I loved the first book in this series, "A Natural History of Dragons". I love this one perhaps even more. Set in a world similar to Victorian England but not quite with Dragons and manners. What fun with the irrepressible Lady Trent leading the way into the modern age.
Wow. You come away from this book feeling like you actually understand what would posses the Japanese to launch into a war they knew that they would lose if it went on very long and why they fought so hard right to the end. If all history books were this good why would you ever read fiction?
Even after all of the years this book holds up. Some of it may offend your 21st century views but what will surprise you is how much Heinlein foresaw 65 years ago. Wow.
You can fly across interstellar space but can't cross a river? Even with anti gravity flyers. Just too GOOFY!!!!
The book was good enough I'll try one more but some of the science in the fiction is really more goofy than I could get comfortable with. For example an armored suit that stands up to almost any thing when a 60 ton tank is not able to and then no simple application of add on armor? It gets worse. Aliens that are smart enough to shoot down anything that flies but can't defeat a simple ballistic weapon? Maybe I won't try another after all.
This book misses the mark. After listening to the first few hours it felt like days. By the end it seemed that while any number of historic figures and all of the major players had been identified I didn't really know them or understand them any better than when I started. Perhaps that was because the war itself was such a mess but I rather think it was the author that really didn't know.
This is a very interesting world and it is a pity it is a stand alone. I enjoyed the story and the rich universe Cook created. The narration is another matter. I do not know what would make anyone think overly heavy accents (and not good ones at that) would be a good idea. If you can stand it this book is worth the listen. If I had it to do over I'd have bought the paper version.
What do you get when you add cyborg warriors, evil intelligent blood thirsty aliens, first contact (that really second contact), human romance and cat creatures with physic powers? A massive mess with a disjointed narrative. I couldn't even finish the first book .
This was a nice survey of the history of warfare. I am ready for some more detailed examination.
If you are looking for a great book, keep looking. This is just OK if you are looking for some light weight filler.
This War was the result of a lack of imagination or at least the inability to recognize that the world had changed. Had any of the principle actors recognized this it would have been a very short war and a very different world when it was over. Would it have been better? Who is to say but many of the millions who died would have live and given a chance to contribute. Every world leader should find this and The Guns of August on a mandatory reading list.
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