Book starts slow since there are so many characters and Ringo is building up to the situation. However once it hits the fan, things get hairy fast. I greatly enjoyed the book and will be downloading the rest of the books in the series.
Outstanding. Like Heinlein? You'll love this. I'll be looking for more from this author. Review needs fifteen damn words.
Enjoyed both the story and performance well enough to immediately by the next book. nuff said
I'm former military and this is the first time I've read/listened to a book that really captured the military life for the soldier and his family. Also the crap we had to go through with officers, both good and bad, was captured expertly. John Ringo, you have become a new favorite.
After reading the "Troy Rising" series, i was hoping this work written quite a bit earlier in JR career was as good. i was not disappointed. WOW!
The book was good enough I'll try one more but some of the science in the fiction is really more goofy than I could get comfortable with. For example an armored suit that stands up to almost any thing when a 60 ton tank is not able to and then no simple application of add on armor? It gets worse. Aliens that are smart enough to shoot down anything that flies but can't defeat a simple ballistic weapon? Maybe I won't try another after all.
Maybe, I liked the looking glass series, but not this one. I thought Vietor was good though
A bit - this was mostly just talking heads, all seeming to insult or backbite one another. Overdone with the profanity. Hardly anything seemed to happen, just talk, talk, talk.
I'm unlikely to try another John Ringo without better info. The reviews just led me astray.
I never finished the audio, probably half way through before quitting.
Don't know - seemed unredeemable.
Avid audiobook addict!
This isn't fine, subtle literature. It's action-packed, violent, gory--not at all nuanced. Like a summer blockbuster movie--fun, but totally non-memorable.
Love listening to books and walking. Connected to Audible at least 6 hours a day.
If you like Larry Correa, Lee Child and Vince Flynn, you gotta listen to John Ringo. From a quiet beginning, excalating quickly into an action thriller, A Hymn Before Battle is a great listen. I listened to the whole book in 1 day. The language might be steep at times but being a retired Army Major, I found it riveting.
If you remember the joys of the 'fun run' and scatological marching cadences still make you snort with laughter, you will revel in John Ringo's books. The plots and characters are non-stop thrills, but even better for military veterans, the tactics, situations and people all ring true to what we lived with. Smell the cordite and taste the MREs again, without having to live in a tent.