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Gust Front by John Ringo
Published by Baen Books
Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel
It's been two years since Mike O'Neal did the impossible and survived destroying a Posleen spaceship with a nuclear mine. He returned a hero and set to leading the struggle to prepare humanity for the defense of Earth. It's not been an easy task, particularly because of the short timeframe involved -- just five years.
Or so the Darhel told them. Posleen aren't known for tight operational co-ordination, and they don't read schedules. Two years early, the first wave of Posleen arrive in the Sol system to catch humanity only half prepared, her advanced Galactic defenses incomplete, her troops ill-trained and ill-led. It's up to Mike O'Neal and a few other bold military leaders to pull them together and do the impossible, right on American soil.
John Ringo is unsparing of the horrors of war, yet never a defeatist. Again and again he portrays ordinary people, from trained soldiers to ordinary single mothers, finding new strength in impossible situations as the Posleen horde pours forth across the Atlantic plains toward America's greatest symbols of democracy, the monuments and memorials of Washington, DC.
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The story continues in When the Devil Dances
Review posted April 8, 2003
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