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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
I really liked the first book of this series but after listening for hours without anything of substance happening, I decided to delete the book and move on to something else. Seeing all of the good reviews here, I imagine the book must get real good at some point, but I don't have enough free time to spend time listening to such a slow story.
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....
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)
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.
Being the President of the US became the most dangerous job on all planet. :-)
Haven't done sic-if in awhile but this series is really good. I love the hard core sci-if mixed with great humor.
I'M MALE NOT FEMALE, BUT IT'S ASKING TO MUCH FOR AUDIBLE TO CORRECT THERE RECORDS, THERE NOT SMART ENOUGHT
GOOD BOOK I DON'T RANK BOOKS OTHER THAN TO SAY IT'S GOOD OR GREAT
IT'S A SERIES READ ALL THREE BOOKS
YES BUT IT'S TO LONG FOUR ONE SITTING
I HOPE THE AUTHOR FINNISHES THE SERIES
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.
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.
"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.
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