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Preview — Gust Front by John Ringo
Gust Front (Posleen War #2)
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 ...more
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
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.
We finally see some of the thinking behind the tactics of th ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
With gifts, warnings, and an offer we
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 ...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
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 ...more
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...
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 ...more
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 ...more
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful. ...more