Off Armageddon Reef

Off Armageddon Reef

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With humankind reduced to a single colony on the distant world of Safehold by a ruthless alien enemy, the human rulers of the planet will do anything to preserve the remnants of their industrial civilization, including building a religion designed to hide the colony by keeping its society medieval, until the awakening of an android signals a chance for humankind to regain its place. Reprint.

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Humanity pushed its way to the stars - and encountered the Gbaba, a ruthless alien race that nearly wiped us out.

Earth and her colonies are now smoldering ruins, and the few survivors have fled to distant, Earth-like Safehold, to try to rebuild. But the Gbaba can detect the emissions of an industrial civilization, so the human rulers of Safehold have taken extraordinary measures: with mind control and hidden high technology, they've built a religion in which every Safeholdian believes, a religion designed to keep Safehold society medieval forever.

800 years pass. In a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android from the far human past awakens. This "rebirth" was set in motion centuries before, by a faction that opposed shackling humanity with a concocted religion. Via automated recordings, "Nimue" - or, rather, the android with the memories of Lieutenant Commander Nimue Alban - is told her fate: she will emerge into Safeholdian society, suitably disguised, and begin the process of provoking the technological progress which the Church of God Awaiting has worked for centuries to prevent.

Nothing about this will be easy. To better deal with a medieval society, "Nimue" takes a new gender and a new name, "Merlin." His formidable powers and access to caches of hidden high technology will need to be carefully concealed. And he'll need to find a base of operations, a Safeholdian country that's just a little more freewheeling, a little less orthodox, a little more open to the new.

And thus Merlin comes to Charis, a mid-sized kingdom with a talent for naval warfare. He plans to make the acquaintance of King Haarahld and Crown Prince Cayleb, and maybe, just maybe, kick off a new era of invention. Which is bound to draw the attention of the Church...and, inevitably, lead to war.

It's going to be a long, long process. And David Weber's epic Off Armageddon Reef is can't-miss Sci-Fi,

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


From the New York Times-bestselling author of the "Honor Harrington" series, the launch of a major new SF epic



Publisher: New York :, Tor
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781429920575
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
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Alternative Title: 3M Cloud library

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NealWSyrette
Aug 22, 2017

Great idea for a series but definitely wasted potential...

Memories, ladies and gentlemen, Nimue's MEMORIES!!!!

Obviously a great way to contrast the here and now throughtout the series with the war they were having with the unknown alien race the Gbaba...

Plus, you could easily eliminate the need for a great many characters throughout by just focusing on the one main character to begin with (the original Nimue) as seen through her interations.

Sure, her "backuped" robot may not have a complete updated set of memories from her time aboard the flagship or her ultimate death and sacrifice but the war was going on for over forty years at that point anyways. This series would have been better served by having that continuous input of everything "Gbaba" (Plus you could have given the reader a little more info on what they actually were) as seen through her memories of them.

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redking77
Oct 20, 2015

Great idea for a series, but poor character development killed it for me. This book contains dozens of 'main characters', but they all speak and act the same. And although I get the reason for the oddly spelt names, it hinders fluid and immersive reading as you are constantly restructuring names into pronounceable versions. It's too bad. This is one of those series' I really wanted to like.

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brettorlob
Jun 10, 2014

This is David Weber successfully going for some higher-minded sci-fi than we've seen him do before. This series has more to say, and deftly leaves just enough unsaid, about: human nature, politics, religion, psychology, artificial intelligence and a host of other topics.

And it does it at a pace that will not displease fans of the Honorverse (although it might not please them as much as a new Honor book might).

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Argavius117
Jul 21, 2013

Very interesting book. The constant back and forth between all the different characters made it very confusing but if u just don't care about who's who its pretty good. But there's definitely way too many characters.

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WomanOfMystery
Mar 02, 2012

Not a great read for me. If you like reading about sailing and the strategies of warfare connected to galleys and galleons then have fun. It was not my cup of tea. To add to the confusion there are no less than 7 1/2 pages of characters listed at the end of the book. I found I had to use this resource all the time as characters were referred to by their status, their first name, their family name or even their job. Choppy little chapters that jump all over the place add to the reading confusion. I love space operas but once you land on Safehold space is forgotten.

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andromolek
Dec 14, 2011

Having read all of the books in this series, (5 unless I am mistaken) this book is all the better. I was first introduced to david weber in "In Fury Born", which, at the time was one of the best science fiction novels i had ever read. So, when i chose to read the safehold series, I did so with high hopes. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. This series is truly something special. The action is downright gripping and the politics are truly Machiavellian. A must read for anyone who likes, you know...... Books

Braxxarb Aug 04, 2011

I have always been a fan of his Honor Harrington series. Didn't know what to expect, at first. Just like the Honor Harrington series I can't wait for the next installment about Emperor Cayleb, the kingdom of Charis, and Merlin. I highly recommend this book and the other books in the series.

Librarymans Sep 03, 2010

Very similar in theme to his book "Heirs of Empire" in which a technologically augmented human must try and save/reform a purposefully anti-technological planet.
Good action, good politics, good technology. Action in the series builds well.

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Tosca
Sep 23, 2009

This series is a bit of a departure from David Weber's usual Space Opera style, but is every bit as good and engaging as any in his Honor series. It has all the strategy and psychology we are used to from him, and I liked the different feel to this series. I highly reccomend this entire series. The audiobook versions are very well done also.

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redking77
Oct 20, 2015

redking77 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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