When the Devil Dances (Posleen War #3)
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
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
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
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
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....more
Pruitt was staring
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
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
* 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
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
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
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!
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)!
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.
I got the first two books of this series free from webscription.net. The next two I had to buy.
Not stupendous, but worth the time.
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful....more