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  • Mass Market Paperback: 788 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; Reissue edition (Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765353970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765353979
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,738,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nobody does space opera better than Weber."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "At All Costs"
"Seasoned voyagers through Weber's Honorverse (the Honor in question being Harrington) mustn't be put off by the stupendous size of the eleventh volume of the lady's adventures. All the pages are needed to encompass a fast-paced tale that brings together all the elements developed in previous books, and push them a good way along toward an ultimate conclusion."
--"Booklist" (starred review) on "At All Costs"
"ÝP¨acks enough punch to blast a starship to smithereens."
--" Publishers Weekly" on "Honor Among Enemies"
"ExcelÝs¨ in depicting the lives and times of soldiers both on and off the battlefield."
--"Library Journal" on "March to the Sea"

" Nobody does space opera better than Weber."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "At All Costs"

" Seasoned voyagers through Weber's Honorverse (the Honor in question being Harrington) mustn't be put off by the stupendous size of the eleventh volume of the lady's adventures. All the pages are needed to encompass a fast-paced tale that brings together all the elements developed in previous books, and push them a good way along toward an ultimate conclusion."
--"Booklist" (starred review) on "At All Costs"

" [P]acks enough punch to blast a starship to smithereens."
--" Publishers Weekly" on "Honor Among Enemies"

" Excel[s] in depicting the lives and times of soldiers both on and off the battlefield."
--"Library Journal" on "March to the Sea"

Praise for "Off Armageddon Reef" "Engrossing." -"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
" "
""Off Armageddon Reef" shows David Weber at the top of his game." --David Drake
"Splendid!" -"Booklist" (starred review)
"Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series." --Dave Duncan
"A new SF epic." -"Library Journal "(starred review)
"Fantastic in every sense of the word--the kind of book that makes you sit back and think about this reality that we call life. Who can ask for more than that?" --R. A. Salvatore
" "
"Strongly recommended." -SFRevu.com
"Marvelously entertaining...Very good news for our reading future!" --Vernor Vinge
"Weber has done it once again." --"Starlog"

Praise for "Off Armageddon Reef": "Engrossing." -"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
" "
""Off Armageddon Reef" shows David Weber at the top of his game." --David Drake
"Splendid!" -"Booklist" (starred review)
"Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series." --Dave Duncan
"A new SF epic." -"Library Journal "(starred review)
"Fantastic in every sense of the word--the kind of book that makes you sit back and think about this reality that we call life. Who can ask for more than that?" --R. A. Salvatore
" "
"Strongly recommended." -SFRevu.com
"Marvelously entertaining...Very good news for our reading future!" --Vernor Vinge
"Weber has done it once again." --"Starlog"

Praise for "Off Armageddon Reef": "" ""Off Armageddon Reef" shows David Weber at the top of his game." --David Drake
"Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series." --Dave Duncan
"Strongly recommended." -SFRevu.com
"Marvelously entertaining...Very good news for our reading future!" --Vernor Vinge
"Weber has done it once again." --"Starlog"

"Weber launches an epic series with this gripping far-future saga, which springboards off the near-destruction of humanity in a massive war with the Gbaba. The survivors of the human race retreat to the planet Safehold, where they sacrifice basic human rights--and an accurate memory of the Gbaba--for the preservation of the species. The colony's founders psychologically program the colonists to prevent the re-emergence of scientific inquiry, higher mathematics or advanced technology, which the Gbaba would detect and destroy. Centuries later, cultural stagnation on this feudal but thriving planet is enforced by the all-powerful Church of God Awaiting. But one kingdom--with the aid of the war's last survivor, a cybernetic avatar that awakens to reinvent itself as a man named Merlin Athrawes--risks committing the ultimate heresy. Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole."
--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review

"In his first book for Tor, the author of the popular Honor Harrington novels embarks on a new SF epic of culturalevolution and humanity's need to conquer the unknown. Rich backgrounds and vivid characters combine to make this series opener a priority purchase for SF collections." --"Library Journal," starred review

"Earth has been destroyed by an alien invasion, and survivors are clinging to a precarious and primitive existence on a planet they have named Safehold. But they are divided into two major factions: a theocratic church opposed to all technological progress, and a secular class of aristocrats and merchants who support not only technology but expanding the habitable area of Safehold. There are factions and internal conflicts on both sides, and each has infiltrated the other. A good many of the book's main players are seafarers and naval officers, and they sail Safehold's seas in ships that Horatio Hornblower might find familiar. They are drawn as well as one expects of Weber, although they are so numerous that, despite the appended cast list, readers may feel mnemonically challenged. Staunch Weber fans may be disappointed by the lack of any Safehold life-form as irresistibly charming as the treecats of the Honorverse (the world of his space-faring heroine Honor Harrington). Safehold's abundant pelagic life is mostly predatory and sometimes outright deadly, and its land dwellers are only slightly cuddlier. Altogether, there is enough conflict to allow a natural storyteller like Weber to make a large, splendid novel that opens another saga. The saga being Weber's form of choice and high achievement, hopes for the rest of it are definitely elevated."
--"Booklist," starred review

"Fantastic in every sense of the word--the kind of book that makes you sit back and think about thisreality that we call life. Who can ask for more than that? While devouring this book, I kept finding myself drawn back to Walter Miller's amazing A Canticle for Leibowitz. "Off Armageddon Reef "has that same kind of introspective power, wrapped in a compelling story and with characters I grew to love." --R. A. Salvatore

"David Weber is the master of scope, and "Off Armageddon Reef" is breathtaking in scope of characters, scope of its universe, and scope of time.... Weber masterfully weaves a ferocious amount of vision into a story that is surprisingly easy to read and (not surprisingly) hard to put down." --Elizabeth Haydon

Praise for "Off Armageddon Reef": "" "“Off Armageddon Reef" shows David Weber at the top of his game.” —David Drake
 
“Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's  "Foundation" series.” —Dave Duncan
“Strongly recommended.” –SFRevu.com
 
“Marvelously entertaining…Very good news for our reading future!” —Vernor Vinge
 
“Weber has done it once again.” --"Starlog"

“Weber launches an epic series with this gripping far-future saga, which springboards off the near-destruction of humanity in a massive war with the Gbaba. The survivors of the human race retreat to the planet Safehold, where they sacrifice basic human rights—and an accurate memory of the Gbaba—for the preservation of the species. The colony's founders psychologically program the c

Praise for "Off Armageddon Reef" "" ""Off Armageddon Reef" shows David Weber at the top of his game." --David Drake
"Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series." --Dave Duncan
"Strongly recommended." -SFRevu.com
"Marvelously entertaining...Very good news for our reading future!" --Vernor Vinge
"Weber has done it once again." --"Starlog"

"Weber launches an epic series with this gripping far-future saga, which springboards off the near-destruction of humanity in a massive war with the Gbaba. The survivors of the human race retreat to the planet Safehold, where they sacrifice basic human rights--and an accurate memory of the Gbaba--for the preservation of the species. The colony's founders psychologically program the colonists to prevent the re-emergence of scientific inquiry, higher mathematics or advanced technology, which the Gbaba would detect and destroy. Centuries later, cultural stagnation on this feudal but thriving planet is enforced by the all-powerful Church of God Awaiting. But one kingdom--with the aid of the war's last survivor, a cybernetic avatar that awakens to reinvent itself as a man named Merlin Athrawes--risks committing the ultimate heresy. Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole."
--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review

"In his first book for Tor, the author of the popular Honor Harrington novels embarks on a new SF epic of cultural evolution and humanity's need to conquer the unknown. Rich backgrounds and vivid characters combine to make this series opener a priority purchase for SF collections." --"Library Journal," starred review

"Earth has been destroyed by an alien invasion, and survivors are clinging to a precarious and primitive existence on a planet they have named Safehold. But they are divided into two major factions: a theocratic church opposed to all technological progress, and a secular class of aristocrats and merchants who support not only technology but expanding the habitable area of Safehold. There are factions and internal conflicts on both sides, and each has infiltrated the other. A good many of the book's main players are seafarers and naval officers, and they sail Safehold's seas in ships that Horatio Hornblower might find familiar. They are drawn as well as one expects of Weber, although they are so numerous that, despite the appended cast list, readers may feel mnemonically challenged. Staunch Weber fans may be disappointed by the lack of any Safehold life-form as irresistibly charming as the treecats of the Honorverse (the world of his space-faring heroine Honor Harrington). Safehold's abundant pelagic life is mostly predatory and sometimes outright deadly, and its land dwellers are only slightly cuddlier. Altogether, there is enough conflict to allow a natural storyteller like Weber to make a large, splendid novel that opens another saga. The saga being Weber's form of choice and high achievement, hopes for the rest of it are definitely elevated."
--"Booklist, " starred review

"Fantastic in every sense of the word--the kind of book that makes you sit back and think about this reality that we call life. Who can ask for more than that? While devouring this book, I kept finding myself drawn back to Walter Miller's amazing A Canticle for Leibowitz. "Off Armageddon Reef "has that same kind of introspective power, wrapped in a compelling story and with characters I grew to love." --R. A. Salvatore

"David Weber is the master of scope, and "Off Armageddon Reef" is breathtaking in scope of characters, scope of its universe, and scope of time.... Weber masterfully weaves a ferocious amount of vision into a story that is surprisingly easy to read and (not surprisingly) hard to put down." --Elizabeth Haydon

""Off Armageddon Reef" shows David Weber at the top of his game." --David Drake
"Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series." --Dave Duncan
"Strongly recommended." -SFRevu.com
"Marvelously entertaining...Very good news for our reading future!" --Vernor Vinge
"Weber has done it once again." --"Starlog"

"Weber launches an epic series with this gripping far-future saga, which springboards off the near-destruction of humanity in a massive war with the Gbaba. The survivors of the human race retreat to the planet Safehold, where they sacrifice basic human rights--and an accurate memory of the Gbaba--for the preservation of the species. The colony's founders psychologically program the colonists to prevent the re-emergence of scientific inquiry, higher mathematics or advanced technology, which the Gbaba would detect and destroy. Centuries later, cultural stagnation on this feudal but thriving planet is enforced by the all-powerful Church of God Awaiting. But one kingdom--with the aid of the war's last survivor, a cybernetic avatar that awakens to reinvent itself as a man named Merlin Athrawes--risks committing the ultimate heresy. Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole."
--"Publishers Weekly, "starred review

"In his first book for Tor, the author of the popular Honor Harrington novels embarks on a new SF epic of cultural evolution and humanity's need to conquer the unknown. Rich backgrounds and vivid characters combine to make this series opener a priority purchase for SF collections." --"Library Journal," starred review

"Earth has been destroyed by an alien invasion, and survivors are clinging to a precarious and primitive existence on a planet they have named Safehold. But they are divided into two major factions: a theocratic church opposed to all technological progress, and a secular class of aristocrats and merchants who support not only technology but expanding the habitable area of Safehold. There are factions and internal conflicts on both sides, and each has infiltrated the other. A good many of the book's main players are seafarers and naval officers, and they sail Safehold's seas in ships that Horatio Hornblower might find familiar. They are drawn as well as one expects of Weber, although they are so numerous that, despite the appended cast list, readers may feel mnemonically challenged. Staunch Weber fans may be disappointed by the lack of any Safehold life-form as irresistibly charming as the treecats of the Honorverse (the world of his space-faring heroine Honor Harrington). Safehold's abundant pelagic life is mostly predatory and sometimes outright deadly, and its land dwellers are only slightly cuddlier. Altogether, there is enough conflict to allow a natural storyteller like Weber to make a large, splendid novel that opens another saga. The saga being Weber's form of choice and high achievement, hopes for the rest of it are definitely elevated."
--"Booklist, " starred review

"Fantastic in every sense of the word--the kind of book that makes you sit back and think about this reality that we call life. Who can ask for more than that? While devouring this book, I kept finding myself drawn back to Walter Miller's amazing A Canticle for Leibowitz. "Off Armageddon Reef "has that same kind of introspective power, wrapped in a compelling story and with characters I grew to love." --R. A. Salvatore

"David Weber is the master of scope, and "Off Armageddon Reef" is breathtaking in scope of characters, scope of its universe, and scope of time.... Weber masterfully weaves a ferocious amount of vision into a story that is surprisingly easy to read and (not surprisingly) hard to put down." --Elizabeth Haydon

"Strongly recommended." -SFRevu.com

"Off Armageddon Reef" shows David Weber at the top of his game. "David Drake"

Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series. "Dave Duncan"

Strongly recommended. "SFRevu.com"

Marvelously entertaining Very good news for our reading future! "Vernor Vinge"

Weber has done it once again. "Starlog"

Weber launches an epic series with this gripping far-future saga, which springboards off the near-destruction of humanity in a massive war with the Gbaba. The survivors of the human race retreat to the planet Safehold, where they sacrifice basic human rights--and an accurate memory of the Gbaba--for the preservation of the species. The colony's founders psychologically program the colonists to prevent the re-emergence of scientific inquiry, higher mathematics or advanced technology, which the Gbaba would detect and destroy. Centuries later, cultural stagnation on this feudal but thriving planet is enforced by the all-powerful Church of God Awaiting. But one kingdom--with the aid of the war's last survivor, a cybernetic avatar that awakens to reinvent itself as a man named Merlin Athrawes--risks committing the ultimate heresy. Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole. "Publishers Weekly, starred review"

In his first book for Tor, the author of the popular Honor Harrington novels embarks on a new SF epic of cultural evolution and humanity's need to conquer the unknown. Rich backgrounds and vivid characters combine to make this series opener a priority purchase for SF collections. "Library Journal, starred review"

Earth has been destroyed by an alien invasion, and survivors are clinging to a precarious and primitive existence on a planet they have named Safehold. But they are divided into two major factions: a theocratic church opposed to all technological progress, and a secular class of aristocrats and merchants who support not only technology but expanding the habitable area of Safehold. There are factions and internal conflicts on both sides, and each has infiltrated the other. A good many of the book's main players are seafarers and naval officers, and they sail Safehold's seas in ships that Horatio Hornblower might find familiar. They are drawn as well as one expects of Weber, although they are so numerous that, despite the appended cast list, readers may feel mnemonically challenged. Staunch Weber fans may be disappointed by the lack of any Safehold life-form as irresistibly charming as the treecats of the Honorverse (the world of his space-faring heroine Honor Harrington). Safehold's abundant pelagic life is mostly predatory and sometimes outright deadly, and its land dwellers are only slightly cuddlier. Altogether, there is enough conflict to allow a natural storyteller like Weber to make a large, splendid novel that opens another saga. The saga being Weber's form of choice and high achievement, hopes for the rest of it are definitely elevated. "Booklist, starred review"

Fantastic in every sense of the word--the kind of book that makes you sit back and think about this reality that we call life. Who can ask for more than that? While devouring this book, I kept finding myself drawn back to Walter Miller's amazing A Canticle for Leibowitz. "Off Armageddon Reef "has that same kind of introspective power, wrapped in a compelling story and with characters I grew to love. "R. A. Salvatore"

David Weber is the master of scope, and "Off Armageddon Reef" is breathtaking in scope of characters, scope of its universe, and scope of time. Weber masterfully weaves a ferocious amount of vision into a story that is surprisingly easy to read and (not surprisingly) hard to put down. "Elizabeth Haydon""

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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 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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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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I don't often give 5 stars but this is one of those books that deserves it. I am now on to the 3rd book in the series and they are not getting any less wonderful. There are so many parts that make it a 5 star where do I start. The story line is magnificent in scope, starting off with disaster of an epic scale and a safe refuge created for humanity thousands of light years away. Then the hijacking of humanity by some of those charged with the protection and the creation of a technophobic society to ensure invisibility from the Gbaba. The weaving of religious strands into the whole mix with fanaticism and bigotry rising to the surface. The creation of a "protector" lying in wait for a thousand years, the avatar of a long dead young girl and the change of her gender into a man in that avatar. A fascinating exploration of that gender change and how it impacts on an artifical intelligence. Good v Evil in boat loads. A well trodden plot of scientific up scaling from the perspective of knowledge. But and here is one of the best parts, the twisting of the naming and spelling protocols which if you are smart you can detect some real characters from other literature behind. Nahraman Batz (Norman Bates from Psycho?) and one that is seriously subtle (Zhaspahr Maysahn for Zaspar Makann from H Beam Piper's Space Viking). There are others I am sure - have fun finding them. Seriously a great read with epic space opera scale and grandeur. Charters whose interaction brings a tear to your eye. Realpolitik shown in the decisions of many of the senior players in the story. Loved it, loved the second and loving the 3rd.
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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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A book that has taken a new take on an already established myth and reworked it into something entirely new. Not for Webber the plain old Arthurian tales of old but taking from the futuristic worlds where mankinds in its final days after aliens destroy the world in the prologue only to leave a few survivors fighting in a medieval world with no idea as to how they got there or the glorious achievements that mankind achieved beforehand. That is, of course, until a reborn survivor of mankinds fleet comes onto the scene and enacts the part of Merlin through the use of technology. Whilst the tale may appear simplistic within the pages, it's the sheer depth of the descriptiveness of the tale that makes this such a huge book. Is it required? Certainly as its this that separates David's work from many others and will endear him to fans who have only just discovered this author who's work may well become the next big epic as this tale springs into three separate stories from differing angles. Great quality writing with highly descriptive combat maturely blended with big screen mis-en-scene and characters who live a 3D life with emotional conflict. A real pleasure to read.
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