A Hymn Before Battle - Baen Books
A Hymn Before Battle
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE . . .
With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terransfor a price.
Humanity now has three worlds to defend.
As Earths armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: You can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. He chose to study marine biology and really liked it. Unfortunately the pay was for beans. So now he manages a quality control database and the pay is much better. He hopes to someday upgrade to SQL Server. At that point life will be complete.
With his bachelor years spent in the airborne, cave diving, rock-climbing, rappelling, hunting, spear-fishing, and sailing, the author is now happy to let other people risk their necks. He prefers to read (and of course write) science fiction, raise Arabian horses, dandle his kids and watch the grass grow. Someday he may even cut it. But not today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe hell just let the horses.
Illustration and Cover design by Patrick Turner
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
First printing, October 2000
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
Printed in the United States of America
Copyright © 2000 by John Ringo
All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.
A Baen Books Original
Typeset by Windhaven Press Electronic version by WebWrights
Electronic version by WebWrights
This book is dedicated to my loving wife, Karin, and my wonderful daughters Jenny and Lindy,
for not leaving me while I wrote it.
Living with a writer is a lesser Circle of Hell.