no magic, no witches, no dragons, no fantasy, just good science fiction well told
a feeling of anticipation
ringo's opinion re. of the warrior "class" . his opinion of government officials.
There are some hilarious moments in this book, I'm talking laughing-to-tears funny. Lots of interesting technology, explained in great detail---a bit much at times, but mostly entertaining. Not a lot of action. Not that that diminishes this book; it's just not a posleen war story. There are plenty of things going on in this book though (eg, astronomical science experiments), and at fast pace. I expect there will be more action in the next book, which I look forward to.
I would rank him under Heinlein, but equal to Scott Card. I am a libertarian, so I'll agree to about 80% of the politics, however, this is the novel that Heinlein would have wrote if he had an IQ 20 points lower. Having said that, I loved this book, and will definitely get more of his books, either on tape or in hard copies! A lot of really cool ideas, starting with the implants, and the battle station. Wonderful, interesting science fiction, but the problem is that a lot of right wing wishful thinking is the thing that drives this plot. Anyone ever see the results of trickle down economics? No, neither have I. Now I did not find a story about Aliens who bring a stargate to the planet and get drunk off of Maple syrup, Preposterous, but the fact that the central character, who is a former IT guy who works five jobs and is a Sci-Fi comic book writer and publisher on the weekends, who becomes a billionaire over night, that, I am afraid is what I found Preposterous! But All in All, it is fascinating Sci-Fi, if you can handle the Right wing, Knee jerk conclusions, and the Oh the Conquering aliens, conveniently giving us 10 years to arm ourselves and build our own space ships, then its ok. Listen, writing is hard,and an Author has to find answers to plot problems, and problems in a story just don't solve themselves. It nice if things happen, the way you would like them to, or would wish to, but the plot must have some believability to be something that has a degree of integrity.
Yes, Loved a lot of the ideas!
Really great descriptions, and cool ideas, like the machine that replicates all kinds of stuff, including space ships, missiles, mining equipment, etc.
It was a great performance, but if he was trying to do a southern accent for the central character, he kinda missed the mark.
I will definitely get more of his books, I look forward to them.
Mark Boyett narrative and delivery of the book was excellent. His impersonation of different characters was amazing. Definitely recommend the audible version.
Simple but not stupid beginning, Scale kept getting bigger and bigger. Lots of practicle info, realistic physics and not-too-tough math to keep things plausible. Great for those of us that actually do build things. Metalurgy for the masses!
When you realize just how big and tough the Troy is.
Easy to keep trak of all the characters, never silly or over the top.
Atlas Shrugged the Death Star.
Best Sci Fi I've heard since the first Dune. Starts small and keeps getting bigger, bigger biggest!
This is a great book as it remindes me of Heinlein with the political commentary crossed with occational Douglas Adams type humor.
I really like the main character, Trevor, as he has a southerner's view point that cuts to the meat of any situation with a critical view of the buracracy of business and government.
The naration is great and it is one of the few books I heard that made me laugh several times on the reading.
The next two books in the trilogy are also good, but this one was my favotite.
I read for fun, multiple genre's. I review from a normal person perspective, not a fancy critic analyzing every nuance and writing style.
I was caught from the first few pages. I am not a scientist or military person so I wasn't looking for the real and realistic from those points of view. I am just looking for a good, entertaining story to take me somewhere else for awhile. Ringo delivers. His characters are full of life, the story moves along and is fun and dramatic at the same time. I didn't feel like I was reading a military novel. The science fiction is believable and not outrageous. I couldn't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
Live Free or Die is a slowburn. I can understand that John Ringo had to set up the rest of the trilogy but there were whole sections which felt unnecessary and if I was completely honest, Live Free or Die feels as though it should have been backstory for the story to actually start in the second novel in the series (Citadel??).
I appreciate that the author did a lot of research to enable him to have the science down for the story but sometimes this information should be kept by the author instead of being turned into a novel and pushed out the door.
Tyler Vernon (or was it Vernon Tyler? The name was shifted around so many times I got confused whether it was his first name or surname) wasn't a particularly enjoyable character to read. The man has anger issues dating back to the American Civil War and maybe he was only a mouthpiece for Ringo to put his own political view into the novel. Either way I didn't particularly enjoy reading about the politics.
Let's be honest, the Troy is nothing more than the Death Star and Ringo acknowledges this fact during the novel as well at one point. And there's a reason why Geoge Lucas (who has made many mistakes during his constant changes to Star Wars) doesn't show us the Empire building the Death Star --> it's boring.
What a breath of fresh air. Mr. Ringo writes a great story in the Heinlein tradition and he is, unlike the likes of greats Stephen King and Greg Bear, upfront and open in his fiction writting concerning his political views. It is so very nice not to get a Stephen King or Greg Bear style sucker punch directed at conservatives in the middle of a good story. Either writers (and movies makers) should avoid making political insults against half the population of the U.S. or be upfront in their storyline as John Ringo is.
Great Sci-Fi epic about what if aliens came to earth and what they would do. The action is good, the characters are interesting. The plot is entertaining and engrossing. The main character is believable as a very resourceful “normal” American. The portrayal of governments and bureaucracies not able to deal effectively with the Aliens is spot on.