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The Lotus Eaters
by Tom Kratman
Publisher: Baen Books

Sometimes paranoia is just a heightened state of awareness. Carrera's won his war, and inflicted a horrific revenge upon his enemies. But there are wars after wars. The Tauran Union is planning an attack. The criminals of neighboring states are already attacking, and threatening to embroil him in a war with the planet's premier power. His only living son is under fire among the windswept mountains of Pashtia. An enemy fleet is hunting his submarines. His organization has been infiltrated by spies. One of the two governments of his adopted country, Balboa, is trying to destroy everything he's built and reinstitute rule by a corrupt oligarchy. Worst of all, perhaps, he, himself, bearing a crushing burden of guilt, isn't quite the man he once was. Fortunately, the man he once was, was lucky enough to marry the right woman . . . . The Lotus Eaters is the direct sequel to A Desert Called Peace and Carnifex.

Published: 4/1/2010
SKU: 1439133468
Ebook Price: $6.99


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1. Gary on 5/16/2013, said:

After defeating the terrorists, Carrera must now go after those who helped the terrorists... namely, the Progressives. An excellent continuation of the series.
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2. Rick on 12/1/2010, said:

I'm in the business of supporting those that track and kill terrorists, done this for over 20 years. Kratman
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3. Christopher on 9/20/2010, said:

I was a little disappointed in this book. The rest of the series has been great so far. Then this book. It's not horrible mind you, but it's like a big long setup for the next book in the series. What little action was in this book was pretty low key. On the other hand, it definitely hints that the next book is going to seriously make up for the lack of heavy duty action.
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4. Joe on 7/27/2010, said:

Not recommended. Mr. Kratman has produced some good stories in the past, but this is not one of them. This is at best a prequel; the real story is yet to come(?). Avoid it unless/untill the sequel is available and proves itself worthy.
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1. This was obviously meant as an intro to sell sequel(s). I wouldn't mind that but there is no closure for any of the main threads and you're left hanging. Yes, there is closure to some threads but they are irrelevant to the main story and provide no satisfaction.
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2. If you enjoy the likes of "Hanners Slammers" and such, you may enjoy this--as far as it goes. Again, it doesn't go far enough and leaves you hanging. If I purchsed this separately and didn't get it as part of a webscriptions purchase with other titles I wanted, I'd feel ripped-off.
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3. About 20% of the verbiage is relevant plot/story. The most enjoyable parts are the action/combat (if that's your pleasure). Otherwise be prepared for a hard slog, including wading through the not-so-subtle diatribes/polemics/politics...
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4. About 80% is what can best be described as minutia and stream-of-conciosnes details consume massive amounts of verbiage and the reader's time, adds little or nothing to the story, and introduce so much trivia--all in the interest (I assume) of making it seem more "real"--that in becomes tiresome noise. Either that or this was written based on the payment for the number of words--of which there are far too many for this story.
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5. Much of that 80% loosely traslated equates to--in the guise of "historical" preambles to various chapters--"this one-world trajectory will produce a race of degenerates", "the UN is out to get us", "liberals sucK", etc. Seen and read that; Mr. Kratman doesn't add anything and frankly it's been done better by othes. If that's not your bent, or you aren't prepared to slog through it and stay focused on the remainder of the story (what little there is of it), or you aren't enthralled by choruses of Marines shouting "hoo-rah" or their blood-and-guts don't interest you, then I'd suggest you skip this one.
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5. John W on 4/7/2010, said:

Subtle as a brick. In the very best way, of course.

All of my least favorite analogues to our society get a hard time and no sympathy.

Measured and proportionate response remain dirty words, as they should be. Duty, honor and valor are extolled without cynicism.

All the while, the Carrera dynasty begins to take shape for future volumes.

What is not to like?

While the future (more books) is foreshadowed, "The Lotus Eaters" lacks a sense of completion, leaving it feeling more like a preamble to what must follow.

And (spoiler) there was not near enough Frog whacking.
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6. Jeff on 3/29/2010, said:

I couldn't finish it All the Good Guys went brain dead towards the end
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