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Live Free or Die

Troy Rising, Book One
Written by: John Ringo
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
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Beginning a New Series by a New York Times Best-Selling Author.Will the People of Earth Bow Down toAlien Overlords—or Will They Live Free or Die?

First Contact Was Friendly

When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

Who Controls the Orbitals, Controls the World

When the Horvath came through, they announced their ownership by dropping rocks on three cities and gutting them. Since then, they've held Terra as their own personal fiefdom. With their control of the orbitals, there's no way to win and earth's governments have accepted the status quo.

Live Free or Die

To free the world from the grip of the Horvath is going to take an unlikely hero. A hero unwilling to back down to alien or human governments, unwilling to live in slavery and with enough hubris, if not stature, to think he can win. Fortunately, there's Tyler Vernon. And he has bigger plans than just getting rid of the Horvath.

Troy Rising is a book in three parts—Live Free or Die being the first part—detailing the freeing of earth from alien conquerors, the first steps into space using off-world technologies and the creation of Troy, a thousand trillion ton battlestation designed to secure the solar system.

©2010 John Ringo (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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  • Colin
  • Detroit
  • 2011-05-27

Simply Awesome

This is just great, everything just about falls into place just perfectly and results in a great story I cant wait to listen to again in a year or so, after I listen to the other 2 books that follow this one - First of all, I listened to this so I have no idea if names are spelled correctly, but you should be able to figure it out

So I watched something on National Geographic on 5-22-11 called "When Aliens Attack" and the author of this book is on there and the show was sorta along the lines of the beginning of this book, so look for that if you can find it

So an alien gateway comes into the Sol system (thats Earth) by some aliens that send these around to systems to establish contact and trades and stuff like that, but bad aliens can come out of it, and they do - the Horvath

What happens is that by chance a Sci-Fi writer turned lumberjack/grocery store clerk/jack of all trades because of a lack in sci-fi as a things people care about after actual aliens come, Tyler Verden by chance discovered that maple syrup was like really strong alcohol for the Glatoon and trades it for this realy powerful computer chips that are worth millions, over night he becomes the richest person in the world and basically takes over everything not government controlled (and some that is)

Tyler builds a really cool space laser called the SAPL (Solar Array Pumped Laser) or like Tyler puts it "Super Ass Powerful Laser" and it takes light from the Sun and points it onto VDA's (Variable Distributed Arrays) or again Tyler's name "Very Dangerous Array" and other really cool acronyms

So this turned into one of the best books I have ever read/listened to, I have only one complaint and thats that it is to short - it jumps months and even years between chapters, and it would be cool to experience that stuff - I think it could have been 10-15 hours longer even, there are 2 more books that I have just started on and I hope they are just as good

Highly recommended, its more like 6 out of 5 stars

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  • Pieter
  • South Africa
  • 2011-03-29

A touch of hitchhiker guide to the galaxy

Don't think twice in getting this. It has a original beginning and i am 60% through it and it feels complete. The writer takes the innocences of the human race and ads the confusion of an alien world and how one man outwits them. The narrator has a great way of reading this that makes it almost comical and special at the same time. For me to make effort to write a comment here takes real effort and guts and this book has both. It almost reminds me of the innocense and sense of norm 'Hitchhiker to the galaxy' brought to something that would make us paranoid and confused in real life. This is a good listen if you like sci-fi and space stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-03-15

John Ringo is in my top 5

Very well told story. My favorite aspect of John Ringo's style is his witty dialogue, not only is the story meaningfully progressed but nearly every conversation is intriguing, except for the technical explanations. I appreciated the explanations but I got lost in some of them.

If you like John Scalzi, you will definitely like John Ringo.

The narrator is phenomenal as well. You can tell within about ten seconds if a narrator is good and this guy is well above par.

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  • J.B.
  • 2016-03-18

All of the action you would ever want!

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

This version of the hostile alien contact genre is more enjoyable for me than most others.

The bad aliens are really bad. The allied aliens are as complex as humans. The heroes are heroic. Even those who don't start out as heroic rise to the occasion. I love this series and wish John Ringo would write some more sequels.

What other book might you compare Live Free or Die to and why?

The Posleen war series is comparable in action and drama, but more from the ground-pounder point of view, rather than the space jockey as this series is.

Unlike David Weber, who takes a lot of time to build the political and religious infrastructure to support his action heroes, Ringo just gets on with the mission.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mark Boyett's narration is first rate. He really brings the action alive and his characterizations work to keep the people straight in your mind's eye.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book and the others in the series kept me from sleeping or doing any useful work.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Ringo, please follow up with another episode or twelve.

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  • Dr. Matt Navarre
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 2011-07-12

Captivating

This is such an awesome story! I thought I'd give it a try, since I was not familiar with the author. Half way through listening to book 1, I bought books 2 and 3, and I don't want to go to work - I just want to finish listening!

I'll certainly be checking out John's other books. He has a great way of blending action, characters, and plot. Also, I love the references to BSG and Star Wars - Frakkin cool.

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  • sanwizard
  • 2018-03-23

One of the best sci-fi books of a generation

Excellent narration, and one of the most compelling sci fi stories I have ever read. This is Heinlein level sci fi, and my third listen to this series. John's other series are more fun if you want a good laugh, but this series brings to life a world you can imagine being real. One series that goes in my top ten list!

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  • john vaughn
  • 2015-07-15

Nice Technical SF

First off the performer does a really good job and the book is solid as well, especially if you enjoy technical SF. First Ringo book and i will check out more of his work.

Now for the part that everyone keeps harping on, yes the main character that has right leaning views and it is brought up in the book. So What, it's part of the process of getting to know a character.

The only complaint i have about the books is at the end of it i really don't know anything about the other characters. I mean i know a little bit about others but I don't feel as if i know them. The exception might be the AI's, he did a good job with them.

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  • Jason
  • Thornhill, ON, Canada
  • 2013-05-08

Classic Sci-Fi, Heinlein style

This book reads like it's from the golden age of sci, aliens vs humans with cold war style politics. It's very much in the style of Robert Heinlein, a very technical writing style with a lot of explaination of the physics of what's going on. It seems like it should be tedious with so much technical writing, but in Ringo's skilled hands, the story just flows.

The main charactrer, Tyler Vernon, reminded me of Heinlein's Lazarus Long. The same cranky angry attitude and drive to suceeed completely. The narrator captured the feel of the book perfectly.

Other reviewers talk about latent racism/sexism, but it's far tamer in that regard than the sci-fi classics that clearly inspired this book.

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  • michael d kruzan
  • 2017-11-13

one of my favorite audiobooks

this is one of my favorite audiobooks and the beginning of one of my favorite series. john ringo is pretty good at this ;) “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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  • Brian
  • Falls City, OR, USA
  • 2015-05-07

Awesome story and narration! Great Fun!

If you could sum up Live Free or Die in three words, what would they be?

"Maple Syrup War"

What did you like best about this story?

A brilliantly original storyline by John Ringo. In his March series he came out with a good writing style and character development. He holds your interest and paints a picture of the characters, the setting and the whole idea of First Contact. Very original interpretation.

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure, keeping track of narrators is hard, but Mr. Boyett did an awesome job of catching the voices and the characters. You never doubted who was who, or what they were doing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved it and listened to all three, I just wish John Ringo would continue them.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful characters, and questions raised. Would the governments of Earth give in to an enemy who can drop kinetic weapons on every city? Would they attack their own people to prevent the aliens from getting mad? Very original story and a pleasure to listen to. Listen to all three, you will not regret it. A great set of stories.

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