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.
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©2007 David Weber (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Gripping." (Publishers Weekly)
Open up your eyes young one
I was very impressed with this book. The first thing I did when this audiobook was over was to see if the next book was out. The characters were brought to life so well that I became involved completely into each of them. The story was very unique to me and I would recommend this title to everyone who enjoys a great sci-fi/Middle ages (Yes I did say Middle Ages) story, but be prepared to be listening for a long time. I found myself listening to my ipod rather then watching T.V.
5 Shiny Stars from me.
I must be listnening to a different book than some of these reviewers. This is an excellent work, well written, well plotted and well drawn engaging characters. But, what really was fun for me as a professional historian was the enjoyment of picking out Weber's historical situations. Anything that mixes the Medici Papacy with the Battles of Trafalger and Lepanto in a 16th century setting is just great. Like many other reviewers I can't wait for the sequel. On the other hand I just might get it at Amazon so I don't have to wait.
Great listen with well developed characters and plot. I sure hope there is a sequel because it leaves you wanting more.
I found this book a fun listen. SciFi and Age of Sail Naval battles. A good-ole fashion swashbuckling tale with some sophisticated scientific twists. What more can you ask for? Can't wait for the next installment.
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.
Both the writer & the narrator seem to be of the same mind. I can relate so completely to so much of the book: I'm not a "C"hristian, & can see the clear parallels at work today; I'm a Libertarian & can relate to the socioeconomic struggles that are made so much more difficult by the strictures of the Established Church; I've got an extensive history with the navy, sailing, chemistry, physics, self-defense & as a marine technical service business owner (so the phrases & logic used are clearly accurate: he's plainly gotten his feet wet before!) not to mention I'm also quite familiar with the subtle & ironic twists that switching genders involves: I'm a transsexual. This book was more of a pleasure and a thrill to read than I anticipated... I'm looking right now for the next one... c'mon, there's gotta be a next one! For you I'd do both a sweeping hat's-off bow as well as a full courtsey! WELL DONE!
An Entertaining Listen. I found this book to be very entertaining while not be extraordinary. As far as science fiction is concerned it is one of the better ones I have read recently. I would suggest it for a light read that you go into without expecting the next best novel.
This was my first experience with David Weber, and I was very disappointed. The character development in this novel was minimal, and the narrative was filled with needless technical descriptions. There are so many different characters in this book (with similar sounding names) that it's easy to get confused. Overall, I found this novel remarkably dry and boring. The narrator does his best, but he can't save this book.
Enjoyable, but predictable, with the result - ie clever android with serious tech manipulates a pre-reformation civilization.- never seriously in doubt. If you like the "1632..." series you will like this novel. Characters interesting and my attention was held. Very good narration..
"Actually surprisingly good"
Yeah, it's a decent story, if not a little detail-heavy.
The world is original, the story is gripping and the narrator has quite a nice voice, if not falling down a little with the accents.
The intrigue regarding the real origins of the Safeholdian religion.
WHAT IF YOUR ENTIRE RELIGION WAS A LIE?
If you like sci fi then you'll like the first five minutes of this book , if you like Kings,Bishops,Vicars and that boring stuff then you'll love the rest of this 30 hour book.
Don't waste your time or credits !
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