It comes at a point in Miles' career where the reader may reasonably think, about the conspirators who lay a foul plot against him, "Oh, those poor bastards don't know what they're doing." He's basically got all the levels at that point.I wasn’t that impressed with Cryoburn. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing special either, though maybe I should give it another shot. The end, though, that stuck with me.
And a lot of 'those who do not agree with my idée fixe are wrong' IIRC. It's been a long time since I've read it.A Military History Of The Western World, Vol. III: From The American Civil War To The End Of World War II by J.F.C. Fuller
This third and last volume of his military history presents few commanders for whom Fuller seems to have much regard... There are some interesting insights here, but you will have to wade through some very outdated attitudes and assumptions to find them.
I'm reminded of the Turtledove novella "Down in the Bottomlands", which had the Mediterranean not re-flooding after the last time it emptied. It naturally had that approach, with no recognizable societies or geopolitics, but that took the story to an almost second-world technothriller place. Maybe doubly so because it the "tour expedition in a national park turns out to be an international crisis" business also required spelling out the international situation and the nations in question.I guess the fundamental problem is that, to seem recognizable and interesting to the reader, Baxter's world and timeline need to have many points of contact and similarity with our timeline. But, given the length of Northland's existence (since c. 8000 B.C.E.) and the depth of its influence, those similarities just aren't very credible. Baxter could have gone with a much more different world in 1315, with no recognizable states, people, or events (at least, in Western Eurasia) but that might have proved too alien to be intriguing.
The author's name is Steve Brusatte. Sorry to nitpick, but I wanted to buy this and had trouble finding it, so I wanted to make it easier for anyone else.The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs by Steve Buschetti - I LOVED this book. It has a lot of the most recent research on Dinosaurs in one easily digestible narrative. In some ways this is reminiscent of 1491 by Charles Mann in the fact that it provides updates and ideas of what life must have been life like through the most recent research. If you love Dinosaurs or just want to know about the latest research. I would pick this single volume up.