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Watch On The Rhine (Posleen War) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Feb 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (27 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416521208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416521204
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Ringo is author of the "New York Times" best-selling Posleen War series which so far includes "A Hymn Before Battle," "Gust Front," "When the Devil Dances," and "Hells Faire," as well as the connected novels "Callys War" (with Julie Cochrane), "The Hero" (with Michael Z. Williamson), and "Watch on the Rhine" (with Tom Kratman), and is the hottest new science fiction writer since David Weber. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his novels of high-tech future war.
Tom Kratman, in 1974 at age seventeen, became a political refugee and defector from the PRM (People's Republic of Massachusetts) by virtue of joining the Regular Army. He stayed a Regular Army infantryman most of his adult life, returning to Massachusetts as an unofficial dissident while attending Boston College after his first hitch. Tom is currently an attorney practicing in southwest Virginia. Baen published his first novel, "A State of Disobedience" and will soon publish his second collaboration with John Ringo, "Yellow Eyes."

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SJ SMART on 20 Mar 2006
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I have read a lot of military science fiction, writers like the brilliant SM Stirling and Harry Turtledove. This book is easily the equal of most of Stirlings work, and superior to Turtledoves.

If you have read Turtledoves books about aliens invading during world war two and enjoyed that then this will blow you away! I always thought Turtledoves book lacked grit and action. Watch on the Rhine is very dark, real and has great brutal battle scenes all the way through.

The story is that viscious aliens who see humans only as cattle and simply a food source want to take over the Earth. The first attack is beaten off (in earlier books) at great loss and cost, but a second one is on its way with 10 times the number so humanity race to build their defences and their forces but thy are undermined sadly by corrupt politicians and people not wanting to believe.

However, the Chancellor of Germany does believe and builds Germany's defences. With advanced alien technology old and retired soldiers with valuable experiences and skills are rejuevenated making them young and healthy again. This happens to ex regular Wehrmacht soldiers first and then as a last resort and with huge opposition, former members of the Waffen SS who train new recruits to their own standards and more importantly perhaps bring an arrogant pride in their units which builds confidence.

Despite the huge opposition from the left, riots and sabotage the new SS take the field and hold against the vast Alien hordes that sweep others away inflicting huge losses and succeed building their forces. The 10th SS Corps becomes an Army with many international units like the original SS, but interestingly includes a Jewish Brigade, the Judeas Maccabeaus.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Gibson on 27 April 2006
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where to start, i think to get a proper idea about this book you need to read the ones that came before, that deal with the bad guys coming and all the trouble's that follow. This takes the premise further with the idea that with the human race being up the creek and some one has nicked your paddle and put a hole in your boat you need all the help you can get even if that means that you resurect one of the groups of people with, lets face it, not the best rep in the 20th century.

i think that both writers have handled this problem well with having charecters that are the stero typical nazi, the professional soldier and the soldier looking for redemption.

but lets be honest, most people read books for enjoyment and this is a good read, it keeps you entertained and you don't have to force yourself to turn the page. all in all i've enjoyed all of john ringos books sofar and if your a fan of militery sci-fi then this series is a must, and yeah i know i can't spell
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Taylor on 14 Jun 2013
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This one really hit the spot for me. Gone is most of the military lingo, things are explained in a nice sensible way.

Not all the 'good guys' get to make it to the end of the book and the ones that do are shaken up by what they have to do. The Posleen get a bit more background explanation and some of the human acts horrify them. The Indowy solution to continuing the fight is a fantastic bit of logical thinking, brilliant.

It is fiction though. The SS were not such brilliant troops in real life, trained to follow orders certainly but there are times when a bit of free thinking on the battlefield is the best solution to the problem. Would the Germans call new tanks Tigers? I doubt it probably another big cat name. The design of the tanks are ludicrous, so this is fantasy sci-fi but certainly fun to read. And I really felt for all of the characters, along their individual journeys.

Very glad I bought and read this book.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sa Buckley on 29 April 2012
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As always Kratman and Ringo are engaging and talented writers. As always Kratman manages to work in an execution scene. In "A State of Disobedience the execution of the thinly disguised Janet Reno character goes on for pages. In "A Desert Called Peace" a young woman who collaborates with terrorists is fed feet first into a woodchipper, large numbers of Muslim bombers or gunmen are tortured to death and a number of Western journalists are murdered, one group because the interpreter they have picked up turns out to be an insurgent trying to escape, others simply because Kratman's hero ( A thinly veiled Kratman ) considers any kind of critical reporting to be an attack worthy of retaliation. A number of Western aid workers go the same way. There is also a scene where the hero explains to his men why they need feel no guilt at killing those who had surrendered or were trying to surrender. In his new, more or less contemporary South American war series Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is fed feet first into a woodchipper (again, by those with whom we are supposed to identify and sympathise.)

Under the circumstances it's something of a relief that in this book those being executed are actually soldiers who have run away while on active duty. The SS veterans do murder some elected politicians that oppose them, but, as usual in Tom Kratman books, these people, being well to the left of Bill O'Reilly, are mostly evil and eager to sell out the human race to man-eating aliens. Cowardly, yet brutal the Reds and Greens of the novel are unwilling to fight murderous invaders but eager to kill their own soldiers in riots. Luckily these slinking untermenschen get their come-uppance when the brave boys of the SS beat some of them to death in broad daylight and the rest either run away or sign up.
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