There Will be Dragons
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In the future there is no want, no war, no disease nor ill-timed death. The world is a paradise - and then, in a moment, it ends. The council that controls the Net falls out and goes to war. Everywhere people who have never known a moment of want or pain are left wondering how to survive.
But scattered across the face of the earth are communities which have returned to the natural life of soil and small farm. In the village of Raven's Mill, Edmund Talbot, master smith and unassuming historian, finds that all the problems of the world are falling in his lap. Refugees are flooding in, bandits are roaming the woods, and his former lover and his only daughter struggle through the Fallen landscape. Enemies, new and old, gather like jackals around a wounded lion.
But what the jackals do not know is that while old he may be, this lion is far from death. And hidden in the past is a mystery that has waited until this time to be revealed. You cross Edmund Talbot at your peril, for a smith is not all he once was . . .
Praise for the science fiction of John Ringo:
"Explosive. . . . Fans of strong military science fiction will appreciate Ringo's lively narrative and flavorful characters. . . . One of the best new practitioners of military science fiction."
". . . since his imagination, clearly influenced by Kipling and rock and roll, is fertile, and his storytelling skill sound, [When the Devil Dances] is irresistible."
". . . fast-paced military science fiction peopled with three-dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse."
—David Weber, author of In Fury Born
"If Tom Clancy were writing science fiction, it would read much like John Ringo . . . good reading with solid characterizations—a rare combination."
—Philadelphia Weekly Press
"Ringo provides a textbook example of how a novel in the military science fiction subgenre should be written. . . . Crackerjack storytelling."
Extended Copyright Information
Copyright 2003 by John Ringo.
All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.
Originally published by Baen Books.
"March of Cambreadth" and "The Frog of Cambreadth" used with permission. Copyright Heather Alexander.
Cover art by Clyde Caldwell.
This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
To Bast, Kane, Doug, Reck, Hank, Glennis, Peppermint Patty, Deann and all the other persons, knowing and unknowing, who make my life easier by being true characters in every sense of the word.
In the forest, a sparrow died.
The passing of the sparrow was registered and noted. The ...
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Reviewed by RoseAmazon on Mar 4, 2012
I enjoyed it enough to come looking for a sequel
Reviewed by cgarri on Apr 15, 2011
Another tale mixing future and past
Very little science in this science fiction. Really a tale of a future society suddenly deprived by war of electromagnetic power and how a community with a foresighted leader grows. Of course, in the end, the community plays its small, but important part in the war.
If this type of tale interests you, I think 1632 is a much better book.
Reviewed by woodensoul on Oct 12, 2010
Someone once said to me that they see Hell as a place where you get everything you want the moment you want it. Assuming that the human mind has a limit to the creativity it can come up with and you're left with just plain boredom and depression. So what I found most interesting is reading about what the author envisioned a human society that can do pretty much anything does with their time.
On the flip side I thought the world they found themselves in the second half to be completely unrealistic with too many experts in too many fields happening to be within traveling distance to each other. One particular character was given super hero type abilities concerning both strength and abilities but really didn't add anything to the story.
Overall I found the writing style and pace of the story made this a fun read and worth the time.
Reviewed by NormanMcMahon on Sep 9, 2010
A pretty good book
Overall this a pretty decent story, although at times it rambles in minute details not really pertinent to the overall story.
It seems as though this is the beginning of a much longer story line.
Reviewed by Damaris1007 on Jun 3, 2010
There Will Be Dragons
The first half of the book was great, but then it turned into a story about War, War, War....didn't like it at that point.
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