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review 2017-09-01 17:47
Conventional Forces vs. Special Operations Forces
One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare - Linda Robinson

I listened to the audio book and it is essentially a recent history of Special Operations command and command changes in Afghanistan since the "War on Terror" began in 2001.


I really thought this book may contain some high adrenaline, edge of your seat moments and it did not.


I was rather disappointed in this book and I cannot recommend it.

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review 2016-05-23 18:50
Book #830 - 334,138 Pages Read
Victories of the Space Marines - Chris Wraight,C.L. Werner,Christian Dunn,Gav Thorpe

Another collection of outstanding Space Marines short stories by various excellent Warhammer 40K authors. Not really much more to say about it than that. Sorry so short.

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text 2016-05-16 16:25
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 284 pages.
Victories of the Space Marines - Chris Wraight,C.L. Werner,Christian Dunn,Gav Thorpe
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text 2016-05-10 14:53
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 284 pages.
Victories of the Space Marines - Chris Wraight,C.L. Werner,Christian Dunn,Gav Thorpe

Mindless 40K violence - love it.

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review 2013-10-23 21:45
The Victories Volume 1: Touched by Michael Avon Oeming
The Victories Volume 1: Touched - Daniel Chabon

I knew Michael Avon Oeming from his work on Powers and some Marvel stuff and that's why I started following him on twitter. Through his account I was able to follow the creative process of The Victories, because the author often spoke about it. He got me interested enough in checking something that he wrote and illustrated himself. Oeming didn't disappoint. The Victories is a pessimistic view of a society with "super-heroes". The story is told through the heroes' point of view, themselves far from the usual exemplary people one would expect, are after all quite flawed. The author uses their status as super-heroes to further amplify and analyse such human flaws.
The context is a futuristic and rather dystopian civilization, where people are constantly spied by drone cameras but corruption is still ubiquitous, young people are addicted to some new kind of drug and super-heroes seem to be the only hope of cleaning it all up and saving society. It's as familiar as if one was looking outside the window (television?) in a rainy day and actually paying attention. Of note is the author's use of the drug, which far from the traditional cliché is presented here as a substance with an understandable appeal. Faustus, the main character of the first volume is interesting to follow because the author left him with an immature personality, somewhat incomplete and with unfinished business (sometimes reminding me of the typical anti-hero with past issues), a young man in a process of self-discovery and definition.
This is how Oeming sets out to explore the place we give to these supposed exemplary figures, at the same time dealing with what people have best and worst, their reactions to extreme situations where they risk winning or losing everything they care for. The Victories is a comic wrote for mature readers and will probably be enjoyed the most by those who have read the more typical comics with their traditional superheroes, idealized worlds and self-discovery epics because they will see here a smart counterpoint.
The illustration is so adequate to the setting and tone that I can't really point anything wrong with it. Whoever knows and likes Michael Avon Oeming's art won't be disappointed.
My only negative criticism towards this book is that, as an introductory volume, the storytelling often looses momentum with the flashbacks and some infodumping that disturb an otherwise enjoyable read.
I'm now waiting for the next volume!

Source: omnilogikos.blogspot.pt/2013/10/the-victories-volume-1-touched-by.html
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