The war with China was over and Lieutenant Shawn "Calvin" Hobbs just wanted his life to go back to normal. The hero of the war, he had a small ream of paperwork to fill out, a deployment with his Navy F-18 squadron to prepare for, and a new girlfriend to spend some quality time with. Life was good. Until the aliens showed up. They had a ship and needed to get to their home planet, but didn't have a crew. They had seen Calvin's unit in action during the war, though, and knew it was the right one for the job. There was just one small problem - a second race of aliens was coming, which would end all life on Earth. Calvin's platoon might want to do something about that, too. Having already won a terrestrial war with 30 troops, winning an interstellar war with nothing but a 3,000 year old cruiser should be easy, right?
Janissaries initiates The Theogony, a trilogy that takes Lieutenant Hobbs and his Special Forces platoon to the stars where they will learn that there's much more to Earth's history than is written in the history books!
©2014 Christopher John Kennedy (P)2014 Christopher John Kennedy
Yes, I would. Listening to it again allows for me to pick up on what I missed the first time around. The story is engaging enough to not get bored a second time around. The voice acting, however, is just a little bit stilted at first. The man reading the story seems to be as much of a machine as Solomon.
The book can be compared to most any other contemporary sci fi book around. The author's attempt to meld the world's religions into the book is a nice touch, but if you are very very highly religious and can't stand anything that seems like blasphemy to your faith, do NOT read this book.
My favorite character is the XO of the entire group. He reminds me of my father, who was actually a Green Beret.
Sometimes, again the narrator let the book down just a bit in that regard. There may have been points in the book that were supposed to make a tear fall or something like that, or shock me, but the delivery by the narrator stifled it for me. I did laugh at a few parts, but those were rare.
The book is an excellent start to the series, picking up at just the right spot and putting just enough of a threat forward to make the events in the series plausible without putting you into a frame of mind that the heroes should die or that the enemies will be a pushover. People die, damage is received, and the plans are executable. I found myself drawn into the political aspect on Earth as well.
Chris Kennedy 1st installment of the Janissaries: The Theogony is an unsophisticated tale more suitable to 1950's style sci-fi for pre-teens. Basically, Earth has been under the watch of an alien race with much of Greek mythology deriving from a prior contact. The alien communications beacon stops working and is interpreted as indicating that a previously believed extinct alien race of 10 foot man-eating frogs is still around and intends to invade Earth for a banquet. What ensues is an eclectic band of GI Joes types who ally with the watching aliens using technology from another extinct alien race that happens to be hanging around Earth and begin an adventure to save the planet and start exploring the galaxy.
The sci-fi elements are basic and crude: wormhole travel for spaceships along with anti-matter and laser weapons. The multiple alien races are either humanoid or variants of terrestrial animals (birds, frogs, and lizards). Naive geopolitics include the US president getting a phone call from a war hero to come alone regarding an issue of national security. World leaders use body double for secret meetings and no one other than a select few know anything. "New" top secret classifications need to be created with the president working on establishing a unified world government. All of this is based on 3 aliens just saying so. Russia has reverted back to the KGB with a stereotypical femme fatale. The multiple aliens are either pacifists with a prime directive or blood thirsty carnivores who are pure evil and want to eat any intelligent life form.
The narration is suboptimal with alien renditions of boring college professors and alien contact at the level of "we'll be your friends if you help us.". Also annoying is the repetition of the same information over and over again to different characters. There's a distinct lack of subtlety and nuance.
The narrator completely destroyed this book for me. It was as if I was listening to a computer read the text. The inflection and tone was either non-existent or in consistent with the written word. What a disappointment. Do not waste your money.
Do not know.
Robotic, monotone of narratation
Anger at paying so much and disappointment.
Eliminate the childish humor, and it is way too obvious that the narrator is reading every word. His storytelling ability is in need of much work, however he does have a good voice and potential. He needs to know better of how to tell the story and not read the story. I keep trying to imagine if the adolescent humor was delivered better if it would occasionally be remotely funny. I can't seem to come up with a good delivery ideas for any of the 'trying to be funny'
Doubtful, certainly not with the same narrator.
The attempt at humor was like scratching on the chalkboard.
Very little, however he does have the voice for it. I get audible books so as to HEAR a believable (or not believable) story, not to have someone READ me the words of a story
The twins, or else aah... Never mind
I'll probably finish it in bits and pieces, and in between books as I seek out a good series, but it's kind of like... Well – Imagine your extremely hungry, haven't eaten for two days and finally a given the opportunity to eat what's on the menu. Except you don't know what's on the menu but someone is reading the menu out loud standing about ten paces away and in between you and them, five paces away is a full-size chalkboard and someone is slowly raking their fingernails up and down it constantly, yet you can't plug your ears are walk away because you just got here what's on the menu...
Where to start.
The story is very weak, as are all the characters. There is no depth in the story at all. The book is not boring, but you should not expect any excitements either.
It reminds me of a SF B movie, where the best way to enjoy it is to disconnect half of your brain.
All the historical references are inaccurate at best.
Janissaries are known from the Otoman empire, not from Persian empire.
Was fun, but a little to filled wil tropes and simple plots. Performance was well done considering the simplistic writing.
"Janissaries" is cute as a sci-fi near future story. The author ties enough facts and history to create initial depth to the storyline. It's not going to win any Hugo awards, but it passes the time.
You have to just basically ignore the under narration. The storyteller seems to think that reading a story out loud is the same as voice acting.
this is a rolicking adventure that starts at a run and picks up from there! if you enjoy space opera you will love this book. go buy it now!
"A fun read"
Well written and I enjoyed the book. It did not try to be to complicated. well narrated as well. Looking forward to hearing the next book.
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