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Gust Front (Posleen War #2)

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Thanks to human valor and alien technology, the Posleen were fought to a standstill. But the invasion of Earth is just months away Only these shell-shocked survivors can save the Earth from utter devastation.
Paperback, 736 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Baen (first published 2001)
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Stephen about overcoming steep odds with gusto, verve and quality execution, Mr. Ringo somehow succeeded in making me “really like this” book despite its having some serious obstacles holding back its rating potential:

First: Bean books, without doubt, have the dumbest, most "short bus" looking covers of any publishing company I have ever read. Just picking one up makes you feel very duuuuuuh. They are so bad you have to treat them like porn and wrap them in brown shelf-paper to read them i
Mr. Matt
Sep 24, 2015 Mr. Matt rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015, military, aliens
After an interlude of several years, the crisis is finally here, on Earth. The Polseen are invading Earth. Millions of carnivoristic, voracious aliens land on Earth to capture human cities and towns, use our resources and, oh yeah, eat all the people. Fortunately, the combined armies of the world given access to futuristic technologies and weapons are here to stop them! And foremost among those armies is none other than the US Army.

Gust Front focuses on the invasion of North America by the Pols
M Hamed
Sep 24, 2015 M Hamed rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, space-opera

apparently the US has awesome weapons from the aliens that they don't bother giving to anyone because every body else is not an American citizens ,and no body have their shit together .

what else

and don't get me started about the hyper intelligent 8 your old who can read body language from behind walls and execute people in cold blood and curse like a redneck sailor

what else ,what else

and the Chinese are bad at war (little did he know ,or did he!!!)

and the Iranian are idiotic people who had no
Mike (the Paladin)
New weapons...the war goes on...will we triumph? Will we even survive...will the quieter interludes hold my attention????
Jun 18, 2016 Vinh-Thang rated it it was amazing
Read this book on one night in 2014. It is one of those macho science fiction books that can make you cry. Each character, however short their screen time is, has a lesson about courage and sacrifice to teach. I know I nearly cried. At the end of the book I knew the layout of Washington inside out and almost felt 'Merican.

Bonus for one short passage about a (believable) Vietnamese character.
Michael Chatfield
Mar 16, 2016 Michael Chatfield rated it it was amazing
If you're thinking about reading this book, go and do it. You will not be disappointed! One of my favorite series of all time. true military science fiction at it's finest!
Sgt Maj
Oct 06, 2015 Sgt Maj rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Sgt Maj by: Amazon
This could have been a good book and series. The author is good IMO and I believe is popular and well read by many. Unfortunately, that's a big problem for me. He presents a very distorted history of Vietnam and its aftermath, meaning he's perpetuating the misleading and not factual history of the Vietnam war.

I reviewed first book and picked up the implied, innuendos and downright one liner mistruths. And he continued on getting worse in this one to the point I had to stop reading. I know the vi
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Hollywood-style blood-and-guts sci-fi as exemplified in the film Independence Day will enjoy this sequel to A Hymn Before Battle (2000). Ringo's army background gives his series all the flavor and excitement of the liveliest military SF, illustrating both the tactical and strategic levels of a near-future war that started on distant worlds and has now come to Earth. In A Hymn Before Battle, resourceful Captain Michael O'Neal almost single-handedly defeated the vic

Neda Stojkovic
Mar 31, 2013 Neda Stojkovic rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I'm not even ten percent into the book, but I'm already at the eye roll stage. Seriously, this book is quite disgusting with saccharine american supremacy bull. Don't know if I'll finish it at this moment.

edit 1: oh my god, this was first published in 2001. I pegged it for 70s or 80s with all racist and misogynistic slurs and comments filled with casual cruelty.

edit 2: I just can't.
Kamas Kirian
Mar 10, 2014 Kamas Kirian rated it really liked it
Another great book in the series. The first third has a lot of old friends from the first book and moves somewhat slowly compared to the first book and the rest of this book. But, the next half of the book bounces around among mostly new characters in various units and locations as they do battle with the invaders. The final sixth of the book details the defense of around DC and unites several of the new characters with some of the old.

We finally see some of the thinking behind the tactics of th
Jun 20, 2014 Olethros rated it liked it
-De nuevo, más militar que de género.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. No queda mucho para que los Posleen lleguen a la Tierra, y las fuerzas de defensa tratan de organizarse de la mejor manera posible contando con su voluntad de lucha, con lo aprendido en combates previos en otros planetas y con tecnología armamentística alienígena de culturas unidas en una federación que también está amenazada por los Posleen, pero cuando finalmente lleguen a la superficie terrestre los guerreros ce
Paul Trembling
Well written and exciting military sci-fi. Some people might get a bit overloaded with details of military organisation and confused by the multitude of different units. Others will lap it up - and it does give the story an authentic base to work from. Some aspects of the alien invaders I was a bit dubious about. How could a star-faring military culture not know about artillery and minefields? And why don't they have at least some of the powered battle-armour that the others races have? But, to ...more
Robert Romberger
Jul 31, 2016 Robert Romberger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-sf
Re-read of the free Kindel edition from Baen Books.

I really like this series and would recommend it to everyone that even remotely liked Starship Troopers, The Forever War, or the Bolo series. With fighting still ongoing on other worlds by Earth forces against the Posleen, Earth itself is trying to prepare for the time that the Posleen invade. With active sabotage from Galactic "friends", the old guard unable or unwilling to get up to speed, and political ineptitude countering the new thoughts a
Heinz Reinhardt
Oct 01, 2015 Heinz Reinhardt rated it really liked it
This is my second time reading through this book, the first time was well over ten years ago, not long after it's debut.
John Ringo, now one of the most voluminous military science fiction authors in the world, has established himself as one of the leaders of the subgenre (yes, military sci-fi is a genre of a genre, still a huge fanbase). And it is this book, his second he ever wrote, that established him as a leader in the field.
You must have read the first book in the series, 'A Hymn Before B
Oct 21, 2015 Kestutis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aggressive Außerirdische bedrohen die Erde und nichts scheint sie aufhalten zu können. Doch dann macht ein geheimer Stoßtrupp von US-Marines auf einem fremden Planeten eine atemberaubende Entdeckung.

Nach dem ersten Kontakt mit den Posleen, einer aggressiven außerirdischen Zivilisation, werden überall auf der Erde Verteidigungsmaßnahmen eingeleitet, Evakuierungspläne ausgearbeitet und Befestigungen errichtet. Man rechnet mit einem Angriff in zwei bis drei Jahren. Doch dann tritt plötzlich ein Pos
Mayank Agarwal
Feb 27, 2016 Mayank Agarwal rated it it was ok
Almost the double the size as compared to the previous book in the series and most of its junk, the extra details, too much military talks & info dump was the first let down. Second was the plot, it was just too crappy, very American centric when we were dealing in a word scenario. Third the battles sequences seem kind of stupid, where you can use artillery but not missiles!!!

The book could have been good if they had just stuck with few of the central character stories. There were some very
May 13, 2015 Cris rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first. Is Ringo getting paid by the word? because 33 chapters into the book, the action is JUST starting. IMO introducing the old characters should not have taken that long. The new characters we are introduced to are not quite as memorable to your non-military reader because too much description of military strategies gets in the way of their small character sketches. Taking a wrong turn down secret societies is jarring in what is supposed to be hard boiled realistic fiction. ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Brad rated it liked it
Rating based on military SF and combat.

Following the adrenaline rush of A Hymn Before Battle, I was hoping for more sustained intense SF combat scenarios. After his previous success, Ringo seems to have gotten too ambitious and maybe a little too serious. Gust Front has a prolonged engagement but the scale is much larger than the previous book. The larger scale brings a bigger feel to Gust Front providing multiple perspectives but Ringo's choice of narrative style lacks the focus I was expecting
Dec 13, 2010 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strangely compelling tale.

The authors previous military experience is clearly evident in the rich details and inside knowledge regarding military operating practice.
The battle scene are detailed and vivid, the realism almost too extreme.
Some one else on goodreads commented that, if you wanted it would be possible to trace the battles step by step on a map. Being totally unfamiliar with the Washington DC area, that's what I had to do in order to make sense of the latter third of the book (You
Per Gunnar
This is one of the books that I read just because I really want to finish what I have started and since I started the Posleen War series, I wanted to finish it even though I didn’t really enjoy the first book that much. There are very few series that have been so bad that I have decided not to finish them.

Having said that, I did enjoy this book in the series more than the first one. This is probably due to the fact that the ratio of actual fighting and political bullshit is in favor of the fight
Sep 08, 2013 AndrewP rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
After enjoying the first book in the Posleen War series (A Hymn Before Battle) I was expecting great things from this book. However, for me this was not the case.

There was some decent action in this book but the story was sort of meandering with little suspense. It was obvious this was going to end up with a big showdown in or around Washington and the latter half of book was exactly this. The first half was mostly about the preparation for the Posleen invasion of earth.

My biggest problem with
Shaun Thomas
Mar 29, 2010 Shaun Thomas rated it really liked it
Ringo is a hard man to understand. He clearly loves the SciFi genre, and with the continuation of the Posleen War, proves he can delve into the stickier details many gloss over.

The problem is he goes way too far on occasion, detailing for pages on very intricate and specific troop movements and justification. I felt like I was reading a historical account of each battle. Provided a map of the United States, I could probably have replayed each flank and counter-attack exactly as if executing a pl
Jan 06, 2008 Jeff rated it it was ok
The aliens had arrived
With gifts, warnings, and an offer we
couldn't refuse....

Our choice was simple: we could be cannon fodder, or we could be ... fodder. We could send our forces to fight and die (as only humans can) against a ravening horde that was literally feeding on its interstellar conquests—or remain as we were—virtually weaponless and third in line for brunch.

We chose to fight.

Thanks to alien technology and sheer guts, the Terrans on two worlds fought the Posleen to a standstill. Thank
Mar 27, 2011 Andreas rated it it was amazing
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
Steven Sheeley
Jul 07, 2014 Steven Sheeley rated it it was amazing
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.
Bryan Schmidt
Feb 06, 2013 Bryan Schmidt rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Ringo tried to do too much here for my taste. He got sidetracked in the middle on side characters with a battle none of our mains were involved in and never really got his focus back. It's powerfully written and his battle scenes are well done but the character arcs and emotional lines suffered for it. Perhaps his goal was to represent the chaos of war. If so, he succeeded, but even the death of the protagonist's family member at the end was not as emotionally powerful as expected for ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Apr 04, 2012 Jeremy Preacher rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, military
More pure military porn - from basic training shenanigans to high-level politicking. The actual invasion takes place rather late in the book, but involves some nice setpieces, including some actually touching ones, and it also starts to develop the hinted-at theme of the larger series (namely, the enemy may not be who you think it is.) This is probably even more fun if you're familiar with the regions involved - the terrain issues are very precise and obviously drawn from the author's knowledge ...more
Barbara Ghylin
I have been reading this one off and on for several days. Yesterday I came home sick from work and was able to finish it. What a wild ride! Humans as a species are learning how to protect themselves and their families. The Posleen are finally starting to learn that Earth as a planet will not just roll over and allow them to take over. It will be a hard lesson for both species.
May 14, 2016 Dantegideon rated it it was ok
Not great. And at least half of the text is breathless descriptions of ordinance specifications, in mind-numbing detail. E.g. "The X14 was a small metal box, with chamfered edges on the left side but a cut-out of 34 degrees on the right. Sealed by rivets of around 1/10th an inch in diameter, it..."
Nov 13, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok
This book is a mess. Everything that made the first book a good read is pushed to the side in this one. In an apparent attempt to show us a global impact of the events unfolding we jump to seemingly random characters. In one section we jumped to two different countries in less than two pages and the characters mentioned were never heard from again.

The preparation for the defense of Richmond is written in excruciating detail. I've never been there, and may never go there. So I really don't care t
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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.
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Other Books in the Series

Posleen War (5 books)
  • A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen War, #1)
  • When the Devil Dances (Posleen War, #3)
  • Hell's Faire (Posleen War, #4)
  • The Hero (Posleen War, #5)

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