Archangel Down: Archangel Project, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In the year 2432, humans think they are alone in the universe. They're wrong.
Commander Noa Sato plans a peaceful leave on her home planet, Luddeccea, but winds up interrogated and imprisoned for her involvement in the Archangel Project. A project she knows nothing about.
Professor James Sinclair wakes in the snow, not remembering the past 24 hours or knowing why he is being pursued. The only thing he knows is that he has to find Commander Sato, a woman he's never met.
A military officer from the colonies and a civilian from Old Earth, they couldn't have less in common. But they have to work together to save the lives of millions - and their own. Every step of the way they are haunted by the final words of a secret transmission: The archangel is down.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 32 minutes|
|Narrator||Emily Woo Zeller|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 04, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #194,664 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I felt like Noa's unplanned and failed attempt to reach her brother wasn't necessary and was detrimental to her strong resourceful character, since she allowed her emotions to rule her actions, which could have lead to disastrous results for the rest of her followers..
I'm excited to see where the continuing story leads. Seems like mankind's search for intelligent life is now successful, but it's not exactly what we were expecting.
The first pages were interesting. But to soon it was getting boring.
I read the whole book, but there were moments where I thought it would be better to abort. Too many words about nothing and the end.....it has no real end.
The story is well written, and the characters are well developed. Yes, the story is complicated, but nothing is ever simple and falls according to plan, does it? Noa and the others are put to the test - and they learn to trust each other and work as a team. While it's a disparate bunch of people planning to escape, they are indeed held together by the fact that they have augments or artificial parts. They learn others like them are disappearing - forever.
I love reading the author's work as she does write a complicated, intricate story that eventually comes together! I enjoy stories that are like this - you do have to think and try to keep track of many variables... but there is satisfaction when they complete their mission.
In particular, I loved the character 6T9, and here I understand his love for Eliza - and her love for him. It may be unorthodox, but it is a bright spot in the story! Of course, Noa has her werfle again!
I can't say much more as I always feel you need to read the book for yourself. I definitely enjoyed this, and I look forward to reading more books in the series to find answers to questions that even Noa and James have yet to find the answers!
This is definitely a different sci fi story, and it's a good read! All I can say is, "More, please!"
There was the potential to tell a story of the complications of colonizing extrasolar worlds and how it impacted the characters living there, but instead this book and its uninteresting characters got center stage, and it's quite unfortunate. I do not recommend this, there are other series worth your time and money.
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It should have been half the length, it was padded out and way too much "rolling eyes", "winking", once you've explained a concept you don't have to keep going back and explaining it again and again, we get it.
It seems technology hasn't moved on at all since the 20th century, detailed descriptions of box-sprung bed which was nice to sleep in - I mean, come off it! They have anti-gravity fields for crying out loud. Kept going on about "The Ethernet" and "plugging yourself in" all I could see was someone with a hole in their head into which you plug a cat-5 cable. 50 years ago we didn't even have the internet and basically the height of development is the internet, no concept at all of hundreds of years of development.
All the cultural references were made in relation to the 20th century films, music, books, quotations showing a distinct lack of imagination and creative thought it was just slung on in there.
Worst of all the ending just left you hanging - after ploughing through all that pain it was just a gimmick to sell another book. I'll be avoiding this I don't want to go through all that again. Dire!
When I’m in the right mood, I’m a sucker for space opera, and what I really enjoyed about this one was how damn hard it worked to be likeable. Yes, there’s the distant planet, a new religion and a world in turmoil, but there’s also compulsive characters and pretty good jokes.
It’s all written in a breezy style which makes it hard not to go with it; there are enough 20th century cultural references to makes one chuckle, but not be irritated by, and there’s a sex robot (called, ahem, 6T9). Now no one ever put a sex robot into a book without making it the focus of cheap gags. And there are cheap gags aplenty, but what’s amazing about them is not how many different ways Gockel manages to raise a chuckle, but that simultaneously she makes him a real character. This is a sex bot you have cheap gags with and also care about.
Undoubtedly those in the hard sci-fi camp should give this a miss, as I’m not sure how well its science would hold up. But if you’re climbing on board for the distant worlds and the adventure story, then I think – like me – you’ll have a good time.
Noa (a pilot with the Galactic Fleet) has been imprisoned and is desperate to escape the concentration camp where the women have to share a bed and a blanket with two or three other women, stacked in bunk-beds four levels high. She wants to take her bedmate, Ashley with her but Ashley’s augmented legs have been ripped out of her body by the guards.
James can’t remember what exactly has happened to him due to the fall. He gets flashbacks of memories of before the fall but is struggling to piece it all together. He manages to do all sorts of things that he has no knowledge of learning to do and can run exceptionally fast and lift great weights.
Together Noa and James must find a way to connect with the galactic fleet and ask for their assistance to free the people of Luddeccea but without their ethernet connections they decide that they are going to have to leave the planet’s surface. But how to do that without a ship and crew, that is the question.
As the first book in the series I am left wanting to know what happens next. It is well written and all of the incidences, that cannot possibly be true to life here on Earth in the 21 century, are well explained and described so as to make you suspend your belief and simply enjoy the story.
This story is 400 years into the future and comes with lots of advanced technology but it's still comprehensible.
I actually got into this series through the short story “Carl Sagan...” and I hope he will play a bigger role in the next book in this series. I think without that insight, I might have lost interest in the story because some points of this book disappointed a bit: first the permanent repetition of James feeling “compelled” and Noa feeling apprehensive about James. They got to know each other more and more throughout the story but this point in their relationship didn't move on.
Also the quotes from movies from our time did make me wonder when Noa had the time to watch them all.
My major problem though was that I wasn't sure on which side I am. All these augmentations in humans, I sympathised with the Luddecean traditional way but of course not with their methods.
Also there is a lot about racism and accepting differences in this book.
I will definitely read the next one because although not a major cliffhanger but too much open ends to not continue the series....
I also really enjoyed the fast pace of an escape from a detention centre and the chase of authorities, as well as the mysteries around the main character's brother's fate.
I did feel though that the story ran out of steam. The prep for the last portion of the plot took so long that the tension waned. I also felt that the book didn't quite fulfil its promise. It ended in an odd place. We neither have an answer to the mystery of James' nature, nor the knowledge of whether they are free of pursuers and able to escape for good. We also didn't get a true idea of what the archangel project is, only some clues. For me that meant the story ended without true satisfaction and I'm not sure I'll read the next book in the series.