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The Hot Gate

(Troy Rising #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  5,484 ratings  ·  168 reviews
New York Times Best-Selling Author.

The Big Showdown with an Alien Empire, to Keep the Earth Free—and Maybe Free the Galaxy as Well.

The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon, and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy, face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And
Hardcover, 399 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Baen (first published May 1st 2011)
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Kat  Hooper
May 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook

The Hot Gate is the third novel in John Ringo’s TROY RISING series. This series started off well with the first half of the first book, Live Free or Die. Then Ringo’s protagonist, Tyler Vernon, turned out to be an outspoken Nazi-sympathizer and TROY RISING plummeted. The second book, Citadel, was better, but still not good enough to recommend. (Please see my reviews for specifics.) I began reading the third book, The Hot Gate, hoping that things would
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, sf-hard
I have in the past been peeved with John Ringo, and have even used the dreaded "B" word (BORING) about one of his works. Well, hallelujah and raise the flag, I don't have anything but praise for the 3rd work in this series. Ringo is again my beloved author, in whom I am well pleased. This volume continues the saga of Vernon Tyler, Dana Parker, a handful of AI's and a cast of thousands against the wannabe alien invaders, the Rangora. The alien's war machine is big, experienced and rich, as ...more
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the Troy Rising series picks up where Citadel left off. Dana Parker is transferred to the new Thermopylae station in order to stiffen up a screwed up squadron of Myrmidon assault shuttles mostly staffed by Latin American personnel. To say there is a culture clash is an understatement. Later, of course, the fecal matter hits the rotary air impeller in a big way as the Rangora decide it is time to deal with those pesky Terrans once and for all.

The cultural issues between Anglos
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The first book, I found to be surprising good. John Ringo is an exciting and competent action writer, with thoroughly researched plausible science to back up his world. In the second instalment, we learn more acutely of his political and social views, as well as his view of the world we currently live in. By this third instalment, however, things begin to fall apart. Plot lines are discombobulated - Tyler, who is made out to be a lonely self-made billionaire's love interest, and an issue with a ...more
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-scifi, 2018, 2019
2018 reread. Another good read in this really good series,
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Like the first two books (Live Free or Die and Citadel), The Hot Gate was a thoroughly entertaining military / hard sci-fi thrill ride. I ate it up like candy.

Two things to note, however. First: the book seemed to completely wander off the reservation in terms of plot. Scene-by-scene the action made sense, but a lot of the emergencies and dramas that were thrown in had increasingly little to do with the core plot of: will humanity survive integration into galactic politics? That was the central
Kathy Davie
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, military, action
Third in the Troy Rising military science fiction series revolving around self-made billionaire...he could be a trillionaire by this point...Vernon Tyler who singlehandedly created the Troy battlestation and saved the Earth from an alien invasion.

The Story
We got cocky. We easily beat off an attack by the Rangorans at the opening of the book. After all, The Rangorans have been throwing inadequate numbers of ships at the Earth and the battlestation, Troy, has been slicing through 'em like a hot
Jonathan Terrington

As the third in the Troy series by John Ringo this was again another fine novel. His work across this series has been very consistent and while Ringo may not match literary greats he writes to the best of his ability and writes and entertaining and challenging novel here again.

The Hot Gate continues with the characters introduced in the second book Citadel and shifts attention from the Troy to a second battle station called Thermopylae. What was fascinating in this one is how Ringo focuses on
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
The first 2/3 of the book were very good and very well written. I enjoyed the story of Parker's dealings with the South Americans and the cultural clashes. I also very much liked how the AI Granadica had an issue that tied back to the first book's Johannson's virus.

What I did not like was the sudden establishment of a friendship between Tyler and Parker. It wasn't organic, who announces they are friends with someone they have only interacted with a few times? Then, there was a hint of a
Per Gunnar
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This one was actually a bit of a disappointment. I almost gave it a 2 star rating. A good chunk (much too much) was devoted to nonsense politics and "cultural differences", lazy "Latinos" not being able to do proper maintenance even if their lives depended on it, etc. etc.

Luckily those bits where still written in a way that was somewhat interesting to read unlike the extremely boring, never ending, two people dialogs that have become a habit in some of David Weber's latest works. Also, luckily,
Pete Skimin
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I felt that like the previous two books, that the third book in John Ringo's Troy Rising series was an average read. His battle scenes are as enjoyable as ever but the buildup, especially in this one, seemed to take too long. Much of the book is given to the characters attempting navigate the "cultural rift" that exists between many of the characters respective countries. At first it helps develop the characters and helps flesh them out more but eventually I found myself becoming just as ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Why aren't the other nations of the world capable of space travel? It isn't because of money, but because the cruel reality of space doesn't care about human self-perceptions and class structures.

In the final installment started with "Live Free or Die", Tyler Vernon takes on a challenge almost as difficult as protecting the world from the Horvath or Rangoran fleets: protecting it from itself. As Tyler spins up a third orbital station, he knows that the defense of the Earth can not continue to be
Keith Bell
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
John Ringo is becoming "The author I would most like to sit down and have a drink with". Opinionated but expressive. His characters express views and opinions held by many but not always ezpressed. His novels give him a platform to vent and explore and express views on religion, class, politics etc and yet, continue to tell a good story.
Michael Chatfield
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love the imagination of Earth's defenses. The battles are gritty, the people realistic, the emotional pain a punch in the guts.
The characters grow, the universe keeps going and the universe seems to be just primed for Earth, Tyler Vernon and the rest of humanity to start making their own mark.
I hope to hell there is another book!
(though after reading some of John Ringo's other series the possibility of another is a fifty-fity flip)
Gotta love to hate him sometimes! :)
John (JP)
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fun book continues Troy Rising series. I am tired of this present day focus on female characters. That said the story was good. I enjoyed Ringo's examination of culture clashes between North American military culture and South American culture. One third of the work is devoted to a climatic battle between Earth and the Rangora. I want to see what Ringo does in the fourth installment.
Mark D. Wilson
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the series.

It was fast paced and fun. Looking forward to more books from John Ringo this was my first set and he has many.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Damn you John Ringo for writing yourself into a corner. I want you to continue this series and as I know you check every single goodreads review of your books I demand you write more!!!
Jerry Wright
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thorough enjoyed The Hot Gate. And I enjoyed the development of Dana/Comet as a character. Yeah, we needed the battle scenes, but I was pleased, generally. Waiting for book 4.
David Broussard
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, ringo, military
The conclusion of the Troy Rising series. Good battle sequences and a good description of how unforgiving space would be to live and work in. I wish there was a bit more to the series though.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! #3 is another 5-star read in the “Troy Rising” series. That’s three for three! It was a fun read and can recommend it (but, for gosh sakes, you really should first read #1 and #2 prior to this one).

To my great pleasure, “The Hot Gate” starts right out with my favorite character, Tyler Vernon. I found it interesting to read of his business decisions and, at the time when the earth is negotiating a peace treaty with alien cultures, addressing the issues of converting military manufacturing to
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi, r-baen
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hCharles Obert
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this series is some of John Ringo's best work...When I read Science Fiction, it is because of my strong interest in Anthropology... my desire to understand humanity and stories like this give the reader an opportunity to see who we are by contrast to "the other"

Main character Tyler Alexander Vernon (a man with three names that few people can keep in the right order) makes a statement to one of the aliens that, at the time of first contact, the human tech base was very good at computers
David Caldwell
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. The overlords were beaten but they found a new ally that beat the Earth's ally in a war. The humans managed ...more
Gilbert Stack
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The last volume of the Troy Rising trilogy pulls our hotshot pilot from the previous book and gives her a group of under-performing pilots to knock into shape. It’s a very interesting plot, but since all the troublesome pilots were from other cultures, and their cultures were clearly described as being the central reason they were having so much difficulty meeting our heroine’s standard of efficiency, this is at times an uncomfortable book to read. That didn’t make it uninteresting, just ...more
Kevin Findley
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Most series begin to lose steam by the third novel. Troy Rising is still gaining momentum however. The characters continue to grow, as does the threat to Earth. The physics lessons made my head hurt, but as a guy with history degree, I appreciated all of the references to the last 250 years.

Ringo does overdo the Libertarianism a bit, but I think he also shows the difference between the desire to live free in a society that must have a certain level of control versus an actual fascist regime
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens, audio
I was trying to pace my way through this so that it lasted for the full week's commute... but nope. Absolutely pulls you into the story, even as more and more human vs. human problems crop up and no one seems to be aware of the looming threat... I'm not sure I'm thrilled with where things have been left at the end of this story, but, boy, was it hard to put down! (It will be a bummer to have to leave this series and move on to another, but barring the next book coming out, I guess that's how it ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the third time thru the set - Troy, Citadel, and Hot Gate. Excellent writing and therefore a little sad. The friends you met go back on the shelf and wait for new reader to inspire. These survivors are why SpaceX has to succeed, the government will never get us off this planet. Random planet killing asteroid or comet, all you can do is pray. But arriving aliens I want met by men. Go back and read "King David's Spaceship".
Virginia Scherer
Great quick read

Story continues from the first book. Little long-winded and some parts but the action scenes are good. Some of the South American staff seemed a little over-the-top.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Some parts that you have to kinda just wade through... a lotta technical stuff that is cool in that the author has thought it out, but there's also kind of a lot of it. That said, I enjoyed it. Really liked the battle at the end. Very worthwhile.
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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)
  • Citadel (Troy Rising, #2)
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