There Will Be Dragons (Council Wars Series #1)

There Will Be Dragons (Council Wars Series #1)

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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 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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743471640
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Series: Council Wars Series , #1
Edition description: Book/CD
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)

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There Will Be Dragons 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
ErasmusRob on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with most of Ringo's work, I enjoy the story and the concept, as long as I don't let myself get annoyed by his preachiness. After centuries of ultra-high-tech peaceful society where everything is made possible through sophisticated nanotechnology (technology sufficiently advanced that it *is* indistinguishable from magic in many cases), a violent disagreement breaks out in the Council to (barely) runs the world. Each faction immediately begins to consume the power available to them, which is to say almost all of the world's power. Instantly, civilization falls. The rest of the novel deals with a community of people who had been reenactors and actually had physical resources to survive--and later, thrive--in this not-so-brave, not-so-new world. Much emphasis on the nobility of the warrior, who places self between danger and community, as is not uncommon in Ringo's work. Once you get past some of the more aggressively right-wing rhetoric, an enjoyable escapist tale.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book using DailyLit's email program, and really enjoyed it. An idyllic technology-based society suffers a failure of technology and has to rebuild their society while fighting a civil war against a tyrannical and insane leader determined to change the world "for its own good." Fascinating political, military, and societal themes, guaranteed to appeal to any urban homesteader or survivalist. The only time I feel the story slows down is the military training sequence, but I enjoyed it because it was so spot-on for my own basic training experience. There's a Heinlein kind of feel to sensibility that I miss in many newer works. This story stand alone, but I will be reading the sequels. Recommended.
worldsedge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First book in what appears is going to be yet another series of doorstop sized fantasy books. Overall, not too shabby, if you can ignore some rather glaring plot issues. As in: why would the (supposed) genetically engineered Elves have pointy ears? Why would they restore women's periods but not the physics that allows projectile weapons. Also a bit heavy on preaching in at least one area: second amendment rights, of all things. Utopia crashes, the mass of humanity reduced to feudalism, genetic modifications, Then again, when the next book comes out I'll be on the look out for it. And I may go back and look for some of his other works. So, overall I couldn't have found it too bad.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The opening salvo in a so-far four-part series, There will be dragons doesn't exactly open with a bang (no pun intended!). A pampered, petted, soft and sedentary society where crime basically doesn't exist and neither does conflict; where food is plentiful, transportation is easy as a whim, and if you want to be a zebra, a unicorn, a dragon, or even a cloud of nanites, it's possible. With a monitoring Mother computer to keep everyone safe and a thirteen member council to monitor Mother, everything should be serene and peaceful.... Except suddenly it isn't. The Council takes sides and goes to war, dragging the peaceful world along. For a population with no power except that commanded by the Council, no roads, no food supplies, and no survival skills to speak of, life is suddenly very, very difficult. The only hope? Small and scattered groups of reenactors. This is the story - mainly - of Raven't Mill, a tiny dot on the surface of the Earth, and of Duke Edmund, Daneh, Rachel, Herzer and Bast. If they can't hold out, humanity as we know it is pretty much doomed.
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Stormdeath More than 1 year ago
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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Out of the largely increasing pool of titles that Mr. Ringo seems to keep enlarging yearly, this is one of the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the hardest to put down that I've ever read. It has a unique, workable far future society, that makes for an interesting basis after a collapse. John Ringo does a good job of sketching the early build up as the survivors band together and new societies begin to form.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are many Science Fiction stories about Utopias... There are many books about catastrophes where civilization is smashed into barbarism. This book is about an advanced culture of the future where 'living is easy' and we humans still mess it up... But is also about -- Hope. The book talks about how they are fighting to make things better -- it does not spend page after page on 'doom and gloom.' The characters are fun, even witty, and there are plenty of heroes (and heroines) to cheer on and truly despicable villains (and villainesses) to hiss at! So pull up a chair and get ready to be entertained by a master.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book in this series. Need a snippet fix sooon. Write faster John!