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The Hot Gate: Troy Rising III (edition 2011)

by John Ringo

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Title:The Hot Gate: Troy Rising III
Authors:John Ringo
Info:Baen (2011), Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Your library, Read since January 2008, Read Twice since Jan 2008
Rating:****
Tags:Scifi

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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 Ringoƒ??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 continue to improve, but only because the publisher sent me a free review copy.

Unfortunately, the story regresses in book three. I read most of The Hot Gate, but couldnƒ??t finish it. I donƒ??t want to spend a lot of time on this review because chances are that youƒ??re not reading this unless youƒ??re thinking about reading The Hot Gate, which means you probably have enjoyed the series so far. If thatƒ??s the case, youƒ??ll like The Hot Gate a lot better than I did.

The story continues to follow Dana, the pilot introduced in Citadel. Dana has been transferred to a new battle station where sheƒ??s in charge of a crew made up of Latin American and Muslim recruits. Uh-oh. Immediately you should wonder (or suspect) what John Ringoƒ??s going to do with this. Not surprisingly, he proceeds to stereotype and insult the entire Latin American culture (as if it is one entity) and the Muslim culture, too. The Latinos are sloppy, lazy, stupid, emotional, liars, thieves, womanizers, and obsessed with machismo. The Muslims freak out about the way the women are dressed. I could give examples of all this, but I really donƒ??t want to spend any more time writing about TROY RISING. Besides all this annoying stuff (which makes up most of the plot), the story was boring.

I should mention that a lot of readers like the TROY RISING books. The first two books, especially, get high marks at Amazon and Goodreads. I am an educated patriotic conservative white suburban Protestant who doesnƒ??t see herself as especially ƒ??sensitiveƒ? and not particularly worried about ƒ??political correctness,ƒ? but these books offended me. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
This book follows on from Live Free or Die and Citadel. This time we focus solely on Dana as she is transferred to a new unit. The story is interesting, although perhaps it focusses on the dysfunction of the Latin American countries a little more than is really necessary. More interestingly, the book ends the series (as best as I can tell) in an unusual manner for a book like this, with the humans not winning a simple out right victory -- moral or otherwise. Overall, a fun light read.

http://www.stillhq.com/book/John_Ringo/The_Hot_Gate.html ( )
  mikal | Mar 26, 2014 |
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 frustrated as the characters themselves were at their inability to come to an understanding with each other. The ending climatic battle was exciting but seemed to end very suddenly and rather...anti-climatically. I had been under the impression that this was going to be the last book in the series but with the abrupt ending to the thrid book I hope that Ringo continues the story he has started in these three books.

Would I recomend it? Yes, I found the books a pleasureable read but with no big suprises. However I borrowed all three from the library as I felt they were not good enough for me to seek out to own. That being said if there is a fourth book I will most certainly check it out and once my to read list gets a little shorter I may check out some of Ringo's other work. ( )
  pjskimin | Dec 6, 2013 |
Engineers mate Dana Parker, space welder Butch Allen return, along with a handful of aliens whose political scene is perhaps even more screwed up than Earth, and of course a few cameos by Tyler Vernon. This is the third installment of Troy Rising, and what appears at this point at least, to be the conclusion. With the orbital gate to hostile territory protected by Tyler Vernon's space behemoths, it's apparently time for humanity's weaker links to try to screw the pooch. As usual, bleeding heart liberals bear the brunt of Ringo's "what's wrong with the world today" political and society commentary loosely disguised as space opera. With the hostile aliens continuing their somewhat-less-than-best (hey, alien governments make stupid decisions, too!) to crush humanity, the forces of capitalism are still hardest pressed by idiocy with its roots right here at home. ( )
  SunnySD | Oct 2, 2012 |
Another page turner from Mr Ringo. Looking forward to the next installment. ( )
  jamespurcell | Aug 9, 2011 |
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Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station "Troy" face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die--and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.… (more)

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