Replete with detailed imagery of the landscape, characters and politics that have made the jungle-infested peninsula a Shangri-La for so many over the years, Yellow Eyes is a hard-hitting look at facing a swarming alien horde with not much more than wits and guts. Fortunately for the human race, the Panamanians, and the many veterans that think of it as a second home, have plenty of both.
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This is labeled as the 8th book I think but really its the 6th book - the first 4 are Hymn before the battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hells Faire - after that you should read Watch on the Rhine, and then this book because they are still on Earth at this point and fighting the Posleen - then go on to the Callys War and Sister Time, and Honor of the Clan and on to The Tuloriad, then Eye of the Storm and lastly The Hero.
This sroty was started with Watch on the Rhine where the SS was brought back, that book was sorta slow on the fighting and the whole SS thing was sorta strange, this time its in Panama and there are older people getting brought back to fight and stuff.
There is some more fighting here and some really stupid parts about war crimes and stuff that make no sense to me since if its against the Posleen how is it a "war crime"? werent these laws made for Humans not creatures that eat you?
There is a really good part with one of the AID's that is just awesome to watch play out, in the end its cool how the last of the Posleen that arent fighting anymore and have given up are doing things that are sorta normal.
I would say that this is much better then Watch on the Rhine, but not as good as the first 4 - if you are reading this series and you simply love it, then you should read these at least this one and skip Watch on the Rhine if you want to there isnt any real continuation of the story from that book in this one.
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While listening to the original LONG series of books, I decided to skip this book since I didn't think I'd be all that interested in the "Panamanian perspective"... I'm glad I went back and picked it up (WELL after I finished the rest of the series)... It's every bit as good as the rest of the books!!
I love a good sci-fi book as I started listening to this book I was very entertained and intrigued by the large assortment of characters, one of the best read books to date. This has a twist of a love story and human survival entwined throughout the book. Many great people the corrupt, bad, misunderstood and of course the heroes which came out as the strong independent people that made this country great. This is a must read for those into Sci-Fi even for first timers. It has it all from hard work to courage, cowards, strategy and miss-understood aliens. John Ringo also included a must read epilogue of how this world is getting twisted, relaying to the book and now, especially now.CC
A nice take on looking at the enemy you are fighting on the ground, and then looking at the enemy behind the enemy! Humanisation(?) of the Posleen, (Mano a Mano) as a fighting entity. If you like John Ringo (Redneck American) then you will like this. For Capitalistic jingoism though, also try Ayn Shand, Atlas Shrugged. This is definitely the best anti-bureaucratic treatise ever.
I'm baffled about this one, both the book and the positive responses to it, since my own experience was so different. I generally like JR well enough and I love tough Sci-Fi, but I could find no engaging story line and nothing like a cast of developed and differentiated characters, simply nothing much to connect with here and yet it keeps on going on. My experience of the book and its reception, so far out of synche with the aggregate, like running in a marathon with no course, no finish line, and 10,000 other runners who all look the same.
narrator made maximum use of multiple accents to enhance the multiple aspects of this complex story line
Much more insight into the origins and motives of the alien invaders that is not found in most of the other books
The enormity of the slaughter on both sides is hard to absrob
The author, by his own admission, has extremely conservative political opinions which he discusses at the end of the book....giving fair warning to all to turn it off if they are liberals. Unfortunately, these view are infused into the story line so that all organized government and politicians are characterized as amoral, cowards, and traitors. There is always a little truth in such allegations but it is really irritating to have it beat into you through out an otherwise great story....oh yes, will we ever learn who the Alendata are and what they have in mind?
This book gives you a whole new perspective to the battle for the Earth. It doesn't have the standard characters, but adds tremendous depth to the story overall.
Classic Ringo...being Ringo...with some help from the other guy I'm sure. As a former paratrooper I love almost anything Ringo writes because it reminds me of the conversations an attitudes I shared during my late teens/early 20's at Fort Bragg (when I wasn't deployed of course). Even though this was co-written it comes across as classic Ringo and the authors obvious knowledge and love of the canal zone added a neat travelog quality. Not as tightly written as some of the other stories in this series but I love a story where the right kind of soldier gets to lead the good fight! The non-human characters were interesting as well...especially with the way that the authors breathed a little...er humanity...into them.
This is a good story, lots of humor towards the end. The Interludes towards the end get just plain funny. If you like the other Posleen War books you will love this one.
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