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|| #180,253 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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As far as recommending it, the author has a LOT of books in this series so this first one should fairly often be free or at least cheap. When it is, try it. The author has packed in a lot of different elements, from space opera to ground combat to human romance to prejudice to the meaning of humanity to alien first contact. That means none of the elements are explored in great depth, but it also means that most scifi enthusiasts are likely to find elements they like. Even if you choose not to buy the second, I doubt you’ll regret reading the first. It’s breadth over depth, with depth coming in the several future installments.
One of those problems is the lack of explanation into the title of the book. It is obviously the main mystery of the series, and meant to keep you reading to understand it. Though I do wish a bit more was shown about it or explained, cause as it stands it felt like it didn't really matter much till the final section of the book.
Characters were enjoyable and unique, with some conflicts and internal issues they work through. Though I wouldn't say they all grow very much in the book. Noa I don't feel like changed much by the end of the book, she very much feels like the same person who started the book. James on the other hand changed a fair amount after everything happened with him, and the questioning of who/what he is. Unfortunately none of the other characters get much time at all, and are all rather basic characters.
The actual story and editing I didn't have any issues with. The story I felt moved along at a nice pace that keeps you interested. And didn't get too bogged down that it felt like I was wasting time reading it. Many pages are filled with internal dialogue and discussion, often repeating information that does get a bit much at times. And I personally found the editing perfectly competent and didn't find any issues with it.
In the end I really enjoyed what I read, and will look into reading the second book at some point. With hope that the Archangel plot gets expanded upon more alongside the rest of the characters get a bit more development.
C. Gockel grabbed hold of me with her series on the Nordic Myths in a modern-day setting, giving a twist on what we thought we knew about Loki. Now she seems to have done it again, I'm looking forward to the adventures, twist and turns that I feel certain this series will provide.
I only gave a 4 star rating since there were a few times that things got a little bogged down. And there didn't seem to be any answers to the many with n answer but enough clues to keep me reading. mysteries that are developed Unfortunately, this hindered a clear character development of the primary ,and often even minor characters, l was left wondering, were these characters to be completely developed in too be revealed in future books or were they first introduced in a previous book? What ever the answer is, the result was I was feeling all the frustration of being left hanging.
Going for book two before I do any thing else. Those mysteries from the first book have done their job and I'm firmly hooked!
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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....