EARTH IS A SHIT HOLE, BUT IT'S OUR SHITHOLE. Is shit hole, one word or two? First of all, I hate to burst some bubbles, but this is not as good as..Show More » book one. I was amazed that I listened to this right after listening to Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The future world that Kloos describes, sounds actually like Haldeman's future. Everyone lives on the dole, everyone gets paid in calories, everyone hires body guards and the army is full of idiots. Haldeman had more guns, but it looks like Kloos is headed that way. So, it is a liberal future, where everyone depends upon the government (and it is not good.) It is a conservative future where everyone owns a gun and it is not good.
The story starts out pretty good with these 80ft tall Aliens, who think we are just bugs. An interesting concern, especially when you considered how we treat anything smaller then us. They are in the very beginning and one of there ships is in the very ending, but between times our hero fights, the Russians, the Chinese and then his own country. I also find it unbelievable that a group of home troops who spend there careers killing North Americans, would all of a sudden grow a conscience when they go to another planet. I felt that there were too many conflicts, which made this too unbelievable. It is not a bad book and if you like Military Sci-Fi and you don't need it to make a lot of sense, then you will enjoy this.
This is a classical western faithful horse/companion story set in the 22nd century. Lucky 13 is Lt. Halley's first drop ship and it has a well earned..Show More » bad reputation. If you have read any of the "Terms of Enlistment" series you will recognize Lt. Halley as Andrew Grayson's (the main character of the series - girl friend). She & 13 fly the unfriendly sky's and together they turn the ships bad reputation around on it's tail fins.
This is an enjoyable story but at 33min for $6. it is a bit of a disappointment. Sort of like the epipen price gouging. If is was a third of going price - say $1.95 I would be happy and not feel as if I had been abused.
This story was great, I just wish it had been a little longer. I wanted to see the definitive moment when Jackson voiced her final decision on Lazarus..Show More »' offer. However, this book did field some unanswered questions about Greyson's TA unit.
The third book in this no-longer-a-trilogy (it was originally supposed to be three books, now it will be at least four) is the strongest yet. Kloos p..Show More »ulls off a neat trick for a military science fiction series. He first gives us the usual satisfying tropes with a likeable hero who progresses up the ranks, political machinations, propulsive action, and ever-increasing-in-scale conflict. All of this is delivered at least as well as any classic Hornblower knock-off (Honor Harrington, Lost Fleet, etc) and is worth it in its own right.
But, there is a twist, which is that, unlike these other heroes, Kloos's characters remain cogs in the machine: the death of the captain does not suddenly place them in charge, they do not come up with the amazing idea to slay the aliens, they are not the ones to turn every battle. Kloos plays with this idea in interesting ways as the book (and series) progress, creating shifting sympathies and continual surprises.
On top of that, and the thrilling military scenes, the book is held together by terrific characters who actually feel human, witty, and meaningful. The reading is terrific as well. You obviously should start with the first book, but this is a great addition, and I am glad there are more books to come.
This installment has platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson promoted to 2nd lieutenant for his heroic effort to save earth from a Lanky invasion after it was..Show More » abandoned by the President and a major portion of the fleet soon after the Lanky appearance. He is given command of a ground force to, ostensibly, run reconnaissance on the small moon where the deserters have relocated. The goal is to provide enough intelligence to a follow-on invasion force who will be tasked to recover the stolen fleet so that a counter invasion can be mounted against the Lanky who now occupy Mars.
The story then unfolds in a somewhat predictable manner as they pursue their mission. Orders change, skirmishes ensue, several close encounters occurs and eventually, they win the day.
Other than the overall repetitive nature of the story, the author's writing is still easy to follow and the narration is still very good.