A good way to get through the work day.
Good start to this book. Once the action starts it does not stop.
The fact that the story is told from many different characters makes it tough to follow and a bit confusing at times. At times all the viewpoint switching caused me to lose interest. I found myself waiting and hoping that the viewpoint would switch to the character Mike O'Neal who was a lot more interesting than the other characters.
The narrator did a pretty good job but didn't have great range with his character voices. Got confused often because many of the characters sounded very similar.
Overall a very good book and will definitely listen to the next one.
Commodities broker, father, husband, and avid scifi/fantasy/self help fan.
I've enjoyed a wonderful variety of scifi and fantasy audiobooks here at Audible over the years, but I need to preface this review with a growing personal preference when it comes to my audiobook selections.
The more I listen over the years, my tastes have further refined. Now it seems, I prefer a GREAT audiobook SERIES, when and IF it ever occurs, one that carries the great writing, storyline and character development MUCH further than a single audio telling. And, of course, the writer needs to be good. VERY good. So, you know what that means. Slim pickings. But.
When it DOES occur, it's wonderful. It's extremely satisfying. It's like watching The Walking Dead, my favorite television series. Some of the episodes are better than others, sometimes I get frustrated at the pace, sometimes I shout at the screen, in shock, joy, anger or disbelief, giving profound character advice or brilliant script opinions. My sometimes verbally graphic and demonstrative rantings at the characters or plot lines are as R rated as the show.
So, I'm becoming the frustrating guy at the dinner party that wants more than one serving of the turkey - There's one at EVERY dinner party. I want seconds. I want thirds. Fourth's, please.
It's all about me. Me, me, me.
So, if you feel the same way, seeking a greater and longer personal satisfaction in your listening experience, and like military scifi, this first in the series by John Ringo, a military and political scifi writer, is a launchpad that will definitely propel you into a twelve book series here at Audible that will keep your attention. The narrator adds just the right accents, both human and alien to the work, expressed with feeling and continuity.
Here's a brief overview that will get you started. Again, no spoilers, no secrets, no giveaways:
In the early 21st century, Earth is approached by a pacific federation of alien races in need of earth's warlike tendencies, soldiers to save them from a race of vicious predators who also threaten Earth as well and the federation itself. A multinational and elite army of warriors gather to protect both Earth and the universe. They quickly discover that their allies have their own dark agendas and unique challenges. Even some of the leaders of earth are puppets for a much larger plan that has yet to be revealed.
Ringo's first novel is a fast-paced scifi military action story personified, boiling with acidic humor, character and future technology development, political intrigue, military life, and extremely vivid battle scenes. It so well lays the groundwork for what's ahead, that I went for seconds, thirds, fourths and more. I've acquired ALL of the audiobooks in the series, and am thoroughly enjoying them.
So, get greedy. Stay hungry. Step up to the table, and get a heaping helping of Ringo's "A Hymn Before Battle."
I'm thinking you'll want seconds, thirds and fourths at this awesome audiobook party.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This is my first solo John Ringo listen. I enjoyed the the joint project between David Weber and John Ringo to create the Prince Rogers series. This book is similar in style. This is all very military oriented. There is a lot of military jargon and some of the names went by my head but it was still a fun listen. This book skips around to various military personal in the war against the Posleen. There is a lot of death and destruction and general chaos. I found the different alien races introduced to be intriguing and the characters engaging.
This book is a good example of a quality military Science Fiction. While it contains both the military and science portions of the genre, it also is well designed in that it focuses on what truly drive the plot which is the characters. The story is intriguing and well written. John Ringo has done it again!
The story was solid. The technology was very well described, but not mired down in so much technical babble that the listener was lost. The characters were great.
Couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. At least 3 distinct story lines running in the book. They are all working toward the dame goal, victory, and they were written so well that it was easy to transition between each one as the chapters changed.I immediately purchased and downloaded the second book in the series.For those of you who, like myself, cringe when hearing profanity or taking the Lord's name in vein, this book has lots of both. fair warning. That is the only reason I rated the story 4 stars instead of 5.
In this whole series also......John Ringo is without a doubt, in my mind, one of the best science fiction writers currently plying the trade. I don't know if he grew up reading the masters (heinlien, clarke, asimov....) but I am hearing their echos in his writing. An absolute joy to listen to........... Science Fiction like it needs to be.......(again).
The book is well paced, well written, and just a joy to experience. I am glad my buddy recommended this to me after I turned him on to the Ender series.
Well told suspenseful classic combat sci-fi. The first in an epic series. Ringo knows his military jargon first hand. This is the juice. A+
Let the Wookiee win.
Sci-Fi Military Action
Just a fantastic military sci-fi romp. It's got great characters, setting and pace.
The way he brought certain characters to life was great.
Moved me, no. Excite me, HELL YES! The final assault was fantastic
Can't wait to read the rest of this series.