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Eye of the Storm (10) (Posleen War) Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2010
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A New York Times Best Seller—Latest in the Blockbuster Posleen War Series.
“Ringo’s lively action scenes and thorough knowledge of military subculture dynamics make enjoyable reading.” —Publishers Weekly
Beneath A Banner Burned . . .
In an instant the world changed for Lieutenant General Michael O'Neal. His beloved Corps of the last remaining ACS destroyed beneath the guns of the Fleet, his staff shot before his eyes, arrested on the charge of war crimes, he faces a short, one-sided, trial, a trip to the Fleet Penal Facility and a bullet to the back of the head while trying to 'escape.'
The Boundaries Blur
General Tam Wesley faces trying one of the most beloved heroes in Federation, not to mention a friend of decades, on trumped up charges. He alternative is having the last corps of humans that haven't sold their souls to the Darhel be taken apart like a chicken.
Then he finds out the bad news...
The Chaos Has Returned
With a new invasion from a previously unknown race threatening the Federation capital, Darhel Tir Dal Ron faces his ultimate nightmare: He is going to have to reinstate the one man human soldiers trust, a man with the power and knowledge to destroy the Darhel oligarchy forever. And instead convince him, against all logic, to save the Darhel.
Somebody is going to die. General Michael O'Neal, Supreme Commander, Federation Forces, just has to pick who.
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- Publisher : Baen; Reprint edition (May 25, 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 143913362X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439133620
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.3 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #331,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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it’s more like the finale to a long season and prepping for next season.
Warning: do NOT read this without reading most to the prior books in the series first - as a stand alone this will feel odd.
Personal observation: O’Neil Sr’s body was never found so I would not be surprised if he turns up in some subsequent book
The premise of Eye of the Storm is that a NEW invasion is imminent by beings who are much tougher, smarter, more ruthless and more dangerous than the Posleen. (The Posleen were the ULTIMATE 'Meat Grinder' army. Literally.)
The Confederation, and the alien races in it are fascinating to me, but for various reasons, NONE of them can really fight. Only the humans, BUT the completely human military has been systematically degraded and sabotaged by the Darhel, and early in the book, before the NEw threat becomes apparent, the Darhel destroy the last unit of functioning ACS (Armored Combat Suit) soldiers. Then, suddenly, they realize that powerful aliens are pushing VERY QUICKLY towards the Darhel core planets and there is NOTHING to stop them, no fleet, no soldiers.
Because the destruction of the entire Confederation, including Earth, would soon follow, certain important people on Earth agree to re-arm and fight the invading aliens. But THIS TIME it will be without being hamstrung by the Darhel, and much more on the human's own terms. Cool stuff! Unfortunately, they only have about 6 months. Not nearly enough time to reconstitute an army, a space navy, and prepare for full combat.
Almost all of the book deals with the above, with the steps leading up to the new crisis and the rebuilding and rearming of the military. There is some fighting, but not the amount of massive combat we have generally seen in the series, and most of that comes very late in the book. This is okay, because, FOR ONCE, other than the time pressures, things seem to be going RIGHT for the people from Earth.
By the end of the book, combat has been joined and the humans are trying to head off the impending attack on the Darhel home worlds.
The real name of the series is now called the 'Legend of the Aldenata Series' since it has been greatly expanded beyond the Posleen. In fact, there are even signs that at least SOME of the Posleen are going to come in on the side of the Humans in this and future wars. The Aldenata (that the series is named after) were the elder, master race who crippled the Darhel, modified the Posleen to inadvertently make them into a SUPER manace, and generally committed thoughtless mayhem upon the races of the galaxy, before they 'moved on.'
If you like Miltary SF, I don't think there is any better out there than some of the books in this series. I think "Gust Front," "A Hymn Before Battle" and others are quickly becoming some of the great classics of Military SF. Things aren't always good, things aren't always happy, very good people die (hey, it happens, okay?) but they are wonderful overall.
The entire series is good, but I especially recommend the following:
A Hymn Before Battle (Posleen)
Gust Front (Posleen)
When the Devil Dances (Posleen)
Hell's Faire (Posleen)
Watch on the Rhine (Posleen)
Yellow Eyes (Posleen)
The Tuloriad (Posleen)
Eye of the Storm (Expanded Series)
If you read all the above, in order, you will get most of the action.
If you want to add the following books, they are also worth reading, and all of them definitely affect what will happen in the OVERALL series, but most of the occurrences can be inferred, or picked up from 'back history' that will be given in 'The Eye of the Storm' which builds on the whole series. The books below mostly occur between "Yellow Eyes" and "The Tuloriad" but don't affect either of those books.
Those additional books are:
Cally's War (Expanded Series)
Sister Time (Expanded Series)
Honor of the Clan (Expanded Series)
Read them, too, but they are less in the 'grand military' tradition and more in the 'personal' military and 'espionage' format.
Its 3:38 in the morning and I just finished it.
My problem is that there are so many books in this series that it takes awhile to read them all and I'm unable to Re-read them like I do with citadel, the hit gate and LFD.
Thanks, John Dingo.
but this one brings back all the action and emotion of the frist several in the series, and even tops it.
The only thing wrong is.....that there is still not (as of 11 July 2014) a followup/next book in the series (by the way, The Tuloriad is NOT a followup to this book). John Ringo, where is the next book?
Eye is absolute proof, no one can touch him. I have made my point and now I have to fill more words to submit this review
I am a fan of a fellow Military Guy who can tell fascinating stories. Vietnam USMC veteran here and his stories ring true.
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I would also recommend the Troy Rising series although I am torn, do I want the next in that series of the sequel to 'Eye of the Storm'. Not that it matters, I will be reading either as soon as it is available. Keep writing Mr Ringo!
Don't buy this book unless you enjoy a third of the story.
High casualties, great weapon systems, big warships, evil alien scum, SS reformed and containing a Jewish regiment (priceless) what is not to like!!!!
Looking forward to the next one but hope the ACS get a look in the armoured suits of destruction and horror to our enemies are the icing on any Posleen killers cake so lets hope they manage to get stuck into the new threat.