Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Series #1)
  • Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Series #1)
  • Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Series #1)

Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Series #1)

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by John Ringo
     
 

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"When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. The first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief. When the Horvath came through, they announced their ownership of Earth by dropping rocks on three cities and gutting them. Since then, they've held

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"When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. The first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief. When the Horvath came through, they announced their ownership of Earth 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." "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 merely getting us from under the fist 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Prolific military SF author Ringo (the Posleen War series) imbues this near-future epic with a somewhat self-indulgent air, mixing lengthy and sometimes interminable discussions of science and economics with do-or-die action. Three years after the alien Grtul drop a transport gate in our solar system and welcome Earth to the galactic community, a Horvath warship shows up and destroys several major cities before extorting protection payments. Fast-thinking entrepreneur Tyler Vernon exploits the literally universal appeal of maple syrup to make a fortune, defies the Horvath, and reveals his ideas for keeping Earth safe, but intergalactic war threatens to derail his plan. This extended thought exercise is infused with plenty of old-fashioned two-fisted can-do attitude, a heavy dose of science, and occasional bursts of dry humor, but shallow characterization and an ambling plot detract from the overall experience. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The first aliens that came through the space "gate" were friendly traders called the Glatun. Then the Horvath came, demanding a monopoly on the supply of maple sugar, their latest "drug" of choice, and claiming ownership of the planet. Leading the resistance, despite opposition by the world's governments, is Tyler Vernon, short in stature but tall in his convictions that humanity bows to no one. VERDICT This trilogy opener from Ringo ("Posleen War" series) displays the author's fine sense of humor, his love of pulp sf, and his keen knowledge of military strategy and tactics. First-rate military sf with believable human and alien characters and a slam-dunk approach to storytelling should please genre fans who demand both action and excellence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439133323
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Series:
Troy Rising Series, #1
Pages:
404
Sales rank:
663,451
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.41(d)

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