War Dogs: The True Story of How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

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War Dogs: The True Story of How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

War Dogs: The True Story of How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

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Shammas, Brittany (2018-01-05). "War Dogs Smuggler Efraim Diveroli Sues Memoir Co-Author". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on 2019-12-09 . Retrieved 2019-12-09. The guard dog was incorruptible; the police dog dependable; the messenger dog reliable. The human watchman might be bought; not so the dog. The soldier sentinel might fall asleep; never the dog. The battlefield runner might fail...but the dog, to his last breath would follow the line of duty. This one passed the bedtime and bathtub tests. First, I stayed up way too late reading it, then in the morning I turned myself into a prune in the tub so I could finish it.

That's about the best response I can muster for this book. It's billed as an "epic tale of war", but I certainly didn't notice anything "epic" about it. And the war? What war? Seriously, there's more talking about the war than any actual combat, and the combat that is here is minimalistic at best. I get it...this is a thinking man's Sci-Fi tale. It just should have been labeled as such to avoid up-front confusion. I never got involved in the narrative, I never came to care about what was happening. Could be I was just burned out on heavy reads or it could just be that book didn't appeal to me. Either way not one I'm overly thrilled with. Not bad, but I was glad to get out of it. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. ( February 2021) ( Learn how and when to remove this template message) I was military and respect military greatly. The author dedicates this to the men and women of the military. That's good. The story however is (in my opinion of course) weak. It gets lost in the telling and winds itself around the internal struggles of the protagonist with a mild sprinkling of politics and social commentary. I have however taken the entrie trilogy out of the library so I plan t to (try and) see where it goes. Look for the unexpected in War Dogs. Bear takes some familiar themes and really turns them around. There are the aliens (The Gurus) who show up first and seem helpful. Then there are the aliens (The Antags) that show up on Mars. The Gurus recruit humans to fight the Antags on Mars.. Sound familiar but it gets all turned around when something new is discovered.

I first learned about Sgt. Stubby after having seen the case of an animated DVD based on him, called Sgt. Stubby. It looks like a kid's DVD but it was shelved with the adult stuff so it's most likely meant to be a family movie. I haven't watched it. There are lots of ideas compressed into this novel here, that only become noticeable on reflection – an unusual drop into combat that reminded me of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, the existence of a renegade troop of original settlers, before the aliens came, named Muskies (after a certain inventor of today), even a touch of Alien and Crichton’s Andromeda Strain. Greg subtly works these notions into the narrative in such a way that they seem natural at the time. It’s only when you think further that you realise how clever he has been.

So I shrugged and enjoyed it when he did a Hari Seldon prequel. I shrugged and tried to pray that a Star Wars novel was not selling out. And then I grew despondent when a novelist of his caliber started writing Halo novels and other for-market stuff. Thrillers? They were okay, but not great. Where's his out-there stuff? So I took a break.Plot 'Looseness'. I think the issue is that the author tried to do too much and ended up with a mess. I think the book would work better with a tighter focus and some of the repetition removed. I inspected the stuff and it seems good,” Podrizki told him. “But dude, you know this is Chinese ammo, right?” They were a highly advanced, interstellar species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. The Gurus warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus from sun to sun, planet to planet, across the cosmos. Pundits have taken to calling them the Antagonists – or Antags – and they have already established a beachhead on Mars. In exchange for all they’ve done for us, the Gurus would now like our help. Ann Bausum writes about history for readers of all ages from her home in southern Wisconsin. Her works often focus on under-told stories from the past, and she frequently explores issues of social justice. Possible slight spoiler> Now, that is only half of the setting and plot. When you open to the first chapter, you will notice that the setting is not on the red surface of a dusty planet, rather here an Earth. Sgt. Venn has just returned to Earth from a drop and is en route to a safe house. What happens is that the viewpoint shifts between Venn recounting, in first person, the events that transpired on Mars, and the present day omniscient third person with Venn in the safe house accompanied by a friend of a friend.

The Frame | 'War Dogs' screenwriter: Driving through Iraq's 'triangle of death' was easier than dealing with studio heads | 89.3 KPCC". Scpr.org. 2016-08-22. Archived from the original on 2016-10-30 . Retrieved 2017-01-08. Approximately 30 years before the beginning of the novel, a small group of alien refugees (later termed the " Gurus") landed on Earth and soon made themselves indispensable with their contributions to human technology and scientific understanding. In exchange, they "requested" Earth's help in repelling the hostile invaders (termed the "antagonists" or simply "Antags" or "Ants") who had chased the Gurus from their own star system, and were already establishing a beachhead on Mars. The narrator of the novel is Master Sergeant Michael Venn of the multi-national force of "Skyrines" (spaceborne Marines) sent to Mars. a b Gleiberman, Owen (August 16, 2016). "Film Review: 'War Dogs' ". Variety . Retrieved October 25, 2016. Molinet, Jason (April 30, 2015). "Jonah Hill spotted on set of latest movie looking noticeably heavier". nydailynews.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2021 . Retrieved May 10, 2015. Why humans made it that easy and just handed the planet and everyone on it over to the Gurus, I don't know, but I have my suspicions. We definitely know entirely too little about the Gurus and Antags (from what they look like to where they came from etc) and don't seem to inquire too much about details either.I know that my take on the book is different from the main stream view. I am forced to the conclusion that it's simply a matter of taste. I've read a few books books by Mr. Bear and I have only liked a couple. Maybe it's simply a stylistic thing. If this is a book like or even love, I think that's great. We can't always agree. All that said even in the struggle to survive across Mars and the building mystery of what is ultimately going on I simply didn't get involved. As noted, possibly just my own taste maybe see what you think. On the positive side there's all the hard science involved in imagining how fighting in Mars could be, and the hints at what political strings the Gurus might be pulling to get humans to do their bidding in an interplanetary war. But there's not much of that, as the focus is on our Mariner's mission rather than the general context that took him there.

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