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John M. Walker

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  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,721

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid continuation that fizzles at the end

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 10-04-17

A Minor Annoyance

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

It’s SEAL Team not SEALS Team. I cringed every time I heard it.

Also, I find it a bit maudlin that any human member of the crew would be so emotionally moved at the deaths of innocent Kristang women and children - Joe Bishop getting nauseous - ridiculous. The dead weren’t human. They were the oppressed of an enemy alien species that wishes to enslave all humanity. R.C. Bray’s lame portrayal of human empathy for the murdered Kristang women and children vexed me to the point of fast forwarding through that whole stupid scene until they were done talking about it.

An otherwise excellent episode of this hugely entertaining series.

  • Shattered

  • Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing reading

  • By Jonathan Burg on 04-23-17

Pro Hillary Sympathy

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

A biased look at her presidential campaign. The narrative was okay, but I found the details of her primary race against Bernie tedious. I skipped three or four chapters midway through to get to her fight against Trump. The insight of the inner workings of her campaign and the people involved was interesting.

At the beginning of the book, the authors suggested that even those who dislike her might feel sympathy for her after hearing this story. I do not. I'm glad Trump won. I hope Hillary retires, and I never hear her voice again.

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  • Chains of Command

  • Frontlines, Book 4
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,169

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming a bit too repetitive

  • By Sailfish on 04-25-16

Too Much Romantic Bravo Sierra!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

The main story is great. However, now that the protagonist is married to his boot camp booty call, the relationship mumbo jumbo drove me nuts. I found myself fast forwarding through those bits of tedious dialogue to get back to the military science fiction.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful