I often judge a book like this by what is written about people I know. By that index, Ricks has done an outstanding job of looking at what got us to where we are with senior leadership in today's military. He is right, we need to find a way to get back to Marshall's approach to managing senior leaders, Generals and SES (senior career civilians). Accountability for your actions should be the rule and we should not be affrais to put someone new in to get the job done. Not every General is a great leader and those that fall short, should be moved to a position more in keeping with their abilities. This is a must read for students of US history and military leadership.
This is a great book and very topical for what is happening in the world today in the world on intelligence and contracting out wars
Lee Child has started to make his plots more complex. He places Reacher in a different environment than we have seen him before. He has to figure out more angles than in the past. And as always, Reacher comes across as a big guy who thinks fast.
Virgil works the problem and shows a different side to his personnality. Tracking the bad guys and trying to keep the shoot frst and sort out the bodies from over achieving. Virgil and Davenport are showing their teeth and guts!!
I was expecting a fast paced Wolfe work and got an art lecture. I now know more about something that I really did not neet to have confirmed...modern art is anything but "art."
The details are rich but it drags from time to time. It would have been better to spend a little less time proving the brutality of war and represive governments.
It is not hard to keep up with all the players and you do know how it is going to end. But the interaction between the characters and ethinc groups keeps your interest up.
The plots are winding together and some fresh characters are needed. Alion has to be getting tired between restoring the paints, trying to get his wife pregnant, and saving the world.
This book has taken a fair amount of facts and woven a tale of what can happen. The micro copters exist. Swarming is being worked. Insect cultures are understood. And all of this technology is coming together with Moore's law. This book should help trigger the debate on how robots are used and under what conditions, they are made autonomus! read this book and get others to read it...this is closer to today than you think.
Davenport continues to expand his story and the side characters keep rolling in. You gotta love Letty....a chip off the old block
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