Don’t let the length or nature of this excellent book dissuade you from listening to it. I was concerned that I would loose the author’s trail(s), but was pleased to find out that everything that makes a book good makes this book good. Clear plot lines and a logically evolutionary story make this book an exceptional read. The author also made a good seam for the follow-on stories, in that I don’t feel like I MUST HAVE the next story to feel fulfilled about this story. I look forward to the next volumes. Well done!
If you are familiar with Honor Harrington and David Weber’s other writings, you’ll likely enjoy this novel. In an unusual future-history, Weber exchanges his classic deep space battles for 17th century navel battles, but the level of detail remains.
I quite enjoyed his take on how humankind would intentionally abandon technology and revert to a theology. But as could be predicted, after time, the people didn’t all react as the ‘angels’ had wanted. The level of political intrigue and plotting felt very though out, and contrived to a rich new world. My only complaint would be the lack of action toward the middle of the book slowed it down some – something the several of Weber’s books suffer from, and I would have given it four and a half stars if I could. Overall though, it was a good read.
People expecting a book full of space ships and aliens will be disappointed, but if you’re looking for a different twist on future history, consider ‘Off Armageddon Reef.’
I've been a fan of David Weber for a while. This audio book kept me interested from start to finish. I can't wait for a sequel.
I've been an audible customer for over 4 years. Being a lover of Sci-Fi I quickly worked my way through just about everything of note. For the past year or so this category has been pretty weak. However, Off Armageddon Reef is the best listen have had in a while. I'm about half way though and I'm already sad that it will soon be over. I whish Audible could get more of David Webber's work.
Pretty much agree with what has already been said. As part of a series, there is a lot of potential. Sort of cool historical fiction with a "hostile alien/future world" twist. Interesting premise. Sometimes some of the messages are a bit heavy handed.
Nevertheless, an enjoyable book. I will definitely check future books in this series.
Don't get me wrong here - Upto "Off Armageddon Reef?" I was a big fan and an avid listener of David Webber & his writing partner John Ringo's books. When this current book became available from Audible I downloaded the book immediately and looked forward to a solid 30+ hours of entertainment. The big problem for me is after a solid 15 hrs of Oliver Wymans clear and interesting dialog a slow realisation of "Where Have I heard that line before?" began to nag like the slow drip of a loose spigot in the kitchen.
The more I listened the more my thoughts began to wander to the Prince Roger Series (We Few - The March up Country & March to the Sea). As I had all of these books in my download library I listened to the whole series again. Shockingly I realised that large parts of "Off Armageddon Reef" were no more that a plagiarism of the "Prince Roger" series of books. Okay, names places were changed but style storyline and characters are easily identifiable.
After finishing listening to "Off Armageddon Reef" I felt so very disappointed cheated out of what I hoped was going to be a new and exhilaration journey of great story telling. The book was completely spoilt as I kept involuntary comparing the story line to the "Prince Roger" books in my library and finding many similarities.
Finally if this is your first visit to the world of David Webber and you enjoy listening to a 30+ hour saga's you will not be disappointed it's a solid and enjoyable listen but full on Sci-Fi it is not.
I usually finish reading any book I pay good
money for...even if the book is second rate.
Couldn't bring myself to even get to halfway
through this one. The plot, if I were kind enough to define it as such, was muddled and confused.
The characters were of bad comic book quality
as was the dialogue. The writing, overall, was pretentious, stilted, trite and verbose. I found it impossible to care what was going to happen to who, or why it was going to happen. If it was possible to get the price of this "work" back, I would immediately demand a full refund.
I too enjoyed this book. I like unabridged, full-length novels and this one did not dissapoint me. It feels like a sci-fi/fantasy mix, but is well balanced and enjoyable.
A good story, although it isn't finished by a long shot. The narrator however, is truly excellent!
Although it's in the sci-fi section, it's more a medieval-themed story. A hybrid genre, so to speak.