This is a Sci-Fi novel about a mercenary. He is employed by an advanced civilization that dislikes violence, but understands the necessity of force to maintain peace. The book contains two story lines. One follows the mercenary’s current life and the other his memories from the past. Begging the question, are humans are one part now and one part past?
I read this book when it was first published and was blown away by the civilization’s technology and the physical enhancements that people added to their bodies to improve quality of life. No surprise, many enhancements are designed for pleasure. Mine would be eating all my favorite foods without getting fat.
I particularly enjoy that machines (think cell phones, androids, toasters, etc) are sentient and enjoy interacting with humans much as I enjoy hanging out with a dog. What is that idiot going to do next? Let’s throw a ball and watch the dog chase it
A teacher used to tell us that “it’s fun until someone gets hurt”.
This time, Atticus O’Sullivan the intrepid Druid, delivers on his promise to help friends get revenge on an old enemy. He is warned that keeping his word will lead to unimagined suffering and possibly his early demise. Does he listen, of course not.
"Hammered" appears to be setting the storyline for the rest of the series. The book is less about Atticus and his close friends in Tempe, Arizona than the prior two books; thus less interesting.
It’s 200 years in the future and an alien race wants to exterminate all humans. If the Earth-based military forces do not defeat the enemy, all will be lost. In an effort to disrupt the alien’s capability to wage war, a space ship is sent on a dangerous mission to destroy supply lines. But, instead of selecting one of their best, the military has chosen a ship deemed unimportant and, if lost, of little consequence.
Like so many military sci-fi books, humans have angered another race and must battle a foe that has superior forces and technology. Unlike other books, this one is focused on shipboard life and the challenges faced by a crew at war. Reminded me of the movie “Master and Commander – the Far Side of the World” staring Russell Crowe.
This book was published four years ago, and while listening to Quantum Thief, I often felt 4 years old. I know that something important is being said, but I am not always able to understand the meaning. I was transfixed by the technology described in the book. To reduce the time it takes to communicate, characters often convey information by sending others a memory or thought. While not unique to this book, “time” is a form of currency and there is a pathetic scene where beggars plead for a few minutes of time to extend their life. The space craft used by the main characters is sentient and enjoys flirting with male passengers. But what did it all mean? Like a four year old, I do not have a clue. So, I clap my hands and squeal at the parts that I enjoyed.
If you find yourself about to be bitten by a vampire, you will want Jane Yellowrock’s help. She has vampire experience, carries an arsenal of anti - vampire weapons and fights as if possessed by a beast. A very entertaining listen, and based on the number of reviews, very popular.
Imagine a world where your worst nightmares are true. There really are zombies, werewolves, vampires and other nasty creatures that stalk us when we are alone in the dark, and the government’s official stance is that it’s all nonsense. Unofficially, the government has assigned a special task force to hide all evidence (bodies). Who you gonna to call?
Fortunately, there is a company that kills monsters for profit. This is their story and it is packed with action, witty one liners, and a stay up past your bedtime plot. I do not like to think of myself as food, so I am glad this is fiction. Highly recommended fiction.
Got this book to hear the story of a hard fighting, hard drinking space mercenary. I was expecting the hero to be a tough talking woman who takes down aliens with her big guns. But “Fortune’s Pawn” is also the story of girl meets guy, girl gets guy, girl worries about losing guy. I do not care about the problems of dating in space.
Decided to listen to “Furies” because Jim Butcher is the author and I like his “Dresden Files” books. At first, I thought I had wasted a perfectly good credit. The beginning was typical of other fantasy books, and there were too many characters to keep in my simple brain. Later, the plot was revealed and I could finally understand everyone’s role.
I particularly enjoyed the fighting scenes where the main characters splash around their powers and the evil baddies seem too tough and resourceful to lose. However, there were too many scenes when all seemed lost, but then a miracle occurs to rescue our heroes.
Overall, the book was entertaining. This is book one of six, but I am undecided if I will continue the series. (There are “Dresden Files” books I have not heard.)
About 100 – 150 years from now, humans have settled the solar system. The book follows the lives of two men who would normally never meet. One works on a space ship that hauls ice and the other is a detective at a space port. But, when something bad happens, the two must depend on each other to survive. Idealist and Pragmatist do not mix well.
The book captivated me and I missed some sleep. Caution: Includes action, space travel, crime thriller and mystery.
I can be easily tempted to listen to Sci-Fi which includes AI’s (artificial intelligence), exotic worlds populated by creatures that hunt and eat humans, and life or death battles using futuristic weapons. All included in “The Skinner”.
Echoing some reviews, I found the book hard to follow. Maybe, it was the editing which failed to provide clues that the scene had changed. Maybe, Neal Asher (author) included so many characters and subplots that I became confused. Or maybe, this is a book best read vs. heard. Whatever the reason, I frequently found myself re-listening to sections of the book.
A crew, composed of Earth’s best of the best, is launched into space on a mission of discovery beyond the Solar System. The crew quickly discovers that they have landed in the middle of an intergalactic war and must fight or run back home. Of course they decide to stay and battle the ugly aliens. The book is fast paced and the threat of danger permeates from beginning to end. Very enjoyable adventure.
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