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One of my favorite genres is military scifi and I am constantly looking for stuff I haven't read before. I came across this story and I liked the plot summary that was described, and never having read the author before, I read the reviews, and seeing most were positive I got the book. How disappointed I was in this story. The action mainly consists of a lot of yelling, a lot of shooting or stabbing, and very little realistic descriptions of the battles. The main character is boorish, always angry and has no leadership skills what-so-ever other than to constantly yell ATTACK. He shows no intelligence, never has a plan that is fully explained, treats everyone around him terribly and is totally undeveloped as a character. And that is really the most disappointing aspect of this whole story, not one character is developed or allowed to grow. There are so many opportunities for witty dialogue, developing relationships, and intrigue that are simply bypassed. The characters that are presented are 2 dimensional and totally wasted because they are simply introduced and dropped, make cameo appearances later and are dropped again. The premise of the story is very good but ultimately fails due to a total lack of character development and adequate universe development. If you like this kind of story, the underdog vs everyone else story, I suggest looking elsewhere, such as the Troy Rising series and Legacy of the Aldenata series by John Ringo, or the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. You will enjoy them much more.
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Where does Assault Troopers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Ranks in the high middle zone. How about 14.25 out of 20?
What other book might you compare Assault Troopers to and why?
I will compare this book to The Battle of Heligoland Bight by Eric W. Osborne. They are totally different and have absolutely nothing in common except that they both concern humans and how they act in adverse situations. As I have said previously - Stupid question Audible!
What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Christian Rummel gives an edge to the main character that works well. Also, I dig his female character voices. When I heard Jennifer's voice I had a flashback and thought I was in Dauntless' bridge in Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series. Rummel is a pro. He made a pretty good story into a solid good story.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No extreme reactions. I did get saddened when the main character and Jennifer, fresh out of the sweaty sack, travel into a German city. Buy book for more info. I laughed at least 9 times toward the end when one of the central characters opts out of the evil camp and fights the good fight. Solid dialogue.
Any additional comments?
Give this book a shot. Picks up nicely in the latter chapters.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
narrator shouts a lot when telling the story, it's a bit boys own and in places stereotypical macho but that's ok as it's a survival story I guess? the audio version lacks polish and end and start of some chapters repeat unecessarily., hopefully this will be rectified in future edits?
Would you try another book written by Vaughn Heppner or narrated by Christian Rummel?
Yes and yes, but only because of the Audible app I use.
I found the narration to dis-jointed, the gaps between sentences was to long, it got very annoying. That coupled with Mr Rummels very very angry narration, and I almost returned the book.
But, the Audible app allows you to run a variable speeds, I found if I ran it at 1.25x speed then it actually became enjoyable. It cut the long gaps out, and also toned down the narrators deep angry voice.
Who was your favorite character and why?
No overall favourite.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rummel?
Mark Boyett, ofc
If this book were a film would you go see it?
I would wait for the DVD
Any additional comments?
Don't forget to try the variable speed