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Citadel: Troy Rising, Book Two | [John Ringo]

Citadel: Troy Rising, Book Two

Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and has begun entering the galactic millieu. But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally, it becomes clear the war is just beginning....
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Publisher's Summary

Of all the hosts of Eurotas, the Troias were the most fell. For they were born of Winter.

Between the Solar Array Pumped Laser and Troy, the two-trillion-ton nickel-iron battlestation created by eccentric billionaire Tyler Vernon, Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and has begun entering the galactic millieu. But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally, it becomes clear the war is just beginning.

At the heart of nickel, iron, and starlight are the people, Marines, Navy, and civilians who make Troy a living, breathing, engine of war. Survivors of apocalypse, they know the cost of failure. If this Troy falls, no one will be left to write the epic.

Citadel continues the saga begun in Live Free or Die, following the paths of several characters during the first years of The Spiral Arm Wars, culminating in the First Battle of E Eridani.

Listen to the first book, Live Free or Die.

©2011 John Ringo (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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"[Boyett's] voice is clear, and he affects slightly different voices to differentiate between the various characters. The overall result is effective, and listeners will be drawn in." (AudioFile)

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    Colin Detroit 06-01-11
    Colin Detroit 06-01-11 Member Since 2009

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "another great story, with new characters"

    So you have to read the first book "Live Free or Die" before this one, if you have then there is no reason you shouldnt be getting this book

    The beginning is another view of what happened in the last chapters of the first book and introduces some new characters - you have Butch and Dana or "Comet" as she is called after what happened in the end of the first book and described in detail in the beginning of this book

    The story continues more or less and there are a couple more battles ending in one crazy battle - I thought this was very well, there were those parts where it would jump forward months or years in a single chapter but its OK and as Tyler would put it "fiddly bits" - but because of this it was sorta like an abridged book even though it wasnt, its not like stuff was missing or not explained but more like you wish that there had been more of it, and the parts that were skipped were really construction parts with not a whole lot of exciting stuff in there but I am sure something cool could have been done

    In this book Tyler is still in charge of most of everything but the government has control over the SAPL and other things Tyler built when there is a battle going on - there have been over a billion people killed in the plague that the Horvath unleashed in the first book and its not really a bad thing - it was mostly old people and people who were in poor health and people with crazy beliefs that didnt want the treatment - it resulted in what is called "johansens syndrome" for all surviving females, its basally that they go into "heat" when they have there period and want sex - and it turned all females into "17 year old males with choice" for about a week every month - this could be removed with gene therapy which was really expensive and was done for all women going into the service or working in space for obvious reasons, they cant have someone they just spent millions on to train get pregnant and have to take time off

    highly recommended

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T.D. Santa Fe, NM, United States 03-01-11
    T.D. Santa Fe, NM, United States 03-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Lots of fun"

    This book is a just plain fun. If you like the idea of a giant battle station hammering aliens into little pieces than your going to like this. Ringo follows a different set of characters in this book even though characters from the first book continue to drive the story. The change in perspective helps to keep things fresh. I can't wait for the next one in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David cincinnati, OH, United States 01-12-11
    David cincinnati, OH, United States 01-12-11 Member Since 2005

    I'm a manager of a lawncare crew that listens to audio books when feasible. I have 2 years of business and 3 towards a history degree.

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    "Amazing"

    The book starts out slow for a Ringo sequel, but all that time is spent introducing two new main characters. There is a bit of over-lap with the first book to introduce the new characters, then the book takes off into new areas. If you're not a Ringo fan, then this book isn't for you. I've listened to all his books, and this one is one of the better ones.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Greenville, NC, United States 05-14-11
    Todd Greenville, NC, United States 05-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "great but for one thing"

    Classic Ringo, wonderful book.
    But every time I hear the narrator mispronounce "corpsman" I wanna kick him in the nuts. Repeatedly. With the old black-leather-steel toe boots i used to wear in the engine room.
    It's pronounced "coreman"
    just like a corps...darn civilians....

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 10-29-12
    Professor 10-29-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "THE WAR JUST BEGINS"

    After all that happened Earth's population dropped to 2.5 billion and they are out for blood!!!
    For the first time since the gate were placed in orbit, Earth can stand on it's own two legs, but......

    The only human ally is being smashed by Rangora Empire, and the Earth is all alone.
    Besides, Rangora decided to support Horwath by giving them some of their old style ships.

    Political situation is even worse, unlike the Horwath, Earth is not considered to be important or advanced enough to negotiate.

    Well, we will have to change their mind on that account.

    PS
    Being the President of the US became the most dangerous job on all planet. :-)

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Yukon, OK, United States 04-18-13
    Greg Yukon, OK, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this series!!"

    Haven't done sic-if in awhile but this series is really good. I love the hard core sci-if mixed with great humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Johnson 03-18-13
    S. Johnson 03-18-13

    I'M MALE NOT FEMALE, BUT IT'S ASKING TO MUCH FOR AUDIBLE TO CORRECT THERE RECORDS, THERE NOT SMART ENOUGHT

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    "GREAT SERIES"
    Where does Citadel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    GOOD BOOK I DON'T RANK BOOKS OTHER THAN TO SAY IT'S GOOD OR GREAT


    What other book might you compare Citadel to and why?

    IT'S A SERIES READ ALL THREE BOOKS


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES BUT IT'S TO LONG FOUR ONE SITTING


    Any additional comments?

    I HOPE THE AUTHOR FINNISHES THE SERIES

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bonnie 02-08-13
    bonnie 02-08-13

    DaWomz

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    "disappointing after the first book"

    This book just didn't quite "get it" .. the first book was so good and I was anxious to see where it went .. well no-where basically.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Townsville, Australia 12-20-12
    Andrew Townsville, Australia 12-20-12 Member Since 2012

    Space Sci-Fi fan. Stopped 'Reading' books when I had kids and lost my spair time, lissen to Audio books now while I drive to work.

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    "A foothold in space"

    For those of you that have read "Live Free or Die", note that this book seams to start a little before the end of that first book in order to develop some new characters’.

    After getting into space in the first book, this one shows the expansion of humanity into space and the training up of the space industry, expanding on Tyler's previous work.

    While the book does tend to indicate that you have to be an American to do anything worthwhile, it also pokes a bit of fun at the fact that there is often so much political red tape that it might be used to tie the moon to earth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben United States 10-31-12
    Ben United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2011

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    ""For they were born of Winter""

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • CM
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    "Dips in the middle"

    This is a good book, but it dips in the middle and flies off into "ideal" US politics. Generally no problem as this is written by an American, but it needs to keep some form of credibility and that is lost (at least to the non-US ear) when we are told (at great length) how the world depends upon the US but the US does not depend upon the world (being it's saviour for several decades).

    You get the feeling that the author is venting his personal anger - especially against the French.

    If you can ignore this 30 minutes of nonsense then it is a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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