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Down to the Sea is the beginning of a new chapter in The Lost Regiment series. I've read the entire series although I have to admit I struggled through books 7 and 8. It's not that William R. Forstchen is a bad writer, he's not. Or that Patrick Lawlor makes the books difficult to listen to, he doesn't. It's that the topic is gruesome and it begins to weigh not just on the mind but also on the soul. Anyone that has seen violence up close and personal will have no problem seeing in their mind's eye the picture of war that Forstchen paints and Lawlor makes come to life. Leaving the violence and butchery out of the picture the writting is good and the performance is just as good. But, this series is not for the faint of heart, the young, or those that have personal demons from war or violence. Forstchen does a little too good a job in painting his picture and makes you face a reality most people would rather not. For those unfamilar with The Lost Regiment it is about a group of Union soldiers trapped on a world far from home facing annihalation by an enemy that sees them as food. It is a story about the strength of the human spirit, human enginuity, the will to live, and the desire all men have for freedom. Down to the Sea continues the story with the second generation. It's now their turn to stand and to find out for themselves just what they are made of. I enjoyed the book and it was a nice change from the earlier series.
Patrick Lawlor is not the most versitile actor on Audible, but he does a good job with Forstchen's work. He has narrated the entire series and brings with him a knowledge of the work that is necessary to communicate Forstchen's complicated engineering concepts. Lawlor does a fine job delivering Forstchen's work.
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Book 9 starts a new story. The stage is expanding and so are the characters; there is a risk that the world grow too big. Unlike in the Weber/Ringo "Prince Roger" series, where the main characters move from horde to horde, this series is bringing new hordes onto the orginal stage. Also, technolgy is developing at a frightful pace. Nuclear weapons if not aliens in flying saucers can't be far off (the raw materials for nuclear weapones were introduced in Book 2).
Also, I'm often reminded on Charles Stross's "A Colder War"......Don't go into the light!
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