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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Thrilling

    Ragnarok is an action-packed thrill that kept me up at night reading just one more chapter until it was finished. Reminiscent of David Weber's "On Basilisk Station" and Michael Z. Williamson's "Freehold", it features a "kick-ass" female lead easy to relate to for this lady veteran. Seriously, Alex is charming in a hard-edged, slightly damaged kind of way and just the kind of person I'd love to share a beer with at a Dining In. The book is not a "light" read, obvious given s title and cover art that promises destruction and despair, but it has some hysterically humorous scenes and one-liners worthy of a Sheldon Cooper "Ba-Zinga." All in all, I can't wait for book two in the series to come out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    Entertaining and Enthralling

    An intense, fast-paced first novel with realistic characters and combat scenes, Ragnarok, provides a thrilling read. Set in the distant future, the humans are scrambling to counter the large-scale attack of the Xan-Sskarn, a militaristic race of aliens hell-bent on universal domination. As the protagonist, Alex McLaughlin, is haunted by the traumas of her past, she is simultaneously confronted by foes on both sides of the conflict. The dialogue, characters, and combat scenes are realistic and engaging, and the reader finds him/herself cheering on the Terran Marines as they enter into deadly hand-to-hand encounters with Xan-Sskarn 50% larger than they are. An entertaining read that leaves the reader wondering what will happen in the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    an entertaining military science fiction thriller

    In 2197, humanity and Xan-Sskarn are at war with atrocities being prevalent. The enemy destroys worlds with no concern of the genocide they commit to the native population. The aliens want earth's pristine clean water, which over time they will pollute before heading to the next orb they will devastate.

    Two years ago, then Terran Navy's elite Dead Jokers Captain Alexandra "Alex" McLaughlin survived an encounter with the deadly salamander like enemy, but most of the subordinates under her command died. She is loaded with guilt, but learned a lot about the enemy. However, someone high in the Terran command is a Quisling, but she is unsure who that person is as the clever traitor has made it appear she is selling valuable information to the Xan-Sskarn. Her only hope and that of her endangered species is to take the war to Ragnarok.

    Although there is nothing really new here (think of Marvel's Galactus or Star Trek's the Borg) and the overall plot contains spins that wobble similar to the tilt of Uranus, Ragnarok is an entertaining military science fiction thriller. The action is fast paced especially when Alex tries to take the war to the enemy in honor of her fallen comrades, but a traitor has left her and their species vulnerable. Fans will appreciate the water war as only one side will survive and increasingly it looks like it will be the alien invaders.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    Good Morning, All; I believe I agree with one of the Anonymous T

    Good Morning, All;
    I believe I agree with one of the Anonymous Triplets. The reviewer was wrong.
    This is a fast paced, interesting book, that holds together well. As for the accusation that it wasn't original, read Shakespear and you have all the plots of drama, comedy, action and comedy. That does not stop this from being an interesting read. Well crafted, with believable characters and situations. Even the characters mistakes are believable. The only problem I have with any of this projected series is that the next book isn't out yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    highly recommended

    Don't believe the idiot who wrote the publisher's review. If you like space operas then you will love this book. keep them coming Vanner.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    A GREAT BOOK READ IT

    THIS BOOK WAS GREAT. I CAN'T WAIT FOR HIS NEXT 2 BOOKS IN THIS SERIES TO COME OUT. FAST PACED, GOOD STORY LINE, VERY BELIEVED ABLE CHARACTERS, I COULDN'T IT DOWN. PATRICK LEFT IF WIDE OPEN LIKE WEBER AND CAMPBELL HAVE TO CONTINUE A GREAT SPACE SERIES. ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Great Action Space Opera

    Lots of action. I could not put this book down. Vanner knows what a fire fight is really all about. Readers of Bujold, Weber, Ringo and Ruggiero will love this book. I cannot wait for the sequel.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

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