Excellent following to the original. Great performance, excellent narrative/narrator. Get it if you liked the first book.
Great story, but the constant reference to Cassete Tapes was very very distracting. I wish the story could have been updated technology wise. I know this was done back in the 70s, but seriously, it would be best if these books are updated with current technology and physics.
Wow, just wow. All I can say is, youwill never see Regis the same way again. What a story. I truly wish the follow up book is already available.
Wow, beginning with Guntelgrym you get the impression RA Salvatore suddenly decided that perhaps the forgotten realms should be opened to more than a few teenage geeks. No offence, but the sanitary nature of his earlier books, although all well written, left most of us adult wandering what sort of passionless world these characters inhabited.
The lack of adult situations and interactions left it feeling entirely to ...antiseptic. Forcefully antiseptic. Now, with these last series of books, it seems as though RAS has discovered that there is room for an adult audience for these books. Drizzt is not just a one directional, unsurprising and rather unchallenging character, but a multi faceted gem being cut into dazzling brilliance by each physical, emotional and even (and I hate this word personally) spiritual conflict. With each of these cuts you see a deeper more mature side of teh already prolifically introspective fighter. In these last series of books You are seeing real growth through conflict in these complex and deeply interwoven interludes of Drizzt , all soo well written and narrated within each of these books, but the growth within seems to truly begin with Guntelgrym.
With the introduction of Dahlia and the death of the companions, you start to see Drizzt truly maturing. With Dahlia as part of the inspiration for most of his ongoing development perhaps a bit later in life than would have been reasonable for some one of such philosophical ruminations as we have come to read in these books. Perhaps its his heritage as one of these eternally aging beings that they are cursed with an equally aged maturity curve. How else can one explain taking 100 years after 20 to come to the realization that black and white is not always so. Maybe it is just Dahlia. Whichever it is, its a great change from fighting without growth.
I applaud RAS for taking the risk of alienating some of the family-friendly-or die purist by writing more realistic stories that are not overly adult (no 50 shades of Durden here - sorry to disappoint) that maintained some of the fantasy and magic that keeps us hungry for more. The return of "Barabas the gray" and its link to the prior stories is also a great plot twist that I thoroughly enjoyed. Enemies become friends and friends become enemies, just great stuff.
If you haven’t read The previous books in the series, please do, and then compare to the series beginning with Guntylgrym and you will see a marked difference. In those later stories, especially in this one our dear Drizzt is doing that which we all want from our most cherished friends or even family. He is growing up.
**On a side note, I wander if fight club’s Tyler Durden is related to Drizzt Durden :)
If you do not know of Drizt, then you are missing something awesome in fantasy fiction. Get this book to get to know Drizzt
Great Conelly book. Micky Mantle hits another home-run, although, it would be nice if he could do so less predictably. Don't get me wrong, the predictability is what keeps me coming back, but every now and then its nice to be surprised.
ZThis is a great book, but you don't help leaving the last page thinking the main character is too far damaged by now to be as effective as he seems to continue to be book after book.
Okay to be fair, the author of this book is one of my favorites military Sci-fi writers, and with the slew of bad military hero worship books out there (Honor Harrington series for example), anyone who is able to put together a decent series like the "Black Jack" series of books deserves to have their other works considered. So with some trepidation and thought hesitation, I cautiously gave this book a try as it is the first in a series of earlier books by the Author.
And ..it shows. The author though does warn the reader that this is an earlier work, done under a pseudonym while he was still in the military. But, despite the warning, I was quite unprepared by the treatment given to the officer ranks in this book. Clearly John G H had an axe to grind with the officers he encountered in the navy during his time in the military, as it comes across clearly in this story.
But...it comes across a bit too vindictively, intentionally or not, I am not entirely sure, but its there. The officers are all one dimensional, self absorbed butt kissing incompetent malcontents whose only purpose is to manipulate a makeshift political process of promotions at the expense of the lives of the enlisted who are all more competent than their superiors.
The book made me quite uncomfortable with its treatment of the officers, being a USMC Veteran with experience on both sides of the command structure. I started as enlisted and ended my career as an Officer. And while I identified with some of the authors bluntly written in concerns about the officer corps, the depiction of the officer in the story was just too unrealistic to allow me to enjoy this story. The depiction of the enlisted in contrast was also even more unrealistic.
As an allegory it just doesn't work. As a cautionary tale, it also doesn't work. Either way I listened through the entire story as I believe there was some valid (if not so salient) points being made about the unchecked allowance of political gamesmanship in the selection of promotions within the ranks. But uncaring, unfeeling selfish egomaniacs that the book literates officers as was too far from reality for me to absorb, which made the book very difficult o take seriously.
I will try the next book, simple because I know this wasn't JGH best and was one of his first works, I predict I will see an evolution in the writing as these books progress. I am not sure if this would be helpful to anyone. Its just my opinion after all.
What can I say, this one is High DJingo all the way. The end however leaves quite a few questions that seem intent on forcing you to buy the next book to get the answers. Problem is, there is no guarantee any of those lingering questions will be answered in the next book. I went ahead and took a a chance anyways.
This is a solid story with some very interesting characters. Bosch solves it again and along with it some other deeply satisfying detective work.
Amazingly well done. Its is not as good as the Thrawn trilogy, but is easily one of the very best stories in the Star Wars series, which on its own is an achievement as majority of the books in the star wars universe are just so far above and beyond better than the competition. Now all I wish they would do is not tease readers with these single releases and go ahead and get the other part of this done already. Almost Christmas and mo follow up??? Common guys. Its not like you don't know how addictive these books are. CAN WE PLEASE GET THE NEXT ONE
What can I say, Grisham rarely disappoints and this book delivers the type of exciting legal court room drama we have come to know and love from JG
Great story, gripping edge of your seat drama, although some of the characters seem rehashed (anyone who has read the testament will see some correlating similarity's). And while this isn't Grisham's best work, it is much better than some of teh recent books I purchased on audible.
if you are a JG fan, get this book. if you are not and not sure, I would recommend some of JG's earlier work first before this one, like the client, or the street lawyer. As a fan, I give two thumbs way up. It realty is a good book.
As an avid lover of military sci fi, I was at first skeptical about any book that was daring enough to name its lead character "Honor". The sort of self promoting lack of creativity was either going to be very good or very bad.
Having enjoyed the "Lost Fleet" series by Jack Campbell, A solid military soap opera series with superior action and characters although a bit heavy on the hero worship.
Based on the strength of that series and my chance engagement with it based on reviews, I took a chance on this series.
How wrong I was. I will get my money back and here is why;
1 - the only good thing in this book is perhaps the few series of action sequences which were perhaps 3-4 in total. The book spends so much time describing faces, features and nonsensically unimportant internal thoughts that did nothing to improve the dialogue other than highlight what the author thought (incorrectly I might add) you would be interested in. I don't need to know the angular features of every characters face when that time could be better spent detailing their motivations, spheres of thought and other thing that let me fill in the blanks and think through the story.
2 - The painfully obvious disdain the author has of liberals and the incredibly stupid inconsistency between the behaviors he attributes to liberal ideas versus the real world reality of those ideas. If you are an "Anne Coulter" worshiping, "military can do no wrong" believing, Hero worshiping conservative, you may (and I say "may" since that is also no guarantee) like this book.
3 - The authors continual insistence of referencing God and religion in various areas of this book in ways that would make any real Sci-fi follower cringe. This author is either a devout religious fanatic or maybe has a very strong religious influence that they cant objectively keep out of science fiction. In truth, if you are super religious, I don't really know how you can write "Science fiction" objectively, and it shows in this book. I suppose, now in retrospect, I probably should have realized this after the first few negative references to liberals that the ol' religious angle wouldn't be too far off.
I wanted to like this book. But the more I listened to the shrill mouse-like voice attributed to the title character, the mind numbing disdain this author has for liberals and the sheer unabashed insertion of religion in what was claimed as a science fiction story, I honestly have no choice but to get my money back.. If I wanted a sermon masquerading as sci fi while spreading barely disguised conservative propaganda, I would go to a church or listen to a televangelist explaining their take on science.
I am sure this author meant well and truthfully meant to write what they believe. in my opinion, mixing religion blatantly in a one sided way with Science fiction is not is more of a bait and switch that diminishes both subjects and leaves a deeply flawed premise for what ends up a deeply flawed story. Hero worship and God worship are not the same thing and this author will do well to remember this on other stories. This book however has left a bad enough impression for me that I am not sure I would give this authors work another try.
If you are considering getting this book, don't waste your credit. Get "The Lost Fleet" instead, or anything in the star wars series.
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