Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Fans of Hollywood-style blood-and- guts sci-fi as Gust Front, Second Edition (Legacy of the Aldenata Book 2) by [ Ringo. Audible Sample . Now with all new content by John Ringo! The aliens had. Gust Front has ratings and reviews. Mr. Matt said: After an interlude of several years, the crisis is finally here, on Earth. The Polseen are i. 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 (). Ringo’s army.
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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 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 vicious centaurlike Posleen in battle, but with Earth hanging in the balance in this book, it will take more than one man to turn the tide.
Ringo begins with long and detailed human preparations for the expected invasion, introducing an immense gusst of civilians, veterans, grunts and high-level officers. But when the Posleen forces arrive earlier than expected, improvised plans must be launched without delay. The humans fight for the most part with modern-day weaponry, assisted by advanced artillery from the Galactic Federation allies who got them into the fight in fromt first place.
Gust Front by John Ringo – Baen Books
The resulting carnage will please those who relish high body counts. Ringo’s characters often walk a fine line between heroic and stereotypical, while his extended expository passages slow the story.
Still, this novel should cement Ringo’s reputation as one of the best new practitioners of military SF. As part of the Galactic Federation, human armies help battle the aggressive aliens known as the Posleen, meeting them in a catastrophic feont on the planet Barwhon V. When the Jobn begin an invasion of Earth, however, the humans ignore the fact that the invaders outnumber them and wage an unorthodox and surprising form of warfare.
Ringo’s sequel to Hymn Before Battle displays the author’s talent for combining fast-moving battle scenes with vignettes of individual courage and sacrifice.
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Preview — Gust Front by John Ringo. Thanks to human valor and alien technology, the Posleen were fought to a standstill. But the invasion of Earth is just months away Only these shell-shocked survivors can save the Earth from utter devastation.
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Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: After an interlude of several years, the crisis is finally here, on Earth. The Polseen are invading Earth. Millions of carnivoristic, voracious aliens land on Earth to capture human cities and towns, use our resources and, oh yeah, eat all the people. Fortunately, the combined armies of the world given access to futuristic technologies and weapons are here to stop them!
And foremost among those armies is none other than the US Army.
Gust Front focuses on the invasion of North America by the Pols After an interlude of several years, the crisis is finally here, on Earth. The first half is the build up to the invasion and the second half is the invasion itself. Throughout the whole thing, I felt like someone was slapping me on the back saying “‘Merica!
At every turn, the Americans were better fighters, thinkers and etc. It was just a bit much. The book itself was just too much – too long, too much gun love, too many cardboard characters, and so on.
The whole point of a book like this, I think, is to revel in the actual business of fighting aliens – not dwelling on Mike’s last tropical vacation to the Florida Keys with his wife and daughter. Too much time was burned, I think, on this nonsense rather than just opening a can of whoop-ass on the Polseen. Two stars out of five. The combat is fun, but not fun enough to really overcome the other problems with the book. Aug 04, M Hamed rated it liked it Shelves: View all 5 comments.
Oct 09, Mike the Paladin rated it liked it Shelves: Will we even survive View all 7 comments. Jan 22, Dan rated it it was amazing Shelves: What an enjoyable series. I am so glad I decided to revisit it. Nov 09, Jim rated it it was ok.
This book is a mess. Everything that made the first book a good read is pushed to the side in this one. In an apparent attempt to show us a global impact of the events unfolding we jump to seemingly random characters. In one section we jumped to two different countries in less than two pages and the characters mentioned were never heard from again.
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 This book is a mess. So I really don’t care to know which side streets are the ones that were blocked off.
I certainly don’t need entire chapters devoted to telling me this stuff. This book reads like an outline that was then filled in randomly as the author had time and he ran out of time. Sep 27, Vinh-Thang rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read this book on one night in It is one of those macho science fiction books that can make you cry. Each character, however short their screen time is, has a lesson about courage and sacrifice to teach.
I know I nearly cried. At the end of the book I knew the layout of Washington inside out and almost felt ‘Merican. Bonus for one short passage about a believable Vietnamese character. The vessels had plenty of weaponry that could have been used against the alien invaders when the waves started their approach.
The Thoughts while reading: They could have been utilized either on the ground as fortresses, beefing up the defenses, or in space as orbiting bases that could be used either offensively or defensively. The Earth did not need to be so undefended like it was.
The vessels were sold during auctions, and the Terran forces still had trouble getting all of them sold. They really, really, really should have used them as a part of the Fleet as well as a part of the defensive network on Earth, in my opinion. The author makes an interesting point that most people would not care about dolphins or orcas were it not for Sea World and other amusement parks or organizations that kept cetaceans and trained them for the entertainment of the general public I thought it was an interesting point and think that he was is correct in his assessment.
It has been some time since I read any of the books in this series, so I thought I would read it “straight through” as it were in the order the books take place.
It jumps around a bit over the course of the novel until all of the “main characters” come together at the end of the novel [as it were].
There is some good character development, some interesting developments, some humor, and some frustration as well. It has a decent flow to it, overall, but there is also a lot of exposition and a lot of info-dumps [which are probably necessary, but I never realized how big they were before]. There are numerous editing errors throughout the book mostly missing pronouns, it seemed, but the errors still jarred the flow of the narrative].
There was a landing in Africa, two in Asia, and I forget where the fourth one was located. This was not even the “first of the five waves” approaching the Earth. It was merely “a small invasion force” of Posleen globes. Two “larger” invasions in Vietnam and Southeast Asia are mentioned briefly as a “character point-of-view” involving several paragraphs, the invasion in Africa is mentioned in passing, and globes landing in Tempe, Arizona, and the state of Maine are also mentioned.
The focus of the book is the invasion that occurs in Virginia. Myself, I did not mind it so much as it helps to broaden the characters and give them more depth than they might already have had. While it is a series about an invasion involving five sequential waves of alien invaders, it is about how a specific family handles the invasion in the midst of a national tragedy [technically, global, but it does focus almost exclusively on the state of Virginia and some surrounding areas].
It is hit-and-miss, but such things can be difficult to describe. That being the case, I thought he did a good [decent] job with the characters he described. Some are more card-board cutouts whereas others he definitely is striving to give them more depth to make them more real.
The first few times I read the ending was emotionally powerful; this time around, not so much [although it is still a powerful ending]. As it was, I still enjoyed reading the battle sequences once they started up in the book.
As Kenallai watches his son die in front of him, he suddenly experiences emotions that he had never felt before and realized these were the same exact emotions that the inhabitants of Earth experienced on a daily basis.