I had to take a break from this series somewhere around 6-12 months ago because the books and the plot were starting to blur together and Campbell wasI had to take a break from this series somewhere around 6-12 months ago because the books and the plot were starting to blur together and Campbell wasn't exactly coming out with a bunch of new material per book. I think he's cracked the code for a certain type of military science fiction and he does what sells and works and he does those things well.
Because I took a break I can't honestly say whether or not the battles in this book were better than the previous ones or if it was the break itself that made them seem better but this was good. The battles were pretty good and the introduction of not one, but two new alien races only added to the quality of the series. I'm excited to see where it all goes but readers should be forewarned that Campbell takes the long view of things and he knows that he has a quality series in his hands so he takes lots and lots of time developing the plot and letting things happen as they do. What this means is that you can read a 350 page novel and be excited the whole way through and reach the end only to realize that nothing much happened and another writer could have made it slightly less exciting but done the same things in a quarter of the pages....more
One of the better biographies that I have ever read . . . despite and maybe a little bit because of the fact that it's one of the lengthier and more dOne of the better biographies that I have ever read . . . despite and maybe a little bit because of the fact that it's one of the lengthier and more detailed one's that I have ever read. McChrystal didn't seem to pull a lot of punches when he was criticizing his own actions throughout his life, but instead tried to offer up his mistakes as learning points.
My favorite chapter in the book was without a doubt the last one which wasn't even part of his biography as much as it was his own thoughts on leadership and what wisdom he would impart to readers. I wish I could legally reprint that chapter and hand it out to ever Soldier that I know, or at a minimum the leaders.
One of the more interesting things in a way was seeing in print how all of the various senior leaders at the pinnacle of the military worked together, knew each other, and worked together. I had no idea before reading this that McChrystal and Odierno were classmates from the Westpoint graduating class of 1976 or that they had then attended the Naval War College together. It never ceases to amaze me how small of a place the Army really is and how you can bump into the same people over the course of a career.
Fantastic book though that I would recommend to everyone in the military and that arguably belongs on some military professional reading lists in my opinion. ...more
As far as textbooks go this wasn't bad. That's something that I should be clear on up front. This isn't a 4 star like other actually good books are 4As far as textbooks go this wasn't bad. That's something that I should be clear on up front. This isn't a 4 star like other actually good books are 4 stars, but it's a 4 star as far as textbooks go and regarding the expectations that you should have for one of those.
This was a primary textbook for the class PADM530 Public Policy at American Military University. All told, I feel like this books was in many ways the continuation of where many government textbooks people have read in high school and undergraduate courses left off. This is the next step if you want to think of it that way. I enjoyed everything in here pertaining to think tanks, special interest groups, lobbyists and other entities that operate outside the normal government channels. The book really does a good job of remaining politically neutral. I wasn't able to detect a political bias one way or another which is something getting more rare. (That also means they wouldn't allow this book in Texas, Kansas, or Oklahoma.)...more
Really good telling of Hitler's Lightning War that opened WW2 and captured basically all of Western Europe. The only disappointing thing about this isReally good telling of Hitler's Lightning War that opened WW2 and captured basically all of Western Europe. The only disappointing thing about this is the fact that it's a mere 119 pages long. That's nothing, that's like the opening chapters of a history book, and that is what kept it from getting a fifth star. There wasn't really any indication before paying for it that it was so short, and even though it was only $2.99 on Barnes and Noble, there are plenty of full length history books for the same price.
I would absolutely read something else by Wernick if I was ever given the chance. He seemed to be a fantastic writer and one of the few who can write history and keep it entertaining....more
Meh. It was far shorter and less in depth than I would have liked for it to be. Personally, it was more beneficial in how it gave a glimpse of the UniMeh. It was far shorter and less in depth than I would have liked for it to be. Personally, it was more beneficial in how it gave a glimpse of the United Kingdom's practices on some things than it was in terms of policy recommendations. The policy recommendations produced by this "study" were what you could get by gathering any half way competent group of officers from the National Guard or Reserves in a room and just asking them for over their lunch hour....more
A good book but not quite what I thought it would be. It was much more personal and touchie feely than I was expecting and that's not necessarily bad,A good book but not quite what I thought it would be. It was much more personal and touchie feely than I was expecting and that's not necessarily bad, just unexpected. This definitely I think falls into the category of a good book and biography, but not one that I would expect to see on any professional military reading lists because I think it's more of an entertainment book rather than a teaching one. Others may feel differently.
That said, it was interesting and it was a fast read. I'd probably say it's more of a 3.5 star book than a solid 4 star though. There were a few parts that made me question whether the writer was concerned about his image as a rough and tough cowboy good ol' boy. Maybe that's really his personality, I don't know him. I can definitely see what some of the critics talked about in other reviews, but I can't say that I felt as extremely about it as they did. ...more
This was okay, but I think after reading six books in this series more or less straight through I may be in need of a break before I can really apprecThis was okay, but I think after reading six books in this series more or less straight through I may be in need of a break before I can really appreciate them again. Or, it may just not have been as good as many of the other ones. Our protagonists, Centurions Macro and Cato, are assigned to the Imperial Navy as Centurions of Marines by the powers that be. They are sent there to deal with pirates as well as accomplish a secret mission of the utmost importance to the Empire.
Old villains and allies return to the fight and things are left in many ways as unsettled as they were at the end of book one as far as the interpersonal conflicts are concerned. I think that is one of the things that bothers me actually. There have been countless times and opportunities for any number of people to dispose of Vitellius and for the writer to advance the plot but it hasn't been done. I would love to see someone kill off the bad guy at this point if for no other reason than it's starting to become comical that he's still walking around....more
Definitely my favorite one in the series so far. I think that's because it took a nice detour from what was becoming the normal routine of the story fDefinitely my favorite one in the series so far. I think that's because it took a nice detour from what was becoming the normal routine of the story following the 2nd Legion around Britain kicking the crap out of barbarians. Detour might actually be an understatement.
This one actually reached something of a serious conclusion in that Macro and Cato finish the book being transferred away from the 2nd Legion. Their past actions being too heroic to punish, and too insubordinate to overlook. But just because they're leaving that doesn't mean that the fight for Britain is over, far from it as the reader finds out on practically the last page of the novel that the main baddy himself who was captured by our protagonists escapes to live and fight another day.
I'm glad I went on to this book and I'm completely satisfied with this series so far. I'm excited that I think I am only about half way or less through the series still and look forward to reading everything else that Scarrow has to offer....more
So I only made it 52 percent of the way through this book according to Goodreads. The reason for that is mostly because I found it as exciting as drinSo I only made it 52 percent of the way through this book according to Goodreads. The reason for that is mostly because I found it as exciting as drinking spoiled milk. It seemed very well researched but it was just boring as can be. Usually I will sit on boring books for a while and read something else but this was a library book and I had no real desire to renew it. I gave it a good shot but in the end, it just wasn't interesting enough to hold my attention....more
This series isn't Wheel of Time or Lord of the Rings amazing, but it's pretty damn good. I've already got book five queued up and ready to go on my NoThis series isn't Wheel of Time or Lord of the Rings amazing, but it's pretty damn good. I've already got book five queued up and ready to go on my Nook!
This book finds the protagonist recovering in a hospital bed after his last misadventure behind enemy lines as we begin. From there, he's tasked (along with Macro) to raise to Cohorts of local troops and train them in the Roman style of fighting in order to secure the army's supply lines which are constantly being harassed as the Romans move farther and farther into Britain. The name of these two Cohorts which are formed are the Boars and the Wolves because there is no way that the Romans would let foreigners (even those trained by Romans to fight like Romans) call themselves the Eagles.
Political intrigue ensues complete with assassination attempts, ambushes, multiple battles, daring raids, and the usual amount of violence, carnage, blood, and senseless killing readers who have made it this far are becoming accustomed to. (Including men being fed to wild boars and dogs.)
All in all, I liked it and I can't wait to see where the series (and Cato and Macro) take me next....more
Hearne is a great writer and I don't think that anyone else could quite pull off this Urban Fantasy series about a 2,000 year old Druid alive in moderHearne is a great writer and I don't think that anyone else could quite pull off this Urban Fantasy series about a 2,000 year old Druid alive in modern times complete with every bit of mythological lore and all of the Gods and figures. In this volume of the series Atticus is still on the run and attempting to prevent Ragnarok which is fast approaching due in no small part to his own actions in previous books.
Every book in this series is a fast and fun read and something that serves fantastically to break up a dry spell of non fiction or even slow and tedious fiction. Once you get past the fantastical nature of the plot as a whole, I guarantee that you'll enjoy it greatly....more