Beaverton, OR, United States
For some reason this was in the Science Fiction department and it's about as much Si Fi as "Outlander" by Diana Gabeldon is..don't get me wrong-I love the Outlander series, but basically they are historical romances and not Si Fi -They have a bit of time travel,but its not necessarily central to the plot. This novel falls into the same category
The bits of flash back to the early WWI era that constitutes the time-travel and the returning to current time were confusing at first-I had to rewind and listen again several times-finally I got the eras correct and my listening smoothed out. The reason for time travel and how it's done doesn't come until the final chapters of "Overseas" and that was irritating..no real reason for it to be held off so long and the explanation is dumb IMO but, then, I'm not the author.
"Overseas" is a real romance though and, for the most, it's adequately done. The plot is one that keeps romances going..rich man meets financially floundering woman and though she insists she can take cafe of herself, he swoops in with jewels and pearls and a unending ticket for private air travel..all of which have something eventually to do with the time travel, but when introduced are dumb and contrived. I had a problem with the female protagonist, who is a dynamic stockbroker and a firm woman in real life but always gives in to her old fashioned and overbearing male lead/protagonist. Granted he grew up in the early 1900s and women were treated differently then, but he's been in current time for quite a while when he meets the female protagonist and I wished the author had allowed him to grow a bit in attitude.
The reading was well done-January LaVoy has a great voice and did a good job on accents and male voices. Her narration added excitement to the book for me.
I call this story average-it's the kind of book I'd rather have read myself and bought at the used book store for $2.00 instead of spending a credit on it here. It's worth a listen if you love, love, love Historical Romance...just don't make the mistake I did and think it's actually Science Fiction-time travel. If you just occasionally enjoy historical romance, put it on a list for the used book store and pick it up there to read for yourself.
I was disappointed.
Appropriate for a 10+ year old to listen, the story of the early 1960s in the south brings a lot of emotion into this story arc. I loved it and think my 10 year old grand daughter will also get a lot out of the story. If anything, it will bring up points to discuss about the strife between blacks and whites, it takes place around the beginning of the equal rights strife.
Starla is a young woman who wants to find her mother. Starla believes mom is a famous singer in Nashville and after messing up at home, where she lives with a crabby grand mother. Starla decides to walk 600 miles to find her mother.
As the story progresses, the listener is introduced to a number of wonderful black characters, especially strong black women, who direct her towards the successful life she is seeking.
As someone who was an equal rights activist during that period, I can relate to the situations and incidents author Crandall brings to this thoughtful story.
This isn't a trashy young adult novel but is appropriate for young adults who are interested in this period of American life.
I recommend it highly.
I enjoyed this story so much-ther plot was effective and there weren't any holes that I couldn't fill.
Julis Whelsn is a wonderful narrator, though her mens voices aren't very good, she brings great feelings to the story. Her diction is sharp and emotion is drawn from the story arc that brings the reader/listener tino the plot.
No spoilers here....you need to listen to it to understand the issues that are brought out in this story.
I enjoyed the book very much and highly recommend it to readers/listeners who enjoy tension and a bit of mystery in their reads.
It's not great literature but it is a wonderful listen and superior 4 star book and narration.
The begging of my young adult grand son to listen to this led me to purchase it for our road trip.
If you're not of that age, or if you're a woman who enjoys good kick ass SF-don't bother with this series.
Full of mediocre sex scenes, the protagonist, James McGill sleeps with every woman he meets. Plus he is so unrealistic when it comes to being in a military outfit that it's absolutely silly...NO MORE Larson for me. My grandson paid me back for this book so I'm not out any money at least..apparently it's perfect for juvenile minds-but there is so much better in this type of military SF out there..John Scalzi's "Old Mans War' comes instantly to mind.
Buy that instead
Don't bother with this series.
I can't understand the 5 stats..is it just because young twenty somethings like the juvenile sex scenes? The almost super hero attitude that James McGee, boy mercenary, exudes via B V Larsons first book in the 'Undying Mercenaries'?
Whatever it is, get real reviewers! This is non scientific, unrealistic juvenile Si Fi thats got little actual entertainment value.
I've never been in the military, but I worked for a big multi national corporation and even in that world, someone who is as out of step with his superiors wouldn't be promoted-much less even kept in the business or service. He argues with his superior officers constantly, defies orders and goes off on his own. Great if one is an independent mercenary such as Jack Reacher or John Rain or even a local county sherif like Walt Longmire but no, James is a grunt newly..canon fodder really. With a BIG MOUTH.
Yet his continual bucking of orders gets rewarded! In any military he would be discharged with poor references.
And the constant bed jumping..ah yes, just what a 22 year old wants to read. McGee gets any girl, then leaves. Every time. And these women are not written well..they are paper thin surface creatures while McGee is written large.
Boyett does an ok narration-not superior but it goes with the tone of the story line.
The plot is fairly good..at least there is a beginning, middle and conclusion..the book stands on its own feet and you don't HAVE to buy the second in the series-which if anything is worse that this one.
There is much better Science Fiction out there-look for it.
I purchased this 2nd episode in the Undying Mercenaries series at the frantic request of my 22 year old grandson. We listened to the first novel on a long road trip and he wanted the second for the trip home.
The first one was basically a young adult/teen script. the men were heroes, the women were plastic se objects of hard assed bi$ches. No regular strong women. Sadly it gets much worse in this second volume.
Great for a 20 something with no real idea of what an actual woman is like, Larson writes his female warriors as surface characters..which is really sad. The protagonists, James, sleeps with any and everyone..and even if the women complain about his male ho attitude, he simply shines them on...this isn't what I want my young adult grand kid to be like at all! I realize this is a comic book in audio form but really, can't Larson endow some of his female characters with an actual personality? The closest he came was to the native woman (who he screwed of course) who showed some guts...but not much.
I can't recommend this for actual adults..or for women who are the least bit sensitive to ranting masochistic writing.
I'll get the third boo for my grandson..so figure 22 is a good average age/maturity for a man who might appreciate this series.
The plot is fairly good...the narration is fine. My complaint is the writer. I guess I know not to count Larson in as a SiFi writer I can appreciate.
WOW can Eisler write a killer woman with woman sex scene. If this isn't your thing, I suggest you avoid this novella length supplement to the John Rain series.
The story was a great one and sex wasn't the only thing it was based on..a good plot line and we got to know the new character fairly well.
Enjoyable if you enjoy reading a sexy book...not much more than a Nora Roberts book but more explicit IMO.
A shortie..don't spend a credit on it..just buy it.
A very short and thus inexpensive (don't spend a credit on it..I do mean short!) story of Dox, John Rains buddy and an experience in Cambodia.
Worth the bucks, I enjoy Eislers narration a lot.
I enjoy bad ass assassin type books.ie: Delilah in the Barry Eisler 'John Rain' books is a total killer woman.
Donna in the Housewife Assassin is a silly woman.
I'm glad this was an Audible special and I only paid a few bucks for it..it was worth that. I finished it but for a book that plays women for a laugh I didn't get many laughs.
The narrator was just ok..I won't go looking for other books narrated by her and I most likely won't download any more of the authors efforts.
I think there is a good opportunity for a writer to pen novels about women in the field..we all know that the 'Honeypot' woman has been involved in spying for many years.
Donna isn't a good example. Actually I found the whole thing slightly ridiculous.
It's a real "Meh"
I've read all the John Rain and Jack Reacher books and several of the Cotton Malone so I had a pretty good background in ind of the characters stared in this short story.
The idea was a good one and the execution effective-but there really isn't a plot or single story line that nicely combines the characters.
If I hadn't been a fan of all the main protagonists I'd ask for a refund..as it is I doubt it will ever get a second read from me.
Narration is ok but gosh I'm so tired of Dick Hill and Scott Brick being the go to narrators of almost every bad guy...c'mon..there are some great male narrators out there. Hill and Brick aren't the only ones available.
"Heavens Keep" takes place in Wyoming..home of Walt Longmire..what an opportunity for 2 great authors to get together with two of my favorite characters..Walt and Cork O'Connor. Maybe then the name of the mountain range that Cork wanders thru searching for Jo would have been pronounced correctly. As it was, the mispronunciation was consistent but grating.
New to the series in his second book is Narrator Buck Schimer. Since his voice is quite similar to David Chandler, there isn't a glaring difference, though Schimers "Henry" is very different.
I enjoyed this episode very much. It was so totally different from the previous novels and this added a diversion that needed to come..plus a dramatic change of characters and addition of a couple of new characters.
Finally, I have very much appreciated the maturing of O'Connors youngest child in Kreugers writing. Kids don't stay the same, yet so often authors 'insert cute 6 year old here' for some family and never let the kid grow up..or we meet the child only as a grown up, with decades of back story we'll never know as readers. Kreuger either is or will be a great dad some day if he treats his own kids the same way as Cork and Stephen interact.
This entire series is well worth your credits!
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