The first thing to say about this book is that it is great. John Ringo, as usual, does a terrific job in creating a story that has a good plot, reason..Show More »able and likable characters, a sense of humor and reasonable closure. There is some hard science and the terminology may be too much for some, but I found it reasonable in light of the things that were being done at the time. The narration is very, very good and I found no technical flaws with the production. All in all a great and enjoyable read. If the second book in the series was also by John Ringo I would have already bought it.
But that is the problem. Subsequent books in the series are listed as being by John Ringo and Travis Taylor. I assume this means that John Ringo has created the characters and, perhaps, the plot and given it to someone else (in this case Travis Taylor) to do the writing. I have not heard this book so perhaps I am not being fair, but I assume this is the reason for the drop in ratings for the second book. John Ringo's style is distinctive and he writes in a way I find enormously entertaining, but having someone else write subsequent books means that I generally plan to only read the first book in such a series.
I love Ganser's voice, goes well with the story. As usual with a male narrator, the women often sound a little dippy, but he does better than most, an..Show More »d there aren't that many women. The series is full of the mechanics of physics and military rules, battles, strategy, etc - fascinating and informative, in my opinion. Not much character development, and in this particular book I had a little trouble believing the story line about one of the main characters falling in love, but a relatively minor plot point. If you enjoy dry/wry humor, lots of testosterone and good ol' boy/Brere Rabbit/aw shucks American/Southern ingenuity that kicks the butt of aliens with advanced technology, the occasional deus ex machina, edge of your seat battle scenes, and alien worlds which seem unremittingly to have unbreathable air and inedible foods, this series will appeal to you. I've felt that all books were equally good so far. I listen to them while driving, and often stay in the car after arriving somewhere, so I can keep listening - definitely engages the attention. In the Looking Glass and Live Free or Die series, the main character has a lot of similarities - a man with advanced degrees, non-military but works closely with the military, over-achiever, good ol' boy whose drawl hides a steel trap mind, somewhat megalomaniacal, and can't sustain a long-term relationship with a significant other. Very US-centric, which I found a little unrealistic given the premise of this story line, but hey, author's choice. Despite the small picky points, I can't wait to listen to the next book in both series.
John Ringo sucks you in with the first 2 to 3 books of every series he does and then either the 3 rd or 4 the books end up going no where or have crap..Show More » endings. He reuses characters,the whole character,including their name. Starts some story lines and then just forgets about them. The anime zone? Magic Christmas tree powered by music? And the "swearing." Please Mr. Ringo,if you don't want younger readers to be exposed to swearing,leave it out! Making up your own words is just plain irritating,irritating because of how often you use these made up words. If it was only occasional,then it wouldn't be so anniying.
I have read the Live free or Die series,Prince Roger March up Country, and now this series. Nothing beats March up country,those books are great,but then the third book slows way down,and the fourth has a real anti climactic ending. Same with Live free or die. All of his series so far ffor me are great at the beginning and end up in disappointment. Stop reusing characters.