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Lotus Eaters, The (Carrera) MP3 CD – Unabridged, June 21, 2016
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Tom Kratzman was born in Boston and enlist at 17 years old in the US Army. He served with the 101st Airborne division and in Panama with the 193rd Infantry Brigade. He then went on to Boson College on an Army scholarship. Following his graduation, Kratzman was commissioned as an officer in 1980 whereupon he spent three more years in Panama followed by a four-year stint with the 24th Infantry Division. He was then part of the United States Army Recruiting Command, before serving with the 5th Special Forces Group during the Gulf War.
Kratzman left the regular army in 1992, and went to law school. He earned his juris doctorate in 1995, but remained a member of the United States Army Reserve and also worked for MPRI. He was recalled to the Army in 2003 for the Iraq War but was found to have a heart problem. He then spent time at the U.S. Army War College as Director, Rule of Law, for the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. Kratzman retired in 2006 as a Lieutenant Colonel and became a full-time author.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (June 21, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1522672079
- ISBN-13 : 978-1522672074
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,538,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I like the major characters in these stories. All books must have characters we can relate to or appreciate at some level, otherwise, we just don't care if they get shot or blown up or otherwise creamed by the bad guys. But the brave soldiers of the El Cid Legion are people we care about.
Kratman has an underwater fight with submarines that is as good as anything that I have ever read. Technically detailed and correct with high tension. Top nauch.
I particularly like his work play with weapon systems. He has an invented country that borders on another invented country. They can be identified by the reader as Panama and Columbia. He has a pilot flying a fighter named 'Illusion'. In the real Columbia, the airforce flies fighters called the Kifr. The Kifr is a made in Israel jet based on the french jet called the Mirage. Mirage----Illusion, cool no? A long way of showing how deep Kratman's expertise is and how layered his work is. It is just fun to read on that basis. In addition to everything else good about this book.
Plus he has an important side story based on a real cult of Alexander the Great that still lingers in the Afghanistan area of Waziristan. He knows a lot of obscure stuff and works it into his story.
I intend to finish the series. I can recommend this book to sci-fi fans, military fiction fans, and to those interested in contemporary social affairs at the highest levels. And lovers of good writing.
This series is not for people who think big charities do good for anyone but themselves. It is not for anyone who thinks it's better our soldiers should die without shooting back because the enemy is using human shields. These books are not for people who believe the Laws of War mandate there may be no civilian casualties in a war zone.
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Kratman again uses his skill and ability to captivate the reader as well as to titillate and shock in equal measure. The story is totally implausible and the plot has more holes in it than a Swiss Cheese but I find it as captivating as the previous two books in the series. You know the good guys will win but the knocks they take and the twists and turns on the way to that victory are the work of true expert.
Be warned that this is not a stand-alone book, you will get little out of it unless you have read the first two books in the series "A Desert Called Peace" and "Carnifex".