Vorpal Blade (Looking Glass)
by John Ringo & Travis S. Taylor
Review by Ernest Lilley
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416521297
Date: 04 September 2007 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Ringo and Taylor are back with the main characters from Looking Glass, their over the top combination of hard science and hardcore mil-SF set where a Higgs-Boson creation opened multiple doors into other universes and really nasty aliens started streaming out of them. Having beaten that invasion, and being given a nifty gadget by a friendly alien race in the bargain, where are they to go? Well, the stars of course, in a converted nuclear submarine with an alien star drive stuck on the end. What they discover is that this space exploring is really hard, yo! Especially on the Marines. If you want science and action, this is the place to get it. If not, stop whining and read something else. "Oorah!." From official release/information:
Book Description: The sequel to Into the Looking Glass. William Weaver, PhD. and SEAL Chief Adams are back and Bill got himself a ship! The former SSBN Nebraska has been converted, using mostly garage mechanics and baling wire, into a warp ship ready to go "out there." But as everyone knows, the people who really are going to bear the brunt are 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. Ranging in topics from the best gun to kill armored space monsters to particle physics to cosmology to health and beauty tips, Vorpal Blade is a return to the "good old days" of SF when the science problems were intractable and the beasts were ugly. The monkeys are out in the space lanes and ready to rock. As soon as they get another roll of duct tape.