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Citadel Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2011
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The second entry in the best-selling Troy Rising saga and follow-up to Live Free or Die from multiple New York Times and USA Today bestseller John Ringo.
When the orbital gates first materialized in the outer solar system, all seemed well. And, lo, peaceful traders made first contactâso whatever came next couldn’t be so bad, could it? Yeah, it could. Very bad. Now humans have battled back from a Trojan-horse-like conquest by a tyrannical alien species to become a force to reckon with in the galaxy. On a crash-building course, we’ve built a near-impregnable battlestation of Deathstar proportions to prove it. But the enemy is remorseless and to survive we must take the fight to our attackers and prevail. Unfortunatley, the bones and burnt hulks of those who have tried litter the star-ways. But these galactic imperialists have never contended with humans, a foe who is their match in sheer ferocity and desire to win.
“Ringo is back with a rousing tale of derring-do in spaceâ¦[He] is as good as ever, giving the reader an epic space opera complete with grand vistas and large-scale numbers and keeping it humming withâ¦pungent writing, snappy characters, and gallows humor.”âBooklist
About previous series entry Live Free or Die:
“[I]nfused with plenty of old-fashioned two-fisted can-do attitude. . .”âPublishers Weekly
About John Ringo:“If Tom Clancy were writing SF, it would read much like John Ringo.”âPhiladelphia Weekly Press
“. . .Ringo’s lively action scenes and thorough knowledge of military subculture dynamics make enjoyable reading.”âPublishers Weekly
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John Ringo generally writes very well and I highly recommend him. This book is the exception that proves the rule, and a complete waste of time--unless you LIKE supposition and second-rate philosophy seasoned with inaction and insecurity. It seems like Ringo lost his way in the forest and couldn't find his way back home, on this one.
But, like I said--the exception to the rule--try his other works, they're great.
This is my third science fiction read, and I'm about to embark on the third and last book of this trilogy. It was recommended to me by a seasoned sci-fi reader, and another friend of the kind read it before I got around to and also enjoyed it. If you're into fiction, why not give "science" a go?
5 stars for the pleasure. It deserves some more proof reading to clear out a few typos and I wouldn't mind more punctuation, but heck, I'll let it fly!
Hope you see her again.
Think you are on the same level as Heinlein.
Wish you would write another in the ghost series, but Troy rising is a very good series as well. Both reinterate the problems of political intereferance in problems that can have a technical force solution.