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The Last World War (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2003

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"Fast-paced.... Dayton Ward writes with such style and assurance...we have to wonder if somewhere in the Pentagon's basement there's a classified war scenario that somehow found its way to his desk."

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Dayton Ward is the New York Times bestselling author of the science fiction novels The Last World War, Counterstrike: The Last World War—Book II, and The Genesis Protocol, the Star Trek novels The Fall: Peaceable Kingdom, Seekers: Point of Divergence (with Kevin Dilmore), From History’s Shadow, That Which Divides, In the Name of Honor, Open Secrets, and Paths of Disharmony, as well as short stories in various anthologies and web-based publications. For Flying Pen Press, he was the editor of the science fiction anthology Full-Throttle Space Tales #3: Space Grunts. He lives in Missouri with his wife and daughters. Visit him on the web at

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Von Mace & Lacey Gannon - Veröffentlicht auf
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Dayton Ward's novel to me started very well but deteriorated into mediocre storytelling. The aliens were just too much like humans to me. The action and adventure abound here though, carrying along at a good pace, but though world-spanning, read very much the same.
A group of Marine reservists run into an alien race war that are teleported to earth accidentally by a portal from another world. Humans then are caught in the middle of an alien civil war, aptly named by the humans of the 'grays' and the 'blues'.
Now, the aliens themselves are not described well here, leaving an all too portrait of humans in this reader's mind.
Though creative, Mr. Ward's story bogs down in the middle of the book. There is no clear-cut protagonist to follow along on this epic-scaled alien invasion novel, leaving it up to the reader to pick and choose one.
I chose one in the form of DiCarlo, a Vietnam vet who is trapped - along with a younger woman Marine - and marooned on the alien's planet. This was the best part of the book for me.
It was a much needed change of pace, but the alien world again was too much like earth. The much younger Marine woman and DiCarlo start a love affair as they traverse the alien planet, making friends and fighting the gray alien enemies.
The ending screams of sequel, but I don't know if I can go another round.
It was a good try and a pretty fun and action-packed read, but too much of the same sounding scenario throughout the book for me.
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Well Written 20. September 2003
Von S. T. Pratt - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Dayton Ward did an excellent job with "The Last World War". Not only is it well written and a smooth read, but the characters and imagery are excellent as well. This book tends to remind me of William Dietz's "DeathDay" and "EarthRise" books (which was written from a human and alien point of view), but with a much better storyline.
The only downfall this book has, as mentioned in a previous review, is the lack of a concrete ending. The book just sort of ends without concluding what it started. While I do hope that another book follows to fully conclude the story, it shouldn't have to. This book was not created with an "epic storyline spanning multiple books" being advertised, so it should conclude the story it began.
However, I'm willing to overlook the minor flaws overall and say that this was an excellent book. I do hope Dayton Ward continues to write books in this genre, as this one was excellent.
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An exceptional book 13. September 2003
Von J. McCain - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have just finished reading Dayton Wards The Last World War. It is an awesome read. It is one of those books that you don't want to put down until its finished. What impressed me is getting to see the aliens points of view. That is both the good ones and the ones considered bad. All is not in black and white and we can really sympathize with all sides . There definately needs to be a follow up to this storyl
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World War could be the beginning of a new series 28. Dezember 2003
Von Philip D. Long - Veröffentlicht auf
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What the first few reviewers say is correct, but only to an extent. The auther has a great idea that hasn't been done before in this manner. Yes, there are minor glitches but none are fatal. There is the big governmental that tries to hide Alien contact but it is logical and never devolves into the X-files concept.
With this idea, I can forsee a whole series of books, not only in the war genre but but classical SF in that the gates are used for exploration and colonization.
All in all I found it a good read and look forward to the next book from ward. I would recomend it.
Mediocre, at best 3. Januar 2010
Von Michael D. Timmerman - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
While Dayton Ward may have been a Marine, it doesn't show in his work.

It attempts to be a fast paced military thriller, with the twist of aliens in our own backyard, it devolves quickly in touting the superiority of the alien invaders, and the ineptitude of the human resistance. Choppy at best, our heroes are mired without anything looking like a spark of creativity. Marines, when faced with an incursion, and a lack of reliable communication opt to not make for anything looking like a population center to make any sort of report. That is but the start of an avalanche of poor decision making and lack of logic for decision trees. It is an exercise in brute force in plotting, and the lack of imagination by the characters was frustrating in the face of the reader. While there are moments of promise, our Dear Author quickly quashes them in favor of what I suspect he thinks as "gritty" storytelling, that only illustrates that lack of imagination. Characters continually make poor decisions, fail to make to make intelligent choices, and none are terribly bright, both on the human and alien sides of the fence.

The premise held some promise, but the hammer and anvil approach to plotting force the characters to make poor choices, and continue to do so, again and again. While our Dear Author may have some experience in small squad tactics, the larger picture of his war effort shows a weakness in strategic planning by all forces. In the end, the book is sort of like watching a really bad hockey game, with plenty of just poor plays scoring goals, but in such a kludged and inept fashion that you can't take any satisfaction for the game.

As previously stated, his lack of technical knowledge in the area of military affairs is quickly evident. His lack of strategic knowledge, and only basic understanding of small squad tactics are glaring. Worse, the book lacks structure to draw a reader in, and keep them there. The plot meanders and often expends itself on matters that don't actually impact the greater plot. In no way, shape, or form can I recommend this book for fans of military or science fiction. Or simple fans of fiction. This is simply not a well constructed story, and the holes in his plot and structure will make any reader with any technical or military background wince.
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