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Gust Front (Posleen War Series #2) by John Ringo
Review by Dave Goldfeder
Baen Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0671319760
Date: 01 April 2001 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Jim Baen has always had an eye for talent and a desire to take a chance. Seven months ago, Jim took a chance on John Ringo, an ex-GI computer geek, purchasing his first book, A Hymn Before Battle and putting it out in hardcover. This was such a poor risk that the sequel, Gust Front, comes out this month.

Warning: if you didn't like Hymn, stop reading now. If you did like Hymn, Ringo has given us more of the same and better.

From official release/information:

Book Description:

The aliens had arrived
with gifts, warnings, and an offer we
couldn't refuse...

Our choice was simple: we could be cannon fodder, or we could be...fodder. We could send our forces to fight and die (as only humans can) against a ravening horde that was literally feeding on its interstellar conquests -- or remain as we were -- virtually weaponless and third in line for brunch.

We chose to fight.

Thanks to alien technology and sheer guts, the Terrans on two worlds fought the Posleen to a standstill. Thank God there was a moment to catch our breath, a moment, however brief, of peace --

Now, for the survivors of the Barwhon and Diess Expeditionary Forces, it was a chance to get some distance from the blood and misery of battle against the Posleen centaurs. A blessed chance to forget the screams of the dying in purple swamps and massacres under searing alien suns.

For earth it was an opportunity to flesh out their force of raw recruits with combat-seasoned veterans. Political, military and scientific blundering had left the Terran forces in shambles -- and with the Posleen invasion only months away, these shell-shocked survivors might be the only people capable of saving the Earth from devastation.

If the veterans had time to lick their wounds.

Because the Posleen don't read schedules.

(Source: Baen)

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