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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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    RoccoFan Washington,DC 02-08-11
    RoccoFan Washington,DC 02-08-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book..implausible world view"

    First, the book was a great listen. The characters were interesting, the SF was hard and fast, the story was well told. That said, the author's conservative views were a major part of the story, but not an overwhelming part. What got me was his view that after a devastating act on the ENTIRE planet, their wouldn't be a push to unite the planet under some common response.

    He does a decent job of chronicling the bickering that might take place with different cultures, economies, and the historic grievances that run deep that would prevent a common response, but it just seems implausible. Then, again, maybe I'm one of the do-gooder liberals he bashes so often in the book. :)

    All that said, it's a good listen and I'm on to the next installment.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Playa del Rey, CA, United States 06-03-10
    Steve Playa del Rey, CA, United States 06-03-10
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    "Good!"

    Not really into sci fi, but this book got me hooked on his series. Can wait until the next installment comes out!

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    Nathan Nampa, ID, USA 04-16-10
    Nathan Nampa, ID, USA 04-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "amusing yet sci-fi"

    Great book. Great narrator. The story was detailed and engaging with out going overboard with endless sci-fi technicalities that can give you a headache. The author does a good job of creating just enough levity to make the main character serious but amusing. Looking forward to the sequels.

    20 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 02-01-11
    DAVID CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN, United States 02-01-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Syrup snortin' good!"

    I am so glad I decided to start this series! I almost past on this book due to the reviews warning about it's political nature. I guess I'm just ignorant because I did not notice the politics. Maybe any Horatio Agler 'rags to riches' type story has a political bend? I don't know, but I loved this book.

    The scifi foundation was very good, but I was suprised how often I found myself laughing out loud while listening. I almost wet my pants laughing when one of the main characters, in response to seeing an enormous fleet of hostile aliens about to attack, say's "ooh that's bad...that's bad on toast". The description of aliens getting stoned on maple syrup was quite funny as well.

    The narration was excellent also. Mr. Boyett did a very good job with the alien voices, not cheezy, but enough to make you visualize something other than human talking.

    Since listening to this book, I have listened to book two, Citadel, also excellent, and can not wait til book three, Hot Gate, is available.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    ron 03-11-17
    ron 03-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I listen to it in one sitting!"

    I started listening to the book and couldn't stop. I enjoyed the book so much i bought the next two!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grumpynorm 03-05-17
    Grumpynorm 03-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "good enough to listen to again and again"

    will listen again in the near future. sometimes a !ittle wordy but a great book

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    Justin 08-21-15
    Justin 08-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, but not sure I can finish it."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm about 2/3 of the way through, but thus far there are no real likable or relatable characters, as far as I'm concerned. The plot is great, but I'd like to see some more well rounded characters. Not everything is as cut and dried as this book portrays.

    I generally love Mark Boyett narrations, and this book is also great for the most part, but his New England (New Hampshire) accent is AWFUL. Not such a big deal though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Live Free or Die?

    People, particularly underprivileged and minority children, are dying from a never before seen parasite, that exhibits minimal signs of infection but is easily treatable if you know how. One character's response is "Their parents don't care about them..." and that comment is accepted and taken as fact.


    Was Live Free or Die worth the listening time?

    I think that the plot is great, and there is good attention to detail, so it's probably worth a shot. The book is written from the perspective that only hardcore conservatives have any modicum of intelligence, and all liberals are idiots. All liberal characters in the book have the intelligence of a below average 15 year old. Everything that the conservatives do is correct, and all liberal thoughts and actions are erroneous. If that doesn't bother you, then you'll probably love the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book consists of the following 2 character types:
    1) Intelligent, hardworking extreme conservatives.
    2) Really dumb liberals that can't understand basic economic or tactical concepts.

    I'd categorize myself as a fairly liberal person. I'm also minority and I grew up in an underprivileged area. I also have a M. S. in Mechanical Engineering, and I'm working on a Ph. D. As you can guess, that makes it difficult to relate to either of the 2 character types that are in this book. Considering my background, I feel that there are many instances where the author is just insulting. See my response for "What was one of the most memorable moments..." for an example.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 06-09-15
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 06-09-15 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "The Economies of Scale"

    I have now listened to two John Ringo novels (A Hymn Before Battle was my first) and found them both to be well written. This novel manages to walk a tight rope between idea-based gadget Hard Science Fiction and character-based Soft Science Fiction. It contains the requisite alien invasions and significantly advanced technology to qualify as Hard SF. It also has great people. The character Tyler Vernon is a geek fantasy come true: Computer game designer, uniquely skilled to deal with alien business relations because of his computer modeling of a financial Sci-Fi game, builds an empire that allows him to save mankind from extinction. The personality of Tyler Vernon dominates the story and he is a likable persona, well-suited for advancing a Space Opera storyline. Perhaps the most endearing thing about the book is that it manages to avoid pretension while clearly promoting a free-market capitalist agenda. While the alien and technology are standard Science Fiction tropes, Ringo infuses these well-used elements with a fresh and fun-filled storyline that is entertaining, and even engaging, making me want to continue listening to hear what happens next.

    I have now listened to several military Science Fiction books, trying to get a sampling of the field. This is one of the best. Along with Marko Kloos’ Frontlines series and B.V. Larson’s Undying Mercenaries, this is a series I will continue with.

    Mark Boyett is a good fit for this John Ringo book. His character voicings are appropriate, handling even female inflections very well. A great narrator is essential for me to enjoy an audiobook, and I enjoyed this one very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 03-09-15
    G. Parish 03-09-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "The title says it all"

    This book lives up to its title and provides readers of military SciFi with a country boy/American centric approach to the genre. Having said that the story is well crafted and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Wasilla, AK, United States 04-30-13
    Thomas Wasilla, AK, United States 04-30-13
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    "This is the THIRD time I've bought this book!"

    This book and the two that follow it are some of the fastest reads I've ever owned, I read a lot and just couldn't put these down. I bought my first set in paperback and reluctantly gave them to my nephew, bought my second set (also in paperback) for one of my sons. I just recently bought a Kindle Fire and discovered that I can plug it into my work van and listen while I drive (I'm a Courier.) Now I'm buying the audio set.

    The science (as far as I could follow) is accurate and not overwhelming. The story just flows so well, I didn't want to shut it off to go to bed. It's just that good.

    My hat's off to Mark Boyett as well. The Narration never got in the way of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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