Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede.
They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.
©2004 Robert Buettner (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Buettner uses Heinlen's "Starship Troopers" as a template. While events names, places and the general world have been tweaked, the overall structure is the same. What is different is the quality of writing. Characters are two dimensional, motives are not explored, there is no instance of growth or transfer in the main character. In short, all of the features of a good story are present, yet the substance of a good story is missing. All in all this is a waste of time.
Most SF books I have read lately portray a world of the future where global warming has destroyed or decimated the world, religious zealots have taken over with disastrous results, or capitalism has run amok and impoverished 99% of the population. This book has visited the future without using the liberal agenda as a guide, and is a refreshing change from that template. It is not like you are listening to conservative talk radio. The author simply does not overtly push the liberal agenda. Refreshing!
A good way to get through the work day.
No, the narration was bad and story wasn't very good either. Had to force myself to finish this book.
Would have used another narrator and made the story less slow.
No, he was awful.
No, the story was not that good.
I normally dont buy books this short. but i was on my phone and didnt have an time. so i took this from the audible list. its was a good story i am continuing the series even thought the books are short. the narrator is decent i just dont like some of his voices. the story is pretty good but i dont feel some of the friendships and depth of the relationships that he alludes to which i blame for the book being short. but lets get to the good. the story moves along and is a good base, author does not forget how long it takes to get places and he does not overlook some technology. so yeah not a first pick but a good pick
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
I loved the story, but the story does not stand on its own. It needs a setup and some closure that hints at a series. But besides that, the story was fun and well done and the performance was well done.
Serious and fun. I look forward to the rest of the series.
The story is simple with very little technical babble. So if your looking for deep characters and a complex storyline go elsewhere.
You're going to get simple narratives and lots of action which is exactly what I was looking for.
Only negative is that the narrator took a bit of getting used to (it's the first time I've used the increase narration speed option). Once I settled into his style I really began to enjoy it.
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