Okay nothing against the writer as I am sure some found this a gripping read, but for someone spoiled by authors ranging from Tolkien, RR Martin, Salvatore, Grisham and many other, this book just did nothing for me, and the narrator couldn't be more boring if he tried. several hours in and it seemed so pointless and uninteresting I stopped and came back to audible to read through the reviews that encouraged me to get this book to be sure I had not looked at the wrong thing. I endured "the magicians" despite its childlike story because the narration was at least a bit engaged, but this was plainly (if not painfully) prosaic. The character development was slow and clumsy, and the story was just...slow.
If someone figures out what the point of this story, and its character are please post it here. I for one know I wont be.
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.
I am normally a big Sci-Fi fan but occasionally will read Fantasy fiction (why people choose to lump the two together is always a mystery to me, but that’s besides the point for now)
So reading these series and finding the writing style, plots, sub-plots, and humor so well done has been truly a satisfying discovery. This is simply another excellent book in the series. I have read the Dresden Files and despite the hum-drum of the last reviewer, I find that these books are equally (if not more) entertaining. While Dresden has a slightly more serious air to its tone, This series delivers far better humor, and for me in the end, that truly is what I find more appealing. Oberon is definitely the key to the humor in these series so if you haven’t heard these listen to the first in the series and you will find yourself hooked.
Kevin (the author) also appears to be as prolific a reader as he is a writer as he incorporates so many other works of literature in his books. I Cant wait to read the next one in the series and hope that soon someone realizes the gold in this and makes a movie out of them.
If you havent read it, start from the first book in the series. You will not be disappointed.
What a great story. I can't wait to see what comes up next in the series. Great read and ride through and through.
Excellent following to the original. Great performance, excellent narrative/narrator. Get it if you liked the first book.
I cant say it enough, what a great story. I am glad I got this book. You cant help but feel for the Key Spartans on this story, especially at the end. I found myself beaming with pride at the sacrifice of the key characters and the great choice I made in purchasing this book.
everything from the narrator, who is always good at narrating, to the incredibly detailed military sci-fi story is captivating. The attention to details given to the science makes it more believable than most fiction. if you liked any of the "Black Jack Geary" story's you will love this book. The key character just seem to have such similar personalities.
Great book. highly recommended, even if you don't play the game.
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