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The Last Centurion Audiobook

The Last Centurion

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Publisher's Summary

In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

The Last Centurion is a memoir of one possible future, a world that is a darkling mirror of our own. Written "blog-style", it pulls no punches in its descriptions of junk science, bad strategy, and organic farming.

©2008 John Ringo; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Ringo excels in the depiction of combat, managing to capture the carnage and horror while maintaining a sense of the absurd....with the unexpected twists that Ringo has made his hallmark." (Publishers Weekly)

"Miller becomes Bandit Six, patriotic, no-nonsense, and extra rough around the edges." (AudioFile)

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    Christopher 09-20-17
    Christopher 09-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Realism vs kum ba ya ism"

    Fun story and well done. This is what should be politically correct. Not a safe space for the intellectually dishonest or oblivious.

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    GySgt Hank 06-14-17
    GySgt Hank 06-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Long but cool"

    this is more or less an officers memor written from the not distant future as if Hillary had been elected and Calamity had befallen the world. it is long and a little wordy but entertaining specifically to Military and history genre readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Balt M. 05-17-17
    Balt M. 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Strawman Argument - The Book"

    I was recommended this book because it contained many plausible details of logistical operations. The book is about a fictional pandemic + global cooling disaster. I think the best aspect of the book is that it contains many logistical details surrounding the disaster involving vaccine distribution, industrial agricultural, and overseas military operations.

    Be warned, however, that the story is full of strawman arguments against the real-life idea of global warming and the Democrat Party.

    The plot is that a global cooling disaster + bird flu pandemic kills off most people and it's up to the US Army and rural farmers to save America from tofu-eating liberals and their socialist-Democrat bitch-queen-President before their inefficient organic farming methods, racial minority favoritism, global warming obsession, and anti-military policies kill us all.

    The narration is good and pleasant to listen to.

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    sharpchef 05-01-17
    sharpchef 05-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "great story"

    Right wing fantasy, great what if, with a compelling reasons for the actions of all the soldiers and participants.

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    MikeD 04-09-17
    MikeD 04-09-17
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    "Extra Salty"
    Any additional comments?

    Would have been a lot more enjoyable if there hadn't been multiple F-bombs a sentence.

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    JAIME PAULANTIS 10-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very disappointed with this book."

    Ultra right wing bullshit. Would not recommend this book. Author gets too tied up in libertarian idelogy.

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    Laurie Scherer 09-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my usual type of book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story is presented from a particular political point of view and it makes the point very well by being set in the future looking back at the damage brought about by bad decisions. If the main character wasn't totally whiney and unsympathetic it might have been interesting. But in every single setting in the book the character is demeaning to anyone in power over him and seems to claim some sort of omniscience that is annoying and gets old really fast.


    Has The Last Centurion turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. It was anything but elegant - the points were made very bluntly. It's clearly a hit on the current political system and even the government in general and the military. Nothing misses his bluntly critical attacks.


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job voicing the main character's one-sided views.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It's easy to be a Monday-morning quarterback. By setting the book in the future then being critical of how things were handled it just makes the story hard to take. At the best it's an interesting look at the future if things go wrong. But it really comes across as a mysogynistic rant by someone with so much privilege he doesn't even get how insufferable he truly is. I guess you'd say the book brought out some anger in me.


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    John Kidwell Twentynine Palms, CA, USA 08-24-16
    John Kidwell Twentynine Palms, CA, USA 08-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read for any conservative!"
    Would you listen to The Last Centurion again? Why?

    I am listening to it again, this is my second time!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Centurion?

    The whole book is very memorable, and the fact that he writes in the first person for this book, makes his description of military chain of command, and it's relationship to civilian political oversight particularly... Well lets just say, to a lessor extent, "been there, done that!"


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think that I have listened to Dan John Miller before, but his narration was very good. He meets my criteria for a good listen, by his pleasant voice, his ability to make the story his own by his vocal inflections, and the intensity of his narration. You believe that the story is his to tell


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh yes, cry, no, but the book elicits a wide range of emotions


    Any additional comments?

    I am waiting for the next book, a narration of Bandit Six's wife's story.

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    Amazon Customer 08-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "React adapt and overcome"

    Have read this and now heard it twice. I will be returning to enjoy this book time and again. The author is a solid favourite and he is well represented by the performer.

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    WazzyBingBang 07-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Racist conservative masturbation."

    I might understand if the story was just told purely from the point of view of the main character but somehow the universe he lives in warped into a racist conservative's "I told you so" wet dream.

    I knew Ringo was a conservative but this is too much.... Whatever. He's entitled to write what he wants. He can do sooo much better though.

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  • Martin D.
    Blackpool
    5/22/09
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    "An excellent book"

    Told from the view of one particular army officer, the long winter and the plague having an impact worldwide and especially in Iran (where the officer is stationed) and the US.
    Each disaster is bad enough, combined they are horrible.
    The actions of our hero, while not always heroic are at least human.
    While I don't agree fully with the author's politics, the book is well written. One possible future? Who knows.
    The hero's take on liberals, global warming and government made me chuckle. Not saying he's wrong, I've heard far stronger from politicians.
    I'd thoroughly recommend this book, one of John Ringo's best books to date.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A. Farenden
    Essex, UK
    7/7/13
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    "My one "re-listen" ! Zombie-free Apocalypse"
    Would you listen to The Last Centurion again? Why?

    Yes! I'm on my 5th replay. It's funny, thought-provoking and helped me get through my GCSE Pyschology by giving me examples of a concept being discussed but not being at all boring.
    It's engaging, good listening whether on a car journey or while doing housework, and the narrator gives the work life really well, not a monotone the way some narrators do.
    This was my second ever purchase on Audible, and while other audiobooks have come and gone, this is still on my iPod and still being listened too.

    This is the audiobook that had me trying to convert everyone I met to audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare The Last Centurion to, and why?

    It's a little like John Scalzi's Redshirts, as I said in my review of that book, but superior in my opinion.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Oh man. Attitude. Half the humor is in his emphasis, how he portrays the switch from sarcasm to deadpan.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "We are the Last Centurions, and this Rome America shall not fall." Which is the in-story tagline for the "Centurions" TV show and the last line of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot emphasize how much I love this book. I've bought the paperback as a result of the audiobook to lend to people that won't try audiobooks. This book is post-apocalyptic survival (without zombies) at its best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Old Woking, United Kingdom
    5/16/14
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    "Good stuff"
    Where does The Last Centurion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    IN this genre, somewhere in the middle


    Any additional comments?

    I got the book because of the negative 'don't get this because its right wing' nonsense posted by others. Its not right wing, it gives the authors opinion on the sacred cows of Global Warming, gender politics etc. Forget the left/right rubbish and enjoy the action story it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Brown
    12/27/13
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    "Fantastic...Highly recommend"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    All military SF fans will certainly enjoy this as will all fans of more traditional military authors like Chris Ryan or Andy McNab, Tom Clancy or Patrick Robinson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Sully, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    5/20/09
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    "What a shame"

    The basic storyline and the method of narrative could have made this a good book, the shame for me is that the author makes all views so extremely right wing it was beyond belief. I am about as non political as they come but I am sure I would be labeled as a bleeding heart liberal in the story context. I only bothered to write this review as someone had given the story 5 stars and that did influence me - don't buy this unless you have views on race, sexism and nationality that are to the right of Attila the Hun... what a shame

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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