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.
“[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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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.
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."
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.
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,
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.
The first 2 books are good this one with all the stupid cultural clashing is just so boring for the majority of the time. Lets get back to what made the first 2 books great!!!
"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.
"3rd time is not the charm"
I think book one of this trilogy is one of my favorite books. Book 2 is a great followup, as it shifts focus onto different characters. Book 3, well, stinks. Not only does it lack excitement (too chatty as another has reviewed), but it was a complete sell out. Even when inside the thoughts of the enemy, we hear pardoning to us terians. "They are better than us...I'm sure we'll loose before long", blah, blah, blah. Come on, if our evil enemies respect us, do we really have a book?
Also, much of the chattiness was about inter-cultural relations between earthling? Do I buy a sci-fi book to read about? No.
If you gotta see how the trilogy ends, save your $$ and look it up on Wikipedia.
As some of the other reviewers have said, the first two books in this trilogy were good. They were well written with developed plots. This book, however, dwells too much on culture clashes and way too much time is wasted on seemingly useless fluff. The story lines don't really reach any type of conclusion and you are left scratching your head thinking, "What? That's it?"
The author seems to have either rushed to get this book written or lost interest in the developing and writing a good conclusion to his story. Its a shame because the first two books were good.
"Mediocre effort by a generally good writer."
First, the narration was quite good. Boyett does a good job. The books sounds fine.
It's just... a weak effort on Ringo's part. Feels almost more like a continuation of "Citadel", the second book in the series, than a separate novel. Few new plot threads are introduced. Fewer still are resolved. The first half of the book is functionally a diatribe against South American cultural values... and I haven't the slightest idea why that needed to be in the book. Lots of didactic "This is why you're wrong" speeches. Worse, this all has basically no effect on the the space battle at the end of the book. The book ends suddenly, without much in the way of resolution.
I like this series. I hope it gets better again. If it doesn't it won't be worth reading (or listening to).
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.
"What? Not sure what the Story was about"
the end was ok but what was the rest about?
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 :(
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.
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.
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