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Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One | [John Ringo]

Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 John Ringo (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    LCOC Westport, CT 02-25-11
    LCOC Westport, CT 02-25-11
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    "I put it down"

    In all fairness, I thought the beginning was great and I really like his writing style. I will check out Ringo's other books. What got to me in this story was the war. It was in all the reviews so it is my fault but still, too much for me. I thought being a Battlestar Galactia fan, it would be just perfect and I did think the whole gate idea was so interesting but this book was too hawkish for my taste.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Margo newnan, GA, USA 04-06-10
    Margo newnan, GA, USA 04-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "great for aerospace engineers"

    ...a complete snooze for anyone else. Way too much information on aeronautics, and not enough plot. Finally gave up about two thirds of the way through.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kelvin Hamlet, NC, USA 03-26-10
    Kelvin Hamlet, NC, USA 03-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "What was he smoking?"

    If ur a fan of JR then u are already aware of his political leaning. This should just read as Big Bidness saves da world. OH and only US can save the planet, and highly advanced aliens cant synthesize syrup. Not sure what he was shooting for in this one. I tried my best to get past some of his propaganda since he has it in his other books and it doesn't hurt a bit, but this time it just climbs on ur face and tries to lay an egg or something. Cant c myself reading any more of this if he goes for a series. Still love his sense of humor which is still in full effect since technically the planet is saved because of drug addiction lmao.

    6 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Sparky TX, USA 09-20-11
    Mr Sparky TX, USA 09-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Rush Limbaugh saves the human race"
    Would you try another book from John Ringo and/or Mark Boyett?

    If you enjoy right wing rethoric and regularly listen or watch Rush and Fox News, by all means try this book. This book is a simplistic and unispiring Sci Fi story drowned in extreme right wing rethoric with a dose of racism thrown in there.


    What was most disappointing about John Ringo’s story?

    There is no story.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Good performer.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephan New York, NY, United States 05-26-11
    Stephan New York, NY, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "If you enjoyed the Aldenata series, stay away"

    Narration was good and story idea was good but man is this boring. Very little to no action in the first half of the book....honestly dont know about the second half because I just couldnt listen to this anymore. I'm pretty disappointed because I loved the characters and action of the aldenata series. The second and third book look like they may be a bit more exciting.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce SANFORD, NC, United States 02-28-11
    Bruce SANFORD, NC, United States 02-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Let me describe paper"

    Didn't make it through the first two chapters. Way way way way way to much description of nothing of importance. I think he must have been paid by the page. At one point he goes on to describe the ring of someone cellphone. Lots of filler, after 40 min without a story at all I quit. Definitely on my do not buy list.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marion Wiesbaden, Germany 03-06-10
    Marion Wiesbaden, Germany 03-06-10 Member Since 2004

    You have listened to how many Audiobooks!!!!!

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    "Political, Racial, Sci-Fi"

    Mr Ringo has put together a troubling piece of Sci-Fi, He shows how he dislikes all but blond Hair people and that they should be the only ones left on the planet.

    3 of 46 people found this review helpful
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  • Jamie
    Chester, United Kingdom
    10/13/11
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    "Brilliant stuff"

    I love this book, I have listened to it twice now. The narrator is fantastic, his Vermont accents absolutely spot on and very funny. This is one of the most unusual sci-fi stories I've read and also the funniest. I don't like Russell's review of this book, I can't help thinking that he misunderstood some of the politics and humour. It is interesting and odd that Russell has also posted the exact same, word for word review on Amazon of the paper back book.
    Don't be put off, this series is thoroughly entertaining and clever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Philipp
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
    8/31/11
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    "Predictable but fun"

    This title has received criticism of being right-wing propaganda...
    Apparently, one can't even read a book anymore without politicising it.

    I for one had fun with this and I'm not ashamed for it.
    Yes, the story is a bit cheesy and predictable, the main character a hero who single-handedly saves Earth, but so what?
    It's not like Hollywood has done any better lately. At least the characters in Live Free or Die have more depth to them.

    If you're looking for something whimsical, surprising or deep, you'll be disappointed, but if you like the majority of SciFi movies, you will enjoy this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. Chvapil
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    10/27/13
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    "well written"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just what I love. Story about mankind's resourcefulness set in not so far future. Mankind triumphs thanks to few special individuals and ability to cooperate and work hard. In short " Don't mess with the Terrans"


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

    yes, absolutely


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    bridgwater, somerset, United Kingdom
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    "Best audible SF book ever"
    Would you listen to Live Free or Die again? Why?

    Absolutely brilliant SF book, really big what if storyline, had me riveted and unwilling to get out the car and go into work n


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Live Free or Die?

    Sticking it to the Horvath


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Clear and well paced.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Troy station coming online and defending the world


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DENNIS
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "MILITARY SCI-FI"

    FAST PACED BLOOD AND GUTS-TYPICAL RINGO SCI-FI A BOOK YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN/STOP LISTENING TOO.WILL BE BUYING THE NEXT EPISODE.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    7/16/11
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    "Juvenile, and not in a good way."

    This is a very mediocre sci fi romp, not awful, not a work of literature either.

    The problem is that this is a very, very thinly disguised piece of EXTREMELY right wing propaganda.

    Through a series of rather forced deus ex machina, the author's utopia of blond, illiberal hard working, non-muslim humanity with a hyper-libidoed female population is brought into being. Conveniently by the evil aliens without the heroes' approval or intervention thereby enabling everyone to enjoy the resultant paradise without that pesky guilt that more mundane ethnic cleansing usually brings.

    It is, in a word, juvenile. The lead character, super smart yet a good ol' man of the land, is transparently just a mouthpiece for the author's prejudices. He becomes the richest man in the world overnight and routinely shows up those liberal city folk (the President, corporate executives, etc.) for the low down cowardly sneaky liars they are. And in the end of course, saves everybody with only the asians, africans, middle easterners and city folk falling victim to the ensuing conflict. No loss there then.

    I would expect this kind of thing to be written by a geeky teenager as a wish fulfilment fantasy after he'd just been snubbed by the prettiest girl at high school when asking her to the prom.

    From a published author, it's just a bit sad.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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