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The Hot Gate (Troy Rising) Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012
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About the Author
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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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.
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As for his UN-PC comments about South Americans: Yeah somewhat cartoonish, but having lived there . . . based on fact as well. Anyway, still don't see where 300 pages can be devoted to Comet's interactions with them. She is fun and likeable character, but really? 300 pages?
When he did get to the battle I had so anticipated it was fragmented and more `grand Weber overview' than Ringo. Did he open up his universe to others and someone ghosted this one?
I'll give him another chance, as I have loved his other books, but so far in this series. . . I loved the first, thought the second was good, and merely like this one. Three stars.
I found it extremely entertaining. It has a major focus on character interactions and cultural interactions. The dialogue does move well and I have lost sleep reading it. It also keeps you guessing as to what is going to come next.
The book is consistent with the previous books in that it does spend development time dealing with the characters and their interactions with each other and with the AIs.
This is a strong entry in the series and the series is as strong as his other series.
Definitely worth the time to read, even if all you want is the action.
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Story line is solid with good twists.
Looking forward to book four and beyond, too