En Dieu Ma Foy
Welcome to the New Age of warfare. Welcome to Troy!
What happens when you build a two trillion ton battlestation? They will come. John Ringo is back with the eccentric trillionaire Tyler Vernon and his newest invention to save human space. This time it's not just Maple Syrup and big solar array mirrors, it's the largest battlestation ever created. It looks like it's just in time too, as now it's not just the Horvath that want a piece of Terran Proper. The Rangora have decided that they are tired of playing second fiddle and go to war. From the reports it looks like the Rangora have wiped out the Glatun and are now gunning for the newest members of the space age. Will Troy be enough? Can it stand, unlike it's predecessor? Or will this be another Iliad with a Rangoran Achilles conquering a human Hector?
Mark Boyett does a fantastic job continuing the Troy Rising series. Vocal thespianism at it's best.
Book 2 and 3 of this series have been really disappointing. Book 1 was a fun story of one unlikely hero's rise to defend a planet. The latter two pick up fairly uninteresting characters that go almost nowhere, accomplishing almost nothing, while certain details of the first book get wrapped up in a seemingly inevitable way. Quite disappointing.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
you have to smile when they say that in the book "Good Troy" :)
this book is so awesome that you have the feeling and dream of being there with them... its really good... you have to buy it .... its amazing... one of the best series i listen to.
This second book in the Troy Rising series is great. The author changes the pace up a bit by introducing new characters and prospective while maintaining the older prospective of some of the characters from the first book. Still, it isn't confusing like other books but rather is very well written. I highly recommend this series.
Another decent installment, however,this series ends I disaster. You have been warned! Ringo starts off so strong with great ideas and then must get bored.
The production values on this recording are beyond bad. Half way through a paragraph the quality of the sound will change so dramatically that it kicks you out of the story and you have to spend extra attention pretending that it's the same character.
Come on guys, set up a sound room next time.
I'm an instructor in the business college at a university in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy hard scifi and books about how the brain works.
Live Free or Die, and Citadel, are both super-fun books. Humor, testosterone, space battles, humans kicking alien butt when we should be getting stomped by their superior technology...Fun. Love the narrator's voice - he doesn't make the women sound whiny. Couple of minor things that moved it to 4 stars: very US-centric, to the point of being rude about it - something you can sort of expect from this author, so you know what you're getting. Also, some of the technically challenging solutions they needed in the story to overcome the aliens were glossed over, you just had to accept that they figured it out - where I think the science doesn't exist yet to make them happen, so the author just used the old "the scene goes dark, and when lights come back, the characters are in their places" trick. However, neither of these detractions make the book bad, and I look forward to future stories from Ringo.
Watching superhero movies I always wondered what was happening to the side characters. What were they doing while the hero kicked the bad guy's ass? I wanted to watch additional scenes featuring the sidekick or the underdog. In Citadel I got exactly that. We have characters like Dana, the engineer who became a pilot in spite of being shot at by aliens (or maybe because she was shot at). There is Butch the welder, who's main activities were cutting up junks that were alien ships before and trying to survive the enemy fire. And there is the female military officer, who prefers to have sex with men only after beating them up to release the stress.
The story started kinda slow, I was bored sometimes in the beginning, but it got better later on.
A while ago I have read on a writer's blog that you shouldn't start scenes with dialogue, because it confuses the reader. I agreed at that time, but now I see differently It can work pretty well. Ringo started almost all scenes with dialogue. It created a micro suspense, because I was guessing who was talking, where were they and what were they doing. And Ringo did the dialogues quite well, every character sounded natural.
The "Americans are awesome" attitude irritated me a little bit, especially the figure of Tyler Vernon (appearing only sparingly), who was all-knowing, perfectly aware of what the humanity needed to beat the enemies. (Can someone who read the first book remind me where did he come from? I think he was having several part-time jobs as wood-cutter and book seller, trying to make a living. How comes he became the smartest man in the solar system?)
The story wouldn't be that original, we have read countless space battles and laser guns, but Ringo could put a nice spin in it having Troy as the gigantic battle-station and creating the geez-look-how-man-petawatts lasers.
I don't think I could take Ringo seriously, he had put a load of funny writing in the book, but that's fine, because sometimes I prefer the light reading.
I like this series because the story spends lots of time with "success" rather than suspense.