When asubatomic physics experiment causes a massive explosion, interdimensional gateways open in Florida - and aliens pour out. Some intend to bring Earth to its knees. Others seem willing to help, but will annihilate the planet if Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller can't stop the menace from spreading.
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"This thoroughly enjoyable ride should appeal to techno-thriller fans as well as to military SF buffs." (Publishers Weekly)
The first thing to say about this book is that it is great. John Ringo, as usual, does a terrific job in creating a story that has a good plot, reasonable and likable characters, a sense of humor and reasonable closure. There is some hard science and the terminology may be too much for some, but I found it reasonable in light of the things that were being done at the time. The narration is very, very good and I found no technical flaws with the production. All in all a great and enjoyable read. If the second book in the series was also by John Ringo I would have already bought it.
But that is the problem. Subsequent books in the series are listed as being by John Ringo and Travis Taylor. I assume this means that John Ringo has created the characters and, perhaps, the plot and given it to someone else (in this case Travis Taylor) to do the writing. I have not heard this book so perhaps I am not being fair, but I assume this is the reason for the drop in ratings for the second book. John Ringo's style is distinctive and he writes in a way I find enormously entertaining, but having someone else write subsequent books means that I generally plan to only read the first book in such a series.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
If you're looking for a military science fiction book - that's what you'll find in this book. It's not a terrifically written novel, by any means, and there's a lot of the author's political opinions interspersed throughout, but there is also a lot of aliens getting blown up, humans getting blown up, and saving of world(s) being done.
It does fall into a bit of a slump/slowdown near the middle where Ringo seems to be trying to make too many scientific/political points and lost track of the fact that he was writing a military sci-fi, not a treatise on religious belief or Middle Eastern politics. The book does pick up again after this, but there is a lot of anti-Middle East "commentary" from about 1/3 of the way in to the very end of the book (and it's very noticeable in the final chapter and epilogue). If you don't agree with his politics, this section might even border on being offensive.
But if you can accept his political views, it's a strong, mostly action-packed, military sci-fi story with a plot that is wrapped up in the end. The narration is very good. I'll be reading the others in this series.
It's along the same lines as David Gunn's Death's Head series or Steakley's Armor if you're looking for read-alikes.
I was not expecting too much from this one, so I was pleasantly surprised. Once you get past the "BS factor" it's a pretty fun story, if not too intellectually demanding.
This is just such a great adventure, with so much humor and I have to say nifty ideas. I loved how although religions were mentioned, with this story line being very scientific, it did not intrude in either a positive or a negative way. I loved how the main character was a scientist with a thought pattern that could have gotten him gelded and no idea how to fire a gun.
I do have something to point out, I haven't really read huge amounts of SciFi recently however i have noticed that the Southern Hemisphere doesn't seem to exist on these worlds. Can perhaps new/old Authors take note?
I liked this alot,original,technical,and just entertaining all around. This book moves along enough to really keep you listening. Skip TV tonight and turn on this book.
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Well this book starts off fast and only slows down in the middle only to pick back up in the end again.
I was looking for a good series of books to listen to and I really found it, I have already listened to the Troy Rising series which was actually released after this one but is a different universe all together and are also great books - The narrator is great, sounds sorta like Zap Brannigan from Futurama which is a not a bad thing.
I really liked this book, it sets up the universe that the next 3 books take place in and it does a great job at that - there are daemons and 3ft tall talking cats and even a huge mountain sized spider.
There is a part where someone has a T-Rex gun, well go and look that up on youtube (wow, I wonder if youtube will be around in the future when someone reads this review like 20 years from now - that is if there isnt an apocalypse by then)
A very interesting premise with some entertaining action, wrapped up in mediocre character development and under-researched sciences. Readable, but nothing outstanding.
ITLG jumps right in to the thick of things. You are given no time to become attached to the characters before things get heavy, and they never really progress from their mindsets/actions prior to the aliens appearing. The world also seems to take the appearance of aliens - and the devastation they bring - extremely nonchalantly, and the overuse of generic military characters can be off-putting.
If you want the equivalent of Independence Day as a book, go ahead and dig right in to this. If you're looking for something a little more meaty, you might try some Dan Simmons, or Orson Scott Card.
If you're looking for fun and fast-paced military sci-fi, this is a great book. I found myself chuckling out-loud several times. One example is the team-up of a self-proclaimed "red neck physicist" and career Navy SEAL, who are the heros of the story.
I didn't like the book much. The story itself is quite predictable. The book lacks much human relationships and you have nobody to empathize to. You have a main hero who is a kind of super human: a physics genius who doesn't need any sleep and quickly recovers from major injures received when fighting off alien invaders in breaks from his scientific discoveries. All other people in the story serve minor roles and generally exist only as a background to show off the main hero's awesomeness. There are many parts of the book which do not make much sense. Couple examples come to my mind: you have humans and aliens learning magically each other's languages in a matter of days. Ok, I could buy that aliens are super smart or have means to help to learn new languages but there is no way it would be possible for humans. Another example is that book is way too USA centric to the point of stupidity. I mean you have an alien invasion which affects whole world but the way book describes the world's reaction to the events one could think that Earth consists of USA, France which could be just another state of USA, Middle East which role is to be a place where bad evil terrorists lurk and maybe a couple of small unimportant countries who only capable of complaining about the way USA handles the situation.
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
This series is very hard to rate for me. I think I've "read" everything Ringo has written when it comes to Sci-Fi (and Pseudo-Fantasy), but this series, while obviously "Ringo-Ish" was just different from what I'm used to. I bought the book some time ago, and within the first 3 hours I had to put it down as "Just too plain silly to finish". Recently I tried listening to it again during a "Book Slump" when I couldn't find anything that seemed to catch my eye, and this time I just gutted-on through it.
At the finish, I immediately came to Audible and bought book 2... and then book 3, and just now got book 4.
The Books have some "just plain silly parts" scattered through them, and a Metric TON of quips and quotes from just about every major Sci-Fi movie made, but I walked away from each book wanting to continue on with the series ASAP, and I found myself with my ear-buds in while working around our ranch, and I also missed a lot of sleep listening to the books in bed... Can't ask for much more than that I guess!
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