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A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo
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May 04, 2012

it was ok

This, the first book in a series focusing on the character Michael O'Neal, is perhaps the best of them. It provided me with some hours of amusement, and for that alone it deserve its score.

The problem, as with the rest of the series, is that of Weberisms, so named in my mind after David Weber who - at his worst - tend to do the same. First, infodumps. These are frequent, and detailed; terribly, terribly detailed. So much detail is presented that one get the impression that a publishing agent has asked for "more! more!" and got his wish. In military SF there is, of course, a requirement for some bits and pieces on technology, strategy and so forth - but it is exaggerated. Contrast this to the in-story dumps done in Tanya Huff's "Confederation" books.

Second, the thinly veiled loathing for civilians - much more prominent in later books, but still present here - and particularly civilians on the left of the political spectrum. This, of course, is a writer's perogative, just as it is mine to dislike.
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