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A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata | [John Ringo]

A Hymn Before Battle: Legacy of the Aldenata

With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!
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With Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the Galactic Federation offers help to the backward humans - for a price. You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

©2000 John Ringo; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Matthew Myrtle Beach, SC, USA 03-14-09
    Matthew Myrtle Beach, SC, USA 03-14-09 Member Since 2006
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    "surprised and delighted"

    This book, really the entire series, is quite excellent. Some sci-fi is deep and makes you think, some sci-fi is cool with all kinds of fancy tech, Ringo's sci-fi has a little of both of those but a whole lot of FUN. After reading this, I read the whole series and have started on some of his others as well.

    If you want to enjoy a good read, get it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Pleasanton, CA, USA 03-23-09
    Mark Pleasanton, CA, USA 03-23-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Just Plain Fun"

    I listened to this book while I was recovering from the flu and it was amazingly fun. John Ringo delivers the story in a way which is satisfying for the sci-fi enthusiast the gun geek and arm chair generals alike.

    Combined with the masterful reading delivered by Marc Vietor. While I wish there could have been a bit more of range in the voices Marc Vietor did an awesome job of delivering the gruff battle toughened voice of the main character and the click-clack sounds of the "Tchpth".

    While I wish I could say I saw the ending coming I did not, however it was immensely satisfying. The action pace combined with intrigue that was woven into the story definitely has me coming back for more!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    james Hartselle, AL, United States 03-05-09
    james Hartselle, AL, United States 03-05-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Definitive Ringo"

    This is military SF written by an author with military experience. If you judge books by PC standards, skip this one. It's violent, pro-military, pro-US, hilarious in places, and extremely satisfying. It's thick with rank, tradition, jargon, and tactical detail, but even if you don't like that it's still worth the listen just to get to the "Immigrant Song" scene.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon New Orleans, LA United States 03-23-09
    Sharon New Orleans, LA United States 03-23-09 Member Since 2006
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    "We're not alone..."

    Some ETs have arrived to warn us that we've got five years to prepare to be invaded by really hungry, really dangerous aliens. This story is the start of a series that seems to get better as it goes (not that the first books aren't great!). The action is almost nonstop, and you can't help wondering how we're going to survive the roller coaster of preparation, off-world battles, and political change in the face of invasion.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 09-10-09
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 09-10-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wish it was longer"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David cincinnati, OH, United States 08-10-09
    David cincinnati, OH, United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2005

    I'm a manager of a lawncare crew that listens to audio books when feasible. I have 2 years of business and 3 towards a history degree.

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    "Bad-assery"

    The first 2 chapters of the book are boring,but once you get out of those, it's awesome.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 07-13-09
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 07-13-09 Member Since 2002

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "Hard Core Blood and Guts Military Sci Fi"

    Great audiobook. Narrator's marine drill sargent voice is perfect for the military sci-fi genre and varies his voice well for different characters. Battles are outstanding. The writer lets the reader do the imagining on much of the aliend world detail, but the soldiering and action are reflective of the author's military experience. Sometimes the story gets a little "jargonny" for the non-vet, but bearing through it should not confuse the average reader in the end. Stories are not so out of touch with today that we can't relate to the equipment and the people. However, it is clearly written pre - 9/11/01, so some lee-way has to be given to the story line when it discussed life without war in 2001 and 2002.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James orland park, IL, United States 02-22-09
    James orland park, IL, United States 02-22-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Good vs Evil"

    This is the first installment of a great series by John Ringo. It is where John Wayne meets Tom Clancy to kick baddy butt.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-28-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Military SciFi"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trip Williams Travelers Rest, SC, United States 05-09-13
    Trip Williams Travelers Rest, SC, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2004

    Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? I recently listened to "Augustus" while wandering through the Roman Forum. I'm on my third set of "Sleep-Phones". I've been addicted to audible since 2004... I think my friends are starting to suspect I have a problem ;)

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    "You SURELY get your Money's Worth With Ringo!"

    Let me say up front, I may be a bit biased when it comes to Ringo's Writing.. the man is a prolific writer, turning out an INCREDIBLE number of books in bursts along the way, each with so much accuracy and detail it's amazing! I've had the pleasure of covering some of the same ground as Ringo being 11Bravo, and have spent much time at Dragon*Con talking with him and his wife out at the pool-side Breezeway (surrounded by many other fans).

    I also own a Mountain Top Ranch in the Mountains between Greenville SC, and the North East Georgia Mountains where the majority of the battles take place in this series. I found myself constantly looking at "Nuclear Yields" and "Prevailing Winds" to see if my Ranch survived the actions, and as of the last book in the series, we seem to have come out OK,even though being DEEP in Posleen Territory ;) You can literally pull up a Google Map of the Areas where the Battles take place and track them road by road, Mountain Pass by Mountain Pass, Stream and creek by stream and creek, which is a LOT of fun!

    Being Retired Military, and a Semi-Retired Electrical Engineer, I can usually "Pick books apart on bad technical details", things like "Misunderstandings between the differences of "Geiger Counters" and "Survey Meters"", etc.. But in a later book in this series, just as I think "Oh John, how could you screw up THIS detail? No way they could be that badly irradiated by a splash of 'Contaminated water!'" John turns the whole incident into a Funny Set of circumstances caused by one of the characters that mistakenly misused a Radiation Meter, and didn't know that pure water can't be contaminated by Radioactivity (Obviously John knew!)...

    The series is FULL of John's typical "Side Stories" that branch off into technical details that get a little boring sometimes, and lots of "Training Details, and "Hoo-Yah", but end up being part of something VERY funny in future books in the series and always tie in somewhere along the line... During the Final book (so far) in the series I laughed so hard in places I woke my wife up repeatedly... then later she woke ME up laughing repeatedly (We use Audible's "iPhone App" to listen to books, which is an AWESOME App, FULL of great features... We also use "Sleep Phones" I modified to "Blue-Tooth" instead of "Wired" to listen to books at night in bed!)

    I admit I got a little tired of hearing things like, "Like trying to hold back an avalanche with a fire-hose", and "Wiped the off the face of the earth", and several other sayings that were used a bit too often in the first 4 books, but that's so minor I feel petty mentioning it.

    Ringo quotes a LOT of Kipling in all of his books in this series, which is great, and in the last few books he switches to quoting lyrics from the CruxShadows, which I believe he got into during Dragon*Con (I know *I* did), but it works!

    Throughout the series there are references to "Star-Wars", "Space Balls", "The Princess Bride", "Monty Python" and several other Cult Classic Movies and TV Shows and Comic Books... But I found them hilarious since I know those cult classics well.

    What I really love about Ringo's writing is that he's so accurate in his technical details, when he teaches you something new, you can take it as a given, he's done his research!

    I really hope there is a continuation of the series since it's left WIDE OPEN for a whole NEW long series of books! I've also written and asked Audible to see about bringing in the Series of books "The Council Wars", which I read in paperback years ago, and would LOVE to have in Audio-Book form. Audible is usually VERY good about quickly getting books you may ask for by popular writers, so I'm hoping they can pick that series up also!

    Marc Vietor does a FANTASTIC Job of Narrating, as usual! Much like "John Lee", I think I could listen to Marc Read a Dictionary and find it interesting ;)

    If you love Hard Military Sci-Fi, Ringo is one of the Greats! His books are right up there with Richard K Morgan, Charles Sheffield, Alastair Reynolds, and the other "Deep thinkers of Realistic Far-Future Sci-Fi", yet with a style uniquely his own!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • harvey
    staines, United Kingdom
    11/19/13
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    "Brilliant storie, grate naration, Highley recomend"
    Would you listen to A Hymn Before Battle again? Why?

    YES a good store well told is always worth a second telling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michal O'Neal plays the typical hero.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favourite?

    To mant to name, both goodies and villians


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's to long for me to take in one hit.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the Stat Force series, I feal sure you will like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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