The story highlights how small gradual steps in the life's of individuals is what creates culture, and rash actions are what destroys it. A fun and interesting setting to explore a lot of ethical questions on pain and suffering.
Post-Apocalyptic monks debate whether or not to Baptize a mutants second head!
Exciting action throughout the book! Deceptively bright and powerful "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is drawn into saving the world, but takes one beating after another, mostly physical injuries but plenty of emotional ones too.
Difficult to put down this delightfully lengthy novel!
OSC protagonists tend to have common themes, special young boys, Intelligent wise and insightful beyond their years. Most of this book the reader is following along with Danny making insights into the nature of Magery and its mechanics with the interactions between the "in-self" and "out-self". To me this rounds out the mechanics, leaving only the final revelation on the nature and origin of magic/the enemy missing. Meaning that the next book, rather than struggle through definitions of character and powers, the world will be set loose to the machinations of powerful mages to drive an action packed third novel.
I've come to look forward to each Afterward from OSC. Many of his afterwards are explanations of thought processes he had while writing that make you feel connected to the writing process. The afterward explains the what I felt was a discontinuity between the first and second novel.
A father try's to teach his son (an 8 year old?) how to survive in a world devoid of life. Set some years in future after some catastrophic cataclysm has blocked the sun and continues to rain ash, the pair take to the road southward to head for warmer climates to combat to freezing cold. Each day is a struggle to find enough food and warmth to make it to the next, compounding their troubles are constant threat of being caught by roaming marauders.
This book is heart wrenching as the father muses through his memories of the world before. When you fear remembering happy memories because each remembering changes and destroys the thought, and the thought is its only remaining basis in reality. The fear felt by the pair carries through every moment of the book passing from one life threatening scenario to the next.
The book gives an in depth look at how the unit was formed, how the unit was trained, and how the unit grew to adapt to its niche purpose.
At the same time the book gives an account of how much it was misunderstood, under-appreciated initially, and in a few cases perhaps misused.
I was particularly intrigued by Eric L. Haney's viewpoints in the afterward on America's current actions and involvements in the war-on-terror. He has a unique worldview that most of us would find difficult to grasp, but at the same time has an inside look at the motives behind Americas actions in the war-on-terror.
The southern accent of the narrator really pulled me into thinking Chris himself was reading it!
Its a very different experience to listen to Kyle's unique perspective on the war in Iraq, not one that we would recognize state-side. This Hot-headed, Gun-Ho, lucky, goof-ball, switches from laughter to deep sadness and everything in between as he describes multiple back-to-back combat tours.
The story is written so as to string together as many 80's pop culture references as possible, but is written as a young adult novel to basically make adults feel like they are kids again and capture the nostalgic joy!
Wheaton, a nerd paragon himself, does a great job at performing the read clearly and articulately! I especially loved his imitation of the Pac-Man death jingle!
I would recommend this book for all "20 somethings" there's so much nerd trivia that anyone who lived as a teen near that time will find something to grab hold of to draw them in.
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