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Cally's War (Posleen War: Cally's War #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  2,585 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Cally O'Neal was trained from childhood as a premier killer. Officially listed as dead, for the past forty years she has lived a life of aliases, random lovers and targeted assassinations. This has led her to become the top in her profession, undefeatable, invulnerable. And in the process, she has lost her soul. Now she, and the man she loves, must battle to reclaim it. ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Baen (first published 2004)
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Chris Perrin
Apr 04, 2011 Chris Perrin rated it liked it
As with all John Ringo books, I feel like I've just left a really smutty bar. I know I had a good time, but I feel like I need to go shower.

Cally's War has all the hallmarks of a John Ringo novel: a protagonist that cannot be defeated, only slowed down, bad guys who are bad on the thinnest of excuses, cool action scenes, women who are impossibly attractive (apparently in the future everyone is gorgeous), etc. etc. etc.

Still, as much as I grouse about John Ringo books, I still read them and guilt
Dan M.
Mar 22, 2009 Dan M. added it
To all the lovers of Posleen books
The previose books were fantastic. Reading this book was hours of waiting for that fantasim. This should not be called "Cally's War" (the bad ass story of cally [raised in war to be a ultimate assasin:]) but "Cally's trip to the mall" or perhaps " Cally's Cross Country Adventure". This book tricks us in to thinking it is Ringo by its first chapter (which is dark and badass) and then it sinks down an
Sep 24, 2013 Tasula added it
I tried to read this, but gave up after a few chapters. The heroine spent a lot of time talking about the kinds of clothes her different personas liked, how they did their nails, what kind of music they liked, we followed her to beauty salons and shopping, and a delightful romp on a dangerous beach with her girlfriends and their kids and dog. I did like the dog, but not much else. There are two authors, and I am guessing the male author wrote the brutal parts (the torture, for instance, and the ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Xan rated it it was ok
Podría ser un gran libro para cerrar una serie que me encanta pero se queda en un spin-off que apenas aporta nada a la trama. El personaje de Cally era la opción más lógica para desarrollar la historia detrás de la invasión de los Posleen. Lamentablemente el cambio de autor, porque aunque lo firman a medias el texto es al cien por cien de Julie Cochrane, ha dejado esta parte de la historia en una simple aventura de espías. Con mucha paja, muchos traumas y algo de política, pero sin ningún avance ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Chuck rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks
It is very obvious that this book was written by Julie Cochrane, not John Ringo. Compared to the rest of the Posleen War series this is a real disappointment, and made me not want to read the rest of the series.
Sep 17, 2013 Stephen rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I work at a library. The cover intrigued me. So I picked it up. I'm a sucker for hot cover chicks. =x

Anyway, this review is different from the others because I am *NOT* a John Ringo reader. Never picked up anything of his before. When all the other reviews compare it to Ringo's solo books about the Posleen War, I've got no frame of reference.

And overall I mostly thought it was okay, except for a few things, one of which was the lack of a frame of reference. There were a lot of things the book ta
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
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Cally O'Neal was trained from childhood as a premier killer. Officially listed as dead, for the past forty years she has lived a life of aliases, random lovers and targeted assassinations. This has led her to become the top in her profession, undefeatable, invulnerable. And in the process, she has lost her soul. Now she, and the man she loves, must battle to reclaim it. But Cally will find that leaving her dark world of shadow identities, murder-for-hire, and deadly secrets

Oct 04, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok
This book is part of Ringo‘s Legacy of the Aldenata universe. Set about fifty years after the Posleen War, its main character is Cally O’Neal, daughter of Mike O’Neal. Her father believes her dead, but in fact she is an assassin and intelligence operative for a secret organization known as the Bane Sidhe. The purpose of the organization is to resist the autocratic rule of the Darhel. But that’s just the backstory. This novel deals with how Cally has to assassinate a counterintelligence officer. ...more
Kathy Davie
Oct 23, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, military, action
This was much more like it! this story takes up 50 years after the end of the Posleen War with Cally working for the Bane Sidhe against the Darhel. Her and Granpa's mission, as part of Team Hector, is to find the leak wreaking havoc on their side. Cally's personal problem is she's been in the game too long and family and friends are worried. Unfortunately, the man she's drawn to is on the other side; fortunately, he's an admirer of her father.

The frustrating part of this story was how very confu
William Bentrim
Apr 05, 2012 William Bentrim rated it really liked it
Calley’s War By John Ringo & Julie Cochrane

This book is by my count the 6th of the Posleen War series. We have been introduced to Calley in the early books in her role as a child. Calley is no longer a child!

This book would be a good read as a stand alone but it would be confusing. It is a better read if you go in the order they were released. The politics of the post-Posleen invasion are confusing at best and incomprehensible at worse.

With that said, there is more action, violence, torture
Tome Addiction
Apr 15, 2015 Tome Addiction rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
I randomly picked this one up as the author was recommended to me. I did not enjoy the book or could I get into it. I really tried but struggled and did not finnish it. Come to find out the author didn't even wright this one, the publisher just used his name and the majority was written by another person. I hate it when that happens. I discovered a great web site to keep track of which book is part of a series and where it is in a series amongst other great book related information. Check it out ...more
Michael Hirsch
Oct 05, 2014 Michael Hirsch rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
2.5 stars. not completely awful, just not very good. I expected a typical Ringo military sf with lots of action. instead it was a slow moving super-spy/romance novel. That would be okay, but the romance appeared to be written by a 14 year old boy who has no actual female relatives, but who has read letters to penthouse magazine. his idea of "love" is synonymous with "intense lust along with rally good sex", only the writing about the really good sex was not really good. Fortunately, I read it on ...more
Thomas Umstattd Jr.
This series was so good until this book. I am not a big fan of Cally as a character and all my favorite characters got cut. If this were a movie I would say that it was a fight over the budget and Iron Mike was asking for too much money to appear in this film.

But this is not a film. It is a book. Casting Iron Mike would not have been expensive at all. Although I don't think he would have fit in this story which was mostly sci-fi spycraft.

Also it was too R rated for me.

I hear the series gets b
Doanie Frederick
Sep 24, 2012 Doanie Frederick rated it liked it
Feels a lot like Heinlein's Friday, but in a more modern view of the future. I kept checking to see if somehow I'd started with the second book in the series, since virtually nothing is explained (terms, aliens, tech...) but this really is the first book. But I'm now reading the second and it goes back and explains everything. Apparently I wasn't the only one lost...
Overall, a nice read. I probably wouldn't buy it (hooray for the library!), but I've enjoyed reading it and I'm continuing through
Louis Bouchard
Jan 21, 2013 Louis Bouchard rated it did not like it
I enjoyed The Posleen War series, so I figured that I'd give this book a try. It's not cut from the same cloth.
The plot is sloppy. I didn't really like Cally's character in this book, which is a shame because she was one of my favorites in the Posleen War series. John Ringo wrote a war series well, but he doesn't write espionage well, and with more time to focus on character development, I felt that he did it poorly. The characters struck me as wooden archetypes.
May 10, 2014 Marilyn rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting plot line.
Too much sex.
Another sci-fi case of a character being described as super amazing and then turning out to be just another talented human being, or rather, juv. However, still intriguing enough to read into the dead of the night.
A good case of increasing tension making it increasingly interesting.
David Caldwell
Jun 29, 2011 David Caldwell rated it liked it
It is a stand alone book but it would definitely help if you have read at least some of the other books about the Posleen war.There are a lot of sex scenes, not that graphic but still more than the story probably really needed.Would have liked to have seen some more background instead of just what was on the back of the book.
Stutley Constable
I did make it all of the way through this book but only because I had nothing else to read at the time. Not really worth bothering with for me. I couldn't even bring myself to be interested in the characters.
Eric Means
Aug 16, 2015 Eric Means rated it did not like it
Shelves: military, sci-fi
This read more like fanfic/slash fic based on the Posleen war series, moreso than anything the original writer was actually involved in. It took a weird turn into essentially softcore porn halfway through, too, which was dismaying.
Camilo Emiliano  Rosas Echeverria
A moronic collage of pruriginous fantasies, without any resemblance of coherence or plot. It's embarassing to see this poorly written and worse edited fan-fiction attached to on otherwise excellent series.
Feb 28, 2011 Kuroi rated it really liked it
An intriguing spy novel with all the twists and turns you'd expect. Ringo shows his versatility once again. I was particularly impressed by his ability to work with another writer and keep his distinctive style.
40 years after the Posleen invasion, Cally O'neal, interstellar spy and assassin has a convoluted spy type adventure.
This is quite different from the military stories of the 4 main posleen books. It is more of a female James Bond in space thing.
Warning, lots of sex.
Oct 11, 2015 Rik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Series goes on. Now from the female side of the war. Daughter/grand-daughter Cally has grown up. We now get to see how to kill the Alien enemy from a feminist point of view. Definitely a bit softer.
Still a good read, just less blood and guts.
Cole Simchick
Not the best Ringo I have read. It was tough to understand what was going on - seems to be the middle of a series and I did not read the first few books. Decent read - I could do without some of the racier stuff...
Nov 11, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok
About how the war affected O'neil family, and some aliens to keep it Science fiction instead of just fiction
Phil Kuchinsky
Thought I was going to get a little more action the the book actually delivered. Decent middle, hard to finish.
Bill Davis
Jul 26, 2011 Bill Davis rated it really liked it
Set decades after the Posties were kicked off Earth, Cally O'Neal is busy killing Darhel traitors and collaborators.
Joe D.
Jul 29, 2010 Joe D. rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. I thought the rest of the Posleen War was excellent. Maybe I'll try it again someday.
James Cowen
Oct 11, 2015 James Cowen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've read and re-read the first 4 books several times but I had only read Callys War once, by far the best in the series!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 01, 2007 Shugotenshi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: militarysci-fi
A nice ending for the character Ringo fans knew as Cally. I would have liked a clearer ending to this book but overall I enjoyed it very much.
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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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