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A Hymn Before Battle

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Language  English
Publication date  2000
Pages  467 pp
Originally published  2000
Followed by  Gust Front
Publisher  Baen Books

Series  Legacy of the Aldenata
Media type  Hardcover & paperback
ISBN  978-0-671-31841-3
Author  John Ringo
Genre  Military science fiction
Country  United States of America
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Similar  John Ringo books, Military science fiction books, Space opera books

A Hymn Before Battle is the first book in John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series. Earth is introduced to extraterrestrial life by the Galactics, who tell the leaders of the World that an invasion by another alien race, the Posleen, is coming. Earth's military forces are made available to the Galactics in exchange for technology to help stop the onslaught, but it is unclear just who can be trusted as the invasion nears.



The title recalls Rudyard Kipling's poem Hymn Before Action, which is quoted extensively throughout the book.

Major characters

  • Bob Duncan, Staff Sergeant Chief Fire Direction Controller for the 2nd Battalion 325th Infantry Heavy Mortar section
  • Jack Horner, Lieutenant General, commander Joint Special Operations Command
  • Jacob "Jake the Snake" Mosovich, Command Sergeant Major Special Forces
  • David Mueller, Sergeant First Class, Special Forces
  • Michael O'Neal, Web designer and former Sergeant. Recalled to develop technology and tactics to deal with the alien threat.
  • Sharon O'Neal, wife of Michael and former Naval Officer.
  • Earnest Pappas, Master Gunnery Sergeant USMC (Ret.)
  • Himmit Rigas, representative of his race to humans
  • Jimmy Stewart, PFC Fleet Strike and former gang member
  • Tulo’stenaloor, First Order Battlemaster of the Sten Po’oslena’ar.
  • Reviews

    Library journal praised the "fast-paced action and acid humor". Booklist praised it as "splendid if somewhat sprawling, but added "Critics may not give it the time of day".


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