Took a chance on this one being I was not familar with the author. Overall this was very enjoyable. I will grant that the writer used events from ou..Show More »r real world history in the plot but that is okay. What he did with them is what matters. Am looking forward to the next installment in the series.
if James Fouhey was treated to a couple of hours on a cross for many parts of this performance.
My 2 out of 5 rating for his performance is m..Show More »aybe somewhat harsh but I can not with good conscience rate it as 3/5. There are several reasons for this. I will mention the main ones. He totally butchers every inner monolog by dint of a whispering mumble that gets intensely irritating. Many times throughout this series Tom Kratman injects certain military lectures on certain pet peeves that the main character has. They come across as probably being hard to follow if one where to read them oneself. Sadly James Fouhey just makes it X times worse. Fluctuating tone, sounds unsure etc.. When one ends up skipping forward and ignoring such to keep from loosing ones cool, well that's not good. Dialects.. James is apparently just incapable of any coherent use of dialects. The attempts at dialects are also just on the whole terrible.
As a discussion of the issues facing a military force including women and homosexuals, this is an interesting read. However, it is the second book, o..Show More »f three, that retraces the same plot territory. This strikes me as a "side book" rather than a main plotline book, but there's just not enough of the main story to support the side book. Directly following Lotus Eaters, I felt like it was indulgence on the part of the author to wrap his policy proposal in fiction. Since I'm, at least, willing to consider the ideas he puts forth, for me to be bugged by it is probably a bad sign.
This is the third book in which we see the same time-frame of the story, without advancing the plot. Lotus Eaters, Amazon Legion and Come and Take th..Show More »em all explore the period leading up to and the initial TU invasion of Balboa. If the author has any idea of what comes next, there's no reason to suspect it, as he's written three books and not gotten anywhere. Admittedly, each of these books explores the time from a different point of view, but without advancing the plot, Lotus Eaters, Amazon Legion and Come and Take Them just come off as rants or position papers thinly wrapped in repetitive fiction (and I'm either curious or partisan for the authors position). I'm interested in seeing how things work out with the UEPF, but, since the author isn't ever going to tell that story, there's no point in continuing.
Number six in a series that just keeps getting better and better. These kinds of book series always leave me wishing I had waited to start until the ..Show More »whole series is out and available so that I can get the whole story at once, As has been said before, don't start at number 6. Go start with the first in the series and let Kratman's story just roll over you. Its the best kind of military science fiction written by a warrior with experience in the real world of battle, Its a slap in the face with an ice cold dash of Heinlein, just when you need it most. The narration is superb, the characters are three dimensional and the tactics sound. What more can I xay, Buy the first book in the series and give it a listen, d! Oh, and give his other books, "State of Disobedience" and "Caliphate" a listen too. Well worth a credit!