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Citadel (Troy Rising Book 2)

Citadel (Troy Rising Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

John Ringo
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Of all the hosts of Eurotas the Troias were the most fell. For they were born of Winter.
Between the Solar Array Pumped Laser and Troy, the two trillion ton nickel-iron battlestation created by eccentric billionaire Tyler Vernon, Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and begin entering the galactic millieu.
But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity's only ally it becomes clear the war is just beginning. At the heart of nickel iron and starlight are the people, Marines, Navy and civilians, who make Troy a living, breathing, engine of war. Survivors of apocalypse, they know the cost of failure.
If this Troy falls, no one will be left to write the epic.
Citadel continues the saga begun in Live Free or Die, following the paths of several characters during the first years of The Spiral Arm Wars culminating in the First Battle of E Eridani.

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About the Author

John Ringo began writing for Baen in 2000 with his first release "A Hymn Before Battle" the first novel in his Posleen Wars which has become a "New York Times" best-selling series with nearly one million copies in print. The series continued with "Gust Front," "When the Devil Dances," "Hell s Faire" and "Eye of the Storm." In addition, Ringo has penned the Council War series: "There Will be Dragons," "Emerald"" Sea," "Against the Tide," and "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." Adding another dimension to his skills, Ringo created nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon ("Ghost," "Kildar," "Choosers of the Slain," "Unto the Breach," and "A Deeper Blue"). His latest techno-thriller, "The Last Centurion," " "was also a national best seller. A more playful twist is the Looking-Glass series: "Into the Looking Glass," "Vorpal Blade," "Manxome Foe" and "Claws That Catch," the last three in collaboration with Travis S. Taylor. His audience was further enhanced with four collaborations with fellow "New York Times" best-selling author David Weber: "March Upcountry," " March to the Sea," "March to the Stars" and "We Few." There are an additional five collaborative spinoffs from the Posleen series: "The ""Hero," written with Michael Z. Williamson, "Watch on the Rhine," "Yellow Eyes" and "The Tuloriad," all written with Tom Kratman, and the "New York Times" best seller "Cally s War" and its sequels "Sister Time" and "Honor of the Clan," both with Julie Cochrane. A veteran of the 82nd Airborne, he brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
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  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (1 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP9XJ3G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good Space Opera 11 Jan 2011
This was my first book from this author. It is the second in a series, the first one being Live Free or Die (Troy Rising). I liked this book so much I rushed out to by the 1st in the series and cannot wait for the next.

It is a better book than Live Free or Die. The action overlaps slightly at first, and then swiftly moves on. The author describes the events from several points of view. Including junior space navy personnel and workers at the bottom of the scale, as well as from the invading Alien's POV. This makes for much better character development, and a much more believable universe. The action, although fast paced, is not as hectic as Live Free or Die. To my mind this vastly improves the book.

Although this is a basic space opera, with the simple storyline of "humans great, Aliens Stupid, humans win" it is in a believable universe and has a rational explanation for the Humans being able to stand up to what should be a superior technology.

A good book, well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Old-fashioned Yarn 5 Nov 2011
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If you like John Ringo's style and enjoy a good, old-fashioned yarn then this is an excellent read. I wouldn't have liked to have read it without having read its precursor ("Live or Die Free") though.

However, good literature it ain't and so however much I enjoyed it I'll only give it 4 as 5 is reserved for the best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No horsing around 10 Feb 2011
This is a sequel to "Live Free or die". It continues on from these events and in some places overlaps with a differing point of view. The style of this differs from the original in that instead of three connected novelettes this consists of two intertwining threads.
The first being Earht's struggle against the alien invaders, the Rangora empire, who are fleshed out more fully and their actions set in context. The second is a Heinlein like coming of age of a junior naval NCO and a private sector defense space welder. The latter in his adjustment to the rigors and societal work environment in space is especially well described.
In summary, a well written continuation of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winter Born 11 May 2011
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It Continues on from "Troy Rising" with a bit of an overlap, with two new protagonists A young Naval Rating and a Civilian Construction Worker - As another reviewer has said it does read in part like Classic Robert Heinlein which is always a good thing for a Space Opera.
Faced paced as you would expect from Mr Ringo with rounded characters and excellent action - if you liked his Posleen war series do pick this up.

Have the third installemnt on pre-order and in these cash strapped times, that say's more than Five Stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice development, weak payoff 20 April 2014
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There's a military saying "Poor Generals think about tactics, good Generals think about logistics" and this book certainly follows that: the lion's share (and the strongest part) is the humans building up their infrastructure so they can fight off the alien invaders, even if most of the demands made are considered "impossible" (until they're done by our heroic engineers). Now if this ended with a heroic "humanity defends Earth against technically advanced aliens until they, at great cost, fend them off," it could have been great. But instead, it continues to the point where humanity starts going on the offensive and the question isn't "Will humanity survive?" but "Will humanity win?" which... is kinda weak, because anyone reading it is pretty clear which way that war is going to go (Hell, we even have the US President referencing the Japanese Campaign in World War II, just in case there's any doubt!). It doesn't help that the aliens are portrayed as ridiculously overconfident (even after an attack that is utterly obliterated!) despite being a "Warrior Race" and we don't get a named human casualty (to alien action) until about 90% of the way through. If you want to make me worry (even fleetingly) about the way the war is going, try making your enemies at least passingly competent!
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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Beware of Glatun bearing gifts ...

This is the second volume in a series which blends elements of First Contact, Space Opera, and military SF.

Originally described as one book in three parts, the three volumes of the "Troy Rising" series published to date are

1) "Live Free Or Die (Troy Rising)"

2) This book, "Citadel" and

3) "The Hot Gate (Troy Rising)."

The books are best read in that order. At the end of the third instalment there are lots of possibilities for further books in the series and I hope Ringo will pursue them.

Mankind's first contact with aliens was friendly and almost an anticlimax. A race of traders, the Glatun, arrive in our solar system and set up a "gate" which can be used by themselves, mankind, or any other star travelling race to travel between this system and other star systems.

Unfortunately, having provided our system with a gate on the off chance that we would have something worthwhile to trade, the Glatun did not at first find that we had anything especially valuable. So at first there was no enormous benefit to our contact with extraterrestials.

And then the gate in our system went from being of little benefit to an enormous disadvantage when a second alien race, the Horvath, sent a warship through it, dropped rocks from space which obliterated three human cities as an initial warning that we should do what we're told, and demanded all the heavy metals humans had available as a "contribution" for their "protection," or they would drop more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars EX LIBRARY Book without syaing it
Ex Library book without saying it and first page missing,
Condition therefore more "Used - Acceptable" than "Used - Good".
Published 2 months ago by D. S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 of a great sci-fi series
A really great read with some good, interesting main characters.
I love the Troy Rising series as a whole

Ringo is perhaps a little bit too disparaging towards... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ash Snell
4.0 out of 5 stars Very traditional space adventure (I mean strongly reminds me of...
Aliens come to an unprepared and relatively primitive earth and take advantage.
One man responds intellegently and eventualy leads to a credible defence of us all. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bog_Man
4.0 out of 5 stars I like to think Cheops was insufficiently ambitious...
Citadel really puts flesh on the bones that the first book showed us. We see a larger cast of characters, so not every magnificent act of audaciousness is performed by Tyler... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Cranston
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't put it down!
Loved it. Really interesting read. Focused on the Good old US of A as many SF books are but this does not detract from the book. I have ordered the sequel.
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by Dave O
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much padding
Follows the first book and suffers from too much padding. However, the story line does keep you reading, but with the thought that some parts could well do with cutting.
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by D. A. Sullivan
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