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When a 60-kiloton explosion destroyed the University of Central Florida, and much of the surrounding countryside, the authorities first thought that terrorists had somehow obtained a nuclear weapon. But there was no radiation detected, and, when physicist Dr. William Weaver and Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller were sent to investigate, they found that in the ceWhen a 60-kiloton explosion destroyed the University of Central Florida, and much of the surrounding countryside, the authorities first thought that terrorists had somehow obtained a nuclear weapon. But there was no radiation detected, and, when physicist Dr. William Weaver and Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller were sent to investigate, they found that in the center of the destruction, where the University's physics department used to be, was an interdimensional gateway to... somewhere. An experiment in subatomic physics had produced a very unexpected effect. Furthermore, other gateways were appearing all over the world-and one of them immediately began disgorging demonic visitors intent on annihilating all life on Earth and replacing it with their own. Other, apparently less hostile, aliens emerged from other gateways, and informed Weaver and Miller that the demonic invaders-the name for them that humans could most easily pronounce was the "Dreen"-were a deadly blight across the galaxy, occupying planet after planet after wiping out all native life. Now it would be Earth's turn, unless Weaver and Miller could find a way to close the gateways. If they failed, the less belligerent aliens would face the regrettable necessity of annihilating the entire Earth to save their own worlds. . . ....

Title : Into the Looking Glass
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Into the Looking Glass Reviews

  • Chloe
    2019-05-07 11:41

    The next time I move, I'm going to remember to not stick all of my books at the rear of the moving truck so I'm not reduced to reading things like this.Just for funsies, take a look at the avatars of everyone else who has reviewed this book. Notice anything? Yeah, 90% of them are older bearded white men. I think that most accurately describes Ringo's target audience. Ringo writes like a man with many axes to grind. Against intellectuals, against the French, against the Saudis, against universities, against Massachusetts, against California- pretty much against everything that does not exist within the confines of the Hooters in Huntsville, Alabama. His heroes are Nietzschean supermen who solve quantum mechanics equations while shooting large caliber rifles at aliens from another dimension. His universes are so monochromatic that you'd think it'd be a crime to insert any ambiguous shades of gray. Everything exists in such stark black and white terms that there can be no internal conflict with his characters, there is never even the remotest option for one of his creations to surprise because they lack the imagination to even conceive of going against type.That's my biggest complaint with these books. Disagreeable politics aside, everyone is just so flat and one dimensional that there is no possibility in being invested in their survival. There is more subtlety in a Michael Bay film than in these books. All the thrills come from reading of the different armaments the embattled humans use to pummel the aliens and that gets really old, really fast.

  • Tim
    2019-05-14 14:50

    While I rarely enjoy sci-fi, I found this listen to be quite worthy. I found the main characters interesting and worth caring about. I thought the story progressed well and I look forward to the follow-up, Vorpal Blade. 7 of 10 stars

  • Kiri
    2019-05-23 15:55

    I must heartily anti-recommend this book. The thesis is that a physics experiment gone awry has opened up a portal to another world. And then the portals start spawning all over the place. Unfortunately, some of them let evil aliens in that want to kill us all. So we have to fight back, largely by ratcheting up the kind of guns we attack with until we're nuking them and it's still not enough. Kind of interesting as a crisis. Not at all interesting in the execution.The aliens are dull. There is no description of an interesting alien world, alien physiology, alien culture, alien psychology, or alien interactions. Our interactions are limited to one alien race trying to kill us, one race who betrays us, and one race who aids us -- all very human activities. Boring!The physics in this book is ehhhh -- but it isn't a book about science. My first clue should have been the cover blurb, which says "Ringo excels in the depiction of combat!" Well, it's clear that combat is where he invested all of his effort (as opposed to, say, character development, plot, dialogue, etc.). I honestly don't care how many millimeters the bore is on a gun, and if I read the phrase "lay down lead" one more time, I'm going to throw up.But let's just say that writing truly isn't John Ringo's strength. This is just one example that I think speaks for itself:"Robin had squeezed into the door behind him and it was a sensation he thought he'd remember for the rest of his life, of watching mushroom clouds reaching for the troposphere, roiling and pregnant with evil, while two small but firm breasts pressed into his shoulder blades. He noticed that he was extremely horny."The "him" referred to here is the main character, who aside from being obnoxiously arrogant, is also literally unbelievable. He is introduced on page 35 as having grown up "with a body that only required two hours of sleep a night, a mind like an adding machine and the energy level of a ferret on a pixie stick". If this kind of thing annoys you, stop there. Or better, earlier.And someone PLEASE give John Ringo a bag of commas (or at least give them to his editor). He is a master of the run-on sentence.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-05-11 11:52

    First I know this book isn't great literature that will probably shape the world... and I know when some of us give high ratings to "science fiction" books there are those who sneer and assume we simply "aren't in their league" when it comes to "critical reading"Okay. Just so you know...I'm not "real bothered" by that. No apologies, I liked this book. It's full of action, has good characters, is plausible within it's own reality (and since we're discussing quantum physics somewhat here why talk about real world logic anyway? [:)]) I read Ringo's Posleen War series, and I thought it took a downturn about the middle of said series. By the time it was "over" I was ready for it to be "over". (I think I like military science fiction a bit more than was aimed at there as there was an attempt to bring in more mainline science fiction themes that I thought went a little flat and just didn't work in that particular set of books. However, I'm not reviewing that series here.) I put off reading anything else by Ringo for a while after that. I have the opening book to the Cally's War Spinoff Series somewhere, but haven't read it yet. I happened to be in a situation where I wasn't getting to just sit and read today, so I downloaded the audio of "Into the Looking Glass" this morning...and finished up listening to it with barley a stop in one day. I have debated whether to go 4 or 5 stars on this book. It is fast paced, and (I mention again)full of action. Admittedly I may like it more than say someone of a more....left wing political orientation or someone who is for example, anti-military, but then, this is Military Science Fiction. I won't use the review area to go into what I believe and what I think.. Just be aware going in that if that is your bent you may not enjoy this/these books as much as I did. Note I said "may not"...again, to each their own. Maybe you will enjoy them.. just giving a heads up.That being said, this is top flight brain candy, a satisfying read, and appears to be the opening of a good series. I have reserved the next book at the library, but if it won't be in tomorrow, I plan to run to my closest book store and pick up the paperback of Vorpal Blade. (and move it ahead of the others I'm currently reading or getting ready to be "currently reading" :).) I hope they have it. It's listed on their web sight, but will it be in the store? Tune in later and see.....Good book, and since it's my review and my rating and it's totally subjective. 5 stars.

  • Paul Weimer
    2019-04-25 13:53

    Never let it be said that I don't give people second chances. After my unhappiness with the story buzz-killing politics found when I read his The Tuloriad, I decided to try John Ringo, straight up, to see if another novel of his might have more of the good stuff and less of the thud and blunder.And so I picked up Into the Looking Glass, a completely different series and world, and unlike the Tulorian, written without a co-author. The set up and the basic scenario are interesting and clever: A high energy particle accident opens up potential gates to other worlds. Through these gates come contacts of several different kinds, including a malevolent force intent on turning the Earth into more territory for itself by an endless churning out of units that reminded me of the Zerg in Starcraft.A ragtag group of soldiers, a "redneck physicist" and others fight to keep the aliens off of our turf, make contact with friendly aliens, and try to keep a situation spiraling out of control from going completely off of the rails.I liked the basic premise as far as it went. The strength of the basic premise allowed me enough forward momentum to continue the book. Although implausible, I liked the "battletech" prototype technology employed against the hostile aliens.However, the negative aspects of the book outweigh the positives. After a good opening, the second half of the movie drags and loses momentum. Ringo also leaves a lot of dangling plot threads that seem more sloppiness than setting up a sequel. And the out-of-nowhere epilogue with trying to build a star drive is one of the worst tacked on last portions of a book I've read since Ender's Game. It almost seems like to me that Ringo was writing the book to frantically get the plot and scenario to the situation where we get that star drive, but the book is too short to make it plausible. It's a leap too far.Character development is implausible. Our physicist hero goes from never firing a gun to being an expert in a shockingly short amount of time. Other characters are flat, wooden and without personality. Also, the government response to "tuffy", an extra-dimensional alien that may literally be a manifestation of God, is implausible, at best.Female characters are another problem in this book. Sure, the novel mainly focuses on soldiers and a military response to it, but the number of significant female characters is thin on the ground. I expect better in a modern SF novel.Now the politics. I dislike novels which turn into political tracts and grist for the mill to promote a political viewpoint rather than an actual story.Into the Looking Glass takes pot shots at liberals and the French. However, what he has to say about Arabs made my blood boil. The schadenfreude the author and the characters seem to have at the plight of those in the path of a Gate in the Middle East disgusted me. "Any word on what we we're going to do?" Bill asked."Well, the Teams are sitting back, watching the tube and laughing in their beer." Miller answered. "The Ayrabs (sic) can't fight for shit. There's a lot of cultural reasons for it...Wait a year and there won't be enough mujaheddin left on earth to bury the bodies...The ragheads will also see,clearly, what the U.S. can do if it cares enough to send the very best. Nuclear weapons rising where the mullahs cannot ignore them."If I want to re-read an alien invasion novel, I will read Pournelle and Niven's Footfall. There are two authors, no liberals they, who understand how to write an alien invasion novel, make it believable, and not take every opportunity to score political points.Sorry, Mr. Ringo, I'm done trying to read your work. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  • Joseph
    2019-05-04 12:54

    I love good science fiction. I can't call this good science fiction. Why? Perhaps it was the idea of the god-like neo-con physicist. Maybe it was the Americentric xenophobia. Then again, it could have been the constant vitriol the main characters express regarding the media or academia, or anybody who disagrees with his political values.I like books that challenge the reader with different perspectives but this book doesn't challenge. It insults anybody who doesn't fall into step with the beliefs espoused throughout the story.

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    2019-04-26 15:35

    Into the Looking Glass by John Ringo is the first book in his Looking Glass series. When an accident in a physics lab at University of Central Florida causes a huge explosion, physicist William (Bill) Weaver and Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller are sent in to investigate. They discover that an experiment in subatomic physics has produced a gateway to another world - and the gateways are spreading.This is military science fiction novel. Ringo adds some humor along with the science (and some parts were quite funny), but the star of this book is the military action. After the initial explosion the novel slowed down while the physics of the event were being explained, but the action soon took off at a breakneck pace.Let me reiterate that this is military science fiction. If supporting the American military or the warrior culture of the military is going to offend you, don't read this book. It's pro-military. It's also science fiction, so, if (simplified) scientific explanations are going to confuse you, don't read this book. If neither the military nor science aspects are going to bother you, then by all means read Into the Looking Glass. (Additionally, keep in mind that the novel supports conservative political views.)Ringo is not the best writer technically but then, that's not really what you'd be looking for in a military science fiction novel. He does deliver on the action and the battle scenes. I'm looking forward to reading the other three novels in this series sometime: Vorpal Blade (Looking Glass, Book 2) by John Ringo; Manxome Foe (Looking Glass, Book 3) by Travis S. Taylor; Claws That Catch (Looking Glass, Book 4) by John RingoHighly Recommended - especially if you enjoy military science fiction.

  • R.G.
    2019-05-15 12:57

    First I have to give credit to the fact that every book in the series gets its’ name from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Rather appropriate since such an event would definitely make the world seem completely turned around, and suddenly anything would be possible. Regardless of the fact that it does reference such a nonsense novel, it uses a lot of real scientific facts and theories to create a world where these events are possible, making this one of the best science fiction novels I’ve come across. For once it isn’t aliens come to our planet and start kicking our butt, instead we’re the ones who open the gateways with our advance technology. Okay, accidentally, but still. Which leads to all sorts of aliens coming through, some more advanced, some not, some good, some bad. And it’s got a good sense of humor to keep the story from getting dark. More so, I love how Ringo tells the story. Though Weaver and Miller are the main characters, being the main ones in the action and making the decisions on how to take on the aliens, they’re not the only points of view. Usually I hate it when people give a bunch of background and detail on a person that isn’t around for more than a few pages, but Ringo uses it to tell the tale from different people, and how it effects people differently; some can take it in nonchalantly, while others are silently crying as they push the button to nuke American cities. It even gives parts of the story from the aliens side, so that we know how they think and react to the events as well. Altogether it makes such an all encompassing story from the political, to the business, to the soldiers just following orders and the civilians picking up their guns to join in in some form or another, that it feels like a real account of how such would go down and that just makes it all the more fantastic. It’s non stop excitement, and really starts off an excellent series.

  • Per Gunnar
    2019-04-26 10:41

    I’ve read quite a few books by John Ringo and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve liked pretty much all of them. This one however, I was not as thrilled about as I usually am. Now, it is quite probable that I am somewhat biased from the start.The author makes frequent references to CERN and more specifically, is basing most of his story on the Higgs Boson. Since I am an engineer at CERN I’m somewhat sensitive to bullshit about these subjects and unfortunately John Ringo’s depiction of Higgs Bosons is indeed utter bullshit. Christ, he could not even get his basic facts rights. For instance, he talks about scientists trying to create Higgs Bosons, specifically, using linear accelerators. The CERN accelerator is a circular one. If you want to create science fiction then create it but do not rewrite known science and facts. It’s just ignorant not to mention arrogant towards the readers.Okay, so now I’ve had my gripe about this. I understand that for a lot of people Higgs Bosons and CERN is mostly exotic terms and they probably do not have the bias that I have. The book is really still very much in the John Ringo style. The dialogs between people are fun as usual. The action is plentiful and fairly well done. At time I felt it went a bit too much into mysterious la-la land though. Still, if you generally like John Ringo and do not have the bias I have, then you would probably like this book as well. I'm afraid I cannot bring myself to give it more than a, barely, average rating though.Having said that, although I wasn’t as thrilled with this one as I usually am with John Ringo’s works I will definitely read, at least, the next one in the series as well.

  • Matt
    2019-05-17 15:53

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite having low motivation to read it initially. It was an impulse selection because the book store didn't have the title I wanted. This book is enthusiastic about America and her military, and the main character is a cynical misfit redneck. You may want to consider your stance on these things before reading. Into the Looking Glass is not a story about personal growth or the plight of man kind. There is little to no introspection, and few reflections on morality. It is purely military sci-fi. As a military sci fi I really enjoyed the book. Ringo does a pretty good job at explaining the physics of the world he creates, and tells an action packed story right up until the end. He describes combat in a kind of cool intense/nonchalant fashion that I think is pretty unique. Ringo also mixes in enough discussion about physics and philosophy such that the book isn't pure pulp, I found myself pausing to think about what the characters were saying, and this is something that I really enjoy about reading.I give this book 5 stars because when I put it down my reaction was "wow, this was a good book!."

  • Andreas
    2019-05-21 16:53

    An experiment gone wrong opens a gate to another dimension. Pretty soon more gates start to open. Mayhem ensues as evil demonspawn aliens pour through some of the gates and try to colonize by exterminating those pesky humans. Hot shot physicist, renaissance man and generally cool guy Bill Weaver teams up with some Navy Seals to figure things out and contain the threat.As can be expected with Ringo, there’s a lot of action, all of it good and exciting. However, the books does get bogged down in the physics of it all. The writer has painted himself into a corner here. The gates and their function are pretty pivotal to the story, but the explanations required for that angle are yawn inducing, getting in the way of the action. Note that quantum physics actually interests me but that is not why I read the book. Still, if you enjoy Ringo, don’t let that stand in your way. Plenty of kick-ass action as well as a not so veiled ringing endorsement of Bush and his administration.

  • David L
    2019-05-06 10:02

    John Ringo can do better. The plot McGuffin is nice, and provides a better introduction to the premise than most alien invasion books. However relying on another McGuffin to save the earth, and yet another to set up the sequel, is being lazy as an author. Did somebody plot themselves into a corner?The touches of humour rescue the book from being a 1950's style bug eyed monster book. But even with this the entire cast has a two dimensional quality and the intrepid jack of all trades scientist who can continually reach solutions by cobbling a new device together from three pieces of string and a toaster (OK I am exaggerating here, but not by much), and his fearless soldier bodyguard/companion does come straight from central casting.The standard of writing is very good. I don't think John Ringo could produce a badly written book if he tried. Yet though an enjoyable read and a keeper, it is a disappointment, purely because I know it could have been so much more.

  • Ivan
    2019-05-17 11:59

    *Warning, maybe a few minor spoilers but nothing more than it is in synopses*Sure, characters are one dimensional, sure it's so pro-american, pro-militaristic, anti-french, anti-islam, pro-guns. But at the other side it is nerds wet dream. Americans are living American dream and all of the sudden evil Asian-American scientist doing something Godfearing Americans weren't supposed to do creates huge boson generator. And destroying small town in the process. Bosons in this universe make wormholes and evil Zerg-like/Tyranid-like alians come to destroy 'Murica. But there are Godfearing aliens who give a little help and American SEAL's save the planet. Oh and leave Middle East to get eaten by same aliens. If you can ignore some really nasty undertone philosophy this is a fun read just for sci-fi shout outs. Just don't take too seriously.

  • Nathan
    2019-05-19 12:45

    I'd reccomend this book fr fans of military SF with low expectations. If a Cliff Notes version of a Tom Clancy novel was crossed with Heinlen's Starship Troopers, this is the kind of book you'd get.

  • Alex
    2019-05-03 12:46

    "Into the Looking Glass" is the 1st book in a series by John Ringo but it stands alone as a pretty good SciFi novel and military fiction since most of the characters are Marines or part of the military side of government. There is some physics involved and the author admits that he may have some of this wrong. (He also admits that he purposefully misleads the reader at times, presumably so that the reader won't attempt to make an atomic bomb at home. Sheesh! Like I'm going to try that one. :-) )The story: It begins with a very large explosion that looks like an atomic bomb went off but there is no radiation... at least nothing that would be expected from an atomic bomb. Then a frantic phone call to 911 lets you know that it is not only explosions that are bursting out around the globe. Any problems with the novel? It reads smoothly but toward the end of the book, the situation gets hairy and people start cursing. The F-word is used a few times so brace yourself. When people are under severe stress they tend to curse.Sex is implied but not described.There is lots of violence... icky, bloody, bone-crunching violence. Just so you know. It didn't make be sick or anything. If you've read any number of horror fantasy novels you've read worse... a lot worse. For example: I'm currently reading Symbiont by Mira Grant. That book is a lot more violent and bloody. It's also fairly good writing... mostly.There is an overall tongue-in-cheek tone to the book that seems to be a trademark of Ringo's work. I like it, but if that is a problem for you, then it's a problem.The book has a satisfying ending with no real cliffhangers but he leaves plenty of room for a sequel and in fact that sequel is "Vorpal Blade". I've just started it but just about at the end of Symbiont so I may finish that one up first.I'd read this book again. Definitely.

  • Kamas Kirian
    2019-04-30 13:39

    What a fun, fast read. I quite enjoyed it. It was well paced, I found the storyline interesting and the characters engaging even if they were kinda shallow. I did think the characters were a little naive in their dealings with meeting new, sentient races. I just don't see us being that trusting. This story very much had the feel of Ringo's other books I've read where there is a war amongst alien races that we are suddenly thrust into. The difference being in how the initial contact is made. And once again powered mechanical battle suits make a prominent appearance. I was initially a little skeptical about how things were going to progress. There seemed to be quite a few characters introduced early on, but it sorted itself out well pretty quickly and the characters weren't hard to keep track of. The rather break-neck pace kept me turning pages to see what happened next. My vision of Weaver is Doc Travis, Travis Taylor, from 3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar. Most of the characters weren't well fleshed out, but there was enough there to become involved in their little stories. Weaver and Miller were the only two that had much depth, and Miller wasn't all that much. I would have liked some more on the Mreee aliens, I thought they were rather interesting.I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.The eBook was formatted well it just a couple of minor spelling mistakes. Thanks to the Baen Free Library and the Baen Free Promotional CD's.

  • Balkron
    2019-05-15 09:02

    My Rating Scale:1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read this one or more times.Times Read: 1I was hoping for more and was not prepared for a mediocre book. As a fan of the Troy Rising trilogy, I was let down by this first book of the Looking Glass series. I wanted a book of the same level and quality but found that this book was just an average attempt at a story.Characters - The characters are poorly developed. You never feel love or hate of the characters (even the world threatening ones don't create an emotional reaction). I never once felt connected to any of the characters. The characters felt 2 dimensional (flat).Story - The story was not very original. This story has been done before and done better. I think Ringo could have done more with this story and made you at least connect with the good or bad guys. There were some twists and some original ideas but not enough to increase my opinion past average. Overall - An average book. If you haven't read hundreds of fantasy or sci-fi books you may like this, otherwise you may find this book a little too average.

  • Chuck
    2019-05-21 16:58

    87 out of 100 for 2010My first John Ringo novel; I'm trying to make my mind up about it. Although marketed as 'military SF,' the main character is a physicist/government contractor who's a poster child for jingoistic conservatism. However, the novel is funny as hell in many spots (rednecks hold off a horde of alien invaders when the Army can't), and I wound up, for the most part, caught up in the story line. Someone likened this novel to Tom Clancy because of the action, and, to some extent I see the comparison (Clancy is an author I like whose politics I disagree with), but Ringo isn't close to the same league Clancy is in when it comes to writing action. I'll read another novel or two of his to see; as I said, it's not the politics I resist, and the humor made me want to read more, but there were some times when the story bogged.This novel is the classic 'bug shoot,' as opposed to military SF, a genre I take seriously. Maybe I was expecting too much.

  • Marina Fontaine
    2019-04-30 14:41

    What a relief to find a book that delivers exactly what it promises: solid alien-invasion military sci-fi. I have stayed away from military sci-fi till now, only because I am not into reading about battle plans and troop formations. I am very happy to admit this was a very misguided attitude on my part because I enjoyed this book very thoroughly- the characters, the eye-glazing science, the cool aliens and the brave ventures into theology- it's all good. I have discovered a new author and, possibly a whole new genre to read. For a book junkie, it doesn't get any better than that.

  • Jon Hodson
    2019-05-05 13:37

    Good idea ruined by TERRIBLE execution. Bad descriptions, plot points that end up being pointless, comma shotgunning, sudden leaps forward in time for no reason (usually right in the middle of a chapter), etc. It would not surprise me to find that the author works without an editor. Just goes to show you that "New York Times Bestseller" means nothing.

  • Michael Chatfield
    2019-04-25 15:40

    I love John Ringos books, but this one was a little too 'lucky' and not enough hard work. There were beautiful and terrible moments in this book series. Yet the characters seemed to fall into lucky situations that didn't let me immerse myself in the series like I was with other series.

  • Cate
    2019-05-19 14:56

    honestly didn't enjoy this book all that much, but I'm giving it five stars because I have a lot of love to give.

  • RhC
    2019-05-01 16:39

    Science fiction set in the present day! Those sensitive to political slants may be put off by some of the subtle comments and opinions that seam to leak through the narrative -- if it is even noticed. Definitely written with attention to a soldier's point of view.That being said, beginning with an egg head's ezperiment going awry it is left up to a military egg head to come up with the solutions to save the Earth from the invasion of extraterrestrials coming through a myriad of interplanetary gates that have begun popping up across the planet.Fast paced. Lots of action. Fun to read! Just don't get too hung up on the science or the political attitudes.3.5 Stars

  • Nate
    2019-05-10 14:51

    I wouldn't call this sci-fi as much as I would call it bureaucratic-fi. It's a rollicking fun filled adventure through an imagined world of procedures and policies. If you long to live the thrill of wondering if you are following all the correct rules and procedures that a government agency could make up if they were to deal with an enemy invasion then this book is for you... not for me though.

  • Paul Kilmer
    2019-05-01 13:58

    Good stuffReally enjoyed this work from one of my favorite authors. I read this a while back, and I enjoyed it just as much.

  • PCress
    2019-05-23 14:48

    This was a fantastic story. Can humans successfully jump from being planet-bound into space battles and not make a fatal misstep? This is a great start to the series.

  • Jane
    2019-05-22 11:36

    few details about aliens, even less of their home worlds. goes into great depth re weapons and firepower. enemy could be anyone, how they're killed is what matters. so, not really sci-fi, more guy-fi. waste of a good invasion premise. boring. no more from this author.

  • Jim
    2019-05-06 16:36

    From Publishers Weekly At the start of Ringo's apocalyptic near-future SF novel, an experiment in creating quantum particles destroys much of central Florida, opening up gateways to other realities, some of which are inhabited by intelligent aliens intent on transforming our world into theirs. These new realities are as cosmically daunting as anything in the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, to whom the author alludes, but a resilient humanity, instead of giving in to despair, fights back. Ringo (_Hell's Faire_) excels in the depiction of combat, managing to capture the carnage and horror while maintaining a sense of the absurd. The plot flows naturally from the implications of the scientific background, but with the kind of unexpected twists that Ringo has made his hallmark. While the ending smacks a bit of deus ex machina, this thoroughly enjoyable ride should appeal to techno-thriller fans as well as to military SF buffs. (June) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.Product Description Baen now launches an exciting new science fiction adventure series by the New York Times best-selling author: When a 60-kiloton explosion destroyed the University of Central Florida, and much of the surrounding countryside, the authorities first thought that terrorists had somehow obtained a nuclear weapon. But there was no radiation detected, and, when physicist Dr. William Weaver and Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller were sent to investigate, they found that in the center of the destruction, where the University?s physics department used to be, was an interdimensional gateway to . . . somewhere. An experiment in subatomic physics had produced a very unexpected effect. Furthermore, other gateways were appearing all over the world?and one of them immediately began disgorging demonic visitors intent on annihilating all life on Earth and replacing it with their own. Other, apparently less hostile, aliens emerged from other gateways, and informed Weaver and Miller that the demonic invaders?the name for them that humans could most easily pronounce was the ?Dreen??were a deadly blight across the galaxy, occupying planet after planet after wiping out all native life; and now it would be Earth?s turn, unless Weaver and Miller could find a way to close the gateways. If they failed, the less belligerent aliens would face the regrettable necessity of annihilating the entire Earth to save their own worlds. . . .

  • Nathaniel
    2019-05-14 11:49

    Let me start by saying I really, really liked Strands of Sorrow, the first book in John Ringo's "Black Tide Rising" series. It was definitely a great place to start with Ringo. Unfortunately, I haven't liked his other books quite as much.Part of the problem with this one was the brief plot description I'd read. Minor plot spoilers ahead! This is a traditional alien invasion story. It's not an exploration story. The book description totally set that up wrong, and so I had my expectation scompletely sideways the whole time. The book was also just kind of weird at points, for lack of a better word. It treated a Higgs-Boson particle as (for some inexplicable reason) large spheres that you can see with your own eyes (and walk through) as opposed to, you know, sub-atomic particles. There was a lot of sci-fi science-talk built up around that that I just didn't get. Maybe I'm missing some insider physics knowledge, but it seemed like a lot detail wasted on something completely unrealistic and uninformative. And then there were also some really weird quasi-religious dream sequences that left my scratching my head plot-wise, theme-wise, and authorial intent-wise.Still, an entirely serviceable alien invasion, military sci-fi, lots-of-explosions romp.

  • Jeff Rudisel
    2019-05-06 10:01

    Not Bad.A BRAND OF EXTRATERESTRIAL CONVERTS EARTH BIOLOGICALS TO ITS OWN PURPOSESIt was determined that the fungus spread via a small wormlike creature that had been specially modified to convert terrestrial biology to Dreen. As it did so, terraforming the soil, eating plant and animal material, the "fungus" spread behind it. The fungus was anything but, an entity that not only gathered energy from a chlorophyll analogue but had an extensive vascular network for moving materials from one place to another. In addition, it could sprout structures that reproduced the megafauna that did the work of the Dreen. The fungus, left alone with some functional materials it could "eat," pure fertilizer would work, and sunlight, could spread and grow unchecked. It also was damned hard to keep contained if it had materials available, sprouting subgrowths that would attack any container it was placed in. It was considered a level four biological hazard.One scientist had done an analysis and concluded that one human body could be converted into a dog-demon in two days.