Thursday, July 21, 2011

July News

It's hot! One day I'll find my way back to the Pacific Northwest, where it's not so oppressively hot in the summer. After a very enjoyable visit with my family in Mobile, I had more than a week off before qualifying with my M9 for WSI, followed the next day by battle assembly ("drill") with my unit. Monday I took my annual PT test with WSI and dutifully performed three days of annual training, and now I'm back. It's also great to be back training with my Bujinkan class near Fort Myer.

Saturday I finished another John Ringo book, Eye of the Storm. When I went to Afghanistan, I devoured the first four of the Posleen War series (which tell a complete story) in early 2007 as I sat out in the boonies of Afghanistan on a tiny firebase with a handful of SF guys and 4 other mortarmen. These books are an incredible, fast-paced, well-written 4-parter. I mentioned on my blog trying to read with night vision- unsuccessfully- and John even commented, asking if I'd like a larger-print version. Ringo is still one of my very favorite authors, along with pal Larry Correia, for not only the stellar first four books he wrote, but for other superior writing since.

John's stuff is incredibly entertaining, with (usually) solid story lines, plot twists, enjoyable characters, and tons of action. He does have a few...quirks, though. Based on his writing, it's easy to believe John is a bit of a perv. Also, John sometimes obviously wants to create a character or situation that's really fricking cool, man! Sometimes those things may work, and sometimes...An example is the Des Moines. She is a warship that has bonded with its artificial intelligence computer- and fallen in love with the captain. So she cloned a body from cells of a deceased movie starlet who played Daisy Mae. Daisy Mae/Des Moines is a single entity who feels and controls what happens in the ship and in her physical body, which must remain close to the ship.

Eye of the Storm is full of John's usual skillful writing, though he does tend to sometimes use translations of ethnic insults that just as we read them. In English. John also seems to have created the Ultimate Bad Guys for this book. Because they're bad, and they look horrendous, and they can USE THE FORCE. No, really. John has characters who use The Force, only he calls it something else than The Force, because aliens had it first, and they don't speak English on their planet. Also, George Lucas could sue. It's still The Force, though, and despite some attempt at a scientific explanation for it, well, it's still magic.

Regardless of potential distractors, Eye of the Storm is a solid, very enjoyable read. I give it a 3.5/5 stars.


Matt G said...

"One day I'll find my way back to the Pacific Northwest..."
...and hang rounds of Willie Pete?


J.R.Shirley said...

Hah! And who has the obscure reference for the day?

No, Yakima isn't much like the rest of Washington. Or rather, thankfully, the rest of WA is not like Yakima!

Y. said...

Bit of a perv?

That's an understatement of the month..

Google "Oh John Ringo No" and find out :D

Old NFO said...

Yep, Ringo is a good writer, I've read all of that series flying to and fro over the last couple of years. If you're back for a while, we need to go shoot!

J.R.Shirley said...

Y.T., I don't read the Ghost series.

J.R.Shirley said...

NFO, I'm back until mid-October.

Matt G said...

John, I want you to come to Blogorado with me this year.
Call me.