In the alternate universe in which this book takes place, the President is reasonable and wise. That said, he has been sucked into a worsening "war on terror" like the hapless incompetent who leads the free world in our universe. Cabinet meetings are an example of wishful thinking with reasoned discussion of alternate points of view and thoughtful decision making. Other than that, the action is plausible and the plot moves on with an enjoyable excitment. All you have to do is forget about the situation in which we find ourselves struggling to enjoy this thriller.
This book presents a story of the invasion of the Earth by an interstellar empire whose species is evolved from dog or wolf-like pack-oriented ancestors. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Of course, the aliens are mean and grasping, and the human resistance is noble and clever. The ultimate game changer is a surprise, but a surprise that I found satisfying. Some (most, actually) reviews suggest that the reader should be disappointed with how Weber resolves the story. Come on, what is wrong with the ending? The entire story is as unlikely as most space/invasion opera, so what is wrong with a novel resolution that dips into western folklore? The battle scenes are engrossing and the touches of sentimentality mostly work. I think it is a fine book to which one can listen while walking or hiking with your favorite hound, or while trimming bushes and weeding, or any of the other tasks that fill long summer weekends and evenings. Recommended.
I had high hopes for this book, but I was greatly disappointed. The author adopts a gimmick based on an extended metaphor of "essentialism" that forces the subject manner into a convoluted discussion that distorts the science of developmental psychology.
This book begins an as yet unfinished future history, in which all energy based technology fails and remains unoperable beyond simple combustion and very poor steam power. The world is reduced to a level about like that of the early middle ages. People die off in huge numbers as food storage and food stocks are depleated. The story folllows several bamds of peopel who successfully adapt to this new world by looking back to various historical and even mythical ways of life. The SCA provides a model for some, and there is much chivalry, sword play, and raw survival. I won't write reviews of subsequent volumes, allthough I have rated all with five stars. I am anxiously awaiting the next titles! Highly recommended.
This book is a tedious continuation of the story in Off Armageddon Reef. I can't tell if it is the story or the reader. The narrator speaks in a singsong more appropriate for a book aimed at young children. His accents are inconsistent and mostly narrow. His pauses are often too long. After enjoying the first book in this series, this one is a deep disappointment.
I enjoyed this book. It is a steady paced story. The main character, familiar to me from a previous book by the same author, is a former CIA agent, a computer expert, and a former Catholic monk who has been hired to investigate a problem at a high energy physics project. Evangelical pastors, politicians, and reservation Navajos complicate the problems of scientists who encounter a strange being who might be God when they fire up their super high energy accelerator in order to investigate the beginnings of the universe. The narrator is adequate, except for the voice he uses for the scientist-leader of the project. Fans of this author won't be disappointed.
This book was a genuinely wild ride. The action was fast paced and constant, but the main characters were interesting and appealing. The reason the book seemed cinematic was that the author had been a reasonably successful screenwriter for 10 years as of last summer. This is his first successful novel. I hope he produces more books involving the same characters, as he suggested he might in an interview appended to the end of this recorded edition. Strongly recommended for people who enjoy action thrillers about the near future and possible security threats to the United States.
This book is a superb thriller. The story gets confusing with abrupt shifts of focus on various characters, but the action more than makes up for it. This is a novel of the future in about a century from now, when the fruits and price of the present genetic revolution have led to the technologies that form the basis of the book's characterization and plot. You can't stop listening. Well worth listening to more than once. The narrator does a fine job of conveying all the different personalities who are in conflict.
This is a riviting novel, a detective story set in the future a few centuries from now. It has the best qualities of both genres. Don't miss it! I added the authors othertwo titles immediately to my wish list when I finished this one.
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