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Vorpal Blade

de John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor

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Sèrie: Looking Glass (2)

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"LTC William Weaver, PhD. ("Call me Bill...") and SEAL Chief Adams, the heroes who saved Earth from alien menace in Into the Looking Glass, are back and this time Bill's got hisself a ship! The former SSBN Nebraska has been converted, using mostly shade-tree mechanics and baling wire, into a warp ship, Naval Construction Contract 4144, ready to go where no Adar, SEAL or academic has gone before!" "Yay for the heroes! But who cares for the poor Security guys, Force Recon Marines who are kept in the dark and fed manure all day? That is until they land on an alien planet, get partially wiped out and then load back up again. It's a dog's life in the Space Marines but somebody's got to save the academics and the universe - at the cost of horrendous casualties."--BOOK JACKET.… (més)
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Unfortunately this book series by John Ringo didn’t improve with the second book in the series. The characters and the action are still written in the John Ringo style which of course is a good thing and it’s essentially what makes the book worthwhile to read.

The story however, is just so implausible that it drags down a lot of the book. The Higgs Boson nonsense continues of course but that would be expected since it’s pretty much the foundation for the “science” in the series. It’s still as much science as flying pigs though but since I knew what I could expect it wouldn’t have bothered me if that was the only issue.

However, in the last book, the humans where almost invaded and conquered, possibly on the brink of extinction. Yet, in this book, instead of starting a massive space program, the cobble together a spaceship from an obsolete navy submarine. Submarine in space? What the f…? They even built it in secret because the humans still seems to engage in petty politics and national secrets. This is just not believable. The science also continues to be nonsensical. For instance, in one place it is mentioned that it’s really cold in space so the heat collected should dissipate quickly when they stop to “chill”. Christ, there’s also vacuum in space. Heat does not dissipate quickly in vacuum.

Then there’s the issue of someone having censored the colorful language in the book by replacing the words with nonsensical terms. Normally not a big deal but it was really annoying in this book.

As I mentioned above, the characters and action is still in the John Ringo style. I’m also interested in knowing where the story goes in the end. There’s some loose ends, especially one concerning their “stardrive” that I’m quite keen on seeing what’s happening to so I’m going to read the series to the end but I definitely have liked the other works by John Ringo, that I’ve read, more. ( )
  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
Ringo does Star Trek. Really.

While a sequal to Thru the Looking Glass, it is really a very different kind of story. Namely a spaceship - in this case a converted submarine - goes exploring the galaxy.

Unlike Star Trek the Captian and XO never leave the ship. Instead the Marines do the dirty work. We see navy life from the top and bottom.

While the body count is high eventually, I was shocked to be in a Ringo book and half way through with no one dying.

Very hard SF, and if you don't like physics mixed into your fiction it isn't for you.

Otherwise good book all around. ( )
  rondavis | Apr 18, 2018 |
the Vorpal Blade is a converted sub for space travel. Weaver and Miller and Mimi and Tuffi are all on board. The whole purpose of the sub is to explore and look for Dreen presence. They come across a couple of planets, the last which was inhabited. This book was ok. Not as much action as Into the Looking Glass, and the action that does happen seems to be mainly in the last half or so of the book. I thought Into the Looking Glass was worth owning. This was worth reading. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
After confronting the Dreen invasion in Into the Looking Glass, a submarine converted into a starship launches a search of the nearby systems to make sure the Dreen aren't attacking through conventional space. Reminiscent of Voyage of the Space Beagle by way of Rambo, the book is an excellent nuts-and-bolts military science fiction tale with a slam-bang finish. As with the best of the series books, it can stand alone even as its predecessor was initially conceived as a standalone. ( )
  NickHowes | Jul 22, 2015 |
In the second installment of this series, the US converts a submarine into a spaceship, using the warp drive device that was conveniently given to Earth in book 1. Now that the Dreen menace is temporarily halted on Earth, the Vorpal Blade is sent out to search the nearby galaxy for signs of Dreen. This books features lots of physics, practical exploration of the dangers of early space travel, and the usual kick butt action of a John RIngo story. Light, funny, but technical and action packed too. I wish there was a little more exploration of the societal effects of all this new technology, but it isn't that kind of science fiction novel. ( )
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John Ringoautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Taylor, Travis S.autor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Faries, JennieDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"LTC William Weaver, PhD. ("Call me Bill...") and SEAL Chief Adams, the heroes who saved Earth from alien menace in Into the Looking Glass, are back and this time Bill's got hisself a ship! The former SSBN Nebraska has been converted, using mostly shade-tree mechanics and baling wire, into a warp ship, Naval Construction Contract 4144, ready to go where no Adar, SEAL or academic has gone before!" "Yay for the heroes! But who cares for the poor Security guys, Force Recon Marines who are kept in the dark and fed manure all day? That is until they land on an alien planet, get partially wiped out and then load back up again. It's a dog's life in the Space Marines but somebody's got to save the academics and the universe - at the cost of horrendous casualties."--BOOK JACKET.

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