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In the future there is no want, no war, no disease nor ill-timed death. The world is a paradise-and then, in a moment, it ends. The council that controls the Net falls out and goes to war. Everywhere people who have never known a moment of want or pain are left wondering how to survive. But scattered across the face of the earth are communities which have returned to the natural life of soil and small farm. In the village of Raven's Mill, Edmund Talbot, master smith and unassuming historian, finds that all the ...

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Overview

In the future there is no want, no war, no disease nor ill-timed death. The world is a paradise-and then, in a moment, it ends. The council that controls the Net falls out and goes to war. Everywhere people who have never known a moment of want or pain are left wondering how to survive. But scattered across the face of the earth are communities which have returned to the natural life of soil and small farm. In the village of Raven's Mill, Edmund Talbot, master smith and unassuming historian, finds that all the problems of the world are falling in his lap. Refugees are flooding in, bandits are roaming the woods, and his former lover and his only daughter struggle through the Fallen landscape. Enemies, new and old, gather like jackals around a wounded lion. But what the jackals do not know is that while old he may be, this lion is far from death. And hidden in the past is a mystery that has waited until this time to be revealed. You cross Edmund Talbot at your peril, for a smith is not all he once was. . . .

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743488594
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Council Wars Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 211,119
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Worth your time and money

    I tend to read alot of books and nothing can be worse than buying a book reading a third of it and feeling like you have wasted your time and money. With John Ringo's Council of War series this is not an issue. One of my best reads this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Gripping

    Found this book to be excitng had a tough time putting it down. If you like a world falling apart after technology you will love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    Thoroughly enjoyable.

    Amazing. Out of the largely increasing pool of titles that Mr. Ringo seems to keep enlarging yearly, this is one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2006

    Bad book

    First book in a long time that I couldn't finish. The setup of a post-spike society is just so-so, then the silly 'war' breaks out and it looses all interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    It'll Blow You Away

    I'm not much of a fantasy fan, but I've read other books by Ringo and thought I'd give this one a try, despite the fact that it's more fantasy than most. While the cover probably makes it obvious, this book isn't for youngsters. The book contains scenes of sex (not explicit, but implied) nudity, and mature subject matter like abortion and rape, to name a few. A mature audience will find this to be a fascinating tale about the evolution of a society after the rug has been swept out from under it. There's enough drama, fantasy, sci-fi, and military action here to keep everyone happy. I have only one complaint with the book. John Ringo writes in the character Bun-Bun from the online comic Sluggy Freelance into the story as an AI. Anyone who reads the comic will find the references the bunny makes blatantly obvious, while non-readers will be left scratching their heads, wondering what is going on. I felt that was stretching the fantasy a little TOO far... Otherwise, and amazing book that I couldn't pull away from from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Go For It!

    Typically I lean toward Fantasy (Feist, McKiernan, Salvatore, etc.)in my reading selections and so I have always been leery of these Fantasy/Sci-Fi blends, because though I knew I was missing out on some great stories I wasn't sure where to find them. Well, look no further. As a reader I appreciate world building, but also expect big payoffs- and so I decided that if I was going to take a chance with a 'change of pace' story I would take that chance with an author praised as a master of 'military' science fiction. If you can hear echoes of yourself in my words, then rest assured you will not be disappointed with this story- and lucky for us- the next two books have already been written!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2003

    RINGO ROCKS!

    Once more, John Ringo has created a universe that is utterly fascinating! He's taken a world so technologically advanced that humans aren't necessarily even human any more, and with an evil twist of his mind, has handicapped the mother of all computers and allowed human vanity to throw the world into chaos. Ringo's greatest strength is in his characterization, and There Will Be Dragons is brimming with new characters to love and to hate. The protagonists are going to have to work hard to survive their new environment, and the antagonists still manage to elicit sympathy from the reader. I appreciate the complexity and he has placed his characters in a universe as complex and trying as any I've read. Ringo promises and delivers an excellent read, with mayhem and humor intertwined. There Will Be Dragons moves beyond the strictly military science fiction of his Aldenata Universe and shows his growth as a writer. I highly recommend this book to all readers and eagerly anticipate the upcoming sequels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2003

    Maybe closer to five stars

    for a rating for this newest book from John Ringo. This is a definite departure in focus from Ringo's previous novels - this is a world where technology is indistinguishable from magic, from our current point of view. Then, the magic fails to work. People are in trouble, and they find that they have to rely on skills and knowledge that are millenia out of date. This is the first book in a new series, and it's a little slow for the first few chapters because it has to tell us who's who and what's what. It does begin to move swiftly and enjoyably until the end. While there are not any dragons as main characters, there are glimpses of them. I also think the title refers to the legend on old maps, where unknown territory is marked 'Here be Dragons.' The characters in this series are going into unknown territory, and it can be scary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    A new departure for John Ringo

    In my opinion, this is the best of John Ringo's solo books. The imagination displayed in the VERY future tech and society is awesome. The characters are very well delineated, especially Herzer and Edmund, and Herzer's growth is very well done. Very engaging to the imagination and emotions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2003

    A good beginning to a new series

    John Ringo has written an exciting story with his usual blend of detailed characters and intense action. The story is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, chronicling the collapse of a highly technical society. This book (and the continuing series) will be enjoyable not only for fans of Ringo's previous works, but also for those who enjoy serial fantasies like 'The Wheel of Time' and 'The Sword of Truth'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Good Read, Fun Universe

    This book is a science fiction novel that reads like fantasy. It has some really good battle scenes and a good treatment of sword-swinging down and dirty battle. The story starts off in a far future utopia, then utopia collapses and people have to improvise, adapt, and overcome. If you like sword and sorcery stuff, emphasis on the sword but growing towards the sorcery, you'll like this book and series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Another GREAT read from Ringo!

    Can't wait for the next book in this series. Need a snippet fix sooon. Write faster John!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    It's a small world but someone's gotta run it...

    Did you ever have one of those days when everything is going Just Great and then a bunch of jerks just ruin everything? Well, let's just say that office politics pale in comparison to the kind of nastiness that goes down in the council chamber one day a few millennia from now. The body count in the chamber is rather low for a Ringo novel, but he makes up for that when you find out what happens *after* the sqabble starts. This is the tale of what happens when the world is transformed in the space of a millisecond from paradise to purgatory and the guys everyone thought were bug house nuts are the only ones who can cope with the new reality. 'Dragons' is drama and fantasy with a healthy dose of science fiction. There's a lot of fun here, but also forays into the darker side of humanity, on both sides of the battle lines. 'Dragons' explores the battles without and within, the conflicts which rage around that combatants and sometimes within them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    Very Good

    An orignonal and thaught provokeing look at Utopia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    His best book yet!!!!!

    More of a Fantasy then his previous Mil/Sci-fi, but still full of action. In the far future, humans through genetic engineering can change into whatever they chose to be, meripeople, werepeople, unicorns, etc. Live where and how they wish, travel by teleports, food is delivered, live by virtual reality. There is a ruling council that governs and ¿mother¿ watches over earth. A Utopia if you will. A difference of opinion on the council heats up over what it is to be human and war breaks out. War in the 42nd Century is not exactly what it is in the 21st Century and it disrupts the world¿s power base and plunges them back into the technological base of the medieval times. Its a story of how in the future humans deal with survival, when all they¿ve known is everything handed to them, but the few who know to work and provide for themselves ¿ the reenactors who held renaissance fairs, must teach the others. They also must prepare to defend themselves from bandits. A story of fantasy, sci-fi, survival and good vs. evil rolled into one. This is one of those books you find yourself unable to put down until you finish it and then counting the days until the next one comes out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2003

    Raw, powerful,excellent....

    An absolute must for any reader of military SF. Things fall farther when we have advanced beyond our wildest dreams. Many writers fall into the trap of either: #1: Not explaining the reasons behind and development of their sci-fi societies and technologies, leading to bad reads. #2: Explaining too much, leading to bad science, long reads, and general dissatifaction. Ringo's knowledge and research of military and polictical history has been distilled and applied to a world completely of Ringo's making. His characters lead us on a powerful, entertaining romp through Ringo's distant, visionary future. Buy it. Read it. Love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    A book well worth reading

    Very well done. Another wonderful example of Ringo's talent for captivating story telling. This book sets the stage for a tale that will thrill, spill, and delight all readers. Beware though, you should set aside a significant chunk of time, have snacks at hand, inform work of a sudden illness, explain to the family that you're still alive but won't be around for a while, and get comfortable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    From a veteran SF fan (in multiple senses of the words)

    I've been reading SF since age 8, and fantasy since age 10. I'm middle-aged. I'd say that this qualifies me as a fan. First off, I'll admit that Ringo is not for everyone. Wimps, weenies, and the politically-correct need not read. I WOULD recommend his writing to pacifists and socialists, at least ones with open minds. They might learn something. I give fair warning, though, to those folk who prefer their literary characters to be angst-ridden, helpless, blunderers: John's LADY characters have more cojones than the average doofus-on-the-street. My capsule summary of the book is: It's the 40th Century, and Mankind is living like gods. Until, that is, a wannabe Uber-god spills the beans. It turns out that for the average dilettante godling, real down-in-the-dirt life can be a major pain. This is a book wherein heroes (of both sexes) are really heroes, bad guys are total scum, and mixed souls find redemption. While Good doesn't trounce Evil in a walkover, the good guys at least finish on their feet, and prepared for the next hard slog through the mires of conflict. This is a Ringo book. Expect military action. Expect unflinching looks at stuff that would cause another author to turn up his nose, or draw aside the hem of his robe. I will say that for John, the body count is fairly modest. Also, most of the on-camera carnage involves Orcs, so it's no major loss. Personally, add me to the list of those who lost sleep over this one. Fortunately, I started the book on a Saturday. Read till 0200 Sunday morning, passed out for a couple of hours of sleep, and finished it before Sunday noon. Frankly, I was irked at my eyelids for refusing to stay open. I'm REALLY looking forward to the sequel, 'Emerald Sea'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2003

    Not your typical fantasy

    This book is an interesting mix between military Science Fiction and Fantasy. In reply to another reviewer, this book is nothing like Ray Bradbury's or George Orwell's work. It has interesting postulations where the world will go with genetic engineering and nano-technology. Just be forewarned. If you are looking for pure fantasy, this is not the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    When Science becomes magic

    When Science becomes magic, far in the future, will we all forget our past and become more - or less - than human? This book reads like a departure from Ringo's usual style at first, in a far off future where the Mother of all computers ponders war as a necessary evil just before what remains of a decadent culture plunges itself into the dark ages again. Only those who have remembered history can give the future a chance. In other words, if you've liked Ringo in the past, read this one all the way through and you'll like it - and there's more coming!

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