General Tam Wesley faces trying one of the most beloved heroes in the Federation, not to mention a friend of decades, on trumped up charges. His alternative is having the last corps of humans that haven't sold their souls to the Darhel be taken apart like a chicken. Then he finds out the bad news....
With a new invasion from a previously unknown race threatening the Federation capital, Darhel Tir Dal Ron faces his ultimate nightmare: He is going to have to reinstate the one man human soldiers trust, a man with the power and knowledge to destroy the Darhel oligarchy forever. And instead convince him, against all logic, to save the Darhel.
Somebody is going to die. General Michael O'Neal, Supreme Commander, Federation Forces, just has to pick.
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If you have been checking my reviews then you know that there is a list of the correct order to read these books in, this is labeled as book 12 and that's actually where is belongs if you don't count "The Hero" because that's like way in the future but its labeled as book 5.
I have posted the order I think they should be read in before but here it is again, first names of the books titles only - "Hymn" "Gust" "Devil" "Hell" "Watch" "Yellow" "Tuloriad" "Cally" "Sister" "Honor" "Eye" and "Hero" - if/when the Author writes more books that take place in different places I will probably get them also and post another review with the updated order.
Now the review - it was good to see Michael O'Neal back in action again if only to be treated like crap at first, he goes on to be in charge of some really important stuff and he does a good job at it.
I was expecting to see more of the ACS here but you will find out soon that they are mostly destroyed which sucks but this book ends like there should be a few more right after this one ended, I hope that Ringo writes more of them because his work is just great only lacking in a few places but the greatness makes up for it with really funny parts that most Sci-Fi doesn't have a lot of - there is technical stuff also which is what makes things interesting, but comedy as well and that's what Ringo does best.
O'Neal is back with his daughters which is cool to see because the last time the 3 of them were together was when they were just kids like 3 and 6 years old and then there was the first 4 books if you read them then you know whats up with them not seeing each other.
This one is a must read if you are a fan of this series, The Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes could be skipped but then The Tuloriad has some stuff in it you don't know about so I might have said in past reviews to skip "Watch" and "Yellow" but that's not the case now - they are slow but worth it, Yellow Eyes more so.
like all ringo stories this one also has a massive body count, its fast paced, and we finally see humans taking a dominant role.
on the downside like all ringo books this one just ends, basically a cliffhanger, i like that we are seeing some new races and how they interact, i also like that we start seeing some more tech appear. if you like ringo you'll like this
this is the best JR book yet. i thought having all the family together was great. the new aliens were great. i think this is some of his best writing yet.
I have been into this saga since the first book by ringo. I love the combonation of Ringo picking up the SS and bringing them into the main story, and bringing the ships from "green eyes"; These are both from books by Kratman, but they were writen so well I couldn't tell the diffrence between both writers. Vietor tops this all off by his superb reading style. It is too diffcult to decide which is better the reader or the writers, I'm just glad I don't have to they are together a wonderful combonation. You will enjoy this book, I garentee it
I'm German, and I was very amused how the author interpreted the German help in the battle...anyway:
It's a damn great MUST BUY even if u are not interested in Military SI-FI... u don't understand all the military stuff in the 1st place, but therefore they invented the WWW! Consumed the 17 hours in less then 2 days...was just mind blowing!
Marc is awesome. His work continues to amaze me, and this was no exception.
When the kinetic bombardment and the surprise tank landing came out of nowhere to attack the enemy world, I actually yelled "Yeah!!!" out loud in my car.
So many story lines coming together here. So much action and so many characters focusing their attention on saving the world. This is an incredible book. Obviously, there is another book coming after this one, and I absolutely cannot wait for it.
This review pertains to the entire series.
I generally don't write reviews here unless the work is extraordinary in some way. In the case of John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series, it is the extraordinary failure of missed opportunities.
Ringo creates a rather interesting world where Earth is swept into an interstellar war involving several alien races which we can neither understand or trust. The various races are well fleshed out in terms of social norms and motivations, and the political and psychological interplay between them could have made for masterful prose in the hands of a better author.
What we get, however, is what we in the military used to call "The enlisted man's world view", in which the entire force structure is to revolve around the combat individual and his small unit. As one progresses through the ranks, this world view tends to expand as well, so that, one hopes, the individual begins to realize that although the heroics and capabilities of combat units can, indeed win battles, wars are won with command and control, logistics, and politics. It is unfortunate, then, that the protagonist of the series, who ultimately leads the entire galactic force structure, continues to act as an enlisted man.
Here we get battle after battle, fought by generally mono-dimensional characters sharing the same political convictions. To Ringo's credit, the tactics he presents are sufficiently correct, and the scenes of combat are reasonably well done.
The quality of writing is rather basic in the first few books, but gets significantly better as co-writers come on board. The level of political and psychological insight improves as well.
Yet I wonder how much better a more accomplished writer would have handled the political, social and psychological aspects of the interaction between the Humans and the various alien races, and how each society would have been impacted by such an exchange.
Ringo will likely never be considered among the best writers of sifi, and the books in this series ultimately devolve to what I might describe as "Sifi channel made for TV" quality. If all the reader requires is a fast and furious romp through the war zone, this series will suffice. Those who require sifi Asimov style, with insightful treatment of sociology, psychology, and the state of Man, will likely sit back in wonder over the missed opportunity of creating something compelling enough to become classic.
The series has been left unfinished, it appears.
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