As other reviewers have stated this is the first book in a trilogy that was never completed. But don't let this stop you from reading it if you like alternative history. The book takes a little bit of time to get started but the battle sequence in the last part of the book is well worth the time it takes to get there. Good,fast read.
Even though the main character is getting older he continues to solve problems as only a marine can solve them; with force. Bob Lee Swagger calls in favors from his past contacts in the intelligence community to seek justice for a new found friend and his family that were murdered. To seek the revenge he deems appropriate for the Japanese business man responsible for the murders Bob Lee gets training in the art of the Samurai and their sword fighting techniques and skills. Here is where the book relies on the reader's gullibility as Swagger, in only two weeks training, is able to face SIX Samurai and kill all of them except one, with a sword. The author tries to justify the slaughter by weaving the tale that Swagger was able to "trick" the Samurai with a drunken act. I did not buy it but the fight of six to one was necessary for future endeavors by Swagger. Still an overall good book and the Bob Lee character is one of my favorites at this time.
The trilogy: The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea and the Last Star is one of the better YA series I've read. The story line of the alien invasion is unique and interesting. Over the three books the characters keep evolving, some get stronger while others get weaker. There is enough plot twists to keep YA's interested and work well with the overall story line. It's also good to read a trilogy that has closure and may not end the way some would like but has a satisfying conclusion.
If you like the movie you will love this book. The movie is very true to the book and you can't help putting the voices of Bogie and Hepburn to the book. One of the classics that should be on everyone's read list.
Only three stars because of some of the plot line being a little unrealistic. The idea that Det Bennett could accompany so many other agencies is a little hard to accept. And Patterson dropped the ball on the one character that I do not care about at all in this series, that being FBI agent Emily Parker. A perfect opportunity to kill off the character and he passes. The ending was anticlimactic.
Book two of the trilogy about a super volcano erupting in Yellowstone and basically wiping out the mid west and western states and affecting the rest of the country with drastic climate changes. I was hoping for some kind of subplot that involved vigilantes, roving gangs, isolated self governed communities or something/anything to put a little spice and excitement into the second book. Instead we get the trial and tribulations of having a baby out of wedlock and the father leaving the mother to deal with it own her own. We get "excitement " of changing jobs and having to relocate, we get the sometimes difficult times of adapting to an increasing colder winter in the northeast. So far the first two books have been a great disappointment, the author is better than this. There is so much opportunity to introduce conflicts in this scenario as a way to develop the characters, unfortunately Turtledove does not take advantage of these opportunities, at least so far; it may all change with the third book.
Interesting read about the career go Gary O'Neal. He is known as a true American warrior from his early days in Vietnam to stints in the Golden Knights Parachute team to tours of duty in Honduras and Nicaragua. I did however find some of the things mentioned I little hard to believe. Anyone has ever been in the military knows what comes after those incredible three words "There I was"...... Well some of the descriptions read like a "There I was" tale. He describes his love of skydiving and having started the sport at 13 years of age. He mentions that he has around 80,000 jumps to his career. Having spent almost 40 years in the service plus the 4 years of jumping prior to service would mean he would have had to jump about 5 times every day for that time period. Couple other hard to believe were his accounts of using one's mind to break glass, burst balloons and kill goats. He also described one fight where he decapitated an attacker using just his hands. He also describe an incident where he crawled through the roof hatch of a Chinook helicopter flying at 12,000 feet, crawled along the fuselage, slid down the cockpit glass, held on, shot the pilot a bird and then parachuted off the Chinook. He also mentions a few different movies he worked on as an actor or a special effects technician but doesn't show up in any credits as either . Still overall a pretty good book and Gary was an American Warrior and deserving of our thanks and respect.
If you enjoyed Robopocalypse or Robogenesis you will definitely want to read this book. Amped is a stan alone book by Daniel Wilson that uses similar technology as in previous books. The build up to the conflicts between Amps and Reggies (people without enhancements) is well written. Hopefully Daniel Wilson will continue this venue with other books. It would be interesting to read how the main character uses his amped abilities
I rated this novel at 3 stars. The premise of the book is the evolution of the novel Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton released back in the 70s. This book should not be confused as a sequel to the original Andromeda Strain, regardless of the title. The author evolves the original strain to something totally different and completely unbelievable. The speed at which the strain evolves and the intent of the evolutions really stretch your imagination to the limit. The elevator ride is beyond ridiculous as is the "cliff hanger".
If, on the other hand, for someone who has not read the original book by Crichton, and takes this book as a standalone science fiction work then I guess it works. Will there be a book 3 in the Andromeda saga? If there is I will probably pick up a copy to read but it won't be on my list of must read books.
Very interesting and well written account of a young WW II tank crew member during the US Army's push into Germany following the Battle of the Bulge. Unlike some personal; histories written the author doesn't delve into a lot of background info using just enough to let you understand what's going on in his young mind. A short book (176 pages) makes for a quick read.
One of the better fictional accounts of the conditions surrounding the Nazi Death camp Auschwitz. While being a fictional book it relies heavily on historical figures and actions surrounding the Nazi camps and the Allied nations' unwillingness to come to grips with the truth of what was happening to the prisoners in these camps. The book follows the exploits of Jacob, a German Jew as he is caught up in the resistance movement after his parents are murdered by the Gestapo. His trials and tribulations of being sent to Auschwitz and his eventual escape and the consequences to him and the few friends he makes in the cam following his escape make for a though provoking read.
The only thing I read that was not accurate was when the author wrote "That was when I heard the pump action of a shotgun" and then just a few sentences later wrote " Now he was staring into a double-barreled shogun." A double barrel shotgun does not have a pump action to load shells, they are hand loaded.
I read this book out of order from the authors series but it didn't really make a difference as enough of Court Gentry's (the Grey Man) background and history is intermixed with the story line that I had no problem understand what motivates the character. This series is Jason Bourne on steroids. Yeah, a lot of what happens is far fetched but in this type of non-stop action book but it works. Want a quick, enjoyable book to spend the afternoon on? Then this book and I'm guessing the rest of the books in the series is just what you need. Enjoy!
Very good account of the town of Bedford Virginia's local National Guard unit that was a part of the initial assault on D-day. Author writs about the early formation of the unit, the background of the young men and their families that comprised Company A, 116 Regt, 29the Division. if you are at all interested in first hand accounts of the Longest Day, June 6,1944 than you need to read how Bedford lost almost all of its sons, husbands and brothers that were part of Company A in the first minutes of the invasion.
Donald Harstad delivers a great read again. If you are familiar with his earlier books in the Carl Houseman series you will not be disappointed in this book. An antagonist from a previous book shows up to carry out a plan to rob five banks a t the same time setting in motion a suspenseful showdown with between Houseman and the FBI against a common threat. The story line moves at a steady satisfying pace from page 1 throughout the book. Author knows the ins and outs of rural law enforcement. On a big plus side for me is he gets the weaponry and other assets correct.
Good first book in the final series of Shannara. Characters are interesting and the subplots hold your interest without subtracting from the main plot. It's a shame that Terry Brooks is ending the series with these books but the whole Shannara story line has maybe run its gamut. Looking forward to the next book and the forthcoming books to end the series. Nice little tease in the middle of the book when a street urchin says his name is Shea Ohmsford. Looking forward to maybe seeing this young boy again in future books.
Excellent twist on the "Lone Hero" coming to the aid of those that are in trouble. Jess (Lone Hero) is an older rancher facing problems of his own but when he comes into contact with the two kids running scared from killers his protective "Grandfather" gene kicks in. Sheltering the kids on his ranch Jess must decide who can be trusted to ensure the safety of the kids. The plot has plenty of action and starts off from page one.
My original copy of the Bluejacket's Manual from 1971 finally got to the point of being useless so I opted to get a newer one. It's got the same basic info that my original had with of course some updated material. Nonetheless it's a good addition to my library and one that I will again refer to numerous times for general info on the Navy.
I tried to get into this book but found the writing style one I just couldn't get interested in. The third party narrative from the perspective of Death, to me wasn't very interesting and seemed to stop the momentum of the book plus the use of Jewish/German words and phrases made it necessary (for me) to have my iphone ready to search for a translation. The premise of the book could have been a great book, unfortunately for me this author fails.