Beginning a New Series by a New York Times Best-Selling Author.Will the People of Earth Bow Down toAlien Overlords—or Will They Live Free or Die?
First Contact Was Friendly
When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.Who Controls the Orbitals, Controls the World
When the Horvath came through, they announced their ownership by dropping rocks on three cities and gutting them. Since then, they've held Terra as their own personal fiefdom. With their control of the orbitals, there's no way to win and earth's governments have accepted the status quo.
Live Free or Die
To free the world from the grip of the Horvath is going to take an unlikely hero. A hero unwilling to back down to alien or human governments, unwilling to live in slavery and with enough hubris, if not stature, to think he can win. Fortunately, there's Tyler Vernon. And he has bigger plans than just getting rid of the Horvath.
Troy Rising is a book in three parts—Live Free or Die being the first part—detailing the freeing of earth from alien conquerors, the first steps into space using off-world technologies and the creation of Troy, a thousand trillion ton battlestation designed to secure the solar system.
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The main character is unlikable and unrelatable. It feels like a Author Insertion fantasy, but to my knowledge John Ringo isn't as miserable a failure as our protagonist, though books like this make me wonder why not. The book whizzes past interesting events, most likely to prevent the listener from noticing the shoddily erected explanations, and thing lingers endlessly on the least interesting aspects of space travel, engineering, aliens and mining asteroids.
Live Free or Die is the the latest new series in John Ringo's library. This work is humorous, idealist, well thought out, and a very good read. In other words it's classic Ringo. Ringo's imagination is on full display with this work about alien races, diplomacy, freedom, and maple syrup, lol. As crazy as it might sound, this might be the closest depiction of first contact that's ever been written. You will laugh, think, and enjoy this interesting look at the possible future.
Mark Boyett does a his best to bring Ringo's work to life and does an admirable job. He really brings his A game and puts together a stellar performance.
This book starts slow but takes off after a few hours,i'm new to this author but seems promising cant wait till the next book.
If you enjoy a SCI-FI you might enjoy this book. If I were to rate this as a movie I would say it is worth renting, but probably not worth spending the money at a theater.
Aliens invading Earths orbits, with an unconventional means of destroying the enemy. Oh and "Blonds in heat" that cracked me up.
I picked up this book on the recommendation of a podcaster (who shall remain nameless) who said he really loved it. My feelings, however, are mixed. I like the overall near-future premise on which the story is based, and the idea of turning engineers and IT guys into heroes is also really cool, but - in the end - it failed to captivate me for two reasons.
First, there are two fantasy worlds at play in this book. One is a delightful universe filled with quirky aliens and fun, over-the-top technological toys. The other is a near-present Earth in which resurgent libertarian political philosophy offers a viable solution to various twenty-first century global crises. In this world, global corporations don't externalize costs on the third world, global warming is a joke, and peace/economic protestors literally have no discernible motivations. You never have to worry about missing this bizarre twist on reality because Tyler is prone to extended monologues that explain how all the "correct" things are happening as the Earth adjusts to a rapidly changing socio-political environment. If this book had been written in 2012, I'm pretty sure Ron Paul would be President by the end.
Then there is Tyler himself. In the epilogue, Tyler muses over how a lot of people won't like him and what he has become, and he is baffled about it. And what HAS he done? He has single-handedly invited a war before Earth was ready to fight it. He has seized control over various extraterrestrial resources as if he owned them. He has withheld information from the U.S. government that is critical to the defense of the planet. He has (proudly) gouged the government for almost everything he has sold it. He has thrown huge sums of money into elections to help ensure that his favored candidates win. He has defended the role the South played in the Civil War. He has quietly celebrated the Eugenics-like effect of an alien virus that has wiped out much of Africa and the Muslim world. He has taken pride in his ability to control the risk of litigation associated with the deaths of his employees. He has flaunted environmental regulations. He has virtually ignored his two daughters for well over a decade and attempted to make up for it by throwing money at them. The list goes on and on.
All of this would make for some engaging irony were the author not completely blind to the fact that - in the minds of many of his readers - Tyler has become arrogant, self-centered, and morally bankrupt. Like his creation, Ringo genuinely does not seem to understand why Tyler could be perceived in this way.
The saving grace of this book, however, is Boyett's reading. Boyett approaches the material with a light-hearted tone that refuses to take any of it - including Tyler's frequent political diatribes - too seriously. It saved the experience for me, at least enough for me to get to the end.
I had high hopes for this book. It had an interesting premise, but then the author decided to make it into a political commentary, constantly swiping at
You can look at this point two ways. One is as a old fashion space romp, the other as a bit of a political book disguised as an SF book. In both ways it both succeeds and fails. As an old fashion space romp, I think Mr. Ringo forgot that folks really don't care to listen to 15 minutes of why a particular nanotube needs to be 15 mm large (stunned that he used the evil metric system!), a good edit would have whittled those bits down, especially when it doesn't really impact the story. After all this techno talk the battles themselves were pretty standard without a lot of drama, again a good edit would have pumped those up a bit. Still had some good funny and poignant bits. As a political book, yes it's slanted way to the right, and I don't, so yes I was mildly offended, but it's fun to hear what the other side thinks happens when hyper simple solutions are applied to mega complex problems so I just flowed to it. I'm pretty sure I laughed out loud at certain parts Mr. Ringo didn't expect.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
This story line has some interesting and unique ideas to it. I don't think it's as compelling as the Prince Roger series, and I also think the narration for Roger series was exceptional, while I think this is just OK. Far better for various Southern (US) accents than other parts of the US and the rest of the world.
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.
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