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Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Grand scale, epic, hard science fiction at its best!

Can one individual make a difference? Can one very determined, smart, creative individual make a difference? You betcha!

When Earth is in a desperate situation, Tyler Vernon comes up a crazy idea that just might work--or get everyone killed. Tyler Vernon is a guy who...
Can one individual make a difference? Can one very determined, smart, creative individual make a difference? You betcha!

When Earth is in a desperate situation, Tyler Vernon comes up a crazy idea that just might work--or get everyone killed. Tyler Vernon is a guy who doesn't like to think small and with bills to pay, he just has to roll the dice.

Live Free or Die is the result of asking one of those great science-fiction questions, "what if". As John Ringo puts it in the "Acknowledgements", "What would happen if an alien race suddenly trundled a gate to other worlds into our solar system?"

Maybe this, or as Howard Tayler writes in the "Foreword", "If this book isn't the truth about how we go about carving the phrase 'Humans ...ARE here' on the great edifices of Galactic Society, it's because Truth read John's Fiction and said 'Okay, I'll have to do better.'"

posted by DoubleAught on May 26, 2010

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Paid by the word, perhaps?

There is a good story in this book. Unfortunately, it is buried under several hundred extra pages of scientific speculation masquerading as dialogue("How's the asteroid mining project going, Steve?" "Well, if we can align the VLA, the BDA and the SLA, and the volatile...
There is a good story in this book. Unfortunately, it is buried under several hundred extra pages of scientific speculation masquerading as dialogue("How's the asteroid mining project going, Steve?" "Well, if we can align the VLA, the BDA and the SLA, and the volatiles aren't to volatile . . .") Please understand, I have no problem with science in science fiction WHEN IT IS INTEGRATED INTO AND ADVANCES THE PLOT!!! That is not the case here; much of Live Free or Die reads like the transcript of a grad student bull session had been accidentally dropped into the body of a novel.
While Mr. Ringo was doling out copious exposition, he might have devoted a paragraph or two to the problem of how humanity managed to continue to function without difficulty in spite of a several pandemics and the destruction of virtually every major city. The impression he gives is that the former only killed useless people in Third World countries and the latter was beneficial as it killed equally useless urban liberals. On second thought, maybe it's just as well he didn't spell that out . . .

posted by vito on December 29, 2010

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    Gotta Read

    This is the first book of a new series. The book while a bit technical is a good read, especially the "syrup wars".

    All in all a great way to pass a snowy afternoon in front of the fireplace

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    fun thriller

    The Grtul came first constructing the Gudrum Ring to expand trade by making Earth a galactic partner. Humans reacted with trepidation and adulation as the global economy begins to go galaxy.

    Three peaceful years pass with earthlings growing in confidence that they are equal trading partners. However, everything changes abruptly when the Horvath arrive in warships. They destroy several metropolises as a warning. Terra is theirs. Entrepreneur Tyler Vernon knows that the entire galaxy loves maple syrup and that no military martinet species is going to prevent him from selling Vermont style to customers. He considers smuggling, but knows a cost benefit analysis suggests the maple Syrup counterinsurgency might be a better way to kick the Horvath off earth.

    The concept is terrific with its obvious parallels to the current global economy as John Ringo combines a hostile alien planetary takeover with musings on the convergence of science and economics that in modern times make it difficult for an individual to Live Free or Die trying. The story line drifts between a hyperspeed shoot em up revolution and turtle-speed dialogues on the economic-science convergence. Both prove interesting, but also overwhelm characterizations including the maple syrup entrepreneur. Still fans will enjoy Mr. Ringo's combining of economics, science and alien invasion as overall this is a thought provoking fun thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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