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Citadel

(Troy Rising #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  6,071 Ratings  ·  159 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 Horvath conquerors and begin entering the galactic millieu.

But when the Rangora Empire ra
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Hardcover, 389 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Baen (first published January 1st 2011)
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Tim
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Kathy Davie
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, military, sci-fi
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
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Kat  Hooper
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:
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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.

Fortunat
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Libby
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nathaniel
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Zivan
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Dan McLaughlin
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Text Addict
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Andrew White
Mar 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Mediocre science fiction wrapped in American Republican sloganeering, with a nice bit of misogyny and mild racism mixed in.
Michael Burnam-Fink
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, sci-fi
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
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Yvonne
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Tony Laplume
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
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Balkron
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jonathan Terrington

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
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Dan
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-scifi, 2018
2018 reread: A really good story, in a very good series.
Dawn
I like John Ringo's stories (or what I've read of them), but his writing leaves a lot to be desired. Citadel had some major flaws. All the detail bogged the story down; in fact, it often felt like story (especially the pacing) was sacrificed in favor of the nitty gritty. It took forever to reach any kind of point, and by the time it di, the story was pretty much over, this segment of it anyway. During the first three quarters of the book, Ringo skipped the action, most of the time by going from ...more
Thiago Marzagão
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Gilbert Stack
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 (who ...more
Gregg
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-sci-fi
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 ...more
Eric
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like the premise and I like how it seems like Ringo (as far as I can tell) pays a lot of attention to getting the science "right" (I mean, maybe it's not right, but it's at least consistent). The action scenes/battles are fun... but kinda scarce.
Sometimes it gets a little bogged down in the science details (and the this-is-military-life details).
Christopher Alexandrov
If you can get through the endless military lingo in the first two chapters...

If you can get through the endless military lingo in the first two chapters this turns out to be fun book that’s a good continuation of the “Live Free or Die” saga. Read the first book and you’ll enjoy this one.
Kjirstin
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, sci-fi, aliens
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!
Virginia Scherer
Really fun book

Good story line. New plot lines from the standard dross. The series is a good night stand book or a kindle book I guess I should say.
Regetable
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Better than the first!
Aamundson
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Better charecters than the first book in the series (at least better than the last half of the first book). Lots of fun military action.
Trae
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
On the fence with this book. It was a fun read, but also lacked some of what made the first one good. I'm ready to read the rest though.
Ampeyro
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
Couldn't finish it. Kept losing the plot of the story when the book went into too much detail.
Max
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Trey
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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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