Columbus Day is one of those books that I connected within the first 5 minutes of listening and it is non-stop adventure to the end. I have rarely seen someone merge hard core science fiction action, the realities of technological disparity, and relatable humor in such an amazing fashion. Turns out, space war is a lot less chill than you might expect when you are in a technologically inept society. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. I started this with a mild hope I'd like it.
The lizard-like Kristang recruit human forces to travel into space to fight the Ruhar who attacked Earth. Now while this book is fairly light on details, it kept me engaged more than anything else and I would have given it a 4. Or until all involved perish. By the end I really enjoyed this book. The book gets the name Columbus Day from the idea of what the Indians might have felt when they were outclassed by the Spanish militarily, at least when Columbus arrived.
But the last act takes quite the turn around from the boring world building and makes the entire series seem interesting again. Skippy is a millennia-old artificial in I was looking for a Sci-fi book to read by an author I did not know. The whole trilogy is out and there is nothing bad I could say about any of the 3, only that today it's not easy to find a great SiFi trilogy and I couldn't put this one down, not even for sleep so I always woke up with the book in my hands and right away searched to where I remember what I was reading before I started falling asleep and continued reading, that's how good this trilogy is!!! She also has a soft spot for middle-grade fiction that rears its head frequently. There is some foul language, like in The Martian, so I wouldn't recommend it to little kids. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate.
Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. If direction from the author wasn't given on how each character's mood, tone of voice, and attitude was meant to be conveyed, I would be genuinely surprised, because he emulates each one so accurately, it's impossible to imagine the author intended any other way for the characters to be portrayed. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. He sold me on the Fear Saga.
The balance that the audiobook makes of its technical and humorous part is great, with the subtle handled of characters by the narrator. Naturally, the cunning humans' plan is to simply nick the other lots' ships, weapons etc et. As months go by Joe begins to suspect that the Kristang are worse enemies than the Ruhar. He enlists and gets training for the fight. However, when Joe and others refuse an inhumane order from the Kristang they are gathered as prisoners. Some editing of the eBook would improve readability. The first third of the story is somewhat predictable, and has been handled many times.
The writing is immature, corny dangerously close to cartoonish and excessively repetitive. Bray is outstanding bringing this book to life. I seem to be in a rut reading the same authors continuously. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. Which scene was your favorite? Earth gets attacked by a whole bunch of hamster people, but then saved by some lizards. Bray does a great job. It differs from Baylon 5 in tone.
The highlight is definitely the strong voice of the protagonist, who is human, flawed, and fleshed out into three dimensions. Did it make you laugh or cry? The book is irreverent and funny. The main character signs up, gets shipped out to training, and gets ready to fight the aliens. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point. If your looking for a scientifically correct and factual based book.
There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the native Americans in 1492. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. The first third of the story is somewhat predictable, and has been handled many times. There's some obvious ideas liberated from other sci-fi greats, both written and televised but it works really well. Sadly, it ditches this fairly quickly to start a lot of grindy world building which is only semi interesting and does not really feel like very interesting sci-fi. The author starts off with a bang then proceeds to set the pace with detailed descriptions of army life when isolated hundreds of light years away from home and dependent on an enigmatic ally that has control of everything that is keeping you alive.
He discovers Skippy the Magnificent. The story would seem very predictable at the very beginning, but as it develops a little bit further surprises are the order of the day. It's almost like the author suddenly realized halfway through writing the book what it was all about. Now they must navigate a hostile jungle teeming with murderous alien rebels, pushing themselves to the limits of their abilities, to get this vital intel to Legion Command - if they can survive that long. Of course, when an alien star ship turns up in earth's atmosphere, followed closely by a second alien race, you just know it's all not going to work out in Earth's favour. Just when I thought he finally had a little team of former army buddies, he was transferred.
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. His detailed rendition of the technical parts of the story is done with precision and with a briskly pace. It did have some good humor and the story was well told. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar, they aren't our enemy, our allies are, I'd better start at the beginning. Celebrating its 15th year of helping people solve personal and professional problems, this special anniversary edition includes a new foreword and afterword written by Covey that explore whether the 7 Habits are still relevant and answer some of the most common questions he has received over the past 15 years. That's where the humor comes in.