Into the Looking Glass by John Ringo description:
WORST TWO OUT OF THREE
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.
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…
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.
First I have to give credit to the fact that every book in the series gets its’ name from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. Rather appropriate since such an event would definitely make the world seem completely turned around, and suddenly anything would be possible. Regardless of the fact that it does reference such a nonsense novel, it uses a lot of real scientific facts and theories to create a world where these events are possible, making this one of the best science fiction novels I’ve come across. For once it isn’t aliens come to our planet and start kicking our butt, instead we’re the ones who open the gateways with our advance technology. Okay, accidentally, but still. Which leads to all sorts of aliens coming through, some more advanced, some not, some good, some bad. And it’s got a good sense of humor to keep the story from getting dark. More so, I love how Ringo tells the story. Though Weaver and Miller are the main characters, being the main ones in the action and making the decisions on how to take on the aliens, they’re not the only points of view. Usually I hate it when people give a bunch of background and detail on a person that isn’t around for more than a few pages, but Ringo uses it to tell the tale from different people, and how it effects people differently; some can take it in nonchalantly, while others are silently crying as they push the button to nuke American cities. It even gives parts of the story from the aliens side, so that we know how they think and react to the events as well. Altogether it makes such an all encompassing story from the political, to the business, to the soldiers just following orders and the civilians picking up their guns to join in in some form or another, that it feels like a real account of how such would go down and that just makes it all the more fantastic. It’s non stop excitement, and really starts off an excellent series.