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  • Footfall

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 24 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145

They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at Their Best

  • By Flatlander on 06-24-10

better than people make it sound

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-15

I have read lots of the reviews here and other places that have this book and people seem to have a problem with the elephants caring guns and the whole elephant thing, but I don't really find that to be a problem its a new idea I have never read before.

This is a "First Contact" book and if you like those type of books then you should like this one, there are some strange things in here and it seems dated as it was written in 1986 but really its not that bad I have read worse.

I do have a problem with how the Aliens act like they don't understand the human ways and couldn't have predicted what happens but I assume that could be the case if these Aliens were just a small off shoot from a much larger clan as it sorta seems like it must be but not mentioned, however I would assume that they should have some concept of how other Aliens act or could act, I don't know maybe that's the "dated" part but for the most part the book was great.

The narrator does a great job but the Aliens sound stupid and there name sounds like the narrator was trying to say something but couldn't figure t out so just made a noise, and the Aliens don't have to sound like that in the beginning you here them first and I was worried I wouldn't be able to handle that but it turned out not to be a problem other than the names they use being strange.

This was a great book and if you like "First Contact" books you will like this one

  • Stealing Home

  • Book 3 of the Steele Chronicles
  • By: Hayden Trenholm
  • Narrated by: Mark F. Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

When Frank Steele retired from the police force to work as a private detective, he left behind more foes than friends. His girlfriend Nancy disappears in a high-tech abduction, no trace of her assailants to be found. Steele has a good idea what his long-time enemies want from him in exchange for Nancy, but he isn’t willing to put control into the wrong hands. Fighting to survive amidst the treachery and power struggles of society's elite, he is haunted by the remnants of his dead son's memories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frank is back

  • By Colin on 03-08-15

Frank is back

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-15

This is the last book in the series as of this review there could be more books the ending isnt left open it concludes but like the first 2 books it ends but then the next book there is much more story so I could see more be written although I didnt read anything saying there would be.

This time Frank has his Borg parts the arm and ear and he now works for his own detective agency with Sing and they both are happier this way, but then Nancy Frank's girlfriend gets abducted in some really high tech manner and there is no trace of her and Frank thinks he knows what they want from him and it turns out he's right but there is no way he can let them have it so now he must get her back.

Frank does some strange things and he blacks out at a few times and cant remember what happened and 1 time its pretty bad, he was blacking out or maybe someone was making him do this? he's not sure and neither are you until the ending which is pretty good.

The first book had a really bad narrator but that was sorta fixed with this one but it could be better so if you can deal with different narrators for the series then read these its worth it if you like these types of stories

  • Steel Whispers

  • Steele Chronicles Book 2
  • By: Hayden Trenholm
  • Narrated by: Mark F. Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

While the Special Detection Unit hunts for answers, a terrified family searchs for their Disappeared daughter, and war between society's elites takes an even nastier turn. Borg and genetic technology is evolving exponentially and Frank Steele finds himself up against unfathomable enemies.Franks needs to find the key that ties it all together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • much better narrator than the first book

  • By Colin on 03-08-15

much better narrator than the first book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-15

The first book had a narrator that was totally crap and this one hes much better but still could be better with the different voices for each character, one of them Darwall Sing (spelling that wrong for sure) who is Asian he makes him sound a little like a person with a lisp but its ok.

The story in this book is pretty much the same but there is a family looking for there missing daughter and all sots of other strange things are happening that might be connected but its hard to tell.

This whole series was done pretty well and I would read more if there was any past the 3rd book but as of this review thats all there is.

  • Defining Diana

  • By: Hayden Trenholm
  • Narrated by: Art Carlson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

>"Found naked and alone in a locked room. The beautiful woman was in perfect health - except she was dead... It's 2043 and much has changed: nuclear war, biotechnology and all-powerful corporations have ruled the world.... Now science is taking DNA manipulation to new, unrestricted levels. Superintendent Frank Steele is an old-fashioned cop. He commands a small, elite police unit that is handed all of the bizarre and baffling cases no one else can solve. He knows the money, the murders, missing persons and gruesome body shops are all connected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hybrid

  • By Cougar on 11-20-11

Narrator was no good, story was really good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-15

This book has a really bad narrator he just doesent do any different voices for each character they all sound exactly the same and maybe thats why the next 2 books have a different narrator, but the story is pretty good so if you can stick with it do so.

This is the first book and there is some girl they cant identify who was found in a locked room alone and dead, Frank Steele is an old fashioned detective for the SDU which deals with cases no one else can solve or no one else wants to solve and things get more involved than he ever expected with strange murders and people that dont exist, it all goes pretty well and the next 2 books are just as good.

This whole series of books is good and this one starts the story off with the story that will follow the rest of the 2 books, they are different stories each but have to be read in order, there is an ending to each book but you know there is more to it there could be more books I guess there could be more after the 3rd book but so far there arent more

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  • Tiger by the Tail

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 6
  • By: John Ringo, Ryan Sear
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

After saving America from Middle Eastern terrorists, even Mike Harmon and the Keldara could use a vacation. Of course, the Kildar's idea of a vacation includes taking down pirates in the Singapore Straits. But when he finds computer chips designed to run nuclear reactors in the pirate booty, Harmon has a new mission thrust upon him - discover how bottom-feeding thieves got their hands on top-secret technology. The chips are headed for newly democratic Myanmar, a country vital to American interests in the region. Now Harmon finds himself in a desperate race to learn who stole the chips and why.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not remotely part of the series

  • By Jason on 02-09-16

It was good but not great

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-14

This being the last book at the time of this review (30 Dec 2014) that's out isn't really an ending to the series because like the other books it ends the current story arc but there could be more, I hope there is.

I said this in the first review I think but I have most all the books by John Ringo and I really wanted to get back into his type of writing so I just got book 1 and after a few hours of listening to it I decided I wanted the rest of the books so having 2 credits I bought book 2 and 3, then I got to the part in book 1 with the graphic sex and rape scenes and it went on for ever with really detailed descriptions and seeing as I am not wanking while listening to books this was strange and it was a man reading it so even stranger, I just wanted enough and decided to get my credits back for book 2 and 3 and I did - then I decided because of my OCD I would have to finish the book 1 and upon skipping over those scenes I decided I wanted to here more of the actual story and just skip over those parts, and it was great.

This book deals with computer boards that control nuclear power plants being stolen so that cant be good, you are going to know what to expect at this point in these books if you have read the first 5 books so the only thing to say is that this book wasn't as good as the ones before it but just a little less, I cant give it a half of star so it gets 4 not 4.5 - not sure what wasn't as good but just that it was something that I expected a little more of and it didn't deliver, maybe it was because there could be more books and if that's the case then this is OK not being great as it might fit in a larger group of books to complete the story.

So I would say that if you have read any of Ringo's other books and you like the writing style you will like these books, just maybe skip over the graphic sex/rape scenes which are really only in book 1 and 2, the rest its sorta lessened down.

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  • A Deeper Blue

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 5
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

"This time, it's personal", is not a good way to die. So when the President of the United States gets confirmed intelligence that a shipload of the stuff is headed for Florida, he orders that every stop be pulled out. Including bringing in his ultimate weapon: The Kildar. Heart-sick over the deaths of so many of his followers, former SEAL Mike Harmon, hero of Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Stain and Unto the Breach, decides to sit this one out. WMDs headed for the U.S. no longer matter to the newest in an ancient line of mercenary leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kildar goes to Disney World...

  • By Colin on 12-15-14

The Kildar goes to Disney World...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-14

The main action takes place in Disney World and at this point you know that the Kildar can take care of bad guys and likes his women (or teenagers sometimes) so this time he gets to do much of both.

Terrorists get some VX gas into the Disney World park and its up to Mike and his teams to stop it as usual.

I like how this story has gone so far, Mike or the "Kildar" as hes known now has become a cool character, although he does like to do some pretty questionable stuff he also saves people at his own risk even when its not part of the mission hes on so hes not that bad of a guy.

There are a few times when he tells someone hes not a good guy he just does good things from time to time and this might not be what most people think is good but at least hes doing good things.

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  • Unto the Breach

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 4
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

Michael Harmon has been there and done that. Rescued co-eds, killed major terrorists, stopped nuclear assaults. Now he'd just like to kick back and relax with his harem of lovelies. Unfortunately, the world keeps turning. Mike and the Keldara are back tracking down terrorists, rogue Russian bio-scientists and the doomsday weapon to end all doomsday weapons. It's going to take some very tough, hard and nasty people to stop the end of the world. Fortunately, there's Mike Harmon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Corp B&D, S&M Scenes

  • By Trip Williams on 01-15-14

More Kildar stories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-14

The "Kildar" as Mike is called now really does live a good life, hes killed terrorists and rescued a whole bunch of young girls who were sold off as sex slaves even stopped a nuclear event or prevented it from being so bad and now he just wants to chill out but he keeps getting bothered by people.

This time the Kildar is trying to stop a new form of small pox from getting out and killing everyone, as you might expect he does some good killing here and his new teams are great.

I think if you have read this far just finish the series its only 2 more books as of this review (15 Dec 2014)

Trust me the next 2 books are just as good.

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  • Choosers of the Slain

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 3
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

Lust, Vengeance and Non-stop Action.

Mike Harmon's commando-quality retainers agree: their leader, code-named Ghost, is a peculiar one. An ex-Navy-SEAL, there is no stronghold he cannot penetrate, no target he can't take out. But Ghost is also a man struggling to keep the animal inside at bay and his twisted sexual desires satisfied with a rock-hard integrity and incredible force of will. Now Harmon and his militia have been hired to rescue the daughter of a powerful political mover in America, kidnapped into the Eastern Europe sex trade.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • puerile and ridiculous

  • By Clayton on 09-23-18

Much better than I thought it would be

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-14

This is one that has much less graphic sex/rape scenes in it although there are ones with young virgin teenage girls but that's not bad because its not really rape and things are pretty different in those parts of the world.

This book follows the recovery of a missing daughter of some powerful political person in America but things take strange turns before the end of the book.

Mike has a whole militia now and they are trained better than most in the world and he takes them to Europe and does some killing, this whole series has been good so far and this book having much less of the graphic sex/rape stuff its much better.

There is a whole lot of turns in this story and it really does keep you guessing, I cant see a reason to stop if you have read this far and liked the story.

  • Kildar

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 2
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Ex-SEAL Mike Harmon has bought the farm - literally, in Eastern Europe. But trouble follows him even there, and the man who has made himself anathema to terrorists from Syria to Paris suddenly has Chechen terrorists banging on his own door.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story was good and sidestory a bit disturbing

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-14

much less graphic sex scenes in this one

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-14

The first book had a graphic sex and rape scene in it and although the main character does some pretty bad things and thinks bad things also its not that bad, this one has a little scene about S&M and some young girls all over 18 maybe over 21 not sure, but again like the first book just skip this because the story is great.

Mike cant seem to get a brake here and every time he gets into the shit as it were he comes out pretty badly hurt but has lots of money to show for it, this time he decided to take a trip into the mountains and he ends up buying the whole place and spending some money to outfit a militia for his protection.

This whole series goes pretty well other than the graphic sex and rape scenes but those are almost gone by the 3rd book, although they are replaced with normal sex scenes not to much graphic much different though.

Again if you just skip over the graphic sex/rape scenes you should really like this whole series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost

  • Paladin of Shadows, Book 1
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 901

Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HARD CORP Descriptive Sex Warning!

  • By Trip Williams on 01-15-14

The reviews are wrong and right also

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-14

Well I am sure you have read some of the reviews and some are 5 star and some are 1 star and talk about sex scenes and rape and both are right but its only the first book and second book that have this in it the others are really toned down like.

I got book 1 and like the other Ringo books I really liked it so I got the next 2 books then I got to this crazy sex scene stuff and was not liking it, I watch porn I just don't want to read or listen to some guy explain it in detail that sucked - so I decided to return book 2 and 3 which Audible did without problem.

However I decided I had to finish the book 1 because I already listened to so much at this point I didn't feel right returning it and I don't like leaving things unfinished, well I was glad I just skipped through that scene because the story got great and I was disappointed I returned the books so I re-bought them even though I just returned them a few days before.

I must say other than that 1 part in this book it is great, its not that its bad it just is that a man is telling me it, maybe if it were a sexy woman it would be different but I don't like women narrators much unless its one of those ones with a different person for each character.

give this a try anf just skip over that part, you will know when you get to it and its not that long, the second book has another one but not so much.

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