so I ordered it. Boy, am I glad I did. A wonderfully researched book that gives fantastic insight into the two different points of view of pilots in WWII. The story was well crafted and the narrator was well matched to the story.
I won't go on, but this was one of the most pleasant books I've had the pleasure to listen to in some time.
I remembered hearing about “hold out” Japanese soldiers in my youth, so I knew I had to read this once I saw it. I’m glad I did.
The story is simply amazing. Such single minded purpose and dedication is frightening and gives good insight into the culture that existed in the Japan of that era. Also amazing is the psychological aspect of the story. Mans ability for self delusion and paranoia are brought to the forefront in this story.
One aspect which disappointed was that the author glossed over or failed to mention the numerous islanders he and his band killed over the 40+ years “at war”. Obviously they were in a war mindset, but the fact that these killings are omitted for the most part indicate to me a knowledge and decided effort to avoid the dark side of this amazing story.
The narrator was very well matched, and made the story feel as if the author himself was telling it.
This book is a must for anyone interested in a unique event of the past century, or for anyone wondering what someone must be thinking when they are able to maintain a bloody minded focus for 40 or more years in the jungle.
The story line for this 3rd novel isn’t quite up to par with the previous two, but is still good. Simon Scarrow’s narration continues to greatly add to the audio version, and I certainly hope they don’t change narrators for follow on books.
If you haven’t been introduced to this series, I might want to start with the first book. If you’ve finished books one and two, and are considering the third book, I recommend you do so.
This really is an entertaining series. Not exactly haute literature, but the writing is solid and the stories draw you in. As always, Simon Scarrow is perfectly matched to this series.
Give this one a try if you’re into this genre. You won’t be disappointed.
Don't let the age of this work put you off. You owe it to yourself to experience this masterpiece. I, like many, had passed this over as "dated", and indeed many works of this era are so. Not this one. It flows quite nicely, and the writing is of a caliber seldom seen today.
The narrator was matched perfectly to this book and greatly enhanced the experience.
I really can't say enough good about this audio book. Get it. You won't regret it.
As the title for my review states, this was my first foray into "alternative history", and I couldn't have picked a better novel to start with.
Having just finished North and South last year, this was great way of thinking about the "what if" of the civil war. Turtledove does a great job of putting together a plausible story to support his cast of historical characters. At first it seemed a bit odd, as the story goes against everything I know about the characters and history of this period, but after a few chapters giving the background of how the alternative events came to be, the story started to flow and I accepted the story as it unfolded.
From what I understand, there are some follow on books to this one, but this novel stands on it's own without a "cliff-hanger" style ending. I'll likely give them a read, although I believe the story picks up a decade or so later, so the period will change somewhat.
Give this book a read if you're interested in the Civil War period, interesting historical figures, and if you have an accepting and good sense of imagination.
This is a must read for those wanting to know what the private experienced during WWI. Of course, having been written during the war itself, it is somewhat sanitized by the sensibilities of that era. You won't find the horrific descriptions that novels of the Vietnam War era have. That being said, knowing this, one can imagine the true difficulties and horrors being described.
Others have classified this story as a propaganda piece. I would argue otherwise. Obviously, the author has a very defined sense of right, wrong, and duty. I don't think the author's goal was to recruit others to the cause, but his intent was to simply tell his story, and this he does well. The only areas I would consider propaganda are in the small vignettes within the main story, but I get the feeling the author was just relating some of the stories he had heard in the trenches.
The real value in this story lies in the telling of the day to day life of the front line soldier. Details of assisting the cooks and scouring the pots with mud, how leave was announced and executed, the unit play, etc. These glimpses into life in the trenches are a goldmine.
A short work, it won't take up much of your time. This novel is a must read for anyone with relatives, now passed away, who fought in WWI, and for those even remotely interested in that period. Don't let the fact that the story is 100 years old dissuade you, as it' is a fresh and pertinent today as ever.
This was a rock solid book about company of Aussies and their faithful companion. While the story about the dog is key, the book could also stand on it's own as a story about the lives of the ordinary Commonwealth soldier during WWII.
Anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of the history concerning ordinary soldiers during this historic period should consider this work. Of course, if you're after a good dog story it has that too.
This was my third read of a Jack Reacher novel, even though this is the 7th book in the series. It does well as a stand alone novel, and the sequencing of the stories is immaterial.
This audio book was an excellent package deal. The story and narrator were a good match.
As for the Jack Reacher character, well let's just say he is the anti-bond. Bond is slick and suave, and Reacher is rough around the edges. Bond is a socialite, and Reacher a loner.
Both characters share many similarities, as does the story and writing styles. These books can be a bit formulaic, as are many series, but that is really a minor detraction.
Pick this up if you are looking for a well crafted bit of entertainment.
As with all of Abercrombie's works, Best Served Cold is a very dark story. I think that's what makes them such a compelling read. The "hero's" to use the term loosely, are really quite despicable, but for some reason you find yourself identifying with certain characters.
I think that really is the Abercrombie trade mark. Characters with major flaws, often more than one, that perhaps reflect reality much more than people are comfortable with.
I would recommend you consider the "Blade Itself" series and "The Heroes" before this book, but it could be listened to as a stand alone work. I think, however, it would lose something without that background knowledge.
Don't get me wrong, the underlying message and premise of this story was solid. Unfortunately, the author repeatedly slapped his audience in the head with his messages. Nothing subtle here, and it did the story a disservice.
The book did entertain me, but it could have been much more nuanced. The narrator was pretty good, but was a bit deadpan when not doing voices.
So, if you're interested in seeing what one author thinks of what military / civilian/ governmental relationships will look like in the distant future, give this one a listen, but don't expect too much.
Of note, the author does indicate this is his first novel, so you must take that into consideration. I'm assuming his writing style has matured since then.
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