©2007 John Ringo &Travis S. Taylor; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"... deals with the arcane mysteries of quantum mechanics, lending ... an absurdist twist appropriately reminiscent of Lewis Carroll." - Publishers Weekly
One of my favorite Light Space Opera. The second after Through the Looking Glass and precedes Manxome Foe and Claws that Catch.
The story of the first converted Boomer Submarine to be turned into an interstellar space ship, and then to venture out of the solar system using an unobtainium box star drive. Actually apart from the drive.. well drives as they encounter others the science isnt bad. courtesy of Dr Travis Taylor the model John Ringo used for Dr William Weaver in the first book.
The Vorpal Blade carries out a "where no One has gone before" mission to the stars seeking signs of the Dreen, the Biological borg race that assimilate other races with plenty of seasoning. Having protected the Earth in the first book cutting the wormholes that linked the Dreen Invaders to earth the story moves on to trying to locate them in space.. in order assess the danger to the world.
On the way they look at a few systems and chart planets as a way to test humanity (and the Adar, an allied race's) ability to survive the hard stuff.
I found it amusing.. exciting.. they have a wealth of over the top characters providing multiple protagonists, tho the main ones are Dr., now Lt Commander Weaver and Private Bergstrasse of what becomes the first Space Marine company, taking pretty shattering casualties doing it. A child of the military SciFi genre but i like it no less for that.
I have avoided what happens to give people the chance to enjoy it. It is light operetta rather than space opera maybe, sad, happy hopeful and with looming disasters. I have hinted towards Star Trek in my comments as i find it hopeful in the Roddenberry fashion, despite a lot more than red shirts buying the farm. Despite that it avoids the "We're all doomed" zeitgeist that seems to infect so much current media output. In the end its hopeful and funny. My opinion. YVMV
a great audiobook that i have now listened to 4 or more times,this audio book like some great movies just has to be listened to multiple times,as it is just so well writen a book that you will be going back for more again and again
"Great but has some quirks."
Good book but fake "bad words" were over used. I read a post talking about this issue but dismissed it as whineing. When the Marines were talking or yelling you would hear "Holy gunk!" and a couple other words over and over. Marines while deployed may use foul language. Get used to it. If real words can't be used then I understand. Bottom line, omit false words or use real ones.
I just enjoy the John Ringo can hold and develop a story line and the characters in the story. His books come to life when you read/listen to them.
I really can not select any one most memorable moment of the book. t was caught up from the very beginning, and could not put it down the first listen.
They were all good.
great listen, excellent writer and good narrator.
"Hamsters on Dragonflies."
More science than I'm comfortable with but a good story. worth the time to listen.
Loved it. Sci-fi at it's best. The narrator did a great job. Timing voice inflection he does it all . I truly recommend this audio book .
"Very good read"
Did it meet my expectations. Yes.
Most memorable item, too many to count.
All in all I've enjoyed reading this and the other books in the series.
Would say I'd read it again but I've already done that and sometime in the future will probably do it again.
"Fake Bad words!"
While listening to this work I could have given it a better overall score if I could understand the kinds of fake bad words he was using. I will have to be on guard with other works as this was very distracting.
I have been unable to understand the story well enough to get passed the fake bad words.
The part where tuffy becomes into a cool spider and not a children's play toy any more.
"The Blade that slices"
Yes I would the story continued on from Into the looking glass, not just in story but the funny scenes with Bill weaver and Miller. and the added character of Two gun just seems to fit, an he story was good it made you think did and try to figure out did they find the bad guys or some new bad guys.
I would compare it to a Hymn before Battle, Only because its 1. a space story, and 2. because it has its funny moments as did A hymn before battle.
I have to admit that at first I didn't care for L.J. Ganser I was so used to Marc Vietor reading for John Ringo's books, but now that I have read into the Looking glass and Vorpal Blade it seems fitting that a different voice do the different saga Ganser does a good Job.
the banter between Two gun and the other Space Marines and between Bill Weaver and Chief Miller I always seem to laugh at them
again John Ringo hits a home run and it seem that the character is Ringo's Co- author Travis Taylor I seen a video of him and as soon as I heard him speak I said out laud that has to be were Bill Weaver comes from.
I highly recommend reading both into the Looking Glass an Vorpal Blade if you Like military space stories you will not be disappointed in This book or this Saga
"More of Ringos great writing"
Well this is a little slower then the first book and it takes a while to pick up but once it gets going it stays going all the way to the end, the beginning is sorta a catch-up on what has happened since the end of the first book and quickly introduces characters that are going to be big in the book so its needed.
The Vorpal Blade is actually the A.S.S. (Alliance Space Ship) Vorpal Blade named by Aliens that dont understand acronyms but no one wanted to piss them off by rejecting the name so thats what it is - oh, yea, and the ship has a huge blade sticking out of the front of it, hence its name.
My major complaint is that all the swear words are replaced with "Grap" and "Maulk", like "You mother-grapper" or "Grap you" and "Thats bull Maulk" this is just stupid as ever, the first book wasnt like this at all so I just dont understand it, maybe its Travis Taylor he wasnt named in the first book.
Other then that my only complaint is that its a little strange as in the dreen arent really in here seeing how they were the only actual enemy in the last book this is strange, yea the whole story is about them going out looking for them and they only find these huge crabpuss creatures that are like crabs and octopuses and the ship gets captured and you wont believe how it gets away.
There is something that is happening that isnt explained but its a one or two line phrases about cold and heat, it makes sense in the next book so make sure you get Maxome Foe and the last one Claws that Catch
"Aldenata Lite Indeed"
Having just listened to the complete "Legends of the Aldenata" series, I was disappointed. Maybe this series was meant for children and teens, the story is light, the characters are kinda wooden and the replacement cuss words are "corny," thats the only way I can describe it. It must be for kids...
The narrator was OK, I guess I'm more used to hearing Marc Vietor doing Ringo's work.
"really a sub, really?! but its works"
Hello young marine sit behind the scientist and other new characters. wow just a fun series he brings in some new charaters that are real fun and brings the old back in as well. its just fun
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