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Into the Looking Glass
by John Ringo
Publisher: Baen Books


When a 60 kiloton nuclear explosion destroys the University of Central Florida, terrorism is the first suspect. But terrorists don't generally leave doorways to another world in their wake. Or, rather, a generator of doorways to multiple other worlds.

With time of the essence, the Secretary of Defense scrounges up the nearest physicist with a high level security clearance. With doctorates in everything from nuclear physics to electrical engineering, William Weaver, PhD, is the egghead's egghead. On the other hand, with skills in everything from mountain biking to screaming electric guitar, he's also fast enough and tough enough to survive when the alien gates start disgorging "demons."

As a snap decision, he appears to be the perfect choice, smart, tough and capable. Now if he could only patch things up with his girlfriend, get his boss off his back and get his cellphone bill paid. Oh, yeah, and figure out why the heck these gates keep opening. Okay, so sometimes he's got priority issues.

As the gates spread and evil aliens spread with them, it is up to Weaver and SEAL Command Master Chief Miller to find a way to stop the proliferation and close the hostile gates. The problem being that the only way they can see to save the earth is destroy it. Then there's not going to be any more girlfriends or cellphones or bosses . . .


Okay, two out of three of those are bad. They're really, really bad. Bad on toast. Bad like the Pacific is watery. Every day a Monday, bad.

One and a half at the very least. Worst two out of three.

Gotta prioritize. Guess Weaver and Miller are just gonna have to save the world.


John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. He chose to study marine biology and really liked it. Unfortunately the pay was for beans. So he turned to quality control database management, where the pay was much better. His highest hopes were to someday upgrade to SQL Server, at which point, he thought, his life would be complete. But then Fate took a hand: John has become a professional science fiction writer, and is in the early stages of becoming fabulously wealthy, which his publisher has assured him is the common lot of science fiction writers who write for Baen Books. In addition to his own enthusiastically received and New York Times best-selling military SF series—A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and Hell's Faire—he is collaborating with fellow New York Times best-selling author David Weber on a new SF adventure series: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few with more to come.

With his bachelor years spent in the airborne, cave diving, rock-climbing, rappelling, hunting, spear-fishing, and sailing, the author is now happy to let other people risk their necks. He prefers to write science fiction (both alone and in collaboration with David Weber) raise Arabian horses, dandle his kids and watch the grass grow. Someday he may even cut it. But not today. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe he'll just let the horses eat it.

Published 6/1/2005
SKU: 0743498801
Ebook Price: $6.99 
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1. Andrew on 11/11/2013, said:

Very entertaining with some fun science. He brought science back to science fiction with this series while still having a fast paced enjoyable story.
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2. Hector on 3/16/2012, said:

I got into the series by happy accident, picking up Manxome Foe from a ships library (I work offshore). I hadn't heard of John Ringo or even Baen before. I used to read a lot of sci-fi, but have for the last few years found the selection available in UK bookshops to be pretty dull stuff, with the exeption of Iain Banks. Far to many authors trotting out 1000 page lit-er-a-ture, rather than focusing of story , ideas and actual entertainment. Well, I honesty have not enjoyed a book so much in years. Ringo delivers entertainment in great quantity, and has paced the books beautifully. I recently got a Kindle, in part just so I can work my way through this series (and most probably a wide selection of Baen's library).
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3. Shaun on 12/7/2011, said:

Having read the entire series i found this one to be a good read it teases just enough to want to find out what happens to the good doctor and friends
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4. Rodney on 6/3/2010, said:

Excelent start to a great series!
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5. Nicolas on 12/2/2009, said:

Fun to read. Too bad the subject is a copycat from the Blizzard video game Starcraft! Dreen = Zergs Adar = Protos
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6. Joe on 6/30/2008, said:

Lots of entertainment and room for Ringo to entertain pitting conventional against unconventional and alien forces. However, a bit disjointed and rushed. Pity is it could obviously have been a 4 star (maybe 5). So subtract 1 star for quality, and subtract 1 star for Ringo putting his name on what he must have known was not up to par. (I'd subtract another star because I'm pissed at Ringo abusing his brand, and the trust of his readers, but I'll refrain.) Maybe worth it as an entertaining diversion if you get it as part of a monthly Webscription bundle; otherwise I'd pass on it. Sequels are *not* recommended. To say they're sophomoric doesn't do justice to freshman.
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7. David on 9/23/2007, said:

I just finished this book recently and I enjoyed it but I tend to agree there were a lot of story lines that didn't get developed enough. The concept behind the story is pretty cool and the idea of traveling to a bunch of different worlds through the gates could really be exciting.
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8. Norman on 7/30/2007, said:

It is a fairly unique story, but I had a few problems with it. It seemed very disjointed, especially going from one character to another. More than a few occassions I am reading a thought process by one character and the next line, starts a different character's thought process. Very confusing. The action takes place very quickly, too quickly in my view. The few characters they had, were developed very haphazardly. Some of the encounters in the story were never adequately explained in my opinion. They seem to be significant to the story, then they are gone, never to be expounded upon. It's a decent read if you want to kill sometime, but I doubt I would pick up another volume (if one is ever written). It doesn't seem like Ringo's work.
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9. Dave on 6/2/2007, said:

A very interesting read, reminds me a little of DOOM!, and I think there is even a reference to this in the book. Looking forward to reading the sequel "Vorpal Blade".
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10. Scot on 4/28/2007, said:

Whenever I read this book I get an urge to play "Starcraft"... A Fun read.
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