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Citadel (Troy Rising #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  5,658 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
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 Horvarth conquerors and begin entering the galactic milieu.

But when the Rangora Empire ra
Paperback, 522 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Baen (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kat  Hooper
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:

Citadel 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.

Kathy Davie
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, military, action
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…too
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sf-hard
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 ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan McLaughlin
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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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 chewy lump of Golden Age s
Andrew White
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mediocre science fiction wrapped in American Republican sloganeering, with a nice bit of misogyny and mild racism mixed in.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tony Laplume
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 having.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space, fantasy, reviewed, own
My Rating Scale:
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read th

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
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens, audio
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!
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first!
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Georgie Marianne
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish it. Kept losing the plot of the story when the book went into too much detail.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Julius Butcher
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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 ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Live Free or Die continues more or less where the previous book leaves off. Much of it deals with the continuing construction of the Troy battlestation and its first consort. As is typical with Ringo second books in series, the “three stories combined” model of the first book is abandoned and new main characters are introduced, in this case a Navy assault shuttle pilot and a civilian “space welder”. This being Ringo, there is no shortage of battle scenes in the last third of the bo ...more
W.R. Edmunds
After reading John Ringo’s Citadel, the sequel to Live Free or Die, there really isn’t overly much I can add to my original review. TLDR; this series is a fun military space opera featuring the Human race as plucky underdogs. Check out the series if you want some good sci-fi entertainment.

This book branches out and follows three different characters from a point just before the end of the first book in the Troy Rising series and then advances the plotline further, plunging Humanity into an all-o
Continuing the story begun in Live Free or Die, Citadel tells of the Rangora invasion of Earth's Glatun trade partners, the continuing rush to get the massive battlestation Troy ready to fight, and the Rangora invasion of Earth.

While the plot did not really move too terribly far in this one, I really enjoyed the tech and world building, and the development of some more of the men and women caught up in Earth's fight for survival.

I wish there had been a little more explanation of some of the thin
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The entertainment continues in the second book in the Troy Rising series. I was surprised by where the story went, in a good way. This book introduces some new characters to the story. It's not just about Tyler Vernon anymore. We now have a "space welder" and a shuttle pilot to keep track of. Neither of them make any serious contribution to the main plot lines, but one of them is set up at the end of the book for greater things in the future. I'm sure the other will be along soon enough.

The main
Henry Neufeld
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed previous books by John Ringo, especially the Prince Roger series, so when I saw this book at my local public library I grabbed it and read. Of course, I was jumping into the middle of a series, which is generally a bad idea, but that happens to me quite often.

The book starts slowly. In fact, I was beginning to wonder whether Ringo had abandoned action entirely. In the end, however, perseverance paid off, and things got more interesting. Not that the character building isn't interest
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John Ringo is a prolific author who has written in a wide variety of genres. His early life included a great deal of travel. He visited 23 foreign countries, and attended fourteen different schools. After graduation Ringo enlisted in the US military for four years, after which he studied marine biology.

In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful.
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Troy Rising (3 books)
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