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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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First Time in Paperback.
Beginning a New Series by a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Will the People of Earth Bow Down to Alien Overlords—or Will They Fight Back?

First Contact Was Friendly

When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the Solar System, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. When the first aliens to come


First Time in Paperback.
Beginning a New Series by a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Will the People of Earth Bow Down to Alien Overlords—or Will They Fight Back?

First Contact Was Friendly

When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the Solar System, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. When the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, turned out to be peaceful traders, the world breathed a sigh of relief.

Who Controls the Orbitals, Controls the World

When the Horvath came through, they announced their ownership of us 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.

Editorial Reviews

Initially, the arrival of aliens into our solar system evoked fear, even terror; but the first group of visitors, the Glatun, were peaceful traders, lifting hopes everywhere. Thus, the world was unprepared for the merciless onslaught of the Horvath, who took over the planet after bombarding cities with giant rocks. With Terra as their fiefdom, they crushed even potential opponents. What they hadn't anticipated was one fearless man on a mission. This mass market paperback rings in John Ringo's Troy Rising trilogy.

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.

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Troy Rising Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

John Ringo began writing for Baen in 2000 with his first release A Hymn Before Battle—the first novel in his Posleen Wars—which has become a New York Times best-selling series with nearly one million copies in print. The series continued with Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, Hell’s Faire and Eye of the Storm. In addition, Ringo has penned the Council War series: There Will be Dragons, Emerald Sea, Against the Tide, and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Adding another dimension to his skills, Ringo created nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon (Ghost, Kildar, Choosers of the Slain, Unto the Breach, and A Deeper Blue). His latest techno-thriller, The Last Centurion, was also a national best seller. A more playful twist is the Looking-Glass series: Into the Looking Glass, Vorpal Blade, Manxome Foe and Claws That Catch, the last three in collaboration with Travis S. Taylor. His audience was further enhanced with four collaborations with fellow New York Times best-selling author David Weber: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few. There are an additional five collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: The Hero, written with Michael Z. Williamson, Watch on the Rhine, Yellow Eyes and The Tuloriad, all written with Tom Kratman, and the New York Times best seller Cally’s War and its sequels Sister Time and Honor of the Clan, both with Julie Cochrane. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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Live Free or Die 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
DoubleAught More than 1 year ago
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.'"
Frazed00 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is one extremely good book. Even if you are not familiar with Schlock Mercenary, it is a very entertaining read. With an interesting main character, and an in depth 'What If' of first contact. I found only one problem with John Ringo's book, and that is that I couldn't put it down for very long. Its cliche but true, I bought the book today after hearing about it in few week old podcast of Writing Excuses at 930AM, finished it at around 7PM, and although not quite one sitting. Get the book, but make sure you have a few hours to spend before you start it.
Beat More than 1 year ago
I have yet to find a book by John Ringo that is merely mediocre and this one is way up there in the top percentile. He is again writing a fast story that glues you to the seat and lets you miss a lot of sleep. This one has all the markings of a series and I am looking foreward to his "next in line". John, don't let us wait too long. Please!
TexasWolf More than 1 year ago
John Ringo. The man. The legend..the greatest writer of all time! :) Seriously though? John Ringo has delivered yet another awesome scifi adventure. What would happen if an alien race delivered a gate into orbit near earth. What would happen if a hostile race used that gate to hold us hostage. What would you or anyone do to end that? Well this book give us one answer. Ringo's books if you've read them all have a similar theme running through them. The triumph of good over evil, and right over wrong. Are you going to enjoy this book if your own philosophy trends towards the liberal[or as some oldtimers I've read used to call it the 'take a punk to lunch bunch'] end of the spectrum? Probably not. If you believe however in hard work, personal responsibility, common sense, etc. Love a good rip roarin sci fi tale.... Yep..you're almost certain to love this book. Either way I heartily recommend it. Let me put it this way. I'm currently rereading it for the 7th[?] time since I bought it in January.
Ms._Jones More than 1 year ago
There is not much to say other than I really liked the book and the authors use of diolog is awsome. I hope I learn something.
laurak122 More than 1 year ago
I love science fiction and I love action. Mr. Ringo delivers both with a unique style; I've never read anyone quite like him. I might suggest David Weber as a similar writer when it comes to researched detail and overall "smartness" or intelligence of the writing, however Ringo's writing is far more action-filled and exciting!
Stormdemon More than 1 year ago
Perhaps, maple syrup and intergalactic political manuevering was a bit conveneint but I enjoyed every bit of the book. I can't wait for the next book to see how far we can kick the galactic invaders butt!
Va_Trucker More than 1 year ago
I enjoy John Ringo's style of writing. The way he blends humor into the plot makes his character very vivid. You can tell that he enjoys writing,so that you can enjoy reading. I found this book to be difficult to put down. I wanted to see what was going to happen next, after every page. I will read this one over & over through the years.
DDeano More than 1 year ago
I did not get bogged down in the explanations at all, and as usual, the book makes me marvel at the imagination of the author. The political undercurrent was fascinating, and the conclusions are probably ones with which most readers of the author would agree.
Bkimzey2 More than 1 year ago
With "Live Free or Die" I now own every book published by John Ringo and as with all his other books, it is worth every cent I paid. John tells a story about humanity and human rights with flair and verve and an outstanding imagination. "Live Free or Die" is a great story that reminds me of Isaac Asimov and his Foundation series in that he has hard science and vision of a grand future all while telling a story about people. Rock on John :)
bookaday More than 1 year ago
A somewhat old story line, earth gets conquered by aliens, told with a few new twists and more believable science than science fiction making this a very enjoyable and entertaining read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I have read the entire series through 3 times. I can't say anything bad about the story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great example of the art. I have read, lectured and promoted the genra for over fourty years. It promotes a future that we can hope to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You who will never understand hate this book. Ah, but I see the world, and not through rose colour glasses. There are people that are useless, and some work for the government. Wht has it done for you lately?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All hail the maple syrup king! Live Free or Die; what a rollicking good time.
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Kov815 More than 1 year ago
Overall a good combination of humor, action and interesting perspective on human and alien nature. I Highly Recommend.
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vito More than 1 year ago
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 . . .
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