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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416509143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416509141
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ringo has become one of the writers whose work I jump first to when books arrive. . . ." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I've noticed a lot of confusion over the nature of the device. The following is a spoiler, so if you've read the book and didn't grasp the significance of the artifact, here it is:

Hardcover, page 310 bottom and 311 top Paperback, page 390 top to 2/3 down.

The device is a Lindal, an artificial means of initiating Lintatai--catatonia--in an empathic Darhel. This is the psychological danger Tirdal faces throughout the book. This genetically engineered trait is called Lindai.

Obviously, the Aldenata needed some way of keeping a race as dangerous as the Darhel from rebelling, and this was the extra safety--a psionic device to prevent them from entering controlled areas. Naturally, it would be disastrous to allow humans to study this device and possibly gain control of Darhel.

Which left as the ending of the story: which one of the three was the hero? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

It does not have the feel of Ringo's previous Posleen books.
James T. Brady
This was because the plot was thin, and I got a sense of "I've read this book before..." feel from the book,but mostly the book was not very interesting.
Richard King
It is a definite "MUST READ" for any and all science fiction aficionados.
Redford Bohica

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read all of John Ringo's 'Posleen War' books, and loved every one of them. THIS book was a big disappointment to me. The trouble is, it is marketed as `Military Fiction' and it takes place in a military environment, but it is definitely a CHARACTER STUDY, not Military Fiction as most people would define it. Set in the same general universe as the `Posleen' series, but at some unspecified future date, it is about an alien `The Hero' who works with a Human Combat Team. They are sent on a Recon mission. Lots of strife, tough environment, but no significant combat. Then, VERY late in the book, we get some combat action, mostly between "The Hero" and a renegade human. Mano a Mano on a wild, dangerous alien planet. Big deal. You can guess the rest. I give it 2 stars, because it was technically well written, and Ringo certainly seems to understand military characteristics, but I REALLY think I am being generous. I don't think it will appeal very much to the `target audience.' It didn't satisfy ME. If I am going to read military fiction, I want strife and battles and bravery and cowardice in a larger context, and I want it to mean something. This book just seemed like they were exploring character relationships for future books in the series. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then go for it. Personally, I felt cheated.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Walt Boyes VINE VOICE on July 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mad Mike Williamson followed a terrific first novel (Freehold) with a collaboration with John Ringo that is only so-so. It suffers from the old Hawaiian disease lakaeditin and should be about 100 pages shorter. There was a terrific opportunity to delve further into the psychology and physiology of the Darhel, hereditary enemies (maybe) of humanity, aka the Elves, and it was a little disappointing to see how superficially Williamson and Ringo treated it. Overall, the book was good, just not up to Williamson or Ringo's previous best.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mayfayre VINE VOICE on January 12, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I like Ringo's work in the "March To..." series and I liked Williamson's "Freehold", so when I saw they had combined in a new book, I put that on my to-buy list. I waited until the paperback came out, bought it, and happily sat down to read it. Unfortunately, the book didn't live up to my own mental hype.

This book is apparently a continuation of a series involving something known as the Posleen War. Not having read any books involving that before, I went into this book cold, and I am coming out the same way. There is only a cursory description of the variously cultural entities that are at odds with one another, and no real emotional reason given as to why one is supposed to be better than the other. The bad guys seem to to be something called the Blobs, but since that gave me the mental image of a moving scoop of green Jello, I found it hard to work up an interest in them, or to care about them one way or the other.

The basic plot is a group of commandos land on a planet to recon a suspected enemy base, which they do without incident or much dramatic tension. On the way back, they find an alien artifact from an extinct, highly-advanced civilization, that would be worth "billions". This artifact is basically a Hitchcockian "maguffin" - something everyone is pursuing but that really doesn't have any significance to the story. We never really learn in detail what exactly the thing is, what is does, how it works, etc., and in the end it is immaterial. Greed arises, compatriots are killed, and three are left to try to rendezvous with the escape craft, one of whom has the artifact.

Pick any WWII movie and you can place the three remaining stereotyped characters: the psychopathic sniper, the determined outsider, and the loyal "kid".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By booksforabuck VINE VOICE on July 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After a busted mission, the mostly human Deep Reconnaissance Team stumbles across an ancient artifact--working technology from the vanished Aldenata aliens. The Captain plans on returning it to base, getting the bonus and commendations that come from such an important find--but a billion credits worth of alien technology is enough to tempt a saint and the DRT is definitely not made up of saints. When one member frags the others, the three survivors must battle it out for survival and for a chance at the billion credit prize. Unfortunately, none can trust either of the others and the stage is set for a brutal three-way battle to stay alive in a dangerous and enemy-occupied planet.
THE HERO starts painfully slowly, with history lectures, anti-environmental statements, and a military mission that wasn't really going anywhere. But in the second half, once the artifact is discovered and the true conflict begins, the pace picks up, characters have a chance to become fully defined, and the real story takes place.
Authors John Ringo and Michael Z. Williamson know their military and write convincingly of both military tactics and of the friction between front-line soldiers and the officers in the rear. The Bane Sidhe Elf (Darhel alien) adds interest with his combination of extreme physical skills and his inability to kill. The sociopathic human killer with a the superior sniper rifle, an eagerness to kill, and an unstoppable greed seems to have all of the advantages in the three-way struggle.
Although I wish that Ringo and Williamson had condensed the first hundred pages, the second half of the book definitely makes it worth reading. Ferret, the wounded soldier who must track down and kill both the elf and the killer makes a fascinating character and Tirdal the Elf, with his difficulties in causing violence definitely gives the story a twist.
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