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Perhaps David Weber's best book,
This review is from: Apocalypse Troll (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.) Similarly the Russian President who has succeeded Yeltsin in the book is rather more of a reformer than Vladimir Putin, though he is even more circumscribed by events. However, the fact that the world in 2007 as predicted in the book does not quite match how things have turned out does not in any way affect the quality of the story.
This probably labels me as a hopeless romantic, but I found the very last scene at the end of the book to be one of the most touching and memorable moments in all of the hundreds of science fiction books I have read.