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Colin

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  • Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    For decades, the spacefaring species of known space have battled over the largest artifact - and grandest prize - in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. Now, without warning, the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs - everyone knows that they are cowards. But the crises converging upon the trillion puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas.

    Colin says: "A fitting end to a great story from 42 years ago"
    "A fitting end to a great story from 42 years ago"
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    This is the end of the story that started with Ringworld written in 1970, then some prequels were written that are pretty good and a must read if you are getting into these books so start there if you haven't read Ringworld years ago.

    There isn't much to say about these reviews of books that are latter in a series other to say that its good or bad because if you have read the past books and liked them then its safe to say if other reviews say its good you don't have to know much more that that - well this is a great book, its the last one but there could be many more of them if the Authors want to write more of them.

    This is a great book so if you liked the others then you will like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Deeper Blue: Paladin of Shadows, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    "This time, it's personal", is not a good way to die. So when the President of the United States gets confirmed intelligence that a shipload of the stuff is headed for Florida, he orders that every stop be pulled out. Including bringing in his ultimate weapon: The Kildar. Heart-sick over the deaths of so many of his followers, former SEAL Mike Harmon, hero of Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Stain and Unto the Breach, decides to sit this one out. WMDs headed for the U.S. no longer matter to the newest in an ancient line of mercenary leaders.

    Colin says: "The Kildar goes to Disney World..."
    "The Kildar goes to Disney World..."
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    The main action takes place in Disney World and at this point you know that the Kildar can take care of bad guys and likes his women (or teenagers sometimes) so this time he gets to do much of both.

    Terrorists get some VX gas into the Disney World park and its up to Mike and his teams to stop it as usual.

    I like how this story has gone so far, Mike or the "Kildar" as hes known now has become a cool character, although he does like to do some pretty questionable stuff he also saves people at his own risk even when its not part of the mission hes on so hes not that bad of a guy.

    There are a few times when he tells someone hes not a good guy he just does good things from time to time and this might not be what most people think is good but at least hes doing good things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unto the Breach: Paladin of Shadows, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    Michael Harmon has been there and done that. Rescued co-eds, killed major terrorists, stopped nuclear assaults. Now he'd just like to kick back and relax with his harem of lovelies. Unfortunately, the world keeps turning. Mike and the Keldara are back tracking down terrorists, rogue Russian bio-scientists and the doomsday weapon to end all doomsday weapons. It's going to take some very tough, hard and nasty people to stop the end of the world. Fortunately, there's Mike Harmon.

    Trip Williams says: "Hard Corp B&D, S&M Scenes"
    "More Kildar stories"
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    The "Kildar" as Mike is called now really does live a good life, hes killed terrorists and rescued a whole bunch of young girls who were sold off as sex slaves even stopped a nuclear event or prevented it from being so bad and now he just wants to chill out but he keeps getting bothered by people.

    This time the Kildar is trying to stop a new form of small pox from getting out and killing everyone, as you might expect he does some good killing here and his new teams are great.

    I think if you have read this far just finish the series its only 2 more books as of this review (15 Dec 2014)

    Trust me the next 2 books are just as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Choosers of the Slain: Paladin of Shadows, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    Lust, Vengeance and Non-stop Action.

    Mike Harmon's commando-quality retainers agree: their leader, code-named Ghost, is a peculiar one. An ex-Navy-SEAL, there is no stronghold he cannot penetrate, no target he can't take out. But Ghost is also a man struggling to keep the animal inside at bay and his twisted sexual desires satisfied with a rock-hard integrity and incredible force of will. Now Harmon and his militia have been hired to rescue the daughter of a powerful political mover in America, kidnapped into the Eastern Europe sex trade.

    Colin says: "Much better than I thought it would be"
    "Much better than I thought it would be"
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    This is one that has much less graphic sex/rape scenes in it although there are ones with young virgin teenage girls but that's not bad because its not really rape and things are pretty different in those parts of the world.

    This book follows the recovery of a missing daughter of some powerful political person in America but things take strange turns before the end of the book.

    Mike has a whole militia now and they are trained better than most in the world and he takes them to Europe and does some killing, this whole series has been good so far and this book having much less of the graphic sex/rape stuff its much better.

    There is a whole lot of turns in this story and it really does keep you guessing, I cant see a reason to stop if you have read this far and liked the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kildar: Paladin of Shadows, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (255)

    Ex-SEAL Mike Harmon has bought the farm - literally, in Eastern Europe. But trouble follows him even there, and the man who has made himself anathema to terrorists from Syria to Paris suddenly has Chechen terrorists banging on his own door.

    William Wright says: "Story was good and sidestory a bit disturbing"
    "much less graphic sex scenes in this one"
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    The first book had a graphic sex and rape scene in it and although the main character does some pretty bad things and thinks bad things also its not that bad, this one has a little scene about S&M and some young girls all over 18 maybe over 21 not sure, but again like the first book just skip this because the story is great.

    Mike cant seem to get a brake here and every time he gets into the shit as it were he comes out pretty badly hurt but has lots of money to show for it, this time he decided to take a trip into the mountains and he ends up buying the whole place and spending some money to outfit a militia for his protection.

    This whole series goes pretty well other than the graphic sex and rape scenes but those are almost gone by the 3rd book, although they are replaced with normal sex scenes not to much graphic much different though.

    Again if you just skip over the graphic sex/rape scenes you should really like this whole series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (511)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Jenassecret says: "Military-Erotica! I want MORE!!!"
    "The reviews are wrong and right also"
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    Well I am sure you have read some of the reviews and some are 5 star and some are 1 star and talk about sex scenes and rape and both are right but its only the first book and second book that have this in it the others are really toned down like.

    I got book 1 and like the other Ringo books I really liked it so I got the next 2 books then I got to this crazy sex scene stuff and was not liking it, I watch porn I just don't want to read or listen to some guy explain it in detail that sucked - so I decided to return book 2 and 3 which Audible did without problem.

    However I decided I had to finish the book 1 because I already listened to so much at this point I didn't feel right returning it and I don't like leaving things unfinished, well I was glad I just skipped through that scene because the story got great and I was disappointed I returned the books so I re-bought them even though I just returned them a few days before.

    I must say other than that 1 part in this book it is great, its not that its bad it just is that a man is telling me it, maybe if it were a sexy woman it would be different but I don't like women narrators much unless its one of those ones with a different person for each character.

    give this a try anf just skip over that part, you will know when you get to it and its not that long, the second book has another one but not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peacemaker: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    At last - Cajeiri has his young guests from the starship, three young folk entranced by weather and trees and creatures with minds of their own. It’s all he dreamed of.... But now safety is foremost: Cajeiri’s grandfather has been assassinated, hostile Assassins Guild invaded Great-uncle’s house, and now Bren Cameron, paidhi-aiji, who was sent to keep the aiji’s son safe, has more than the young guests on his mind. The aiji-dowager knows who’s to blame for the attacks, and they’re going after him.

    Charlie Russel says: "Excellent addition But no WhisperSync for Voice :("
    "end of sequence 5"
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    This is the last book in this sequence and really at this time 30 Oct 2014 this is the last book in this whole series of books but more are being created now so if like me you really liked these books you want more but after reading these books for like 9 months I want to take a break so I a few years I hope a few more sequences are released and I can get back into this.

    This whole series was great, a few of the books were a little better then the others otherwise it would have been a 5 star across the board.

    The narrator was simply great, he did a great job at the different voices with exception of maybe a few that I thought was someone else - like Brens Brother and some guy from the state department, the voices sound pretty much the same but I guess this can happen in real life and there are only so many voices one can do and there were lots of characters in this whole series so the narrator did a great job, 5 star for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Protector: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay. But there's a far darker business going on in the background - a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him.

    Sires says: "New to the Series? Don't Start Here"
    "second book of sequence 5"
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    check the first book in this sequence for the full review.

    This continues where thing's left off in the last book and there is 1 more book left in this sequence so if you have read this one you have to go to the next one to really get an ending, as I have said a few times before these are 1 book split into 3 for the sequences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intruder: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida - which has been surrounded by enemies - with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.

    C. Nemirovsky says: "Perfect Narration!!"
    "book 1 of sequence 5"
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    It goes without saying that if you have read this far then you are going to continue the whole series and at this point on 30 Oct 2014 this is the last sequence available now however there are books planed and I think one is in the works now.

    This will be a review of the whole sequence as I have said in all the other reviews.

    The Civil War is over at this point and after these many books it comes back to Cageiri and his friends from the space ship as you were probably wanting to know what happens since like the second or third sequence when they were introduced, the whole sequence of books pretty much focus around Cageiri and his friends split between Bren and all the things he has to do.

    What I have really liked about this whole series is the way it goes to another story and feels like a totally different group of books but in the same world, I cant wait for the rest of the story to be created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayer: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    In the wake of civil war, Bren Cameron, the brilliant human diplomat of the alien atevi civilization, has left the capital and sought refuge at his country estate, Najida. But now he is trapped inside Najida-which has been surrounded by enemies- with the powerful grandmother of his ally, Tabiniaiji, atevi leader of the Western Association. Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, is not inclined to be passive and sends Bren into enemy territory, to the palace of the leader of the rebels.

    Charlie Russel says: "The story continues"
    "the last book in this 4th sequence"
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    This is like the other reviews that I have done the real review is really in the first book in the sequences for each group of them so go there and read that.

    This being the last book in the sequence doesn't end in a cliff hanger so you can wait if you need and read the next sequence later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deceiver: Foreigner Sequence 4, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    "One of the best long-running SF series in existence" (Publishers Weekly) continues with the second novel in a brand-new Foreigner sequence. The civil war among the alien Atevi has ended. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with Cajeiri, his son and heir, has returned to the Bujavid, his seat of power. But factions that remain loyal to the opposition are still present, and the danger these rebels pose is far from over.

    Stephen says: "Mildly disappointed"
    "the 2nd book in the 4th sequence"
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    This is again not really a review because the full review is in the first book int eh sequence, but this whole group of books has still stayed good all the way up to this point and to be honest at the end as well, or up to the 15th book as of this review that's all that's out now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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