A general in the United States Army by the name of William Thornson once said, "There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."
I've come to believe the general was wrong. I say that because no enemy in his right mind would remain the enemy of a Marine...if...he truly understood the Marines. Of course, the universe is filled with crazy people and in my occupation I got to meet more than my fair share of them.
One such group was a terrorist organization called the Donalites. Their name apparently derived from the Irish Donal meaning "world ruler". They held to the belief that all of Earth's problems had their roots in interactions with alien cultures. Their agenda was a very simple one. Earth for Earthers. I would discover that they would say anything, do anything, and hurt anybody...basically go to any length...to force their will on the rest of humanity. Unfortunately, as I learned with a race called the Ollies, it turns out bigotry is not a solely human failing.
My name is Commander Anthony Grant Stone and this is a piece of my story.
Enjoyable story and great characters. A little too detailed in the descriptions of the space gear and tech. Found myself getting lost frequently
Rich Miller did a great job with the multiple characters and accents
I received this book at no cost in return for an honest review
A well done and unique take on a standard issue squad based military sci-fi, the world seems to have a history yet you can happily listen to this book with no prior knowledge of the others in the series.
Andrew Beery's writing is well done with good descriptions and the word choices clearly indicates the personalities of the speaker. The style of the main character telling us about their past and side comments he makes gives us greater insight into his mind both now and then.
The narration is top notch with each character haveing a unique voice and personality. The main character is done to perfection. I will happily listen to another book narrated by Rich Miller.
All in all an enjoyable ride with a likable cast of characters get then selves in and out of trouble dealing with what the universe throws at them. Well worth a listen
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
Where does Stone Hard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
That said, Beery's continuing saga of the Infinity Brigade is a pleasant flowing story of a man's coming of age in the military along the lines of Starship Troopers or Enders Game.
I've listened to many military science fiction stories and this holds it's own against the best.
This is the second in the series and a few minutes into it, I stopped listening and went back on line to purchase the first in the series. That turned out to be a good buy. I would not have wanted the start with the second book.
What did you like best about this story?
This is space opera at it's best.
What does Rich Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr. Miller is a good reader with inflection and variation enough to distinguish the various characters. His deep voice helped keep the story flowing and was a pleasure for the ears.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I would have enjoyed listening to this work in one sitting, and it's length would have made it possible had I not been listening on my laptop.
Any additional comments?
Thank you Dr. Beery, please keep writing.
Any additional comments?
Two years have passed since the ending of the last book and Stone had become a Commander in the Marines following a spell in Officer Training School. Working with aliens can be tricky: a special etiquette data base is kept to ease humans through their early interactions so that a species war isn't accidentally ignited. Things could so easily go wrong ..
This, the second book in the Infinity Brigade series by Andrew Beery is imaginative, exciting and sometimes funny. Nice alien descriptions, too. Written in the first person, Stone's story is well narrated by Rich Miller this time. Although he is very good, with well paced reading and distinctive character voicings, it seems unfortunate that the original narrator from book 1, Adam Verner, was no longer reading as, in my head, he was Stone and so was difficult for Mr.Miller to replace. However, his performance was good, if sounding somewhat older than the original Stone.
My thanks to the rights holder of Stone Hard for gifting me a copy of this fun military sci fi book, via Audiobook Boom. This is a very enjoyable series and I look forward to book three