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The characters are shallow. The author seems to almost use the text from previous sections to describe the current scene. The sentence structure rarely exceeds six words. The story was filled with cultural anachronisms that could never fit with an alien race.
The story served its purpose. It moved along enjoy to allow me to mindless follow along on my commute to work. The author in the first few chapters switches back and forth between two set of characters on different worlds. He then spends nearly 20 chapters on one set and we are left wondering what happened to the others. He should have switched back occasionally to keep the other characters as part of the story telling.
Yes, I am going to read the next book in the series. A mindless book filled with ridiculous inconsistencies is ok occasionally.
The author does a good job of getting us into the head of the main character. Other characters are more skeleton but they Ft. The storyline develops well and takes some interesting turns and twists.
I enjoyed it enough to buy and read the entire series.
May be an interesting read for the teenager seeking a step by step, blow by blow first person narrative. I was looking for more that. Describing every blow and its impact gets monotonous fairly quickly. It is a poor substitute for character development and a plot line that will leads us somewhere.
My fault. The book is a collection of related stories by a group of authors. That was not what I was looking for. It may work but the first story did not make a believer of me.
It was easy to listen to is the best I can say. The story line and the characters were simplistic and predictable. Not bad but not a series I would buy into again.
The storyline was interesting but the author and editor were sloppy. Too many times things happen that did not square with the scene just before. Whole armies appear in relief within a few days when it would have take weeks to even notify them of the situation. The sloppiness capture more of my attention than the story itself.
The narrator in parts of the book had the habit of speaking the first half of a sentence at a higher decibel than the second half of the sentence. This grates on the ears as you shrink away from the volume then strain to hear the rest. Keep it at one steady volume and use tone and emphasis to add intensity to the telling.
Very enjoyable story, well written with a complex style that builds on characters and descriptions to tell a story about the atypical Roman legionnaire in 50 AD
I like the Roman historical novel. This one was interesting but do not expect a refined literary style. Descriptions are simple, characters predictable.
The story is told in the first person as if the author is dictating his story to the scribe. It lacks artistic descriptions of the surroundings that you find in more literary novels. That is not a limitation but an advantage of this style.
I enjoyed listening to Titus tell the story of his boyhood and rookie year in the X Legion. The story reads as you would expect from someone speaking conversationally.
Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
I enjoyed the first two books of the series. The story and events were believable and the books flowed well. In Book 3 we have another disaster that nearly wipes out the infrastructure of the East Coast. Rather than a continuation of the struggles that Alex and his family would face, we are presented with the implausible tale of how the Federal government would seek to use small, under trained, ill-equipped local militias to secure the population. It just did not ring true at all. Why bypass the State, County, and local Police organizations let alone the many fire departments, Red Cross and other first responders.
It seemed the author wants to weave a story of how substantial the militias are rather than construct how a real disaster would play out. The constant hints that Homeland Security was out to rob Americans of thier Open Carry Righrs became boring. Yet the author saw no contradication with the militias denying fellow Americans the freedom of assembly and movement. Of course in a emergency that leaves millions without power, food or water, security forces would be expected to disarm people carrying and bruising weapons in their vincity. But the author sees that as some conspiracy to deny Americans of their essential rights while ignoring the millions who face disease and starvation and denies them the freedom to move to safer ground.
Good book if you believe paranoid militia members are there to save us when disaster strikes. It would have been so much better if the story was cast in the more believable light of a Federal response that worked with already in place law enforcement and disaster relief organizations. It seems the author had an agenda to push and the story suffered because of it. But if see black helicopters around every corner than you may like Book 3.
Focus more on the human interactions, motivations and emotions and far less on the machinery that surrounds them.
Probably not unless he makes the move to building characters involved in challenging situations. A walking tour of the technology and layout of the equipment in play is just not as interesting as how humans grapple with the problems at hand.
Yes, the story was the problem not the voice.
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