The Last Centurion

The Last Centurion

by John Ringo

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The Last Centurion by John Ringo

Centurions were the guardians of Rome. At the height of the Roman Republic there were over five thousand qualified Roman Centurions in the Legions. To be a Centurion required that, in a mostly illiterate society, one be able to read and write clearly, to be able to convey and create orders, to be capable of not only performing every skill of a Roman soldier but teach every skill of a Roman soldier.

Becoming a Centurion required intense physical ability, courage beyond the norm, years of sacrifice and a total devotion to the philosophy which was Rome. When Rome fell to barbarian invaders, there were less than five hundred qualified Centurions. Not because Rome had fewer people but because it had fewer willing to make the sacrifices. And the last Centurions left their shields in the heather and took a barbarian bride . . .

We are . . . The Last Centurions.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940148571773
Publisher: Baen Books
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 143,483
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

John Ringo is author of the New York Times best-selling Posleen War series which so far includes A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances (New York Times best seller), and Hell's Faire (New York Times best seller), and is the hottest new science fiction writer since David Weber. Among his other novels for Baen are Into the Looking Glass, the fantasy adventure Princess of Wands, the Council Wars series, which began with There Will Be Dragons, and the Kildar techno-thriller series, which began with Ghost
His collaborative novels include Von Neumann's War with Travis S. Taylor, Cally's War (New York Times best seller) and Sister Time with Julie Cochrane, the New York Times best selling Prince Roger series with David Weber, which began with March Upcountry, and The Road to Damascus with Linda Evans.
A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction. He had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school.

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Last Centurion 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Goaltender More than 1 year ago
Written in blog-style, this near-future apocalyptic work chronicles the march of a modern Ten Thousand--a small unit abandoned by higher authority that fights its way from Iran to Istanbul, and safety. But this is more than a mlitary thriller--Ringo constructs a chillingly plausible scenario in which avian influenza becomes a worldwide epidemic which kills millions and disrupts civilization. It's also a quasi-political work, in which the sitting president (Oh, you'll recognize her) nationalizes most business and agriculture. It's 'creeping socialism' suddenly become a landslide, with the sort of results that a thinking person would expect when radical environmental lawyers are suddenly placed in charge of agribusiness. 'The Last Centurion' is profane, and funny, and polemical, and devastatingly good. I've re-read my copy three times already, and bought several other copies as gifts for people I care about. Because it's a novel, this work can speak to us in ways that would be rejected in a work of nonfiction. John Ringo transcends the limitations of post-apocalyptic sf to bring us a work which can and should be read by people who care about American society, and our decay as a nation. Basically, we need a real-life Bandit Six, and hopefully 'The Last Centurion' will inspire and validate one to come forward and march us all out of danger. I cannot praise this book as highly as it deserves.
brtvog More than 1 year ago
The Last Centurion, is a book written by Science-Fiction author John Ringo. The book centers around the strange character know as, "Bandit six" while a enormous plague sweeps the world, and then a mini-ice age. He story is written in first person blog style and is very descriptive when talking about both battles, and the science of farming. With very mature language and subjects I think that this book must be read at some time by someone, but it is hard to say when it is appropriate for someone to read it. Also the younger you are, the less interested you may be In the politics of the book and characters. All in all I believe that this book is amazing, and is a must read for everyone, with fun dialogue and interesting action. All in all I would give this wonderful book a five out of five.
phasegen More than 1 year ago
The first book I've read by John Ringo. Great read. Well researched in every aspect. It is as close to fact that not so futuristic historical fiction can be. It could happen. It is scary. Wow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it mirrored the thoughts of most of us ,for who ,history did not begin less than 40 years ago .If any book is banned this will be the one he left will ban because it showcases the spun world we live in now .
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Ringo's politics are never in doubt as his characters think and fight their way through insurmountable odds. His stories are inescapable page-burners, what I like to call 'Sci-Fi shoot-em-ups'. Yet despite the science and violence he manages to insert decent character development and always, always many things to think about. Personally, I can't wait!
MWanderer More than 1 year ago
This book is one big conservative soap box. Either you're going to read it and agree with everything John Ringo says or you're going to disagree with the whole thing. The book is really a big editorial but, the story is used as the media to deliver the editorial. The thing is I agree with John Ringo. Furthermore a little research on the web, a little study of the photos produced by NASA and suddenly you're thinking John Ringo's got it right. Then you wonder if maybe you're just a little to far right of center. This book touches on all of today's headlines. If you agree with the book then you'll wish you could send a copy to every member of congress and every bleeding heart on the coasts (flyover states don't need it.) Read - the book - you'll understand why. Just if you're looking for something like the Human - Posleen War or the Council War series this isn't it. I will say this - for once John Ringo has a soldier that's not quite a superhero as a character. The Last Centurion is a hero but, it's because he uses his head and gets a few breaks. Not because he's capable of doing anything that comes along like flying, surviving a Nuke, or shooting the wings off a gnat at 2 klicks.
BruceTX More than 1 year ago
Took a little to get into it, but it got better very fast. Has many elements of potential truth and verity. In some ways and elements was almost prophetic!
Bukaday More than 1 year ago
John Ringo has set up a realistic disaster scenario in the near future that threatens to begin a new Dark Age -- a universal pandemic. The story is told from the view of an army officer who lived through it. The officer is unstinting in his condemnation of the people resposible for agravating the problem (generally liberals and the media). The way these villians finally get their comeuppance is beautiful to behold. Liberals will be insulted by this book (as well they should be).
PJK3 More than 1 year ago
I really do enjoy John Ringo's work, but this book was a disappointment. Because of the style in which it was written it never did seem to get to the story, but digressed into way too many side bars of information. I suggest reading other works by John Ringo, but passing on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this scenario a little chilling with the current world situation. I would hate to see our US forces actually told to 'cut and run' as a political expedient, but it was interesting that the unit had more that enough supplies to survive from the immense surplus we (US) leave behind everywhere we go. Glad the author chose Iraq for the setting; where could they run from Afghanistan? Found the 'homecoming' and the US domestic situation kind of stilted. It should have a separate book all its own as a follow-up, could have developed the plot more fully. But overall, good story that moved along well. John Ringo delivers again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable book overall. The author has some interesting ideas that can ignite some very strong conversations. He is very to the point and direct. I wish he had more story and less philosophizing in this book, though; I get tired of having a point driven home repeatedly. Actually made wish I could get to meet his wife....
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Hell Times confirmed what most thought about a Democrat in the White House, especially the ¿Bitch¿, as this time when they got it wrong the cost was the planet. These idiots focused on preventing global warming only it was the Freeze that led to the pandemic environmental disaster and the bird flu global Plague in which the Bitch¿s socialized medicine failed everyone. By 2021 worldwide famine has become the acceptable norm. --- These leaders failed the military they deployed to the Middle East by abandoning the soldiers in Iraq after widening the mission to Turkey, Iran, and Kuwait. Survival means stealing from the locals who are also struggling for sustenance and looting artifacts to sell on the black market. On our side of the Holy War, few are willing to die for the cause our adversaries have most of those who sacrifice their lives. Only in America will a TV show surface to showcase THE LAST CENTURION unit as propaganda to patriotically bury the embarrassing defeats behind disinformation fog. While the Fat DC Cats talk of hundred year wars, weary soldiers write blogs so the truth may one day be known before the victors rewrite the history books. --- Though well written the difficulty for the audience will be to accept the premises that the Liberal Democrats are at fault for the third decade of the desert war, avian flu and global freezing as if the Bush years did not exist. However, if the audience accepts the shocking prejudicial strong beliefs of THE LAST CENTURION who tells the story in his blog from his perspective as gospel ¿historical facts¿, the tale provides a compelling austere near future thriller. Those early sections provide the deep understanding of the military officer¿s mind through his blog writing. Though the ending is even more implausible, fans of Mr. Ringo and the Neocons busy rewriting the history books (at least their roles) will appreciate this cautionary tale in which the author implores bloggers to expose the lies of the power structure. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 5 months ago
Wow
Anonymous 5 months ago
I loved every bit of it. Ringo has me hooked. Keep writing, I'll keep buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ringo has his political views ( which are well right-of-center) on full view here. While he says much I disagree with, and a few things that are flat wrong, it doesn't matter. This book is an engaging romp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great reading.
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