Claws That Catch (Looking Glass Series #4)

Claws That Catch (Looking Glass Series #4)

by John Ringo, Travis Taylor

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Overview

First Time in Paperback.
The Sequel to Into the Looking Glass, Vorpal Blade and Manxome Foe.

It's Not Over Til The Skinny Lady Sings . . .

Working off of a piece of intelligence from our alien allies, the Vorpal Blade is dispatched to investigate rumors of an ancient and powerful civilization that may have been the creators of the “black box” that drives humanity's only space ship. Any remnant technology would be nice but what the Blade finds is much more than they bargained for. Worse, the ship is infested by an alien species of scorpion-like arachnoids that has the potential to wipe out a world. Worst of all, instead of being Astrogator, Captain William Weaver is now the XO and he is not getting along with the new commander. And the new commander does not get along with Weaver, the ship's female savant-linguist or most of the rest of the original crew. And what is that weird noise the ship makes every time it's in hard maneuvers?

Leave it to the oddball geniuses of the Blade to sort it all out. And the Dreen are not going to like the answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439133132
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Series: Looking Glass Series , #4
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.12(d)

About 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, and Hell’s Faire, as well as the connected novels Cally’s War (with Julie Cochrane), The Hero (with Michael Z. Williamson), and Watch on the Rhine (with Tom Kratman), and is the hottest new science fiction writer since David Weber. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his novels of high-tech future war.

Travis S. Taylor—“Doc” Taylor to his friends—has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a doctorate in optical science and engineering, a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in aerospace engineering, a master's degree in astronomy, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. 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. He lives in Harvest, AL with his wife Karen and their daughter.

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Claws That Catch 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Doug_in_Salcha More than 1 year ago
There are certain Authors that one remembers. If you read Science Fiction, you should know names like Jules Verne, Edgar, Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, etc. More recently, others have established themselves with me. I will sometimes pick up a new book by an unknown (to me at least) author based first on cover art and second on a quick perusal of the back cover or the inside of the cover leaf. I keep returning, however, to a select group of authors that I know will not disappoint. These authors include (but are not limited to) names like David Weber (the Honor Harrington Series), William Dietz (the Legion of the Damned Series), Elizabeth Moon (the Kylara Vatta Series), and Lois McMaster Bujold (the Miles Vorkosigan Series). John Ringo may be added to this list. Not all of the characters are completely "fleshed out" but then many of them are "too quickly taken" by the action but those characters that Mr. Ringo does take the time to make 'multi-dimentional' are like people that I would like to know in 'real life'. Sometimes they are heroic and sometimes they are sometime afraid; sometimes feel guilty when they survive and their friends don't. Sometimes the characters react with 'real world' reactions or psychoses. I do encourage those who have not read any fiction by John Ringo to "take a chance" - I suspect they will "return for more".
Kelnic More than 1 year ago
A new Sci-fi Classic!
chiapet23 More than 1 year ago
this is a great searies if you havent read the other books then dont spoil it by skipying a head but this series must continue the ending in this book leaves a lot of loose ends that i want to know.
Talking-Horse More than 1 year ago
This was a great! Taylor finaly found balance of science fact and fiction. He gives us just enough science to make us understand the difficultys of traveling in space but not so much that we get lost in it. And lets not forget John Ringo who continues to do a great job in keeping it real with the men and women who go into danger for us. Thanks Guys!!
Navdad More than 1 year ago
Ringo and Taylor on point for space reading,
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Vorpal Blade II is gearing up for her first real mission. With the Dreen presence looming and the rest of the world suddenly in on the interstellar secret, the crew is back together, the newly married (and promoted) Two-Gun Eric Bergstresser, XO Bill Weaver, of course Miriam, are off again. Ringo takes a couple of side-trips into domestic life and military day-to-day, and trots out a few old jokes. Entertaining as always.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the Looking Glass series, and again features many of the same characters in the new and improved Vorpal Blade flying around the galaxy fighting. This one is less about discovery and more about the combat, though its not quite as tense or desperate as in previous books. If you like John Ringo books you'll still like this one, but it is not my favorite.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At this point it's become pretty strongly a Mary Sue adventure. Ringo is prone to those - though he manages to write ones that are interesting for multiple volumes, which is kind of amazing! Eric is the unquestioned hero, to a ridiculous degree - and I'm sorry, the anime bit didn't help _at_all_. Weaver gets to be XO, which means he spends most of his time on paperwork and personality/authority clashes and none of his time (that I recall) on science. His greatest scientific contribution this trip is convincing the new captain that Miriam really is useful, despite being a civilian woman. Oh and by the way, at the end of the last book she picked up an alien hitchhiker...who hated heat but has no problem with human body heat, apparently. Why it settled for her implant, if it did...Miriam spends the first half of the book in bad with the Captain - and he never even knew she'd brought the cat on board. Good thing she did, stupid action, poor plot point (maybe the Cheerick could have caught the spiders?). And just where did Tiny go when Miriam was on the Tree? And she complains once that he spends no time with her and once that he won't leave her alone (though that was deus ex machina to get him hopped up on catnip). And so on. This one feels much less like a smooth, connected story and more like a series of neat scenes stuck together with...space tape? Heavy authorial intervention. And Two-Gun has gotten seriously boring (actually, I liked him when he was with Brooke and when he was trying to deal with the paperwork, much less so when he was Two-Gunning). Not terrible, but nowhere near as good as Looking Glass. I really hope he doesn't write another in this series...but I bet he will, they haven't even encountered the Dreen in force (let alone the people with the big ship or the ones with the concert hall/weapon (Tar-Ayim Krang?)). Sigh. Science goes by the wayside, replaced by two-gun mojo and the invocation of 'quarks' at every opportunity. Oh, and by the way, it's spelled 'whelm'. Not 'welm'. There's a chapter near the end where there's an 'overwelm' or 'overwelming' on just about every page - arrrrrrrgggggghhhh!
redwebmonk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An good continuation of the ongoing story of the A.S.S. Vorpal Blade and most of the heroes of the previous books. It is definitely a link in a chain of books, and standing by itself has so many dropped issues, unresolved storylines, unexplained absences, and out-of-the-blue happenings that if you have read the others this will be a very frustrating book.It may still be a frustrating book because of all those things even if you are following the series. There are now a multitude of interesting characters and developments that have been developed over the course of the series who are completely missing. In several areas, Ringo and Taylor also seem to be getting too cute for the story's good, and it has a definite danger of becoming a farce of a story. At several points the story has completely ludicrous happenings and situations that destroy the general believability (or at least suspension of disbelief) of the story.But, over it all, there is the rollicking good adventure story of the crew of the Vorpal Blade saving the galaxy and kicking Dreen whatever-it-is-they-have-in-place-of-an-ass.Note: this review is based on the ARC and there may be revisions before the book is finally released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Mr. Ringo. I am waiting very I patently for the next book in this series as well as Troy Rising. I like the fact that he uses real science in these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When is the next book due to be published?.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some interesting and new elements, humorous portions, not a strong his previous books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was very good
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CALMUM More than 1 year ago
I felt this was a very good book. It kept up with the story line from the beginning of the series. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.
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Ringo_Fan999 More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book aren't just larger than life action stars. They've got brains, too, and some are flat out geniuses. This book deals with everything from social problems to mechanical failures, with a lot of issues in between, and the characters are just as smart as they are tough. Another excellent work in a line of such from John Ringo & Travis Taylor. I started this series with Into the Looking Glass and just had to read them all.
Wolfemt-p More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across the series/book by accident, greatly enjoy the story line and characters, so when does the next one come out......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read only the first 7 chapters in Baen's online tease, but the author produces a list of quick, easily read books and this is the third in an exciting, hard to put down series. Ringo writes in a style of the very best of story tellers, after introduction each character or fact is shown later how they were important to the complete story, sometimes in the next to last chapter.
Rodney More than 1 year ago
I simply could not put this book down. It's by far the best book in the series yet. Simply amazing. I loved this book so much, that I am going to re-read the whole series again in the near future. Ringo and Taylor's best
collaborative work yet!