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The Hot Gate: Troy Rising III Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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Live Free or Die (Troy Rising)
Other reviewers have pointed out how the combat isn't combat-y enough for Ringo, so I won't bore you with a repeat of that very true observation. But I will mention that the lead character is an engineer specializing in shuttle maintenance. I'm very thankful for Bob, the guy that keeps the A/C, doors, lights, and plumbing working in my office building, but I don't think I'd ever pay to read a book about Bob's adventures trying to fit in with maintenance engineers of a different gender and ethnic heritage.
Comet Parker is no Cally O'Neal, but my need for more Cally doesn't mean that this is a bad book. It's not; it's actually better than just about anything else on the Sci-Fi new release shelf. The race relations stuff made me uncomfortable, but the overall story is fine, interesting even, and it moves the story forward to what better be an action packed conflict in book 4.
There's sufficient catch-up material included for those who didn't read the first two books in the trilogy, so I suppose this could be a stand-alone, but I'd recommend reading them sequentially.
5 stars for socio-cultural insight, forgiving the last few chapters, which in my opinion weren't quite up to par.
I wish there was a Troy Rising Book 4 :(
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I know John and I like him but I am really annoyed.
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Didn't I say you would like this one too?
Story line is solid with good twists.
Looking forward to book four and beyond, too