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Enjoyable but not up to Correia's Main Series.
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
John Ringo is an excellent collaborative writer, but this is not a collaboration, and his weaknesses undermined an otherwise promising series. This is the third installment of the nost Gary Sue hunter imaginable: Chad is a chosen holy warrior, super genius, perfect marksman, so awesome with a sword that (unlike characters with limits) he kills monsters twenty times his size and major vampires with single chops of his super-katana. A multimillionaire, political genius, man-whoring sex God who has people demanding to be his servant. This overcompensating macho Gary Sue is the only reason the world isn't destroyed.
It turns out that these novels are waswntially canonized fan fixcyion, and they read like fan fiction: overcompensating main characters, a hundred times more sexual content than the main series, and a mysteriously unknown superhuman hero without limitations, adored by masses, feared by enemies.... Look, Ringo is a successful writer, but this series demonstrates that he has never matured past the mental age of 14. The cliches are endless. I'm sure that an endless supply of sexually insecure high school children will make this overcompensation of a story financially successful, but adults over the age of 25 might want to stick to the main series.
(I forgot that the super genous, elite Marine, master of everything is also a world-class musician the like of which even fairy courts have never encountered.)
And of course, if you want to see how only the Gary Sue enabled the entire MHI main story to exist, this is the campy fan fiction for you.