When the Devil Dances (Posleen War, #3)
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When the Devil Dances (Posleen War #3)

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"After five years of battling the Posleen invaders, human civilization is down to this: A handful of valleys in the Rocky Mountains, the Appalachians, Fargo, North Dakota and the Cumberland Basin. The scattered survivors in the Andes, the Himalayas, the Alps and the Gujarat can't be defined as civilization. They're just meat in a lobster-leg; tasty but too much bother to p...more
ebook, 477 pages
Published by Baen Books (first published April 2002)
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Jim
From Publishers Weekly

This latest in a series depicting the invasion of our galaxy by a rapacious alien species isn't as much fun as its predecessors, A Hymn Before Battle and Gust Front. Unfortunately, as Ringo, a military affairs adviser to Fox News, indicates in his afterword, what was escapist entertainment before 9/11 no longer provides the same escape. Five years after the Posleen made their first landings, most of the world lies under their control. By squandering precious resources, th

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Kjirstin
Hmmm. All of a sudden the book ended... but it felt like I was only about 2/3 of the way through the story! Most (all?) of the characters were left hanging, right before what seems likely to be a pivotal battle with the bad guys. Oh well, more for the next book, I guess!

The author discusses in his afterword that 9/11 happened as he was writing this book, and the feeling of "post-traumatic shock" that so many of us felt back then is palpable in his writing. It's a little less light-hearted, and s...more
Bayard West

Sub-genre: Military Sci-fi

Solid editing/polish: ✔
Fun characters: ✔
Witty repartee: ✔
Great "how-it-works" technology descriptions: ✔
Idiot aliens won't retreat 'til their dead piled 5+ meters high: ✔
Unbelievable moments: ✔

I've slogged through some of this author's battle scenes in books like March Upcountry that did not "payoff" nearly as well as this book. By payoff, I mean that there's a twist at the end of When the Devil Dances that wouldn't make sense without those elongated battle sequences....more
Kamas Kirian
Another excellent installment of the Posleen War. This one seemed more focused in scope than Gust Front, with a slightly smaller cast. It also helped that nearly all of these characters we've met in previous books, so sorting them out wasn't such a pain. The crew of Bun-Bun are hilarious. There was a lot less Michael O'Neal than prior books, but the story stayed so interesting with the other characters that wasn't a problem. The story was very well paced, lots of action with interesting characte...more
Kuroi
I had a lot of fun reading this one. It was interesting to see the book focus on other characters besides the ACS battalion.
Mrs Johnnie Tate
What I learned from this book? That the purchase of the next in the series can't come soon enough!
Per Gunnar
This is actually a review of both When the Devil Dances and Hell’s Faire which really is how the author meant it to be. He meant to write one book but got writers block by the 9/11 event so it was released as two books. Indeed, Hell’s Faire picks up seamlessly where When the Devil Dances leaves of so once should really read them as one. Thus I review them as one.

This book series have improved greatly from the first book in the series. This one is pretty much a pure combat story with only a minim...more
Mphoto
I just have to say this:

This book, all by itself, is enough to prove that no matter how screwy a crossover is, it will work in the hands of a gifted author. It contains the greatest crossover/in-joke exchange in the history of literature.

I give you...

The person rounding the SheVa was apparently a civilian. He was a tall young male, heavily muscled and movie star gorgeous with long blond hair, wearing a black trenchcoat and gold sunglasses, his hands tucked deep in his pockets.

Pruitt was staring
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Shaun Thomas
I took a break from the Honorverse for a while and dove into John Ringo again with the third book in his Posleen War series, When the Devil Dances. All in all, it was much different from the previous entry, and an enjoyable one, at that.

Part of the issue I had with Gust Front came primarily from the author's propensity for excessively detailed military maneuvers. Given a map of the United States and an Axes and Allies game centered on US territory, one could easily plot out each action and count...more
Scott Rachui
So here's the thing about John Ringo's books...the elements that involve combat, military training and the like are excellent. When he's describing action sequences, he's also excellent. But when he gets into some of his non-action scenes, the story is either not interesting or, in some cases, not believable.

The good news is that this book is mainly composed of combat and action sequences. So there's very little not to like about this book. In fact, my comment above is mainly tied to one specifi...more
Andreas
Alien invasion stories have been done before, but to my knowledge never quite with this much desperation, lack of hope, or heroism on the part of the defenders. This is rich military SF with a keen eye for the strategic dimension and human psychology as well as kick-ass fun. The “original” series consists of the following.

* A Hymn Before Battle
* Gust Front
* When the Devil Dances
* Hell’s Faire

The first novel is a sort of “eve of the war” story. I was put off by the cover for quite a while but...more
Steven Sheeley
Like Ringo's other works, I enjoyed this series as well. The writing it a little choppier, but still up to par and the character development seems a little off at the start but gets better. I thoroughly enjoyed the series although I remind everyone that this is fiction and not a documentary so, therefore, the simple fact that we would have been overrun in a situation like this is immaterial, trying to find fact in fiction will only lead to sleeplessness, weight gain and teeth gnashing.
David L
Note : This review is from the Kindle edition.

This 3rd book in the series is a little different. As the rest of the world has slipped into darkness under the weight of the alien invasion, North America (USA and Canada) hold out. Unfortunately the war is a version of the WW1 Western Front. Humans have fixed defences in a long defensive line, the aliens make massed assaults that would have made Haig and Foch deliriously happy, and the war is in a pseudo stalemate. The reality is that humanity is b...more
Stutley Constable
The story itself was not that amazing. The idea of the Earth being invaded and the humans being manipulated while defending themselves has been done before. So minus two stars for a lack of originality. The remaining three stars all go to the characters. Ringo wrote a so-so story but saved it with good characters that were not too tough to root for. They do fall into classic fifties era stereotypes but even with that I liked them. This series is not the sort of scifi I normally go for. It is sim...more
Alex Boothe
I'm about 1/2 way through this book and am giving it 2 stars due to the over, way over, abundance of details about everything. I do have an imagination and can actually come up with what a street looks like and possibly what someone is thinking when they are being tracked. There was a whole chapter of a vacation to FL and what they did with the people down there that has no significance to the story (IMHO). I am struggling to get through the book and actually stopped when a book from another aut...more
Ilona
Everyone knows by now that one of my favourite genres is Military Science Fiction and this author is one of the reasons why. He writes alien invasion and humans fighting back with a grittiness and realism that I adore. The heat of battle and the hopelessness of the humans comes across with every word. All his characters are written with a deep understanding of the psychology of war and it's affects on those trying to survive it. However he lightens up the gore and horror with touches of humour,...more
Micki Whitesides
I was sorely disappointed by the ending. Listening to the first two books built up a kind of expectation that I felt was lacking in this last book. It seems the ending was rushed to me. There were parts I felt were exceptional in the story but the main characters lacked the excitement I felt from the first two. It is a great story and I will definitely keep it in my collection. I just felt like the author was tired of the story and wanted to move on. Again, the ending left me disappointed and ha...more
Tarren187
It's a game of strategy against impossible odds. I know that is hardly an orginal storyline but it gives an indepth look at war from an inside and outsight perspective. There is the experience of a veteran leader in the trenches but also the insights of a proven general in the field. It engages the reader with high tech weapons cool unpredictable scenarios. I enjoyed the fact that winning has more to due with incorrecting mistakes then just untelligent bravery that includes having the leader of...more
azdbackfan
I am holding off on this book until I get a firm sense that the series will be wrapped up sometime before Mr. Ringo shuffles loose the mortal coil.

Based on Bryan457's recommendation, I'm currently listening to this one. Glad I did. I'm about a third of the way through and enjoying it immensely.

John Ringo, Harry Turtledove, and Leo Tolstoy all had the same Character Development 101 professors in writing school. Dickens was paid by the word. Non-fiction history authors seem to be paid by pounds of...more
Kathy Davie
It's hard to grasp that I'm only through #3 in Ringo's Posleen series. I feel as though I know his characters too well and been through too much with them.

If you like military sci-fi with (in my IGnorant opinion) a realistic view of life as a soldier...this is a series you don't want to miss. It blows my mind how Ringo's characters manage to win through each time. I know, I know, it's fiction...it's just so good!
Kamosis Eldritch
Once again the rest of the world is put in a bus and the only thing that remains is the freaking USA (And Canada, but Canada does not count!)

The book has it fair share of big battles and all that, but if you want anything else go look some where else! Little things like character development or a interesting world building have no place in this book where America must save the world from Liberals (and aliens)!

Alan
Book 3 of the Posleen Wars. 670 pages of macho (both sexes) military stuff. Earth has been invaded by millions of Posleen, who have destroyed most of civilization and are harvesting humans to eat. In this one, the Posleen are starting to develop some tactics instead of just throwing millions of bodies into the fray. The stories are OK, the writing is not inspiring. Good thing to read on a long flight.
Brad Howland
This series just keeps getting better and better.
Chris
America f*** yeah!! Utter rubbish!!
Chompa
just getting into the book, but it jumps ahead quite a few years. I'm surprised by that, but so far, so good.

The book took a turn for the slower, but then picked up again. I'm really liking some of the more recent characters and seriously hope Papa O'Neal isn't dead. I'll move onto the next book. Still enjoying the series.
Omar Alani
This book is as good as the previous two. Beware the story ends in the middle of the war. If you are like me, you will be hooked and craving for the next book. Get the sequel before you finish this one.
I got the first two books of this series free from webscription.net. The next two I had to buy.
Zachary Elsener
Ringo did not disappoint in the third installment of the posleen war series. I found the action mixed in with the depth of the characters very refreshing. I cant wait to start reading the next book. I loved the perspective he gives from the enemy's point of view. Very good read.
Adam
Rather enjoyable. Definitely enjoyable enough to read his other books. Ringo's descriptions of tactics were interesting enough that I felt compelled to pull up some online maps so I could experience the book even more clearly.

Not stupendous, but worth the time.
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John Ringo is a prolific author who has written in a wide variety of genres. His early life included a great deal of travel. He visited 23 foreign countries, and attended fourteen different schools. After graduation Ringo enlisted in the US military for four years, after which he studied marine biology.

In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful....more
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