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Riley's Rogues (Volume 1) Paperback – July 20, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Interesting premise; bad writing. This junior lieutenant makes so many leadership mistakes...but worse: nobody calls him on it. First he complains about his new assignment, and doesn't get ripped by a senior officer for being a baby. Then he mouths off to a different senior officer; again, no problem. Then this boot nobody screws up his mission, throwing away the hard work of his team. Result? Go get 'em son! To make it worse, he is given permission to expand his actions. Other officers who likewise can't follow orders are also ignored.
Then we get to character development. Not that any of the cardboard cutouts actually change. The author simply moves them around so it seems they might have grown.
Some gun-porn and some fun ideas for a universe combined with a complete lack of depth to the writing all add up to a mildly amusing but ultimately time wasting book. The offer to donate some of the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Foundation may take the sting out of paying for this book, but there is still a very good reason why this is being published independently instead of by a publishing house.
To start with, it would seem highly unlikely that a raw fresh out of the military academy lieutenant would be placed in charge of an experienced Special Operations squad with a bad "reputation". It just doesn't make sense that any commander, no matter how qualified the lieutenant was in school, would be put in this position.
Second, and this is the most egregious part, Riley and his commanding officers are the most incompetent bunch of SpecOps officers ever placed into print. Every single scenario Riley is placed into does not work out - and it's usually due to Riley's reluctance to do what needs to be done. Fiore also writes Riley into some ridiculous decisions that no experienced SpecOps officer would make. For instance, leaving your highly experienced sniper behind when heading out into situations in which a sniper would be invaluable. And he makes Riley lament about the lack of a sniper - it's just stupid.
The book is filled with these kinds of scenarios and it quickly becomes a struggle to read.
I wish Mr. Fiore well, but this is not good military scifi. It's not even good scifi.
When the characters fade down to one-dimension, you have a problem.
Even supporting characters ought to have -some- rational reason for doing what they do.
vague but minor spoiler example: a deep agent needs a -reason- to blow his or her cover other than simply to allow the protagonist to be the hero.
My advice for the author: give your characters more depth and your plot fewer holes and the execution of the story will catch up with your excellent concepts.
Enjoyable quick read. Former Marine Corps officer and new author Raymond Fiore gets the squad dynamics right, and writes some inventive squad tactical engagements.
Fiore is smart and broadly educated, and it shows in his historical/philosophical references, varied settings and capable prose.
I hope future books will show growth in character development, my only real criticism.
Interesting note: Raymond Fiore's daughter Ryann contributed the cover art.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best beginning series books I've read in a long time. Can't wait to read all the rest.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reasonable to follow, small unit actions with reasonalbe objectives, small unit actions can be realted to by formenr military peoplePublished on May 19, 2013 by Rhoss C. Lomax
This whole series is good. The pace is fast the characters are fun to follow and it is easy readingPublished on May 4, 2013 by David D. Beach III
RILEY'S Rogues was an engaging story and a quick read. It was easy to understand and follow the characters in this sci fi setting.Published on January 4, 2013 by Scott Thompson
I originally bought the book to help the WWP. It turned into an excellent read of a mint 2Lt's trial by fire and him being forced to choose to follow his orders and kill civialians... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by William P. Huff
I enjoyed reading this book. The attitude of the enlisted Marines towards their new platoon commander was pretty much what any 2ndlt will find when he arrives in his first unit. Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by srminNOVA