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The Hot Gate: Troy Rising III Hardcover – 3 May 2011


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134320
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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 on the future is found in novels of 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dick Pearson on 23 Jun 2012
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Having thoroughly enjoyed the first two parts of this series I was glad to get my hands on this, the third. I really enjoyed it albeit it was noticeably less good than the first, and somewhat worse than part two.

However, the book makes little sense without having read the first two - there are unexplained assumption both at the main story level and at the personal interactions level.

Secondly, I remain to be convinced about the naïvely rosy-eyed view of American armed forces efficiency, integrity and initiative.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 July 2011
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As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series, especially the first, i found this a big let down, in fact, after reading what seemed like 200 pages on the cultural differences between South American society and that of The United States, I almost put the book down. There was very little of the action that it seemed to promise.

I stopped reading 'The Legacy of Aldenata' series, because i got bored, i fear that i may think twice about purchasing the next in the 'Troy Rising series' for the same reason.
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By Joe Broderick on 22 Jan 2014
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Just not in the same league as the first two books but good enough to keep me interested.
The political and Cultural disputes between the North and South Americans that dominated the story were very bias and very, very tedious. I found myself skipping four to five pages at a time without missing anything of importance. But in the end the action and creative interaction with the AI’s did just enough to rescue the book for me.
Let’s hope the next book has the same since of urgency that made the first two books so good!
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This is the third 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) "Citadel (Troy Rising)," and

3) This book, "The Hot Gate."

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 enormously 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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I consider mr Ringo's books a guilty pleasure. I enjoy the characters and plots and enjoyed this trilogy and its conclusion. I find his politics and anti Islamist rants a little extreme sometimes. Having a pop at the French predictable but mildly entertaining. Spending the first two thirds of the book on an extended anti "Sud" (translate South Americans) rant just got a little dull. Enjoyed the SF and space combat though.
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I struggled with this book - the story is fine, and is covered by other reviews - but I struggled with the constant 'America is great' aspects and the American culture in everything: Aliens that refer to 'God'; the fact that America is still the global 'hyperpower' on Earth despite it being in decline even now; American cultural values on things like abortion; American military processes being significantly better than other cultures. Etc etc.

It just got tiresome after 200 odd pages.
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For all fans. Thoroughly enjoyable read, loved it as much as the other books in the series (which you do need to read to appreciate this book). A bit far fetched in part but that added to the enjoyment. John ringo always delivers. Loved the number of different races in the book and the comedy element around the concept of aliens getting high on maple syrup.Kept my attention throughout with fast paced action. Not at all boring.
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A great sequel as expected. Romping through the space action. Finishes well but obviously more to come, can't wait for the next one.
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