Von Neumann's War

Von Neumann's War

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by John Ringo
     
 

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Somebody was testing a planet-killing weapon on Mars—
and the next target was Earth

Mars is the staging ground. Earth is the target. A storm of invasion gathers as the Red Planet pales and Earth scientists – amateurs and professionals alike – race to discover what it portends. Worse news: the horde of self-replicating probes suspected

Overview

Somebody was testing a planet-killing weapon on Mars—
and the next target was Earth

Mars is the staging ground. Earth is the target. A storm of invasion gathers as the Red Planet pales and Earth scientists – amateurs and professionals alike – race to discover what it portends. Worse news: the horde of self-replicating probes suspected as the cause – implacable and all-consuming in its own right – may be only the tip of a full-scale assault.

Ideas — the only useful weapon when facing an adversary an order of magnitude more advanced than you are. But against such an enemy, thought without action is as futile as war-making without a plan. Humanity’s hope? The “straddlers”: intelligent soldiers who know their science — and fighting scientists who have no scruples about using their smarts to kick some alien butt. Yet even with the right people finally on the job, the hour is late.

For Mars glows red again. And the swarm is nearly upon us!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148474630
Publisher:
Baen Books
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
131,667
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

John Ringo is author of the New York Times best-selling Posleen War series which so far includes A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances (New York Times best seller), and Hell's Faire (New York Times best seller), and is the hottest new science fiction writer since David Weber. Among his other novels for Baen are Into the Looking Glass, the fantasy adventure Princess of Wands, the Council Wars series, which began with There Will Be Dragons, and the Kildar techno-thriller series, which began with Ghost
His collaborative novels include Von Neumann's War with Travis S. Taylor, Cally's War (New York Times best seller) and Sister Time with Julie Cochrane, the New York Times best selling Prince Roger series with David Weber, which began with March Upcountry, and The Road to Damascus with Linda Evans.
A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction. He had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school.

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Sufferingzombie More than 1 year ago
Ringo's characters and writing style send you into the world that he is creating. It has a feel of War of the Worlds and is thrilling from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget little green men, this time the threat is from machines smaller than your desk...but, as a single snowflake is small, the problem is when you're faced with MILLIONS of them. This is the predicament of Earth...hordes of robots have slowly taken over and robbed the solar system of metallic ores, leaving lifeless 'cities' in their wake...and they're coming straight at US...and we know nothing about them. Even when we learn that they 'eat' metal (so fast they'll take your necklace or dogtags, and your head with it) and replicate by 'mitosis' our problems are only beginning...how do you defeat something that EATS metal when most of your society...tools, vehicles, and weapons...are MADE of metal? In 'Von Neumann's War' we might not be facing the collapse of civilization by direct assault, but by suddenly finding ourselves in a situation where we must reinvent the wheel overnight or find ourselves in a new stone age. Ringo outdid himself on this one...at times a little 'too geeky' in the rocket science and techno-wizardry, but still a gripping, believable story of human inginuity and determination. A definite must-read that can start a new series or a wonderful stand alone! (Now if we could only get Ringo to drop his 'Paladin of Darkness' series...)
harstan More than 1 year ago
Within months of one another three probes are sent to Mars from Russia, Europe and America respectively, but contact is lost on all. Astroscientists are further stunned as Mars seems to have abruptly changed from the angry red planet to an aging grayish orb. No known natural phenomena can be postulated to have caused this radical sudden change. Finally communication with Mars probes vanishes entirely.--------------------- - Desperate to learn what is going on to insure it does not spread inward to earth, a special probe is sent, but this one is destroyed far from the planet. The conclusion is a foreign force is industrializing Mars with no concerns as to the environment. The only reason to destroy communications with probes from earth would be that the aliens are setting up a home base to stage a military invasion of Earth. While the military strategists work on a plan to prevent the invasion and the scientists work on a weapon, they come, but these are not little green men. They are the race of Von Neumann probes ignoring people while stripping all planetary metal to replicate themselves some misfortunate humans die as collateral damage. Meanwhile the American military establish new command posts where metals are not a major issue such as the Huntsville hooters because breasts, wings and beer attract men, not Von Neumann robots.------------- VON NEUMANN¿S WAR is an excellent military science fiction thriller that pundits will read in one delightful sitting as fans will need to ¿watch the second half¿. The key to this Armageddon thriller is humor as John Ringo and Travis Taylor lampoon the sacred icons of society. The story line contains a solid Mars attacks tale based on the theories of late Hungarian mathematician John von Neumann, but filled with a droll wit as we have finally found the weapons of mass destruction in our face.-------------- Harriet Klausner