My review of John Ringo’s Into the Looking Glass
The experiment opened a gateway to the stars-and Hell’s own spawn was on the other side. Science fiction adventure by the author of the New York Times best sellers When the Devil Dances and Hell’s Faire.
When a 60-kiloton explosion destroyed the University of Central Florida, and much of the surrounding countryside, the authorities first thought that terrorists had somehow obtained a nuclear weapon. But there was no radiation detected, and, when physicist Dr. William Weaver and Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller were sent to investigate, they found that in the center of the destruction, where the University’s physics department used to be, was an interdimensional gateway to… somewhere. An experiment in subatomic physics had produced a very unexpected effect. Furthermore, other gateways were appearing all over the world-and one of them immediately began disgorging demonic visitors intent on annihilating all life on Earth and replacing it with their own. Other, apparently less hostile, aliens emerged from other gateways, and informed Weaver and Miller that the demonic invaders-the name for them that humans could most easily pronounce was the “Dreen”-were a deadly blight across the galaxy, occupying planet after planet after wiping out all native life. Now it would be Earth’s turn, unless Weaver and Miller could find a way to close the gateways. If they failed, the less belligerent aliens would face the regrettable necessity of annihilating the entire Earth to save their own worlds. . . .
What a fun, fast read. I quite enjoyed it. It was well paced, I found the storyline interesting and the characters engaging even if they were kinda shallow. I did think the characters were a little naive in their dealings with meeting new, sentient races. I just don’t see us being that trusting.
This story very much had the feel of Ringo’s other books I’ve read where there is a war amongst alien races that we are suddenly thrust into. The difference being in how the initial contact is made. And once again powered mechanical battle suits make a prominent appearance. I was initially a little skeptical about how things were going to progress. There seemed to be quite a few characters introduced early on, but it sorted itself out well pretty quickly and the characters weren’t hard to keep track of. The rather break-neck pace kept me turning pages to see what happened next.
My vision of Weaver is Doc Travis, Travis Taylor, from 3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar. Most of the characters weren’t well fleshed out, but there was enough there to become involved in their little stories. Weaver and Miller were the only two that had much depth, and Miller wasn’t all that much. I would have liked some more on the Mreee aliens, I thought they were rather interesting.
I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
The eBook was formatted well it just a couple of minor spelling mistakes. Thanks to the Baen Free Library and the Baen Free Promotional CD’s