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Gust Front: Legacy of the Aldenata | [John Ringo]

Gust Front: Legacy of the Aldenata

In this, the sequel to A Hymn Before Battle, Captain Michael O'Neal and his forces on Earth prepare to hold back an impending Posleen invasion.
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In this, the sequel to A Hymn Before Battle, Captain Michael O'Neal and his forces on Earth prepare to hold back an impending Posleen invasion.

"Thanks to alien technology and sheer guts, the Terrans on two worlds fought the Posleen to a standstill. Thank God there was a moment to catch our breath, a moment, however brief, of peace.

"Now, for the survivors of the Barwhon and Diess Expeditionary Forces, it was a chance to get some distance from the blood and misery of battle against the Posleen centaurs. A blessed chance to forget the screams of the dying in purple swamps and massacres under searing alien suns."

©2002 John Ringo; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Gary L. Parks Jackson, Lansing, Detroit. MI 03-19-09
    Gary L. Parks Jackson, Lansing, Detroit. MI 03-19-09 Member Since 2004

    Gary Parks

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    "This is CAN of Military Sci-Fiction Woop Ass!"

    I started reading John Ringo when he first got started. So I was excited to see most of his books going audio. This is as good as it gets. The audio book does not disappoint. The narrator does it justice. I am ex-army retired and a computer weenie (26 years), and believe that John captures the flavor and essence of the military and the techie side of warfare as well..lots of action and lots of good ideas and new concepts.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States 03-29-09
    Garry Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States 03-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great action book"

    Has a lot of milatary jargen and aslo does a good job at really giving you a pretty clear veiw at how screwed up the ranks can be. Good actions book does jump a litle but not hard to follow well woth listening to. KEEPS WITH STORY LINE WORTH LISTNEING TO GOING TO GET THIRD BOOK.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-11-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Posleen Invasion of Earth"

    This is a military science fiction book. I enjoyed the poems by Rudyard Kipling that started each chapter. The story wound its way between the individual lives of key people and the battle for the earth. Lots of good military information about equipment and tactics lots of heroic battles and a few laughs here and there. I hope the next book in the series covers more about some the people touched on in this story such as XO Mrs. O'Neal in her frigate.
    also the O'Neal's daughter with her grandfather. The book was long but it moved right along. Marc Vietor did an excellent job narrating the story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cedar City, UT, United States 10-08-12
    Brian Cedar City, UT, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Well Paced Sequel"

    This book is a well paced sequel to A Hymn Before Battle. Like with the previous book the focus of this one is characters. It also contains the tactical crunch that one looks for in a good Military Science Fiction as well as the science fiction aspect. Still, the measure of a good story is in how it flows around the characters. This is a good one. I do suggest you read the series from the beginning. While John Ringo does a good job recapping, I feel someone starting with this book will miss some really important stuff.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Mount Airy, NC, United States 06-29-09
    Dallas Mount Airy, NC, United States 06-29-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Awesome military sci-fi"

    I've read the whole series and enjoyed it all. I don't care for the use of profanity but it is appropriate for the situations rather than gratuitous. Well thought out plot lines that come together exceptionally well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 05-02-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Good stuff"

    Really enjoyed this book. Like the first book it was chalk full of action. Once again though I found myself lost because of the constant switching of characters telling the story. Again, I was also waiting for the viewpoint to switch to the character Mike O'Neal. Though this book is good it doesn't hold my interests enough to get the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Lowell, IN, United States 03-11-11
    Craig Lowell, IN, United States 03-11-11 Member Since 2010

    Bravo6

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    "Ringo has it!"

    Again....John Ringo is without a doubt, in my mind, one of the best science fiction writers currently plying the trade. I don't know if he grew up reading the masters (heinlien, clarke, asimov....) but I am hearing their echos in his writing. An absolute joy to listen to........... Science Fiction like it needs to be.......(again).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha White Plains, NY United States 12-13-09
    Alcairha White Plains, NY United States 12-13-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Elements of a good story - far too much info-dump"

    You have to admire John Ringo's intimate knowledge of weapons systems and of the workings of the Military, but I found myself rapidly overwhelmed and ultimately bored with his detailed descriptions of the functioning of every single weapon. I can see him playing hours of SIMS games as he thinks through the consequences of a massed invasion of the world in minute detail. A very impressive accomplishment, but unfortunately the story quickly loses forwards momentum. He intersperses his descriptions of battles and weapons systems with short anecdotes of the people involved. His characterizations are masterful and engrossing, but there are too many of them to follow. I would have liked more descriptions of the alien political machinations and a stronger story line following the main characters. This book would really have benefited from a good editor. The narrator is outstanding, one of my favorites.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alvin Perris, CA, United States 06-10-09
    Alvin Perris, CA, United States 06-10-09 Member Since 2009

    I love books a lot

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    "Very good Audio Book"

    If you like Sic-Fi this is for you!!!!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric APO, AE, United States 04-22-12
    Eric APO, AE, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2010

    Middle aged Male, lives in England, works for US Government.

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    "KICK ASS!!!"
    If you could sum up Gust Front in three words, what would they be?

    Earth desperate fight for existance in a universe manipulate by Allien races bent on either eating or using us to suite their aims.


    What other book might you compare Gust Front to and why?

    There is no comparison out there that for this book that I have found yet. This book is nail biting fun combined with good old fashion don't screw with the USA. It’s a hell of a ride.


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

    Michael O'Neil was the best character of any book I have listened to so far. That’s actually saying a lot. Veitor’s voice is the perfect Clint Eastwood meets General Patton bad ass as Michael O’Neil.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me want to go out and kick the ass of any and all enimies of the USA.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the best book I have listened to so far. I like the action and the honor of the main character and the storyline. This was a damn good story well written and narrated perfectly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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