I wish I had my $4.95 back. I should have read the reviews, and I should have known better. A romance author doesn't make the best military fiction author.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review which is the only reason I am reviewing this book. I really don't like getting free books anymore, because I don't like to leave a negative review. I liked the dog. That's all I can honestly say, positively. I've listened to and read numerous sci fi and military sci fi novels, so I'm an enthusiastic listener/reader of the genre.
I did not like the main character's interactions with other people, especially women. I did not like the character of Maria. I felt she was a stereotypical crying, overemotional, unable to cope woman. If you're going to take the trouble to put a woman into the plot, please make her worth reading. If the author is putting a woman in just a have a female character, please stop. I am much more likely to buy into the plot if you give me a flimsy excuse for having no female characters. Honestly, Jack has a WW II era firearm, and the "only reason the aliens were still alive is that they saw (whatever it was) in his eyes?" They can cloak their ship from anyone seeing it, but they don't have superior weapons or the ability to protect themselves? Puh lease!
Why did we have the CIA involved in this story? Why was the aircraft carrier involved? I expected the co-pilot to say, "Holy aliens, Batman" at some point.
In addition, the narrator made me feel like the entire book was an infomercial. I kept finding reasons to not listen to my audiobook during this one. That's not normal for me. That's it. I'm done. No more free books in exchange for a review for me.
The beginning of this book hooked me. Then, and I know I'm in the minority here, it lost me. I found myself wishing that the characters would stop talking so much and get on with the story. There were several story lines, and I had trouble keeping up with each one in audio. For me, the most difficult part of this audiobook was the narrator's female voices. I found them irritating and old. I did receive this book in exchange for a review. I really wanted to like it much better than I did.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Vintage Terry Pratchett. Yes, I realize these are children's stories, but they were still fun. Narrator was an excellent fit as well.
Since I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review I really wanted to like it 5 stars worth. Science fiction and meeting new aliens are some of my favorite things in audiobooks, so I liked that about this book. The aliens, in particular, were well described.
I know I'm in the minority here, but the narrator's human female voices were annoying. They all seemed to be the same irritating, old voice. The male voices were well done. I finally finished in my Kindle, and I enjoyed the story more after that.
There seemed to be two separate story lines in this book. I still have no idea why they were together. Unless I seriously missed something, the plot lines never intersected. I kept waiting for them to, but they didn't.
I thought the ending was strange. I haven't decided if I'm going to pick up the next in the series or not. I will admit to being curious, but I'm not sure yet.
As usual with John Ringo, a rollicking good time. Narration was good. It's bloody but its military sci fi! Keep 'em coming.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The action sequences were exciting. The beginning grabbed me, and I couldn't wait to get back to it. Narration was well done. I was not happy with the development of the main female character, but I could live with it. If you like space battles, and the "what if" scenario, I highly recommend this one.
I struggled with the beginning because it was difficult to decide who the hero/heroine was in the book. I started out thinking it was one character. Then, maybe a different one. Or was it the third one we're introduced to? The main characters were very flawed. I didn't find myself really rooting for any of them. I had convinced myself that I wasn't going to read anything else in the series. Then, the ending was so intriguing that I found myself thinking, "Maybe....."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the first few minutes I was drawn into ancient Babylonia with Jack Siglar. The story was action packed. Although I'm tempted to go back and read the series that leads up to this one it wasn't necessary for enjoyment of this book. Looking forward to the next one.
Another reviewer mentioned this was like a comic book. I think that's exactly right. I was expecting more story and less comic qualities. I was probably not the target audience for this book. I think someone who enjoys superhero comic books would enjoy this story. The narrator did a good job bringing the characters to life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the characters. I find myself wondering what Hadrian and Royce are up to now. The narration was terrific. My one complaint is that on occasion I really wished the description would wrap up and get back to the action.
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