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Paul

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  • Assault Troopers: Extinction Wars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    The Earth died when aliens rained thermonuclear warheads on her cities and sprayed the surface with a bio-terminator. A deadly poison drifted to every corner of the planet, threatening the last survivors with annihilation. For a soldier like Creed, there is only one way to keep breathing untainted air. He must bury his hatred of the extraterrestrials and join the Jelk Corporation as an assault trooper, leaving the planet for outer space. In return for his and other people's services, the corporation will house the last humans for as long as the assault troopers keep winning.

    Dennis says: "Good Story over all a fair to good book. 3.5*"
    "A good light read"
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    An OK book made much better by the always talented narration of Christian Rummel.
    This oft used plot of humanity, captured or recruited, by villainous aliens to be used as mercenaries is further enforced by holding the balance of mankind hostage to extinction.

    This light read (or listen) is only slightly marred by the over the top, self-aggrandizing, oh so smugly superior alien villains. A writing style that creates antagonists that bring to mind those found in L Ron Hubbard’s Mission Earth series. As part of the plot line some of this fits in but too much tends to detract from the story.

    If you’re looking for a light read or listen this one fills the bill.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (445)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "Yep, this is John Ringo in full stride"
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    Ghost, the first of the Paladin of Shadows series hits the ground running in classic John Ringo’s irreverent, sexist, and internationally politically incorrect style.

    PLEASE NOTE: Part of the publisher's Summary is “A fast-paced, HIGHLY-SEXUAL, military-action thriller” pay attention!

    I’m so glad Jeremy Arthur was chosen as the narrator the characterizations and pacing are spot on.
    If you’ve enjoyed any of John Ringo’s work you will love the entire series.
    If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying John Ringo’s work give Ghost a try, you’ll either love it or hate it.

    The remaining books are a more focused plotline and not a collection of shorts or ideas.I have the series in print and am anxiously awaiting release of the rest of the series. 12/17/13

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The First Casualty: Jump Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Michael McConnahie
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth - a planet they’ve never even seen. Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause of the Unity Party - and its ambitious new president. These four soldiers on opposing sides of the battle are about to discover the true nature of this terrible war: a quest for profit - from the high command of both sides. What they will risk is nothing less than their lives. For although truth may be the first casualty of war, it’s not going to be the last….

    john says: "It took me 2 times to start this book"
    "Disappointed"
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    Any additional comments?

    1. Numerous POV shifts between plots sides.
    2. Lots of fast paced action.
    3. Little to no vocal distinction between characters.
    The first two, great, but combined with the third and you turn what was a good story into a cumbersome, difficult to follow, disappointing, listen
    I felt strongly enough about this disappointment to Mike Shepherd’s “Society of Humanity” series that after 574 results in my library (many of which are multiple section titles though) I was forced to write this, my 1st review.
    I truly hope either a new narrator is used or Michael McConnahie can do something with character differentiation for the remainder of the Society of Humanity series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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