I picked this up on a recommendation of Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte from Security Now.
It reminds me of a "superhero" film or story, where the first part of the story is the "gathering of the heroes" for the coming crisis. This portion of the story was a bit slow, and he almost lost me.
But when the assembled team ventures out into the galaxy to investigate stories they've been told of the "Broa Overlords", the story really takes off. There is a sense of mystery as the team seeks to answer some critical questions, and the tension builds. In a paperback, I often cheat and look ahead for spoilers, but with an audiobook, there's no good way to do that. But this book created suspense for me that really made me want to cheat.
The narrator is fantastic, and is able to suggest numerous characters with his voice. Overall a great read, and I'm plowing into part 2!
Gibraltar Sun spends the first 3 chapters recapping the events of Gibraltar Earth. This is great for readers joining the series at book 2, but a bit tedious for those of us who read the first book. And the author includes just enough new information so that you can't skip these chapters.
The story takes some time to build. There are 3 "institutes" vying to sell their solutions to the Broa Problem, and the detailed political intrigue is interesting, but I was chomping at the bit to get to the action!
When we return to "Brinks Base", humanity's Forward Operating Base in Broa Space, things really pick up. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say the climax is a nailbiter. McCollum did a great job of building to a tense situation! Will humanity be discovered, and the plans fail? Will they get away with their prize, so they can fight another day? Well done!
The narrator is great, I hope to listen to other performances by him.
I'm heading into Gibraltar Stars immediately!
I've listened to this book several times. Since it chronicles the same events as Band of Brothers, it had potential to be tedious, but it is not. It amplifies and clarifies Ambrose's book. It helps you "get into the head" of MAJ Winters.
It is well written and performed. I'm retired Army myself, but I was a "fobbit" -- I rarely had to do anything dangerous. These guys lived with danger, did their jobs and saved the world. I am glad there is a record of their deeds.
This listen is "middle of the pack" for me. The performance was amazing, but I found the political maneuvering a bit tedious by the end of the book
I enjoyed the early interaction between Mannie, the main character, and the self aware computer. I remember as an adolescent reader being turned off when Mike, the computer, also had feminine characteristics. (girls, ugh!). As an adult, those interactions become very amusing.
The books ending was a bit unexpected for me. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it left me in a reflective mood.
The performance was amazing. The narrator is able to use a variety of accents, doing feminine characters, and a computer. I really enjoyed the book.
I didn't have the print edition.
Wasdin recognized his strengths and weaknesses. I enjoyed how he brought his abusive childhood full circle -- how it made him a better Seal, and how he reconciled with his dad.
The narrator made me feel like he was in the author's head! Great job.
I am retired military, but never had the level of training, risk or responsibility that these SEALS have. This book gave me a tremendous respect for these guys.
Many reviewers seem to think that the book quality declines after Wasdin describes the battle of Mogadishu, but I really enjoyed hearing his struggles and eventual success in reintegrating into the real world. He shares elements of his faith that helped him survive coming home. It was nice to hear the end of the story, and I'm glad things turned out well for him.
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