When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear....
Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines....
Tom is about to deliver a crushing performance evaluation to Jimmy the Intern when the unimaginable happens: The beloved Wendell the Manatee has been kidnapped....
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 asubatomic physics experiment causes a massive explosion, interdimensional gateways open in Florida - and aliens pour out....
Barbara Everette, a homemaker living in a small town in Mississippi, had the perfect life. But perfection has a price, and the day came when Barbara snapped....
With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price.....
Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the planet, capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, commandeer a starship, and go home....
Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living....
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer....
Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is innocent, but that doesn't matter to the repressive government pursuing her. Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged....
Heir to one of the leading "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year....
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.
I see a lot of reviews complaining about Ringo's politics. And yes, this book has an obvious right wing point of view. If you cannot enjoy a good story without that yarn also being liberal friendly, I suggest you look to SM Stirling for your post-apocalyptic fiction fix. This is a very engaging tale, but if you can't stand a book that says Climate Change is not real, get something else.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Okay so you've read the other reviews that say its a terrible book full of xenophobia, hate, and just an ignorant rant. Its not. This book certainly has a right wing slant yes. However, many thing said are quite accurate about the topics in question. It is a well researched piece of work. Also there is no xenophobia and America is not presented as perfect. He never once preaches hate, and if anything encourages tolerance. If you don't like the book do not count this author out. This is an usual work for him and an excellent addition to any fan's collection.
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
this is one of those books that you either love this book and agree with its view of life or hate it and disagree with it and think the author is nuts. Its a preach to the choir style blog. And I love it. But I do see where people will be upset by it. If you believe in global warming or think that the government can solve everything (or anything) you'll hate this book.
The book as written blog style and tends to get sidetracked every couple of seconds. The background story is almost a side note of the hero's ranting on subjects that tick him off. I have no Idea if the science is factually correct or just made up for the story. although it holds together well and at least to me seems ok. But its a very politically one sided.
If you enjoy Fox News or some of the more bombastic politically right wing commentators like Ann Culture or Glenn Beck you'll like this one... if you don't then you won't.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I read the novel before I got the audiobook and I have to say...that I love both of them. I enjoy John Ringo's military thrillers, perhaps too much, but I must say that the novel, paired with the narrator's voice and performance takes this to a whole new level. An excellent listen and totally worth it!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is a very well researched, very well thought out, and very well written book. Ok, it does drag at times...but the main character even acknowledges and apologizes for it and turns it into sort of a joke. Scary real stuff. Excellent book.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
For those who believe in the make-believe world of lib-think, this will be a tough row to hoe. For those of us who live in the real world, it's a breath of fresh air. John Ringo has personal experience of the world outside these United States, and has done a lot of research on which to ground this book. The protagonist is believable, and the narration is simply outstanding. Nice to encounter an alternative viewpoint in a good story!
21 of 25 people found this review helpful
If you were ever in the military you will like this, if you like military fiction you will like this, but if you like to think that FICTION NOVELS should be judged based on a politically correct point of view READ NON-FICTION!!!!
19 of 23 people found this review helpful
This book was excellent. IT is more or less a diary of a soldier ten years into the future after a flu pandemic and the global aftermath. The breakdown of civilization in much of the world etc. I got it on a whim and had no idea what to expect. The narrator matched up perfectly with this interesting and unfortunately plausible vision of the future. The writer has a point of view to be sure, but I don't think it would get in the way of anyone's enjoying the book. I am going to check out more works by this author, previously unknown to me.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Super Libs will hate it, this is true, but for ALL the rest of us, this is an exciting, well written romp of an all to possible near future.
Give us more!!!
26 of 37 people found this review helpful
That's right. This is a book of political fiction with a point of view. Deal with it.
The main theme of the book is what happens when leadership handles a crisis using ideology rather than practicality. When John Ringo wrote this book, it seemed likely that Hillary Clinton would become President. Instead we got Barack Obama and he has gotten several crises with which to illustrate Ringo's point. You only have to look at his feckless response to the Gulf Oil spill to know that Ringo is right on the money.
My only criticism of the book is that Ringo didn't need BOTH a plague and a weather-induced famine to illustrate his point. One or the other would have done nicely. Even something less dramatic, such as an oil spill, would have made the point. Life imitates fiction yet again.
10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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
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.<br/>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.<br/>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.<br/><br/>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
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.
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.
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