In Overlord, the stunning conclusion to the trilogy within the Event Group series that began with Event and continued with Legacy (fans' favorite titles), a time of war is upon humanity. The plans of a million years are finally ready for what has always been coming - Armageddon. Finally, the first move is set in motion and the assassinations begin, eliminating the leadership and consolidating military control of the seas and airspace of the world’s most powerful nations. Only one element in the arsenal of the world can possibly give the Earth a fighting chance at survival - a tiny being that has already saved the world once in the Arizona desert is now called upon to outthink his former masters.
The one entity on the planet that refuses to accept the inevitable defeat of humankind, The Event Group, is suffering from losses of military personnel and being torn apart by internal conflict. The Group also faces a threat that may be far more dangerous to Earth’s survival than the attacks from deep space - their old enemies have returned to take revenge and the worst fears of Department 5656 are realized - a breach in security allows intruders to get at the secrets inside the complex in Nevada. As the war wages on, countries fall, nations fight to the last man, and the fate of planet depends on a few good men and women in this action-packed thrill ride from New York Times best-selling author David Golemon.
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David Golemon's Overlord is the 3rd and final installment of the Event Group trilogy concerning an impending invasion by aliens that was hinted at in the 1st two installments. Overlord is the codename for the plan to defend Earth. The story builds on the first two parts, Event Group and Legacy, but adds many more players to the mix. Final preparations for Overlord are consummated and the plan is somewhat executed. Mixed in are both intelligence and political opponents who lack insider information and harass, rather than hinder the main characters.
The sci-fi elements are limited to wormholes with funky time effects and powerful lasers. While an engaging and exciting tale, with good pacing throughout, the story suffers from a crude, naivete. Basically, the overlord plan was designed and wholly known by just 4 individuals, one of whom is already dead, two who get injured and are out of action, with the last being the little friendly alien who has been holding back. This leads to the continual mantra of "need to know" which seems useless when world ending events are unfolding. 70 billion aliens in spaceships sailing across the galaxy looking for food also seems pretty lame (you can create an energy source big enough to bend space-time, but you can't produce food - really???). The actions of speaker and intelligence chief were also overly simplistic and farcical.
The narration was quite good with an excellent range of voices that was needed for the expanded character set.
Yes, definitely into the Event Group series. The team of Poe and Golemon is ourstanding.
Historical references are well researched.
Oddly, the rogue president and his crowd. An the Russian commander.
Read more Event Group thrillers.
This series, performed by Poe, is one of my personal favourites on Audible. Well researched, with enough drama and such that it is as realistic as this kind of stuff can be. Highly recommended.
Even with several instances of SyFy exaggerations (time paradox, flying saucer wormhole generators, &c) the novel was very entertaining and even touched lightly into the military SyFy genre. With that said, the author's obvious insistence to interject partisan politics into the story was grating. The bad guy just happens to be a corrupt southern slightly portly REPUBLICAN Speaker of the House (Newty images abound) while POTUS is portrayed almost as a man of all seasons was a disappointment. One point reduction for being partisan when there was no need to be.
This has to be one of the worst books that I have listened to/read in decades. How does someone this bad get published? The dialogue is so pathetic and the characters are so one-dimensional that at times I wondered if this was written as a parody.
Overlord reads like the summation of multiple underlying plot lines, some that began in "Event", the first book in the series. Reads like either the end of the road or the series taking off on new tangents.
The characters are the normal archetypical jingoistic stereotypes from their respective countries, except the Speaker of the House who's your standard Tea Party'er taken from CSPAN. ;-) In other words - the usual suspects down to the 'men in black'.
As I've said in past reviews of this series, Mr. Goleman is master yarn spinner. He manages to suspend belief just enough that his tall tales can be enjoyed to escape from the mundane travails of everyday life. What more can you ask?
He IS a tad sloppy with getting all the details correct in his books, but he is so consistently sloppy that it's almost a trademark by now. Richard Poe has only gotten better over the life of the series to the point that I'm looking for other books narrated by him.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Even though Overlord was a long listen, the story buzzed along. There are several compelling storylines interwoven with the overall plot. The book is filled with valiant knights in armor and rat faced bastards, plus Matchstick - the hero.
Nothing really comes to mind. I tend to take each book as an original story with its own little functioning world within itself.
First time listener. He did a top notch job. Kept the story moving. I will look for his other narrations.
As much as I have extreme reactions to anything these days - I have slowly, yet inexorably slouched into a rather tiresome jaded state of being over the last 22 1/2 years for reasons I shall not go into, and for the fact that you probably don't really care about in the first place.
The ending part of the audiobook when one of the rat faced bastards and his MIB posse finally caught up with a group of the good guys saddened me tremendously. I remember uttering a pained "No!", getting a lump in my throat, and, as I looked down onto the ground slowly shaking my head back and forth.
Purchase Overlord! You owe it to the poor sods in Beijing and Mumbai - you will know why by about the 2/3 mark of the audiobook - and above all others, Matchstick.
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