YMMV: The Ashes Series

  • Mary Sue: Ben Raines is beloved by everyone except his enemies, he's a chick magnet, he's a super-soldier in his late middle ages...Mary Sue.
    • The Rebels as a whole are an example of a Mary Sue organization. They suffer TWO MAJOR LOSSES in the first 39 volumes. In a 40 volume series
    • Actually, the series is 34 volumes long; 35 if you count From The Ashes: America Reborn, which is essentially a summary of the first 24 books along with a fictionalized interview between Ben Raines and a young reporter named WWJ — who, of course, admires every single thing Ben Raines and the SUSA have ever done and who ends up deciding to move there by the end of the book.
  • Squick: In the future, there will not be a single woman or girl who has not been raped at least once. And the narrator tends to describe it. In graphic detail.