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FAIR OAKS, CA, United States
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-17

Excellent

This is a great philosophical exploration of one of the greatest problems of our time, resource exploitation.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Good Classic Sci-Fi

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This was a interesting Sci-Fi story. It's a classic and ends in a very open way, however I'm not sure if I want to know the answer to the question posed at the end as to me it was more philosophical and rhetorical, however the journey to that point was well written.

The drugs and free love ideas of the book do date it a bit, but they are not too pronounced, so I can live with them.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Amazing and Depressing

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This audiobook was pretty amazing, and pretty depressing at the same time. It seems that some folks in the government think that as long as one particular goal is being met, it's OK to destroy the rest of society.

This book is about the CIA helping the Contras sell drugs in the U.S. to buy weapons to overthrow a left leaning government in South America. Now it's my opinion that the U.S. should not meddle in other countries affairs to begin with, as it always, when the CIA is involved ends badly, and causes more harm than would be caused if we had simply done nothing.

In this case this was a government that the local people wanted, but the West didn't like. So the U.S. supported right wing death squads and helped them sell crack in the U.S. Starting the crack epidemic that destroyed inner cities.

This didn't help the U.S. in any way nor did it help the people of any other country.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

It Grows on You

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At first I didn't like it, but as the story went on it grew on me. It a bit different than your average sic-fi story.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Some of the Best Satire out there!

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This book was pretty damn funny. Some of the best satire I've read or listened to.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Good Start to a Great Series

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This was actually a pretty good fantasy story right up till the end, where it appears the author wrote herself into hole and came up with a really lame way to get out of it. I was really looking forward to the next book in this series until I got the end. However the next to books in the series do get better.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

A Great Ending

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Great ending to a great series. If you are looking at this review I assume you've already read and liked some of Hobb's previous books. So there is not reason not to continue with this one.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

It was ok

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I give this 2 stars because it was ok. It wasn't bad, but not a whole lot happened either. Frankly I think 200 pages could have been edited out and it would have been much better.

When a story is slow and then finally moves incrementally at the end, having 200 pages or more of bloat just doesn't help.

I will continue reading the series I hear it picks up in the second book, but I'm not exactly over thrilled to pick up the next volume either. because there weren't any characters that I felt really attached too, in fact there where a few I didn't like at all, but I do like Hobbs method of developing characters, so that will keep me going.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Should be combined with the first

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This book is 500 pages of dragon grooming and feeding, while traveling up a river. With some pigeon grooming and feed mixed in for some variety.

The first two books should have been combined into one book, as this story is just so slow.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-16

Not anywhere near Dune

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This book was pretty standard sic-Fi from this time period. Which falls far below the high mark set by Dune.

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