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Of all the hosts of Eurotas, the Troias were the most fell. For they were born of Winter.

Between the Solar Array Pumped Laser and Troy, the two-trillion-ton nickel-iron battlestation created by eccentric billionaire Tyler Vernon, Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and has begun entering the galactic millieu. But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally, it becomes clear the war is just beginning.

At the heart of nickel, iron, and starlight are the people, Marines, Navy, and civilians who make Troy a living, breathing, engine of war. Survivors of apocalypse, they know the cost of failure. If this Troy falls, no one will be left to write the epic.

Citadel continues the saga begun in Live Free or Die, following the paths of several characters during the first years of The Spiral Arm Wars, culminating in the First Battle of E Eridani.

Listen to the first book, Live Free or Die.
©2011 John Ringo (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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"[Boyett's] voice is clear, and he affects slightly different voices to differentiate between the various characters. The overall result is effective, and listeners will be drawn in." (AudioFile)

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  • David
  • cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 01-12-11

Amazing

The book starts out slow for a Ringo sequel, but all that time is spent introducing two new main characters. There is a bit of over-lap with the first book to introduce the new characters, then the book takes off into new areas. If you're not a Ringo fan, then this book isn't for you. I've listened to all his books, and this one is one of the better ones.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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another great story, with new characters

So you have to read the first book "Live Free or Die" before this one, if you have then there is no reason you shouldnt be getting this book

The beginning is another view of what happened in the last chapters of the first book and introduces some new characters - you have Butch and Dana or "Comet" as she is called after what happened in the end of the first book and described in detail in the beginning of this book

The story continues more or less and there are a couple more battles ending in one crazy battle - I thought this was very well, there were those parts where it would jump forward months or years in a single chapter but its OK and as Tyler would put it "fiddly bits" - but because of this it was sorta like an abridged book even though it wasnt, its not like stuff was missing or not explained but more like you wish that there had been more of it, and the parts that were skipped were really construction parts with not a whole lot of exciting stuff in there but I am sure something cool could have been done

In this book Tyler is still in charge of most of everything but the government has control over the SAPL and other things Tyler built when there is a battle going on - there have been over a billion people killed in the plague that the Horvath unleashed in the first book and its not really a bad thing - it was mostly old people and people who were in poor health and people with crazy beliefs that didnt want the treatment - it resulted in what is called "johansens syndrome" for all surviving females, its basally that they go into "heat" when they have there period and want sex - and it turned all females into "17 year old males with choice" for about a week every month - this could be removed with gene therapy which was really expensive and was done for all women going into the service or working in space for obvious reasons, they cant have someone they just spent millions on to train get pregnant and have to take time off

highly recommended

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  • T.D.
  • Santa Fe, NM, United States
  • 03-01-11

Lots of fun

This book is a just plain fun. If you like the idea of a giant battle station hammering aliens into little pieces than your going to like this. Ringo follows a different set of characters in this book even though characters from the first book continue to drive the story. The change in perspective helps to keep things fresh. I can't wait for the next one in this series.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • JB
  • 10-31-12

"For they were born of Winter"

Welcome to the New Age of warfare. Welcome to Troy!

What happens when you build a two trillion ton battlestation? They will come. John Ringo is back with the eccentric trillionaire Tyler Vernon and his newest invention to save human space. This time it's not just Maple Syrup and big solar array mirrors, it's the largest battlestation ever created. It looks like it's just in time too, as now it's not just the Horvath that want a piece of Terran Proper. The Rangora have decided that they are tired of playing second fiddle and go to war. From the reports it looks like the Rangora have wiped out the Glatun and are now gunning for the newest members of the space age. Will Troy be enough? Can it stand, unlike it's predecessor? Or will this be another Iliad with a Rangoran Achilles conquering a human Hector?

Mark Boyett does a fantastic job continuing the Troy Rising series. Vocal thespianism at it's best.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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THE WAR JUST BEGINS

After all that happened Earth's population dropped to 2.5 billion and they are out for blood!!!
For the first time since the gate were placed in orbit, Earth can stand on it's own two legs, but......

The only human ally is being smashed by Rangora Empire, and the Earth is all alone.
Besides, Rangora decided to support Horwath by giving them some of their old style ships.

Political situation is even worse, unlike the Horwath, Earth is not considered to be important or advanced enough to negotiate.

Well, we will have to change their mind on that account.

PS
Being the President of the US became the most dangerous job on all planet. :-)

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Todd
  • Greenville, NC, United States
  • 05-14-11

great but for one thing

Classic Ringo, wonderful book.
But every time I hear the narrator mispronounce "corpsman" I wanna kick him in the nuts. Repeatedly. With the old black-leather-steel toe boots i used to wear in the engine room.
It's pronounced "coreman"
just like a corps...darn civilians....

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Here we stand

This is John Ringo's second book in the series Live Free or Die! Like the first one it will take you on a rollercoaster of a ride in epic, American centric, military SciFi. Top notch stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The story of the sidekicks

Watching superhero movies I always wondered what was happening to the side characters. What were they doing while the hero kicked the bad guy's ass? I wanted to watch additional scenes featuring the sidekick or the underdog. In Citadel I got exactly that. We have characters like Dana, the engineer who became a pilot in spite of being shot at by aliens (or maybe because she was shot at). There is Butch the welder, who's main activities were cutting up junks that were alien ships before and trying to survive the enemy fire. And there is the female military officer, who prefers to have sex with men only after beating them up to release the stress.

The story started kinda slow, I was bored sometimes in the beginning, but it got better later on.

A while ago I have read on a writer's blog that you shouldn't start scenes with dialogue, because it confuses the reader. I agreed at that time, but now I see differently It can work pretty well. Ringo started almost all scenes with dialogue. It created a micro suspense, because I was guessing who was talking, where were they and what were they doing. And Ringo did the dialogues quite well, every character sounded natural.

The "Americans are awesome" attitude irritated me a little bit, especially the figure of Tyler Vernon (appearing only sparingly), who was all-knowing, perfectly aware of what the humanity needed to beat the enemies. (Can someone who read the first book remind me where did he come from? I think he was having several part-time jobs as wood-cutter and book seller, trying to make a living. How comes he became the smartest man in the solar system?)

The story wouldn't be that original, we have read countless space battles and laser guns, but Ringo could put a nice spin in it having Troy as the gigantic battle-station and creating the geez-look-how-man-petawatts lasers.

I don't think I could take Ringo seriously, he had put a load of funny writing in the book, but that's fine, because sometimes I prefer the light reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A little to slow for me.

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A little to slow for me. I like a ton of action. The battles in this book were good but it seems like his publishers contract was for 3 books, but the story was only good for 2 books. So, he had to do to much fill in. A good 2-3 hours or more could be cut here and there with much better results. Much more personal stuff in this book 2 of the series to really move fast. Book 1 was great. This book seemed to drag on a little. I will probably listen again because it is a really great series, but I will fast forward through some of this book. Hopefully book 3 "Hot Gate" will be faster paced.

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  • Greg
  • Yukon, OK, United States
  • 04-18-13

Love this series!!

Haven't done sic-if in awhile but this series is really good. I love the hard core sci-if mixed with great humor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • CM
  • 06-20-12

Dips in the middle

This is a good book, but it dips in the middle and flies off into "ideal" US politics. Generally no problem as this is written by an American, but it needs to keep some form of credibility and that is lost (at least to the non-US ear) when we are told (at great length) how the world depends upon the US but the US does not depend upon the world (being it's saviour for several decades).

You get the feeling that the author is venting his personal anger - especially against the French.

If you can ignore this 30 minutes of nonsense then it is a good story.

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  • Allan
  • 07-15-17

Really enjoying the book

It has some weird bits but again really enjoying the series listening to the next book very shortly

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  • Jarvis
  • 01-31-17

Great book, great story

If you take the story on its own it would get 5 stars. If not for the changing of history to show how America rule the world. Also a little more research needed to current political situation of the rest of the world. I.e. The French, German & Russian leaders are not called Prime ministers. That is the only fault. The science fiction is great, the characters are good.

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  • Mr. R. Chvapil
  • 01-11-15

This series is one of my favourites

Mr Boyett is perfect Vernon in my mind. Key characters are nicely thought through and help paint live story.

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  • Trevor
  • 01-04-15

Again good but annoying for non USA listeners

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This could be a good book but author alienates all other nations, i am from UK and he tried to be kind to us in a way. Like USA war movies where USA win everything no-one else was in WW2. However if you ignore the authors distaste for any nation other than USA the book was quite good and listenable. <br/>The idea of the book is clever just personal bias makes it annoying......