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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (8 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638189
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multiple "USA Today" and "New York Times" best-seller John Ringo is the creator of the landmark Posleen Wars military science fiction series which includes blockbuster "When the Devil Dances, "stand-alone near-future technothriller "The Last Centurion, "the Ghost military action-adventure novels, and two previous novels in the Troy Rising series.Ringo is also the co-author of several series including the popular Prince Roger SF saga with David Weber. A veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, Ringo brings first-hand knowledge of military operations to his fiction."


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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