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Michael Jacobi

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Great Concept Poorly Realized

Save your money or credit. This one is not worth either. The story is a chopped up mess and the characters are really two dimensional and not very likeable. The cast harks back to the painfully hokey (by today's standards) of the old SciFi movies in which we have a learned scientist, a "happy go lucky idiot" and a foil. It really didn't work well then and doesn't work here at all. Add to this that the author is apparently ignorant about aircraft. The flying boat sent to rescue the five lost flyers is given as a "PBY"(produced by Consolidated) when in fact the aircraft was a Marlin, (produced by Martin). And, according to the author the plane had big loading doors in the rear, (perhaps confusing it with a C-130). Couldn't stand to finish it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

An Old Friend Now Audible

This is great for two reasons. First, Kenneth Roberts wonderful novels about the years leading up to and through the American Revolution are still alive and available. Second, because this old time radio adaptation of his work "Rabble in Arms" combines the color and grit of the original Kenneth Roberts work with the genius presentation by Orson Wells. Certainly it is an adaptation and loses much of the detail that makes the original novel so wonderful but for what it is, a gateway to listeners to become interested in the original body of work from which it comes, it is terrific. Invest a credit. The presentation is fun because it evokes those days before TV when you listened spellbound to radio drama. Then go find the complete novel and read it. You will not regret it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

Cultures Clash In Interstellar War

This book is an old friend that I first read many years ago. This iteration does not disappoint. It offers good character development, lots of action and some pretty profound cultural observati0ons./ At once a great action sci-Fi romp in the old school tradition, with invaders versus heroic earthmen. But on a deeper level, it presents some questions about what qualities our culture offers that bind it together and hold it firm under stress. We also get a look at the invaders and the way they see our planet and the things that bind them together and which can split them apart. This is a good investment of one of your credits and it comes highly recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Unexpected Cliff-Hanger Ending

Initially I didn't like this one. It's told from multiple timelines and is occasionally difficult to follow just where you are in time. That having been said, once into the storyline, I was better able to orient myself to the story. The big complaint is that it leaves you hanging. I normally don't buy stories that come in multiple books. And so far the Walt Longmire stories are pretty complete, each to itself. This one is definitely NOT. There are at least two plots left hanging. I wish I had happened across a review that warned of this before I purchased this one. Not of course that it is bad. I would simply have waited for the complete story to be published so I could read the entire story at once. In this, it almost seems like this has been written with a television series in mind. I would certainly recommend your purchase of this title, but if, like me, you like to get the complete story at one go, I would wait for the next chapter to come along.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-17

A Fine Lookback At The WW2 Homefront

Great listening! This ls a series of 30 minute radio type programs that take you from Pearl Harbor to VJ day, zeroing in on the "Homefront". Great snippets of actual recordings abound, making this an easy way to learn the history of those watershed years. I could hardly stop listening until it ended. I heartily recommend it!

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-17

21st Century Meets 18th

Some authors give us undeveloped characters, two dimensional images that are not especially likable. That is definitely NOT the case here. The characters in these books are fully developed, three dimensional believable and, yes, likable folk. In fact, the main characters are so well developed that we can visualize them in living color. The meticulous development is the reason I almost gave up on the series. We are so buried in the various aspects of the people in this world, the action seems at first, ponderous and very slow. Its very like reading one of Jean Auel's "Clan of the Cave Bear" novels for the detail that is furnished. But, once developed, the action arrives. Its a lot of fun to watch the protagonist introduce modern concepts and products to the 18th century culture in which he now finds himself. And there is a mysterious force hanging over all, the force that stranded him on a new world that is so hauntingly familiar yet so different than his own. Buy the first volume in the series and enjoy the methodical character and situation development. It will be well worth the time you spend. Buy the other two in order and be ready for future stories in this universe. It'll be good value returned for every credit you invest!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Good Old Fashioned PI romp

Mulligan turns from reporter to private eye using his old newspaper connections. But with a neat twist, he has a finger in some illegal stuff along the way. The author continues to do a fine job with character development and the conversational interactions are well written and believable. Really, a fine light weight way to speed the miles or the chores as you listen to Mulligans adventures. Caution. Although this one can stand on its own, its more fun if you read the books in order as you will be familiar with Mulligan's world. Well worth the credit.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-17

The Road Still Beckons

Heinlein never wrote a book I didn't like. This one though is a standout. A wonderful "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court" kind of tale with great daring do and adventure to spare. There is a healthy dose of Heinlein's own "Live and Let Live" philosophy too, But mostly its just a romp through almost fairy tale monsters and lovely ladies and he man adventures. Its pretty explicit on six so maybe not for the 10 and under crowd. (I read it when I was a teen ager). A good performance by the narrator and well edited. I highly recommend it.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Roman Legions March on Mordor

Had my doubts on this one at first, boy was I wrong. This series has about everything you need for a terrific story. A brave Roman commander who has some history of his own. Barbarian hordes to battle in remote forests. A lost legion much like the Legion that Varrus lost in the Teutenberger Forest, elves (real ones with bows and pointed ears), and maybe dwarfs from their homes under the mountains. Plus a magical battle between good and evil and a mystery within a lost castle. What more could anyone want! Throw in a really good performance by narrator Steven Brand and you've got a terrific series. Start with this one and you will be hooked. Another of those great page turners that find you wishing the story would just go on and on. Captain Stiger, where do I sign up!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Decent start for a series

Good solid military science fiction. Reminds one a little of the Price Roger series. Very personable main character and believable dialog. I would recommend this to those who enjoy lots of action and some decent character development. The narration is good too, which really can punch up a story.

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