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The Last Centurion

A book by John Ringo

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Thrilling story, tediously told

  • Aug 30, 2009
I'll skip the recap since you can find it elsewhere. I had to put down this book after five chapters because of Ringo's choice to write the book as one long monologue, recapping the entire history of the downfall of the world.

It doesn't help that Bandit Six is a dull character. It takes a genius of an author to craft someone who is arrogant, intelligent and a storyteller and make him the kind of guy who will grab your arm at a party and dig his words into your ear until you're willing to cut your arm off to get away.

Because Ringo chose this form of first-person omniscent narration, all the drama and tension is drained, and it becomes a tedious repetition of facts, interspersed solely with f-bombs. For an Army man, Ringo is a poor cusser.

So, if you're at all interested in this type of story (and I am, so I was deeply disappointed with this), try to check out a chapter before you consider buying it. Read it, and understand that you're going to get several hundred pages of Bandit bending your ear, and that will help you decide on your purchase.

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Bill Peschel was born in 1960 in Ohio, and grew up there and in North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in journalism. At The Avalon Hill Game Company … more
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In the second decade of the twenty-first century the world is struck by two catastrophes, a new mini-ice age and, nearly simultaneously, a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as “Bandit Six” an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland—despite the best efforts of politicians both elected and military.The Last Centurionis a memoir of one possible future, a world that is a darkling mirror of our own. Written “blog-style,” it pulls no punches in its descriptions of junk science, bad strategy and organic farming not to mention all three at once

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ISBN-10: 1416555536
ISBN-13: 978-1416555537
Author: John Ringo
Publisher: Baen

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