wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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inspection headaches

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.
Tags: books, domestic stuff

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