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Against the Tide (Council Wars)

by John Ringo

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This series is an imaginative page-turner marred by some not-even-thinly-veiled politics and a weirdly adolescent take on sex. Nevertheless, Ringo has a great grasp on military techniques, culture, and history that makes me forgive him. I still think men would probably enjoy this more than I did, since they wouldn't have to keep overlooking his, I have to say, offensiveness. ( )
  hjjugovic | Apr 17, 2011 |
This is the third book in the Council Wars series. This book covers the long promised invasion by New Destiny forces, as well as Megan's continued life in the harem. This book has a theme of incompetence in command, which is quite similar to some of Ringo's other books, such as A Hymn Before Battle and Gust Front. It is not fine literature, but it is a fun read and the characters are likeable.

http://www.stillhq.com/book/John_Ringo/Against_The_Tide.html ( )
  mikal | Mar 9, 2011 |
If you haven't read the short story at the conclusion of Emerald Sea, that would be a good place to start. Harem girls, a bit more politics, and a poorly run navy lead to a decisive UFS victory, but one battle doesn't win the war.

Vintage Ringo, but with a few less typos than earlier installments. ( )
  SunnySD | Mar 15, 2010 |
Third book in the Council Wars series. Rather a disappointment. Seemed like a complete rehash of the first book. Towards the end a rather bizarre and completely unnecessary discussion of dom/sub sex practices was thrown in. This knocked it from three to two and a half stars. Still the pages turned and I was on balance entertained. Guess I shouldn't complain too much, even though this will doubtless soon fade into my memory as indistinguishable from a 100 or so other books like it. ( )
  worldsedge | Feb 13, 2007 |
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In the distant future, the world was a paradise-and then, in a moment, it was ended by the first war in centuries. People who had known godlike power, to whom hunger and pain were completely unknown, desperately scrabbled to survive. As the United Free States, the bastion of freedom and center of opposition to the tyrants of New Destiny, prepared for the long-feared invasion by the Changed legions of Ropasa, Edmund Talbot realized that bureaucratic ineptitude and overconfidence was setting the USF naval forces of ships and dragons up for a disastrous defeat at sea. His fears came true, and the destruction of the fleet seemingly left the UFS open for a full scale invasion. But Talbot had new concepts and strategies ready to put into effect, along with new technical innovations from his brilliant engineer. He survived an assassination attempt and quickly assembled a formidable land force combining cavalry, longbowmen, Roman style legions, and dragons for airborne assault. The fascist forces of New Destiny thought that their war was all but concluded, and world domination within their grasp. Edmund Talbot was ready to show them just how wrong they were. . . .

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In the follow-on from 'There Will Be Dragons' and 'Emerald Sea', the United Free States confront an imminent full-scale invasion by the Changed legions of Roposa and the fascist forces of New Destiny, unless Edmund Talbot can muster new innovations, combined with new concepts and strategies, to repel them.… (more)

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