This is the first installment of a great series by John Ringo. It is where John Wayne meets Tom Clancy to kick baddy butt.
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.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first time reading a John Ringo book. I found it well written and an interesting plot. The military jargon was realistic and the battle action exciting. There was lots of action and suspense along with some comic relief. The Posleen are conquering worlds and the Galactic Federation has sent the humans from earth out to be the warriors to stop them but can earth trust the federation? Marc Vietor does an excellent job narrating the story and the did great with the various alien voices. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
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.
This is a story about a perpetually dysfunctional military, aliens of friendly, evil, and all-together shady types, and a handful of heroes who somehow make the best out of all of it.
I didn't much care for the first several chapters, but somewhere around the 1/3 mark I began to enjoy it, and at the end, I had become enthralled. I generally don't much care for male readers with American accents, but all of that changed when the narrater tackled the alien voices, and did a stellar job doing it. I replayed the last couple of chapters just to hear it again.
Be aware, though, that the story is dripping with military jargon, military world view, and what I might call military social pet peeves. Most of it is rather authentic, if not sometimes a bit shallow. There are significant and colorful descriptions of battle, complete with reasonably accurate tactical analysis. Some actions of the characters, however, don't seem to make much sense.
The SiFi aspects of the story is rational, and the science is consistent.
Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys military fiction.
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.
I like the narrator of this series and the author makes a good story and a good hero. the only thing is the amount of rank and sir's you have to endure in all his books. but i had allot of fun listening to it and have listen to the whole series.
I know there is a lot of cussing, but I was in the military, and if you are going for realism... If you like realism in your sci-fi, this series and John Ringo is awesome!! From the idiots who run the military, to the politics, to way military works and talks, this book is spot on! If you think this is not exactly the way things would go, you don't know how things REALLY are in the armed forces. This book draws you in and makes you care about the characters without boring you to death with the every thought going through there mind. The next book in the series is even better. This is an adult book because of the large amount of cussing, and If you like chick flicks I would not get this book, you probably wont like it. I liked this one at least as much if not more than the Halo series. I LOVE the Halo series, so that says a lot! Halo is also a combat book series, and a hit video game. This series so far is even better than Ringos hot gate series. This is a must have for the serious sci-fi war buff!
Educating ourselves makes for a better world.audiobooks are a great way to discover so many great books!
I like that John Ringo`s stories are well thought out about strategy and logistics,lots of action after the first couple of hours wich are still interesting.The narrator is top notch.really worth the listen,i`m hooked!
Middle aged Male, lives in England, works for US Government.
I have listened to this book 2 times. It is just a great war SciFi epic.
As far as comparisons go I would say I have yet to find its equal.
The voices were perfect to the characters. Vietor’s range and consistency were outstanding. He was the perfect choice to suck you into the storyline.
If I could have I would have listened to it in one sitting. But alas it was a very long book. However, I could not wait to keep going and was absolutely looking forward to every minute of this series.
This is by far, my favorite series of audio books. The set up was slow but needed to set the stage for the series. But my god, once it got started it’s was action, tension and FUN!