• Wake Him Up

  • The One U.G.L.Y. Marine Series, Book 1
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Could the first Vale settlers have predicted anything but the perfect civilization they were determined to create?

How was it possible that their advanced culture and knowledge could one day prove to be their greatest disadvantage? Had they not learned the bitter lessons of man’s weaknesses and overcome them?

Centuries after being driven from Earth as part of a massive diaspora triggered by an alien invasion, can the Valers face their worst—and unimaginable—nightmare? Can they withstand the might of the Komran Empire as it sweeps across the galaxy in a campaign to conquer all in its path?

When the conflict reaches a crisis point, will they recognize that what they see as their greatest strength is their greatest weakness before it’s too late?

Sometimes, situations are so ugly that only an ugly solution will suffice.

Will they have the courage to unleash the secret weapon they have in their cryo hold?

Are they desperate enough to resort to the kind of tough and strong that is bold, bad, and brazen enough to turn their society and the enemy on their heads?

Joe Ugly is undoubtedly the Marine for the job. But is the galaxy ready for One Ugly Marine?

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A Power Fantasy Filler

It's a pretty good book, I guess. Character writing is decent for the most part, a tad shallow but not offensively so, dialog is good if a bit heavy on exposition, and the worldbuilding doesn't have any major problems. Plot seems to be a "kick alien butt and be masculine" power fantasy, from about an hour and a half in. Overall, a solid filler book.

The main issue I had with this book was that the main character is, well, a total power fantasy. Ludicrously good military record, insane martial skills, known for gratuitous violence, and blows peoples expectations out of the water for very little reason other than it's damn cool. First thing he does it break a bunch of restrains and bend a presumably metal table before threatening everyone in the room. If that's your thing, go ahead, but I found it to be too close to plot armor/mary sue levels of character building. I'm not that passionate either way, but I thought I'd leave a review since there aren't any others.

Side note: The "modern sensibilities" the summary refers to is a series of Big Brother level personal oversight AI which have quite seriously whitewashed and suppressed the population to the point where they consider brightly colored clothes to be disruptive and any swears at all to be illegal. It's not looked into very much in the first hour and doesn't seem to be cast in a negative light (despite clearly being an absolutist, privacy-free, rights-free, soma-distributing undemocratic government), but the author is skilled enough to understand that the leaders would get pretty power-mad with that level of control, so maybe there's some good culture exploration and conflict with that later. Might just be some bland "freedom freedom America freedom" power fantasy arc though. I'm not sure.

Also, since I'm here. The only review there was (the amazon one) said something about powerful and independent protagonists. I would characterize it closer to, as I said, mary sue-ness. From the tone of the story, I'm expecting everyone who goes against the MC(s) to be defeated because "justice", and for none of their choice to be meaningful mistakes. Might just be my cynicism, though, and still could be a fun story. Do as you see fit, reader, and be aware I only listened till 1:37:14.

TL:DR: Worldbuilding is pretty good, but clearly exists in some capacities to make the MC more cool and dangerous, despite him already being unreasonably OP. Story will likely devolve into a macho power fantasy about killing aliens, so if that's your speed go ahead. There is room for social intrigue and exploration, but I don't have high hopes. This review is mostly just a token effort since there aren't any others on Audible.

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sigh...

i wanted to like this but i just couldn't after Joe wakes up then gets operated on without his consent and his reaction is to hold back yeaaah nope. if you are going to make the MC this badass wildcard then fully commit to it . i just couldn't get into the book after that. it was really disappointing