Unless you have a deep interest in extra-terrestrial aliens who look like lizards and speak poor English, you might find some of Mr. Turtledove's other alternative histories of more interest (The American Empire trilogy, for example). This book just seems rather silly.
This is not the best zombie, post apocalyptic novel. Sadly, it is not the worst. The genre is getting a bit old in the teeth. How many ways can a not very smart or very personable, one dimensional protagonist relate to a bunch of former citizens and neighbors who have now turned into a bunch of psychotic, meat eating rabble? When you throw in the rabble who haven't turned and are just dreadful humans, one has a blood, guts and other gory things story written with the interest and sophistication of a killing floor.
This series, which began with such promise in Area 51, has become rather long in the alien's tooth. This is mindless fiction, of course, but the story is difficult to follow, and then you realize, why bother? The various good and bad aliens and their earth bound allies and clones have just become tedious.
This is another in the terrorist, evil doer government, moralist assassin genre. Unfortunately, the book is just silly and ridiculous. David Baldacci can churn them out. Spend your casual reading time with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, or Thomas Perry instead. You will be glad you did.
It is the year of the end, but this is far better than the movie. The sociologic anachronisms are a little camp, but the story has aged very well. If you enjoy this type of older, science fiction-adventure story, read "Space Prison" by Tom Godwin. It is available for free on Kindle. You will enjoy it.
Nelson DeMille has written many very good novels like By the Rivers of Babylon and The Lion's Game. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. The story is a bit silly, and the surly, unorthodox, Mark Hammer like detective just becomes annoying as the tale progresses.
Mitch Rapp again fights for truth, justice, and the American way. He has a job fighting enemies, foreign and domestic. It is too bad his character probably does not exist in reality. This triller continues his saga, and it is very well done. A sequel must be in the works.
After listening to another zombie devastation story for nearly eleven hours, I could have finished it. However, I decided that the two hours it would have taken were better spent humming to myself.
Black Jack Geary might have wished to have remained in survival sleep. Fighting the Syndics, Aliens, and and dealing with his own possibly duplicitous government seem too much for one man. But he does it. You will enjoy his story. If you are new to this space opera, you should begin with The Lost Fleet: Dauntless.
Don't spend your time worrying about our country's multi-trillion dollar deficits, an Iranian nuclear weapon, or global whining. Instead, listen to this very well written, clever, entertaining, somewhat thoughtful, and even romantic novel. The narration by William Dufris is excellent. His characterization of the drill sergeant in Part 1 is a treat.
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