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A Hymn Before Battle (2000)

de John Ringo

Sèrie: Legacy of the Aldenata (Book 1)

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With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans--for a price. Humanity now has three worlds to defend. As Earth's armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: you can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies. "John Ringo's first novel has bad guys from the wrong side of Hell, 'good guys' you wouldn't buy a used car from, heroism, cowardice, military stupidity and genius, millennia-old plots, Leopard tank versus plasma cannon, and a kick-butt suit of powered armor. It's a marvelous book, and the galactic neighborhood will never be the same once the monkey-boys and girls from Earth get done with it." --David Weber, author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series.… (més)
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  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
I have generally liked the works of John Ringo so far. This one I didn’t really like. The story seemed quite interesting. First contact, Earth is enlisted to help defend the peaceful races of the galaxy, lots to learn, design new weapons etc. Sounded good to me.

Well it all slowly turns into a bloody mess. [Minimal spoiler ahead] It turns out that one of the alien races holds all the decision making power over the other ones. These are political vendetta makers which would make the political bullshitters in EC and UN put together green of envy. Despite their part of the galaxy being threatened the literally sabotage the entire war effort to prevent the humans from being “too powerful”.

The entire book as just one incompetent officer appointed by equally incompetent politicians, sabotage, fuck-ups, and anything else infuriating and annoying that you can think of after another. And of course a few good men suffering and trying to pick up the shit spreading from more places than the fan.

I was arguing with myself whether or not I should give it a single star rating and move it to my rubbish shelf but there were a few chapters in there that made the book worth reading. I am still arguing with myself if I should have a go at the next one in the series. On one hand I didn’t like this one very much but on the other hand I want to see if this obnoxious alien race gets the spanking it deserves and of course if the alien invaders get their butts kicked. ( )
  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
I mean good god, look at the fucking cover. I should have brown paper bagged it because I was so embarrassed to read this thing in public.

I read it because of all the rave reviews I've seen about it on the internet, and I was expecting it to be a really fun space opera. It has its moments, but it's really just a run of the mill trash novel fraught with all the tropes of the genre. And whoever designed the covers to these books should be dragged to the streets and shot. Look at the one for "Gust Front," which is the next book in this series. It might be the most ridiculous cover I have ever seen in my entire life.

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  barriboy | Jan 25, 2016 |
post-apocalyptic ( )
  ShariDragon | Jul 11, 2015 |
baen ebook
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
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With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans--for a price. Humanity now has three worlds to defend. As Earth's armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: you can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies. "John Ringo's first novel has bad guys from the wrong side of Hell, 'good guys' you wouldn't buy a used car from, heroism, cowardice, military stupidity and genius, millennia-old plots, Leopard tank versus plasma cannon, and a kick-butt suit of powered armor. It's a marvelous book, and the galactic neighborhood will never be the same once the monkey-boys and girls from Earth get done with it." --David Weber, author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series.

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