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Gust Front
by John Ringo
Publisher: Baen Books

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.

Published: 4/1/2001
SKU: 0671319760
Ebook Price: $0.00
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1. Bob on 11/21/2014, said:

A well thought out story. Its Alien Invasion on steroids. This is book 3 of 5, or it was.
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2. Eric on 6/30/2014, said:

Ringo hits another one out of the park. Heroes, villains, brilliance, stupidity, laughter, tears, roaring action, and a few more hints at ongoing mysteries. Can't wait to grab the next one (and the one after that).
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3. Dick on 7/21/2013, said:

Like it a lot. read it some time ago, and just re read it again. and it is as good as the first time.
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4. Murphy on 3/30/2013, said:

Great book but this used to be in the free library so i am giving it three stars, How can you go from a free library book to a paid book? What happens to all the people who donated to the free library in part because the first two books in this series were in it?
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5. I.L. on 11/12/2012, said:

A great read. Excellent Military SF. Mostly ground/grunt war with company to battalion level fights midst a backdrop of division and corps. Gets off to a slightly slow start but once it gets rolling its hard to put down. There are a good number of satisfying small battles on the way to the big bang finish.
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6. Stan on 5/14/2011, said:

I loved this series and I read it almost as fast as I could download the books to my Kindle. I've noticed several people saying that they didn't like the long explanations. I thought it was great. It allowed readers with zero military background a greater level of empathy with the story.
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7. michael on 12/8/2009, said:

A good read. I didn't give a five star rating for two reasons: A very slow start, and at times, kind of wordy. So far I haven't been dissappointed with anything Ringo has written.
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8. Tom on 2/5/2009, said:

A very good attempt at a Science Fiction version of _Red Storm Rising_. Hampered by the horrible proofreading that is the hallmark of most e-books and Ringo's abject lack knowledge of all things Naval, it still succeeds on every other level, aside from not advancing the back story with the Galactics nearly as well as I'd like.

Definitely worth the read, even for ex-Squids, it has convinced me to start paying for more of the series.

Who knows, maybe he's managed hook up with someone who has explained the difference between a Chief and a Crow to him in the next book or two.

One thing that leaves me envious is Cally. Try as I do, my 10 y/o son is nowhere close to her 8 y/o lethality or good judgment. Then again, that's what fiction is for, isn't it?

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9. Jakub on 9/5/2008, said:

Chaotic. Underthought. Underedited. Far too numerous cast, coupled with talking heads syndrome and short chapters make it a 'WTF?' page turner, where the only thing that keeps you reading is a desire to find out the meaning of what you just read.
If you are a die-hard sci-fi nut with a flair for role playing, there might be some ideas salvaged from this book for your next campaign, but considering how poorly the whole universe is fleshed out, don't expect anything stellar or mind blowing.
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10. Jack on 5/17/2008, said:

Outstanding, Blue Leader! Thank you, thank you, thank you! John Ringo seems to understand even the dark side of some of us! Thank you Webscription! Being paralyzed. I almost went broke buying e-books. Thank you for allowing me to read some of my favorites that I have already purchased over again! I only started reading John Ringo, recently and I cannot stop! I also read this book in one sitting, and that's not easy being paralyzed from the neck down! This stuff reads like a perfectly grilled rib eye steak from cover to cover. I also cherish the Warriors from the world wars, and every war. We have ever been involved in. This read almost killed me physically, but I could not stop even fairly to eat! Start with a Hymn for battle. I'm on to the next one. I think is Callys war. I may stop to eat, but I doubt it!
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