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Book 3 of 3 in the Troy Rising Series

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Multiple USA Today and New York Times best-seller John Ringo is the creator of the landmark Posleen Wars military science fiction series which includes blockbuster When the Devil Dances,  stand-alone near-future technothriller The Last Centurion, the Ghost military action-adventure novels, and two previous novels in the Troy Rising series. Ringo is also the co-author of several series including the popular Prince Roger SF saga with David Weber.  A veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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  • Series: Troy Rising
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638189
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a professional author of... Well, I used to say "science fiction." Then came There Will Be Dragons, which is sf with a distinct fantasy twist. Then came Ghost which is techno-thriller crossed with porn. Then came Princess of Wands, a Christian soccer mom battling demons through the power of God. Who knows what's next? Children's books? (I've actually got that one mapped out. You see, there's this girl who is raised by dolphins... You think I'm joking, don't you?)

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By G. Peter Wityk on May 5, 2011
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I loved the first two books in the series. I merely liked this one. I pre-ordered in anticipation of finishing it in one night. It lasted 3 which is a telling comment. The theme of the series continues. You in general get what you expect from a Ringo book. But, a quote from Tyler Vernon is telling. Paraphrasing it, he says, "I wanted to be a star trader exploring the galaxy. I got this instead." I think that this is Ringo telling us that he wanted to tell one story but the characters developed a life of their own and a direction that he might not have wanted them to take.

I'm sure that there was a point to the first half of the book where Dana 'Comet' Parker is adjusting to another culture, deals with Latin machismo and psychoanalyzes a recalcitrant AI. I'm just not smart enough or prescient enough to figure out what it was. It suddenly seemed to drop away when or perhaps shortly before the battle started. I imagine that I will find out in the next book or two. Because, in spite of other reviewers expecting a trilogy, I fully expect several more in the series.

This book seems to be more a place holder and a clearing of the stage for the next book or two ( or more ). There are plenty of bad guys still out there waiting to be sent to perdition, a lot of galaxy to explore and more adventures to have. Remember, it is John Ringo writing. This is not dull or boring; just an unexpected direction. And, even though the battle seems to be more a David Weber style battle ( I shoot hundreds of thousands of missiles, get a bad roll and X% of them hit - i.e. the game designer shows up instead of the action/adventure writer ) than a typical Ringo action sequence, it does hold my attention. You are going to have to read it so that you understand what comes next.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Grognard on May 7, 2011
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Hot Gate is merely adequate. It suffers primarily by comparison with the two earlier books in this series. Troy Rising was good, and Citadel was marvelous fun, particularly with its delightfully frazzled bad guy (Rangoran) intelligence analysts caught between feuding factions among their superiors. I hope we see more of them in the next book.

Hot Gate's other problem is that John Ringo's readers expect lots of ***-kicking action from him, and this book focused on how true fighting power is created, as opposed to its use. I.e., many readers find Dana's travails whipping her squadron into shape on the battle station Thermopylae to be too much information, which is rather like objecting to the training scenes in _The Corps_ series by W.E.B. Griffin.

Hot Gate is decent military science-fiction.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By gtexas784 on January 15, 2012
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This is the third book in a series. "Live Free or Die" is the first. "Citadel" is the second, which overlaps the first book and the third book a tiny bit. These books are good reads. Like many of the other reviewers have commented, "The Hot Gate" ends with the story at a convenient stopping point, but with lots of loose ends. If Ringo doesn't write another book in the series to provide a better conclusion, I say we get the pitchforks and rope and schedule a meeting with Mr. Ringo. "The Hot Gate" is a good read. I particularly like the battle story at the end where the momentum shifts back and forth as each side reveals more of its capabilities and plans in one of those battles that historians will study for ages because it marks a turning point for the future. That's why I and others are waiting for the sequel to this book, which ends with the battle. I would like to see where Ringo will take the story of what happens after this battle. The entire series is about how humanity deals with the problem of aliens showing up in our star system with more advanced technology than what humanity has. Earth has to pay tribute to aliens, but has nothing of interest to the aliens to make the payments with (a feudalist interstellar society). Earth has to somehow get control of its high orbitals back and maintain control, or it will never be free. The first three books cover how that might happen, with even a little humor thrown in now and then because life is like that. The series examines the impact of stellar economies competing with each other, the role of diplomacy in getting ethnic groups to cooperate with each other (human and alien), the efficiency of polical organizations, the impact of capitalism, etc.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By susan k culkar on September 4, 2011
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I was surprised and disappointed in reading others' reviews of John's books. A three star reveiw because the book disses political correctness? You must be joking.

The books is written by John Ringo, remember? You have to expect his POV will color the plot and characters. The guy has no respect for political correctness, or excuses that "remember the culture they come from" will or should trump "do the job right". Someday I want my sons to read his books, so they become better men. As Kipling was for the British Empire, so John is for the USA.

The Hot Gate a great sequel to the other two books in his series. The characters are wonderfully drawn, humor is certainly present, and the plot moves apace. I gulped it down in a night, then went back to re-read the two other books in the series before coming back again. I just wish the next book in the series has a publication date, so I can pre-order.
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