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Summary

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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  • Philipp
  • Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
  • 31-08-11

Predictable but fun

This title has received criticism of being right-wing propaganda...
Apparently, one can't even read a book anymore without politicising it.

I for one had fun with this and I'm not ashamed for it.
Yes, the story is a bit cheesy and predictable, the main character a hero who single-handedly saves Earth, but so what?
It's not like Hollywood has done any better lately. At least the characters in Live Free or Die have more depth to them.

If you're looking for something whimsical, surprising or deep, you'll be disappointed, but if you like the majority of SciFi movies, you will enjoy this.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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well written

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

Just what I love. Story about mankind's resourcefulness set in not so far future. Mankind triumphs thanks to few special individuals and ability to cooperate and work hard. In short " Don't mess with the Terrans"

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, absolutely

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jamie
  • Chester, United Kingdom
  • 13-10-11

Brilliant stuff

I love this book, I have listened to it twice now. The narrator is fantastic, his Vermont accents absolutely spot on and very funny. This is one of the most unusual sci-fi stories I've read and also the funniest. I don't like Russell's review of this book, I can't help thinking that he misunderstood some of the politics and humour. It is interesting and odd that Russell has also posted the exact same, word for word review on Amazon of the paper back book.
Don't be put off, this series is thoroughly entertaining and clever.

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Good story, unfortunately fascist though

Got through 2/3 of the book before I couldn't take the super conservative rhetoric anymore. It's apparently on the KKK reading list, which after reading this last chapter is not surprising. Had to stop reading, such a shame.

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  • Andrew
  • Callington, Cornwall, United Kingdom
  • 26-03-18

Good fun

I have enjoyed this series, almost annually since I got it. great fun, and exciting. I'm a big sci first fan, and this has left me wanting more, more and more.

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Loved it!

A breakneck pace story of human ingenuity, overcoming the odds and not backing down. Giant space constructions/infrastructure building, science, super weapons, and space battles. Very enjoyable. Some moaning about it not being PC, and although there are a couple of wince moments it's really not significant. For instance, I read one review that said how every women is described as "stacked" so I listened out for it. Actually, it's only used twice, in the whole book. Could have been written better or more subtly, but not a big deal. And some see it as an attack on left wing, city dweller types, and well yes the main good guys are conservatives but again, it's not a big deal unless you make it so. So yes, I recommend this book to anyone who is not neurotic or easily "triggered".

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  • Danielius
  • Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
  • 17-03-17

awesome but

Eveything was great. But shouldnt have included political commentary. Out of place. The tidbits of slacking off liberals and hailing conservatives. Thankfully there wasn't too much of it.

Other than that close to perfect book and one of the best narration performances ive heard.

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Quite enjoyable

Any additional comments?

It was a good book, would not normally go for this but tried other series from the author which i enjoyed. The book and idea was simple but fun, why not have one man whom stands above overs :) did go on a bit but overall enjoyable :)

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Best audible SF book ever

Would you listen to Live Free or Die again? Why?

Absolutely brilliant SF book, really big what if storyline, had me riveted and unwilling to get out the car and go into work n

What was one of the most memorable moments of Live Free or Die?

Sticking it to the Horvath

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

Clear and well paced.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Troy station coming online and defending the world

Any additional comments?

Listen to it, awesome.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • DENNIS
  • SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

MILITARY SCI-FI

FAST PACED BLOOD AND GUTS-TYPICAL RINGO SCI-FI A BOOK YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN/STOP LISTENING TOO.WILL BE BUYING THE NEXT EPISODE.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Colin
  • 27-05-11

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

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-18

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • J.B.
  • 18-03-16

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Dr. Matt Navarre
  • 12-07-11

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Pieter
  • 29-03-11

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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • sanwizard
  • 23-03-18

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!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • michael d kruzan
  • 13-11-17

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”

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • john vaughn
  • 15-07-15

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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Teitur
  • 30-12-16

A very fun daydream.

Would you listen to Live Free or Die again? Why?

Perhaps, to get the science parts better and all those very many abbreviations.

What did you like best about this story?

The concept, the idea of the solution on how to "fix" the "problem" at hand.

Which scene was your favorite?

no favorate, I like many of the ideas and concepts.I dont like the gene/medical attack ideas and scenes.

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

No, not that kind of a book in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

The writer is either from the south or loves the south.He is a die hard right wing republican.If you, the reader are one the left side of politics or PC, "this read might hurt your feelings"...I am how ever on the right, I love it! :) I don't like some of those gene/medical ideas, they are just silly and show the writers preference rather than something an attacking alien force would do.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jess Hallsworth
  • 04-12-15

Common person sci-fi story

I've read this book several times and now have listened to an amazing performance as an audible production.

The story is believable and moves forward at a steady pace. Exciting sections keep you interested and wanting more!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful