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What made the experience of listening to Operation Enduring Unity, Omnibus Edition the most enjoyable?
I liked how three woman characters evolved gaining respect and power. I liked the lessons regarding responsibility. I liked how one especially evil person met his/her end. I liked the message of forgiveness and healing.
What other book might you compare Operation Enduring Unity, Omnibus Edition to and why?
I don't have a book in mind but I do have a movie in mind. The movie is called Idiocracy.
In the movie an average IQ solider is sent to the future and he ends up being the smartest person in the world because the more intelligent people practiced birth control and the idiots overpopulated and took over the world.
In this book all the idiots are also in charge running things.
What about Kevin Clay’s performance did you like?
He did an over all good job.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This was a long multi-volume book that required several sittings.
Any additional comments?
This is a satirical novel that I think some commentators took too seriously. It is also a fable as well as a modern day retelling of the civil war.
Starting with a blotched assassination and through a comedy of errors of political and military bumblings, sensational one sided news coverage (done for ratings and not accuracy) and the influence of big business and special interests; the U.S. is plunged into a civil war. The lame duck president's term is extended by congress and he is made out to be a dictator.
Things escalate with power hungry inept grandiose politicians and military leaders. Big business wanting to make war time profits fuel the fires and the news agencies wanting high ratings worsen the chaos with untrue sensationalized news reports.
When the president finally starts acting like the dictator he is accused of being stability finally occurs. One mislead idealistic female militia member finally gets enlightened and becomes a true heroine. Another female soldier who has more smarts leadership abilities and common sense than any of the military leaders comes to the attention of the president and is put in charge of a special department with power, which also helps to bring an end to the conflict. One intelligent talented female reporter finally gains the standing she needs to report the news in a way that is more objective. I thought it was interesting that three woman who were under valued low clogs in the begging of the book ended up being very influential showing more common sense, bravery, and influence than the original men who were in charge.
“I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot come”
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This collection includes all three standalone Operation Enduring Unity novels merged into a single edition. Welcome to the future of America. Land of chaos and home of the ambitious.... A botched assassination on the eve of Election Day throws the routine transfer of presidential authority on its head and the American government into chaos. With Congress and the Supreme Court locked in a constitutional standoff, rabble-rousing state governors fueling the fire, and shadowy opportunists pulling strings, the nation teeters on the verge of a second civil war. While the politicos play their chess games, the pawns refuse to sit idly by. Sometimes the tail doesn't just wag the dog but can strangle it.
Although this is fiction, much of it reads like a textbook (or several) on subjects ranging from modern warfare tactics, strategy and weaponry to political science and even insurrection management. It is not an easy set of books to read, and I found that I had to be extremely careful not to let myself be distracted. If one misses just a few sentences, one can become disoriented, and have to go back to catch up.
The writing was brisk, straightforward, and seldom emotional, which made those few poignant moments stand out dramatically. In addition this set of books has a huge cast of characters, most of them having cameo, but sometimes crucial roles. While there are some key characters whose stories are told, and who develop throughout the 3 books, the huge cast makes it difficult to identify with these key characters, at least in the ways that I’m used to. Still, I found, almost to my surprise, that, by the end of the story, I cared about some of them, and their fates affected me, particularly in one case.
One of the things I really valued about this set of books (and there were many) was that, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t figure out the author’s own political stance. Just when I thought I had it, he changed something, and made a point that would have been diametrically opposed had I been correct. I came to the conclusion that, despite the extremely and highly charged political subject matter involved, the author was determined to be both objective and rational. The result is a well written, technically rich, fascinating study in modern Statecraft …how it works, and what can make it deteriorate into violent chaos. The author pulls absolutely no punches when describing the effects of battle, and there are some nightmare producing graphic descriptions of what weapons, both projectile and chemical do to the human body. No, they weren’t pleasant to read: yes, I think it was right that they should be included, because it is right that we understand what war really *is* and what happens to human flesh and bone.
The narrator did a truly excellent job with this book, and managed to provide enough variation in his character voices to enable me to tell most of them apart. More to the point, he was consistent in his character representations throughout the 3 books, so that each character maintained his or her own tone, rate of speech and inflections.
I give the book 5 stars, not because I enjoyed it (it is emphatically not escape reading) but because it is a monumental piece of work, and because it was so well done and, at least in my opinion, so relevant and valuable. I also give the narrator 5 stars for a truly Herculean effort, and his maintenance of professionalism throughout.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this unbiased review through the courtesy of AudioBookBlast dot com.
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