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Scalzi and Wheaton did "Fuzzy Nation" together which is absolutely marvelous. Scalzi writes in a fast pace mode and Wheaton pulls if off. BTW, if you think of Wil Wheaton only from his Star Trek, TNG days, you will find the "man" terrific to listen to!
Anyone who knows anything about original Star Trek, they know that the unknown person who beams down with the away team will die -- hence the title.
The story is amazing, fast paced, and wonderfully philosophical. It is rare that a great sci-fi novel has words from a Catholic priest in the last few minutes.
The book is about the part of the crew of the Star Ship "Intrepid", and of course several centuries in the future. From there it gets "complicated" (a running joke through the book).
From Space Ships and a Star Trek like academy to a roller coaster starting its uphill climb. The 3 Codas at the end are like the end of the roller coaster ride -- smooth and even to bring you back to normality -- but it does not quite succeed. That is what makes a great roller coaster ride.
It is a bit expensive for 8 hrs, but not money wasted. In fact, you might want to listen to "Fuzzy Nation" first to get used to the Scalzi/Wheaton combo.
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I read a story in Jr. High about a two dimensional world. This was a great story built around a two dimensional world This book has 2D charcaters with 3D controllers. Did you ever imagine that you could draw a tank, and cause it to move on the "floor" and act as a 2D tank? This is somewhat similar.
Ownly certain people who have the gift can make the drawing "live", and they are the Rithmtists. It is a fun read. Rated highly at Amazon and Good Reads also. Brandon Sanderson promised a sequel soon. That should be interesting.
I highly recommend a credit on this book. You will not be disappointed.
I loved the book. It was different than many Sci-Fi books with a great depth of character(s). I really enjoyed book immensely to the point I listened to it twice. The story is good, but really the characters moved it along. If you are a Sci-Fi Fan or even just a Drama fan, this book is definitely worth a credit.
If you like Sci-Fi military dramas, this will not disappoint! I complained the first book would not stand alone. This book does a much better job. But at the end it leaves lots of questions. Some books do that to leave things in suspense. It could also be an opening for a third book to form a trilogy, although that seems unlikely (but if it happens, I would buy it).
It seems like this series is a hidden gem for sci-fi battle buffs. But if you like that style like I do, this is a fun little series.
If you love Military Science Fiction, you will love this book. It is 10 hours of a battle as told by a war correspondent. One ship, and one patrol, with one battle. It is tense, exiting, and exhausting.
There is only one thing I would change to transform this book from "great" and absolutely a fun read, to an "award winning" book. But it would be a spoiler, so I will let you read it and guess what I am thinking.
This read like the Battle of Midway or the Battle of Britain from WWII. Back and forth, trying new things, sneaking up on the enemy, being surprised, inflicting damage and taking damage.
When I found out it was a book about one battle, I was not sure about it myself, but Audible's fantastic return policy encouraged me to use a credit. I am very glad I did!
But not this time. It is an interesting idea. It was hard to follow and must be setting something up in future books. But until those books emerge, this as a stand-alone book was a bit boring.
I love Military Sci-Fi. So called "space drama" (good stories set in Science Fiction -- "Stars Wars" might be considered space drama) can be very good, or just bad stories set in different scenery.
This book was terrific. Not only was it set in a Sci-Fi setting, but Mike Lee used the genre to help build many intriguing aspects into the story. For example, a plasma weapons does not sound like a gun. He describes what it sounds like (of course this comes from his imagination and plays in yours).
And like all good stories, it has a good twist or two (without copious amounts of foreshadowing thus spoiling the twist). It was technical when it needed to be, but just told the story without "magic" Sci-Fi to make the story move ahead or to get out of a plot trap.
Well done! Mr. Lee says he may write more and has some others in print like:
"Fey. (Vince Lombard Book 2)". We will see if they get recorded.
Well worth a credit!
Lots of reviews. But there is one thing I must add! I thought the narration was fantastic. I dozed off for awhile and woke up and I knew what character was speaking. The narration was very subtle, but very consistent.
It was well done.
BTW -- I never read the previous reviews before I write mine. I do not want to be influenced by others -- it is my OWN opinion.
I loved the story, but what it is is a book-long "setup". Unlike some books written in volumes, this story does not stand well by itself. By the time Book 2 arrives I may have to listen to this book again to regain the storyline in my head. Unlike J.K. Rowling or Jack Campbell, in which each book was a story in itself, "Empires at War" does not stand alone well.
It is a great book and will probably be a great series. If you read it now, you will have to wait for Book 2. That to me is frustrating.
This is a heart-touching story that will make you feel and think deeply. You will get a great insight into how a starving country will allow adults and kids die by the thousands, and yet to keep the world from focusing on that will militarily attack disputed islands and do other things just short of war to keep things confused.
It shows the depth of evil in a communist dictatorship. Often, I am asked why I back a large western military. The answer to me is simple. Evil lives on. Everyone should read this book (or listen to it via Audible) to obtain a clearer understanding of what can happen in a totally corrupt nation -- even to the "privileged".
This is a book a thinking person will be very glad they took the time to read.
Ark Royal was a very good Sci-Fi book, leaning much toward and military view. I liked it, as this is the kind of book I look forward to the most. Hence my love of the Character Jack Cambell (if you have read that series -- see http://www.audible.com/series/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_1srSrs_sa?asin=B006K1SAZA).
But, it is the first book of many (probably a trilogy) which means I will have to wait for the rest of the series to be written. By the time they are finished, I will probably have to listen to this book again to remember the whole story and the nuances.
To me, this is frustrating. It is like reading the first third of a book you really like and not finishing the book for several years. Avid readers would never do this. Now to write a GOOD trilogy, each book should stand on its own. Unfortunately, this book does not and really leaves things hanging.
Although liking it, I might advise readers to wait for the whole series to be finished. It would be much less aggravating.
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