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)
The story line -- troops stranded in the Middle East when the ice age and 'flu' epidemic devastated all governments. And their fight to get back home, punctuated by observations about how the political powers that be (you know who you are) screwed up at every turn ... and made things much worse by blindly adhering to their agenda in the face of devastating reality. Like sticking to the global warming story line (and taking actions as if it were really true) when it was obvious that the planet was cooling due to changes in the sun. Scary parallels to today.
Good narrator. Pace and timing good. No complaints. I prefer to listen nowadays.
Political Correctness Meets Reality -- and Kills People.
This isn't for everyone. If you're a lefty, you'll find much to be offended about. As a Libertarian, I didn't agree with his comments about Ayn Rand --- well, most of them anyway. This story, for me, was an unexpected gem. Thanks, Instapundit.
I really enjoyed this story. Having been a soldier myself added to that experience. If I ever run out of audio books to read the first time, this will be one of the first ones I read again.
I would be wary of buying another one of John Ringo's books.
The beating of the RIGHT WING RHETORIC drum was too strong in this book. I'm a moderate conservative and some of his Ringo's views about the economy and how people act were just wrong. It also had a little too much of making every bad guy a pedophile a little too much for me. Plenty of bad people don't have to rape children to be evil. Cough *Rambo V* cough.
The battle of the iran depot was one of my favourite scenes.
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I expected a story closer to Troy Rising, Looking Glass, Posleen and Aldenata books. I have listened to at least 15 of Ringo's books. Really enjoyed them.
I think if you are one of the fine heros that is serving or has served in the armed services you might really enjoy this book and can ignore this review.
If you expect more of what I was mentioning above you might take a minute to read more reviews.
This aside I happen to applaud the author's political views in all the titles I have purchased and I hope someday I can meet him and shake his hand. In a different world I think we might be good friends.
I usually love John Ringo's books, so I bought this one without hesitation. I was surprised at the frequency of explicit language. I know that there is swearing in John Ringos' books but I thought this was excessive. I couldn't get past it and stopped listening after 45 minutes.
I'm a big military sci-fi and alternative fiction fan, and have been a fan of Ringo' for a while. For once though, I couldn't listen to a book anymore. I think the idea and structure of the book is novel, but it really is just one huge rant. I'm a centrist by nature and swing back and forth across the political spectrum so I don't terribly mind Ringo' typical conservative viewpoint for the most part...but this was just to much. I'm get the stereotype and typical diatribe that both sides go on about...but this is just...god I hate the term - but "diarrhea of the mouth" that is on par with Limbaugh and Beck. If you like that thing - this books for you. I was sincerely hoping the other reviews that I had read were wrong...and in the beginning I even saw that at points he was pointing out how much the main character was an asshole to an extent...but at 8 chapters in and firmly in the far - far - far right wing camp I can't take anymore. That said, please give Ringo another try and pick up Live Free or Die, any of the Prince Roger series, or for that matter most of his other works. They still sell the party line, but they typically makes up for it.
This audio book is less a science fiction story then a rambling political rant that would get Glen Beck to say "Woah, wait, slow down there buddy!" However, it is reasonably entertaining, and Dan John Miller does a fantastic job narrating.
It is without a doubt the worst thing John Ringo has ever written, but considering the quality of the rest of Ringo's stuff, thats not that damning a statement.... Book gets a three.
Do you love hours of endless exposition with no real payoff? Do you love being condescended to by a guy who has all of the subtlety of a stop sign? I voted for McCain and I agree with a lot of the author's opinions but for those of us who work our butts off I think we deserve a little more creativity and effort when it comes to our post-apocolyptic escapist yarns. If I lived through a horrible tragedy like what was described in this book, I think I'd be a little more interested in telling a 1st person narrative about me and my family and our struggles to survive, not some distant historical regirgation. No character development, no story arc, no personal growth and no journey. If I wanted to experience a fake documentary I would rent a Michael Moore film.
I've listened to it twice since I bought it. It's very funny at times and also has the feel of being a book of prophecy sometimes. Even tough it's a work of fiction, The author writes candidly about cultural differences, war and media influence. If your on the left politically you most likely won't like this book. Now lets all hold hands and sing Kumbaya :)
I bought this because I like military suspense, history and adventure. This book is none of those and is simply an extreme right wing rant posing as a military adventure novel. Almost the entire book is used to present Ringo's extreme views, with virtualy no story. Plese don't waste your money.
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