As an amature Ptolemaic archaelogist, I'm a sucker for this kind of book. Along with the Holy
Grail and Ark of the Covenant, Alexander's tomb is one the great lost treasures of the past. The Alexander Cipher although lightweight, is fast paced, well-written and from an historical and archealogical standpoint is pretty much dead on. The author knows ancient and modern Egypt as well, and he uses his knowledge of the country to serve up some unexpected twists. It's a fun way to fill up twelve hours or so, and you pick up some interesting information as well.
The Last Ship was totally unexpected. When I finally got through all 29 hours I felt it was time well spent, although again, it left me with mixed feelings.
Books like this are simply not written any more. It had the feel of post-apocalyptic novels like On the Beach or Earth Abides. However it was written in an almost 19th century style. Think Melville or even Poe. Very formal and philosophical.
Pick up Moby Dick again.
As I said before, the author was extremely erudite. In other words he would not use a fifty-cent word if a two dollar word was available. This book would be a treasure-trove for scrabble fans. Because it was written in the late 80's it is a bit anachronistic technology-wise. The author also allowed some glaring errors in order to heighten the plot.
Doubtful but perhaps
This book was clearly a freshman attempt. It had some good story and plot points, but he really needs to refine his craft.
It didn't sound like the narrator had much experience. He talked too fast, slurred words and mispronounced words because he hurried. He also needs work on his character voices and accents.
In the top 20%
There were several
I'm used to McClaren. Changing narrators now would be jarring.
Would've liked to, but it takes a couple of days
I really don't understand all these negative reviews. Like David Weber, Stirling writes in great detail and many layers. If one allows oneself to become invested in the narrative, these books are very compelling. I will be listening to the entire series many times in the future.
His ability create a very believable future world. It's very obvious the author was heavily influenced by Heinlein's later work (heavy in the confused sexuality dept.) mixed with a lot of Scalzi. If you don't mind some very explicit and at times confused sex and violence, you will probably enjoy this very much.
I'll be waiting for his next book
No. I loved Neville Schute's "On the Beach" and "Earth Abides", but this was less a post-apocalyptic survival story than a tortuous winding path through a very damaged woman's psyche. The author seemed to be using her struggle to survive her present situation as an allegory explaining her past miseries. Unfortunately, the protagonist is totally unlikeable. Shallow, manipulative, completely reactive, and not very bright. certainly not the kind of woman I'd want to be stuck on a desert island with. Oh, did I mention every other character in the book is about as shallow as a piece of tinfoil? If you're curious, or desperate feel free to take a look, You can always return it and find something worth while.
She did the best she could with what she was given.
Where to start? Sophomoric writing, no historical accuracy about the era, historical figures, or situations.
lack of any structural consistency in his plot or technology involved. Supposed to be set in the early 1900's yet the book begins with a sea-battle between a Ship of the Line and a Constitution class frigate. It gets worse from there.
I think he did the best he could with the material.
All of them.
Yeah. I know Steampunk has its own rules, but this book felt like it was written from a ninth-grader's study hall day-dream. Thank God for Audible's return policy.
I bought this book because it was cheap so I wasn't expecting much. It's kind of a cross between Independence Day and the Stand without the mysticism of the latter. Once you get past the kind of graphic descriptions of the plague victims there are no huge situational suspensions of disbelief...at least no more than one of the Die Hard films. But anyway don't spend a credit on it, just buy it. It's a good day read and a bargain for the money.
TGS was probably the most satisfying of this series since The Sunrise Lands, probably even more so. I've enjoyed all of these books but at times parts of them-sometimes large parts-seemed to be more place-holding than moving the story along. At other times the whole thing seemed rushed, like the author was up against a deadline. S.M. Stirling is a very compelling writer however, and he has never been boring. I'm pretty sure anyone buying this book has read the entire series. If not, do so before you read this one. These are not stand alone books and I would imagine the frustration quotient from trying to figure out who is who and keep up with the storyline would be huge. Also, knowing virtually the entire life stories of the characters make them like old and comfortable friends. That being said, TGS wraps up this part of the saga very well, with enough plot twists to keep the reader entertained and anticipating more. Stirling is evidently writing a trilogy within a trilogy: Dies The Fire and its two sequels, The Sunrise Lands through this one, then at least two more, covering three generations. I can't wait till next September.
I don't know if the anonymous one star reviewer listened to the same book I did, but I thought it was great. Certainly not of earth-shattering importance, but a vastly entertaining ride throught the early days of Science Fiction and World War II. All of the early pulp greats are there: Campbell, Gernsback, Dent, Gibson, as well as the next generation of writers that made SF the genre it is today. Heinlein, Asimov, deCamp and yes, even pre-dianetics L Ron Hubbard all working to solve a mystery involving a lost secret of Nicola Tesla with possible war-winning ramifications. Writing in an old pulp serial cliffhanger style, the author threw everything into this book, even the kitchen sink. On the way he solves the Philidelphia experiment, find New York's lost Catalin Vault and even runs into the mythical Junkers 390 Amerika bomber, all in a wildly improbable story interwoven with a plethora of carefully researched facts. He even included cameo's of a teen-aged Ray Bradbury, Forrest J Ackermann and many others. The author may offend some by treating Hubbard more sympathetically than he may deserve, but still in all, it is a really fun listen and well worth the credit. In fact, as soon as I submit this review I'm going to listen to it again If you're unsure, check out it's extremely high rating on Amazon. You won't be sorry
Without doubt space opera in the grandest tradition of the genre. Michael Cobley has created layered, textual imagery that is vastly entertaining and I am eagery awaiting the next installment which audible will hopefully make available soon. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the reader used some very annoying accents and voices that detracted from the story, including one that sounded so much like Alec Guinness in Star Wars I kept waiting for him to tell one of the other characters to "Feel the Force". In addition, some of the Scot's brogue he used was so thick I had to rewind it to make out what was said. Minor annoyances aside though, it was a huge fun and well worth the credit
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