I found a lot of the solutions to THE PROBLEM they were dealing with had much better and obvious solutions than the courses of action they took. It took a little ignoring of dumb stuff. But, on the whole it was pretty good.
There is a lot of cussing, but I was in the military, and if you are going for realism...
If you like realism in your sci-fi, this series and John Ringo is awesome!! From the generals who think the know everything, and who run the military, to the politics, to way military people work and talk, this book is spot on! If you think this is not exactly the way things would go, you don't know how things REALLY are in the armed forces. You must remember, military men and women have some of the biggest egos on the planet and don't like being told they are doing it wrong! This goes double for old soldiers! This book draws you in and makes you care about the characters without boring you to death with the every thought going through there mind. This is an adult book because of the large amount of cussing. Unless you like tough, cussing, bloody battles, I would not get this book, you probably wont like it. It's got a ton of action and not a lot of toughie feely stuff. I liked this one at least as much if not more than the Halo series. I LOVE the Halo series, so that says a lot! Halo is also a combat book series, and a hit video game. This series so far is even better than Ringos hot gate series. This series(so far) is a must have for the serious sci-fi war buff!
I know there is a lot of cussing, but I was in the military, and if you are going for realism... If you like realism in your sci-fi, this series and John Ringo is awesome!! From the idiots who run the military, to the politics, to way military works and talks, this book is spot on! If you think this is not exactly the way things would go, you don't know how things REALLY are in the armed forces. This book draws you in and makes you care about the characters without boring you to death with the every thought going through there mind. The next book in the series is even better. This is an adult book because of the large amount of cussing, and If you like chick flicks I would not get this book, you probably wont like it. I liked this one at least as much if not more than the Halo series. I LOVE the Halo series, so that says a lot! Halo is also a combat book series, and a hit video game. This series so far is even better than Ringos hot gate series. This is a must have for the serious sci-fi war buff!
The narrator is really good!
I can't except the protagonist, who is supposed to be a collage professor, never learns anything new. People do learn from their mistakes. And if they don't, they get replaced. This protagonists never learns anything. The books in this series are the same stupid mistakes over, and over. In each book he comes up with no significant improvements in tactics. There are SO MANY better options of attack that never get so much as a thought. I think this author is not smart enough to think of them himself. It is OK for a civilian person not to be able to think of better tactics. But, the commander has thousands of people under his command. Some would be tacticians who would be coming up with ideas, tactics, and better weapons. This story contains almost none of them. The best he seems to be able to do is bigger ships and to build macro weapons. Nothing actual new except a fighter plane that did not seam to have any new weapon on it. This author should be asking for help with ideas and tactics from others because he can not think of them himself. The protagonist's stupidity, and lack of anything but basic tactics was OK in the first couple of books. He was just a school teacher. He should be getting better and better over time, or he would be replaced by those around him. There is no way a tacticianal idiot would be allowed to continue in command forever! Since he was a professor, he would have the mental capacity to learn from his mistakes, and from the good ideas and plans of others. But, the stupidity of the commander stays the same through all the books. I can hardly keep listening to this book. There are just too many horrible stupid strategic mistakes! Not to mention, a defecting high ranking solder would be put in a cell for an interrogation period, then only later, she would be given a pension and sent someplace she could do no harm. After so many attempts on the commanders life, she would never be able to sneak a poison into the most secure fortress in the human arsenal and attack him with it. The author seems to forget they would have very good weapon scanning abilities. I think the author has had a hot looking woman try to kill the commander in every single book. Every time they almost succeed! Nobody would be so stupid to leave themselves vulnerable to every hot chick that comes along from earth where his most deadly enemies are. They always seem to bring along weapons, or bombs, or something. None of his people think they might be dangerous enough to search them for weapons, or anything dangerous.... It is just too Stupid!
In the preceding book Redemption Ark, The protagonists were racing to get the awesome weapons to fight 'the Wolves'. Willing to kill anyone who got in their way.
In this, the next book in the the series, the protagonists spend 7-8 'years' (With the 'Wolves' consuming planets, suns, and destroying whole star systems like crazy) working to infiltrate a heretical church, just to get permission to look for a giant weapon inside a nearby gas giant. The church that owned the planet and gas giant did not even own a starship. The ship the protagonists were in was the most advanced ship in the possession of all mankind after the rest got destroyed by the wolves. The ship was invisible even to the vastly technologically advanced 'Wolves'.
They could have just gone to the gas giant and taken the weapon, and the stupid church could not have stopped them! But instead they spend 8 years wasting time infiltrating this church, all the while the wolves could show up at any time and destroy the gas giant weapon, the amazing ship, and the stupid church. The whole book was a stupid waste of the protagonists time and mine!
This book was a horrible ending to a great book series! I am getting my money back!
The narrator John Lee is great.
This book comes through as a real cliffhanger. The Idea of an invasion of earth is old but the way the protagonist get things back together is very good. a lot of original ideas. The author came up with a lot of fun new ways to combat the threat. And I love the way blonds REALLY have more fun!!! LOL!!
Awesome series of books, I have all three, but...
Typical for all authors these days. Trying to get 4 books out of a 3 book story. Lots of fill in! Too much personal details. DLA BLA, BLA BLA BLA, BLA.... More than once I yelled "Get on with it!!!" I don't know, maybe it is the stuff the chicks like, so they put it in. BORING!!! To much talk, not enough action! Don't get me wrong. This story is great! I am hoping the next book comes out soon. I will surely get it.
I am bummed out there are no more books in this series. Every time I listen I want to play the game. Every time I play the game I want to listen. I hope they will release a new one soon!!! Hint hint!!
The other 5 Halo books.
This book series is one of the single best series's I have! Total awesome action with just enough personal stuff to make you care about the caricatures but not make me screem: "I don't care about the color of socks you picked this time at JCPenney's!" You said "WHAT???" It seems to me, some authors have to little story. So, they STUFF it with garbage 'fill-in' that makes me fall asleep between the great battle scenes. The Halo series is SO great! Just thinking about it makes me want to stop listening to Honor Harinton series - On Basilisk Station(STUFFED with garbage 'fill-in'), to listen to the Halo series again. I have listen 3 times through. I am sure I will listen to it 20 times more if I live long enough!!! I've been listening through all 6 books in a row about every 2 years since I got them. It also makes me want to play the games again. I wish audible had the whole book series. The still need Halo: Cryptum. Soon hopefully!!
A little to slow for me. I like a ton of action. The battles in this book were good but it seems like his publishers contract was for 3 books, but the story was only good for 2 books. So, he had to do to much fill in. A good 2-3 hours or more could be cut here and there with much better results. Much more personal stuff in this book 2 of the series to really move fast. Book 1 was great. This book seemed to drag on a little. I will probably listen again because it is a really great series, but I will fast forward through some of this book. Hopefully book 3 "Hot Gate" will be faster paced.
All the personality, non of the action. It was Very slow the first time and I fast forwarded much the second. There will be no third. Probably a good chick book.
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