The Last Centurion is a memoir of one possible future, a world that is a darkling mirror of our own. Written "blog-style", it pulls no punches in its descriptions of junk science, bad strategy, and organic farming.
©2008 John Ringo; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Ringo excels in the depiction of combat, managing to capture the carnage and horror while maintaining a sense of the absurd....with the unexpected twists that Ringo has made his hallmark." (Publishers Weekly)
"Miller becomes Bandit Six, patriotic, no-nonsense, and extra rough around the edges." (AudioFile)
This book was excellent. IT is more or less a diary of a soldier ten years into the future after a flu pandemic and the global aftermath. The breakdown of civilization in much of the world etc. I got it on a whim and had no idea what to expect. The narrator matched up perfectly with this interesting and unfortunately plausible vision of the future. The writer has a point of view to be sure, but I don't think it would get in the way of anyone's enjoying the book. I am going to check out more works by this author, previously unknown to me.
As you can tell from the publisher's description, this book falls into the category of science fiction/military thriller. Although I enjoy this genre, I am usually distracted from the story by the lack of authenticity in the military characters who seem to fulfill a publisher's sterotype of a soldier rather than thinkng, acting and talking like the ordinary men and women who provide extraordinary service to our military. John Ringo has definitely risen above the stereotype and created a very aunthetic protagonist and story line. Couple an excellent story with the narrator's excellent performance, and you have an audiobook that is definitely worth the credit.
The main character was a warrior farmer a strong echo of Cincinaticus a hero of the Roman Empire. The plot of book took a lot of swipes at price control, organic farming, female presidents, global warming and even an argument that a military coup might not be so bad. The author has a very strong historical background and made some really good arguments based on historical facts. This is really a great book and it will make the reader stop and think about the current world situation. Of course you must remember that the book is fictional entertainment.
If you voted for Obama, do not listen to this book. If you eat tofu and all organic foods, do not listen to this book. If you are still angry at George Bush's slow response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's sweep of the 9th Ward, do not listen to this book. If you think Islam is the religion of peace, please do not listen to read this book. If you believe in global warming, do not listen to this book. If you think that the print and video media is fair and unbiased, do not listen to this book. Why? This book challenges all those beliefs.
But if you voted for someone else besides Obama or even if you did, eat meat, do not care if your food is "organic" or just inexpensive, wonder why the residents of the 9th Ward did not help themselves, wonder why the Near East is filled with Muslim-on-Muslim violence and hate, wonder why global warming has become the new religion of the liberals, and know in your heart that the print and video media are biased and absolutely intolerant of anyone holding a different opinion, then you are going to enjoy this book. Written as the memoirs of a soldier, forty years in the future, the book lays out what could happen if the grasshoppers prevail over the next decade. The book is vintage Erick Flint, written in the first person and details combat and the logistics of combat.
Yes, it definitely has a slant right wing stance. That is part of why I loved it! The book was extremely funny. I listened to this on my Mp3 player and kept getting strange looks as I laughed out loud. I can't wait to get my husband to listen to it as well. He will love it. The only downside was the language, but it fit the personality of Bandit 6.
In spite of agreeing with most of the main character's beliefs, I found the story as a whole overwhelmed by the message the author was trying to pound into the reader. When the story was concentrating on the combat, the survival, etc. it was a great story. However, the author chose to concentrate on his politics and lost the enjoyment of the story. For people looking for a story with a strong anti liberal stance, this is the one for you. For anyone looking for a good post apocalypse war story, you'd be better off looking somewhere else.
This book is in a "blog" style. I am not sure that I liked that aspect of it.
Like every other blog I have read there are alot of (the characters) personal opinions that you may or may not agree with, I dont have a problem with that. What I didnt like was the fact that when he rants and tends to get off on side notes that I thought where boreing.
The story itself is interesting and this book has an excellent narrator.
His series with David Weber (March Upcountry is the first book) is much better.
I don't usually write reviews for books, but I was so disappointed with this book that I had to write something. I got through about the first 3 hours, which was basically a rant about the evils of liberal ideals. It was written like a journal and had little to no story line. I have always enjoyed this authors books in the past and that makes this even more disappointing.
How can a subject like the end of the world (as we know it) be so dreadful and boring?
Read or listen to this dribble and see. One would be better entertained watching I Love Lucy reruns or re-reading Atlas Shrugged-for a third time.
I never write reviews, but I have to warn you. This book is nothing but a political tirade. I like most of Ringo's other books. But, this thing is rediculous. If you are hard right winger and want lessons in everything from religion to the evils of socialized medicine, then this might work for you. Very little fighting (although I only made it halfway through) and little or no science fiction. Avoid this if you want to hear a typical John Ringo book. I would like a refund.
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