Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Series #1)

Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Series #1)

by John Ringo
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Live Free or Die 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
DoubleAught More than 1 year ago
Can one individual make a difference? Can one very determined, smart, creative individual make a difference? You betcha! When Earth is in a desperate situation, Tyler Vernon comes up a crazy idea that just might work--or get everyone killed. Tyler Vernon is a guy who doesn't like to think small and with bills to pay, he just has to roll the dice. Live Free or Die is the result of asking one of those great science-fiction questions, "what if". As John Ringo puts it in the "Acknowledgements", "What would happen if an alien race suddenly trundled a gate to other worlds into our solar system?" Maybe this, or as Howard Tayler writes in the "Foreword", "If this book isn't the truth about how we go about carving the phrase 'Humans ...ARE here' on the great edifices of Galactic Society, it's because Truth read John's Fiction and said 'Okay, I'll have to do better.'"
Frazed00 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this is one extremely good book. Even if you are not familiar with Schlock Mercenary, it is a very entertaining read. With an interesting main character, and an in depth 'What If' of first contact. I found only one problem with John Ringo's book, and that is that I couldn't put it down for very long. Its cliche but true, I bought the book today after hearing about it in few week old podcast of Writing Excuses at 930AM, finished it at around 7PM, and although not quite one sitting. Get the book, but make sure you have a few hours to spend before you start it.
Beat More than 1 year ago
I have yet to find a book by John Ringo that is merely mediocre and this one is way up there in the top percentile. He is again writing a fast story that glues you to the seat and lets you miss a lot of sleep. This one has all the markings of a series and I am looking foreward to his "next in line". John, don't let us wait too long. Please!
TexasWolf More than 1 year ago
John Ringo. The man. The legend..the greatest writer of all time! :) Seriously though? John Ringo has delivered yet another awesome scifi adventure. What would happen if an alien race delivered a gate into orbit near earth. What would happen if a hostile race used that gate to hold us hostage. What would you or anyone do to end that? Well this book give us one answer. Ringo's books if you've read them all have a similar theme running through them. The triumph of good over evil, and right over wrong. Are you going to enjoy this book if your own philosophy trends towards the liberal[or as some oldtimers I've read used to call it the 'take a punk to lunch bunch'] end of the spectrum? Probably not. If you believe however in hard work, personal responsibility, common sense, etc. Love a good rip roarin sci fi tale....'re almost certain to love this book. Either way I heartily recommend it. Let me put it this way. I'm currently rereading it for the 7th[?] time since I bought it in January.
Ms._Jones More than 1 year ago
There is not much to say other than I really liked the book and the authors use of diolog is awsome. I hope I learn something.
laurak122 More than 1 year ago
I love science fiction and I love action. Mr. Ringo delivers both with a unique style; I've never read anyone quite like him. I might suggest David Weber as a similar writer when it comes to researched detail and overall "smartness" or intelligence of the writing, however Ringo's writing is far more action-filled and exciting!
Stormdemon More than 1 year ago
Perhaps, maple syrup and intergalactic political manuevering was a bit conveneint but I enjoyed every bit of the book. I can't wait for the next book to see how far we can kick the galactic invaders butt!
Va_Trucker More than 1 year ago
I enjoy John Ringo's style of writing. The way he blends humor into the plot makes his character very vivid. You can tell that he enjoys writing,so that you can enjoy reading. I found this book to be difficult to put down. I wanted to see what was going to happen next, after every page. I will read this one over & over through the years.
DDeano More than 1 year ago
I did not get bogged down in the explanations at all, and as usual, the book makes me marvel at the imagination of the author. The political undercurrent was fascinating, and the conclusions are probably ones with which most readers of the author would agree.
Bkimzey2 More than 1 year ago
With "Live Free or Die" I now own every book published by John Ringo and as with all his other books, it is worth every cent I paid. John tells a story about humanity and human rights with flair and verve and an outstanding imagination. "Live Free or Die" is a great story that reminds me of Isaac Asimov and his Foundation series in that he has hard science and vision of a grand future all while telling a story about people. Rock on John :)
bookaday More than 1 year ago
A somewhat old story line, earth gets conquered by aliens, told with a few new twists and more believable science than science fiction making this a very enjoyable and entertaining read.
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Honestly, I have read the entire series through 3 times. I can't say anything bad about the story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great example of the art. I have read, lectured and promoted the genra for over fourty years. It promotes a future that we can hope to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You who will never understand hate this book. Ah, but I see the world, and not through rose colour glasses. There are people that are useless, and some work for the government. Wht has it done for you lately?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All hail the maple syrup king! Live Free or Die; what a rollicking good time.
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Kov815 More than 1 year ago
Overall a good combination of humor, action and interesting perspective on human and alien nature. I Highly Recommend.
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vito More than 1 year ago
There is a good story in this book. Unfortunately, it is buried under several hundred extra pages of scientific speculation masquerading as dialogue("How's the asteroid mining project going, Steve?" "Well, if we can align the VLA, the BDA and the SLA, and the volatiles aren't to volatile . . .") Please understand, I have no problem with science in science fiction WHEN IT IS INTEGRATED INTO AND ADVANCES THE PLOT!!! That is not the case here; much of Live Free or Die reads like the transcript of a grad student bull session had been accidentally dropped into the body of a novel. While Mr. Ringo was doling out copious exposition, he might have devoted a paragraph or two to the problem of how humanity managed to continue to function without difficulty in spite of a several pandemics and the destruction of virtually every major city. The impression he gives is that the former only killed useless people in Third World countries and the latter was beneficial as it killed equally useless urban liberals. On second thought, maybe it's just as well he didn't spell that out . . .
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