Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Only by the grace of God and the use of Nanotechnology were they defeated. The result of that Nanotech? Vipers, a regiment of super soldiers tasked with protecting the Alliance and annihilating the Merki. It was a job they performed with distinction, a job they completed almost two centuries ago. A job that cost them their humanity.
Thurston is an unimportant border world with a problem, a Marine type problem. Not the sort of place Gunnery Sergeant Gina Fuentez expected to find one of the fabled Viper cyborgs, but that's just what she discovers when a simple mission to extract an operative from a terrorist camp leads to a firefight and two of her squad dead.
With friends dying around her and a world coming apart at the seams, Gina must decide if the Marine Corps is really her home, or just a stopping place to where she really belongs.
©2007 Mark E. Cooper (P)2014 Mark E. Cooper
Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)
I found book one pretty shallow and even more like Sci-Fi for the very young (subtracting a few profanities).. Still it kept me listening and I bought book 2, hoping the series would get better.
Nah. Look, I got this series because I was looking for scifi. The first book started slow, and I stopped a few times, but once the actual Scifi got started, it was great. But then this book does it again. 9 hours. THE FIRST 9 HOURS are more of the fighting terrorists, and... i dont even know, i skipped it after the first hour. I resumed with 6 hours left, with Canada arriving back in Sol, where the story picks up from the 1st book. 70% of the book was just useless to the actual story, imo.
Probably not. Im more into Kevin Anderson, David Weber, John Ringo, etc Scifi. Scifi that hits you in the face and keeps going. Not... terrorism and bad dialogue between soldiers fighting terrorists.
He skipped like 90% of the actual fights in this book for some reason. Nothing really striking happened.
If it is, the terrorist plot will be cut, and the training planet will be a montage.
No. Just really annoyed.
The characters lines are from the 1950's and attempts to render emotions are childish and one dimensional. Writing lines spoken by characters in this century let a lone the next would improve it immeasurably.
No. I listened to the first book in the series and can't make it past chapter 2 in the second book. It's just severely irritating on several levels - and I was welding at the time - still boring !
The narrators rhythm is more suitable to a goldilocks and the three bears genre and emphases were just wrong. His voice is also not strong or agile enough.
The story line was OK for a Mil/SciFi book and with decent editing and narration could have been entertaining.
I think this material would be suitable for 10 years old and younger.
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