Urbin Report

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday's Book Pick

By popular demand, John Ringo's The Last Centurion.

Here is the review I posted on Amazon:

As John Ringo promised, there is something in here to "annoy" just about everyone. Ok, he didn't use the word "annoy", but I'm trying to keep this review "family friendly."

It's a "worst case scenario" story. The whole world has gone to Hell in a Handbasket and someone has to clean up the mess. This someone is Bandit Six. An infantry officer stuck in a bad mess and trying to make the best of it.

How bad are things? Well, Bird Flu makes the species jump and is deadly. A large chuck of the human population is killed off, especially in areas with little or no health care, and areas with heath care systems that are regulated by the state don't do as well as areas with well funded free market systems (ok, axe one is being ground here).

John Ringo's politics are clearly right leaning Libertarian, but he doesn't mind rubbing those groups noses in their faults either.

Oh ya, the world gets cold, fast. The global cooling we were promised back in the 1970s hits fast and hard. Those expecting global warming were caught completely off guard.

So, in many places, the infrastructure of civilization is falling apart because the people who operate it are either dying or trying to stay alive, what were the "breadbaskets" of the world are suffering from long winters and short cool summers, and Bandit Six is stuck in Iran guarding Billions of dollars of military equipment when the US pulled its troops back to the US to deal with the Bird Flu problems. Iran? Oh, by 2018, Iraq isn't a problem, but Iran is.

Ok, so the plot is laid, and not the fun can begin. Just remember that "adventure" is someone else in deep trouble, very far away from you.

Oh ya, Bandit Six grew up on a farm and has strong opinions on organic farming.

Yup, something to annoy everyone in the family.

I heartily recommend it.


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