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Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Book 1)

Live Free or Die (Troy Rising Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Ringo
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Beginning a New Series by a New York Times Best-Selling Author.
Will the People of Earth Bow Down to
Alien Overlords—or Will They Live Free or Die?

First Contact Was Friendly

When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

Who Controls the Orbitals, Controls the World

When the Horvath came through, they announced their ownership by dropping rocks on three cities and gutting them. Since then, they've held Terra as their own personal fiefdom. With their control of the orbitals, there's no way to win and earth's governments have accepted the status quo.

Live Free or Die.

To free the world from the grip of the Horvath is going to take an unlikely hero. A hero unwilling to back down to alien or human governments, unwilling to live in slavery and with enough hubris, if not stature, to think he can win. Fortunately, there's Tyler Vernon. And he has bigger plans than just getting rid of the Horvath.

Troy Rising is a book in three parts—Live Free or Die being the first part—detailing the freeing of earth from alien conquerors, the first steps into space using off-world technologies and the creation of Troy, a thousand trillion ton battlestation designed to secure the solar system.

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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 over 800,000 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 antoher dimension to his skills, Ringo created nationally best-selling techno-thriller novels about Mike Harmon (Ghosts, 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 twiat is the Lookin-Glass series: Into the Looking Glass, Vorpal Blade, Manxome Foe and Claws That Catch, the last three in collaboration with Travis S Talyor. His talent enchanced 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 addition five collaborative spinoffs from Posleen series: The Hero, 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: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (1 Feb 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APAH7T2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,254 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of John Ringo's best! 28 Dec 2010
By XAos
John Ringo "painted himself into a corner" with the Posleen series. The Posleen where unstopable, Geneticaly engineered to be unstopable, attacking in numbers so huge that defenders literally ran out of ammo, breeding faster than space-locusts etc... And some how Humanity is supposed to stop them. John Ringo writes convincing military S.F. Too convincing, by the 2nd book I was convinced. The Posleen where unstopable! So I just didn't believe the next 3 books where John Ringo says (without much explanation) "Humans stopped them".
The Troy series avoids this problem. We get John Ringo's convincing writing, without him contradicting himself. He's cleverly laid the plot for alien races who have been given technology they can use, duplicate, even enhance. but they don't understand the underlying theory. Because they were given it during their equivalent of the 16th century, like giving Henry the V or Tokugawa the technology to build starships. Humanity has a serious advantage, because it understands 5 more centuries of basic theory than it's alien enemies.
Troy is the sequel to "Live free or die" and John chose to start the 2nd book several weeks before the end of the preceeding book. So we get to read the same events from the viewpoint of some new characters. Notably the first book has a single paragraph about a pilot crash-landing a shuttle inside the Troy battle station at the start of the Horvath's final attack on Earth. The 2nd book re-explores that event in detail from the viewpoint of other charactes, including the pilot of the shuttle. We also get to read how one of the alien races (Rangora) views human technology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misogynist trash from a usually decent author 22 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read a fair few John Ringo books such as March Upcountry, so I thought I knew what I was getting and went in expecting a bit of a gee-whiz wish sci-fi romp. This book was a major disappointment by combining unrelenting polemics with absolutely vile misogyny.

The plot of this book centers around first contact with an alien race, earth's conquest and then the discovery that there is an earth substance that the aliens desire. Frankly this basic plot was already covered in detail by Harry Turtledove's Colonization books, and wasn't a great subplot then. Unfortunately John Ringo festoons this weak premise with heapings of right wing libertarian propaganda that would have made the great Heinlein blush.

To add insult to injury the book has virtually no intriguing female characters, usually portraying them as stereotypical harridans. Finally it goes too far as in the last few pages of the book Ringo adds a twist which I think he intended to be light hearted, but which essentially equates to him describing a situation that would lead to massive amounts of rape for teenage girls and made my stomach turn. I actually threw this book in the trash when it was done. Absolutely vile and Ringo should be ashamed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile, and not in a good way. 16 July 2011
By Russell
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a very mediocre sci fi romp, not awful, definitely not a work of literature either.

The problem is that this is a very, very thinly disguised piece of EXTREMELY right wing propaganda.

Through a series of rather forced deus ex machina, the author's utopia of blond, illiberal hard working, non-muslim humanity with a hyper-libidoed female population is brought into being. Conveniently by the evil aliens without the heroes' approval or intervention thereby enabling everyone to enjoy the resultant paradise without that pesky guilt that more mundane ethnic cleansing usually brings.

It is, in a word, juvenile. The lead character, super smart computer guy yet a good ol' man of the land, is transparently just a mouthpiece for the author's prejudices. He becomes the richest man in the world overnight and routinely shows up those liberal city folk (the President, corporate executives, etc.) for the low down cowardly sneaky liars they are. And in the end of course, saves everybody with only the Asians, Africans, Middle Easterners, Muslims and city folk falling victim to the ensuing conflict.

No loss there then.

I would expect this kind of thing to be written by a socially outcast teenager as a wish fulfilment fantasy after he'd just been snubbed by the prettiest girl at high school when asking her to the prom.

From a published author, it's just a bit sad.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of the Free Market if not the Free World 15 Nov 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although I have some trouble with the term Revenuer being a government employee involved in taxation I won't dwell on the aspects of the book that got in the way of my enjoyment of a good read.
JR has created another vehicle for his own brand of Republican Sci Fi and fair play to him, I have enjoyed reading the book which has a good pace and many moments that made me laugh out loud.
The idea of a war fought over a simple product of the Rebs / Mountian folk is genius as a plot driver.
The friendly aliens are a right laugh and the unfriendly aliens easy to hate. So if you like a good Sci romp that has humour, action,a decent plot and the odd rant about how awfull people like me are because we've never done a decent days work in our lives and just get in the way of more wortwhile hard working people with our basic inefficiency then this is the book for you. I will be checking out the next one in the series and am a big fan of JR's work in general.
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the first three in the series are mind blowing.

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Published 20 months ago by BookWizard
1.0 out of 5 stars Live free or just kill yourself
In my quest to expand my SF reading horizons I picked this off of Amazon's suggestions for me.

It starts well, I liked the humour, the geekyness of the author and his... Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by A. Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars it is right wing, but still a good read
I have to agree with Jonathan M. Balmer "Jon Balmer".

If you can get past the all too obvious right-wing convictions of the author and the rather simplistic... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks "atmosphere"
This book is hard work as it is mostly based on dialogue, it's a bit like reading a radio play script (well not quite that bad). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
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