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Watch On The Rhine (Posleen War) [Mass Market Paperback]

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27 Feb 2007 Posleen War
The invaders are comingthe Posleen, a seemingly unstoppable horde who have conquered one star system after another, literally feeding on their conquests. Earths dubious allies, the Darhel, have given the humans a number of highly-advanced technological devices, including a process for rejuvenating the aged, including trained and proven soldiers who otherwise would be too old to fight. Rejuvenation may give a critical edge, since to survive, the Earth must use every resource at hand. "Every" resource . . .
In the dark days after the initial Posleen attack, but before the primary invasion, the Chancellor of Germany faces a critical decision. Over the years, with military cutbacks, the store of experienced German military personnel had simply dwindled. After the destruction of Northern Virginia, he realized that it was necessary to tap the one group he had sworn never, ever, to recall: the few remaining survivors of the Waffen SS. Has he made a devils bargain, or is this a chance for the reviled SS at last to fight the good fight? And, perhaps, gain redemption. . . ?
"Watch On the Rhine," a new chapter in the "New York Times" best-selling Posleen War saga, is perhaps the most unbiased, and brutal, look at the inner workings of the Waffen SS in history. Meticulously researched, it explores all that was good, and evil, about the most infamous military force in history using the backdrop of the Posleen invasion as a canvas.

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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: 17.6 x 10.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,530 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real good read 27 April 2006
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Ringo books so far 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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