Lou Diamond Philips?! MORE! I've been a member of Audible since it started, and I can say this for the first time- "LDP reads this book to me better than I could read it to myself". LDP has played enough military and police roles in movies that he understands where TC is coming from (I'd love to see him in a movie as Ding Chavez!) I usually read the ebook first, and if it's good, listen to it on audible later while I'm driving or doing work around the house. I deleted the ebook this time!
I've read every Clancy book and have liked most of them. He has an undeniable style and finesse. I must caution you; if you're squeamish to the military or have a liberal bone in your body you should probably click away from this page with haste. As a veteran I can tell you that Clancy's books are realistic, right down to the thoughts and attitudes of the troops and analysts. This book was no exception. Welcome back Clancy, John, Chavez, and the Ryans, and 'well met' to the new players.
THIS IS A MUST LISTEN... MULTIPLE TIMES!
THE best zombie/military series out there, bar none, and I believe I've read most of them. Unlike other books in this genre, these authors aren't afraid to make the zombie hordes as dangerous as they should be, the guts as gory as they would be, and the characters as shell shocked as could be expected. On the zombie side it stays scary yet (near)believable, and on the military side they capture one thing that other authors can not: as one SEAL who was consulting for Hollywood said "Our combat is faster and more violent than can be filmed"(para).. these guys actually begin to capture the 'finesse, flare, and smiling contempt of danger' that special operators see as normal everyday business. The military side of these novels would shine even if the enemy wasn't zombies, the zombie side would shine even if the military side didn't absolutely foxtrot rock(and it does!)
DJ Molles writes for the sake of the story itself; he's a warrior and a bard. As a disabled vet with a love of literature, I say to this author; "Well and truly done, sir"!
DJ Molles is now in my top 5 favorite authors of all time.. and close to the top of that! This man doesn't write safely, he doesn't try to appease anyone or hold your hand through the story, and his main character (although a badass) is human and real not Rambo with a bottomless magazine. This transcends 'zombie novel', it's about people who have hearts that are stronger than adversity.
Concerning Christian Rummel: Typically if I listen to the first book of a series and like it, I'll pick up the rest of the print or ebooks, and then maybe return to the audio books later after reading it myself. This is the first series I've heard where I couldn't do that. Christian Rummel's voice is now a part of the series for me, and THAT is high praise for a narrator.
If these books aren't in your listening library yet, get them all and get them now. This is one series for which I wouldn't wait for more Audible credits before purchasing.
Fun, cool, interesting, action-packed, and unique take on zombie apocalypse. I'm a big fan of John Ringo's books. He writes in a very comfortable style.. he's a good writer.. but he also knows how to throw in great humor mixed with technical detail and hardcore military concepts. Mix Neal Stephenson, Steve Martin, Tom Clancy, and Richard Marcinco... while drinking Scotch and listening to Crux Shadows. He's at the top of my novel watch list.
This series is a lot of fun. The military aspects are cool and mostly accurate, the post.apoc landscape is well visualized, and the characters are all memorable. I would recommend this book and series, along with all other writings of John Ringo, to any adult who likes a fluid witty writing style and lots of adventure.
A previous post said that he thinks highly of his own writing. I would say this is absolutely and justifiably true. He writes with a finesse and utter coolness that can't be duplicated. Some people don't understand devoting several pages to explaining a characters maniacal Captain Crunch eating methods, others savor it like his character savors his cereal. He can go from elaborate discourse on masturbation, to nanotechnology in a single page and get away with it.
Looking past the entertaining aspects, consider the fact that this book illustrates the importance of cryptography and digital security. In a deeper sense it screams to us to never forget the importance despite the flood of digital information and evolution of technology.
**Stephenson conceived of the internet long before it became what it is today. He called it the metaverse.**
I hope that his beautiful visions of nanotechnology and the evolution of computing technologies come to pass as well.
Coolest SOB to ever put pen to paper. I'll read this and other books by Stephenson once a year for the rest of my life.
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