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The Last Centurion [Mass Market Paperback]

John Ringo
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Book Description

Aug. 25 2009
In the second decade of the twenty-first century the world is struck by two catastrophes, a new mini-ice age and, nearly simultaneously, a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as “Bandit Six” an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland—despite the best efforts of politicians both elected and military. The Last Centurion is a memoir of one possible future, a world that is a darkling mirror of our own. Written “blog-style,” it pulls no punches in its descriptions of junk science, bad strategy and organic farming not to mention all three at once.

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About the Author

A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction. His novels for Baen include those in the New York Times best-selling Posleen War series (A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell’s Faire), the Council War series (There Will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, Against the Tide, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon), the nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon (Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain, Unto the Breach, and A Deeper Blue), the Looking-Glass series (Into the Looking Glass, Vorpal Blade, and Manxome Foe, the last two in collaboration with Travis S. Taylor),  four collaborations with fellow New York Times bestselling author David Weber (March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few) and five collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: The Hero, written with Michael Z. Williamson, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes, both written with Tom Kratman, and the New York Times best seller Cally’s War and its recent sequels Sister Time and Honor of the Clan, both with Julie Cochrane.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The Last Ringo Novel I ever buy! Sept. 8 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great science fiction invites the reader to think about the great moral and ethical quandaries of our time in the context of a mythical, futuristic or apocalyptic backdrop.

The Last Centurion is not great science fiction... nor is it middling action adventure... it is a bad episode of fox and friends masquerading as a novel, a pathetic collection of Hannity rants wrapped up in the addled bumbling of Limbaugh and the america right or wrong frothing of Dobbs... it is laughably stupid.

Here is the formula for the novel, and I am sorry I am not kidding:

1)Take any political issue...
2)Ask yourself what Rush/Hannity/O'Reilly/Dobbs would say...
3)That answer saves people from the plague!


1) Take the same political issue
2) Ask yourself what Clinton, Obama, or any educated person would say
3) That answer kills millions of stupid liberal elites from the plague

Sprinkle in a heavy dose of sexist male chauvinism, poorly concealed racism, open ethnocentrism and ignorant bigotry and repeat.

For example:
Health care - private for profit health care saves people from the plague... socialized medicine kills people from the plague

Christian charity saves people from the plague... Government incompetence kills people from the plague

Immigration - illegal chinese and mexican immigrants bring the plague to america... an america that should have known better and is being punished for not building fences

Sexual orientation - homosexuality kills people from the plague... good christian morals saves people from the plague

Farming - organic farming kills lazy stupid hippies...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right wing? Maybe, but many truths as well. March 24 2010
By McBrian
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I am a right wing red neck, but John Ringo makes so many points that are bang on that it really highlights how divorced from reality many outspoken left wing commentators are. The blog style narrative is fun once you get used to it. Anyway, I bought the book and liked it so much I bought the audiobook as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed. Oct. 7 2009
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The first 100 plus pages of this book is a right wing rant on the health care debate and the alleged foibles of the political left. There is then a decent military campaign type novel in the middle and a rant at the end.

Ringo does excellent work when paired with another such as David Weber. He can do very good work on his own but this book, sadly, was not one of them.
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This novel is very much about the American Right Wing's growing moral outrage and bunker mentality in response to an increasingly polarized American political arena. This book is very a mirror of current extreme right wing view of total rectitude, where the left can do no right and the right can do no wrong. Which is a far sight from Ringo's nuanced work in a Hymn Before battle where both sides of the political spectrum were shown to be as able of incompetence as well as of competence.

This book is very much a rant as well as one might say wishful thinking as much as someone can apply the term to a disaster novel. In spite of the horribly one-sided and obtuse viewpoint; the book in itself is very accessible and easy to read. There were a lot of times where I wondered how much better this book would have been with proper editing.

In the end, the book was very disappointing. It felt like being inside a Fox News anchor's head and its not a very pleasant place to be. In the end I only finished the book expecting something to improve. But in the end, there is very little to write home about in this novel.

Sadly this book is about par for the course since Ghost came out.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good yarn... May 7 2008
I bought and read the ARC electronic version from Baen's...

This novel is typical no-holds-barred military speculative fiction by John Ringo. If you liked Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain etc., you will definitely enjoy this one. Less sex than the Kildar series, more action and some rather amusing potshots at the US military command system. I laughed out loud at his main character's comments on a certain political party's world view...with Ringo, there are always barbs thrown at someone and he NEVER disappoints.


Basic plot is the American army's pull-out from Iraq...and there are some serious screwups by the new american president, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to a current democrat candidate... A reinforced company finds itself re-creating Xenophon's march of the 10,000 with a few twists: namely the fact they have more than enough equipment to take on all comers, the commander is quite level-headed, their support staff is nepalese and so on and so forth.
Realistic? As good as anything I've seen or read about in the last thirty years...enjoy.
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