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In the Preface, Allen goes on to explain how he went back to these two older classics of his and did a minor rewrite of both books in the series. I think his words were something like he wanted to keep the story the same, but fill in the literary potholes that as a more experienced writer, he easily solved and simply smoothed things out.
Like a lot of classic Sci-Fi, you can see how the genre has improved.
I loved the book(s). A solid story, plenty of military Sci-Fi, a love story, tactics, and futuristic "idea" on how to travel faster than the speed (called C squared). Fun, solid, and a great example of classic work. In fact, if you did read the preface, you would find the book only slightly dated.
Well worth the credit(s).
If you love Military Science Fiction, you will love this book. It is 10 hours of a battle as told by a war correspondent. One ship, and one patrol, with one battle. It is tense, exiting, and exhausting.
There is only one thing I would change to transform this book from "great" and absolutely a fun read, to an "award winning" book. But it would be a spoiler, so I will let you read it and guess what I am thinking.
This read like the Battle of Midway or the Battle of Britain from WWII. Back and forth, trying new things, sneaking up on the enemy, being surprised, inflicting damage and taking damage.
When I found out it was a book about one battle, I was not sure about it myself, but Audible's fantastic return policy encouraged me to use a credit. I am very glad I did!
But not this time. It is an interesting idea. It was hard to follow and must be setting something up in future books. But until those books emerge, this as a stand-alone book was a bit boring.
I love Military Sci-Fi. So called "space drama" (good stories set in Science Fiction -- "Stars Wars" might be considered space drama) can be very good, or just bad stories set in different scenery.
This book was terrific. Not only was it set in a Sci-Fi setting, but Mike Lee used the genre to help build many intriguing aspects into the story. For example, a plasma weapons does not sound like a gun. He describes what it sounds like (of course this comes from his imagination and plays in yours).
And like all good stories, it has a good twist or two (without copious amounts of foreshadowing thus spoiling the twist). It was technical when it needed to be, but just told the story without "magic" Sci-Fi to make the story move ahead or to get out of a plot trap.
Well done! Mr. Lee says he may write more and has some others in print like:
"Fey. (Vince Lombard Book 2)". We will see if they get recorded.
Well worth a credit!
Lots of reviews. But there is one thing I must add! I thought the narration was fantastic. I dozed off for awhile and woke up and I knew what character was speaking. The narration was very subtle, but very consistent.
It was well done.
BTW -- I never read the previous reviews before I write mine. I do not want to be influenced by others -- it is my OWN opinion.
I loved the story, but what it is is a book-long "setup". Unlike some books written in volumes, this story does not stand well by itself. By the time Book 2 arrives I may have to listen to this book again to regain the storyline in my head. Unlike J.K. Rowling or Jack Campbell, in which each book was a story in itself, "Empires at War" does not stand alone well.
It is a great book and will probably be a great series. If you read it now, you will have to wait for Book 2. That to me is frustrating.
This is a heart-touching story that will make you feel and think deeply. You will get a great insight into how a starving country will allow adults and kids die by the thousands, and yet to keep the world from focusing on that will militarily attack disputed islands and do other things just short of war to keep things confused.
It shows the depth of evil in a communist dictatorship. Often, I am asked why I back a large western military. The answer to me is simple. Evil lives on. Everyone should read this book (or listen to it via Audible) to obtain a clearer understanding of what can happen in a totally corrupt nation -- even to the "privileged".
This is a book a thinking person will be very glad they took the time to read.
Ark Royal was a very good Sci-Fi book, leaning much toward and military view. I liked it, as this is the kind of book I look forward to the most. Hence my love of the Character Jack Cambell (if you have read that series -- see http://www.audible.com/series/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_1srSrs_sa?asin=B006K1SAZA).
But, it is the first book of many (probably a trilogy) which means I will have to wait for the rest of the series to be written. By the time they are finished, I will probably have to listen to this book again to remember the whole story and the nuances.
To me, this is frustrating. It is like reading the first third of a book you really like and not finishing the book for several years. Avid readers would never do this. Now to write a GOOD trilogy, each book should stand on its own. Unfortunately, this book does not and really leaves things hanging.
Although liking it, I might advise readers to wait for the whole series to be finished. It would be much less aggravating.
Brown & DeFelice have written another great book. Their stories move easily as characters move on, move out, die, and in this book, even get cancer.
The action is fun and detailed, but not so detailed you have to be a military expert to keep up with it. I listened to this book in two days, staying up way too late one night. I didn't want to go to bed and turn the book off.
The action goes from Iran, to the decision makers in Washington, and back. Filled with daring deeds and includes Delta Forces, the CIA, The Mossad, and of course Dreamland.
Christopher Lane does a great job of voicing the action, so it can be followed easily.
Action packed and very well paced. It is a credit well used!
John Ringo writes the kind of Sci-Fi I like. Battles, political strife, bravery and innovation. But the only adjective used was the F-Word. I understand that such language is used by Marines. But 3 or 4 times a paragraph?
And the story does not stand on it own. Start at the beginning of the series if you want to get the full context and understand the story. Be prepared to listen to to a lot of details to understand the story in a Ringo series. John Ringo has written several masterpieces, and just as many medorcre stories.
My advice - read the review carefully.
The first thing I would like to say is I thought David Drummond did a wonderful job of narration.
Ian Douglas is one of my favorite authors. The Star Carrier series truly stands out and I have pre-ordered the next book in that series.
Star Corps starts out well. Earth as a space faring species with no FTL travel. Very interesting when it is used (Ian Douglas is good at it).
THEN, as the battle begins, we suddenly get a Wiccan religion thrown in. Huh? It is a completely made up religion (Wikipedia " It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and it was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant.")
The battles continue and are well written and narrated. But it seems that every myth known on Earth has it origins in space. While Stargate used that theme a bit, they did not attribute EVERY myth to visitors and even had a rebellion thousands of years before Christ.
According to the epilogue, the rest of the series will be looking at other mysteries and myths by Marine Expeditionary Forces.
I guess I like Sci-Fi that is futuristic, and not based on myths or needs chaplains for 72 different religions including ones more inventive than the myths they seem to explore.
I am not sure I will listen to the rest of the series to see if my thoughts are true. Oh, I have written negative reviews before. They always get thumbs down votes. Not sure why.
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