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All three books in the series were well written and fit well together. The author is not scared to let characters well built up and feel like friend to "die". (The JK Rowling affect) The pace is excellent ... from an accidental problems, to the world Parliament, to building a Space Navy nearly from scratch.
Many great plot twists and turns, lightly, and appropriately, foreshadowed at appropriate times. At other times things come as a great surprise.
Well developed main characters that were easy to identify with and some recurring characters that over three books you get to know. If I say much more I will give spoilers. I recommend this series for fans of Sci-Fi that is a little (but only a little) on the Space Opera side but with plenty hard core science fiction.
Dr. Jim Fox
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.
Brown & DeFelice have written another great book. Their stories move easily as characters move on, move out, die, and in this book, even get cancer.
The action is fun and detailed, but not so detailed you have to be a military expert to keep up with it. I listened to this book in two days, staying up way too late one night. I didn't want to go to bed and turn the book off.
The action goes from Iran, to the decision makers in Washington, and back. Filled with daring deeds and includes Delta Forces, the CIA, The Mossad, and of course Dreamland.
Christopher Lane does a great job of voicing the action, so it can be followed easily.
Action packed and very well paced. It is a credit well used!
John Ringo writes the kind of Sci-Fi I like. Battles, political strife, bravery and innovation. But the only adjective used was the F-Word. I understand that such language is used by Marines. But 3 or 4 times a paragraph?
And the story does not stand on it own. Start at the beginning of the series if you want to get the full context and understand the story. Be prepared to listen to to a lot of details to understand the story in a Ringo series. John Ringo has written several masterpieces, and just as many medorcre stories.
My advice - read the review carefully.
The first thing I would like to say is I thought David Drummond did a wonderful job of narration.
Ian Douglas is one of my favorite authors. The Star Carrier series truly stands out and I have pre-ordered the next book in that series.
Star Corps starts out well. Earth as a space faring species with no FTL travel. Very interesting when it is used (Ian Douglas is good at it).
THEN, as the battle begins, we suddenly get a Wiccan religion thrown in. Huh? It is a completely made up religion (Wikipedia " It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and it was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant.")
The battles continue and are well written and narrated. But it seems that every myth known on Earth has it origins in space. While Stargate used that theme a bit, they did not attribute EVERY myth to visitors and even had a rebellion thousands of years before Christ.
According to the epilogue, the rest of the series will be looking at other mysteries and myths by Marine Expeditionary Forces.
I guess I like Sci-Fi that is futuristic, and not based on myths or needs chaplains for 72 different religions including ones more inventive than the myths they seem to explore.
I am not sure I will listen to the rest of the series to see if my thoughts are true. Oh, I have written negative reviews before. They always get thumbs down votes. Not sure why.
I read the first book, and enjoyed it. It stops on a "cliffhanger". So I bought this book. Boy it is slow. A paper book you can skim or skip sections. This was slow for several chapters - so much so I gave up on it. Too bad. Like I said, I really enjoyed the first book.
bad things are coming.
It is the first book in the series. Without the series finished, it can be frustrating to read the book and then have to wait "who knows how long?" for the series to be finished. The characters and the created near-term earth world were well done.
I guess I will have to wait for the next book in the series.
A story about a cadet in a major "starfighter' academy. It is less than 2 hours long, but very enjoyable.
HYPERSCAPE ia a great beginning to a series. I assume the rest of the series is in production and will be available soon.
Lots of action with lots of interaction between people and aliens. I look forward to the rest of the series. I must admit that only one book, which ends kind of abruptly is frustrating. But some things have been written very well.
While the aliens are technologically ahead of humans in many, if not all, ways -- the human has many ideas and some technology ahead of the aliens.This seems to me to be more realistic.
I normally like Ringo's writing, but "Ghost" has a beast that comes out and the book narrates chapters (not just a page or so) to GRAPHIC RAPE. I have never rated a book with only one star -- usually there is something redeeming. But not this time! Skip it. Do not give the author or publisher any money for exploiting RAPE.
Nearly a perfect 5 rating, with two story lines and filled with action. It was hard to follow and seemed like an action book for gun nuts. .45 revolver, 44 magnum, 9 mm tricked up and dozens other guns. If this had been library book, I would have thumbed threw the book toward the end to find the point. 30 some hours I was not going to listen to find the the final piece of the plot.
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