Book: Off Armageddon Reef

It no doubt surprises nobody that I am quick to read a new book by David Weber, who is one of my favorite authors of all time. In this case, our local library was quite helpful, because they had Off Armageddon Reef in almost immediately.

This book is set in a completely new universe and promises to be fascinating. The first volume always requires a great deal of content just to allow the readers to get their bearings, but Weber manages to give us all that while fascinating with action and with politics. I know that some complain about the politics of the Honor Harrington series, and some about the detailed battle scenes, but I find both fascinating and excellent. Weber thinks through his battles and gives you specific strategies and tactics and the reasons that they work. At the same time, he has fasicnating characters who are part of fascinating cultures carrying out those tactics.

One of the great features of this new series is the discussion of specific new elements of technology and how they impact strategy and tactics, which in turn impacts politics. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, while I continue to eagerly await the next Honor Harrington novel.

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