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Der Gegenschlag (Posleen War #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  5,119 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Die größte Schlacht aller Zeiten steht bevor

Fünf Jahre nach der Invasion der außerirdischen Posleen ist der Widerstand der Menschen auf eine Handvoll militärischer Eineiten geschrumpft. Doch mit Guerilla-Methoden fügen sie dem Gegner immer wieder schmerzhafte Verluste zu. Und heimlich bereiten sie sich auf den Augenblick vor, der das Schicksal der menschlichen Zivilisation
Paperback, 797 pages
Published May 2004 by Heyne (first published April 2002)
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Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3rd re-read 05/23/17 - Very good, characters and situations mature.
I still enjoyed this book; I would probably rate it somewhere between 3.7 and 3.9 stars. With the addition of the "Sidestories", though, this book does have some discrepancies (continuity errors? holes in logic?) that are all the more glaring and which hindered by enjoying it as much as I thought I might have. It has quite a bit of new characters introduced, and the author attempts to develop all of his characters, to some extent, so there is not nearly as much "action" in this book as there was ...more
Military SF and combat.

Is it just me or is this like a bad TV sci fi show?
Actual quote from page 424

After reading A Hymn Before Battle, I knew that Ringo could write great combat scenes and fun, cheesey characters. In Gust Front, the quality of the large scale battle is compromised by too frequent and poorly executed changes in perspective. In When the Devil Dances, Ringo takes the main weakness of the previous book and applies it to the entire book switching back and forth among multiple and
Michael Chatfield
The action, characters and universe continue to evolve and drag you through one hell of a adventure that will leave you swearing, laughing and stunned with what John Ringo can come up with. If you want Military fiction of the highest calibre, go grab the first of the Polseen series and strap in. This is one series you don't want to miss!
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a lot of fun reading this one. It was interesting to see the book focus on other characters besides the ACS battalion.
Mrs Johnnie Tate
What I learned from this book? That the purchase of the next in the series can't come soon enough!
Glen Robinson
This book continues the military sci-fi series I started a couple of months ago, which overall has been excellent. There are twelve books in the series, but I have read in reviews that only the first four books are good. And as I look forward to future volumes, I can see why. After book #4, John Ringo has handed off the series to other authors to complete, and the characters and the formula that has been successful up to that point are abandoned to explore tangential stories.

When the Devil Dance
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff! Enjoyed this and I think you will too, .. assuming you are following the series.
Shaun Thomas
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a break from the Honorverse for a while and dove into John Ringo again with the third book in his Posleen War series, When the Devil Dances. All in all, it was much different from the previous entry, and an enjoyable one, at that.

Part of the issue I had with Gust Front came primarily from the author's propensity for excessively detailed military maneuvers. Given a map of the United States and an Axes and Allies game centered on US territory, one could easily plot out each action and count
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From Publishers Weekly

This latest in a series depicting the invasion of our galaxy by a rapacious alien species isn't as much fun as its predecessors, A Hymn Before Battle and Gust Front. Unfortunately, as Ringo, a military affairs adviser to Fox News, indicates in his afterword, what was escapist entertainment before 9/11 no longer provides the same escape. Five years after the Posleen made their first landings, most of the world lies under their control. By squandering precious resources, th

Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This third installment in the Posleen Wars series takes place about five years after the end of GUST FRONT. The Posleen invaders have overrun nearly the entire planet, with only America still putting up any significant resistance. While it was a bit of a disappointment to find that we've missed reading about a large part of the war, it is acceptable that Ringo has a larger story to tell. WHEN THE DEVIL DANCES is another long book, being over 700 pages in the mmp edition, but Ringo does a great j ...more
Bayard West
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sub-genre: Military Sci-fi

Solid editing/polish: ✔
Fun characters: ✔
Witty repartee: ✔
Great "how-it-works" technology descriptions: ✔
Idiot aliens won't retreat 'til their dead piled 5+ meters high: ✔
Unbelievable moments: ✔

I've slogged through some of this author's battle scenes in books like March Upcountry that did not "payoff" nearly as well as this book. By payoff, I mean that there's a twist at the end of When the Devil Dances that wouldn't make sense without those elongated battle sequences.
Per Gunnar
This is actually a review of both When the Devil Dances and Hell’s Faire which really is how the author meant it to be. He meant to write one book but got writers block by the 9/11 event so it was released as two books. Indeed, Hell’s Faire picks up seamlessly where When the Devil Dances leaves of so once should really read them as one. Thus I review them as one.

This book series have improved greatly from the first book in the series. This one is pretty much a pure combat story with only a minim
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, military
Hmmm. All of a sudden the book ended... but it felt like I was only about 2/3 of the way through the story! Most (all?) of the characters were left hanging, right before what seems likely to be a pivotal battle with the bad guys. Oh well, more for the next book, I guess!

The author discusses in his afterword that 9/11 happened as he was writing this book, and the feeling of "post-traumatic shock" that so many of us felt back then is palpable in his writing. It's a little less light-hearted, and s
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just have to say this:

This book, all by itself, is enough to prove that no matter how screwy a crossover is, it will work in the hands of a gifted author. It contains the greatest crossover/in-joke exchange in the history of literature.

I give you...

The person rounding the SheVa was apparently a civilian. He was a tall young male, heavily muscled and movie star gorgeous with long blond hair, wearing a black trenchcoat and gold sunglasses, his hands tucked deep in his pockets.

Pruitt was staring
David L
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note : This review is from the Kindle edition.

This 3rd book in the series is a little different. As the rest of the world has slipped into darkness under the weight of the alien invasion, North America (USA and Canada) hold out. Unfortunately the war is a version of the WW1 Western Front. Humans have fixed defences in a long defensive line, the aliens make massed assaults that would have made Haig and Foch deliriously happy, and the war is in a pseudo stalemate. The reality is that humanity is b
Stutley Constable
The story itself was not that amazing. The idea of the Earth being invaded and the humans being manipulated while defending themselves has been done before. So minus two stars for a lack of originality. The remaining three stars all go to the characters. Ringo wrote a so-so story but saved it with good characters that were not too tough to root for. They do fall into classic fifties era stereotypes but even with that I liked them. This series is not the sort of scifi I normally go for. It is sim ...more
Kamas Kirian
Another excellent installment of the Posleen War. This one seemed more focused in scope than Gust Front, with a slightly smaller cast. It also helped that nearly all of these characters we've met in previous books, so sorting them out wasn't such a pain. The crew of Bun-Bun are hilarious. There was a lot less Michael O'Neal than prior books, but the story stayed so interesting with the other characters that wasn't a problem. The story was very well paced, lots of action with interesting characte ...more
Alex Boothe
I'm about 1/2 way through this book and am giving it 2 stars due to the over, way over, abundance of details about everything. I do have an imagination and can actually come up with what a street looks like and possibly what someone is thinking when they are being tracked. There was a whole chapter of a vacation to FL and what they did with the people down there that has no significance to the story (IMHO). I am struggling to get through the book and actually stopped when a book from another aut ...more
Paul Trembling
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-scifi
Hi-octane action throughout. Compelling reading. The military details come across as authentic, but the pace isn't allowed to be slowed down by them. However, it doesn't quite make four stars for me, due to one problem I have with the plot. A group of women are escaping from the Posleen with some children - one of them wounded. They stumble across a Galactic medical facility, with the capacity to heal, rejuvenate and enhance. They use it to enhance themselves: the wounded kid isn't even mentione ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows by now that one of my favourite genres is Military Science Fiction and this author is one of the reasons why. He writes alien invasion and humans fighting back with a grittiness and realism that I adore. The heat of battle and the hopelessness of the humans comes across with every word. All his characters are written with a deep understanding of the psychology of war and it's affects on those trying to survive it. However he lightens up the gore and horror with touches of humour, ...more
Micki Whitesides
I was sorely disappointed by the ending. Listening to the first two books built up a kind of expectation that I felt was lacking in this last book. It seems the ending was rushed to me. There were parts I felt were exceptional in the story but the main characters lacked the excitement I felt from the first two. It is a great story and I will definitely keep it in my collection. I just felt like the author was tired of the story and wanted to move on. Again, the ending left me disappointed and ha ...more
Oct 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a game of strategy against impossible odds. I know that is hardly an orginal storyline but it gives an indepth look at war from an inside and outsight perspective. There is the experience of a veteran leader in the trenches but also the insights of a proven general in the field. It engages the reader with high tech weapons cool unpredictable scenarios. I enjoyed the fact that winning has more to due with incorrecting mistakes then just untelligent bravery that includes having the leader of ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the Devil Dances is a solid addition to the series. Several of the main characters from the previous book remain and some new interesting characters are introduced. The fighting takes place on Earth again and I enjoyed being able to look up the battle sites on Google Earth as I read the book. The ending is a bit sudden and that leaves some story lines dangling. So the book feels incomplete. But not in the cliff-hanger sense so while I was surprised there weren't a few more chapters to wrap ...more
Joshua Ben-Ami
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the fun and strategies. Kudos to Ringo for always introducing at least one new characters in in each book. However aside from the normal new characters we meet Bun-Bun and Bun-Bun is a great deal of fun while being very deadly and creative in completing her/his missions.This is my first small complaint of all the Ringo books i have enjoyed the ending and hand off to the next in the series seems a bit hurried, and unusual lack of consistency with many central characters. But don't let that d ...more
I am holding off on this book until I get a firm sense that the series will be wrapped up sometime before Mr. Ringo shuffles loose the mortal coil.

Based on Bryan457's recommendation, I'm currently listening to this one. Glad I did. I'm about a third of the way through and enjoying it immensely.

John Ringo, Harry Turtledove, and Leo Tolstoy all had the same Character Development 101 professors in writing school. Dickens was paid by the word. Non-fiction history authors seem to be paid by pounds of
Kathy Davie
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to grasp that I'm only through #3 in Ringo's Posleen series. I feel as though I know his characters too well and been through too much with them.

If you like military sci-fi with (in my IGnorant opinion) a realistic view of life as a soldier...this is a series you don't want to miss. It blows my mind how Ringo's characters manage to win through each time. I know, I know, it's's just so good!
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 of the Posleen Wars. 670 pages of macho (both sexes) military stuff. Earth has been invaded by millions of Posleen, who have destroyed most of civilization and are harvesting humans to eat. In this one, the Posleen are starting to develop some tactics instead of just throwing millions of bodies into the fray. The stories are OK, the writing is not inspiring. Good thing to read on a long flight.
Charles  van Buren
 I can't help myself

This review is from: When the Devil Dances (Legacy of the Aldenata Book 3) (Kindle Edition)

I like a lot of John Ringo's work. I like the Legacy of the Aldenata series even if it has become slightly formalistic (or do I mean formulistic, formulaic? The dictionary at hand is of no assistance) . This series reminds me of the movie, "The Magnificent Seven". Look past the entertainment and there is a lot of wisdom there.
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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)
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  • Gust Front (Posleen War, #2)
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  • The Hero (Posleen War, #5)

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