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Live Free or Die Audiobook

Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

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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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    LivinInKY Verona, KY USA 06-26-11
    LivinInKY Verona, KY USA 06-26-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Too much polics, not enough story"

    I've enjoyed everything by Ringo that I've read in the past and went so far as to double-up on his stories by buying the audio version. This is the first one I've listened to that I hadn't read first. I admit the ultra-conservative politics became overbearing by the beginning of the second part. Everyone on earth is a naive liberal and incompetant unless they happen to be right-wing patriots. :sigh: I could read Glen Beck's latest and hear the same stuff.

    I would have prefered more action or at least some diversity of characterization in the story. I ended up turning it off and driving in silence before I ever got to the end. Disappointing given the quality of Ringo's other work.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    BILLY rockville, VA, United States 06-22-11
    BILLY rockville, VA, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Finally a writer that doesn't sucker punch"

    What a breath of fresh air. Mr. Ringo writes a great story in the Heinlein tradition and he is, unlike the likes of greats Stephen King and Greg Bear, upfront and open in his fiction writting concerning his political views. It is so very nice not to get a Stephen King or Greg Bear style sucker punch directed at conservatives in the middle of a good story. Either writers (and movies makers) should avoid making political insults against half the population of the U.S. or be upfront in their storyline as John Ringo is.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    david 06-13-11
    david 06-13-11 Member Since 2007
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    "buy it"

    Great Sci-Fi epic about what if aliens came to earth and what they would do. The action is good, the characters are interesting. The plot is entertaining and engrossing. The main character is believable as a very resourceful “normal” American. The portrayal of governments and bureaucracies not able to deal effectively with the Aliens is spot on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SciFiSurfer Miami, FL, United States 01-02-11
    SciFiSurfer Miami, FL, United States 01-02-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic book! Loved this."

    An Excellent Book! Listened every available minute and looking forward to the next in the series said to be released this 2011. Thanks for this John and hope Mark Boyett narrates the squeals.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin SHREVEPORT, LA, United States 09-11-10
    Benjamin SHREVEPORT, LA, United States 09-11-10
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    "Troy Rising, Book Two PLEASE!!!"

    Awesome book, but I am having problems waiting on the next! I really enjoyed it and I am sure you will too if you are a Ringo fan...

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 07-14-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 07-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "More ACTION please..."

    Bit 'lecturey' on civil rights and "community" as it relates to subsets of the American population and how "protective" they are about their "own"... it would have been okay in smaller doses, but there are entire scenes put in the story only for the purpose of pointing out how Federal intervention contravenes civil liberties. (Yes, I know Ringo has a reputation for putting his political views into his novels, it doesn't normally bother me, it's just a little... story-slowing here.)

    There is too much time spent detailing how asteroids are mined (several full chapters and then some was dedicated to this) and how various components of a space ship are built (interspersed a bit better than the asteroids, but still a couple chapters full of techie details, like you're reading a "how-to" manual or something).

    Not nearly enough action!! There is some action and suspense, but there is so much time spent on lecturing/describing space station/weapon/ship building and mining techniques that it drags the story's forward momentum right down to a slow walk. I had bought all 3 books of the trilogy before reading any of them and think I would not have if I'd known it was so slowly paced. I've read lots of Ringo's stuff (Into the Looking Glass is a good military sci-fi with decent pacing) but this is the first time I've noticed such a draggy pace... I'm guessing it's because there's so much "teaching" going on. Anyway, I hope that the others in the series have more action.

    Don't get me wrong....the story is okay - alien invasion and human perseverance and a bit of wondering if we'll prevail!! Some great concepts and nicely narrated... It's just that there is way too much talking and not nearly enough shooting.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Melvin PALMDALE, CA, United States 08-22-12
    Melvin PALMDALE, CA, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story with loving digs against government"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and opens your mind to technology of the future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Love the scene when our hero with cell phone in hand was standing on the mountain waiting for the evil space ship to blast him to bits.


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

    Yes, this is a book that you are will to give up some sleep to hear it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the author's look on what freedom means and how much freedom people in the United States are will to give up. A fun book that makes you think.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 07-07-12
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Too much science, not enough fiction"

    Way too much tec data but the story was interesting enough to warrant getting the next book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Mirboo North, Australia 03-03-12
    Mark Mirboo North, Australia 03-03-12
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    "Is the conservative undertone ironic?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is likely to appeal to young science ficiton fans who are unknowingly conservative.


    Has Live Free or Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The book hasn't put me off science fiction as a genre.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was excellent.


    What character would you cut from Live Free or Die?

    Tyler Vernon.


    Any additional comments?

    Throughout the book I was struggling to work out whether the right wing US nationalism of the characters (and inherent in the plot too) was supposed to be ironic or not. I sincerely hope it is irony but, unfortunately, I doubt this is the case. Until my doubts prove to be unfounded I won't be reading or listening to any more or Ringo's books as I find the attitudes on display disappointing and naive.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-01-12
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    "Great story hurt by tragically naive politics"

    Another fun and mostly enjoyable "low" sci-fi by Ringo. I found myself frequently disappointed in the author for his flogging of the concept the free market and other overwhelmingly discredited social concepts. The narrator doesn't voice female characters well, which is not a major problem since women don't exist in Ringo's universe unless they're "stacked" and a genius; even then, they're respectfully quiet around men. I nearly deleted the novel from my phone when he discussed children of minorities dying because " don't care about their children;" not to mention that in his fantasy world the majority of the lowest income bracket is occupied solely by those minorities. (It's implied that this is because they're lazy, stupid, and don't want to work.)

    If a story about an extremely misogynous and racist super-rich Gary-Stu winning the day because he's misogynous, racist, and rich doesn't bother you, then this is a perfectly passable, though simple, science fiction story. If you aren't in the Sarah Palin crowd, (anyone can be President, even when they are dumb as a cow patty!) you should probably stick with more mature writers.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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