The Hero (Posleen War #5)
Ringo seems to assume that ...more
It's a matter of trust. For thousands of years the Darhel, a warrior species conditioned to be incapable of killing, manipulated and controlled the human race. Then the humans threw off their yoke. Now, for the first time, a Darhel has been assigned to the elite Deep Reconnaissance Team commandos. Trust, in a small unit, is vital. And there was no trust to be had on either side. But when the mission encountered an alien device worth more than a king's ransom, it was the huma
We met the Darhel earlier in this series. An alien race that played a huge part in the Posleen War. This story places Tirdal, a Darhel, in a deep reconnaissance team with humans. They are sent on a mission to determine if the new foe has established a beachhead on their target world. The interplay between the humans and their alien teammate provides the tension for the story.
This is not the typical action dominated Ringo st ...more
I would say the book could have been edited down a bit in the last few chapters it could ea ...more
This book is an oddity. Though now put as number 5 in the Posleen war saga, it is not in the main sequence at all. It is set approximately a thousand years later than all the other books. It is also different in having a very small cast of characters.
There are points in the book where I was left thinking, this is 'Arena' (Star Trek, original series), aka the Fredric Brown short story, and other derivatives, or 'Enemy Mine'. Fortunately John Ringo does ...more
Instead, it's 1,000 years in the future. Sunday and O'Neal's line has continued. The Darhel have been exposed and it's a new enemy that's been added to the roster. Did not get involved with the characters. This story was a blip on the radar. And I sure wouldn't miss it if it disappeared.
Loved the cool (& sneaky) war bots in use by then!
The book was a solid military adventure for the first half and then a survival/suspense as the remaining characters hunted each other. Quite enjoyable, perhaps because I wasn't expecting it to be after the initial disappointment.
- An entirely pointless story
- Spending half the book getting to know a completely irrelevant group of characters
- Spending half the book reading about a single stalking episode with no purpose and nobody with an expectation of winning worth rooting for
- The complete lack of relationship to any other part of this universe
- The attempt at universe building without anything to support it
Or so many other failures I can't even begin to think them through.
Books 1 to 4 are superb military scifi and a great read.
5 falls in somewhere in the future with no coherent tie to the previous books nor to any that follow this one.
From a content perspective, it's also significantly less of a quality read than the first 4.
Couldn't read it now, too disappointed. Maybe later ...
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful. ...more