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Apocalypse Troll [Mass Market Paperback]

David Weber
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1 Jan 2000
Richard Ashton was in his yacht in the middle of the Atlantic, all alone and loving it. Then came the UFOs, hurtling in from the Outer Black, loosing nuclear warheads that disabled every available piece of electronic equipment. And then a crippled alien lifeboat began homing in on his own boat.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; First THUS edition (1 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671578456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671578459
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.4 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . the best work [Weber] has done . . . the rewards are ample . . . recommended. . . ". -- Starlog

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TNS Defender, flagship of BatDiv Ninety-Two, was forty light-months from anywhere in particular, loafing along under half drive and no more than four or five translations into alpha-space, when the atonal shriek of General Quarters howled through her iron bones. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps David Weber's best book 5 Jun 2003
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I am a huge fan of David Weber and have enjoyed just about everything he has published, particlarly his rewrite of the Hornblower series set at the end of the next millennium (the Honor Harrington books) and the "Mutineers Moon" trilogy (republished as "Ashes of Empire"). But "The Apocalypse Troll" is my personal favourite among all the books he has written to date.

It starts as a space opera. After centuries of war, humanity is in sight of victory against an implacable enemy, the "Kangas". A small force of human ships returning to base for a badly needed overhaul sights a Kanga battle squadron which has slipped past the blockade of their few remaining worlds and is accelerating hell for leather towards Earth.

The human ships give chase, confident at first that Home Fleet should be able to blow the enemy squadron to plasma with little difficulty - until they realise that the Kangas in their desperation are attempting a manouver which has never been tried before but if successful might enable them to wipe out the human race ...

Concentrates on action rather than character development, but Weber pays enough attention to the characters to make you care about them but not so much as to impede the pace of the story. On the way to the final desperate battle there are some good flashes of ironic humour - watch out for the near disaster at Moscow Zoo.

Part of the action takes place in a time and situation close to our own, to be precise in 2007 AD during a period of some international tension.

Bearing in mind that this was published in 1999, I suspect the US President in the book "Jared Armbruster" is based on John McCain rather than Dubya. (The inference is that Gore won in 2000 and "Armbruster" beat him in 2004.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtless Title limiting sales? 8 Dec 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another excellant hard sci-fi book from one of my favourite authors.
Only real problem is the title and why I had not bothered with it before as I generally do not like fantasy as much and that is implied, incorrectly, by the title.
Plot well described by others and I did not see the twist in the tail coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Above average for a Weber, a must for his fans 14 May 2000
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A typical David Weber space fantasy with some fascinating twists in the storyline
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2.0 out of 5 stars Five start potential, but.... 18 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Weber can do and have done better than this. The book has believable characters (as always with Weber) and is generally well constructed with an interesting plotline (as always). BUT the end defies all logic and is generally unbelievable. Furthermore some large segments of the book are occupied by a theoretical discussion about time, space and dimensions, which is not relevant to the plot at all.
If these issues were handled better then the book has potential to a five start rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as the Honor series. 24 July 2000
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Weber has a peference for female superheroes, the one in this book falling from hitech space age to good old contemporary earth.
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