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Gust Front (Posleen War #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  5,233 ratings  ·  77 reviews
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
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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
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
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
-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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
"This book was available free through Baen as an e-book. I read it online, after reading the first in the series. Very violent, graphic, and hard-hitting, most of the book is one giant battle, just like the first one. Ringo knows the military well, and those who have served will recognize the personalities, techniques, and humor...almost to the point where it gets a bit tedious if you've "been there, done that." Ringo doesn't pull his punches on both the military's brilliant courage and ridiculo ...more
Great book, this time concerned with the alien invasion of Earth. It was a little slow-going in the beginning, but the final half flew by in a whirl of action, and I was surprised when I reached the end.

I am looking forward to the next book and looking into how humans continue battling the Posleen, and how they'll deal with the dubious Galactics...
Rainier Wolfcastle
I'd say this one is my least favorite of the series. It is essentially a framework of good necessary exposition bloated by way too much West Point 101 military logistics and tactical movements. I'm sure that if you're really really into that sort of thing it is wonderful. On to When the Devil Dances once I finish struggling through 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America
It's still more military than I can easily consume, and I think I end up ignoring some of the finer points of acronyms and artillery/mortar distinctions, but the O'Neal clan kicks ass!

I'm not sure if the first book was Mr. Ringo's first book or if I just struggled to get into the flow, but this one was much, MUCH smoother for me. I really loved it and looked forward to my next chance to read it, as opposed to the first entry in the series, which was sort of a struggle for me.

Anyway, of all the
After reading the first book in this series I just had to read the second to see what would follow. This one didn't disappoint, it had great action, the story about Michaels family is compelling, it added some new mysterious elements like the secret organizations, and made me wish that the Darhel would get theirs. During the attack on Washington part of the book I couldn't put it down and was surprised when 4am rolled around and I was finishing up the book. Let me tell you when the morning alarm ...more
Round Two and the hits just keep on coming. Honestly this book IS amazing, but it's also about 200 pages too long and that's what keeps this from being a 5 star book. The action, as always, is incredible. The interweaving of personal sub-plots and combat scenes was done to incredible affect, but there are times that the details get in the way of advancing more interesting parts of the book and times when you're wishing for a little more detail to finish out a scene, but in the end the story itse ...more
Enjoyable. But is Ringo getting paid by the word, because 33 chapters into the book, the action is JUST starting. IMO introing the old characters should'a not taken that long....
P.P. Corcoran
Good book, enjoyable read. I liked the action and technical details.
David L
Note : this review is from the Kindle edition.

This book is a direct sequel to A Hymn Before Battle, and really needs you to have read that book first to get the full enjoyment. John Ringo is not good at making books in a series stand alone.

With that one caveat, this second book in the Posleen war series (also known as The Legacy of the Aldenata series)is a stonkin' good read. This is military SF at it's best. Characters and themes from the first book are picked up, and developed, but with enough
After reading A Hymn Before Battle I just had to read the second to see what happened when the Posleen arrived on Earth. I wasn't disappointed, it had great action, the story about The O'Neal family was compelling, it even added some new mysterious elements like secret organizations. The battle descriptions were so vivid I felt I was there, smelling the gunsmoke, and the gung-ho attitude of Humans defending their homes was better than some invasion of Earth books I have read. I can't wait to rea ...more
David Doyle
Good Military sci fi
Great book, Great Story. So far I've read the first 2 books in this series and all the book in the Troy Rising series. They seem to be very similar. I'd like to see him write a little different story.
Harry Lane
This book reminds me of the movie "Mad, Mad World." It is, to a large degree, a continuous chase, in the sense that the bulk of the book is one battle scene after another. The action ranges from skirmishes to full blown battles. Within the maelstrom are a couple of intriguing subplots that I hope are expanded in the next book. And, if the action in this book is a gust front, the next stands to be an all-out war of the worlds. Good space opera if you like the genre.
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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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