With the defenses of the Southern Appalachians sundered, the only thing standing between the ravening Posleen hordes and the soft interior of the Cumberland Plateau are the veterans of 555th Mobile Infantry. Dropped into Rabun Pass, with a couple of million Posleen behind them and 14 million to the front, the only question is which will run out first: power, bullets, or bodies.
But they have a hole card: far to the north the shattered SheVa Nine is undergoing a facelift. Rising from its smoking ashes is a new weapon of war, armed with the most advanced weaponry Terra has ever produced, capable of facing both the Posleen hordes and their redoubtable space-cruisers. Capable of dealing out hell as only SheVa Nine can.
If Mike O'Neal and the other members of the 555th are going to survive, it will come down to how much Posleen butt Bun-bun can kick. Prepare to eat antimatter, Posleen-boy.
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Well this is the last book in the series of 4 but its not really over, there are 8 more books in this series.
The best order to proceed after this book is to go with Watch on the Rhine, then Yellow Eyes, then on to Cally's War and Sister Time and Honor of the Clan then The Tuloriad and Eye of the Storm and lastly The Hero.
I liked how this series turned out, I was apprehensive about it because I didnt like how since it was before Sept 11th many things were strange in regard to the military and preparedness for war but after that it was put into high gear, so there were some things that were strange to here in this book.
The other problem and its with all of Ringos books I have read and thats almost all of them on this site and that is that there are these side stories that seem to be going somewhere and just never do, but its ok because in the end the story isnt really lacking those unfinished side stories but it would be cool to see what happened.
Near the end you are setup for the next 8 books (see above for proper reading order) but mostly Cally's War and Watch on the Rhine in the very end - Cally's War, its strange because since you know there is a book titled that and it takes place when she is older you know she doesent die in this book even though she is put in danger a few times so you are waiting to see how things play out and its pretty good.
Then there is Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes which should be read before Cally's War and you are setup for that in the last few minutes of this book so its pretty good and after you read these and the next 8, lol, go on to The Looking Glass series and then the Troy Rising because they are alone this path and are just great as well
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Awsome military sci-fi. This time tank combat is employed in mind blowing fashion, including a mountain-sized nuclear powered tank named "Bun Bun" with a giant cartoon rabbit painted on it. Hard core military action from a hard core military writer. Some of the language is a bit jargony if you aren't an ex-jar head or retired ground pounder... But it's the jargon that sets the mood. Narration is on the money. Perfect.
absolutely awesome book
There are a number to choose from... but I would have to say my favorite would be Bun-Bun the Shiva tank...
the voices and emotion that Marc brought to the story, along with helpfuly correct names for the Posleen and aliens... wouldn't have had any clue how to say those myself
This is Military SciFi at it's best... I started reading these when I was getting ready to deploy to Iraq, and these books caught the oldest of military games, and terminology and attitude... just seemed to capture a small slice of what the Military is about
I have enjoyed this book the best of the Aldenata series so far due mainly to its setting. Living close by to the "events'" locations, it was very interesting the way the locations were used. Marc Vietor does an excellent job bringing the story alive! Of course, Marc could not accomplish his craft quite so well without an excellent story from John Ringo! And turning Georgia orange was very cool indeed!
The Aldenata series is one of those "best-of things"... it defined the genre of Military Sci-Fi, and stands today as some of the most awesome storytelling you will ever lay hands on. The only way you can not enjoy this series is if you either hate sci fi (so why are you here?) or if you have no military experience (in which case you may struggle with Mr. Ringo's spot-on depiction of the military mind). Mr. Ringo is former military, and he writes from experience. If you ever wore a uniform, you will read this, and say, "Ya, that is pretty much how it would all go down."
On the flip side, I never did like the story's ending (this book). It's one of those, 8:59 and we have to wrap it up and roll credits sorts of endings. Further, the follow-on books are all over the place in terms of quality. It is a unfair way to end such an epic series.
Was it just me, or did the human's weaponry suddenly get MUCH more powerful in the last chapters. Early in the story, Poslin baddies are running around with terra-watt LASERS and shooting up the country side with em, and humans are coping. In the final chapters, an ACS trooper gets one LASER and totally raises a ruckus with it.
In the end though, its a great story with fantastic narration. Can I have an ACS combat suit for Christmas please??!!
In this whole series also......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).
This is the a good book we see more of mike oniell in this one i thought he forgot about him in this book. the story kinda comes to an end but leaves you saying what about? i have had a hard time figuring which one is next which has forced me to look at other books even though i would like to finish this series.
If you don't like this conclusion, write your own! It closes a chapter in the books that begin the Posleen wars books and does so in John Ringo's style!
more variety, a less military story
yes. maybe fun for soldiers to read but not for normal folk.
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