Prince Roger is coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the empress, is still alive but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans.
A different emphasis in the preceding books in the series, but still a lot of fun. Don't look for character development here, or even tremendous amounts of combat. Still a lot of fun, and a slightly different Weber-esk take on Space combat. A good completion to this series, yet clearly left open-ended for more to come one day.
Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.
When the vampire accountant finds himself a girlfriend, things just kind of get weird. It's a bunch of interrelated shorts, and just plain a lot of fun. If the premise sounds even vaguely interesting, I think you'll really enjoy it. I recommended it.
Get ready for the action-packed follow up to The Rules of Supervillainy. This time with zombies, zombified heroes and villains, cults, magic, super-science, a dragon, a giant Nazi robot, a Greek demigod, and so much more! Gary and Cloak have returned from the supervillain prison on the moon only to discover the city he plans to conquer and rule with an iron fist has been overrun with the living dead.
Our hero continues to do what he does best at not being an actual hero. Loads of fun like the first. Great pacing and more of what you loved in the first novel. Recommended.
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Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations. When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation's products.
This book was as fun that the first in the series. The straight man and the comic bit was just plain enjoyable and lighthearted throughout, and you get to see how it all got started. It has inspired me to go back and re-listen to the first book in the series,. Funny and not to serious at any point.
Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.
Despite his insistence that he's a villain. . . he's a kinda sorta antihero. Not a spoiler, just obvious. A fun ride though. Recommended.
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When a Weird Space Thing™ threatens to destroy planet Earth, Cal is determined to stop it. But when they get there, they find the place is still swarming with parasitic extra-terrestrial bugs, and that there isn't a whole lot left to save. While battling an unexpected ghost of the past, Cal is abducted by aliens. Again. Brought before their covert High Council, Cal is given a choice: save his Earth and doom countless others to oblivion, or sacrifice it, so that parallel Earths may live.
If you're starting the series don't start here! This is as fun as the rest of the series, though I found the story itself tended to drag a bit in the middle.
Cal and the team waste little time is getting into the adventures and he does what he does best. . . pretty much screw up everything and get into fights. Enjoy.
Soldier and adventurer John Carter tells the story of how he returns to the planet Mars to be reunited with his love, the Martian princess Dejah Thoris. With his great friend Tars Tarkas, mighty Jeddak of Thark, Carter sets out in search of his princess. But Dejah Thoris has vanished. And Carter becomes trapped in the legendary Eden of Mars, from which none has ever escaped alive.
I have read and reread this series multiple times. This is a truly fun one in it. You can tell that the series is still evolving at this stage, but it is also fun to watch. This particular narrator is fantastic. His voice leads one deeper and deeper into the narrative with each page. If you're a fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Martian novels, this book is for you. Recommended.
When Quentin Draith wakes up in a private sanatorium, he has no memory of who he is or how he received the injuries riddling his body. All he knows is that he has to get out, away from the drugs being pumped into him and back to the real world to search for answers. His first question: How did his friend Tony’s internal organs fill with sand, killing him in a Las Vegas car crash? After a narrow escape, he tracks down the basic facts: He is an investigator and blogger specializing in the supernatural - which is a good thing, because Quentin’s life is getting stranger by the minute.
This book sets up its own multidimensional universe, and governs it by its own laws. The author handles this fairly well and things seem to be fairly consistent. The lead character is reasonably likable and more importantly believable. I do not know if I will continue in the series yet, as it doesn't really grabbed me. It has a strong 1950s detectives noir feel to it. If that's your thing this might be for you!
It was supposed to be an easy job: find the Dark Star Revolution Starships, destroy them, and go home. But a booby-trapped vessel decimates the Meridian Alliance fleet, leaving Serengeti - a Valkyrie class warship with a sentient AI brain - on her own, wrecked and abandoned in an empty expanse of space. On the edge of total failure, Serengeti thinks only of her crew. She herds the survivors into a lifeboat, intending to sling them into space. But the escape pod sticks in her belly, locking the cryogenically frozen crew inside.
I'm shocked that anyone could rate this a five star. I give it a one star. The science in this book is grossly inconsistent. The ship tactics are at best 18th century tactics with 31st century ships and weapons. The super intelligent artificial intelligences, do not act in a logical or straightforward manner.
A number of people point this out but seem to think that it's wonderful how human AI's are, but they do things that are detrimental for themselves and their crews, constantly. The internal physics of the universe are inconsistent. I can point out numerous examples, but simply looking at the timelines shows that a maximum subsidies speed of 20,000 mph appears to be established in the early part of the combat, this is after long-duration acceleration. However the entire set of ships completes 180° turn in the space of a few minutes and is then accelerating in the opposite direction at the same speed. Even if I swallow various problems like this, the weaponry is inconsistent. The idea that even a huge nuclear weapon going off 200 km away would have a physical shock wave impact (over an entire fleet even) is ludicrous. The fact that they are unprepared for this known tactic is equally insane. There is perhaps additional back story on why these previously known weapons that are so incredibly effective are used by their opponents but not by them?
The manuscript is also in desperate need of a good editor. If you're looking for something touchy-feely, with absolutely no science and is internally inconsistent then go for this. But don't expect good science or adventure, and whatever you do don't look for it being internally consistent anyway whatsoever.
Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.
dark view of the apocalypse; superheroes abound, but can be infected. clearly a lead into a series, but too dark for my taste.