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Claws That Catch (Looking Glass, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – November 24, 2009

3.9 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Looking Glass Series

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About the Author

John Ringo is author of the New York Times best-selling Posleen War series which so far includes A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell’s Faire, as well as the connected novels Cally’s War (with Julie Cochrane), The Hero (with Michael Z. Williamson), and Watch on the Rhine (with Tom Kratman), and is the hottest new science fiction writer since David Weber. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his novels of high-tech future war.

 

Travis S. Taylor—“Doc” Taylor to his friends—has earned his soubriquet the hard way:  He has a doctorate in optical science and engineering, a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in aerospace engineering, a master's degree in astronomy, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years.  He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. He lives in Harvest, AL with his wife Karen and their daughter.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133132
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I truly have enjoyed the series so far. That is, until I hit this book.

In the past two books (Vorpal Blade and Manxome Foe) the focus of the characters have shifted from Dr. William Weaver (Into the Looking Glass) to a character not even mentioned in the first book, with the new character Eric "Two Guns" Bergstresser taking over as the star. While this in itself wouldn't normally bother me, the fact that Dr. Weaver becomes a cardboard caricature of what made him so cool in book 1 really gets me down.

There were parts of it I really enjoyed, such as when the space spiders eat the Dreen and the taking of the Dreen "mother ship" by the space Marines. The action scenes, when they do occur, are marvelous and fast paced. The romance behind "Two Guns" and his new wife is superb, though she seems quite mature for a teenager fresh out of high school. Maybe that was just the impression I got...

However, my enjoyment of these scenes was dampened by the Tum Tum tree and the subsequent anime change. It was confusing and slowed the story down immensely, not to mention it was just plain odd. I understand the inspiration behind it, but I felt it was placed into the book to fill space until the action could start for real.

Also, the authors left out Tuffy and Mimi in this book, shifting instead the main "oddness" factor onto Miriam. The voice in her head, while interesting, really can't replace what Tuffy and Mimi as a duo brought to the series. Miriam was a known genius that was played up in earlier books, but Mimi and Fluffy brought a feeling of innocence and power that the character Miriam seems unable to duplicate. I hope that Tuffy and Mimi make a triumphant return later.

One major quibble: Poertena.
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Format: Hardcover
This one got five stars, which should tell you how I felt about this latest entry in the Looking Glass Saga. Once again the A.S.S. Vorpal Blade(II) goes forth to find out "What's out there? Thataway," and runs headlong into more trouble than you'ld want to see in one lifetime.

As with the last book, Manxome Foe (Looking Glass, Book 3) the first two-thirds or so of the book deal with daily living, people, preparations for lift-off, and the people problems of getting a crew working as a team. This is followed by the sort of space and small-unit battle that the authors handle superbly.

All of it was very well-written and thoroughly engrossing to the point where I hated having to interrupt my reading with little things like eating, work, dinner with my wife, websurfing. And I'm very glad, as I write this, that I finished it in time NOT to lose anything as unimportant as sleep.

The title of this review, however, is how I'll be thinking of this story for a long time. Remember the problem of shaking down a crew of people, most of them strangers to each other, into a smoothly functioning team? THAT is truly, for me, what this book was about. The really important battle in this book was creating that team, getting the screwups to learn better, INCLUDING the captain, and turning them into a family. I won't give you any spoilers here. Each and every one of those scenes is engrossing, and taught me powerful lessons about how to function at my job and do the people parts WELL.
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While I still made short work of this book and enjoyed it, I didn't feel it lived up to the quality the first 3 books brought to us. The action is superb as usual, but there is some oddities about how characters have changed and feel different in this one that almost feel like they aren't they same people we've been reading about for 3 books prior. If you've read the first three, chances are you'll still like this one, and probably continue on in the series, but the reward doesn't seem to be as great anymore for them.
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Ok - I like Ringo's books. But like all his series - this leaves you hanging with a whole new story line - expansion of the narrative that is not followed up with new books in the series. My wife and I swear if he dies before he completes this series of the Posleen/Adalanta - we are going to rip him out of whatever heaven/hell afterlife he is in and lock his soul to a keyboard till he finishes them off!!!!! Be warned John - you can't run, you can't hide - we will find you!!!!!
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The fourth in the Looking Glass series. The Vorpal Blade sets forth on a third trip to check a system where their mysterious power source originated. There they find a huge fleet of Dreen with no chance of beating them. Great story, again ups the ante. A new commanding officer is being broken in, along with sergeant-turned-lieutenant Two Gun Bergsstrom. Two Gun gets an interesting insight into leadership from the new CO and other bits of business are shared with the reader as the Vorpal Blade gets to its destination. Excellent story. Highly recommended. I don't care for series books too much, but I can't wait for the next in this series.
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