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Publisher's Summary

One of the unquestioned masters of military science fiction, New York Times best-selling author John Ringo teams with real-life rocket scientist Travis S. Taylor for this action-packed sequel to Into the Looking Glass. The alien Dreen are still a terrifying menace across the galaxy, but Earth has a new weapon - the first human warp ship. Aboard the Vorpal Blade, America's tough-as-nails Force Recon Marines seek the Dreen, hoping to bring the fight directly to them.
©2007 John Ringo &Travis S. Taylor (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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"... deals with the arcane mysteries of quantum mechanics, lending ... an absurdist twist appropriately reminiscent of Lewis Carroll." - Publishers Weekly
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By Liam on 09-01-12

Great but has some quirks.

Any additional comments?

Good book but fake "bad words" were over used. I read a post talking about this issue but dismissed it as whineing. When the Marines were talking or yelling you would hear "Holy gunk!" and a couple other words over and over. Marines while deployed may use foul language. Get used to it. If real words can't be used then I understand. Bottom line, omit false words or use real ones.

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By robert brietzke on 10-01-12

very good

What made the experience of listening to Vorpal Blade the most enjoyable?

I just enjoy the John Ringo can hold and develop a story line and the characters in the story. His books come to life when you read/listen to them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vorpal Blade?

I really can not select any one most memorable moment of the book. t was caught up from the very beginning, and could not put it down the first listen.

Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

They were all good.

Any additional comments?

great listen, excellent writer and good narrator.

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By N. J. Addley on 04-07-13

Goes Snicker Snack

One of my favorite Light Space Opera. The second after Through the Looking Glass and precedes Manxome Foe and Claws that Catch.

The story of the first converted Boomer Submarine to be turned into an interstellar space ship, and then to venture out of the solar system using an unobtainium box star drive. Actually apart from the drive.. well drives as they encounter others the science isnt bad. courtesy of Dr Travis Taylor the model John Ringo used for Dr William Weaver in the first book.

The Vorpal Blade carries out a "where no One has gone before" mission to the stars seeking signs of the Dreen, the Biological borg race that assimilate other races with plenty of seasoning. Having protected the Earth in the first book cutting the wormholes that linked the Dreen Invaders to earth the story moves on to trying to locate them in space.. in order assess the danger to the world.

On the way they look at a few systems and chart planets as a way to test humanity (and the Adar, an allied race's) ability to survive the hard stuff.

I found it amusing.. exciting.. they have a wealth of over the top characters providing multiple protagonists, tho the main ones are Dr., now Lt Commander Weaver and Private Bergstrasse of what becomes the first Space Marine company, taking pretty shattering casualties doing it. A child of the military SciFi genre but i like it no less for that.

I have avoided what happens to give people the chance to enjoy it. It is light operetta rather than space opera maybe, sad, happy hopeful and with looming disasters. I have hinted towards Star Trek in my comments as i find it hopeful in the Roddenberry fashion, despite a lot more than red shirts buying the farm. Despite that it avoids the "We're all doomed" zeitgeist that seems to infect so much current media output. In the end its hopeful and funny. My opinion. YVMV

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By Michael on 10-28-09

you will listen to it again and again

a great audiobook that i have now listened to 4 or more times,this audio book like some great movies just has to be listened to multiple times,as it is just so well writen a book that you will be going back for more again and again

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