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(Troy Rising #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  6,783 ratings  ·  177 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
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Baen (first published January 1st 2011)
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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 ...more
Kat  Hooper
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
2018 reread: A really good story, in a very good series.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Though I don't usually go much for the military branch of scifi, I loved the first instalment "Live Free or Die" of this series very much. This second edition, however, got into politics that were at times a bit harsh for my taste. Nonetheless, all the new and previous characters were well executed and the energetic momentum and action scenes were on par with the original first instalment - as well as the long drawn out engineering lectures - those I can put up with for a while as it counts as s ...more
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
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
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
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.
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
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A sequel better than book 1? Who knew. After the initial necessary-but-slow part where we’re introduced to a host of new characters, those characters are far more interesting then the ones surrounding Tyler Vernon in the first book. Indeed, Vernon fades into the curtains a bit while the newbies strut their stuff.

In NCO Dana “Comet” Patrick, Ringo has created one of the best female SF Space Opera heroes. She’s also the kind of woman you’d want to have one, one only, drink with. Don’t be on the o
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
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
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
Michael Burnam-Fink
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2017
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
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.
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
Feb 01, 2021 added it
Citadel is the second book in Ringo's Troy Rising series, and in a way it breaks the mold set in the first. Most of Live Free or Die takes place from the point of view of Tyler Vernon, the man who successfully opens up trade with the Glatun and organizes the Earth resistance to the Horvath. Now, Ringo introduces a couple of new characters so that we can get a better perspective of what's going on with the man-made planetoid, Troy, as construction on a war time footing predominates this book.

Leigh Kimmel
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel does not directly follow on Live Free or Die. Not only has some time lapsed since the end of the first novel, but we are also introduced to a new group of characters. Tyler Vernon has moved off to the margins of the story, perhaps because he became so powerful over the course of the first book that he was no longer the underdog in the way he had been when he started out.

Instead, we have two brand new POV characters: Dana and Butch. Dana lost everything when one of those early Horvath
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book's predecessor, "Live Free or Die", and was initially very disappointed with this #2 in the "Troy Rising" science fiction series. The training of new space troops – one high schooler enlisted man, and one female pilot – was pretty interesting. … But, what the heck?! I swear that John Ringo repeated the same scene from book #1?! Also, through 1/3 of the book, there was nothing about the prior main character, the multi-billionaire (or is it trillionaire), Tyler Vernon. (I ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
First thoughts:

Well.. it certainly wasnt as good as the first one. A lot of what I enjoyed in the first book was the force of personality of the main protagonist Tyler Vernon, we got into some of his plans and the inner workings with some satisfying (if unrealistic) political and genre savvy maneuvering.

Tyler is still a character in this book, but it focuses a lot more on two completely new characters neither of which has the charisma and draw of the original protagonist.

In terms of writing the
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
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
David Caldwell
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first aliens placed a gate to other solar systems near Earth. It was available for anybody that could get to it. Unfortunately that did not include humans. The second group of aliens dropped rocks on the Earth and then said they would stop if we basically made them our overlords. The third group was traders but the Earth has given away almost everything of worth to their new overlords. Now, one man has a plan to free the Earth. It all depends if he can find that one thing the alien traders r ...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
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
May 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
Quite enjoyed the first one. But again he does dribble on and on on this one. Then really lost all interest when he constantly had to masterbating over the American flag over and over again. Typical American lost all interest for me might aswell forced his religion on you how ever factually incorrect it was. Then constant casual. Racism thrown in and sexism for that matter no matter how much he tried to defend it. Really put me off anything else he's written ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aliens, sci-fi, 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!
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.
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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.

Other books in the series

Troy Rising (3 books)
  • Live Free or Die (Troy Rising, #1)
  • The Hot Gate (Troy Rising, #3)

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