• Gust Front

  • Legacy of the Aldenata
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,962 ratings)

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Gust Front

By: John Ringo
Narrated by: Marc Vietor
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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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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.

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    4 out of 5 stars

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.

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I may read the whole series

I buy a fair number of these military scifi books but rarely buy the second book in the series. Often I find the characters too one dimensional, the situations too far-fetched and the story too full of fighting. It may sound strange that I would complain that a war book contains too much fighting but, in fact, war is more than fighting. The underlying situation has to sound reasonable enough to believe, the characters have to seem real for me to have any empathy for them and the world outside the fighting has to be interesting for me to be able to enjoy the book. War is politics as much as fighting.

I bought the first book in this series quite some time ago and relegated this series to the same category as most other books of this type - once was enough. But about 6 months after the first read I re-read it and found, much to my surprise, that I was more interested in the characters than I had at first realized, so I bought the second book in the series.

It is the world surrounding the war that I find most interesting. The character of Michael O'Neal is interesting, the characters around him seem both realistic and worth meeting and the situation in which they find themselves, trying to save their lives in the face of an alien invasion and, at the same time, having to deal with their "allies" who cannot be trusted, to be a sufficient mix of reasonable and heroic to make the books worth reading for me. As with all of the John Ringo books I have read this one contains just the right amount of desperation and hope to leave me with a positive feeling in spite of the violence surrounding the main characters.

There are a lot of side characters whose stories do not seem to have a major effect on the main plot but I that this enriches the story. Most people's lives in time of crisis and war are important only to them and to those around them and do not affect the overall outcome. Thus, for me, the fact that there are secondary interesting characters who do not add to the main plot in a major way makes the book more realistic, not less interesting and their stories add flavor to the book and keeps it from being all war.

The narration is very good and the story flows well. I may read the whole series.

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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.

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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.

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The Story Continues, a little drawn out though

Well this has the same problem that the first book had, and thats that it takes place after Sept 11th (and more importantly the 2003 war in Iraq) but war written just before that day - problem is that the Military is plagued with equipment malfunctions and personal going AWOL taking supplies and just being incompetent, problem is after crazy Bush decided to invade Iraq for no reason and we were in Afghanistan almost everything the Military had was in top shape and no one was going AWOL, yea there were units that were lacking supplies and what not but for the most part it was taken care of from the friends I have who were in the war they said many of the problems dont exist anymore that are in this book

I have said this before but Ringos writing style is sorta like a pot head telling a story - what happens is there are sections that are detailed as ever and they dont need that much, but then other scenes are not described well enough to understand whats happening - also whole side stories go nowhere or are just touched upon in the end and not in much detail, it seams like it was added on after the fact - but being a smoker my self I can understand this a little better and I sorta figure it out

There are whole side stories that seem to go nowhere at all and then only a few are completed and its in the end of the story as if it was just tacked on at the end because there was no way to make it work in the story at large - there is this whole great story about Michael O'Neill setting up this power recharging station in No Name Key in the Florida Keys as a recharge point for the ACS units, nothing happens with this and its not talked about again in the book after they leave the place - then there is the 2 teenagers a boy and girl who were not really friends before and both end up being each others "first" as they didnt want to die a virgin, they it seams are lost but in the end it is revealed what happened to them however it is only a 2 min scene that feels like it was tacked on.

All told this seems like a great story, I will continue it for sure but I know that his latter works are much better like The Looking Glass and Troy Rising are just awesome.

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    3 out of 5 stars

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.

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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Very good Audio Book

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

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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.

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