After starting the Jack Ryan series with Dead or Alive I thought I would try starting the series from the beginning, now there is a series view but this is the one that starts Jack Ryan out. He is not a character in this story but at Boston College, or just going to start at BC.
But John Clark begins in this book and he is a strategic character to the entire series, even when you don't get a mention of him he is there and you know it. But this is where it all starts, and this is where I wish I had started the series.
In my humble opinion the series should be started here, Without Remorse then follow along to Patriot Games, then Red Rabbit (one of the two of the series I won't buy because of the price being twice the other books). Hunt for Red October next then Cardinal of the Kremlin and Clear and Present Danger. Sum of all Fears next, though Hollywood added some drama that is not part of the book in the movie and the movie sucks for me now. Debt of Honor next then Executive Orders and Rainbow Six. Coming back to the stretch is Bear and the Dragon then Teeth of the Tiger and Dead or Alive and Locked On.
Without Remorse does give you the start and basics of the Jack Ryan universe and the over arching story is really founded in this book. Great Read and a fair narration, easily worth the time and credits.
Though the author is obviously a civilian and never had any military experience (a Lieutenant in the US Army has two gold bars not silver, a Lt Col has silver oak leaf and a "bird colonel" has silver eagle) the story is a good yarn.
If you overlook the glaring mistakes in the technical details the story is good and keeps the listener interested. If you love Tom Clancey stay away from Griffin as the two do not compare. However, if you have an afternoon and the credits, the story is worth a listen.
For the Author, do some research before beginning a story it could save some embarassment.
Simple things like latitude and LONGITUDE. Rank insignia and Army society could help as well. Also a brief study of the sciences could help with the distance a satellite is from earth.
This is not a "sequel" or even the same world but it is still Mistborn and it is still Brandon Sanderson. The story has some similarities to the original yarn but the twists and turns are definately Brandon Sanderson. Was it worth it? Well if you enjoy reading Sanderson then it was definately worth it. Was it as "good" as the original Mistborn stories? No, but again it is Sanderson.
Now if he would just finish everything he has in the cooker then I will die happy.
Have always been a fan of Brandon Sanderson so I give him a pass for his not finishing his many series, unlike George "Wanna Own A Roll Royce" Martin, I believe he will complete his stories.
I was a bit skeptical about the storyline when I began this series but Harry Turtledove does a pretty credible job with his extrapolation of history, or what he believes history would have been had aliens invaded during WWII.
He has continued this quite well with this addition to the Colonization series and, though it does contain some weakness in the thread, the fabric of his history seems pretty sound and interesting.
The humor is genuine and the science, though it is not totally founded in modern science, does have some credibility.
In all a fairly good series and another good addition. The performance is solid with some weaknesses it is actually a bit better than the story. Overall it is a worthwile purchase.
I loved Final Inversion and many of the other stories in this series but this and Schism are not the best and in many ways, because of the reader, are probably the worst in the series. I am very disappointed in Audible and Catherine Asaro for the reading of these books as they are not to the level of the first books which were offered on this service.
Consistency is the key and there have been too many versions of the pronounciation, inflection and pacing of the reading, let alone the obvious lack of effort from the author.
Stick with the original four or five stories which were offered on Audible and don't waste your money on the last four or six.
Ben Bova, once a well thought out writer, now has become nothing more than a hack using less than substantiated theories to make a tale, no a yawn, rather than he once wrote, science fiction.
Science Fiction is still what he is writing, but it is more fiction than science.
Don't waste your time and money, I wish I hadn't
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