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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 35 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: February 16, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0038NLWQC
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Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One Audiobook – Unabridged
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I found the space-tech to be fascinating, well thought through by the author and believable. He creates a vision of alien culture with hard edges to constrain the action of the characters, the various alien species act only within their natural limits. They are not super beings. They are however very dangerous beings with a much advanced technology and not the least concern for human kind.
As we might expect from the title Ringo has the very nature of freedom as one of his recurring philosophical threads through out the book. But more and better are his explorations of American political culture. He puts an alien microscope on our political 'tribes' and savagely dissects them. Not everyone will agree with his analysis but everyone will get a shot at clarity from these pages.
And Ringo does pay off in terms of high speed action and vast battles. He is well known for his depictions of fighting, battle and general violence and it does not come short of his reputation here.
I recently re-read the whole series, I liked it so much. "Live Free of Die" is entertaining at a high level and also has a good message about human liberty.
When aliens put a transportation gate in L2 orbit near the Earth and say that anyone can use it for a fee. We can't get to it without better space technology - but aliens can. The planet is held hostage when the Horvath come through and demand tribute in order to save the earth from their orbital bombardment. Earth is a back-water planet with limited technology and nothing to offer other than all our heavy metals - all of which are now going to the Horvath.
One man has the ideas and the drive to get the Horvath off our necks and the human race into space - this time to stay.
Even his Christian female heroine book had 10 times more excitement. Not one of his better stories but still not bad.
The plot is a bit "predictable"... not in the sense of lacking originality, but in that Ringo sets things up enough that there isn't much in the way of things you don't see coming. However, the book is so thoroughly delightful in every other way that you won't hardly mind, and may not even notice until after you put it down.
For whoever read and liked the books written by (in no particular oder)...
Jay Allan (sci-fi)
James S.A.Corey (sci-fi)
Charles Stross (sci-fi/horror/fantasy)
Jack Campbell (sci-fi)
Jim Butcher (fantasy)
Tom Holt (in the particular case of "Blonde Bombshell")
John Scalzi (sci-fi)
Richard Kadrey (fantasy)
(a little bit of Iain M. Banks)
....this series of books is again a MUST.
In the case of John Ringo I like particularly the target-driven but at the same time open-minded and balanced/professional mindset/attitude of the characters. Not to forget the very interesting scientific details.
I'm kind of struggling to find the right words here to describe the whole thing - just give it a try with a sample and if you like it then you won't regret buying the whole series.