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Monday Book Pick

February 16, 2009

Ghost by John Ringo.

Best known for his military themed Science Fiction, John Ringo breaks away from that mold for this modern day military/political thriller with a bit of serious B&D based sex thrown in for good measure. To give you an idea of the level action (i.e. violence against bad guys) is this book, here is what Richard Marcinko, “The Rogue Warrior” himself had to say about it: “John Ringo’s done it again! Ghost is a complete adrenaline rush, filled with nonstop, kick ass action and hair-raising suspense.”
The overt level of sex in this book (which tones down later books but is still present) put some of his fans off, but in my opinion, it’s about as shocking to todays mainstream literature as Ian Flemings sex scenes where in the 1960’s James Bond books.
If you like rough and tumble close quarters military action, especially where terrorists drop like flies, and are not upset by equally rough and tumble sex, you will like Ghost.

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Election Day repost: Choose Wisely

November 4, 2008

The words of Bandit Six:

So every four years we elect a king. Since people like consistency, we tend to elect the same king as many times as we can get away with. (See previous paragraph.) And the king, especially in any sort of emergency, has a lot of power. They don’t always, or even most of the time, have enough to fix things right away. But they’ve got a lot of power.
Including the power to totally screw things up.

For the kids reading this, this is a very important point. When you choose your king, forget most of the reasons you think you should vote for the king. Mostly, the king can’t do much about the economy but ruin it. They can’t make you richer or smarter (although they can manage the reverse). If you want one suggestion, think about all the contingencies under which that king (or queen in this case) may hold your lives in his or her hands. And choose wisely.

Originally posted on 8/1/08.

Choose wisely

August 1, 2008

The words of Bandit Six:

So every four years we elect a king. Since people like consistency, we tend to elect the same king as many times as we can get away with. (See previous paragraph.) And the king, especially in any sort of emergency, has a lot of power. They don’t always, or even most of the time, have enough to fix things right away. But they’ve got a lot of power.
Including the power to totally screw things up.

For the kids reading this, this is a very important point. When you choose your king, forget most of the reasons you think you should vote for the king. Mostly, the king can’t do much about the economy but ruin it. They can’t make you richer or smarter (although they can manage the reverse). If you want one suggestion, think about all the contingencies under which that king (or queen in this case) may hold your lives in his or her hands. And choose wisely.

Recent Reads

May 27, 2008

I’ve gotten some good reading in recently. Two by S.M. Stirling, In the Courts of the Crimson Kings, the sequel to The Sky People , and The Sunrise Lands.
The Sunrise Lands is part of his “Change” series, which is a spin off of his Island in the Sea of Time series. It was a fun read. It read quickly and had good action scenes. A touch of science fiction, with a short scene of inter dimensional shifts. The other two are good old fashioned space adventure. The first takes place on a Venus with dinosaurs, saber toothed cats, Neanderthals and beautiful native tribal princesses. The other takes place on a Mars that John Carter and Kickaha would be comfortable in.

William Gibson’s Spook Country was good, not as good as Pattern Recognition , but a fun read.

David Weber’s Off Armageddon Reef was a long read, but actually surprisingly good.
His books tend to be very long, often with long sections could be cut with no loss to the story.
This one has them too, but not as many. At one point, Weber details each Priest interacting with each kingdom’s rulers. He made sure that you knew he has detailed out every branch of each organization of the church, including the colors of their robes and the symbols denoting their rank. It ends with a big wet navy, age of sail, sea battle.

Tom Kratman‘s latest, Caliphate is a frightening view of a possible future. It was also a very good adventure read. My favorite of his so far. Ok, I really liked Yellow Eyes too, but that has the added feature of being in John Ringo’s Legacy of the Aldenata universe, which I really like.

Caliphate
is probably going to get a boost in sales because of its mention on Instapundit.

A John Ringo approved book review

May 22, 2008

It’s actually a review of the first few books of the Ghost series, and have read them all, it’s pretty spot on accurate. John Ringo himself approves.

Quick Reviews

October 6, 2005

Vengeance

The latest offering from Richard Marcinko, the retired Navy Commander who founded SEAL Team Six and did time in a federal prison for pissing off Admirals.
Good solid Rogue Warrior TM fare. Demo Dick and team are running amuck in the Homeland, yes, that means he’s under contract to the Department of Homeland Security (the book is dedicated to those in the department, including First Responders).
Marcinko the author learned from his last book, and teamed up with a solid writer again. It makes for a more solid book and a better read.
One of my favorite parts is where his team does their Red Cell thing to a Nuclear Power Planet just north of New York City.
They even stole an ambulance from my old home town, Wappingers Falls, NY, for the caper. One thing that caught my eye was the mention of all the details about the plant, available from various anti-nuclear web sites, that made his job of “playing” terrorist all the easier.
If you are a fan of Mr. Marcinko’s books, you’ll probably like this one too, and probably better than the last one.

Ghost

John Ringo departs from his usual SciFi-MilFic for a straight action adventure set in modern day with more than a bit of kink.
Richard Marcinko has this to say about this book, “John Ringo’s done it again! Ghost is a complete adrenaline rush, filled with nonstop, kick ass action and hair-raising suspense.” Plus the added feature of explicit sex scenes involving B&D/S&M.
To be honest, it’s about as shocking to todays mainstream literature as Ian Flemings sex scenes in the 1960’s James Bond books.
It’s nothing that Elf Sternberg didn’t do over a decade ago. Mr. Sternberg is a self-published internet author however, while John Ringo is a NY Times best selling author.
Leaving the steamy sex, even the sex involving two barely legal (18 & 19) college girls, aside, the rest of the book is good straight forward action/adventure. The bad guys are terrorists, mostly Islamic, some former Soviet Client staters, and really bad.
The good guys are good, even if some of them have issues, like the hero of the book…
One way funny part of the book was here one of the college freshman co-ed was on the phone with her mother and finds out that her parents have been into “the scene” longer than she has been been alive and has to answer very technical and clinical kinky sex questions from what she thought was her uptight suburban mom.
If you like rough and tumble close quarters military action, especially where terrorists drop like flies, and are not upset by equally rough and tumble sex, stop by your local bookstore and pick up Ghost (or order it through Amazon using the handy link).
If you have never read anything by John Ringo before, the hardcover contains a CD with all of his previous work in several unencrypted formats, plus two books by Travis “Doc” Taylor.

All Jacked Up, Gretchen Wilson’s latest CD.

A good solid country CD. Some of the low reviews at Amazon are probably due to the fact that her first CD was a fornicating great country CD, and All Jacked Up pales in comparison. Leaving that comparison aside, IMNSHO, it’s a gospel song short of being a classic Country CD. On a 5 star scale, I’d give it 3, plus one more for the bonus track. A cover of a Billy Holiday song that proves that this ex-bartender has paid her dues and can sing the blues. The intro to the song points out that it’s done right, “Four Players, one voice, one microphone, one take.” My favorite track, besides the bonus song, One Bud Wiser.