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Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Humanity is in hiding. Invention, progress, change... all are forbidden. Now it's time to change all that. The science-fiction epic of the decade begins here.

When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

Eight centuries later, a commander from that Expedition, Nimue Alban, woke up in a cave on a planet called Safehold. She was surprised to discover that the fanatic administrators of Operation Ark had used mind-control techniques to create a false, brutally suppressive religion whose entire purpose was to forbid invention and innovation forever.

But a tiny fraction within Operation Ark's leadership remembered the truth and believed in human dignity and freedom. They've given Nimue Alban a carefully hidden cache of technology and the capabilities of the android body in which her memories, loves, hopes, and dreams live on. Now it's her job to somehow provoke the technological progress and freedom of thought and belief that the Church of God Awaiting has worked centuries to crush.

Listen to more in the Safehold series.

©2007 David Weber (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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"Gripping." (Publishers Weekly)

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    02-21-07
    02-21-07 Member Since 2017
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    "One-dimensional, no suspense."

    The premise is quite original; placing an historical novel in the future is a nice twist. The problems I have with the book are twofold: first, the characters are terribly one-dimensional. The first reviewer references George R.R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones", but Martin knows how to build characters of startling complexity. They begin as villians and become, gradually, heroic - or vice versa. Weber's characters are nearly comedically bad or disgustingly good. They have no crises that alter their personalities and I nearly found myself cheering for the wrong side at the end. The second problem is that despite Weber's attempt to make the odds seem overwhelmingly against the protaginists, it is painfully clear that there is no way in the (new) world that they will so much as work up a sweat utterly defeating their enemies. There is virtually no suspense; nothing hangs in the balance. Still, the anti-technical society, the theocratic rulers and the detail in which the world (as opposed to the characters) is rendered give me at least some hope for the next installment.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-04-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 12-04-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "REMEMBER THE SAND MAGGOT"

    Info Dump Central
    Three and a half hours in and I am still getting long info dumps. We are told things for countless minutes, get a sentence or two from a character and than more telling by narrator. I also hated the whole premise. The fact that that humans would wipe out there memories so as not to remember an invading superior alien race and install a religion to keep themselves from technological advance and avoid detection from said alien race, just irked me to no end. That is not the human race I belong to. I was also expecting a more technological society, it is David Weber and look at the cover of the book. Instead it is a medieval society. I did not finish this and I will not continue the series.

    Nothing New
    This is not only not a new concept, but it could have been handled so much better. A story about people finding out that they have had their memories wiped and had a false religion with false demi gods installed would have been a lot more interesting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Impson 02-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Won't Continue Series"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this as one of the introductions to new series, I also was interested in the fact it was 30 hours. I discovered 30 hours of fighting was 29 hours too much. Also the religious overtones with an attempt to cover them up was just a little too much.


    What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the beginning a little more connected it's very disjointed. Come on don't think you are fooling anyone with a modicum of knowledge of the Bible and Religious history by changing the names. It becomes a farce and distracting after awhile.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's so disjointed I'm not sure I can


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I will not be continuing this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Owen Sound, ON, Canada 01-21-07
    Douglas Owen Sound, ON, Canada 01-21-07 Member Since 2015
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    "A good foundation"

    A good book if it willbe the first in a series. That being said if it's meant to stand on it's own it's mildly muddled. I assume, given the description that the main chracter is Nimue. that being said "she" doesn't appear that often and when "she" does it's either for some rather unbelievable action sequence or to suffer a historical dissertation.

    Don't get me wrong, history is important but the relevance of the speches given (or thought) is something that weighs the story down. Unlike where there's a fairly clear dominant main character in the say the Prince Rogers series, this book suffers from too many characters with little or no background to understand thier motivations.

    The book is described as a "sci-fi epic" it's not, it's more a historical military novel with a few sci-fi bits as plot props.

    I really can decide how I feel about it. I'm going to reread it again but at least for the first read-thru I didn't care about any of the characters and the bits of SF that were included are very good concepts but either allow deus ex machina style plotting or add littleif antyhing to move the story forward.

    I suppose it could be arged that SF is a relative term given the planet's tech levels but for my midn that's stretching things a bit.

    18 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-21-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-21-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Off Armageddon Reef"

    This is book one of a new series called Safehold. Safehold is a planet that humans have hid on to seek survival of the human race from destruction. The goal was to stay a low tech world so it would not be seen by the enemy. They set up a religion to control people and a simple society. The story starts from here and was slow to get going but by the end of the book I was hooked and looking forward to the next book. I think I prefer the Honor Harrington series better but they are much different stories.

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    jason United States 01-01-17
    jason United States 01-01-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow and just bad"
    Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Oliver Wyman?

    No, this is my second attempt and he takes for ever talking about
    Every little thing, i dont like political stuff, i like more action


    What was most disappointing about David Weber’s story?

    So slow and just boring


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was doing the best he could with what he had


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Off Armageddon Reef?

    Several all the in depth church politcal stuff , it when i one ear and out the other


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck 12-28-16
    Chuck 12-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book. slow start. a bit gory at battle seens"

    sometimes long detailed descriptions. a little gory for kids at battle seens. interesting story though.

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    Keith T Roussel 12-18-16
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    "Decent"
    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to many books from audible. This one is decent but no where near the best. The concept is interesting and has potential, it is just that it takes a very long time for things to happen. The beginning is interesting, and so is the end, but the middle is just a slog of political maneuvering that is just blah blah blah. A lot of that could have been cut out and replaced with more events.

    Also there is very little suspense. The main character is basically indestructible and wiser than he/she should be. Where is the betrayal? Where are the major setbacks? Where is the fear of a complete failure? The author essentially tells us what is going to happen before it occurs so there is little surprise. The story is amusing but doesn't seize me in the way that the Red Rising series, Mistborn series or Dawn of Wonder does (all of which I HIGHLY recommend).

    Additionally there are too many names used, which is made worse by the fact that many characters have a first and last name that the author uses intermittently. It becomes difficult to remember who is who. So much so that I gave up trying and instead relied upon the content and context of the discussion to figure out at essentially what was happening.

    I not entirely sure if I will continue in the series. It depends on if I run out of better stuff to listen to and on what the reviews are on the following books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    daniel 12-12-16
    daniel 12-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, great narration, mediocre writing"

    So I love the concept and premise of this story, and the story it's self is very compelling and a great journey.

    The Narrator was excellent, at least he was when he wasn't brutally murdering that scottish/Irish accent.

    The writing could have been better. Every major character was known by at least 3 different names (eg first name, last name, king of X, Duke of X etc) and the use of those names was so inconsistent it was amazingly difficult to keep track of who exactly was talking.

    Not to mention, all the ships were named after locations and names that belonged to people and places that the story used all the time, it was often hard to determine if they were talking about a ship or an actual person or a physical location.

    There were also many times where characters would repeat their thoughts 2 or 3 times over the course of a chapter, and it often became tedious with just how often and how detailed the author described a particular characters thoughts. He never left the reader to fill in any gaps, and never let the reader figure out any logic. The characters had to constantly explain everything which just made me feel frustrated that he couldn't trust me to be a smart reader.

    8/10 would recommend to others but won't read again.

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    Amy W 12-06-16
    Amy W 12-06-16 Member Since 2013

    Laughing Books

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    "Characterisation is non existent"

    I have an audio book on at all times when working and I almost always finish books, but this book is the exception. Weber’s Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1 is incredibly tedious as the author engages in world building without including any interesting characters. If you are looking for character driven science fiction, avoid this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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