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The Tuloriad (Legacy of the Aldenata) Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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About the Author
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 his previous collaborations with John Ringo, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes.
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, the warriors the Galactics unleashed did their jobs too well...you see the Posleen and the Humans were supposed to kill each other off. But the Humans won.
So there he was, one of the last remaining Posleen GodKings on Earth. All the rest of the Posleen hordes had been killed. Can he save the Tulor Posleen from complete annihilation, or will his struggle to overcome the nature that the Aldenata built into the Posleen be futile?
This is a book that is both full of action and thoughtful. One thinks of Ringo and Kratman as mow-'em-down, high body count mil-science fiction writers, but both are pigeonholed as that too much, I think. Even though Tom's nickname is "Genghis" and Ringo's is "Oh, No, John Ringo, No!" both of them are easily capable of fine storytelling with some significant deep thinking behind the writing.
The first books in the Aldenata series make the Posleen into the epitome of horrible alien invaders...not only do they want Earth, but they want to eat Humans..."thresh" they call them. In fact, Posleen will eat anything... even each other.
But that's what the Aldenata, a vanished race of superbeings, made them into, not what they want for themselves.
The Tuloriad is the story of the Posleen's search for racial redemption. And it is a whacking good story, too.
Go buy this book.
Jim Baen's Universe magazine
What this book does is ask: How, in relief from the genocide we faced, do we regain our humanity? Is there redemption? Most of the book is the travels of a small group of Posleen as they try to rediscover their roots and attempt to find a new Path for their species. There is also a significant section dealing with human survivors of the invasion trying to deal with a new reality. Can you be true to your religon after what has happened?
I think this book was a necessary step towards bringing the Posleen into the 'new' fight alongside of, rather than against, humanity. I DO reccommend this book for anyone who follows the Legacy of the Aldenata universe. I must say that I would NOT reccommend this as a first book or introduction to the world of the Posleen. Of course, I may be a bit snobbish about it, having read all of the books in the series...
In this novel, Tulo'stenaloor is Lord of the Sten clan and the former warleader of the Posleen hosts. Now he leads a ragtag band of survivors as well as a few human thresh.
Brasingala is Tulo's son and bodyguard. He has been guarding his sire's back throughout the war.
Goloswin the Tinkerer is a Posleen genius. He is capable of innovative ideas.
Aelool is an Indowy clan chief. He is also a Bane Sidhe leader.
Father Dan Dwyer is a Jesuit priest. He is also a Captain in the USN Chaplain Corps. Lately he has been the Captain of the USS Salem and engaged to Sally, the ship's avatar.
Shalomit Bat Bet-Lechlrm-Plada Kreuzer is a light cruiser. Sally is also an AID and a human body. This troika is also Dwyer's fiancee. It is difficult to be engaged to your captain, particularly if you are a warship.
Guanamarioch is a Posleen convert to Christianity. Guano is also an ordained minister in both the Baptist and Episcopalian denominations. He now has a family, including a cosslain that he bought on eBay and a young Kessentai.
In this story, Tulo meets Alelool on a battlefield and is offered escape from the humans. Aelool is backed up by a large number of humans and artillery rounds are creeping closer. All it will cost the Posleen are their thresh.Read more ›
Readers should recall at the end of the 4th installment, "Dance With the Devil," the highly intelligent battlemaster of the P'ooslenar, Tulo'stenaloor, was confronted by the exceptionally brave and forthright Indowy, Aelool, and given an "offer that you can't refuse." The offer of an escape form the sure annhilation by the humans in the hills of the Appalachians given to the old Posleen war leader was too tempting to refuse. The present work takes up it's story line at that point.
Indowy Aleool is a member of the Bane Sidhe, an ancient group of humans, Indowy, and other species opposed to the predations of the Darhel, the galactic corporate sharks (think: lawyers, bankers, and other rapacious callings). The Bane Sidhe makes an offer of escape from Earth via an Himmit stealth ship to the orbiting junkyard surrounding the planet Diess, and assisting the Posleen in stealing one of the interstellar-capable craft left there for salvage by the Darhel. Indowy Aelool manages to infect the guidance system of the stolen ship with a computer virus that is designed to take the remaining Posleen on an "Iliad-like" journy through the galaxy (Hence the title" The Tuloriad").
Parallel to the Bane Sidhe arranged escape of the remaining Posleen, we are re-introduced to Father Dan Dwyer, S.J., Captain, USN, formerly Chaplain of the USS Des Moines a.k.a. "Daisy Mae.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The writing is far better than good, but not so good as to call it great. It is a fine story -- hey, it is good enough to have convinced me to read the entire series via Kindle.Published 6 months ago by LynnKCircle
I love Ringo and Kratman, but this is not their best. Their religious bias pervades. But there is a murthering great battle, so it's worth the time to read.Published 6 months ago by Larry Bruce McCown
An aside in Ringo's Posleen series, this book follows Posleen survivors of the war on earth - characters introduced in the fourth novel - on a quest to find their roots reaching... Read morePublished 8 months ago by George H. Avery
In book 11 we were introduced to the Hedren. Just as the Posleen War had wound down to a series of galactic mopping up actions, a previously unknown group of marauding aliens with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dave