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The Last Centurion - eARC
by John Ringo
Publisher: Baen Books

Centurions were the guardians of Rome. At the height of the Roman Republic there were over five thousand qualified Roman Centurions in the Legions. To be a Centurion required that, in a mostly illiterate society, one be able to read and write clearly, to be able to convey and create orders, to be capable of not only performing every skill of a Roman soldier but teach every skill of a Roman soldier.

Becoming a Centurion required intense physical ability, courage beyond the norm, years of sacrifice and a total devotion to the philosophy which was Rome. When Rome fell to barbarian invaders, there were less than five hundred qualified Centurions. Not because Rome had fewer people but because it had fewer willing to make the sacrifices. And the last Centurions left their shields in the heather and took a barbarian bride . . .

We are . . . The Last Centurions.

And this Rome SHALL NOT FALL!

http://www.thelastcenturion.com/

Published 8/1/2008
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1. David on 4/26/2011, said:

All the libs with the 1 star ratings are totally happy to be grasshoppers.
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2. James on 4/1/2011, said:

I concur.
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3. Svein Ove on 6/5/2009, said:

I normally love Ringo's books, but this one was just awful. Between the caricatured bureaucrats and politicians and the over-the-top, blatant anti-science polemic, it reads like it was written by someone from the dark ages. This is made worse by the fact that it *does* make some good points, and tells an important story, it's just hard to find the truths between the lies and rhetoric. It's as if I'd ordered a work of art, but when I open the box a starved cat attacks me. Would not buy again.
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4. Tony on 4/2/2009, said:

I love John's novels, but this is not a novel. John did not get the last Presidential election right; he clearly has not been to either of the poles lately, and to top it off he seems to just blindly believe quite a few of the right's talking points without looking closely at them.
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5. John on 8/30/2008, said:

Not his best work. A little ranty for my taste. He reamains one of my favorite authors in spite of this book.
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6. Bert on 7/29/2008, said:

UGH! I've read all of John Ringo's books and really enjoy his writing, but not this time. Replete with blatant propaganda, Centurion spews forth Neanderthal political and social views, weighing down a flimsy story that is contrived and unrealistic with no character development. Want a scathing polemic against liberals, global warming, and especially against a barely disguised and crudely caricatured Hillary? This is for you. Otherwise it's a waste of time. I hope it's an aberration, cranked out during a drunken weekend (did you forget your meds, John?), not an indication of future work. I'd miss the kind of compelling writing John Ringo can do so capably.
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7. Luis-Jose on 7/25/2008, said:

Heretofore I had thought John Ringo was writing novels, and that prejudices shown were fiction - now I see he has stood on his soapbox and bravely layed out his own ignorance. Pity, I used to like his writing. I hope he goes back to writing action stories and leaves the economy and social commentaries to others.
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8. Donald on 7/20/2008, said:

I note with glee the almost-total lack of '3' ratings - this one does what any good polemic does, it stirs the blood and makes furious the senses! And to those poor sods who rated it a '1' - truth hurts, don't it?
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9. Rick on 7/8/2008, said:

Mostly loved. Enjoyable and scary read at times, just didn't enjoy an entire book of first person. Actually the best part for me was reading the comments from liberals! In reality (where liberals fear to tread) there are two means of existance. 1. Provider (aka conservatives et al) 2. Enslaver (aka liberals) i.e. you enslave others to provide for you, e.g. feudalism in it's modern form, welfare. (think IRD/IRS agents with big sticks if you don't pay your taxes as opposed to barons with swords)
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10. Terry on 6/20/2008, said:

As I'm a huge fan of Mister Ringo's work, this really hurts me to say. This book was one of the worst of his that I’ve ever read. Don’t get me wrong. He remains one of my favorite authors but the style, not the substance, of the storytelling in this book was a huge turn-off. The substance of the story, told more actively, would no doubt have been better for me. To be clear, my comments are not meant to be an attack on Mister Ringo or to tell him what to write. As a reader, that’s not my place. What I will do is say what didn’t work for me as a reader and why. The majority of the book is narration rather than the protagonist doing something. That made every character seem two-dimensional, even the protagonist. The protagonist spends the first third to half of the book telling the reader what has happened in the world to set the scene for the protagonist's plight in a blog-like manner, and the world disaster. By setting up, I mean having the protagonist rant and preach against the evils of liberalism and how it almost destroyed the world. I can live with the far-right rant, as it is a character's point of view and thus biased. I even agree with many of the flaws attributed to liberals. What I don’t agree with is the preachy tone of a narrator telling me how liberalism is the cause for all the world's ills for chapter after chapter. It gets old real fast. Readers can figure out what causes issues for a protagonist and what to think about the actions of the characters in the book. That is what a reader does. All that being said, I'll still be waiting for his next book with bated breath, hoping its back to the style and quality I love, but I have to recommend people pass this one by.
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