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Posted April 7, 2004
Great military sf
The ET Volkswanderung has arrived to conquer the residents of planet Jefferson, cut off from the rest of the Concordant. Nothing survives the devastation of these marauding interplanetary travelers once they engage in their usual hostile activities. To battle the Volkswanderung, Commander Simon Khrustinov and his Surplus on Loan (SOL) Bolo prepare for one final onslaught yet they successfully vanquish the enemy............................................. However, much of Jefferson is in ruins from the war. Infrastructure either no longer exists or so feeble it might as well not be there. To rebuild the planet means a major influx of capital (both money and people), but few are willing to pay the cost. When the unpopular government tries to make tough decisions, it gains no support and collapses. Narrow vision Utopians take over with a special agenda to use the powerful Bolo to ethnically cleanse their enemies, not understanding the moral dilemma imposed on this thinking war machine with a conscience..................................... This is an exciting military and post military science fiction novel that would make Keith Laumer proud of what John Ringo and Linda Evans has done with his Bolo. The story line is at its best when the audience observes the reconstruction options and the ethics issues, none of which are easy or cheap. At times harsh and condemning those foolish enough to believe that no one besides the soldier and his or her family have to pay for war and its aftermath, readers will get the no free lunch message that there is a price to pay when conflict, even in the case of defense, is deployed........................................ Harriet Klausner
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Posted June 10, 2014
Not worth reading. The political crap ruins the book. If you liv
Not worth reading. The political crap ruins the book. If you live on a farm and love guns, you're an independent person with all the right values. If you live in a city, you must be sheep ready to be fleeced by evil politicians. If you are a student or, most hideous of all, a professor of the arts, you're the worst sort of idiot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I grew up in rural Wyoming, 150 miles from the nearest nominally urban area (it barely qualified as urban because the federal government's definition of urban is 50,000+, and Casper had just a tad more than that at the time). I also own 11 rifles and a shotgun, and I've killed my own supper more than a few times. I also have a Master's degree in English literature and taught at a university for six years before going into the software industry.
Nothing is ever as black and white as these two nitwit authors portray it to be. I thought Heinlein's polemics were pretty bad, but these two take it to an all-new (at least to me) low.
Posted October 3, 2010
More Atlas Shrugged than Hammer Slammer
Think of this as a political Atlas in outer space. (starting with raw weight) It's a rich full world of characters to love and hate. Loved it bet you will too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2005
Tears and Gears
After a long and glorious history somebody finally managed to wrote a TERRIBLE BOLO story. After the first chapters this thing becomes nothing but a tear jerking soap-opera right down to the pathetic ending. One can only hope that John Ringo will give the BOLO Sagas another go someday, but this time as a SOLO venture!!! If you are a BOLO fan, do not waist your time or money!
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Posted August 15, 2011
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Posted October 1, 2010
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