It has been some time since I've written a review, but I feel compelled to now. I loved this book. The writing was up to Scott Card's best works; well developed and many layered characters, exciting battle scenes, and a great set-up for the sequel. The promo description may to some to be misleading, but I took "the Formic War is about to begin" at the end of the description to mean that the book was building up to the event, not about the event itself.
Contrary to the other two reviews, I loved this book. It's better to read Imperium, the first book in the series before you read this one. But either way, it's an enjoyable read. The fierce amibition and pitiless motives of Crassus, Pompey, Julius Cesar, and others will astound you. The history of the Roman Republic comes alive, enlivened by true life characters baring their warts and halos. The books are expertly read by Simon Jones. I look forward to the third book in this series.
If you appreciate good writing, don't get this book. Perhaps this series of books gets its audience from the devout Christians that are too nice to criticize the author. I tried to get through this download, but the dialog was so repetitive and the characters so cookie cutter that I could not either identify with them or loathe them. The prose is worthy of an elementary school book but without any relelvance for young children.
After reading Ender's Game and the Speaker for the Dead, I was really looking forward to reading this book. Xenocide was a huge disappointment on several levels -- one was the sound recording which introduced each chapter with the gargling voice of an insect or the screeching of a Chinese character. After sticking with the audiobook in spite of this, I found two separate and somewhat disjointed stories and characters whose development in the other two books was not followed through in this one.
If you expect to learn about the awesome history of the Irish clergy and the early history of the Irish people, try another book. This book seems to be a compilation of the author's lectures which range from Virgil onward. Very disappointing and not worth the time and money.
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