Beaverton, OR, United States
I very much appreciate the writing Rusch has done in these first 9 novels in the series. She pens a good tight plot, the story arc runs true and the characters evolve as the series progresses.
I do think, though, the story wouldn't have been nearly as effective without Jay Snyder as its narrator. A great voice able to bring all the different persona in these books together as well as adding excitement to the story line gives so much to these books. I'm so impressed with his work. I intend to look for other novels he's narrated because I like the sound of his voice so much.
Blowback sets the series up for further expansion - and I'm glad. Though it did leave a few loose threads, all in all the plot is nice and tight and we understand why things are progressing the way the author has taken them.
Character development is this authors forte. She's allowed her characters to grow in their development as the time goes. This is especially important with Talia, a young outspoken girl who deserves a spin off series one of these days!
The civilization Rusch has penned is believable. It's very enjoyable to imagine meeting the aliens she's imagined and shes done a nice job of working around problems that would come from a meeting of different specie. It's quite believable.
I suggest these books be read in order. I'm sure each is set up to be sort of stand alone, but starting in the middle might be confusing, though Rusch does add a brief backstory in all the novels.
Suitable for most ages...I was listening in my car with my 8 year old grand daughter at the point where cloning was being discussed. She asked questions and I turned the book off and we had a good discussion about cloning. Now she wants to hear more of these books..it's a big jump from Mary Osborne's Magic Tree House stories she has on her iPod to Si Fi but I'm ready to encourage her to take it if she wants. I started Heinlein's Juvenile Books at 11 so why not?
A good book with action and situations where the listener is given opportunities to think about what she would think in the same situation.
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!
The "Iron Lake" series by Wm Kent Krueger has just kept on getting better and better as each novel progresses in the life of Cork O'Connor..former sherif and present private detective and fry cook. I love the subtle Native American influences-handled with a nuance that gives the white man (or woman in this case) a real harsh description of life on the reservations. "Medicine Man" Henry, Corks father figure and probably his best friend is written with a wonderful irony and touch of sarcasm that I love. The real life family situations are touching though as the series has progressed, there is less family life and more detective work..and thats ok. Not every book needs to follow the same story line. I wish some other authors who write long series realized that and offered readers a touch of variety in their arcs.
It's not Tony Hillerman, It's not Craig Johnson or even the Joe Pickett series..it's a combination of every novel about the back woods and Native American culture that I've ever read.
Well worth blowing a bunch of credits on this series..don't start it unless you intend to buy all 14 (at this time). You've been warned.
Time for more character development.
Time for new interesting characters
Time for Eve to get over herself.
That is all
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