The Darhel are a race with a highly developed empathic sense. Long ago, they learned that they cannot deal death to another intelligent being without being destroyed by the death agonies of their victim. Even though they have been manipulating other species behind the scenes for millennia, including the humans of planet Earth, they cannot bear to kill another being, and depend on other, less sensitive beings, to do their dirty work.
But now one of the Darhel must kill or be killed. And the fate, not only of his own race, but all of humanity, is riding on his survival. The course of the next thousand years will be determined by whether or not he can learn to fight back. If he cannot, it will be too late...for the entire galaxy.
©2004 John Ringo; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I have been reading the entire Aldenata series and have so far loved it. However this book has nothing to do with the series in the order they are written anyway. It is set 100s of years after the book before it and can be skipped if trying to read the series. As far as the book goes, it is pretty good but not near as good as the rest of the series .
This is only a fair story overall, and poor for John Ringo. It gets VERY long in the middle. It is well written but the plot it thin in the second half. If you are reading this to stay up with the Legacy of the Aldenata series you can skip this one, it is only a very small side story. Too bad I can not get a refund on an audio book.
The Aldenata series is very well read. the Hero is the 5th book out of 12. It takes you where you never would think. The book is about 1,000 years after the Posleen Wars. I think there worth listening to.
I started this book with the thought it would wrap up the series, or be some tyep of continuation. I was not expecting that all the characters from the original series would be gone, the technology different, the storyline different, pretty much everythign different.
I listened to the first two hours, and then gave up, as this could not hold my interest, perhaps I was expecting somethign else. Not sure if it got any better
I enjoy all of the Aldenata series by John Ringo, and this was no exception. I like Marc Vietor as a narrator and he did a great job on this story. Ringo's style lends itself very well to the spoken word and that makes these great audio books.
Marc varied the characterizations for the main characters well. He brought a different energy to each to make them unique. I have not read the original source material so I cannot compare it to my reading of the book, but I enjoyed the tale very much.
My only complaint is that this book should not be classified as part of the "main line" of the Legacy of the Aldenata series -- it takes place a considerable period of time after the other four books in the main thread and has spoilers for other "related" books that pick up their stories more closely on the heals of the original story thread. Unfortunately Audible includes this book as part of the main story so that is why I bought it before the others.
If you want to follow the narrative more closely then I suggest wait to read this one until you have read the Cally's War series and the other adjunct books.
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First I have read all of the books in the "Legacy of the Aldenata" series and this one should be read last since its like way in the future, but it is much better then i thought it would be and the ending is wide open for more books to follow which I hope they do.
The story starts off with a meeting of the team that is going to a planet that has a new enemy on it called the "Tslek" which are "blobs" as they are called they resemble giant amoebas but they must have something going on inside them but its not seen - the team which is all men and 1 woman meets up with a Darhel who can "sense" minds around them at a distance so its like a early warning system - the Darhel comes with the team not trusting him as no one trusts the Darhel but they need him to protect them from the "blobs"
Without giving anything away things end up where there are only 3 members of the team left alive and 1 is the Darhel, what happens in the rest of the story is nothing short of awesome as its a single story arc book and you are always in the action so to speak.
Thats the thing, most of Ringos books are multiple stories mixed into 1 or at least the location changes lots, with this one once the "act" happens and there are only 3 left and 1 is the Darhel the scene never changes to a different location or even room, its all outside on the planet they are on and its great.
So there is a planet with a suspected Tslek base on it and a team is sent to check it out, then the real story starts - the cool thing is that the planet has huge bugs on it and they can eat you if you arent careful and have a armored shell that stops most everything but a armor piercing sniper round or more powerful and some of them are like the size of a Rhino on Earth.
This is highly recommended as long as you have read the other books and fully understand the Darhel, because this one does some strange things for a Darhel.
This story was definitely out of place in the series. It took me a while to get in to it. It gets much better in the latter parts, but this was not in line with the rest of the series. Overall I guess I enjoyed it, but if I knew what I know now, I would have skipped it until the end of the series.
I must say that this was an ok story, but I wouldn't consider it a true part of the "Legacy of the Aldenata" series. It only makes references to the characters and species in the pervious books. I think it could have just been written and published as a stand alone book. I believe "The Tuloriad" is better to be book 5 for this series. This book had no transition from "Hell's Faire". Throughout the entire book we are waiting for that link, It never comes!
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