One of my favorite genres is military scifi and I am constantly looking for stuff I haven't read before. I came across this story and I liked the plot summary that was described, and never having read the author before, I read the reviews, and seeing most were positive I got the book. How disappointed I was in this story. The action mainly consists of a lot of yelling, a lot of shooting or stabbing, and very little realistic descriptions of the battles. The main character is boorish, always angry and has no leadership skills what-so-ever other than to constantly yell ATTACK. He shows no intelligence, never has a plan that is fully explained, treats everyone around him terribly and is totally undeveloped as a character. And that is really the most disappointing aspect of this whole story, not one character is developed or allowed to grow. There are so many opportunities for witty dialogue, developing relationships, and intrigue that are simply bypassed. The characters that are presented are 2 dimensional and totally wasted because they are simply introduced and dropped, make cameo appearances later and are dropped again. The premise of the story is very good but ultimately fails due to a total lack of character development and adequate universe development. If you like this kind of story, the underdog vs everyone else story, I suggest looking elsewhere, such as the Troy Rising series and Legacy of the Aldenata series by John Ringo, or the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. You will enjoy them much more.
This is a book that I see having a very good chance of becoming a Classic in the genre of sci-fi/virtual reality stories very much like "True Names", "Daemon ". and" Snow Crash". The book has a very well fleshed out story, very good character development, and is just a fun story to read, and or listen to. The added bonus is the reader. Wil Wheaton is fast becoming one of my favorite readers and his abilities as a reader is well worth getting this book alone. The way he brings the story to life is a true treat. So what more can I say... Good story, great reader, an enjoyable entertaining experience. You won't be disappointed.
This is one of the stories I read when I was young that really got me hooked on science fiction. It's a hard science, science fiction based in a cold war type world. It is so good because it tells the story of a man who when asked if he had the power to change the world, what would he do, and what he does makes for a most enjoyable story.
James Hogan does an excellent job telling the story, and it is one that can move you. The only thing is you'll have to do is ignore the dates used because the story takes place around 2005 - 2007. Just put your own dates in and enjoy the story.
I highly recommend this book, and hope you find it as enjoyable and inspirational as I did.
Having read the whole series thus far, I was a bit disappointed when I first listened to this story because the publisher description kind of misleads you as to the direction that the story is going to take. I was expecting more of a story along the lines of "Reflex", and so I felt let down by how the story went. I then decided to listen to it a second time with a more open mind as to the plot, and it was as if I was listening to another book even though it had the same words. And wonder of wonders, it turned into a total pleasure finding out what was going on with Cent and her parents, and how things finally work out for them. (Not going to provide any spoilers)
After listening to this book, I get the feeling that this is going to be the last book in this series. If it is the last one, you won't be disappointed. Steven Gould brings everything to a satisfying conclusion with very few if any lose ends. So if you have enjoyed the "Jumper" series up to now, ignore the publisher description and just enjoy the story. I have done so 4 times already, and hope that Mr. Gould will continue the story.
As always Emily Rankin makes the story come alive with her reading, and listening to her read is a treat in itself.
This is an awesome audio recording. A real classic in radio style story telling. In this remake of "Ender's Game", O.S. Card has taken the opportunity to put a totally different slant on an already classic piece of literature. It really gets you into the behind the scenes action that took place in the original book , and it really helps you to understand better the thinking of all the characters. Some of the changes, I think, some will hate because of how it diverges from the original. But for those with an open mind and who love a great story, he renewed this story in wonderful new ways that most will love. This is a must listen for all who love the Ender universe, and a wonderful introduction for those new to this story.
I will also say that I wish that this version of "Ender's Game" would have been the model for the movie. It would have been so much better and closer to the original.
So get this audio play of a wonderful classic, relax in your favorite chair and simply enjoy.
With the end of the last book (Guardian) and the beginning of this book, it felt like Jack Campbell had kind of lost the direction he wanted to take this series and was hunting for a new direction, which he finally does by the end of the book. The one thing that really saves this story and finally gets the story line back on track is all the clues and intrigue that takes place in this story concerning the behind the scenes threats to Black Jack and the Alliance. It really seems to have become more of a sci-fi mystery novel than a pure military sci-fi, and it really grabs your interest. By the time you get to the last third of the book the author really has the story rocking again, like he did in the early books of this series. In fact the greatest disappointment is when you come to the end of this book. This book is a definite need to read if you follow this series in order to get needed back story and clues for future stories. Also, while having a bit of a fuzzy storyline at the beginning, it really comes into sharp focus at the end. I really HOPE that the next story in this series comes out soon. It really has a great cliff hanger!
PS. This book also contains important clues pointing to the next possible storyline in the Lost Stars series
This is a story that left a lot on the table. It's a really cool story that unfortunately reads to much like the lines you get if you were reading the lines in the game. So much wasn't covered that could have made the story so much richer and so much better. Granted you would have had a much larger book, but I think the author missed an opportunity to take a good story and make it into a great story. So if you're a fan of the game and don't mind reading the same basic lines from the game in this book, I think you'll enjoy it. If, however, you like books with a richer content, I think you'll be a little disappointed.
Do you like sci-fi, witty dialogues, totally impossible situations, and enjoy laughing your a@# off, then you will like this book. John Scalzi with this book fully displays for all to see his funny satirical side. I think you will find it is the equal to "The Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy" and also "Year Zero". I will say it does start out a bit slow but once the action starts it's a wild ride full of laughter and fun. So bring on the theatrical agents to save the world, because, you see, anything can happen in the world of sci-fi !
I just want to applaud Jack Campbell for expanding his Lost Fleet universe in this direction. I've always been a sucker for the reluctant hero, and in this story you get 2. The portrayal of CEO Drakon and Iceni as they try to survive the downfall of the Syndicate Worlds and in the process become heroes that you can easily identify with is truly an enjoyable experience. The plot line, of course parallels the story of the Lost Fleet series but from the other side. This makes the events in the last couple books in the Lost Fleet series much more understandable. The action is great, as always with Jack Campbell, but it is the twists and turns and intrigue that really draws you in. I also liked the fact that Jack Campbell portrays his Heroes with all their warts and how they struggle, inspite of them, to make a better world. So if you liked the Lost Fleet Series you're definitely going to like this book.
This is just the perfect next book in the JUMPER series. the first 2 were on the dark side and this one lets the light in and is simply a joy to read or listen to. Once again Emily Rankin is at the top of her game reading this story. Emily fully immerses you in the life of "Cent" making you feel all the emotions this young lady is having in the story. You laugh, you cry, you feel Cent's joy and fears as she learns the ins and outs and dangers of being a jumper. That is what this story is about and what Emily Rankin fully projects in her reading. Even though this is the story of David's and Milly's daughter, it isn't a story just for girls. There is plenty of action, intrigue, and witty dialogue to satisfy even male readers. So if you like the "Jumper" series, you will love this book. Get it now, you won't be disappointed!
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