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Manxome Foe Audiobook
Manxome Foe
Written by: 
John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor
Narrated by: 
L. J. Ganser
Manxome Foe Audiobook

Manxome Foe: Looking Glass Series, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

A leading voice in military SF, best-selling author John Ringo teams with real-life rocket scientist Travis S. Taylor for an explosive entry from their Looking Glass series.

Recovering from their first mission, the crew of the Vorpal Blade - humankind's first interstellar craft - is called into emergency action when an alliance gate colony is attacked. Who was the lethal alien enemy? What exactly happened at the colony? And dare the Vorpal Blade's battle-weary misfits engage a potentially superior force?

©2008 John Ringo &Travis S. Taylor; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    One voracious reader Idaho 08-15-10
    One voracious reader Idaho 08-15-10
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    "Keeps me sitting in the car"

    I love Ganser's voice, goes well with the story. As usual with a male narrator, the women often sound a little dippy, but he does better than most, and there aren't that many women. The series is full of the mechanics of physics and military rules, battles, strategy, etc - fascinating and informative, in my opinion. Not much character development, and in this particular book I had a little trouble believing the story line about one of the main characters falling in love, but a relatively minor plot point. If you enjoy dry/wry humor, lots of testosterone and good ol' boy/Brere Rabbit/aw shucks American/Southern ingenuity that kicks the butt of aliens with advanced technology, the occasional deus ex machina, edge of your seat battle scenes, and alien worlds which seem unremittingly to have unbreathable air and inedible foods, this series will appeal to you. I've felt that all books were equally good so far. I listen to them while driving, and often stay in the car after arriving somewhere, so I can keep listening - definitely engages the attention. In the Looking Glass and Live Free or Die series, the main character has a lot of similarities - a man with advanced degrees, non-military but works closely with the military, over-achiever, good ol' boy whose drawl hides a steel trap mind, somewhat megalomaniacal, and can't sustain a long-term relationship with a significant other. Very US-centric, which I found a little unrealistic given the premise of this story line, but hey, author's choice. Despite the small picky points, I can't wait to listen to the next book in both series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gurmukh 12-14-14
    Gurmukh 12-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A fun book."

    I enjoyed this book in general. The whole series is a fun bit of fluff Sc-Fi. The reason I wanted to write this review, though, is to pick on a couple of things that annoyed me, though not enough to remove more than one star from the overall picture.

    The completely unnessary, tacked-on love story should have just been removed. Eric (Two-Gun) goes back home for a visit and starts catching the eye of this girl. They go on one date, and all of a sudden she's promising to not date other men and to wait for him to come home in spite of the odds against his survival.

    Okay, it's not too unrealistic for something like that to happen. Teenage girls (and boys too) often get swept up in their feelings of the moment and all that. But nobody else in the story seems to think it's a little too much. After she receives a message from Eric, Eric's mother asks her if she's going to be her mother in law soon, and she replies "I hope so!".

    Seriously? Nobody's saying, "Hey, you two have basically just met each other and been on ony one date! Don't you think you should slow things down a bit?"

    And the scenes where she's pining for him and watching a video montage to a song from the war on terror... kind of cringe-inducing. I guess it's just some video that gave the author the feels and he felt he needed to work it in. He should have reconsidered.

    By the way, spoiler alert, though not by any means a big one, he asks her to marry him when he gets back and she says yes.

    *SIGH*

    Also, the dig against France at the end there was completely unnecessary and historically innacurate. It was just the authors feelings on the subject being thrown in ham-fisted.

    But like I said, it was an entertaining bit of sci-fi fluff overall. I'm just the kind of guy who loves to nit-pick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 01-08-10
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 01-08-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Waiting for the next one!!"

    well ringo did it again here i sit waiting for the next one. real good a little first contact gone wrong and right, we see some characters really step up, left me hanging for the next book. after the firt book i didnt care for the narrator now i am real used to him and hes great.

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    Upplander NV USA 05-22-16
    Upplander NV USA 05-22-16 Member Since 2008

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    "let's get e m"

    Great rolling tail. The characters pop and you are in the thick of the action. The read is so great that I have listened to it about four times. I do believe that you will enjoy this one.

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    James United States 05-17-16
    James United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Very little action untill end of book"
    Would you try another book from John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor and/or L. J. Ganser?

    Yes


    What could John Ringo and Travis S. Taylor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the story move faster, this book took too much time getting to know the jobs of the command crew and how the ship works. I only found out about book 1 & 2 after checking the listing to the Tau Ceti books.


    What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

    Outstand


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. King 04-15-16
    R. King 04-15-16
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    "Best book I have heard in a long time."

    A wonderful blend of military SF with the right mix of drama, epic space battles and gallows humor. Great pacing and excellent writing keep me engaged throughout.

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    Amazon Customer Florence, MT, United States 04-07-16
    Amazon Customer Florence, MT, United States 04-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Manxome Foe"

    looking Glass series #3, great in print, awesome to listen to... As I re-read this series it just gets better

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    aenea 11-07-15
    aenea 11-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Barely made it..."

    I'm only an hour in and less has happened than previous two books. I got pretty close to walking away from finishing the rest of the book just now during a high school cafeteria conversation about dates for a dance. No joke, it was in here. Even if Ringo eventually makes this auxiliary character some major influence on her associated main character, it will likely not be worth the extra wasted time spent going through such trivial matters. The normal life of people back home is assumed, just as that normal life's continuance being a goal of the main characters is assumed. Spending extra time wallowing through that life is a distraction from the point of reading this genre. Should someone want a refresher on what that normal is, they merely need step away from the book into their normal life. Fingers crossed that this was an anomaly. Pushing on...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Wilkerson 04-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Highly recommended"

    Loved it I highly recommend it it was a cliffhanger all the way to the end hope the author continue the series

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    Mark Fry 01-19-15
    Mark Fry 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome series."

    If you are looking for a good, high-adventure sci-fi this is your book...and series. Ringo combines good science, colorful characters, humor and action brilliantly. Albeit on the edge of sci-fi and fantasy, this book will keep you entertained. L. J. Ganser does another superb performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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