The Apocalypse Troll
While his prognostication of history in the following dozen years from the book's 2011 publis...more
While waiting my turn at the Honor Harrington series, I picked up this book in order to get a taste of David Weber. I was very happy with what I read. This book is a great deal of fun - lots of action, a great work of military science fiction (read: SCIENCE FICTION to those who are going "oh, but this doesn't make sense" - yeah - it's SCIENCE FICTION!! Who knows what might make sense in an alternate re...more
The story is pretty straightforward (for science fiction), involving implacably hostile aliens, space battles, time travel, and heroic individuals fighting against long odds.
What makes it an excellent book is the quality of David Weber's writing: the characters are complex enough to be believable, their dialog is crisp and w...more
David Weber, author of the enormously popular Honor Harrington military SF series, takes to deep space and the high seas in the opening chapters of Apocalypse Troll. The fateful space battle and resulting spaceship crash that bring together Colonel Ludmilla Leonova and Captain Richard Aston, U.S. Navy, set the stage for another rip-roaring, guns-blazing science fiction adventure. When Captain Aston finds out Colonel Leonova's secret, he eagerly offers his help, then finds hims
This story is compleatly seperate from his other universes.
It is also fansastic in every way.
When you read this, pretend it is the first Weber you have ever read and have no preconseptions about the story or the technology base.
Fantastic story, as always fantastic story, a must read for any SciFi fan.
I admire the way the author wrote this book.He has multiple character thoughts, opinions ,andobjectives that fluently progresses the story.Each paragraph spacing represents a change in the character being narrated.Asto...more
Just seeing the title of this book you would assume that David Weber's first solo novel is all about ogres, witches and elves. The cover shows differently, of course. The Apocalypse Troll is an action-packed bit of sci-fi that includes time travel, a threat to planet earth and a lovely lady.
Rather than ruining the plot by giving you all of the plot details, let me tell you what I think.
Mind you, this is not "great" literature - bu...more
Great book? No. Fun, military SF adventure? Yes.
The idea of only one “future human” surviving is entertaining, and Weber on a bad day is still better than many authors on a good one. However, I did feel that Mr. Weber was treading water here. The plot is predicta...more
But, overall, an enjoyable book....more
This novel works well as mind-candy. After this third re-read, I again have to wonder why Weber didn't do a sequel or two just to see what finally became of the Kanga's after the alternate time-line had been established. And again, I had to grin at the whole 'Milla and the Kanga's scene.
I'm glad I picked The Apocalypse Troll up. Single handing a sailboat across the Atlantic Richard Ashton has a hot unconscious space woman crash beside it boat, the only survivor of a task force chasing a xenophobic alien races last ditch effort bent on the destruction of the earth.
How did the editor ever let the book go out the door with this title? The terrible title was almost enough to keep me from picking it up in the first place.
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name...more