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  • Series: Legacy of the Aldenata
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As its Homeric-sounding name suggests, the latest Posleen War novel (after 2007's Yellow Eyes) tells of a defeated people fleeing annihilation in search of a new home... They embark upon a search for the origin of their species and discover just how cruelly their people were treated long ago when their ancestors dared to question the godlike Aldenata... Ringo and Kratman turn this space adventure into an intriguing discussion of the power of faith apart from the existence of God." -- Publishers Weekly (Oct.)

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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 Hell’s Faire, as well as the connected novels Cally’s War, Sister Time and Honor of the Clan  (with Julie Cochrane), The Hero (with Michael Z. Williamson), and Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes (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 his previous collaborations with John Ringo, Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Wildwily VINE VOICE on September 23, 2009
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First off, this book starts well before the "Eye of the Storm" book. So if you are looking for a straight-forward continuation of the Aldenata cycle, this is not it. Also, this is not a smash and bash book. There are no vast armies clashing with artillery and death at every turn.

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...
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Elaine C McTyer VINE VOICE on October 3, 2009
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The Posleen are defeated, finally. They are waiting for the final attack by the Humans when they are offered an out by the Indowy, Aelool. The out takes them on a pilgrimage back to their beginings. The small party of Posleen led by the God-King, Tulo'stenaloor are hi-jacked by a virus and led to where they are wanted to be. Planet after planet they see until they find the one they came from.

On Earth the religions led by father Dwyer and the AID, Sally who is now human, gather some of Earth's different religions and decide to find the Posleen and save their souls. They are sure the Posleen has souls. They will follow the Posleen through space.

However, someone else seems to be leading both expeditions, someone very powerful and all-knowing. No one really knows who, or why but we get some answers. The humans led by Dwyer, Guano, a god-king who was saved in a church and is now a priest, Sally, The Switzers, Guano's mate and son, and a host of others, are dedicated to saving the Posleen.

I found the story enthralling, the concept and the revelations really caught me and I was rooting for the Posleen all the way. I enjoyed it and I think it is a fitting ending to a very long and torturous saga. The religious aspect may not be to your taste but it was fasinating to me.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Walt Boyes VINE VOICE on October 5, 2009
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Once upon a time the Earth was nice, uncomplicated, and normal. Then the Galactics showed up. They said the Posleen were coming, and the Posleen were hungry. Earth was chosen to provide the armies that would stop the Posleen from eating everyone in the known Galaxy.

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.

Walt Boyes
Associate Editor
Jim Baen's Universe magazine
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on September 29, 2009
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Tuloriad (2009) is the sixth SF novel in the Legacy of the Aldenata series, following Eye of the Storm. However, it takes place after Yellow Eyes. In that volume, the Posleen were devastated and disorganized. They were hotly pursued by human forces.

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.
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