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.
“[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)
I am aging and waiting for the NEXT book in this series. This is a masterful , adventures, funny series. I have listened to this series three times. John Ringo must shoot out the next one soon, I know it is there, somewhere in his head. He can't leave me hanging. Is it good? DUH !! It's a 6 star.
I am a Coast Guardsman. I spent a lot of time underway and I could empathize with the competent personnel in the book. Back in the post Viet Nam era military we had some of the same problems. They were overcome by less intense methods but in combat I could see the lead character being just this way.
The everyday problems of daily living in space were carefully considered and delt with.
I read the book before I listened to it. I usually do this because my mind builds a different world in my mind. This gives the book a whole new flavor.
I did listen in a single setting. I travel a lot.
The performance of this book was great but the story didn't do it for me at all. I really enjoyed the first two books but this one felt like it was a "let's do a slightly bigger battle than normal...but I must fill 13 hours of content first with boring, non-space human culture stuff".
I don't want to give too much away but I'm fairly certain that at least 80% of the book was dedicated to...Latin American culture and issues with the clashing cultures of North Americans and Latin Americans.
The ending battle was a bit boring as well. I'm not sure how much I should give away but it basically goes exactly as expected: the enemy is still stupid but a little less stupid now and manage to actually hurt the humans...until the humans win, of course. Now I'm not expecting someone to write a story about humans losing (especially since the previous books built up the human's capabilities so much that it would also seem stupid that they would lose) but the final battle was just ridiculous with the humans having an almost unlimited amount of chances to keep coming back.
The battle strategy of the enemy also didn't make sense. They are not winning the war on one front with one species...so let's start a fight with another species on another front!? That's bothered me during this entire series but this final book was so disappointing it's hard to overlook it anymore.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
I've liked this series enough. This book is a low point - too much time spent on the South American psychology, not enough on the larger relationships with other species. The combat scenes are well-done, and those parts of the book that don't deal with the South Americans are fine.
I might like to see some exploration of the origin of the gates at some point.
Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.
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.
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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
Ringo always delivers on the "I can't stop reading" side of things.. and this is no exception. I actually really like how they focused on Parker this book though you'll bump into most the crew throughout as well as a few new people. A good change of pace and a book that won't disappoint.
I enjoyed this installment almost as much as the first two, until the last two and a half hours, when it had extensive use of the F word. Though I normally have no issues with the language in his books, the other books in this series were more or less family friendly. As such I have listened to the first two with my family. I will not do so with this one. I have enjoyed all of Ringo’s books, and if you do not mind the language then you will enjoy this book.
Good finish to the series bit not as much fun as the other two. Still a good read though.
Well although I really enjoy the series and further more all of Mr. Ringo's books, I believe this one could have been better. I understand the need for properly setting up a story, however this was a little much. So much of this book revovled around "Parker", it should have been called "Comet".... The first half of the book had not one action scene whatsoever, except for the "jungle ball." There should have been more action and I hope the next edition will oblige....
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