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Off Armageddon Reef [Hardcover]

David Weber
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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1 Jan 2007

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 the Paperback edition.


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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: 4 x 16.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,663 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.

Book Description

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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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brand new series. 18 Oct 2006
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu 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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much chat not enough action 25 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had high hopes for this book, the premise seemed great.

Humans hiding out for hundreds of years, from mysterious genocidal aliens, on a remote planet. During this time the humans had developed a technologically restricted society based on a religion created by some of the original humans. But some of the original humans felt this was too restrictive and that at some time the aliens would need to be confronted. But in a feudal, church bound society how was this to happen? So in a secret cave they left a robotised human in suspended animation, ready to wake up and initiate a slow renaissance in science and technology, to a stage that the humans could defeat the aliens.

The book deals with how this "robot" wakes up and begins its/his/her task. This was the most interesting part of the novel and what I was looking forward to reading about.

So far so good, but Weber gets bogged down in what he finds interesting, long boring dialogues between Church bureaucrats. Interminable feudal politics and detailed descriptions of 19th century navel ships. Another irritating feature of the novel was the names Weber gave to his characters. So instead of someone named Mason, it was Maysuhn, I found it forced, unnecessary and a bit of a distraction.

Overall if Weber had stuck to the plot it would have been much more interesting and shorter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No need to write science fiction 3 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
The book is well written, but I found the whole idea questionnable. You create a futuristic human system which is then destroyed by aliens. Then the few remaining humans flee to a remote planet where they are forced to become medieval humanity again, battened down by the church. The story then revolves about a quasi human who can do miracles of course (ie science) and gradually over umpteen books detailing basically the rise of western civilisation, helps the poor put down fellows "regain" technology. So this book, book one is a detailed acocunt of how galleons replaces galleys....right out of history 101. Nice cheap way to write an epic eh? Shame on you David Weber. It reads like some 1960-70's book by A E Van Vogt....nicely written but not modern sci fi.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Connecticut Yankee story
Humanity is hidden away from a galactic enemy on one lone planet. The earliest colonists seek to preserve the race by wiping the minds of all the settlers and through embedded... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars First in series
Totally liked this book , straight into the action. Good storyline , the plot flows really well. Very creative in his narrative , well worth a read just for the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb
a fantastic series, well written with excellent characters both hero and villain. You just can't put these down and resist escaping to David weber's world
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Really good at the begining but then it got tedious. Super story and amazing characters but I felt it was strung out a bit too long. I keep promising myself I'll get back to it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Pamela McAree
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This book was brilliant, I could not put it down it is well writen and a MUST READ!!
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For those who are found of SF, Space Opera, fundamentalism's social issues and Weber's work, I recommend this book, the first of this series. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by Luis
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Bad Bad
What JPD Oakley said is absolutely correct. I had high hopes for this book but it's another one of those where the heroes are so powerful and talented that it's a foregone... Read more
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this is another great read by david webber i soon got deep into the story line and was almost there would recomend this book to all david webber fans and to those who like well... Read more
Published on 23 April 2011 by parisrocker57
5.0 out of 5 stars First in the Nimue Alban (or "Safehold") series
As seems to be the case with everything David Weber writes, some people will love this book while others hate it. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2009 by Marshall Lord
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks like this series might be as good as the Honorverse
As you would expect from reading Weber's other books, the world that he constructs to host his tale is very large, and with few exceptions is consistent and logical. Read more
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