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Fans of the popular Legacy of the Aldenata series (A Hymn Before Battle, etc.) will rejoice as Ringo brings together characters and plot threads from his solo novels and collaborations. After the Earth is invaded by the voracious Posleen, Lt. Gen. Michael O'Neal discovers evidence that the Galactic Confederation's Darhel leaders have been manipulating humanity to keep them from subverting the galactic order. Before O'Neal can take action, a new and totally unexpected threat, the Hedren, disrupt the Darhel sabotage. With the Confederation's capital in danger of falling to the Hedren, O'Neal must organize a counterattack despite widespread corruption and apathy in Earth's military. Some potential repercussions from prior events are resolved a bit too easily, but Ringo's lively action scenes and thorough knowledge of military subculture dynamics make enjoyable reading. (July)
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About the Author

John Ringo is author of the New York Times best-selling series known by most as “The Posleen Wars” comprising A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, Hell’s Faire, plus the tangential novels Calley’s War, Sister Time, and Honor of the Clan (all with Julie Cochrane), and A Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes (both with Tom Kratman). He also co-authored—with David Weber—March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few in the best-selling Prince Roger series. He had visited 23 countries by the time he graduated high school. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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Product Details

  • Series: Posleen War (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143913362X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133620
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a professional author of... Well, I used to say "science fiction." Then came There Will Be Dragons, which is sf with a distinct fantasy twist. Then came Ghost which is techno-thriller crossed with porn. Then came Princess of Wands, a Christian soccer mom battling demons through the power of God. Who knows what's next? Children's books? (I've actually got that one mapped out. You see, there's this girl who is raised by dolphins... You think I'm joking, don't you?)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Hood on June 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to get my preordered copy of this book a couple of weeks early, meaning I could read it right after finishing the previous book, "Honor of the Clan."

For context, the prior books have fallen into three major groups: "Iron Mike" O'Neal's story as the leader of the war against the Posleen (written by Ringo alone), country-centered books set during that war that examine parts of it in depth (written with Tom Kratman), and books centered around his father and daughter about fifty years later (written with Julie Cochrane). Yes, there's one more book - "The Hero," written with Mike Williamson - but it doesn't really fit into continuity any longer. It's a good read, but think of it as taking place in a very alternate future. If you haven't read the Kratman and Cochrane books, you can probably follow along passably when events and characters from them are referenced...but you should really read them first and get the full picture.

"Eye of the Storm" is a major turning point in this series. It picks up very soon after "Honor of the Clan" and proceeds to tie everything together. Just when everybody thought the Posleen threat had been decisively conquered, there's a new enemy to deal with...one that changes all the rules. The Children of the Aldenata will all have to learn to work together under *human* leadership - for if they don't, they will surely be conquered.

These power realignments are particularly satisfying to watch. The Darhel may have to knuckle under, but they don't like it one little bit. The Indowy will have to completely reconsider their methods and their ethics. The Himmit will have to start divulging some of their secrets. And somehow, the decimated humans are going to have to field another army.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Kiersky VINE VOICE on June 25, 2009
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Recieved "Eye of The Storm" yesterday via mail -- and, started reading within an hour to just get started early -- not sure what to expect. Mil-Sci-Fi is not my usual thing nowadays. But, I recalled enjoying one or two such novels by John Ringo a while ago. Not to worry, the fast flow of the twisting-and-turning plot -- felt like shooting down a rushing mountain river switchback whitewater rapids -- in a bouncing canoe, barely avoiding some boulders. But, with plenty of dramatic wild scenery -- and many folks seen along the way were with detail okay to just understand them -- some better than others.

Also, there was a spot-on amount of well-done graphic combat scenes, quantum hyperspace physics and military strategy and tactics. For me, this is not true for some Mil-Sci-Fi -- with its bare-bones unfleshed out characters -- too fleshed out bloody action -- and dense overgrown brambles of hi-tech mil-tech jargon. And, for me, the best good surprises were well described aliens AND usage of "The Force". Will also have to reread at least the first few novels in this series -- to even better understand this fun novel.

[I did reread the first few novels in this series -- and liked them as before] +++
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Dixon on November 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I decided to read Eye of the Storm as I had skipped the intervening couple of 'Legacy of the Aldenata' books (Cally's War, Sister Time, etc.) as I had heard they were not great. This looked like a return to form, and focused on Mike O'Neal, which hopefully meant it would be more 'fun' than some of the others.

The good news is there is a lot of fun stuff in this book. The bad news is there's a few ideas that are half-baked, and a lot of the book seems like set-up for the next book in the series.

The primary 'thing' of the book is that with the Posleen defeated (the alien invaders of the previous books) the Galactic Federation's leaders are very nervous about having a large, well-equipped human army roaming around. They take action to deal with this, and the remaining forces tend to be very 'compromised' in that they owe debts and/or are subject to blackmail by the 'Darhel' that run the Federation.

This idea falls apart when a hithero unknown alien race begins taking planets from the Federation. The Darhel are in a serious mess, and Mike O'Neil (hero of the early Legacy of the Aldenata novels) eventually has them over a barrel and can do pretty much whatever he wants to rebuild and rearm to fight this invasion.

One thing this book does well is that the new threat actually seems bit plausible. This is something other authors have had trouble with, as the first threat is usually developed as the 'worst thing ever' and the writer has to top itself. The Posleen, to me, feel like they're a malfunctioning part of the Federation, while the new threat is more 'equal' to the Federation with it's own individual species and such. The new enemy seems much better 'rounded' than the Posleen, and won't fall for the same old tricks and tactics.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rob on January 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Let me preface this with the fact that I have read all of the books in the series so far.

When I read this book I had visions of old 80s cartoons (Star Blazers), comic books, and heavily inspired by the Babylon 5 TV series.

I won't spoil much. I like how the loose threads got tied up from the Cally's war series and the Mike O'Neil series. However, there were many silly points in the book (for example a ship entity, channeling the Andromeda TV series), the Ebay like auction (even referring to Ebay itself...which is bizarre in a mil SciFi book), the whole concept of the masters who have masters (who presumedly have masters themselves)...The usual ANCIENT UNSTOPPABLE EVIL... It just goes on and on.

Also there were points where you could just skip and not miss anything. The very LONG section on the Ebay bidding, the very boring section on the training. The only truly exciting parts were the first 50 pages and the last 50 pages, and everything in between is just filler, boring, trite, ideas stolen from a mishmash of sources which makes no sense. Its comically entertaining in that regard. The first and last part save the book, and I still look forward to the next in the series. Hopefully John Ringo isn't channeling Robert Jordan with windy, complex plots and a zillion characters. Keep it simple, write what you know, and lose the pop culture references.
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