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Eye of the Storm.

John Ringo; EYE OF THE STORM; Baen Books (Speculative) $0.00 ISBN: 9781439132739

The latest entry in John Ringos Posleen War series reunites family members in a common cause against an enemy more deadly than the Posleen.

General Michael O'Neal is taken prisoner and his entire Fleet Strike ACS unit-20000 troops-is wiped out on the orders of the Darhel aliens who although allied with humans against the Posleen hide a secret of corruption and manipulation. ONeal has discovered humans on the planet R-1496 Delta; the Darhel want that hidden. But they've failed to reckon on the toughness and talents of O'Neal and his daughters Cally and Michelle and their willingness to unite against a common enemy-particularly if there's a chance to overthrow the Darhel.

New readers may be a bit lost here and there in references to events in earlier books. But overall this is fast-paced military science fiction with enough weapons espionage and strategy to satisfy everyone.

Ringo throws in all sorts of action: the ins and outs of treachery on the part of the Darhel; a kangaroo court hearing that sentences O'Neal to fifty years in prison; a mentat-assisted rescue; the assimilation of a rejuvenated SS Generalfeldmarschall (yes that SS) and his surviving troops including many of Jewish ancestry into a new attack force against the new enemy; and the transformation of a WWII heavy cruiser the USS Des Moines into a starship/dreadnought that's a match for just about anything the enemy can throw at it.

There's also the added complication of sohon a mental power bordering on magic and the human and Indowy mentats. These practitioners of sohon must question everything they stand for and decide whether they can-or should-use sohon to defeat the Hedren a new enemy race that uses its own version of sohon to control conquered species and change reality.

The Des Moines by the way has a human "avatar" named Daisy Mae thanks to a Darhel AID-a device that allows communication anywhere any time but which is designed to be loyal to the Darhel. Each AID has a personality but the Des Moines AID freed itself from Darhel domination resulting in a personality that perhaps owes as much to a sohon-like force as to technology.

New and old readers will find the title something of a misnomer: "There is strife within the tempest / But calm in the eye of the storm. . ." That said they'll be well pleased that this is so. (July)

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