I do not understand why this book gets so many 4 and 5 star reviews.
The ending, which I know doesn't appeal to some people, do not disturb me that mu...moreI do not understand why this book gets so many 4 and 5 star reviews.
The ending, which I know doesn't appeal to some people, do not disturb me that much but...
The author really has little understanding of science which makes the fictional science less believable. For instance openable gunports and manually loaded guns on, what is supposed to be, a futuristic space battleship. Come on!
She has absolutely zero military knowledge which makes the military action just plain dumb. To add to the latter she makes the military personnel unbelievably stupid.
The LEN are, unbelievable as it is, even more stupid than the military which is just a nuisance. A nice depiction of todays useless UN carried into the future though!
The read is not a total disaster which is why it gets 2 stars instead of 1 and I will try to get through the rest of the trilogy (update: I first thought this was a trilogy but now I realize there's at least one more book in the series) just since I want to complete things but my hopes for this trilogy are not that high any more.(less)
I think this one was better than the previous ones. I could have done without these utterly stupid LEN which remainds me way too much about the useles...moreI think this one was better than the previous ones. I could have done without these utterly stupid LEN which remainds me way too much about the useless bullshitters in the United Nations.
My main issue is the bloody stupid ending which is totally spoiled by the stupid politicians inteferring. I just hate such nonsens.(less)
This book is most definitely my cup of tea. It’s absolutely excellent. I have actually put off reading it for a while even though I had it on my to-re...moreThis book is most definitely my cup of tea. It’s absolutely excellent. I have actually put off reading it for a while even though I had it on my to-read shelf for quite a while. Although the book is written by the author of Odyssey One (or Into the Black as it’s now called), which I also liked very much, the blurb for the book lead me to believe that this was a marine grunt, dirt-side focused book which is not my favourite kind of story. However, to my very pleasant surprise, this book is just as much about slugging it out in space as it is on the ground.
I’m not really sure what the series is supposed to be called though. On Amazon it seems to be called Warrior’s Wings but on Goodreads it’s called Hayden War Cycle. I decided to stick with the Goodreads name of the series.
Anyway, mysterious aliens with technology way beyond the humans invade one of the human colonies. The humans respond by trying to insert a team of marines but the insertion goes very very bad and a lone marine is all that manages to land on the planet. Fortunately this marine is of the kick-ass type (surprised anyone?) and she goes off to do just that.
That alone could make for a fairly good book but the author adds just as much space action when the human fleet tries to aid the surviving colonists that are now trapped on the planet.
One thing that I liked with Odyssey One and does like with this book as well is that the author is capable of writing science fiction that keep at least one foot on a solid ground of actual science. The laws of nature are still around. Gravity is still a bitch which you cannot ignore. Fleet movements and ship manoeuvres are controlled by it. Evan Currie not only writes some of the more believable science fiction around, he also knows how to use the limitations of the physics to add to the excitement of the action.
This was was a most pleasant surprise. Lot’s of action, some alien mystery, kick-ass people, no political bullshitting. My kind of book indeed. I’ve already bought and started to read the second one in the series (I love the point click, download, start to read speed of acquisition with e-books).(less)
The basic concept and story is quite good but it's not well implemented. Too many threads at the same time and none of them seems to ever come to any...moreThe basic concept and story is quite good but it's not well implemented. Too many threads at the same time and none of them seems to ever come to any conclusion.
Also, we're talking about armadas of thousands of ship but there is almost no story and focus on this part which is a major minus for me.(less)
First of all, I generally liked this book. It was well written as far as I am concerned and it let the actual science, and the development of it, play...moreFirst of all, I generally liked this book. It was well written as far as I am concerned and it let the actual science, and the development of it, play an important part. It would have gotten at least one more star if it wasn't for the last part of the book and how the end played out which I didn't really like at all.
I will refrain from elaborate any details though since it would spoil the book for those that haven't read it but I can say that, when the beginning of the end came, it was soo bloody transparent that he computer entity CAIN was behind it and all through the last part I was really hoping that the author wouldn't bring the book to the end that I feared he would...but unfortunately he did.
Damned, it would have been at least a 4 star if he hadn't.(less)
I have generally liked the works of John Ringo so far. This one I didn’t really like. The story seemed quite interesting. First contact, Earth is enli...moreI have generally liked the works of John Ringo so far. This one I didn’t really like. The story seemed quite interesting. First contact, Earth is enlisted to help defend the peaceful races of the galaxy, lots to learn, design new weapons etc. Sounded good to me.
Well it all slowly turns into a bloody mess. [Minimal spoiler ahead] It turns out that one of the alien races holds all the decision making power over the other ones. These are political vendetta makers which would make the political bullshitters in EC and UN put together green of envy. Despite their part of the galaxy being threatened the literally sabotage the entire war effort to prevent the humans from being “too powerful”.
The entire book as just one incompetent officer appointed by equally incompetent politicians, sabotage, fuck-ups, and anything else infuriating and annoying that you can think of after another. And of course a few good men suffering and trying to pick up the shit spreading from more places than the fan.
I was arguing with myself whether or not I should give it a single star rating and move it to my rubbish shelf but there were a few chapters in there that made the book worth reading. I am still arguing with myself if I should have a go at the next one in the series. On one hand I didn’t like this one very much but on the other hand I want to see if this obnoxious alien race gets the spanking it deserves and of course if the alien invaders get their butts kicked.(less)
This is one of the books that I read just because I really want to finish what I have started and since I started the Posleen War series, I wanted to...moreThis is one of the books that I read just because I really want to finish what I have started and since I started the Posleen War series, I wanted to finish it even though I didn’t really enjoy the first book that much. There are very few series that have been so bad that I have decided not to finish them.
Having said that, I did enjoy this book in the series more than the first one. This is probably due to the fact that the ratio of actual fighting and political bullshit is in favor of the fighting in this installment.
The Darhel and their scheming is not at all as much present in this book as in the previous one although they still lurk around and throws sand in the machinery every now and then. Sure enough there’s a fair amount of political nonsense which is preventing the book from getting anything more than 3 Goodread’s stars.
Again, humanity is on the verge of being invaded and the survival of humanity itself is in question and the politicians repeatedly makes strategical decisions based on the perceived impact on the administrations ratings in the next election instead of sound military reasoning. What the f… is that? I think not even the European Union plonkers in Brussels would be that stupid and these people are more disconnected from reality than most.
Luckily the non-political (read combat) parts of the book manages to weigh up the bullshit enough in this book to make it a reasonably enjoyable read. John Ringo is quite good at writing marine combat scenes. As in the first book are a few interesting “hero” characters which spices things up nicely. The author also dives a little bit more into the thinking of the Posleen which opens up some interesting avenues for the following books.
In all I think I might have made a good decision not to ditch this series after the first book.(less)
This is a very good book. The book was written in 1992 but you would be forgiven for thinking that it was written later and was politically inspired....moreThis is a very good book. The book was written in 1992 but you would be forgiven for thinking that it was written later and was politically inspired. Idiot politicians meddling in the affairs of the military…check. Religious fanatics…check. Civilians killed by said religious fanatics…check.
Luckily, despite the fact that the politicians do their best to foster nothing but their short term political goals and long term careers (just like most of our politicians today), in the book these complete thundering morons really get what they deserve. Similarly the religious fanatics do indeed get blasted in the book.
Lots and lots of space battles. The space battles are quite well done. It is one thing that David Weber does well. I really liked the main good guy as well. His way of dealing with the idiot politicians, and the occasional military moron as well, can best be described as steamrolling over them.
Very enjoyable read and, although perhaps a bit surprising at first, it didn’t disturb me that this one actually plays out before Starfire #1 time wise.(less)
It’s a good thing that I continued reading this series after having read the first book. The first book is quite okay but, surprisingly, it has little...moreIt’s a good thing that I continued reading this series after having read the first book. The first book is quite okay but, surprisingly, it has little the do with the rest of the series. The first book is not the first in the actual time line to start with and has a lot more space opera and politics in the mix than the following ones.
The latter books, including this one, are great books. They are exactly my cup of tea. Very little politics and heavy focus on military strategy in space and, of course, space battles. There is a tiny little bit of politics where the left-wingers are allowed to be their usual incompetent loud mouthed assholes but it is not much. The bad guys are really bad guys. No need to even contemplate negotiations, just shoot to kill or these guys will not kill you but eat you. The end result is the same though.
I wish that David Weber had brought some more of this space action that he is so good at into his latest Honor Harrington books. The battles are detailed and you get to follow the strategic decisions and build ups to battle. Also the strategy is largely left in the hand where they belong this time, that is in the military hands.
My only gripe in the book is some personnel losses that I could have been without but I guess it’s a way of bringing new characters to the front line, literally.
I hope the next one is as good as this one. I have already started to read it and it looks promising. (less)
This is another good book from Andrew Saxon. As usual I would put this one in the Young Adult category. It pretty much follows the same (or at least a...moreThis is another good book from Andrew Saxon. As usual I would put this one in the Young Adult category. It pretty much follows the same (or at least a similar) formula as his Annihilation series which means that the good guys are really good guys and the bad guys are really bad guys and the latter threatens to destroy civilization as we know it. Nothing bad in that but the enormous single minded “goodness”, you almost get the impression they are all old style Superman characters, of the good guys can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
However, that little fault is well outweighed by the boyish adventurism which explodes onto the page with exploration and massive space battles in equal dozes. This book includes an aspect of time travel which I’m normally not too keen for. It just introduces to many paradoxes which are impossible to explain, even in a science fiction book. So far they have not done anything too stupid though so, fingers crossed.
So, in short, a very enjoyable light read. It’s fairly short though, especially since the pages do gets turned rather quickly. (less)
This is another great book in the StarFire series. I’m really happy that I started, or rather continued, to read this series despite the fact that the...moreThis is another great book in the StarFire series. I’m really happy that I started, or rather continued, to read this series despite the fact that the first book vas only okay and has very little to do with the rest of the series.
This book continues the Alliance’s battle against the alien invaders who got a taste for human flesh and an utter disrespect for individual live, theirs or their enemies. In this book the Alliance have recovered from the initial onslaught and are starting to get the upper hand. As in the previous book, the focus of this book is space ship combat and strategy. There’s a little ground fighting at the end but not really much. As usual, David Weber’s depictions of big fleet battles are simply excellent.
There’s even less politics than in the previous book. The authors blasts the utterly stupid left-wingers on a few pages and there’s the case of a, equally utterly, incompetent fleet admiral appointed by previously mentioned political morons which wastes another few pages but it really feels like side notes rather than parts of the overall plot.
To add some spice a first contact situation with an alien species is introduced. I found this part a wee bit lacking though. Not that what was written was bad but I felt there could be a few more pages. You get to read about the initial contact then there’s nothing for a good chunk of the book and then battle ready aliens jump onto the scene and introduces themselves as new members of the alliance. In my mind there could have been some more material on what went on between these two points in time.
Anyway, this book is just my cup of tea. Excellent read. (less)
This book continues the story of the human races expanding out into the stars discovering that all other races have adopted the philosophy that surviv...moreThis book continues the story of the human races expanding out into the stars discovering that all other races have adopted the philosophy that survival means that any other race has to be killed. The moral “Uberrace” that calls themselves the Humans of course sets out to change this. But then, are we Humans or Jenze? I guess you have to read the books to see where the author goes with that element of the story.
Yes you would be right in saying that this story is perhaps a bit simplistic “the-good-guys-always-win” style of work but it is still a quite fun read. The childish enthusiasm and fairly simple plot is a refreshing change of pace from heavier works.
The frequent space battles and fleet operations certainly add to the joy of reading this book. My only gripe is of course that it’s, again, a fairly short read, easily finished in a day or two. A book from many other authors would be twice the size. But them some other authors of course bloat down their book with endless dialogs and story fillers that’s doesn’t really add to the reading experience, at least not in a positive way.(less)