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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.

Earth's governments had little choice but to agree, leaving the planet effectively at the mercy of the Horvath.

But in the first book a former Science Fiction publisher called Tyler Vernon had a few ideas on how to get the Horvath off Earth's back, and was willing to stand up to anyone, human or alien, to do it. And some of his ideas were very big ideas indeed ...

At the start of the second book Tyler Vernon, more in spite of earth's governments than because of them, had seen off the Horvath, though not before they had unleashed a whole raft of nasty things on humanity.

Among other things Tyler has turned an asteroid into a gigantic battlestation called the Troy. The main viewpoint characters in the second book were two new crew members assigned to the Troy, Dana "Comet" Parker as an engineer and shuttle pilot, James "Butch" Allen as a space welder. Their story, particularly Dana's, continues in this third volume.

In the second book, it proved that seeing off the Horvath had been nothing compared to the next challenge faced by humanity. A much more powerful race than the Horvath, called the Rangora, decided to conquer first the Glatun and then, almost as an afterthought, the supposedly primitive human race.

But the Rangora, for all the vast power of their military machine, had underestimated the peaceful Glatun and badly underestimated humans.

At the start of this third book, the Rangora have retired to lick their wounds while Tyler Vernon, aware that the respite may be temporary, decides to strengthen Troy further and provide other defences to make the solar system impregnable. And sure enough the Rangora are soon back - and after getting nowhere in conquering humans by brute force, this time they're prepared to try guile. And we'd better win, because they've decided humans are too dangerous to be turned into slaves. "Life Free or Die" is no longer a policy we have any choice about - those are the only options the Rangora will leave humanity ...

I didn't find this third book quite as brilliant as the first two in this series - in particular the presentation of almost all the latin american charcters as sexist, chauvinistic, snobbish bigots was a bit over-done. Nevertheless I did enjoy the book and there are more than enough ideas still bubbling out to keep the series going.

In my opinion the "Troy Rising" series is the best thing John Ringo has written, even ahead of his Council wars series which begins with "There will be dragons" or the first four books in his "Posleen" universe. Strongly recommended.
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on 21 July 2011
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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on 18 May 2011
utterly corking third instalment in Mr Ringo's series "Troy Rising", Centred mainly around a Naval Rating "Comet" Parker. it delivers on the promise of the first two novels.

Reads like a Classic Heinlein, splashed with Trade Mark Ringo action. It does remind me of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" in some respects, mostly in the respect that it was highly enjoyable.
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on 23 June 2012
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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on 5 February 2013
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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on 13 December 2014
this is one of a trilogy which i really enjoyed reading. The author admits he is not writing in his usual style but i think he should stick to it as i tried a couple of his other books but didn't like those. This a definite yes if you're a sci-fi fan.
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on 31 October 2011
Apart from some Afghan Space Marines, a token British Colonel, some Coptic Christian Riveters, ALL AMERICA rules apply. We are told that the "COALITION" Powers are paying VAST SUMS FROM THEIR BUDGETS to help defend themselves and the Earth. Now, it seems, for NO PARTICULARLY RATIONAL OR LOGICAL REASON, the South American countries whose contribution has been very limited, are queue jumped to have their own Battlestation. Typical Yanl behaviour. A disappointing trend in this series.
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on 5 February 2013
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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on 31 July 2012
I really enjoyed the first 2 books in the series, still enjoy the idea of Maple syrup being the most valuable commodity in the galaxy.

Bought this book to take on hols and thought it would be up to same standard ie quick paced with plenty of action etc...wrong.

Basic plot is the same ie Earth being defended by Deathstars and lasers but nothing really happens apart from a diatribe about the differences between north American culture & south American culture, jingoistic bull!

Read only if you really need to in my option.
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on 22 January 2014
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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