The Hero

The Hero

2.6 10
by John Ringo, Michael Z. Williamson

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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


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.

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Legacy of the Aldenata , #5
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Meet the Author

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.

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Hero 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Aelius More than 1 year ago
I read all of John Ringo's 'Posleen War' books, and loved every one of them. THIS book was a big disappointment to me. The trouble is, it is marketed as `Military Fiction' and it takes place in a military environment, but it is definitely a CHARACTER STUDY, not Military Fiction as most people would define it. Set in the same general universe as the `Posleen' series, but at some unspecified future date, it is about an alien `The Hero' who works with a Human Combat Team. They are sent on a Recon mission. Lots of strife, tough environment, but no significant combat. Then, VERY late in the book, we get some combat action, mostly between "The Hero" and a renegade human. Mano a Mano on a wild, dangerous alien planet. Big deal. You can guess the rest. I give it 2 stars, because it was technically well written, and Ringo certainly seems to understand military characteristics, but I REALLY think I am being generous. I don't think it will appeal very much to the `target audience.' It didn't satisfy ME. If I am going to read military fiction, I want strife and battles and bravery and cowardice in a larger context, and I want it to mean something. This book just seemed like they were exploring character relationships for future books in the series. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then go for it. Personally, I felt cheated.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the Posleen series Hero was a tremendous let down. This story never gets going a whole book devoted to a Sniper stalking and being stalked. One chapter maximum would cover it. Don't waste your money on this one. Too bad there is no 0 star rating.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
Overall, I liked it. Where the previous novels in the series were solid 4 to 4.5, this was more like a 3.5 to a weak 4. While the first part of the story introducing all of the characters was OK, it seemed a little slow going. Things picked up once the team got inserted on the planet, but it didn't really get good until the betrayal and stalk. I feel like I've read the stalking sequence, at least in part, before. But, I'm not sure where, perhaps John Ringo or Michael Z. Williamson put out a short story similar to it? Set a thousand years in the future, I felt like I was missing some part of the story. I liked the characters, wish Gun Doll and Ferret could have made it all the way through. The resolution of the hunt was fairly predictable. Decent book, but not quite as strong as the others. Definitely worth the read if you liked the previous novels, but not something to start with. The eBook was formatted fine with no obvious spelling/grammar errors. Thanks to Baen for the F r e e Library and promotional CDs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because I was looking for a fast, fun read that would not require too much out of me. This book meets that requirement well, but so do many others. I would recommend this book to you if: (1) you were looking for a fast read; (2) like stories about a smart, capable hero on the run for their life against seemingly impossible odds; (3) don't mind having some sci-fi elements thrown in on top of a story that may actually be more interesting than the story itself; and (4) don't need to be immersed in a world / get to know characters / where you will really care what happens next. The plot of the book - and I'm not giving away here more than you can derive from the cover - is that a stealth mission to a hostile planet discovers a powerful artifact that splits the team into competing factions who are in a race against time to control it. Positives. What I do like about the book is that it was reasonably fast paced - in the first half of the book because characters and technologies are being introduced, and in the second half because of the direct, and deadly, competition between the characters to control the artifact. The use of military technology, motivation (albeit simple), and capabilities of the characters are clearly laid out. Negatives. The narrative switches from one type of book - a group on a mission - to another type - two characters in direct deadly conflict - about halfway through. The transition is expected (you read the cover after all!) but still jarring. The resolution of the conflict at the end of the book is pretty much as you would expect (after all, the bad guy, while competent, is always clearly bad), but at the end the appearance of a random third party does let one of the key characters off the hook when they are backed into an impossible situation. Conclusion. A reasonably interesting book - I did after all read the whole thing. You have to be in the right mood to read it though. Several interesting scientific, military and cultural elements are introduced that could have been followed up on in more detail and with more consistency. Note. This is the first John Ringo book I have read, so I am not sure that I "get him" as an author yet. I did however, based on this book, go pick up a Michael Williamson book ("The Weapon") to try next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A novel concept for the storyline but alluding to many things not yet written (possibly other books??). I would have expected other books prior to this one for basis and tie-ins. Compared to other books in the world of the Posleen, this was rather simplistic containing only one story line. Characters were not developed to the depth of previous offerings - without the overleaf, would not know who the central character is until well into the book. My expectations based on the premise made as to places and times, I found that there was less than expected change or growth/progress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Ringo is one of my favorite authors. I was disappointed in the characters, events and ending of this book. The main character was a Darhel from the previous series (Gust Front, Hymn Before Battle, etc) so we got to learn some interesting information about them and that was neat. But I guess I like my space opera standard, not focusing on the negative. Good plot and cast of characters, I just did not like what they did with them and where they were going. The ending seemed like they realized they must tie up the book so, and so surprise! bam! which could have happened anywhere in the story, just seemed convenient that it happened there. If you like dark characters and plot twist zingers, this is well written but just not for me. More like previous please!