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One of John Ringo's best!
on 28 December 2010
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.