Vorpal Blade (Looking Glass, Book 2)

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.

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By Mike (the Paladin) (Hermitage, TN) · ★★★☆☆ · November 16, 2010
I read Mr. Ringo's comments on the reviews of the book before this one (Looking Glass) that he found on Amazon. He was annoyed at the people who thought the book had "too much science", and he said so. Well, I will say that these books ought to satisfy those readers who pride themselves on liking... ...more
By Ron (Abilene, TX) · ★★★★☆ · December 17, 2009
Ringo does Star Trek. Really.

While a sequal to Thru the Looking Glass, it is really a very different kind of story. Namely a spaceship - in this case a converted submarine - goes exploring the galaxy.

Unlike Star Trek the Captian and XO never leave the ship. Instead the Marines do the dirty work.... ...more
By Sallye (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · April 06, 2012
I liked the first book in the series (Through the Looking Glass) well enough to search this book out (and pay full price for it). It is another hugely enjoyable, hard science fiction book. Travis Taylor adds more science to this story, and a few in-jokes for those readers from Huntspatch. The sto... ...more
By Jim (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · March 02, 2014
From Publishers Weekly

Military SF specialist Ringo teams up with real-life rocket scientist Taylor for this far-out sequel to 2005's Into the Looking Glass. Much of the science deals with the arcane mysteries of quantum mechanics, lending the often grim events an absurdist twist appropriately r...

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By Seth · ★★★★☆ · September 15, 2014
This book is a great follow up to Into the Looking Glass. Combining actual science with a great premise, we explore the worlds beyond our solar system and see how other worlds have evolved. I loved the portrayal of the converted submarine and the lives of those who serve aboard the Vorpal Blade.... ...more
By Per Gunnar (France) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 06, 2013
Unfortunately this book series by John Ringo didn’t improve with the second book in the series. The characters and the action are still written in the John Ringo style which of course is a good thing and it’s essentially what makes the book worthwhile to read.

The story however, is just so implaus... ...more
By Benjamin (Denver, CO) · ★★★★★ · May 17, 2013
Amazing piece of science fiction. I say "fiction" in a rather loose sense because the amazing thing about this book is that it is almost entirely based on real theories and scientific discoveries known today. There is quite possibly enough information in this book to fill an entire textbook. This... ...more
By Diane · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 03, 2014
The storyline is great, but it's WAY 5 tech heavy. If you've got a real hard on for physics then you'll enjoy this. I enjoy tech, but this had my eyes turning glassy and got in the way of the story. ...more
By Andreas · ★★★☆☆ · October 02, 2011
The sequel to Into the Looking Glass takes up the story more than ten years later. The US is launching its first starship, based on a nuclear submarine and and alien propulsion system. The novel follows the mission. It is an escalation of encounters from very mild to extremely deadly, with quantu... ...more