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The Apocalypse Troll

The Apocalypse Troll There he was in his sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic all alone and loving it Well there was a US Navy carrier group on his southern horizon but he was US Navy himself so he didn t mind Then

  • Title: The Apocalypse Troll
  • Author: David Weber
  • ISBN: 9780671318321
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There he was in his sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic, all alone and loving it Well, there was a US Navy carrier group on his southern horizon, but he was US Navy himself, so he didn t mind Then came the UFOs, hurtling in from the Outer Black to overfly the carriers at Mach 17 Their impossible aeronautics were bad enough but then they started shooting at each othThere he was in his sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic, all alone and loving it Well, there was a US Navy carrier group on his southern horizon, but he was US Navy himself, so he didn t mind Then came the UFOs, hurtling in from the Outer Black to overfly the carriers at Mach 17 Their impossible aeronautics were bad enough but then they started shooting at each other And at the Navy With nukes Little ones at first, but winding up with a 500 megatonner at 90 miles that fried every piece of electronics within sight Richard Ashton thought he was just a ringside observer to these now over the horizon events Until the crippled alien lifeboat came drifting down and homed in on his sailboat suddenly he had his hands full of an unconscious, critially wounded alien warrior who just happened to be a gorgeous female, too And that was when it began to get really interesting

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    1. David Weber

      David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.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 is an homage to C S Forester s character Horatio Hornblower and her last name from a fleet doctor in Patrick O Brian s Master and Commander Her story, together with the Honorverse she inhabits, has been developed through 16 novels and six shared universe anthologies, as of spring 2013 other works are in production In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.Many of his books are available online, either in their entirety as part of the Baen Free Library or, in the case of recent books, in the form of sample chapters typically the first 25 33% of the work cmillan author davidw

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    1. It can be done. Weber, breaking thead infinitum tendencies exhibited in his Honor Harrington, bolo and 1634 series has written a fully-developed, well nuanced SF techno-thriller in one volume. He even took more time than most authors to deal with the theoretic and practical problems of backwards time travel. (Try to skip the GoodReads blurb, not because it's incorrect, but because it tells you too much.)While his prognostication of history in the following dozen years from the book's 2011 publis [...]


    2. There are certain books that have a special resonance for me: some because of when I read them, and some because of who I am or would like to be. This is one of the latter. 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 [...]


    3. 4.5 stars. A highly entertaining story that I thoroughly enjoyed. A good mix of scifi, military action, adventure with a little romance thrown in.



    4. Please note: I wrote this review after reading the book in March of 2006. Just copying it over!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 [...]


    5. David Weber is gonna David Weber. He is going to create a sci fi space opera even when it technically doesn't even take place in space.I love how the main character is hanging out in his sailboat kinda enjoying some downtime and a frickin' alien invades! And then we get taken on a typical Weber story of 'don't piss off the wrong person' because that person will end you. This is a standalone, so not part of any of Weber's many series series, and reads very lightly and spry. Has military stuff (na [...]


    6. Weber does here what Weber does. 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.


    7. Enjoyable, but rather disappointing in a way I really don't expect from David Weber.The main character is a total Mary Sue! The author sets her up in a supposedly disadvantaged position where she should have to be brilliant and resourceful to win, but then he gives her every possible lucky break including the people who can do all her thinking for her. She gets so much luck that she just has to show up, look pretty, and have the author go on-and-on about how brilliant and charismatic she is. The [...]


    8. This is a lesser-known Weber book in a standalone universe. Inherently, this is "awful creature from the future versus the US Marines and Navy", and if that premise sounds good to you, you're not going to be disappointed.I noticed some similarity in tone to Weber's Safehold books - perhaps writing this one kicked off an idea for how to have a longer-form exploration?The ending sneaks up a little abruptly, and while it's satisfying, it would have been nice to have lingered over it for another ten [...]


    9. This hits all the cliché buttons for military SF (well enough to keep reading, when sick). Beautiful heroine, pipe-smoking hero, idolatry of the military, weapons porn, and an unambiguously Evil foe to be destroyed without conscience. Oh, and a mass of infodump. Read Bujold for something less one-dimensional.


    10. It is a good book, just I think not up to Weber's normal standard, on the other hand it is only one fairly slim volume!


    11. A light, but fun fast-paced space opera. Just the thing if you've been trying to get through a biography of Frederick the Great.


    12. This is three novels in one: a first contact novel, a time-travel novel, and a military novel. No more substance than a rollercoaster ride, but just as much while it lasts.




    13. Review 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 himself in the m [...]


    14. As The Apocalypse Troll opens, 25th century humans have been at war with the alien Kanga for centuries. The Kanga are on the ropes; in desperation they send a battle group into Terra's past, to cut off the foe at the roots. BatDiv 92, Terran Navy is soon in hot pursuit. The two task forces virtually annihilate each other. Col. Ludmilla Leonovna shoots down the last Kanga ship -- with some help from the US Navy of 2007 -- but is herself shot down by the last cyborg Troll's fighter. She falls to E [...]


    15. A cyborg spaceship from an alien race trying to destroy the Earth and therefore prevent its own creation\enslavement by the bad guy aliens. A beautiful human pilot from the future who is the human races only chance to stop him. And the need to keep a secret as long as possible the existence of such an enemy-- even after a nuclear exchange between the future humans--- all of this makes for a really interesting idea that is adequately developed. While this was a decent Science Fiction novel and a [...]


    16. The reasons I am a general fan of David Weber are the same reasons I gave this book 5 stars. I love that Weber is capable of making me care about a character in the two pages it takes to introduce him/her before killing him/her off. Of course this means that I absolutely love the protagonist and main supporting cast by the end of the book. I recognize that many of Weber's characters are larger than life, but I personally find utterly ordinary kind of boring. Also, I think history has taught us t [...]


    17. This book is about how a fighter pilot from the future helps the humans of the past overcome a severe and powerful threat to the human race called Troll.A powerful story that promotes the equallity of sexes,the effects of racism,and that age does not matter when it comes to love. 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.Aston [...]


    18. A solid sci-fi story saddled with a fantasy genre nameJust 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. It works.Mind you, this is not "great" literature - but [...]


    19. USN vs UFOS. The UFOs came hurtling in from the Outer Black, overflying a US NAvy carrier group in the middle of the Atlantic at Mach 17. Their impossible aerobatics are bad enough - but then they started shooting at each other. And at the Navy. With nukes. little ones at first, but winding up with a 500 megatonner at 90 miles that fried every piece of electronics within line-of-sight.Richard Anston thought he was just a ringside observer to these now over-the-horizon events. Until the cripple a [...]


    20. In the future, mankind is winning the war against the Kangas. But the enemy attempts to send troops back in time to Earth 2007. Only one Kanga unit, a deadly Troll, remains alive in 2007 after mankind tries to stop the plan. But a human from the future also survives… And so it begins.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 pr [...]



    21. I went into this expecting a by-the-numbers wish fulfillment romp, and that's exactly what I got, which isn't to say that that's a bad thing. The Apocalypse Troll is a classic sci-fi book involving time travel, future tech in a primitive world (ours), improbable plot-advancing coincidences, and an ending where everything all works out, with a couple bumps along the way.Though it's all been done before, don't discount this book, as it advances through the tropes very well. It gets a little tireso [...]


    22. David Weber is at his best when he is writing space combat, and those are the parts of this book that really shine. He is somewhat less proficient when he translates the setting to include modern military forces, but those parts are still quite good. What drags this book from 4 stars down to 3, though, are the areas where no action is taking place. Weber, to me anyway, really doesn't have a great grasp when it comes to writing the non-military parts of this book.But, overall, an enjoyable book. [...]


    23. Don't you believe it. Contrary to the description provided, the only "high seas" in this novel is a brief chapter or two near the beginning.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.


    24. This is an amusing science-fiction adventure that starts as space opera but switches gears as the 21st century world, and one survivor from the future, must cope with a single, but deadly, alien invader. I especially liked the set-battled pieces between the alien's starship and a US carrier group and the final battle in Appalachia. I especially enjoyed the latter since it's set around my home town of Asheville, NC. Great book? No. Fun, military SF adventure? Yes.


    25. I enjoyed the concepts David Weber introduced in the symbiotic humans and the trolls. However, the book, particularly the last third, was a bit too "action-movie" for my taste. I also would have liked to have known more about the state of the world after the climax and how mankind would go forward in their new history.


    26. IT's pretty standard stuff for David Weber. The characters are likable, if a bit shallow, the story is fun, if a bit silly, and overall it was a fun read.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.


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