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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

“[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)

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great series but where is BOOK 4!

where the bloody hell is book 4!! seriously it's been 7 YEARS!! COME ON JOHN!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Too Talky

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.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • John M
  • Lafayette, CA USA
  • 05-24-11

Huh?

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."

23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • Townsville, Australia
  • 11-26-12

Human interaction

Any additional comments?

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another Epic Space Battle

This is a great book with tons on interpersonal relationship. It spans the gamut from diplomacy to a defense worthy of the name, Thermopylae. It is military SciFi at its best and well worth a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

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.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Roger
  • Amherst, Nova Scotia
  • 05-13-11

Culture Smulcher

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,

18 of 24 people found this review helpful

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great continuation of the story

you will love this book. you will laugh a little and cry a lot John has once again done a great job

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sorry I let poor reviews delay my reading this.

Many have complained about the lack of action in this third installment. It is true, this book focuses far more on the dynamics of different earth cultures having to work together in the defense of earth and expansion into space. Some of Heinlein's best was when he put people into SF scenarios to see how they would behave and that is what happens here.

There is a lot of build up and talking with no action for a long time. When the action does come hold on to your hat because the battle is great. I just wish he would hurry up with a fourth book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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New characters not important; unsatisfying ending

the new characters that were introduced and heavily invested in do not contribute significantly to the story.

the book abruptly ends in an unsatisfying way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • 05-20-12

confused

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Trevor
  • 01-05-15

What? Not sure what the Story was about

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

the end was ok but what was the rest about?

Any additional comments?

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 :(

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Allan
  • 07-16-17

Gets a little bit slow in the middle but overall good

I have just listened to all three books one after another and I have a good series only issue I've got is the last book is a little bit slow in the middle and tends to go on too much about politics of South America, a little bit annoying that one of the characters does something that is not explained anywhere through the book overall good book with some plot issues

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  • Mr. Robert A. Blanch
  • 05-02-17

Disappointing and a bit bizarre

Loved the first book. Enjoyed the second. I love the ideas and the whole popcorn sci fi, massive super weapons, giant space battles thing. Unfortunately most this book is an attack on South American culture and one sided multiculturalism, saying how we are supposed to understand them but oh, they are the ones who would be better off adopting our way of thinking. Ok, fine, I don't really care about PC thinking, I wasn't offended, I was just bored. Seriously, it just goes on and on and on and.... It's a waste of words, and my time. It doesn't advance the main plot, at all, and if the time taken had been given to the main plot, then this book could have moved forward into really interesting territory. It could even have wrapped things up trilogy style, it could have been fun. It doesn't and isn't. When we do finally get back to space battles, I found it strangely unsatisfying, it leaves the main plot a bit unresolved and...There is no book 4. Oh, and it's all almost laughably USA-centric. So yes, author has totally lost the plot with this one.

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  • Danielius
  • 03-21-17

Disappointing

After the first two books, this one was a let down. Kinda feels derogatory towards south Americans. Doesnt actually pertain a feeling of buildup for a massive finalle a trilogy deserves - and in the end doesnt deliver one. Just feels loke the book kinda fizzles out. Narration is still well done. Shame the trilogy went in order of amazing -> very good -> somehat average.

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  • sir swali
  • 08-10-16

loved it

Love the detail. Felt like I was actually there. Some of the various alien names get lost / detached from the character you build when they are initially introduced but with a 2nd read I'm sure I'll keep better track.