Despite actually having an interesting story, the novel is just intolerably Fox News-y political. It creates straw-men of city life from a "the South shall rise again" deluded perspective of individualism. Ayn Rand would be proud of the protagonist.
If you have a different world view than Sean Hannity, you will find it offensive.
I had high hopes for this book but was a little disappointed. 75% of this book is about an entrepeneur taking advantage of opportunities in syrup and space mining. Only 25% of the book really dealt with the aliens at all and even then, we only got to discover a few races and some bland facts - none of which helped him fight the aliens. The main character was pretty dry and the author intentionally left family members out of the story which could have easily been used for tension or motivation. The book's idea has definite appeal, but the author's inability to capitalize on it left me wanting. I think Mr. Ringo needs to reboot this book and focus more on the alien relationship, spend more time in space, more tension and plot movement and allow the aliens to develop better.
kill all the city folks? i said it to save the city but i meant it anyway.plenty of this type of garbage.i hate the government,politicians,big city people.only small type folksy folk know how to be Americans type of talk.::history rewrite alert::the civil war wasn't about slavery but the south's ability to trade with england.yep.plenty here for the right non thinker tell me what to say and think listener.
I do appreciate the conservative views and interesting twists of political insight, but a little bit too much theoretical science and too little action. Because it's Johnny Ringo, I gave it 3 stars. I guess I was spoiled by the Prince Roger and Aldenata series. The main character was pretty savvy, but I couldn’t get over the fact that the aliens acted too human. I’ll pass on book 2 unless there is a serious drought in good sci-fi.
I liked John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata. In that series, we saw the author's conservative views but they were part of the story. In this book the same views are preachy and shallow. The book wants to be a young republican's fantasy: Blowing stuff up, speeches on the virtues of conservatism, and blondes in heat (yes, that's correct, blondes in heat.)
I'll save you some time. Here's the book:
talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk action talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk conservatives=heroes talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk talk asteroids talk talk talk talk mirrors talk talk talk liberals=cowards talk talk talk talk action talk talk talk talk talk action talk talk talk talk talk.
Live Free or Die will, or at least should, make the average reader cringe. Ringo's work is full of thinly veiled assaults on liberals, persons of color, women, and the poor. This book is less science fiction than it is white power wish fulfillment.The story is simple: aliens invade and only "Free Trader" Tyler Vernon can stop them, if only the government, women, people of color, and the poor will get out of his way. He gets some help though in the form of alien attacks which wipe out large portions of the above listed obstacles. Except the women, especially the blonde ones. Those are infected by a retro-virus that alters their biology to put them in heat. Yes, Ringo creates horny blondes in order to repopulate the earth.In summation, if you like to spend your weekends at Klan rallies, this is the book for you. I hope you choke on it.
No, but I will never read another piece of trash from Ringo again.
Not bad, good character differentiation.
Just the beginning, middle and end.
I'm a recently retired software engineer, enjoying life in the great northwest, after emigrating from southern CA. Audiobooks are a godsend!
The author's strong right-wing orientation made this book absolutely insufferable for me. I have rarely abandoned any of the books I have purchased, but this one put a bad taste in my mouth more quickly than any other. I have not submitted such an unfavorable review before, and was delighted at Audible's gracious policy to allow me to return it. I certainly don't want it lingering in my library any longer, lest I should accidentally contemplate reading it again!
I gave up on this book about half-way through. There's 7 billion people on the world, but only our conservative red-blooded American hero has the connections and wit to initiate a trading relationship with a visiting alien civilization? Not really swayed by that, but ok, I'll suspend my disbelief. But then there's all this self-righteous political posturing by the author, over and over, thinly disguised by the main character's soliloquy's. One of those examples of something so bad that at first you want to think it's satire, so you stick with it, and then realize that, no, someone actually does think they can get away with that crap.
That was two strikes, but I still stuck with it! There's some fun bits, some interesting plot turns, and some ok science. But then there's this point where the main character and his friends start talking about the mechanics of space flight and asteroid mining and nothing happens at all. It's just made no sense. I mean, sure maybe the science was good, but it wasn't interesting, and it more seemed an opportunity for the author to show off how much research and thought he'd put into this issue. It's also kind of obnoxiously presented by the main character in a way that makes that main character look like he's 100% smarter than everyone else, so he loses any readerly sympathy very quickly.
Most of the characters are not characters, just caricatures: the fat bearded nerds, the earthy, xenophobic New England old-timer, blah blah blah. Didn't see any female characters to speak of. Maybe they were in the second half.
The reader was quite good, I'd never heard him before, and I thought he did a great job of assuming many different voices, and of switching around between them all. I'm going to look for more that the reader's done, but probably not John Ringo again, ever. In any format. Ptui.
This had the makings of a pretty cool sci-fi story, and I gave it a shot thinking that the political 'soapboxing' couldn't be as bad some people were making out. Unfortunately it was. At times the Libertarian and right-wing views were SO heavy handed that it actually took away from the story.