Against the Tide
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We get a look behind enemy lines in this one, complete with overtones of Ringo's BSDM themes. We also find out a lot more about what it takes to be a council member.
The books is almost worth reading just for the great Navy Seals joke.
That said... Ringo, while a good story teller, is a fairly weak writer. He does the same thing in this series that he does in many others. He introduces a character, tells us they're super badass at X... and then for the rest of the story shows them being BARELY competent at the thing they were supposedly an expert at. Travante(Joel) is an especially extreme exampl ...more
In the distant future, the world was a paradise-and then, in a moment, it was ended by the first war in centuries. People who had known godlike power, to whom hunger and pain were completely unknown, desperately scrabbled to survive. As the United Free States, the bastion of freedom and center of opposition to the tyrants of New Destiny, prepared for the long-feared invasion by the Changed legions of Ropasa, Edmund Talbot realized that bureaucratic ineptitude and overc
As ever with Ringo, there's a good solid chunk of story dedicated to the real logistics of waging war at sea.
There is also a raft of interesting new characters and developments in the over-arching plot... However it's here that the book hits a snag. I'm a lover of flawed masterpieces, and here the Co ...more
Good, clean fun in other words. Plenty of action, laughs and horrible puns. For example the SEAL team is made up of humans changed into seal-f ...more
This time Herzer became less annoying and some "new" characters got to be quite interesting in the end.
Although sometimes the military setting becomes too much in his past books, I had a better time with the descriptions than in past books (may it be because it is better written or I just got used to his style, I really do not know).
Over all I would read again this book out of the 3 I ...more
The prose starts to feel worn out, and while I still think the author has a great concept here, he only produced an OK series. He is unable to sustain the cool ideas and development that I enjoyed in the first book of the series.
I probably won't read the 4th book in the series.
I love this series, please write more of them.
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful. ...more