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As a discussion of the issues facing a military force including women and homosexuals, this is an interesting read. However, it is the second book, of three, that retraces the same plot territory. This strikes me as a "side book" rather than a main plotline book, but there's just not enough of the main story to support the side book. Directly following Lotus Eaters, I felt like it was indulgence on the part of the author to wrap his policy proposal in fiction. Since I'm, at least, willing to consider the ideas he puts forth, for me to be bugged by it is probably a bad sign.
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Would you try another book from Tom Kratman and/or Piper Goodeve?
Yes, the books up to this point have been very entertaining, hopefully the next book will be better. Piper, probably not.
What do you think your next listen will be?
March to the Stars by Johnn Ringo. I need a pick me up after this book.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I understand why a female narrator was used but Piper never really sold the characters or the battle to me.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
First half of the book read as a case study to me and I felt a little cheated. Honestly it was painful. Second half of the book was OK but didn't make up for the first half in my opinion. I came very close to giving up on this book and that has never happened before.
Any additional comments?
Stick to the evolving series story line and don't go down into the minutiae to try to build the character. I'm sure the author enjoyed the theoretical challenge of how to fit/evolve his female characters into the battlefield given the limitations he defines. I did not enjoy it as that isn't what I bought the book for. I bought the book to continue the series story line from where it had left off in the last book. I would have taken his word that it was hard training these women for battle and that due to the nations size it was needed. Give me a chapter or two of background (not 12) and then get back to the primary story line quickly.