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The Last Centurion

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3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,862 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
In the second decade of the twenty-first century the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini ice age and, nearly simultaneously, a plague that dwarfs any in recorded history. Rising out of the disaster is a character known 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 ...more
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Published August 5th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published August 1st 2008)
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Jimmy
May 23, 2009 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all I want to say to the people that complain that the first 120 pages of this book are nothing but political rantings: Kick rocks. I think the response of the fictional "President Warrick" (the main protagonist often uses a different, much less Christian word for this obvious caricature of Billary Clinton) would have responded in EXACTLY the same fashion when faced with the two crises described in the book.

The book describes how a the world is decimated by first a "The Plague", as the
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oh good grief. Look, I like John Ringo in general. Most of his books have been up there in at least the 4 star range when I've read them. AND I'm just about as politically conservative as they come. I'm more a libertarian than a conservative in some ways...but come on.

This book presents itself as a story of survival in the face of future disasters, a post apocalyptic world. He's done some good fiction written from a conservative political position before. Sadly unlike what it presents itself as
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Roberta
Sep 23, 2009 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who isn't a liberal and probably plenty enough liberals, Ringo fans
Recommended to Roberta by: David Broussard
Shelves: sciencefiction
If you are a dyed in the wool, liberal this book is not for you. If you love apocalpytic science fiction that has a conservative bent from a grunt's point of you, read on. Essentially, the world has a mini ice age combined with a deadly flu epidemic. BTW, this book was written prior to the swine flu hit.

It's set about ten years in the future with a female president that may or may not be a parody/satire of Hilary Clinton (you decide), and the flu hits when the main character is in Iran. It's bl
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Victoria
Nov 22, 2008 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liberal democrats who really, really like Hillary Clinton should stear clear of this book. It will make your head explode. I loved it! Not because I'm a conservative, just liked the writing style, flow and speed of the story.
Dani Kollin
Aug 06, 2010 Dani Kollin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Conservatives, liberals wondering what the tea party mind set is all about
Recommended to Dani by: My brother
Well...oh dear...ahem...how to begin? Admitting loving this book is like slapping a scarlet "C" on your chest and bellowing into the grand canyon, "I AM A CONSERVATIVE." The book itself does pretty much that with an additional, "HEAR ME ROAR." Does that mean a liberal minded individual wouldn't find anything in this book to appreciate? To be perfectly honest, pretty much, yeah. Which is, to a degree, a real shame. The reason I continue to read Thomas Frank is because I truly want to know how "th ...more
Dave
Nov 17, 2008 Dave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fox News addicts
A fellow Sci-Fi reader loaned this to me which is to say THANK GAWD I didn't spend $25 buying it in hardcover. This was a bloody awful book and I only managed to make to page 100. The narrative, supposedly written as a survivor's personal blog was really choppy and I knew it wanted really bad to be a war-porn type "techno-thriller" disguised as mercenary sci-fi yet it was ultimately was going devolve into some contrived battle scenes at the expense of actually engaging the reader into its pandem ...more
Dawn
Feb 02, 2009 Dawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy political ranting disguised as fiction
A barely disguised political rant.

Not nearly as readable as his other books-this one covers the march of a group of soldiers home as civilization on Earth seems to be breaking down due to the Evil Liberals in charge.

Seriously.

It's not the plagues or global climactic changes that cause all the problems, it's those darned liberals.

The style of the book is more like a blog, which could have worked, but it seems to be in response to a season of reality TV episodes following the soldier's trek. Th
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Stephen
1.5 stars. Just not a very good book in my opinion. A few parts of it were interesting, but only a few. I also found myself drifting away from the plot a bit too often and more than once becoming pretty annoyed by the dialogue. A disappointment because I had high expectations going in.

One final note for those that listen to audiobooks. The narration by Dan John Miller was pretty good. Not good enough to save a sub par book but I would listen to other books read by him.
Joel
Sep 25, 2010 Joel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoying this book has a couple prerequisites.

First, you must believe that liberals are evil and out to destroy America and the world. This will allow you to enjoy the first 120 pages of the book instead of reading them in growing disbelief that it got published. This is also the only way to have any sort of suspense of disbelief with regards to the awful world-building in his history of the near future.

Second, you must be able to endure an extremely sloppily executed first-person viewpoint and
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Ples
Apr 12, 2010 Ples rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Standard Ringo book, Word of warning if your a liberal do not read as it will make you see red. He puts all the fav Lib talking points (Global Warming, greenies, incompetant politicans) on trial and kicks their butts.
Stephen
1.5 stars. Just not a very good book in my opinion. A few parts of it were interesting, but only a few. I also found myself drifting away from the plot a bit too often and more than once becoming pretty annoyed by the dialogue. A disappointment because I had high expectations going in.
Aewl
Apr 01, 2013 Aewl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of John Ringo for some time now. No, I've not read all his books, but quite a few of them. I wasn't too sure about this book after reading the reviews but decided to take a chance on it.

Boy, am I glad I did. Yes, the first 100 pages or so were pretty much a rant. In his previous books, Ringo would let slip a few times or so his conservative viewpoint. In this book, he let it all out with some serious face-smacking of liberals fantasy outlook. He face-smacks the Global Warning idi
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John
Sep 28, 2009 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to enjoy this book. A great premise with a lot of places to go with it.

And then I ran headfirst into the bigotry of the character. Fine, no biggie I thought. I've read Ralph Peters when he's on his meds and Tom Clancy. We don't agree politically but if they can weave a yarn without pounding the reader over the head with their views, then whatever.

John Ringo isn't Clancy or even Peters. Every third page or so is some anti-government rant. Or some gay bashing. Or "women are dumb a
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Andreas
Mar 27, 2011 Andreas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This near future novel starts with a major plague that wipes out over half the planet’s population. Then there’s global cooling as the Earth enters a mini ice age. Our hero Bandit Six, who tells the story from a first person perspective, is a US Army Captain with a farming background. He becomes stuck in Iran (invaded by the US before the story started) with one company of infantry guarding an enormous amount of supplies left behind as US forces pull out. Meanwhile, the Us is crumbling due to th ...more
Chris Collins
Jun 23, 2011 Chris Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the blog style the book was written in. It's different, yet familiar to anyone who has spent any time in the blogosphere. Like a lot of blogs, it's more of the author engaging in a (one-sided) conversation with his readers. Instead of sticking to a rigid plot, the protagonist routinely has to pull himself back from asides and gets ahead of himself. The details of the battles (not all of which involving weapons) were great.

A very interesting and enjoyable read, but be warned, Bandit Six
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George
Mar 17, 2009 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, ... ... I generally like John Ringo's writing. It is pure escapist reading - and usually violent, but good, solid, fun.

However, the first 120 pages (or so) of this book were very hard to complete - and I almost set the book aside unread because of them. Though I do not necessarily disagree with Mr. Ringo's politics - and I think we both share the same opinion regarding the Clintons, democrats in general, and left-wing politics of all types: I. did. not. enjoy. reading. about. his. views. f
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Exrex
Aug 12, 2008 Exrex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite fun, definitely written from a military point of view. The story of what happens when a serious plague hits the world and how some places cope better than others.
Craig
Sep 21, 2009 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mcnerdigan-s-pub
John Ringo is a great sci-fi/military writer with an actual military background that often comes across in the subtext of his stories and in the attitudes of some of his characters.

With Bandit Six in The Last Centurion, you get a short range double barreled dose.

The funny thing, as you read it, is that you KNOW the people he's aiming the slings and arrows at aren't going to get it. And just read a couple of the one star reviews here on goodreads, and you'll see that.

"Ooh, he's a conservative"

"W
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Jeremy
Sep 22, 2012 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! In the beginning, you have to wrap your mind around a good bit of military speak. Once you've navigated through that part, the rest of the book is one staggering, geo-political adventure of epic proportion. Banditsix is super cool and twice as smart as most people. I loved the way they filmed the battles they fought and made it into a reality TV show. It is basically a very cleverly written commentary on what would happen if the worst types of politians were in charge when the ...more
John
Jan 10, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is a classic. I read this novel while I was in Afghanistan. EVERYTHING they talk about is SO characteristic of the US military and the government. Read this book and think, "Yeah, I could see this happening..."
Emma
Aug 03, 2010 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emma by: Alex
Shelves: fiction
I both enjoyed and really hated this book. It was really different. Very rugged with an interesting perspective and interesting events.

What I didn't like was its incredibly unsubtle political message. That made me rage. RAGE.
Beverly
Good story over all for an end of civilization as we know it epic. What brought on the disaster, how people survived it, what contributed to the disaster and the recovery or the lack of recovery. A little preachy, especially the section Book 3, The New Centurions. About how the last Centurion or Bandit 6, had to fix American society just he had the Middle East, in order to get from Iran to the Mediterranean at Istanbul Turkey. How he so cleverly overcame the American media biases and got the tru ...more
Dawn
Feb 11, 2010 Dawn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I wrote this review, it's just showing up by Facebook user with a long number afterwards.

A barely disguised political rant.

Not nearly as readable as his other books-this one covers the march of a group of soldiers home as civilization on Earth seems to be breaking down due to the Evil Liberals in charge.

Seriously.

It's not the plagues or global climactic changes that cause all the problems, it's those darned liberals.

The style of the book is more like a blog, which could have worked, but it seems
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Joy
Mar 05, 2011 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A near-future SF about an American Army officer stranded in Iran after international crises (bird flu epidemic and global climate change of the new-mini-ice-age variety) cause various levels of societal breakdown. It's written in a breezy, foul-mouthed, funny conversational style which is a good thing because if it wasn't there would be no way I would have finished the thing. It was initially time-suckingly readable despite the (conservative) political ranting (and there were issues that I did a ...more
Ben Mason
Well, this book gets a 5 stars for interesting and compelling, in the action sequences. It evens gets a 4 stars for the parts where he explains things like how farming works. You'd think those parts'd be boring, but they're not. However, when he gets into the politics parts, and even though I agree with almost all of his political beliefs, sometimes it's just too much. I mean, I get that he really doesn't like Hilary Clinton. Fine. But I do believe he crossed the line from where it adds to the s ...more
Soulessdreamer
Aug 07, 2009 Soulessdreamer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A real disappointment. A cool premis the story never really gets off the ground being buried under a tonne of reteric and bullshit.

Told in the first person as one mans account of a near future history I found it difficult not to throw away the book in disgust at the diatribes thinly desguised (ha) as plot.

Even when I agreed with the veiws being expressed by the main character the belittling and arrogant way in which the veiws were expressed left me disgruntled.

The fact that the information was o
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Brett
Jun 10, 2014 Brett rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of John Ringo's work. This book is just godawful. It's a right wing political screed that makes Atlas Shrugged seem both moderate and subtle. Ringo's normally charming, (if overtly conservative) third person voice is abandoned for a shrill, ultra-right wing first person narrator so annoying that I found myself quickly rooting for the plague.

I gave up a bit over 100 pages in, when the tone just continued to get worse and worse...I can't imagine it ended well enough to justify finishing
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Mitch Weller
Very right wing, but I didn't mind... I loved it at first but the last 200 pages were boring to me... I actually put it down for like two weeks.. The idea of the book is pretty cool... A plague and an ice age hit earth.. Soldiers stranded in the Middle East... It goes into great detail explaining things which can be very informative or very boring depending on the subject... I'd suggest it , but I do not think it is a must read by any means..
Keith Bell
A great book. Language is a little over the top for some but doesn't bother me. His take on the media and government, while very right wing, rings true. You get the feeling that John Ringo used this book as a medium to air his rants and raves... and there is nothing wrong with that. Will buy this in paperback when it is available to read again.
Kmfurr
Mar 29, 2010 Kmfurr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EXCELLENT read -- 10 years in the future, a worldwide plague wreaks havoc, people keep yakking about global warming even as an Ice Age sets in, an incompetent Hillary Clinton-type is president, and our hero is fighting his way through the Mideast ...
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John Ringo is a prolific author who has written in a wide variety of genres. His early life included a great deal of travel. He visited 23 foreign countries, and attended fourteen different schools. After graduation Ringo enlisted in the US military for four years, after which he studied marine biology.

In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful.
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