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.
This an amazing tale of an ongoing battle. Basically military SciFi at its best. A tale aflood with an orgy violence towards aliens in a style rarely seen in modern SciFi and tons of fun.
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.
Nursing Professor at Weber State University Love playing golf and long walks. Love action thrillers from Jim Butcher to Lee Childs.
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.
I found this novel to be overall pretty enjoyable. The narrator is solid and it seems well written but it hasn't struck any chords with me personally. At the end of it, I'm left not really feeling it's whether I go on with the series or not. Actually, instead of getting the follow-up to this novel I decided to switch gears and listen to The Hunger Games...
I can't recommend the book as a "must read" but it's a solid military scifi novel. I actually really do like the concept of the battle-armored M.I. which is obviously an homage to Starship Troopers but it's unique enough to breathe new life into the concept and very well executed in that regard.
I'll likely wind up listening to the sequels at a later point.
Lots of action,with a well thought out story line.
I found this series to be really entertaining - especialy if you like powered armor suit combat; Think Startship troopers on steroids. Lots of battles, lots of bad kinda evil non-humans to kill, lots of great ways to kill them.
I espcialy like how each book uses tends to use real geographic features and logistics. I found myself using googlemaps and listening to some of the well thought out battles.
I also liked the Prince Roger series that John co-authored,
Legacy of the Aldenata