Author of numerous New York Times best-sellers—including the epic chronicle of the Battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire—Steven Pressfield delivers novels of unmatched historical accuracy. In The Profession, Pressfield taps his considerable well of military knowledge to craft a piece of speculative fiction set in 2032. With corporate and private powers wielding their own military forces, an exiled American general plans to return to the U.S. and claim the presidency for his own. Only his closest confidant stands any chance of defeating him.
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After really enjoying listening to Killing Rommel, I was looking forward to this new book from the author. Sadly it didn't live up to my expectations and I found I didn't get immersed in the story and wasn't engaged by any of the characters.
The narrator was okay but clearly not too familiar with the military theme, mis-pronouncing a number of terms commonly used, for example pronouncing casevac as "case-vac" instead of "cas-evac". I thought he did a fairly good job of accents for the various characters, except for AD, who is South African and is said to have a Johannesburg accent, which jarred a bit. I am South African and there is not really any regional variation in the accents of English-speaking South Africans. There were only a few places where I thought this character's dialogue sounded South African but by and large this was not the case.
They spent way too much time setting up the characters in the first half of the book it just got tedious. The narrator was not very good, pausing after each sentence or two it made the whole book seem choppy. Sort of like a book narrated by William Shatner.
The second half of the book was ok and moved at a decent pace. The narrator actually went three or four sentences between pauses.
I have read several books now by Steven Pressfield, the characters and stories are impressively compiled into an exciting and thought provoking style. The Profession is a great addition to a collection of work that spans the history of warfare.
Adding to the quality of the book the narration is absolutely fantastic, well casted. I'll probably listen to this several times.
Great narrator, I was sad when it ended. I'm a Pressfield fan, the WAR OF Art really moved me and I was just as impressed by his writing in this forum.
Yes because of how much I came to know The main character.
I don't know what tag line is but I'd watch it if Mr. Pressfield had control of it, otherwise I'd be truly afraid they would ruin the friend I made in the book.
I'd love a continuation; although I know it would be tough to do.
I am a true Pressfield fan...but what happened? I have proudly given his works on creativity away as Christmas gifts...voraciously consumed all of his masterful historical fiction, several times each. In his "Do the Work" he mentions a failed book that did not pan out as he had hoped and I think this must be it. Lovers of superfluous military detail will love this book because superfluous is just the beginning...detail that means nothing, pointless characters that are flatter than paper...a story that I can't believe you had anything to do with. I am sorry Steven...I hate writing this review but you deserve every word. I have listened to and read your inspirational and tough words on creativity but you did not live by any of it by releasing this work. I finished it out of respect hoping you would redeem yourself but you left me in the middle of a vast, dry careless desert. The trip was excruciating and so impossibly short of you.
Characters not that interesting and plot not believable or exciting. Buy something else with higher marks.
Did not realize I had already read this book and have met the author. He really captures the concept of leadership and other issues experienced in combat.
Yes, leadership in combat
The character development and the overall gritty feel of the novel. It's written like the fantasy of every "03" i know. I'm mean it's better than a 72 in Phuket.
Gen. Salter is the General we all want to serve. Sure he is Caesar reborn, but that's what is so motivating about his character. I am guessing a lot of people would find his character scary, but I have quite a few buds that find him inspirational.
Watch: LTC Randolph C. White Jr. deliver Infantry Graduation Speech on YouTube, as it sums it up best. I was a Marine, but this Soldiers say's it well.
He mispronounced some terms, but it didn't distract from the story. I think overall, he did a good job of keeping the tempo of the story moving forward. It was like a season of 24, taken up 10 notches on the excitement scale. After my drive home, I would hide in the garage, just to finish a chapter.
If your an Infantryman in any branch of the service, for any country, this book has some special stuff for you. If not, this book still has a lot to offer and can be different things to different people.
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