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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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    Lindsay Ann Arbor MI, United States 01-28-11
    Lindsay Ann Arbor MI, United States 01-28-11
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    "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"

    I see a lot of reviews complaining about Ringo's politics. And yes, this book has an obvious right wing point of view. If you cannot enjoy a good story without that yarn also being liberal friendly, I suggest you look to SM Stirling for your post-apocalyptic fiction fix. This is a very engaging tale, but if you can't stand a book that says Climate Change is not real, get something else.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    C. Williams Arkansas USA 03-16-09
    C. Williams Arkansas USA 03-16-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Usual for this author, but not bad."

    Okay so you've read the other reviews that say its a terrible book full of xenophobia, hate, and just an ignorant rant. Its not. This book certainly has a right wing slant yes. However, many thing said are quite accurate about the topics in question. It is a well researched piece of work. Also there is no xenophobia and America is not presented as perfect. He never once preaches hate, and if anything encourages tolerance. If you don't like the book do not count this author out. This is an usual work for him and an excellent addition to any fan's collection.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    B Daigle Louisiana 12-03-08
    B Daigle Louisiana 12-03-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent"

    This is a very well researched, very well thought out, and very well written book. Ok, it does drag at times...but the main character even acknowledges and apologizes for it and turns it into sort of a joke. Scary real stuff. Excellent book.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph APO, AE, United States 10-22-11
    Joseph APO, AE, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2006

    I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.

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    "Its A Love it or Hate it book"

    this is one of those books that you either love this book and agree with its view of life or hate it and disagree with it and think the author is nuts. Its a preach to the choir style blog. And I love it. But I do see where people will be upset by it. If you believe in global warming or think that the government can solve everything (or anything) you'll hate this book.
    The book as written blog style and tends to get sidetracked every couple of seconds. The background story is almost a side note of the hero's ranting on subjects that tick him off. I have no Idea if the science is factually correct or just made up for the story. although it holds together well and at least to me seems ok. But its a very politically one sided.
    If you enjoy Fox News or some of the more bombastic politically right wing commentators like Ann Culture or Glenn Beck you'll like this one... if you don't then you won't.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Jacobi Michigan 08-16-08
    Michael Jacobi Michigan 08-16-08 Member Since 2001

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    "Good outing by fine military SF writer"

    For those who believe in the make-believe world of lib-think, this will be a tough row to hoe. For those of us who live in the real world, it's a breath of fresh air. John Ringo has personal experience of the world outside these United States, and has done a lot of research on which to ground this book. The protagonist is believable, and the narration is simply outstanding. Nice to encounter an alternative viewpoint in a good story!

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    Bernard APO, AE, USA 08-21-08
    Bernard APO, AE, USA 08-21-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Outstanding!!!!!!"

    If you were ever in the military you will like this, if you like military fiction you will like this, but if you like to think that FICTION NOVELS should be judged based on a politically correct point of view READ NON-FICTION!!!!

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica CANYON LAKE, CA, United States 10-19-11
    Veronica CANYON LAKE, CA, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this book!"

    I read the novel before I got the audiobook and I have to say...that I love both of them. I enjoy John Ringo's military thrillers, perhaps too much, but I must say that the novel, paired with the narrator's voice and performance takes this to a whole new level. An excellent listen and totally worth it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Yeats Tulsa, OK 04-13-12
    C. Yeats Tulsa, OK 04-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "More soap box than story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had stayed focused on the actual story and not built in so much right-wing based criticism of the U.S. and world at large.


    What was most disappointing about John Ringo???s story?

    The conservative preaching. Ringo, like everyone else, is entitled to his point of view, but why waste the reader's time by using a fictional event to promote a conservative agenda. It doesn't take any talent to do that.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first one, but I enjoyed his voice and style.


    What character would you cut from The Last Centurion?

    No characters, just the over the top lambasting of the media, organic farming, Hillary Clinton (thinly veiled), local government, multi-culturalism, etc, etc....


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to other works by Ringo and found the stories compelling and engaging. Unfortunately, The Last Centurion is less a story than it is a vehicle for promoting a conservative agenda. At least, that's the impression I was given by the author.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Raleigh, NC, United States 08-13-10
    Arthur Raleigh, NC, United States 08-13-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Prescient - and lefty heads explode"

    That's right. This is a book of political fiction with a point of view. Deal with it.


    The main theme of the book is what happens when leadership handles a crisis using ideology rather than practicality. When John Ringo wrote this book, it seemed likely that Hillary Clinton would become President. Instead we got Barack Obama and he has gotten several crises with which to illustrate Ringo's point. You only have to look at his feckless response to the Gulf Oil spill to know that Ringo is right on the money.

    My only criticism of the book is that Ringo didn't need BOTH a plague and a weather-induced famine to illustrate his point. One or the other would have done nicely. Even something less dramatic, such as an oil spill, would have made the point. Life imitates fiction yet again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Olson Minnesota 09-23-08
    Daryl Olson Minnesota 09-23-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Overburdened"

    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Martin
    Walsall, West Midlands, United Kingdom
    5/22/09
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    "An excellent book"

    Told from the view of one particular army officer, the long winter and the plague having an impact worldwide and especially in Iran (where the officer is stationed) and the US.
    Each disaster is bad enough, combined they are horrible.
    The actions of our hero, while not always heroic are at least human.
    While I don't agree fully with the author's politics, the book is well written. One possible future? Who knows.
    The hero's take on liberals, global warming and government made me chuckle. Not saying he's wrong, I've heard far stronger from politicians.
    I'd thoroughly recommend this book, one of John Ringo's best books to date.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A. Farenden
    Essex, UK
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    "My one "re-listen" ! Zombie-free Apocalypse"
    Would you listen to The Last Centurion again? Why?

    Yes! I'm on my 5th replay. It's funny, thought-provoking and helped me get through my GCSE Pyschology by giving me examples of a concept being discussed but not being at all boring.
    It's engaging, good listening whether on a car journey or while doing housework, and the narrator gives the work life really well, not a monotone the way some narrators do.
    This was my second ever purchase on Audible, and while other audiobooks have come and gone, this is still on my iPod and still being listened too.

    This is the audiobook that had me trying to convert everyone I met to audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare The Last Centurion to, and why?

    It's a little like John Scalzi's Redshirts, as I said in my review of that book, but superior in my opinion.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Oh man. Attitude. Half the humor is in his emphasis, how he portrays the switch from sarcasm to deadpan.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "We are the Last Centurions, and this Rome America shall not fall." Which is the in-story tagline for the "Centurions" TV show and the last line of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot emphasize how much I love this book. I've bought the paperback as a result of the audiobook to lend to people that won't try audiobooks. This book is post-apocalyptic survival (without zombies) at its best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Old Woking, United Kingdom
    5/16/14
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    "Good stuff"
    Where does The Last Centurion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    IN this genre, somewhere in the middle


    Any additional comments?

    I got the book because of the negative 'don't get this because its right wing' nonsense posted by others. Its not right wing, it gives the authors opinion on the sacred cows of Global Warming, gender politics etc. Forget the left/right rubbish and enjoy the action story it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    12/27/13
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    "Fantastic...Highly recommend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    All military SF fans will certainly enjoy this as will all fans of more traditional military authors like Chris Ryan or Andy McNab, Tom Clancy or Patrick Robinson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Sully, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    5/20/09
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    "What a shame"

    The basic storyline and the method of narrative could have made this a good book, the shame for me is that the author makes all views so extremely right wing it was beyond belief. I am about as non political as they come but I am sure I would be labeled as a bleeding heart liberal in the story context. I only bothered to write this review as someone had given the story 5 stars and that did influence me - don't buy this unless you have views on race, sexism and nationality that are to the right of Attila the Hun... what a shame

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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