Archangel One (Archangel One, #1)
Archangel Rising (Archangel One, #2)
By: Evan Currie
My Rating: Four out of five stars.
Best for: 14 and up
Finally, a true military-in-space story!
I’ve read plenty of spaceship books, but I’ve never read one that I’d consider convincingly militaristic. This story is–military strategy, complexity, military roles, war ship configuration and function, stuff like that. I really enjoyed that element, but even more I enjoyed the fun, engaging, and cleverly crafted story that made the complex space-based military stuff accessible to even me!
It didn’t take long to realize this series of books is a spin off of another, larger series called Odyssey One. I’m pretty certain if I’d read that series first, I would have enjoyed the Archangel One books even more.
In THIS story, Humanity has just won a great, but costly victory against an alien force. There’s now a period of peace, but The Empire (Hmm…why does than sound so familiar…?) is lurking and it’s clear peace will be short lived. If we don’t take the fight to them, our little corner of the galaxy is toast. The Empire assimilates everyone who isn’t, well…them.
The Empire…assimilates? Hold on…
Whatever. Re-used or not, the ideas works. The story was a blast: wimpy space noobs like Earthlings can’t take the battle to the mighty Empire and win! It’s impossible! No one can do that! It’s never happened!
Bad guys, meet Earth.
I enjoyed the space battles, the clever use of military strategy, and the cool spaceships. The deep-space undercover mission was a ton of fun, too. I didn’t love that what I thought was a stand alone turned into a duology…that turned into a trilogy…that is now a series of books with no ending written yet. It’s my fault for not doing the research, but still. In retaliation I’m not going to read book 3 until the series is finished AND I’ve read the original series I didn’t know about–so take that!
You might not be as obnoxious about starting a series before it’s finished as I am, so if you’re in the mood for an excellent ScyFy, space-based, military adventure, look no further!
No sex or violence. A couple of swears. Best for 14 and up.