Nope I'm not reading again, even in order to try and make sense out of the seemingly rushed ending.
To me the ending seemed as if Ringo hit the deadline and scrapped the story together to make the publishers happy. Imagine buying the big box of fireworks on the 4th of July with a lot of smaller boxes of varying sizes in it. You can clearly see all the names and descriptions through the plastic on your way home from the stand. When you finally open the box to light them off each and every box contains only sparklers. The ending really fizzled out and was super unsatisfying. I recommend saving your money. And if your feeling like you got to find out what happens in Book 3 read the synopsis on Wiki-Pedia.
Mark Boyett's performance is the saving grace to the book. I'm so glad I purchased the audio version. Adding life to slow and dragging parts. The character development was lacking for my taste but his nuance and emphasis added to the characters world. Thank you Mark for another wonderful delivery.
Of the three books of the series so far this was the one closest to flat-lining. The characters that we fell in love with because of their grit and passion seemed whiny and forgetful. There was not a particular scene that stood out as poignant or moving o me.
The most disappointing aspect of this book is Ringo decides to drop a handful of F-Bombs throughout the book. Book one and two utilized the occasional "Fricking" or "Frack" to emphasize moments that seemed to build momentum. Again this book seemed to be rushed and include much harsher profanity that I would rather not share with my children. There are more creative and colorful ways to communicate. Yes profanity is part of the common culture. But I may be in the small minority of people that would rather not use in my home and this book won't make it into my children's collection.
No matter where you go, there you are! Jesus is the only way to God!
Awesome series of books, I have all three, but...
Typical for all authors these days. Trying to get 4 books out of a 3 book story. Lots of fill in! Too much personal details. DLA BLA, BLA BLA BLA, BLA.... More than once I yelled "Get on with it!!!" I don't know, maybe it is the stuff the chicks like, so they put it in. BORING!!! To much talk, not enough action! Don't get me wrong. This story is great! I am hoping the next book comes out soon. I will surely get it.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
This series ranks right up there with Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" Series. Good character development, good plot and high adventure. John RIngo is a great story teller. Starting off with what appears at first to be a silly premise - Maple Syrup - it just rockets up from there with several alien species, mass destruction on Earth and the still formidable problem of trying to work together back on Earth. With the US rising from the ashes of almost total destruction of it's infrastructure to still be the dominant player on the world stage we witness the development of endearing and believable characters who are able to meet the challenge of saving the Earth from an implacable foe. And then there's Tyler Vernon, a billionaire like no other who turns his billions (maybe trillions) to the task of building an almost indestructible Death Star and a space mining and manufacturing infrastructure that is exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.
Much of this third book deals with trying to integrate diverse cultures including former enemies (the Taliban) and a South American class based, misogonistic and manana attitude into a working military alliance in space where no mistakes are allowed if you want to live. It's interesting how Ringo handles this and weaves it into the storyline. Definitely not PC.
Mark Boyett does just such an outstanding job as reader that you can't imagine any one else doing this story. His female voices are excellent and his ability to speak the almost un-pronounceable alien names is also great.
If you're looking for a great series to make your commute something to look forward to then look no further. Well worth the credits. I very much look forward to the next book in this series and knowing how prolific a writer Mr Ringo is, I doubt we'll have to wait long.
This story is a great third act to the troy rising series. Loosely based on an idea for the first contact period of the fantastic webcomic Schlock Mercenary, this story just gets better as it goes on. Like it's inspiration, the entire Troy rising series delivers a great story and well done action scenes while keeping itself mainly planted in real world physics. A must read for any hard scifi fans.
No idea. I have only listened to the audio and not read the book.
This is definitely in the military sci-fi genre, but both the time period (near future) and the political elements make this series a bit more unique.
The space battle that takes place at the book's climax is very good of course, but I also very much enjoyed getting a peak at the enemy viewpoints. I hop the series continues to show us how the Rangora see things.
It remains true of this book, as others in the series, that the author is heavy handed with his political views and some might even be offended by some of his themes. He takes the idea of American exceptionalism and pumps it up to a galactic scale. Even when I agree with some of the authors basic ideas I found them a bit off-putting. Still, the book is very good and worth the time. Unlike others, I found the cultural plot with Parker to be very interesting and even exciting.
I love this series. I hope there's going to be more books in the series. It's one of those books you can't wait to see what happens but you don't want it to end.
This was just a good, fun read. The continuation of an intriguing SF series that doesn't get too bogged down into the scientific technicalities. (Not that Hard Science doesn't have it's place in Sci-Fi; I just enjoy the occasional guilty pleasure of a good entertaining story.) This book picks up where Citadel left off. Lots of Fighting between Aliens; with Tyler Vernon working to make the Galaxy safe for mankind (and not so safe for hostile aliens.) There is one section where "Comet" Parker recites an insult rant against some Rangoran's; that I just had to laugh my A$$ off. I don't think I have enjoyed a SF series this much since I read (and reread many times) The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy; almost 30 years ago.
"Comet" Parker: She gets all of the best lines.
If I could have, I would have; But there are these things called work and sleep that I had to fit-in.
I don't quite understand the negative reviews from people claiming to have loved the first two books; but not this one, Personally, I just wish it wasn't the end of the series. This series was my first exposure to John Ringo, and I'll be checking out some of his other material very soon.
The Rangora have finally decided to take the human species seriously. One slight problem. There are now two fully functioning battlestations not just one, and a third one on the way. Ok fully functioning might not be the correct term. Fully staffed. Still haven't got the functioning part down yet. The real question is whether they ever will in time to be ready for the biggest fight of their lives. It's a race against time and politics to see if the human species will survive. Of course trillionaire Tyler Vernon is in the middle of it and trying to keep the humans from doing the Rangora's job for them. The real question isn't if the humans will survive, it's whether they will even put up a fight?
Mark Boyett continues his stellar work on this fantastic series. His vocal abilities really get a work out on this outing, but he rises to the challenge and delivers.
Unfinished, wandering disjointed
He differentiates the charters well and has a smooth delivery.
I felt the ending was untrue to the tenor and direction of the other novels. This one does not advance human but seems to be filler or a rant on national differences. Still worth a listen.
A good way to get through the work day.
The Hot Gate was a great addition to the series though the story did slow down at times. i found myself hoping and waiting for the aliens to attack. In Hot Gate the story gets a lot deeper dealing with cultural differences and views on women. All in all it was a great listen and I will be awaiting the next book in the series.