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The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three | [John Ringo]

The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.
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Publisher's Summary

The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

Battle stations! Listen to another galactic adventure in the Troy Rising series.

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

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“[Ringo’s SF is] peopled with three-dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse.” (Library Journal)

"Fans of strong military SF will appreciate Ringo’s lively narrative and flavorful characters.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Ringo provides a textbook example of how a novel in the military SF subgenre should be written.... Crackerjack storytelling.” (Starlog)

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    Jeff 05-23-11
    Jeff 05-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "WHY???"

    The first 2 books are good this one with all the stupid cultural clashing is just so boring for the majority of the time. Lets get back to what made the first 2 books great!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Chambersburg, PA, United States 05-05-11
    Brian Chambersburg, PA, United States 05-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Third one is a charm"

    Best and latest in this series. It focuses mostly on the point of view of "Comet" Parker (Space Navy Pilot/Engineer) as she wrestles with a new posting among many other things. There is a great blending of humor throughout. Overall, a well deserved five stars!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 05-10-11
    Eric San bernardino, CA, United States 05-10-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Culture Clash"

    Having played with manufactering in space, then a bit of "primitive" warfare in space, Ringo goes on to describe the changes that space would make to cultures. A little less action with a little more character development, and the return of Comet! If you enjoyed the first two this will be fun as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Beck United States 08-08-11
    Daniel Beck United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2004

    Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.

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    "Another good yarn from John Ringo"

    This is yet another good tale from John Ringo. Though his books tend to be shorter than I like, he does give good value and hours of enjoyment. I find myself secretly cheering for his heros and hissing his villians just as I would if I was much younger.
    Not many authors have the military knowlege of Ringo so they tend to gloss over the facts, and though this author is a bit too involved in them they do make for a more believable story.
    Well worth the price of admission.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan W. Hiatt Bayfield, CO, United States 07-12-11
    Nathan W. Hiatt Bayfield, CO, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2004
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    "I love this series!"

    More great stuff from a great author. If you like Ringo's other books in this series, you will love this one too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Apex, NC, United States 07-05-11
    Tom Apex, NC, United States 07-05-11 Member Since 2004
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    "3rd time is not the charm"

    I think book one of this trilogy is one of my favorite books. Book 2 is a great followup, as it shifts focus onto different characters. Book 3, well, stinks. Not only does it lack excitement (too chatty as another has reviewed), but it was a complete sell out. Even when inside the thoughts of the enemy, we hear pardoning to us terians. "They are better than us...I'm sure we'll loose before long", blah, blah, blah. Come on, if our evil enemies respect us, do we really have a book?

    Also, much of the chattiness was about inter-cultural relations between earthling? Do I buy a sci-fi book to read about? No.

    If you gotta see how the trilogy ends, save your $$ and look it up on Wikipedia.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 06-06-11
    Colin Detroit 06-06-11 Member Since 2009

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

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    "Fitting end, but I hope there's more!"

    Well you have to read the first 2 books "Live Free or Die" and "Citadel" before this book, and like those this is another great story that I hope is continued in future books - I have no idea if there will be more books but really this could go on for ever and I would not complain

    It doesn't seem like the war is over, but the battles are done for now - I know there is more story here and I just hope it gets done giving all the really good reviews here and other places about these books

    Live Free or Die was really way more fun then the next 2 books mainly because it was the first, however there is nothing that makes these "not fun" but they are just a little less fun then the first one was - but seeing as there are really no more things to discover until the war is over this book and the last one are essentially more battle filled then the first one

    Tyler makes a great character for sure, and he just cant stand the stupid politics that go on and seeing as hes so rich and powerful he really throws his weight around to get things done in a way that makes more sense really - like there are these Latin countries that have paid for ships and to send there sons up to run everything, but the Apollo Corp dont like that and requires some Americans to run things at the top so it can be done correctly, they say things like " my son doesn't have to do what his boss says because they are beneath them socially" and they have the mind set that "if its easier to make them loose then to win, then make them loose" so maintenance don't get done and Tyler just cant stand it and smashed a chair in front of them because they wont admit that they were wrong because Latins are like that I guess

    if you remember book 2 where Butch talks to his teacher that has the scratchy voice and its because of breathing vacuum, you will love the ending of this book - it was just about the best I have ever read, if not the best - don't miss these books

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Louisville, KY, United States 06-03-11
    Robert Louisville, KY, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "What Happened?"

    As some of the other reviewers have said, the first two books in this trilogy were good. They were well written with developed plots. This book, however, dwells too much on culture clashes and way too much time is wasted on seemingly useless fluff. The story lines don't really reach any type of conclusion and you are left scratching your head thinking, "What? That's it?"

    The author seems to have either rushed to get this book written or lost interest in the developing and writing a good conclusion to his story. Its a shame because the first two books were good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas 05-27-11
    Nicholas 05-27-11
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    "Mediocre effort by a generally good writer."

    First, the narration was quite good. Boyett does a good job. The books sounds fine.

    It's just... a weak effort on Ringo's part. Feels almost more like a continuation of "Citadel", the second book in the series, than a separate novel. Few new plot threads are introduced. Fewer still are resolved. The first half of the book is functionally a diatribe against South American cultural values... and I haven't the slightest idea why that needed to be in the book. Lots of didactic "This is why you're wrong" speeches. Worse, this all has basically no effect on the the space battle at the end of the book. The book ends suddenly, without much in the way of resolution.

    I like this series. I hope it gets better again. If it doesn't it won't be worth reading (or listening to).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua S Colorado, USA 05-27-11
    Joshua S Colorado, USA 05-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Pretty Good"

    This book was the end of the anticipated trilogy. It seems as though all good things come to an end. I felt that this story was almost more bogged down in the bureaucracy than the others, though that doesn't seem right. Felt like it was good enough but not quite what I expected. A must listen if you have read the first two AMAZING books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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