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 like John Ringo's books. I especially like the first two Troy Rising books, but this one was just yakkety, yakkety, yak. Oh, yeah right at the end a battle scene that seemed to be done as an after thought and leaves one wondering if the author just got tired of writing it.
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.
It is true that this book has less outright battles in it (though the battles that it does have are epic) and also less detail on the preparation of the physical instruments of war. Instead, it concentrates more on the development of individuals and (as noted by many other polarised for or against reviews), the interactions between personal raised in different cultures and how they react when required to work together. It is also worth pointing out that many of the differences discusses seem to have as much to do with ones position (Class if you will) within a given culture as the culture itself.
This book, like most written these days, could easily be extended with additional works however, I feel that it also concludes at least the first three books nicely enough to put the series down for now. So, if you don’t like to start a series until it has finished in order to avoid waiting for pending books to finish the story, this book will allow you to read at least the first three in the series.
The last 20% of the book is very exciting but I'm not sure it is worth the buildup. There seemed to be two (or three?) very disjointed stories within this book and only one of them is interesting. The first story dealt with "Comet" Parker, a very interesting powerful female character dealing with working in a macho Latin American environment. OK, that could have been fairly interesting for a chapter or two, but it goes on and on and on and (amazingly enough) doesn't really reach any sort of satisfying conclusion.
The second story is the massive space battle seems to just happen toward the end of the book and Comet and her storyline mostly fades away. During the battle the story shifts abruptly to Butch, the space welder introduced in prior books, for a bit and then... ends.
I enjoyed the first two books enough that I am OK that I listened to this one and will certainly try out the fourth book - I assume there will be at least one more book as this in no way wrapped up a trilogy.
The narration continues to be first rate and made it OK to just exist in Ringo's universe for a while, but I think one more strike and I might need to close this "gate."
I liked the focus on Comet Parker, but there is only so much Anglo-Latin cultural discussion one can take in a Space Opera. The wave the magic fabber wand to solve problems is also getting tiresome.
Ultimately, an OK 3rd entry in a great series.
I have to say that I loved the first two installments in the Troy Rising series but "The Hot Gate" left me seriously dissappointed. One can only take so much discussion about the latino / anglo cultural differences which seem take up several hours of this story line. Listen to the first hour and that last 3 hours and you won't miss anything but the frustration of waiting for a story to develope. Praying that book 4 is better,
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I have no idea how did i forget to write a review for this book.
It had a weird and slow start, but the 2nd half of the book was really good, especially the war in the end.
i'm really apset that i have no idea if there is a fourth one or not... John Ringo!!!!! please let us know if there is a fourth one coming!!!!!!!!! there has to be!!!!!
I had a listen to it several times so far... and never i got board from it so far.
If you're looking for terrific military sf, John Ringo delivers again. Definitely sets you up for next volume. And the story unfolds into new characters and story lines. Although I kind of miss the hardy New England souls in book one, the new folk make up for the lack. Not for tofu eaters though.
I would have to say yes, this was worth a listen.
Ringo ramps up the first book so we get to the action pretty quickly. To the point he skips a lot of details. That's fine. It's his book/story, his prerogative. Then he introduces two new main characters in the second book. He spends a great deal of time developing them both. It was enjoyable book. The second book it feels like he started a love interest with the new female character from the second and the main character from the first. OKHe then proceeds to introduce new characters and develop the female character even more. He brings in a whole new dynamic to the book. It's a fine story and liked it. However, we hardly hear from the third character, the relationship just falls off a cliff. He leaves open ends everywhere. Maybe I'm just stupid, but I had no idea why one of the new characters (SPOILER ALERT) goes and sabotages the ships. He never fully explained it to us. He also tries and explain his universe' AI's. The explanation would be great if he is setting up this t be a series. He also deviated from the main plot in this book. We hardly know what the enemy are doing or thinking until they attack. He spends writes a good battle but it's not enough....
Mark's performance is great. He has a great range in his voice. It's really needed with Ringo's style of writing where everyone's mannerisms (including the aliens) are all the same.
Yes. He completely bungled the ending of this book IMHO. He left too many open ends and unanswered questions. Maybe I'm missing something? Is there another series based on this world? It seams to me like book two and three laid the foundation for a very cool universe. It's a shame that he spent so much time creating it to leave it the way he does in book three.
I think I come off as a hater. I'm not. I'm just confused by the style of writing in the first book then the abrupt switch to a more detailed story in the next two books, just to end it like the first book. I still enjoyed the story and would recommend it. I will defiantly be reading more of John's work.
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
This series ranks right up there with Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" Series. Good character development, good plot and high adventure. John RIngo is a great story teller. Starting off with what appears at first to be a silly premise - Maple Syrup - it just rockets up from there with several alien species, mass destruction on Earth and the still formidable problem of trying to work together back on Earth. With the US rising from the ashes of almost total destruction of it's infrastructure to still be the dominant player on the world stage we witness the development of endearing and believable characters who are able to meet the challenge of saving the Earth from an implacable foe. And then there's Tyler Vernon, a billionaire like no other who turns his billions (maybe trillions) to the task of building an almost indestructible Death Star and a space mining and manufacturing infrastructure that is exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.
Much of this third book deals with trying to integrate diverse cultures including former enemies (the Taliban) and a South American class based, misogonistic and manana attitude into a working military alliance in space where no mistakes are allowed if you want to live. It's interesting how Ringo handles this and weaves it into the storyline. Definitely not PC.
Mark Boyett does just such an outstanding job as reader that you can't imagine any one else doing this story. His female voices are excellent and his ability to speak the almost un-pronounceable alien names is also great.
If you're looking for a great series to make your commute something to look forward to then look no further. Well worth the credits. I very much look forward to the next book in this series and knowing how prolific a writer Mr Ringo is, I doubt we'll have to wait long.
I love this series. I hope there's going to be more books in the series. It's one of those books you can't wait to see what happens but you don't want it to end.
The first two books were brilliant so what happened with this book ?
The book is about 16 hours long with about 15 hours devoted to south american politics that really has nothing to do with the story line , it should have been one space battle after another getting better and better instead it was boring and pointless.
Take my advice listen to the first two books and use your imagination to finish the trilogy.
"What? Not sure what the Story was about"
the end was ok but what was the rest about?
Ok so book one was good, book two seemed to put down the rest of the world and this book seems to be about south american class wars? Where did the story go? the end was good but what was this book about. I really hoped after the self indulgent stuff in book 2 this would pick up, well it was not all bad but the writer seems to have issues and brings them out in the book, sorry if for any reason there is a book 4 i won't be following it :( Having a female hero and a male hero is great ideas as in another series i am reading from this author but he really spoilt what could have been a great series for me :(
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