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!
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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