A Hymn Before Battle

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A Hymn Before Battle
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Paperback cover
Author John Ringo
Country United States
Language English
Series Legacy of the Aldenata
Genre Military science fiction
Publisher Baen Books
Publication date
Media type Hardcover & paperback
Pages 467 pp
ISBN 978-0-671-31841-3
Followed by Gust Front (2001)

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[edit]

  • 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.


Library journal praised the "fast-paced action and acid humor".[1] Booklist praised it as "splendid if somewhat sprawling, but added "Critics may not give it the time of day".[2]


  1. ^ http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=0671319418/LJREVIEW.html&client=anarp
  2. ^ http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?isbn=0671319418/BLREVIEW.html&client=anarp