Vorpal Blade (Looking Glass Series #2)

Vorpal Blade (Looking Glass Series #2)

by John Ringo, Travis Taylor

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ISBN-13: 9781416555865
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Series: Looking Glass Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 644,980
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(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 Auburn, AL with his wife Karen and their daughter.

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Vorpal Blade 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Hps More than 1 year ago
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.
Sci-Fan More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can' wait for the next one
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 6 months ago
Takes forever to get going. Authors appear to be hell bent on impressing readers with knowledge of particle physics. I bought the book to be entertained. This book borders on boring. Read 8 books written or co-authored by Mr. Ringo. Last 2 were 1 or 2 stars. This will probably be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the right blend of science and fiction.
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Good sf
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