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Book Title: The Armageddon Inheritance|
The author of the book: David Weber
ISBN 13: 9780671721978
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 617 KB
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Reader ratings: 3.8
Date of issue: December 1st 1993
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I didn't realize this was part of a series when I got it, and thus began in the middle of the action. That didn't turn out to matter - Weber does a great job of catching the reader up so that I could completely follow what was going on.
The book reads much like Honor Harrington books. Sure there are different characters and different technology, but if I were to have picked it up without knowing who the author was, I'd have had a really good chance of guessing who the author was. This wasn't a negative for me, but if you like novelty in novels, then this may not be the book for you (Harrington is better as a series, so if you're choosing one, go for the Harrington series).
There were nice touches in this - the alien enemy has twelve fingers instead of ten, and thus their math system is all in base twelve, which affects their language, technology, cultural organization, etc. Weber is consistent in applying that logic, and it works. Similarly, he has clearly thought through the implications of the tech he created and world builds around it in interesting ways.
The biggest downside is a particular character who inexplicably speaks in archaic (i.e. Shakespearian jargon) and also is both whiny and overly emotional. I ended up skimming through every scene she was in, which made those parts more tolerable, but since she is a fairly major character, meant that I did more skimming than I'd like to do. I almost docked this a star for that character alone, but felt that was probably too harsh a reaction.
In the end, I'm glad I picked this up, as it was a pleasant read. But I wasn't so enthusiastic about it that I'd recommend it to anybody, unless they were looking specifically for a series similar to the Honor Harrington series.
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Read information about the authorDavid 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 more recent books, in the form of sample chapters (typically the first 25-33% of the work).
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