Vorpal Blade [NOOK Book]

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TO THE STARS?WITH GUNS AND DUCT TAPE

LTC William Weaver, PhD. (""Call me Bill..."") and SEAL Chief Miller, the heroes who saved Earth from alien menace in Into the Looking Glass, are back and this time Bill's got hisself a ship! The former SSBN Nebraska has been converted, using mostly shade-tree mechanics and baling wire, into a warp ship, Naval Construction Contract 4144, ...
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Overview

TO THE STARS—WITH GUNS AND DUCT TAPE

LTC William Weaver, PhD. (""Call me Bill..."") and SEAL Chief Miller, the heroes who saved Earth from alien menace in Into the Looking Glass, are back and this time Bill's got hisself a ship! The former SSBN Nebraska has been converted, using mostly shade-tree mechanics and baling wire, into a warp ship, Naval Construction Contract 4144, ready to go where no Adar, SEAL or academic has gone before!

Yay for the heroes! But who cares for the poor Security guys, Force Recon Marines who are kept in the dark and fed manure all day That is until they land on an alien planet, get partially wiped out and then load back up again. It's a dog's life in the Space Marines but somebody's got to save the academics and the universe—at the cost of horrendous casualties.

Ranging in topics from the best gun to kill armored space monsters to particle physics to cosmology, Vorpal Blade is a return to the ""good old days"" of SF when the science problems were fun, the women were smart, tough and beautiful, and the beasts were ugly. The monkeys are out in the space lanes and ready to rock. As soon as they find the duct tape.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148466895
  • Publisher: Baen Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Looking Glass , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 57,132
  • File size: 2 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.

Travis S. Taylor—"Doc" Taylor to his friends—is the author of Warp Speed, The Quantum Connection, and the forthcoming One Day on Mars for Baen. He has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a master's degree in Physics, a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a master's degree in Astronomy from the University of Western Sydney, and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.

Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, races mountain bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting military science fiction thriller

    Several years have passed since the quantum physics experiment at the University of Central Florida destroyed the area and opened a gateway into other dimensions that allowed the Dreen to invade the earth. Only physicist Dr. William Weaver and Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller with rednecks and some real army prevented the deadly Dreen from annihilating the planet (see INTO THE LOOKING GLASS). Doc Weaver places a captured alien star drive onto a nuclear submarine creating earth¿s first starship, the VORPAL BLADE. Captain Steven Blankemeier and Commander Clay White are to head an exploratory expedition into worlds devastated by the Dreen in order to learn more about this malevolent species and the so called other interstellar races who came to the earth prepared to destroy it once the planet was Dreen contaminated the theory is basic human instinct to know all you can in this case about the dreaded demons before they and the ¿friendly¿ benign others return. --- Combining quantum physics with MacGyver ingenuity in space, the sequel to INTO THE LOOKING GLASS, VORPAL BLADE is an exciting military science fiction thriller that never slows down for a nanosecond as the action-packed story line is faster than the alien engine can propel a craft through space. Although the vernacular of the kick butt military during the zillion battle scenes reminds this reviewer of my late mother-in-law¿s use of profanity when she cut a finger or stubbed a toe (¿your father¿s mustache¿), readers will go where mankind has never gone before with the prime directive to interfere in order to prepare for the anticipated return engagement. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    A great premise and excellent casting; Real space opera.

    This book is probably most attractive to science nerds and those looking for out of this world adventure. By sitting on the edge of known physics it forces one to not only imagine, but to also open their mind to new possibilities. The characters are easy to identify with but very two dimensional; which is probably good because so many get killed off.

    The book appears to be a dummy's guide to quantum and particle physics wrapped around a story designed to make it palatable. If this is the case the author's have, in my mind, succeeded; I only hope they are accurate or I'm likely to make somewhat of ass out of myself among my peers ... time will tell.

    The different lifeforms are pretty contrived but seem to hold together as concepts. In a more serious book I would expect more difficulty in surmounting alien contact challenges like communications, mental outlook and even physical perception. But a space opera, by definition, has heroes who always (mostly) jump to the right conclusions.

    If you enjoy space light space opera based on real science (which I do) this is an outstanding book. It is best read during idle hours for pure escapism. I will be reading any sequels.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Exciting, Exciting, EXCITING...

    Did I mention that Vorpal Blade was exciting? Ringo and Taylor have managed to do it again - combining nonstop-action, interesting and well-grounded science, compelling characters, believably different aliens and an excellent understanding of military tactics and culture into a great read.


    Don't pick this one up until you have time for it. You won't want to put it down for anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    Great Sci Fi

    Can' wait for the next one

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