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When the Devil Dances
by John Ringo
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
Copyright © 2002 by John Ringo
All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.
A Baen Books Original
Baen Publishing Enterprises
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Cover art by Patrick Turner
First printing, April 2002
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Ringo, John, 1960–
When the Devil dances / John Ringo
1. Human-alien encounter—Fiction. I. Title.
PS3568.I577 W47 2002
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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Production by Windhaven Press, Auburn, NH
Printed in the United States of America
Thomas Burnett, 38, father of three,
and all the other warriors of flight 93.
They died that others might live.
Call me not false, beloved,
If, from your scarce-known breast
So little time removed,
In other arms I rest.
For this more ancient bride,
Whom coldly I embrace,
Was constant at my side
Before I saw thy face.
Live, then, whom Life shall cure,
Almost, of Memory,
And leave us to endure
Epitaphs of the War
Baen Books by John Ringo
A Hymn Before Battle
When the Devil Dances
with David Weber:
March to the Sea
Posleen Invasion Timeline
October 9, 2004
First Landing Five Globes: Landings: Fredericksburg, Central Africa, S.E. Asia, Uzbekistan.
July 28, 2005
First Wave 62 Globes: Primary Landings: East Coast North America, Australia, India.
August 15, 2005
Last Transmission: Australian Defense Command, Alice Springs.
April 12, 2006
Second Wave 45 Globes: Primary Landings: China, South America, West Coast N.A., Middle East, S.E. Asia.
May 14, 2006
Last Transmission: Chinese Red Army, Xianging.
May 28, 2006
Last Transmission: Turkic Alliance, Jalalabad.
June 18, 2006
Last Transmission: Combined Indochina Command, Angkor Wat.
December 19, 2006
Last Transmission: Allies of the Book, Jerusalem.
January 23, 2007
Battle of L3: Loss of Supermonitor Lexington, Task Fleet 4.2.
February 17, 2007
Battle of Titan Base.
March 27, 2007
Third Wave 73 Globes: Landings: Europe, North Africa, India II, South America II.
April 30, 2007
Last Transmission: Islamic Defense Forces, Khartoum.
July 5, 2007
Last Transmission: Indian Defense Force, Gujarrat.
August 25, 2007
Last Transmission: Forces of Bolivar, Paraguay.
September 24, 2007
First Battle of Irmansul: Loss of Supermonitor Enterprise, Yamato, Halsey, Lexington II, Kuznetsov, Victory, Bismarck. Task Fleets 77.1, 4.4, 11.
December 17, 2007
Second Battle of Earth: Loss of Supermonitor Moscow, Honshu, Mao. Task Fleet 7.1, 4.1, 14.
December 18, 2007
Fourth Wave 65 Globes: Primary Landings: China II, East Coast North America II, Europe II, India III.
March 14, 2008
Last Transmission: European Union Forces, Innsbruck.
August 28, 2008
Fifth Wave 64 Globes: Primary Landings: West Coast North America II, East Coast North America III, Russia, Central Asia, South Africa, South America III.
September 17, 2008
Last Transmission: Grand African Alliance, Pietermaritzburg.
October 12, 2008
Last Transmission: Red Army, Nizhny Novgorod.
October 21, 2008
Official Determination: No coherent field forces outside of North America.
November 14, 2008
Second Battle of Irmansul: Loss of Supermonitor Lexington III, Yamato II, Task Fleet 14.
December 1, 2008
Senate Select Committee classified report: Earth Human Population Estimate 1.4 billion Posleen Population Estimate: In excess of 12 billion.
May 26, 2009
Last operational Posleen force destroyed on Irmansul.