The colony world Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It would attack the aliens not from space, but on the ground - with forces the Trofts did not even suspect. Thus were created the cobras, a guerrilla force whose weapons were surgically implanted, invisible to the unsuspecting eye, yet undeniably deadly. But power brings temptation...and not all the Cobras could be trusted to fight for Earth alone. Only Moreau would learn the uses - and abuses - of his special abilities, and what it truly meant to be a Cobra.
©1994 Timothy Zahn; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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"A Pleasant Surprise"
I really didn't expect that the focus of the novel would be a study of human nature. But, that is what it was. The combat segments were fast and furious (that somehow made it more believable), which is much better than those stories that seek to fill 90% of the plot with combat. I'll defintely buy book 2.
"Better every time."
Genuinely one of my favourite books ever. Every time read (or now listen) to it I like it more! Cannot recommend it enough!
"A solid thoughtful military scifi story"
The Narrator has a deep resonant voice, and a slight accent. For me, this was excellent, and made the story feel more multicultural than maybe it would appear in print.
It is the standard formula for military science fiction, an ernest young man joins the military for the best of reasons and gets made over into a soldier,but with a thoughtful constraint to it. It is not a book about how soldiers are somehow better than everyone else, or how they are more terrible, but it deals with the effect of war on a man. It is oddly like a commentary on PTSD, and the difficulties soldiers have in returning to a normal world.
I listened to one of the later books in this series and he had the same qualities in it.
Science can make better equipped and trained soldiers, but it can not change the nature of people who fight.
I read the book when I was a kid. I recently picked up one of the later books and realized I wanted to go back through the first series again, so I can be better grounded for the later books.
This book isn't bad to listen to. It held my atension, but it always seemed to be leading up to something action packed that never happened. It had some action but not what the name Cobra implies. The narration is very good, thats is what kept me listening. I'm just starting to listen to book 2 Cobra Strike. I hope it has more then the first book. Now don't get me wrong about this book. It's not a bad book, not by a long shot. I was just hoping for some nail biting action!
"Little action and Lots of talk"
This was not what I thought it was. I purchased this because I read the “Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy” years ago and really enjoyed it, and I thought that this would be an action packed “ Military Science Fiction” story which it was not. It started out OK and it did have some action around the start of the book but most of it was just talking and politics. If I want politics I'll watch the news! If you want action and suspense then I wouldn't bother with this. I think that Timothy Zahn is a very good writer and by all means there should be a live-action film adaptation of the Star Wars thrawn trilogy or at least a CGI animated one. Its just that this book was not for me
"Not a fan"
The book had far too many plot points that all magically resolved themselves when the main character tried. Everyone was one dimensional and bland. The reader was not my favorite either. He wasn't horrible, but most voices sound the same.
"Expected better than mediocre from Zahn"
No, this book tells a story that is neither gripping nor all that interesting. There is plenty of potential in the setting, but a lot of the characters are written awfully stupid for supposedly smart people. I found a lot of the character portrayals hard to believe.
Written characters and people as a whole that were more believable.
I can't pick any one thing out about the audio performance that I liked more than the rest. As a whole it was quite good and I have no complaints.
I have no interest in any of the sequels after reading this.
"A Mildly entertaining sci-fi story"
I really enjoyed the authors Star Wars novels, but sadly, this wasn't them. The story seems to focus on the journey of a young man from idealistic youth to Jaded politician. Along the way, experience is the horror of war, and the long and difficult journey to maintain peace. It's not a bad story, but I could never really find myself supporting the main character. Very few secondary characters, outside of this family, seem to show up. All in all, it's not a bad story, but it's not quite as entertaining as other sci-fi epics.
"The life of a cobra"
It is interesting how this story isn't just focused on a single major event, like a war, but instead follows over character through about 30 years of life, including war, family life, exploration. It is well told and kept me interested the whole time.
"Great military and political sci fi story"
Highly enjoyable exploration of military and political complications of colonizing a distal planet and engaging in warfare with cyberonically augmented soldiers. I particularly loved this schizophrenic (but very realistic) reaction of the civilian population to the soldiers once the war was over, and of the soldiers' feelings of frustration with their inability to return to their former lives. The story was exciting and a great mixture of suspense and background story, and the characters were highly engaging and realistically portrayed. The narration was excellent. Highly recommended, can't wait to listen to the sequels!
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