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The Hero
by John Ringo and Michael Z. Williamson
Publisher: Baen Books

A Deranged Human Who Lives to Deal Death
Stalks an Alien Who Cannot Bear to Kill,
with the Galaxy's Future in the Balance.

Science Fiction Adventure in the Posleen War Universe from a New York Times Best-Selling Author and a New Star of Military Science Fiction.

It's a matter of trust.

For thousands of years the Darhel, a warrior species conditioned to be incapable of killing, manipulated and controlled the human race. Then the humans threw off their yoke and, as humans tend to do, attempted to exterminate them.

Now, for the first time, a Darhel has been assigned to the elite Deep Reconnaissance Team commandos.

Trust, in a small unit, is vital. And there was no trust to be had on either side.

But when the mission encountered an alien device worth more than a king's ransom, it was the humans who betrayed the trust.

Now the despised Darhel must race against the team's sniper to prevent the artifact falling into the wrong hands. The Darhel has empathic powers, superhuman strength and the speed of a cheetah. The sniper has years of experience and enormous ability. The sniper can kill. The Darhel cannot.

The fate of the galaxy and the human race for the next thousand years hangs in the balance and that balance rests on the shoulders of a Darhel.

The Hero has a thousand faces, but is one of them the face of an elf

Praise for the Science Fiction of John Ringo:

"If you want military Sf with a difference, read John Ringo . . . You'll get as much action as you could hope for. . . ."
—Eric Flint

"[Ringo's SF is] peopled with three-dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse."
—Library Journal

"Ringo has become one of the writers whose work I jump first to when books arrive. . . ."
—Philadelphia Weekly Press

". . . Ringo's penchant for describing military action has also grown exponentially . . . a sequel capable of standing on its own."
—Starlog

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

John Ringo is author of the New York Times best-selling Posleen War series which so far includes A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances (New York Times best seller), and Hell's Faire (New York Times best seller), and is the hottest new science fiction writer since David Weber. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction. He had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school.

Michael Z. Williamson, an 18-year veteran of the US Army and US Air Force, is a state-ranked competitive shooter in combat rifle and combat pistol. As with John Ringo, Williamson's military experience gives him the first-hand knowledge to bring an adventure yarn to vivid life and keep it moving at a breakneck pace. Williamson's first novel for Baen was Freehold (January 2004). He has also written three action-suspense novels in the Target: Terror series for Harper-Collins, which will publish One Shot, One Kill; Scope of Justice; and By the Book in 2004.

Published 6/1/2004
SKU: 074348827X
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. Matt on 10/2/2009, said:

It really didn't fit the rest of the series.
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2. Tom on 2/13/2009, said:

The first half of the book could have been half the length, the time wasted on character non-development and the technical and series continuity errors will make any fan of the Posleen series teeth itch. Once it got going, the second half of the story saved the book but it would have been better if Ringo and Williamson had written it as a stand-alone and had a better editor. A decent read.
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3. A. J. on 11/13/2008, said:

Enjoyed the interesting tidbits of information on Darhel physiology. I didn't care too much for the fight scenes though. They read like someone describing a video game or something. Not at all like the fight scenes in earlier novels in this series or in the Ghost series. I don't think Ringo wrote that part of the book, more's the pity.
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4. Daniel on 4/13/2008, said:

An excellent story, by two of my favorite writers. It's so far in the future compared to most of the Posleen universe stories that some of the most interesting bits of the story relate to what's happening with humanity (two different galactic empires, apparently) and discovering more about what makes the Darhel tick. It was also very interesting having a Darhel protagonist (as usually they are sort of sinister in the Posleen universe) and learning more about Darhel physiology provided some very interesting answers about why they are not more proactive in fighting their own battles. The betrayal in this story was a true shock, and the heroism of one of the human characters was quite stirring I thought. Also the Posleen are not even in this novel at all, except as a reference that some Posleen still exist. All in all, it made me want to read more novels set in this 'future Posleen' setting, so I could learn more about the Darhel and the state of the universe during this time. Also the 'Blobs', as the first half of the story revolves around this new threat that humanity is facing, and apparently humanity has been on the losing side of the conflict with these mysterious creatures. I would very much like to see more novels exploring this storyline, even though honestly this is so different than the rest of the Posleen novels that it might as well be it's own setting.
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5. David on 9/23/2007, said:

Its an ok book but I didn't care a lot about the characters. I admit I'm a character person and if the characters don't become alive or I don't like them then the story can't make up for it.
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6. William on 4/26/2007, said:

One of John Ringo's darker, more complex stories. Almost as dark as early David Drake, there are no "good guys" in this series. That said, it's a good story and addition to the Posleen universe. Great character development, just don't expect to like the characters.
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