After five years of battling invaders, human civilization prepares a strike to drive the aliens from the Earth. But the Clan-Lord of the Sten has learned from the defeats human have dealt him, and has his own battle plan. When he squares off against Major Michael O’Neal, the only winner will be Satan himself. . . .
This is actually a review of both When the Devil Dances and Hell’s Faire as one book which really is how the author meant it to be. He meant to write one book but got writers block by the 9/11 event so it was released as two books. Indeed, Hell’s Faire picks up seamlessly where When the Devil Dances leaves of so once should really read them as one. Thus I review them as one.
This book series have improved greatly from the first book in the series. This one is pretty much a pure combat story with only a minimum amount of political nonsense. It is not only about Mighty Mike and his Marines but also a lot about some heavy armor and the crew. And I mean heavy! The crew of the big bad…thing…calls everything else “crunchies”…and that includes Abrams tanks!
As usual John Ringo’s combat descriptions are very enjoyable to read and as a whole this combined book was well worth its money.
The one gripe I have is that it ends without much of a conclusion. Sure the good guys both survive and win but only the battle, not the war. The ending is very “to be continued…” like but from what I understand there is not really a logical follow up written. The next book in the story has nothing to do with the Posleen War. There are a couple of more books that have something to do with the war but they are more side-stories about individual persons. I want to read about the Posleen being kicked back to their home planet and the Darhel getting their schemes and plots blown up into their faces but no such book seems to have been made.