Narrator: Rich Miller
Series: The Infinity Brigade #2
Published by Self Published / Indie on 21 February 2017
Length: 5 hours 26 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Narrator, Submitted
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A general in the United States Army by the name of William Thornson once said, "There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."
I've come to believe the general was wrong. I say that because no enemy in his right mind would remain the enemy of a Marine...if...he truly understood the Marines. Of course, the universe is filled with crazy people and in my occupation I got to meet more than my fair share of them.
One such group was a terrorist organization called the Donalites. Their name apparently derived from the Irish Donal meaning "world ruler". They held to the belief that all of Earth's problems had their roots in interactions with alien cultures. Their agenda was a very simple one. Earth for Earthers. I would discover that they would say anything, do anything, and hurt anybody...basically go to any length...to force their will on the rest of humanity. Unfortunately, as I learned with a race called the Ollies, it turns out bigotry is not a solely human failing.
My name is Commander Anthony Grant Stone and this is a piece of my story.
Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works fine as a stand-alone.
Anthony grant Stone is a very likable character. He’s got honor, smarts, and nanotech on his side. In many ways, he made me think of the 6 million dollar man. While doing his time at officer training school, he and his wingman Duffy manage to get into all sorts of trouble. However, the two of them also manage to ruin a Donalite attack. This leads to a bigger Donalite plot and Stone & his buddies have to go undercover to flush out the leader.
The pacing is great. The mix of humor and action with a few serious points make for a fully engaging story. The one weak spot is that the ladies could be adding more to the story. There are a few great minor female characters, but the two ladies that get the most page time are romantic interests. Sure, they have other abilities to add, but, alas, Stone is just taking note of their romantic sides.
I loved the alien species. There are the dog-like ones (whose name I forgot, probably because it changes from time to time as the ladies come into heat). Calling them Doggies is a rude slang. Anyway, they are repairing relations with humans after a group of their kind destroyed Mars (in Book 1). Stone lost much with that encounter, but he’s learning that not all of the dog-like species are such jerks. So the story has a nice balance with the human Donalites, who believe that human space should be free of other species.
Then there’s the Ollies, a species that looks a bit like large ferrets. They have a chicken addiction, and that addiction makes them aggressive and very destructive. Gosh, I still wanted to cuddle the smaller ones! Anyways, they make a difference in the plot later in the story.
All around, the story kept me entertained the entire time. I appreciated the author including little bits about who salutes who and why in the military structure. Since I have no military background, that was appreciated. The story closes out all the major plot points even if it’s not a solid win for the good guys. 4/5 stars.
The Narration: Rich Miller has a great voice for AG Stone. I liked his clear diction and emotional nuances. There wasn’t much distinction between the various male characters. The female voices sounded feminine, but again, there wasn’t a great amount of distinction. However, that didn’t really affect the story as there was rarely (if ever) two ladies talking in the same scene. There were no technical issues with the recording.