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Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

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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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    Nate H CO, United States 07-12-11
    Nate H CO, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Good solid Sci-Fi"

    This book is just very well done. I really enjoyed this story. I love the building up and detail in the story. The rest of the books in the series are also great (as of the time of this review at least). So if you like this book, you have a great series waiting for you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Matt Navarre Portland, OR USA 07-12-11
    Dr. Matt Navarre Portland, OR USA 07-12-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Captivating"

    This is such an awesome story! I thought I'd give it a try, since I was not familiar with the author. Half way through listening to book 1, I bought books 2 and 3, and I don't want to go to work - I just want to finish listening!

    I'll certainly be checking out John's other books. He has a great way of blending action, characters, and plot. Also, I love the references to BSG and Star Wars - Frakkin cool.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 05-27-11
    Colin Detroit 05-27-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Simply Awesome"

    This is just great, everything just about falls into place just perfectly and results in a great story I cant wait to listen to again in a year or so, after I listen to the other 2 books that follow this one - First of all, I listened to this so I have no idea if names are spelled correctly, but you should be able to figure it out

    So I watched something on National Geographic on 5-22-11 called "When Aliens Attack" and the author of this book is on there and the show was sorta along the lines of the beginning of this book, so look for that if you can find it

    So an alien gateway comes into the Sol system (thats Earth) by some aliens that send these around to systems to establish contact and trades and stuff like that, but bad aliens can come out of it, and they do - the Horvath

    What happens is that by chance a Sci-Fi writer turned lumberjack/grocery store clerk/jack of all trades because of a lack in sci-fi as a things people care about after actual aliens come, Tyler Verden by chance discovered that maple syrup was like really strong alcohol for the Glatoon and trades it for this realy powerful computer chips that are worth millions, over night he becomes the richest person in the world and basically takes over everything not government controlled (and some that is)

    Tyler builds a really cool space laser called the SAPL (Solar Array Pumped Laser) or like Tyler puts it "Super Ass Powerful Laser" and it takes light from the Sun and points it onto VDA's (Variable Distributed Arrays) or again Tyler's name "Very Dangerous Array" and other really cool acronyms

    So this turned into one of the best books I have ever read/listened to, I have only one complaint and thats that it is to short - it jumps months and even years between chapters, and it would be cool to experience that stuff - I think it could have been 10-15 hours longer even, there are 2 more books that I have just started on and I hope they are just as good

    Highly recommended, its more like 6 out of 5 stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Mankato, MN, United States 08-15-10
    Matthew Mankato, MN, United States 08-15-10 Member Since 2017
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    "For Better or Worse: Ringo Channels Heinlein."

    I like this book.

    I have given a 5 star rating because it does exactly what it promised in the first few minutes: to discuss politics, war and relationships.

    I will note that I am sucker for the Heinlein homage that seeps through Ringo's writing in this novel. If you like Robert Heinlein's classic characters Lazarus Long or Jubal Hershaw, you will like Ringo's Tyler Vernon. However, the converse sentiment also holds true, you will likely see in Tyler Vernon the same audacious (maybe even arrogant) attitudes found in Heinlein's writing which alleges that bureaucrats are the single biggest danger to humanity (even more than the dreaded "liberals").

    I will note that for the record, the author takes creative liberties with many (read most) of the details regarding space exploration, political/economic philosophies and the suffering that comes with Alien Domination. While I accept that current literary theory holds that authors only tell the stories they themselves believe and as such Ringo must see himself as Tyler Vernon, I will note that the same criticism has been labeled at Heinlein. I would say that if all you hear or read in the character of Tyler Vernon is a fictional caricature of the ideal "rugged individual," you have only seen one dimension of Tyler Vernon.

    As a work of Science Fiction, this is not a book that reads like a technical manual nor is it filled with in-depth or vivid descriptions of milieu, environment and setting. Yet careful listening to the words will demonstrate that the relative unimportance of details is a central theme in the life of Tyler Vernon.

    At the same time, it must be noted that Ringo is not Tom Clancy. I say this to note that Ringo does not bury you in minute details simply to prove the expertise of his characters or his own depth of knowledge and extensive research. Ringo implicitly requests his readers/listeners accept his authorial fiat on the subject of details in order to tell us a new twist on an old story.

    22 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas E. Noll 02-27-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Another John Ringo classic"

    John Ringo delivers again with a sweeping epic of the near future. He draws on some old sci-fi themes from classic stories of the past, throws in a Howard Hughes-like character, and gives us another great story. Ringo's conservative political views tend to come out in his writing, but are a minor distraction from an otherwise great story. This audio book was well-narrated with good characterization. I am looking forward to Ringo's sequel in what I understand will be a triology. I recommend this one.

    32 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Elias Rostad Aberdeen, South Dakota 03-10-10
    Elias Rostad Aberdeen, South Dakota 03-10-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic Ringo"

    If you enjoy john ringo then you will absolutely love this book. Memorable characters, great science, solid story and clear writing, it's all there, along with his political views.
    Point is, there is nothing in this book that will be surprising to any Ringo fan. If your a new fan of a politically right bent, you'll love this book.
    If you're not, or you haven't been a fan of ringo in the first place, then, like the person who gave the book a 1 star, just avoid this book. It's that simple.
    To the Ringo fans out there, Rest Assured, he'd done it again.

    23 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Miami, Fl, USA 04-06-15
    Robert Miami, Fl, USA 04-06-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Listened to this book series 18 times so far!!!!!!"

    This is really an enjoyable story...and the best part is that the next books are the best friggin space battles ever!!! Yes there is some right wing comments (as with all of Ringo's works), but I can tell you as a Democrat (but also retired military), its not too much to irritate even a liberal from California. lol Buy this book!!!!! If you don't like the series I will donate credits back to you!! ...not really, but it is that good! The only bad part is that there are only 3 books. ENJOY!!!!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julius Butcher 06-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A fresh approach to alien contact"

    The story takes an interesting approach to alien contact. An advanced race, the Glatun places a space gate close to Earth, which makes possible to travel huge distances. Doing so, they connect the Earth to the other species. But instead of a big hype, they simply give a "phone notification" to the presidents of the most important countries, and then they leave.
    Another unusual turn is that another race, the Horvath oppresses the Earth, taking our valuable metals.
    Usually, in other books what comes next is a heroic fight for the freedom of the planet, but not in this one. Vernon takes small steps, first trading with the Glatun to get finance for other projects, and then he buys space ships to mine asteroids. Finally he builds a super asteroid-fortress to defend the Earth from the Horvath. This makes the story more "real", more believable.
    Another point, which distinguishes this story from the tiresome hollywood plots is that people die in the fight. Whole cities are destroyed.
    The one thing I found disturbing is that the author gave too much scientific details. While it could be compelling to someone working in the research or science field, sometimes it was boring for me.
    I think the title really fits the story, because the main character, Tyler Vernon rather dies than let the aliens occupy the Earth. Vernon is not a hero like Superman. He is an ordinary man, but still he has strong values.
    I enjoyed this audio book, and recommend for listening.

    4 of 5 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.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Badda Bing Badda Boom 03-18-10
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    "Laugh out loud funny"

    John Ringo is a great Sci Fi writer. All his books have humor, and historical insight applied to future imagined. To top it off Mark Boyett is the best narrator I've heard yet. This is a great book and hopefully part one of a series. The aliens are funny as hell without trying. The novel ideas for using crude brute force engineering to achieve sophisticated goals makes this a must read.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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  • Russell
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    "Juvenile, and not in a good way."

    This is a very mediocre sci fi romp, not awful, not a work of literature either.

    The problem is that this is a very, very thinly disguised piece of EXTREMELY right wing propaganda.

    Through a series of rather forced deus ex machina, the author's utopia of blond, illiberal hard working, non-muslim humanity with a hyper-libidoed female population is brought into being. Conveniently by the evil aliens without the heroes' approval or intervention thereby enabling everyone to enjoy the resultant paradise without that pesky guilt that more mundane ethnic cleansing usually brings.

    It is, in a word, juvenile. The lead character, super smart yet a good ol' man of the land, is transparently just a mouthpiece for the author's prejudices. He becomes the richest man in the world overnight and routinely shows up those liberal city folk (the President, corporate executives, etc.) for the low down cowardly sneaky liars they are. And in the end of course, saves everybody with only the asians, africans, middle easterners and city folk falling victim to the ensuing conflict. No loss there then.

    I would expect this kind of thing to be written by a geeky teenager as a wish fulfilment fantasy after he'd just been snubbed by the prettiest girl at high school when asking her to the prom.

    From a published author, it's just a bit sad.

    5 of 20 people found this review helpful

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