The Hot Gate

This is the third book in John Ringo’s Troy Rising series that started with the book Live Free or Die.  I really enjoyed the first book, but I had some problems with the second book.  This book was sort of a mixture of the first two books, but I enjoyed reading it.  Ringo left plenty of room at the end of this book for more in the series, and I’ll probably check those out eventually as well.

Book Stats

528 pages

Science Fiction

Third book in the Troy Rising series.  Sequel to Live Free or Die and Citadel


One of my problems with Citadel was that it barely contained Tyler Vernon – the main character from the first book – and had large sections with James ‘Butch’ Allen as well as Dana Parker.  I didn’t care for their viewpoints as much, and I thought the book suffered because of it.  Well, Ringo either realized on his own or someone told him my general thoughts, because this book focuses mostly on Parker (who was quite fun to read about in this book) as well as having plenty of sections with Vernon in them.


The same alternate future as presented in the first two books.


The better part of this book doesn’t really focus on the science, or on humanities ongoing war with the Rangora.  The book focuses on what would really be our biggest issue with going into space, cultural differences and people having to overcome them.  There were several discussions by the characters in the book about the cultural differences between North American and South American cultures.  Specifically, watching Parker as she is put in charge of several South American engineers who come from the privileged class in their culture.  They basically are just biding their time until higher positions open up and don’t really care too much about doing their job correctly.  I thought the cultural differences were well explained and well explored.


There was a lot to like about this book.  It was really fast paced, and never really got bogged down in the science.  That said, I had a little problem with the ending.  The majority of the book is dealing with the cultural differences of a group of space marines.  The end of the book is another large scale battle between the Humans and Rangora.  It was interesting to read about, and Ringo did a good job of keeping it focused primarily on the characters, but it didn’t feel like the first 3/4 of the book set up the last 1/4 of the book.  Both parts were quite good, but I don’t think they belonged together.

Overall Grade

A fun read, I’m looking forward to more stories in this world.