Cally's War (Posleen War: Cally's War #1)
Cally's War has all the hallmarks of a John Ringo novel: a protagonist that cannot be defeated, only slowed down, bad guys who are bad on the thinnest of excuses, cool action scenes, women who are impossibly attractive (apparently in the future everyone is gorgeous), etc. etc. etc.
Still, as much as I grouse about John Ringo books, I still read them and guilt ...more
To all the lovers of Posleen books
The previose books were fantastic. Reading this book was hours of waiting for that fantasim. This should not be called "Cally's War" (the bad ass story of cally [raised in war to be a ultimate assasin:]) but "Cally's trip to the mall" or perhaps " Cally's Cross Country Adventure". This book tricks us in to thinking it is Ringo by its first chapter (which is dark and badass) and then it sinks down an ...more
Anyway, this review is different from the others because I am *NOT* a John Ringo reader. Never picked up anything of his before. When all the other reviews compare it to Ringo's solo books about the Posleen War, I've got no frame of reference.
And overall I mostly thought it was okay, except for a few things, one of which was the lack of a frame of reference. There were a lot of things the book ta ...more
Cally O'Neal was trained from childhood as a premier killer. Officially listed as dead, for the past forty years she has lived a life of aliases, random lovers and targeted assassinations. This has led her to become the top in her profession, undefeatable, invulnerable. And in the process, she has lost her soul. Now she, and the man she loves, must battle to reclaim it. But Cally will find that leaving her dark world of shadow identities, murder-for-hire, and deadly secrets
The frustrating part of this story was how very confu ...more
This book is by my count the 6th of the Posleen War series. We have been introduced to Calley in the early books in her role as a child. Calley is no longer a child!
This book would be a good read as a stand alone but it would be confusing. It is a better read if you go in the order they were released. The politics of the post-Posleen invasion are confusing at best and incomprehensible at worse.
With that said, there is more action, violence, torture ...more
But this is not a film. It is a book. Casting Iron Mike would not have been expensive at all. Although I don't think he would have fit in this story which was mostly sci-fi spycraft.
Also it was too R rated for me.
I hear the series gets b ...more
Overall, a nice read. I probably wouldn't buy it (hooray for the library!), but I've enjoyed reading it and I'm continuing through ...more
The plot is sloppy. I didn't really like Cally's character in this book, which is a shame because she was one of my favorites in the Posleen War series. John Ringo wrote a war series well, but he doesn't write espionage well, and with more time to focus on character development, I felt that he did it poorly. The characters struck me as wooden archetypes.
Too much sex.
Another sci-fi case of a character being described as super amazing and then turning out to be just another talented human being, or rather, juv. However, still intriguing enough to read into the dead of the night.
A good case of increasing tension making it increasingly interesting.
This is quite different from the military stories of the 4 main posleen books. It is more of a female James Bond in space thing.
Warning, lots of sex.
Still a good read, just less blood and guts.
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful. ...more