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..Show More » 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.
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 b..Show More »ook 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.
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 h..Show More »alf. 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.
I've read virtually all of the Legacy of the Aldenata/Posleen War books (save for The Hero, which is next), albeit somewhat out of sequence, due to a ..Show More »combination of Ringo's website being down and the Wiki article being frankly confusing. Consequently, after the initial 4 books of Mike O'Neal's main storyline, I went through all of the ancillary spin-offs prior to hitting the Cally's War storyline.
First off, let me disabuse you: this is most certainly NOT graphically racy or lewd. Yes, there are some sex scenes, but they are tastefully portrayed, and not terribly graphic in their description. Laurel K. Hamilton, George R.R. Martin, or hell, even Piers Anthony have much more graphic sex scene portrayal. Maybe I wouldn't give it to a 10 year-old, but my 13 year-old son is welcome to try his hand at it.
This book is a Posleen War cum Femme Fatale (pun intended)/James Bond espionage/spy adventure. It's a bit more fun that the others in the series, less heavy in a way, as it deals with Cally O'Neal's adult life as an agent for the Bane Sidhea, a secretive organization opposed to the Darhel. She is assigned to go undercover on Titan Base under cover of working for a Fleet Strike general, in order to determine out who's been betraying the Bane Sidhe to the Darhel.
If you're looking for more hardcore war sci-fi, with epic battles and military deployments, this is not the book for you. If, however, you want to learn more about the bad-ass Cally had emerged as by the end of Hell's Faire, and you're into the James Bond/Bourne Identity type plots, you'll dig this.
Oh, and to the other reviewer: she's rejuve'd to about 22-23, but her actual age appears to be around 50-ish. The other ages you're complaining about are flashbacks and memories, and are clearly described as such.
this following Cally's War and that one not really being much of a "War" so much as its a "War in Cally's mind, or little world" I was expecting this ..Show More »one to be like that, I really liked that book but I thought it could have been more.
the book starts and ends with a scene sorta the same, Cally with her Sister, no spoiler there its the name of the book - Cally and her sister havent seen each other for many decades and while Cally was off fighting the Posleen and pretending to be dead her sister was living with the Indowy and learning there ways getting less and less human so she acts strange.
There isnt much if any Posleen here its mainly the secret group that Cally works with with her grandfather and other family members, its really much better then I thought and I was hoping it would be good since I liked the other books.
Check my other reviews if you want to see the correct order to read these in
I can't understand why titles in a series are so often released out of order. Fortunately I was already familiar with both Cally's War and Sister Tim..Show More »e (the latter is STILL not available at Audible as of this writing). To be familiar with the histories of several characters, you also need to have read nearly all the other Aldenata books as well.
After accomplishing that feat, this book has a couple of serious revelations and the O'Neal vs. O'Neal climax is not to be missed. Apparently this novel sets the stage for Eye of the Storm which I hope Audible will have in the near future.
Another very intertaining Legacy of the Aldenata tale. The change in location to the European continent and the perspective of Germany and its past s..Show More »ins was a great backdrop to this continuation of the story.
This wasn't a horrible book, but it was surprisingly dull compared to all the other books in this series.
The 'aliens' are even more human li..Show More »ke than in the rest of Ringo's universe, to the extent they can be easily converted to human religion. To be fair, the characters are likeable and interesting.
Do NOT read this book until you've read most or all of the Aldenata series. To enjoy it at all you'll need to be pretty familiar with the Aldenata universe.
If you are a Ringo fan but can't get through the endless talking talking talking comprises most of this book, at least listen to the last five minutes, there is some interesting foreshadowing there.
This is labeled as the 8th book I think but really its the 6th book - the first 4 are Hymn before the battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and H..Show More »ells Faire - after that you should read Watch on the Rhine, and then this book because they are still on Earth at this point and fighting the Posleen - then go on to the Callys War and Sister Time, and Honor of the Clan and on to The Tuloriad, then Eye of the Storm and lastly The Hero.
This sroty was started with Watch on the Rhine where the SS was brought back, that book was sorta slow on the fighting and the whole SS thing was sorta strange, this time its in Panama and there are older people getting brought back to fight and stuff.
There is some more fighting here and some really stupid parts about war crimes and stuff that make no sense to me since if its against the Posleen how is it a "war crime"? werent these laws made for Humans not creatures that eat you?
There is a really good part with one of the AID's that is just awesome to watch play out, in the end its cool how the last of the Posleen that arent fighting anymore and have given up are doing things that are sorta normal.
I would say that this is much better then Watch on the Rhine, but not as good as the first 4 - if you are reading this series and you simply love it, then you should read these at least this one and skip Watch on the Rhine if you want to there isnt any real continuation of the story from that book in this one.
Nice to see Michael O'Neal back, and his daughters
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 th..Show More »at'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.