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Book Two of the nationally best-selling Troy Rising saga and the follow-up to Live Free or Die from multiple New York Times and USA Today bestseller John Ringo. Humans push back against a galactic empire bent on Earth subjugation and ultimate destruction.

The second entry in the best-selling Troy Rising saga and follow-up to Live Free or Die from multiple New York Times and USA Today bestseller John Ringo.

When the orbital gates first materialized in the outer solar system, all seemed well. And, lo, peaceful traders made first contact-so whatever came next couldn't be so bad, could it? Yeah, it could. Very bad. Now humans have battled back from a Trojan-horse-like conquest by a tyrannical alien species to become a force to reckon with in the galaxy. On a crash-building course, we've built a near-impregnable battlestation of Deathstar proportions to prove it. But the enemy is remorseless and to survive we must take the fight to our attackers and prevail. Unfortunatley, the bones and burnt hulks of those who have tried litter the star-ways. But these galactic imperialists have never contended with humans, a foe who is their match in sheer ferocity and desire to win.

About Citadel :
"Ringo is back with a rousing tale of derring-do in space...[He] is as good as ever, giving the reader an epic space opera complete with grand vistas and large-scale numbers and keeping it humming with...pungent writing, snappy characters, and gallows humor."-- Booklist

About previous series entry Live Free or Die:
"[I]nfused with plenty of old-fashioned two-fisted can-do attitude. . ."-- Publishers Weekly

About John Ringo: "If Tom Clancy were writing SF, it would read much like John Ringo."-- Philadelphia Weekly Press

". . .Ringo's lively action scenes and thorough knowledge of military subculture dynamics make enjoyable reading."-- Publishers Weekly
ISBN: 9781451637571
Branch Call Number: PBK ScF Ring


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Jan 05, 2016

I love this series. Great concept, characters, action, and skulduggery!

LRS1969 Jan 22, 2013

For poor writing and just general problems with this author (see comments on other two books) simply could not get into this book. In fact couldn't even finish it (maybe 75%???).

I have - again - noted how I actually LIKE some of Ringo's works... when he is co-author with a very good author such as Drake or Weber!

JeremiahSutherland May 10, 2012

Not bad sci-fi.

There is some heavy focus on the minutiae of engineering/tech troubleshooting, which can be kinda tiresome.

There are some really good ideas regarding combat in space.

Characterization is pretty good when dealing with the Terrans.

The aliens tend to be cardboard cutout villains. This takes away a little bit from enjoying the book.

Jan 03, 2012

"And I see storms on the horizon,
I see the tempest at the gates,
I see storms on the horizon
and a Citadel alone.
Clinging brave, defying fate..."

Looks like Mr. Ringo enjoys that music as well...

Oct 17, 2011

Another great book from Ringo. Book 3 here I come.

Aug 07, 2011

very enjoyable novel. This, the second in the series introduces 2 new characters and though a bit disjointed at the start, they weave their stories into the struggle for earth to survive.

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