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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Doherty (Tom) Associates,U.S.; First Editiion First Printing edition (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765315009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765315007
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The pacing is expert and the scope of Weber's vision ensures an irresistible read for fans of wide-screen adventure.' -- The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Here is the saga of humanity reduced, by an implacable alien enemy, to inhabiting a single colony on the distant world of Safehold. To avoid drawing the attention of the enemy through the busy signals of an industrial civilization, the human rulers of Safehold have taken an extraordinary measure. With mind control and hidden high technology, they have built a religion in which every Safeholdian believes, one designed to keep Safehold society medieval and unnoticed forever. After disagreement about the wisdom and justice of this course, the dissenters were ruthlessly eliminated. Centuries have passed and now, in a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android initiates a rebirth set in motion centuries before. A rebirth that will provide the only remaining humans with their last chance to learn the truth and to rejoin the universe. It is destined to be a tremendous undertaking, unfolding a story of deception and ignorance, freedom and tyranny, and the liberating power of the truth. 'Nobody does space opera better than Weber' Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the early part of the twenty-fifth century, the Gbaba had succeeded in almost making humanity extinct. Had the Gbaba known that even one human remained, they would have hunted him down and finished their task. In a last desperate move, the people under Admiral Pei gave up their lives to insure that a few human beings slipped away without the Gbaba's knowledge. It was called Operation Ark and was to create a refuge for humanity without the betraying high-tech spoor which might draw Gbaba scout ships to it. The colonists aboard the Ark would sleep for many, many years.

The sleeping colonists had volunteered to have false memories of a false life implanted. None of them expected the colony's chief administrator, Langhorne, and the colony's chief psychologist, Bédard, to also program them into believing that Operation Ark's command staff were gods. There were quite a few among the command staff who balked at the notion of people actually worshiping them, mere humans no matter how advanced in technology, but it was too late. The deed had been done. A short revolution ended with the deaths of all the command staff.

The colonists led simple lives on the planet they named Safeholden. Invention, progress, change, any advancement at all is strictly forbidden. In orbit, a surveillance system still sweeps the planet, automatically striking anything that emits tech spoors. The colonists believe these rare blasts to be lightning bolts from their god, Langhorne, to keep them in line. Even in death, Langhorne would have won had it not been for Pei Kau-yung and a few select others. Kau-yung's elite few hid a PICA (Personality-Integrated Cybernetic Avatar) deep beneath a mountain. It looked, thought, felt, and basically WAS the human female named Nimue Alban.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Allison on 28 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
As I was reading this I was trying to remember where I'd read it before. It then came to me that the story was a re-working of the third in the Mutineers Moon series. Not exactly the same but the premise of backward world ruled by religious hierarchy being toppled by superior technology from the former glory days. I enjoyed it and am waiting for the next in the series but in my opinion it wasn't as fresh as previous books by this author.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Seivewright on 8 Mar 2007
Format: Hardcover
Okay folks, for those who are new to Weber's works...you'll love this. It's got action, adventure and political intrigue but, such is Weber's steady hand, none of it overwhelms the other. The pacing is excellent, the main characters, with one or two exceptions, deep enough that we can actually care about them.

Now, despite the 5 stars, a word of warning to all those who are familiar with Weber's other works. It feels VERY familiar. It reads almost exactly like any of his Honor-verse books, or especially the Dahak-verse series.

Some of you may hate it for this very reason, I will admit, it struck a chord with me and for a fleeting moment, i felt a little shortchanged but ten chapter's into it and I felt like I was being visited by and old and welcome friend.

I really, really liked the overall premise and the concepts involved and once you get past the jarring familiarity that the names of the character's present (White Haven = Grey Harbour for example), its a damn fine read.

Worth the money and the wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 12 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
I've always enjoyed Weber's books and this one was no exception. He's maintained his usual ability to tell a gripping story mixing combat with a political relationships background and an interesting historical review of the evolution of weaponry and tactics.

However what prevented me from giving this the 5 stars I'd expect to rate a Harrington series book is that the plot itself seems to be recycling previous Weber scripts. The technologically advanced stranger picking a society suitable to be boot-strapped up the scientific ladder so he can accomplish his goals. Unfortunately although the story was still of a high calibre, I kept thinking to myself - I preferred the "original stories" with Prince Roger MacClintock improving the Mardukan ships so he could reach the starport or how Sean MacIntyre and colleagues used their superior genetics and science to raise arms against a corrupt church.

Don't get me wrong I'll be buying the next book when it comes out to see how the story progresses, because regardless of any other point Weber is an excellent storyteller and I came very close to finishing all 700 pages in one sitting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJLT on 12 Jan 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Earlier reviews describe the content well, and the context in terms of earlier books by this author. To me this author is new as I had become increasingly limited (sad I know) to pursuing novels from a few trusty writers - Iain M Banks, Hamilton and above all C J Cherryh. So this particular book came to me as a complete surprise and I found it to be a superb read. Complex, gripping, satisfying and promising much more fun. In particular it was a pleasure to see an idea, that in part has been tried before, of seeking to leverage a medieval culture towards one much more highly advanced, developed so well. In contrast, K J Parker's 'Engineer' trilogy has been far less satisfying in every way, even though it initially held so much promise. So perhaps not an entirely new idea but executed here very well indeed, giving me much pleasure.
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