The Posleen have invaded the Earth. They are big reptilian looking aliens and they hate humans with a ferocity.
The book is essentially a war/ resistance type novel with lots of battles and counter insurgency rear guard actions. The book follows differing teams of human fighter as they each have a story and a battle to fight. Some are successful and some disastrous slaughters. The Polseen are nasty aliens and no empathy comes across in the book, they want to totally dominate the humans and take over the Earth.
The characters draw your pity as they fight against overwhelming odds and weapons so advanced only trickery and humans sacrificing themselves can help to defeat the Polseen commandos.
There are a couple of sub plots and equally a couple of twist but they are not much to speak of and for me the book fell a little flat. The first book was far better. ( when Earth was under attack)
The author describes the warfare very well, the appearance of the Polseen and their advanced technology. But the dialogue is poor and the start of each chapter begins with a recount of the previous chapter, a little annoying.
The pace of the book is quite quick which helps, however the whole feel of the book was quite flat and really there was nothing new here.
Not recommended for you to bother with, give it a miss.
Written by John Ringo.
Author - John Ringo.
A short review today.
This book continues on from 'A Hymn before Battle'.
You don't really need to read the first book but it would lay a little more meat on the bones of this story.
Initially in the first book the POSLEEN where attempting to invade Earth, however in this book they are HERE.
The battle descriptions are quite good and colourfully written, remember this is escapism sci-fi. Which means there is no need for the more 'techno' accuracy, which accompanies some sci-fi books?
Some of the old characters from the first book are still here, with a host of new and surprisingly well fleshed out members of the fighting force.
A rather odd and to be honest annoying trait appears in this book in which, at the end of a chapter, dialogue is introduced from one of the characters and is then mirrored at the start of the next chapter by another character.
And certain music is recommended for the reader to listen to whilst reading the book!
The book is written with a militaristic style, which unusually for me kept me interested.
The Posleen are big ugly reptilians and very hard to kill. As the blurb states " we can be cannon fodder or we can be fodder, either way where standing and fighting until we run out of bullets or bodies" (very macho)
A decent sequel with no difficult concepts to grasp. The pace of the book skips along nicely with good dialogue between the characters.
A beach book or no brainer is my best description.
You will enjoy it, but you will not read it again.