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  • Title: Citadel
  • Author: John Ringo
  • ISBN: 9781439134009
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Of all the hosts of Eurotas the Troias were the most fell For they were born of Winter.Between the Solar Array Pumped Laser and Troy, the two trillion ton nickel iron battlestation created by eccentric billionaire Tyler Vernon, Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and begin entering the galactic millieu.But when the Rangora Empire raOf all the hosts of Eurotas the Troias were the most fell For they were born of Winter.Between the Solar Array Pumped Laser and Troy, the two trillion ton nickel iron battlestation created by eccentric billionaire Tyler Vernon, Earth has managed to recapture the Sol system from their Horvath conquerors and begin entering the galactic millieu.But when the Rangora Empire rapidly crushes humanity s only ally it becomes clear the war is just beginning At the heart of nickel iron and starlight are the people, Marines, Navy and civilians, who make Troy a living, breathing, engine of war Survivors of apocalypse, they know the cost of failure.If this Troy falls, no one will be left to write the epic.Citadel continues the saga begun in Live Free or Die, following the paths of several characters during the first years of The Spiral Arm Wars culminating in the First Battle of E Eridani.

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    1. A decent sci-fi story around space and earth's space defense program, highlighted with fairly decent character development. That said, at times the story scatters around like the blown up space junk from a missile. Therefore, not quite worthy of 4-stars. 7 of 10 stars

    2. Originally posted at FanLit:fantasyliterature/reviCitadel is the second in John Ringo’s TROY RISING series. The first book, Live Free or Die, had an interesting plot that was totally derailed by John Ringo’s intrusive and ugly political views which seem closer to neo-Nazism than anything else. So why did I read Citadel? Only because the audiobook publisher sent me a free copy and, out of a sense of completion, I wanted to review it for FanLit. I was prepared to hate it.Fortunately, Tyler Ver [...]

    3. Second in the military sci-fi series, Troy Rising, Citadel continues the buildup of the battlemoon, Troy. It won its first battle against the Horvath, now we’ll find out how well it can defend Earth against the Rangorans.I do love Vernon Tyler. He’s the kind of multibillionaire the world wants. More concerned with defending Earth and protecting its people than the bottom line, he still becomes mega-ultra-rich---so take that corporate America! I just love his end-runs around the Establishment [...]

    4. Not too long ago, I reviewed a novel by John Ringo rather harshly. It deserved it. But I'm crazy-happy to tell you that his latest, Citadel, is a rockin', rollin' good read. It gave me several hours of reading bliss, and you can't hardly ask more than that. For those of you who want hard SF with all the nuts and bolts, this is your stuff. Those of you who crave authentic feeling military flavor will be happy, too. Ringo's books frequently draw on his military background and his battle scenes giv [...]

    5. I had a really hard time waiting for my next Audible credit after I finished Live Free or Die, and in the end I didn't make it. I cracked and bought Citadel knowing that I'd use the next credit to buy the final book in the trilogy, The Hot Gate.So that's the first thing to know about these books: they're addictive! They're also very, very light reads. They're incredibly heavy on pseudo-technical exposition because (in traditional hard sci-fi style) quite a lot of the plot revolves on a gee-whiz [...]

    6. In Citadel Ringo takes us down from the executive level to the grunt level.This is very good as Live Free or Die turned into a long executive meeting towards the end.The right wing politics are still here, and they can be irritating because there is a clear ideology that is in the right and others that are set up as straw men to be wrong.Tyler Vernon reminds me of the heiress in Peter F. Hamilton's Greg Mandel books, where a benevolent super rich industrialist guides humanity towards a brighter [...]

    7. This is more like the good, early John Ringo before he would go on multi-page discourses on the benefits of sadistic sex with 14 year olds (they had been brutalized, so it was OK) or on the wisdom of the Busch Cheney doctrine (we had been brutalized, so it was OK). Instead he takes the conflict down to a more human and approachable level and keeps the politics down to a minimum. He even brings himself to have a character says something nice about the Democrats. Other than writing himself into a [...]

    8. So I peered into the Bag o’ Library Books and noticed the new John Ringo that I’d passed up a few minutes before. I looked at my spouse: “You got the John Ringo?”“Sure,” he said. “Why not?”“I’ve read some of his stuff. It has explosions.”He laughed, and I laughed, and later on I read the book, because sometimes explosions are just what a person’s in the mood for.Actually, you have to wait a while for the explosions in this one, but they do turn up. This book is a big chew [...]

    9. Mediocre science fiction wrapped in American Republican sloganeering, with a nice bit of misogyny and mild racism mixed in.

    10. Citadel follows up Live Free Or Die with the basic outlines of the universe set up. Humanity is now a minor power, cut off from their galactic patrons by an expansionist empire. Now humanity has to race the clock to get their defenses up before a major invasion fleet comes through.Our viewpoint characters are Butch, a space welder, and Dana, a shuttle pilot. These is a very guts eye look at mega-scale space construction, as they get the asteroid battlestation Troy turned into a warship. I'll adm [...]

    11. Enjoyed the Book! A whole new set of characters are being devolped you've got Dana "Comet" Parker who signed on as an engineer and ended up being a shuttle pilot out of necessity and "Butch" Allen a space vaccum welder, beside the multi-billionare Vernon Tyler, the Glatuns and Rangora/Horvath.So Troy the megla huge astroid/space ship is guarding the "The Gate" when the Horvath envades Earth's space and bombards Earth again. The Horvath are surprised when they are beaten and destroyed by the SAPL [...]

    12. Very much hard science and military fiction, with a strong focus almost exclusively on those elements in the general context of allegory concerning Ringo's views on America and its position with the rest of the world. In fact, the book takes place, generally, in the very near future, so that things we'd reference the book references, too, within recent living memory. Apparently, Citadel is a sequel (the first book is called Live Free or Die, which stars the character who comes closest to havingt [...]

    13. My Rating Scale:1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read th [...]

    14. Since Citadel is the second in a series the first question that must be answered is: Is is as good as the first? Well yes and no. In many ways it's better in other's it is worse. Ringo certainly toned down the comedy aspects of the first book and so it was less fun and original as a book. But as a follow up it was still excellent. Citadel zooms in to focus on a new set of characters who are taking up positions working on the Troy. Which is basically an asteroid hollowed out into a massive battle [...]

    15. Great sequel. The first book showed capitalism saving Earth from an alien attack (TL;DR: sell maple syrup to other aliens, use the money to buy their technology and build defense systems). This second book shows capitalism+democracy saving Earth from another alien attack (e.g.: aliens kill our world leaders, hoping to cause wars of succession, and are utterly confused when succession happens peacefully and lawfully in most countries). Lots of fun and delightfully offensive passages (and blondes [...]

    16. The second volume of the Troy Rising series gets more interesting as Ringo brings us into the POV of two people trying to survive in the new world introduced in Live Free or Die. We follow Butch as he becomes a technician working in outer space to build the infrastructure for humanity’s defense against the aliens (specifically the great space battle station, Troy) and Dana who is in training to become a pilot. I quickly got to like these two characters better than the hero of the first book (w [...]

    17. An interesting idea of how humanity might fit in with alien civilizations. In my opinion, the enjoyment of the book was hindered by a couple of the author's techniques. Some parts of the book seem to be written for video, with each paragraph, the scene may shift from a group of people on earth or to a different group of people in space. This is difficult for the reader to follow by the author's words alone. The author also has a tendency to refer to characters in a confusing number of ways. A si [...]

    18. Such a good story! In book 2 of this series, we follow a new set of characters as they navigate the new reality of the defense of the Solar System. Lots of interesting development of new technology, and an extremely satisfying battle to close things out. I immediately downloaded and plunged into book 3 after finishing this one!

    19. Have you ever wondered if it was possible to make heavy metal in prose format?The answer is yes and this book (or the trilogy) is indeed the song it quotes.

    20. This is the second in John Ringo's Troy Rising series. It's difficult to read this one without first having finished the original novel. It's definitely doable though a lot of acronyms and references will be completely lost.Live Free or Die focused on Tyler Vernon and the executive side of the war for Terra. This novel focuses on the grunts for about 90% of the story. Most of the novel is told through the perspective of Dana Parker a newly assigned engineer turned shuttle pilot. Another large ch [...]

    21. Second time reading this book. I was kinda bored and in the middle of a much more intense re-read of a series so I thought I'd stop and spend a few days blasting away at freaky looking aliens with the controversial Mr Ringo. Those who were turned off by the first book's stance on eugenics and the author using the book to express his, often wacko, political beliefs should be mildly happier with this book. The main character, Tyler Vernon, takes a backseat and brings the crazy with him. For those [...]

    22. In Citadel John Ringo has produced a predictable, but highly satisfying second volume to his Troy Rising trilogy. I've yet to go wrong with a Baen book, and while Citadel is not the best they've ever published, it's a hell of a lot of fun. Citadel is not focused on Tyler Vernon quite as much as the previous book, Live Free or Die. Instead we see the world through at least a half dozen people, a couple more often than others. Dana has the best character arc, while Butch starts off strong and wane [...]

    23. Watching superhero movies I always wondered what was happening to the side characters. What were they doing while the hero kicked the bad guy's ass? I wanted to watch additional scenes featuring the sidekick or the underdog. In Citadel I got exactly that. We have characters like Dana, the engineer who became a pilot in spite of being shot at by aliens (or maybe because she was shot at). There is Butch the welder, who's main activities were cutting up junks that were alien ships before and trying [...]

    24. John Ringo's Citadel is surprisingly slow to get going at the beginning, considering that it is a sequel to Live Free or Die and that's because the focus at the beginning is on introducing two new characters to the plot, which does remove the almost complete focus on Tyler Vernon. In addition there are some ignorant errors in the book.The problem with that is the way they are introduced, through their training, is slow, very technically orientated, and dull. As the story progressed to conflict a [...]

    25. I really like reading Ringo, and this is a fitting sequel to Live Free or Die. Not very serious, but engaging and fun, and it had me laughing out loud.

    26. So ok, how do I start well, this was a good continuation to the previous book of the series (to say the least). I really loved the first book, it offered me a fresh perspective of a sci-fi novel from the usual since I have always been searching for a story that involves the development of human tech towards a supposedly more advanced culture, or towards a Type-1 civilization as Michio Kaku once said.The plot was really good, the story progression is solid, however, there are some major issues wh [...]

    27. "Citadel" by John Ringo is book two of the SciFi series Troy Rising and it is good. Although it could be read alone and make sense, a lot of the detail that you will find missing are explained in book 1 "Live Free or Die". The story: In the continuing fight against oppression, the Terran forces must battle the Rangora, who are much more capable than the previous oppressors, the Horvath. The story moves it's focus from Tyler Vernon, who has used his Libertarian philosophy to build a solar super w [...]

    28. Citadel is the second book in the Troy rising series. Citadel takes place right after Live free or die. Now the Earth must defend itself against new invasions by the powerful and aggressive Rangoras. This book continues to follow the hero of the Live free or die, Tyler Vernon. But it mostly focuses on two individuals, a shuttle pilot (Dana) and a welder (Butch), both enlisted on the battle station Troy. Citadel is a very poor follow up of Live free or die. It lacks the humour of the first volume [...]

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