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Citadel

Troy Rising, Book Two
Written by: John Ringo
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
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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 has begun 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.

©2011 John Ringo (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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"[Boyett's] voice is clear, and he affects slightly different voices to differentiate between the various characters. The overall result is effective, and listeners will be drawn in." ( AudioFile)

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  • Colin
  • 2011-06-01

another great story, with new characters

So you have to read the first book "Live Free or Die" before this one, if you have then there is no reason you shouldnt be getting this book

The beginning is another view of what happened in the last chapters of the first book and introduces some new characters - you have Butch and Dana or "Comet" as she is called after what happened in the end of the first book and described in detail in the beginning of this book

The story continues more or less and there are a couple more battles ending in one crazy battle - I thought this was very well, there were those parts where it would jump forward months or years in a single chapter but its OK and as Tyler would put it "fiddly bits" - but because of this it was sorta like an abridged book even though it wasnt, its not like stuff was missing or not explained but more like you wish that there had been more of it, and the parts that were skipped were really construction parts with not a whole lot of exciting stuff in there but I am sure something cool could have been done

In this book Tyler is still in charge of most of everything but the government has control over the SAPL and other things Tyler built when there is a battle going on - there have been over a billion people killed in the plague that the Horvath unleashed in the first book and its not really a bad thing - it was mostly old people and people who were in poor health and people with crazy beliefs that didnt want the treatment - it resulted in what is called "johansens syndrome" for all surviving females, its basally that they go into "heat" when they have there period and want sex - and it turned all females into "17 year old males with choice" for about a week every month - this could be removed with gene therapy which was really expensive and was done for all women going into the service or working in space for obvious reasons, they cant have someone they just spent millions on to train get pregnant and have to take time off

highly recommended

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  • T.D.
  • 2011-03-01

Lots of fun

This book is a just plain fun. If you like the idea of a giant battle station hammering aliens into little pieces than your going to like this. Ringo follows a different set of characters in this book even though characters from the first book continue to drive the story. The change in perspective helps to keep things fresh. I can't wait for the next one in this series.

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  • Phil Boyd Studge
  • 2018-05-13

The author really hits his stride on this one

If we are lucky, from time to time the juices flow and creative inspiration makes it a very good day ( or days ).
Rarely do our efforts really bloom into fulness. When a reader gets a story like this one, one that grabs him or her - things like sleep are forgotten.
I have paused in my fifth ride through this story to encourage all of you to GET THIS SERIES!!
As a rule I must wait quite a few years before re-reading a favorite story ( I literally have well more than a thousand titles in my SF collection ( hell, there are more than a hundred on my phone ) ). This book is an exception to this rule. I first read this series in February of 2016. I got the Audible narration last year - its terrific!
There is no time to waste!

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  • Aimis
  • 2016-01-11

I love this series!

This series is awesome. I'm hooked and I have listened to all three books many times.

The only negative is that I wish John Ringo would write more in this series.

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  • Andrew
  • 2012-12-20

A foothold in space

For those of you that have read "Live Free or Die", note that this book seams to start a little before the end of that first book in order to develop some new characters’.

After getting into space in the first book, this one shows the expansion of humanity into space and the training up of the space industry, expanding on Tyler's previous work.

While the book does tend to indicate that you have to be an American to do anything worthwhile, it also pokes a bit of fun at the fact that there is often so much political red tape that it might be used to tie the moon to earth.

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  • MaugerDStaunton
  • 2012-10-31

"For they were born of Winter"

Welcome to the New Age of warfare. Welcome to Troy!

What happens when you build a two trillion ton battlestation? They will come. John Ringo is back with the eccentric trillionaire Tyler Vernon and his newest invention to save human space. This time it's not just Maple Syrup and big solar array mirrors, it's the largest battlestation ever created. It looks like it's just in time too, as now it's not just the Horvath that want a piece of Terran Proper. The Rangora have decided that they are tired of playing second fiddle and go to war. From the reports it looks like the Rangora have wiped out the Glatun and are now gunning for the newest members of the space age. Will Troy be enough? Can it stand, unlike it's predecessor? Or will this be another Iliad with a Rangoran Achilles conquering a human Hector?

Mark Boyett does a fantastic job continuing the Troy Rising series. Vocal thespianism at it's best.

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  • Hassan
  • 2012-08-28

"Good Troy" :)

you have to smile when they say that in the book "Good Troy" :)
this book is so awesome that you have the feeling and dream of being there with them... its really good... you have to buy it .... its amazing... one of the best series i listen to.

Enjoy.

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  • Scott
  • 2012-08-06

Really enjoyed this series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Good series really enjoyed it. My only complaint is that sometimes the book drags because Ringo dedicates too many scenes and too much time to boring details such as "how to check your space suit for air leaks." I don't really need to know all the details as to how to check a space suit for air leaks or how to install chairs in a space shuttle etc.

Instead I would have preferred more details related to the battle scenes.

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  • Brian
  • 2012-01-26

Compelling and Wonderful!

This second book in the Troy Rising series is great. The author changes the pace up a bit by introducing new characters and prospective while maintaining the older prospective of some of the characters from the first book. Still, it isn't confusing like other books but rather is very well written. I highly recommend this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2011-01-12

Amazing

The book starts out slow for a Ringo sequel, but all that time is spent introducing two new main characters. There is a bit of over-lap with the first book to introduce the new characters, then the book takes off into new areas. If you're not a Ringo fan, then this book isn't for you. I've listened to all his books, and this one is one of the better ones.

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