Manxome Foe

Manxome Foe In the midst of recovering from their successful if casualty prone first mission the crew of the Alliance Space Ship Vorpal Blade are suddenly scrambled back into action All other priorities take sec

  • Title: Manxome Foe
  • Author: John Ringo Travis S. Taylor
  • ISBN: 9781416555216
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the midst of recovering from their successful if casualty prone first mission, the crew of the Alliance Space Ship Vorpal Blade are suddenly scrambled back into action All other priorities take second place as word arrives on earth of a gate colony which has fallen to an unidentified alien assault As the only space ship currently available to the Human Adar AllianceIn the midst of recovering from their successful if casualty prone first mission, the crew of the Alliance Space Ship Vorpal Blade are suddenly scrambled back into action All other priorities take second place as word arrives on earth of a gate colony which has fallen to an unidentified alien assault As the only space ship currently available to the Human Adar Alliance, the Vorpal Blade is dispatched to find out what happened to the colony, rescue any survivors and learn the identity of the attackers With new complexities added to the universe started in the novel Into the Looking Glass and continued in Vorpal Blade, Manxome Foe continues the tradition of non stop action, valorous if quirky characters and rigorous science drawn from the frontiers of current theory The odd ball crew of the Vorpal Blade is an unlikely savior of earth, but none dare say they quail at engaging the Manxome Foe.

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    1. After, "Into the Looking Glass," and Vorpal Blade comes "Manxome Foe." John Ringo has solidified his place as not only one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors but favorite authors, period. This story is outstanding. 10 of 10 stars

    2. In the list of reasons to read a new author and a new series, add this: I was upset that a sequel to the excellent Armor was never published, so in frustration I tried this book out. If ever there was a setup for disappointment, here was a perfect example.But I was pleasantly surprised. Manxome Foe is opposite Armor in tone, the former being light, as the butter on Panera's toast, and the latter, serious, as a bout of asthma. However, in both cases, the approach is fitting. Manxome is candy to [...]

    3. Third in the series, and if anything this one is even heavier on the techno-speak and theoretical math than the second in the series. Oddly this will be what makes some of you love this book more and will come close to driving others away. I must admit that while I like some hard science fiction, the math etc. in this one was a bit much for me. Now, if you are really into that part of it, then you'll really love this. If you don't care for it then you can (if your a "skillful skimmer") skim your [...]

    4. I really enjoyed the first book in the series. This one and the previous book has a lot of more science and a lot more exploration. The action occurs only toward the end. (for both this book and the previous book).I am not sure if this is because of the other author (Travis S. Taylor), however, this is definitely not a fast past action book similar to other books that John Ringo writes that I enjoy reading.Even still, it was a relatively good read.

    5. 3rd book in the Looking Glass series. It's looking like another alien invasion series for Ringo, but that's okay, he does alien invasion very well. Bergstresser (Two-Gun) is in this series again, and he's a fun character. What's not to like about an SF geek who is also a hunky warrior marine? Seriously if you like Heinlein's old juvie novels of SF, you'll like Ringo. He's not PC, but then again I like that about him. Plus, a redneck physicist astrogator. Neato!

    6. The story continues as The Blade is tasked to a Rescue and Recovery mission to one of the archeological outposts on a planet where some kind of emergency closed its Looking Glass portal. The dreaded Dreen are encountered and their planned progression uncovered as an alliance is made with another race as well as an as yet unrealized encounter with an vastly superior, intelligent entity.Not quite as much action but perhaps more suspenseful, this installment backs off of the overloaded futuristic a [...]

    7. I enjoyed this book in general. The whole series is a fun bit of fluff Sc-Fi. The reason I wanted to write this review, though, is to pick on a couple of things that annoyed me, though not enough to remove more than one star from the overall picture. I felt it would be appropriate to start at book 3 because this was when that stuff started to add up to a good sized review for me.First of all, fake swearing NEVER works. I realize he was trying to make things more authentic, and the fact is that s [...]

    8. Product Description In the midst of recovering from their successful if casualty prone first mission, the crew of the Alliance Space Ship Vorpal Blade are suddenly scrambled back into action. All other priorities take second place as word arrives on earth of a gate colony which has fallen to an unidentified alien assault. As the only space ship currently available to the Human-Adar Alliance, the Vorpal Blade is dispatched to find out what happened to the colony, rescue any survivors and learn th [...]

    9. This book is a big improvement over the previous two books. Sure there still the faulty science with the Higgs Boson and they are still roaming around the stars in a converted submarine but things are changing…for the better.The book blurb actually only tells the beginning of the story in this book. It continues the saga of the humans (or at least the US part of them) and their alien allies as they continue to try to understand their mystical warp drive and survive against the Dreen. Without s [...]

    10. For Book 3 in a series, this one still manages to stay fresh. The pattern established in Book 2 is repeated here: 1/3 setup, 1/3 sci-fi world building, 1/3 awesome battle action stuff. All three sections are very well done. I am especially impressed how the author manages to sneak a little piece of Christian romance into a strictly hard sci-fi military fiction story. It raises the stakes and makes us care more about the outcome on a personal basis, rather than the standard "Will humanity survive [...]

    11. Looooooove. Love. Love. Satisfies all my science fiction battle adventure dreams.At first, I was a little skeptical. The whole Two-Gun and Brooke thing was bothering me, because she's like, 17 and they had one date and suddenly they're passionately in love and gonna get married and stuff? Well, okay. But it seemed somewhat sudden and irrelevant.But then that got shoved aside and they went back into SPACE!! And it was EPIC!! Miriam makes me laugh all the time, and even though her subplot wasn't r [...]

    12. Another very entertaining read by John Ringo. I like the science (even the bits I don't understand), the first contacts, the characters, and the action. I don't love the romance between Berg and Brooke. WTH? They went on one 2-3 hour date, exchanged messages that totaled 12 words, and then he proposed six-ish months later?! Does that seem ridiculous to anyone else? Ringo couldn't have at least written it up so that they'd been dating for a couple of months while the Blade was being repaired? Als [...]

    13. Another great entry in the Looking Glass series. Bill Weaver, Chief Miller, Two-gun Bergstresser, and many of the other crew members are back in action aboard the Vorpal Blade. While not all the other characters from the previous books are present, the action is definitely more intense in this book. With a human scientific expedition on a far off asteroid missing, the Vorpal Blade and its Marines are sent in to investigate. Finding only one survivor in bad shape, they find out that the Dreen (no [...]

    14. More Ringo/Taylor silliness. The ridiculous overcompetence of the main characters is on full display, there's utterly gratuitous France bashing (always fun), the ship gets ripped to shreds and lots of stuff blows up real good. I can't really figure out why I like this series so much, by GR star system it probably should a two (just ok) but I'm almost tempted to rate it a four. I guess it helps that as absurd as the characters are, I still like them.Oh, and the Hexosehr? Worst alien race ever. No [...]

    15. This was another good book, full of action, adventure, humor, and lots of sciencey bits. I really, really enjoy John Ringo's writing, and Travis S. Taylor adds a lot of good hard science fiction bits to it. This time, the crew of the Vorpal Blade is off to rescue some scientists who have been attacked at a far off planet, but they can't use the Looking Glass which goes there due to a large bomb having been set off on the other side, destabilizing it. So, they set off through space using the huma [...]

    16. Manxome Foe is book #3 of the Looking Glass series. I like it. The Story: This continues the story of exploration of the Vorpal Blade introduced in Book #2. After repairs they set out to answer a call for rescue and to look for the aliens who caused such devastation to the science team on a far away planet.Any problems with the book? There is some cursing. The F-word is used once in context so it fit. The rest is fill with made up curse words. That is fine. No sex.Lots of violence.It had a satis [...]

    17. Third book in the Looking Glass Series, Ringo teams up a second time with Travis S Taylor (the inspiration for William Weaver) to continue the tale of the Alliance Space Ship Vorpal Blade. This time the Blade will have to venture far beyond the realm of known space to find out the fate of a science expidition that has been lost. There they will find others that are fighting against the Dreen and learn that the Dreen now know where Earth isd are on their way. Full of viscious battles with heroics [...]

    18. During the second mission of the A.S.S. Vorpal Blade, the crew is tasked with a long duration journey in order to investigate what happened to a far-flung research outpost with which contact has been lost. Big space battles with the Dreen ensue, as well as an encounter with an ally.Just as in Vorpal Blade, the tone is light hearted, with a lot of dry humor pervading the text. No plot development is too hyperbolic for the authors, and therein, in my opinion, lies the charm of the series. It is al [...]

    19. This has been an odd series with a target readership that's hard to figure out. Talking animals and fake swearing make it feel like it's aimed at 12-year-olds, yet it's also rife with scientific jargon that implies otherwise. I'm on the fence as whether to risk starting the final book. Reviews make it sound like book 4 ramps up the silly-factor significantly, and that has already been running very close to my threshold for being able to stand it. It would be nice to know how it all ends though. [...]

    20. Now I'm starting to get the feel of Star Trek mixed with Starship Troopers! I really enjoyed this one and the series is improving! It was more exploration than just sheer utter destruction, which still happens but it's not the majority of the book. I really love the science they get into here and is significantly improving on the relationships between the characters both living and deceased. I'm looking forward now to the next book in the series!

    21. Tons of technobabble. Action packed ending but the pages between the beginning and end drag a bit. Not as good as th first book but better than book to. I don't think I will be reading th final book in the series although that may change. Ringo's books for me seem to either be incredibly awesome (Princess of wands, a into the looking glass) or a chore to finish (under a graveyard sky, this). I will continue to read him because he's a lot of fun when he's not just writing to fill a quota.

    22. If a good editor would go over this book and remove the blindingly stupid "Murika" points this would be a 4 but with those moments in there bringing the book to an occasional grinding blinking "The hell just happened" halt i cant give it more then this. And i do not really normally mind a bit of the "USA saves the world" even not being American but this book just the end of the book just knocks it out of the park as far as moronic shit goes.

    23. Not as good as the second book, but they at least did not drag along a certain cute kid and her 'living stuffed toy'. Completely in keeping with the premise of space exploration, and you can actually skip some of the physics lessons, as they are not essential to the plot.

    24. As usual for me it is a lot about the characters and characterizations, that alone gave the rating. But I also enjoyed the action and the moving along of the plot lines. Looking forward to the next volume.

    25. Continuing to build off what was interesting and strongly written in Vorpal Blade.The new relationship arc between 2 Gun and his civilian girlfriend looks like it might lead this series to an early jumping of the shark.I hope not.

    26. Part three in a four part series, and you know what: I'm starting the next one right now! I've read the first three books in this series (including this one) straight after eachother and it's a very nice mix of adventure and science. Highly recommended!

    27. Book #3 of the Looking Glass series. The crew of the Vorpal Blade are back, at least those that are still alive. Somebody attacked one our outposts, so the Vorpal Blade is sent to find out what happened.

    28. Another modern science fiction writer to follow!!! Lucky me. This is a ton of fun, but I recommend starting with #1 of the series. Ringo does not waste a lot of pages bringing you up to date, and the background is helpful.

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