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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2004
I have never felt I should review a book before but I have just finished this one and it is excellent. This is Footfall with tactics and Starship troopers without the politics. The enemy are believable and the heros have feet of clay sometimes.
I cannot recommend this book high enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2010
Typical John Ringo writing, rich in military knowledge but with a common touch for those who have never served. This is part of the posleen war series , possible to read on its own but best if read from the start and takes us into the fight for the humna races survival in the USA led by our favourite character Mike O'Neal.
Would love to see more books about the rise of the O'Neal clan added to the series as the follow on books Callys war/Sister Time etc , with Rejuvenation there is plenty of life left in the universe although the books later on cover the Darhel/Peaceful Posleen/Earths future all in further fill in stories in further editions.
Main point is if you ever read any of his books and enjoyed them then you will enjoy this one. He has consistently written well and done what few manage not written a bad book so far( not many can claim that).
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Book 2 of John Ringos mil-sf epic "Legacy of the Allendata"

Present day earth with a difference. Earth is gearing up its preparations for a desperate defense against the first Posleen invasion wave. Can full scale mobilisation and some high tech tweaks of standard weapons defend earth against an invasion force thats cut through every galacic civilisation its come across?

The story focuses on Mike O'Neal who is a member of the elite and experimental first ACS infantry division and his family who are supposed non combatants.
Again the focus is high tech with a focus on high firepower infantry action. Its hugely superior to the first book as the introduction of mikes father daughter, gives a welcome breath of fresh air and more mundane perspective of the alien invasion.

The bulk of the action is part of the alien forces landing near and around Washington ,with most of the acion culminating in a second battle of Fredricksburg. Galactic technology is the equal of the Posleen , but its in terribly short supply. Mike Snr is a well prepared survivalist whos willing to do whatever it takes to protect his grand daughter, without the resouces availabble to his son , but racking up a body count a small nation would be proud of.

This is a much more accessible and interesting sequel to the first book, the Posleen are being fleshed out and the politics of the aliens aiding(or not) earth start to become clear. Its a great read and leaves you clamoring for more. The good news is the series just gets better from here on in.
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on 7 July 2014
The application of military engineering to construct terrain corridors and choke points into killing zones was great to read. The use of anti-personnel mines and demolitions to funnel and destroy the horses was as accurate as could be expected unless you had done it yourself. The only downside with this book was the lack of military aviation to either control artillery fire or plug gaps. The experiences of the non-combatants was glossed over and I am sure it would have coloured the book differently with local forces being willing to fight in place, particularly national guard or reserve units if they thought they were surrendering their families and friends to the horses.

Could not put the book down and wife has gone to bed alone for the last two nights as I stayed up to read it. Will have to wait a bit before I get to read the first and next books!
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on 27 June 2013
Well written and exciting military sci-fi. Some people might get a bit overloaded with details of military organisation and confused by the multitude of different units. Others will lap it up - and it does give the story an authentic base to work from. Some aspects of the alien invaders I was a bit dubious about. How could a star-faring military culture not know about artillery and minefields? And why don't they have at least some of the powered battle-armour that the others races have? But, to be fair, I only wondered about that after I'd finished reading - the pace and action kept me far too involved in the story at the time. And it is the second in the series, so some of my questions may be asked if I go back and read the first one! Which I intend to do.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2003
This is a good continuation of the saga started in A HYMN BEFORE DYING, and I do urge you to read that book before this one. The first book deals with preliminary battles aimed at slowing down the dreaded Posleen before they land on Earth. In this book, they indeed land on Earth and the armed forces battle them and also rather muddled military bureaucracy.
The main characters are of course largely carry-overs from the first book: Michael O'Neal, Duncan, Pappas, and others. Some new characters are introduced including two or three that are only very briefly introduced but who will undoubtedly play much larger roles in the third book.
Music is introduced in this book and specific music is recommended for both the fictional characters and for the reader to listen to while reading.
Also noticeable in this installment is the author's use of dialogue. Several times, a scene ends with a piece of dialog from one character and is followed by the same piece of dialog from another character's mouth in a very different scene. Interesting technique.
The reader is credited with intelligence. In at least one instance, a couple of characters are mentioned, but not by name. Yet, you do know of course who they are, and do realize that they undoubtedly will be more important characters in the next installment.
One more thing to notice here is that we get a better look at the enemy which was largely faceless in the first book and will probably become even more of the next book.
I'm inclined toward being a dove and not into military fiction, but this book is well written and kept me interested all the way through. Those who really are into the military frame of mind should really love it.
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on 12 October 2012
After reading A Hymn Before Battle I just had to read the second to see what happened when the Posleen arrived on Earth. I wasn't disappointed, it had great action, the story about The O'Neal family was compelling, it even added some new mysterious elements like secret organizations. The battle descriptions were so vivid I felt I was there, smelling the gunsmoke, and the gung-ho attitude of Humans defending their homes was better than some invasion of Earth books I have read. I can't wait to read more from this series
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VINE VOICEon 21 April 2014
Jonny Ringo strikes again! Engrossing military action from an ex-soldier as the Aliens are fought off. You are so close you can smell it. Does get a tiny bit "same old same old".
Unfortunately, he was an American soldier-the US wins every battle and then loses the war (opposite of Britain).
So apparently, in the next book, Earth loses big time.
Can't get excited about that one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2001
Now the attack has com to earth, and humanity must fight it's hardest battle yet.
The sequel to A Hymn Before Battle continues the Earth battle against the Poslean who are now invading earth in massive hoards. Great action and wonderful how Ringo manages to also put in the touches of honor, duty, sacrifice and love into a great story.
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on 19 May 2015
Thanks John for this second in the series.
As good as the first and like the first I couldn't put it down.
It's not just the action or the sci-fi, it's the people. You make me care about the people.
On to book 3. This is a series I'm going to read over and over.
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