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The Last Centurion | [John Ringo]

The Last Centurion

In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.
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Publisher's Summary

In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Beverly Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada 09-30-09
    Beverly Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada 09-30-09
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    "I want my money back!!!!"

    I'm not a left winger but I found this poor excuse of a book WAY out in right field, even if I agreed with all of this BS I would still feel ripped off, no story line, very little action, just rant after rant about how those stupid lefties ruined the world, he has a right to his opinions but why did I have to pay to hear them? Instead of calling this book "The Last Centurion" he should have called it "Endless Right Wing Rants"

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    tom 06-14-11
    tom 06-14-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Glenn Beck writes a book"

    I had previously listened to his Weber cowrite Prince Roger series and found it entertaining. The last centurion however is utter garbage.
    After the initially ok sounding non serious litt he expands in to this completely and utterly ridiculous anti-BamaCare anti-anything but the conservative republican way tirade. For more than 30min (stopped at that point) he was using 'facts' to reason why the plague was killing in different countries. There was little connection to the story and seems that the story was made up as a window dressing to argue the point that no other health care model than the current way we are conducting business can work. One can argue that this is true but being a health care professional who listens to trash while running the argumentation was complete BS.
    Some picks, In the netherlands they kill people against their wishes to save health care costs. In any universal health care country doctors stop working after filling their quota at the end of the year, thus killing people. This went on forever.
    In fiction I don't much care for total conformation to reality, but you can't go on with bull for pages and pages when it does not serve a purpose for the story.
    This was for sure the last Ringo book I got and I've been enjoying some pretty patriotic literature.
    In case you agree with Ringo on this topic you don't need to book because you are already familiar with the argument. In case you don't the listen won't be very useful.

    Verdict: Unusable.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Zurich, ON, Canada 08-14-08
    Jim Zurich, ON, Canada 08-14-08 Member Since 2014
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    "If I were King of the world."

    The book is aimed at 16 to 26 year old males.
    The story line is cross between Star Ship Troopers and a USA conservative Republican Radio show.
    The first chapter is in Military jargon to bond with people either in or just leaving service. All
    very clubby.

    There is alternate science that has nothing to
    with the real world. Such as a new ice age even
    though the glaciers are melting. How does that
    work?

    The author assigns behavior to the opposition that is
    truly dastardly. (Unbelievable)
    The hero is flawless, smart, and a farmer.

    If you enjoyed Star Ship Troopers, as I did.
    I have the book and reread it once in while.
    You'll like this book. In my opinion it's has about
    as much relevance to what's going on today.

    Star Ship Troopers is relevant in a quirky way,
    but I would not quote it like Shakespeare,
    except to a Conservative Republican Radio show
    host. "Seven Habits of Successful People" it is
    not.

    I would consider the book only to be a work of fiction and an okay read. Light humor.
    An accurate mirror of today and how you should live your life. No, unless your a conservative
    Republican Radio show host. The world only needs
    one or two of them.

    11 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Miller Towaco, New Jersey USA 07-09-11
    Joanne Miller Towaco, New Jersey USA 07-09-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Where are you John Ringo?"

    This is not the John RIngo that I have enjoyed in a number of Novels. I did not buy this book to listen to hours of his political opinions. If he wanted to write such a book, why not call it a polictical commentary. I wish he would also check his facts before he claims them as truth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elias Rostad Aberdeen, South Dakota 05-03-09
    Elias Rostad Aberdeen, South Dakota 05-03-09 Member Since 2012

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    "Ringo at his Finest"

    Gotta say, love this book. Lemme put it to you straight though.

    This is a book for the patriotic, the open minded and the conservative. If you fall outside of these categories then you will be disapointed and probably insulted.

    Good.

    If you want to listen to a book that is filled with great action, great commentary and one of the most memorable characters i have ever read, then this is the novel for you.

    If you want to listen to a book that will challenge your assumptions and push your beliefs to the breaking point, not with rhetoric, but with facts and reason, then this is the book for you.

    If that sounds scary, then stay away. Please, just go find something else. You won't enjoy it, i promise you, and you'll just get all upset and huffy of these intolerant people spouting hate (or, the right people spouting the truth, one could argue).

    For those of you who think that sounds good, by all means, download and enjoy one of the greatest audiobooks that i've had the pleasure of listening to. You won't be disapointed at all.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 11-04-08
    Elizabeth 11-04-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Annoying political rant"

    I enjoyed the Prince Roger books with David Weber but this book is a political rant very poorly disguised as an action SF novel. I'm sorry I wasted by time and money. I'll never buy a John Ringo alone again.

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart ZurichSwitzerland 09-05-08
    Stuart ZurichSwitzerland 09-05-08
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    "Angry, xenophobic, flawed political rant."

    Wow...I sure wish I had read the reviews beforehand, which would have warned me off. I, like other posters, am a sucker for a good post-apocalyptic novel. But that is not what this book is. Rather, it is long winded angry rant poorly disguised as a story. The tone is so acidic that Tom Clancy and Orson Scott Card seem like peace-loving long-haired socialist hippies.

    Europe is doomed, organic food is evil, government is filled with losers (except for the sharp edge of the US military), and American is without flaw. Cultural supremacy in its most rabid form. The hate never stops.

    This title is for the Bush-loving Clinton-hating FauxNews-watching crowd. Not for the rest society. There is no middle ground.

    Hat tip to the narrator for successful conveying the tone--very well done.

    6 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony San Francisco, CA, USA 02-25-09
    Anthony San Francisco, CA, USA 02-25-09
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    "Trash"

    "Annoying political rant" pretty much nails it. The book is GARBAGE

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 11-05-12
    Amazon Customer Akron, OH, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    This was one of the worst audible books I've listened to. Don't waste your credit.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Pleasanton, CA, United States 02-26-10
    David Pleasanton, CA, United States 02-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Love the book"

    Really puts it the cry baby left wing liberals. Good read

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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