- Series: The Legacy of the Aldenata
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Baen (October 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439133042
- ISBN-13: 978-1439133040
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,657 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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Most of those 1-star reviews would have you believe the book is preaching and making a case for the existence of God, but it does no such thing. Indeed, it goes out of its way to point out how many opposing and contradictory beliefs we hold--and how utterly ridiculous any of them might seem to an alien race. Such an alien handily defeats every religious argument levied against him except for one, and that one argument was recognized by all in attendance as a sneaky and inconsequential nothing. Even the one who made it did not take it seriously and was merely happy to have a tiny victory in the conversation. If that is preaching then my name is Santa, and I have a workshop full of Darhel I would love to sell you.
There is one truly religious alien, and the book makes it clear that he is not so rational and does not quite get it. He is a minister for two denominations, and he picks and chooses what he wants to believe from each. He also believes the jungle is a living entity that sleeps and wants to kill him. In short, he's a joke.
The one credit the book gives to religion is the power of faith to motivate and steel men against hardship. And doesn't it? As a confident agnostic, I can honestly say that if I truly believed the creator of the universe wanted me to do something, I would be more motivated and resilient in seeing it done. If I believed in heaven, I would fear death less, too. Recognizing this is not preaching. It is a rational--and rather obvious--observation.
But some people do not want to be rational. They are so intolerant that the mere presence of opposing beliefs, un-mocked, terrifies them and stirs them to anger. It is for this reason that I encourage you to ignore any part of any review which focuses on religion, unless you are also so insecure. Other criticisms of the book are generally valid, but preaching? No. Far from it.
In this book we have Binastorian from yellow eyes. He threw his stick. Now in other books when a God King did that they went back to fighting. Or never said they couldn't. In this book, throwing ones stick means you can never fight again. That confused me.
But other than that it was a great read!