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There's been a crack in my windshield for about a year, but lately it seems to have expanded a bit, so I called Safelite and my insurance company to see about getting it fixed, since I'd been hearing a lot of Safelite ads on the radio of late. Unfortunately the crack is too large for them to fix, and the windshield's probably going to have to be replaced since it likely won't pass inspection this month the way it is. The problem with the right turn signal has cropped up again, too. :(

John Ringo's Eye of the Storm starts out looking like the Bad End to the story of Iron Mike O'Neal, Fleet Strike general as his troops are massacred by an orbital bombardment ordered by the alien masters of the Fleet. O'Neal's staff is shot out of hand before his eyes, and he's dragged back to the Fleet's Moon base where he's put through a sham court-martial that can have only one ending. O'Neal's got friends in high places, though, and they come through for him in the nick of time. Good thing, too, because something worse than the all-conquering, all-consuming Posleen has showed up, and the largely pacifist alien races of the Federation needs O'Neal worse than ever. Eye of the Storm reunites the Clan O'Neal with its leader, who for decades has lived with the false knowledge that his daughter Cally and his father were both dead; it also reintroduces characters from Watch on the Rhine and Yellow Eyes. Great book, but it's only the beginning of another desperate war where humanity forms the thin red line between an alien menace and the helpless Federation. Ringo does a great job of weaving together the secret wars of the Bane Sidhe against the Darhel, the Darhel against humanity, and humanity's mentats against their Indowy masters while not losing track of the bigger war...or the unfinished business with the Posleen. Strongly recommended if you liked any of the previous Ringo, Ringo/Cochrane and/or Ringo/Kratman books in this series.


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Aug. 12th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
This universe sounds interesting. What book should I start with?
Aug. 12th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
A Hymn Before Battle is the start of it all. You should be able to find it used in softcover online if your library doesn't have it, or I can loan you my copy.
Aug. 12th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Order of Reading
My Suggestion:

A Hymn Before Battle
Gust Front
When the Devil Dances
Watch on the Rhine*
Yellow Eyes*
Hell's Faire
Eye of the Storm
The Tuloriad

*These two can really fit anywhere after Gust Front, but Watch doesn't make as much sense until you see how screwed we are in WtDD.

Then Julie Cochrane's books in their own sequence followed by Mike and John's Hero. (Allegedly Hero is now non-canonical, but I'm not at all sure it has to be cut out.)


Tom Kratman
Aug. 12th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Order of Reading
Well, he ought to know. ;) (Kratman is co-author of Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes, and The Tuloriad, which comes out in October.)

My recommendation is slightly different. Do Hell's Faire right after When The Devil Dances, because they were originally intended to be one novel and WTDD ends with a cliffhanger. Then do the two side stories (WoTR and Yellow Eyes) and the Ringo/Cochrane novels that concentrate on the Bane Sidhe, Cally's War, Sister Time and Honor of the Clan, because -with all due respect to Mr. Kratman- while you can certainly jump straight from the Posleen War novels to Eye of the Storm, the latter will make a lot more sense if you read the Ringo/Cochrane novels about the secret war first.
Aug. 15th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Order of Reading
The reason I put watch where I did was that if you see the unknowable end in HF, then SS makes a lot less sense, whereas if you only see how desperate things are, and fit it in more or less chronologically, it makes more sense.

Matter o' taste, of course.


Aug. 15th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Order of Reading
Noted. Personally, I think if someone is too dumb to realize how horrible things are worldwide by the time When the Devil Dances happens, they're not going to get the point of Watch on the Rhine anyway and should be reading something less complicated, like, say, the Dick and Jane readers. I say this as somebody who didn't care much for WotR when I first read it, btw. Going back and rereading it at this point, though - because there are things referenced in Eye of the Storm that made me go "Wait, what?" - I'm finding there's more stuff there than I remember. Which is a Good Thing.
Aug. 14th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
would it be too rude to point out that your windshield situation
mirrors health care - if you had gotten the problem addressed
when it was just a little crack, it might have been solved by a cheaper
and easier procedure - the guys in the truck come out and fix it.

but, because you waited (for whatever your reason(s) were) it has
gotten worse, and now your vehicle is going to get to the point
where it has to go to the ER for the more expensive procedure, in
this case the complete replacement, which is a much more expensive
and risky and effort intensive operation.


Aug. 14th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
This had occurred to me but seemed too obvious for me to comment on.
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