- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
In John Ringo's There Will Be Dragons, the future is a virtual paradise. Technology takes care of everything -- nannites heal all sickness, replicators create sustenance, and teleportation devices make global travel instantaneous. But what happens when the technology crashes?
When the Council (an elite administrative group that controls the all-powerful Net) vehemently disagrees on the direction in which the human race should be headed, an unlikely war ensues. Power to the Net is lost, and suddenly -- for the first time in centuries -- humankind must figure out how to survive on its own. When a technologically advanced society is unexpectedly thrown back into a preindustrial age, basic needs that have been taken for granted for so long -- shelter, food, clothes, medicine, protection -- are suddenly life-and-death issues.
Inevitably, thousands of people die in the first weeks. But some, like Edmund Talbot and Miles "Gunny" Rutherford, have a huge advantage. As re-enactors -- those who study and re-enact life in historical societies -- Edmund and his friends have expert knowledge in areas like blacksmithing, farming, foraging, tanning, and mining. Soon, refugees start arriving at Edmund's home in rural Raven's Mill, looking for food and protection from roving bands of bandits.
Fans of epic postapocalyptic novels (like Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Stephen King's The Stand, Robert McCammon's Swan Song, and Sheri S. Tepper's The Visitor) will undoubtedly enjoy There Will Be Dragons. Part science fiction, part fantasy, part military fiction, this novel is one of Ringo's most ambitious works to date. Paul Goat Allen