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Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1 | [David Weber]

Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

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.
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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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    "Good book, a little detail heavy"

    I loved the start and I'm looking forward to the sequels. I could have done with less painful detail about sailing. I love when authors paint a visual picture but I'm not that interested in having them paint operating instructions.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 04-29-08
    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 04-29-08 Member Since 2015

    Open up your eyes young one

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    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.

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    Corey voorhees, FL, USA 03-16-08
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    "Tought to get into but then riviting"

    The book was a little tough to get into but after the first few chapters you couldn't put it down. I can't wait for many more

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    Carl Oregon City, OR, USA 02-01-08
    Carl Oregon City, OR, USA 02-01-08
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    "I really liked it"

    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.

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    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.

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    Lars 07-24-07
    Lars 07-24-07 Member Since 2015

    Long time book listener on the left coast. I work outside and spend many hours per day with a good book in my ear. Love Science, History, and above all Science Fiction/Fantasy.

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    "Very Good Weber"

    The Genre of this new series from David Weber is similar to the March Upcountry Series, which after avoiding 'March Upcountry' for a long time, I picked up the book, then never stopped listening to the whole series. The McClintock series was wonderful, and so was this. Some high tech, then lots of low tech made better. Fun Stuff. Very good character development, and just darn good adventure. I highly recommend it.
    I can't wait for the next.

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    Michael Pleasant View, UT, USA 07-03-07
    Michael Pleasant View, UT, USA 07-03-07 Member Since 2015
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    Great listen with well developed characters and plot. I sure hope there is a sequel because it leaves you wanting more.

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    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 06-13-07
    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 06-13-07 Member Since 2001

    Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.

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    "Excellent"

    I've noticed a theme with many of David Weber's books - futuristic military man (or woman) goes back to the past and amazes the natives with his obvious tweaks to their technology, and remakes their world in his / her image, damn the "Prime Directive".

    That being said, this is one of the more interesting versions of that yarn, and very focussed on naval warfare - which actually takes place in water rather than space for once in his books. There's a strange sexual tension running through the book, as the main character is really a woman, pretending to be a man, advising a good-looking young prince. Its never really explored, and the book is really begging for a sequel. Its a promising beginning and incorporates many different cultural themes. I'm eagerly awaiting the next one!

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    Phil Naperville, Illinois USA 05-26-07
    Phil Naperville, Illinois USA 05-26-07 Member Since 2003
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    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.

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    Kevin Cincinnati, OH, USA 05-19-07
    Kevin Cincinnati, OH, USA 05-19-07 Member Since 2005
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    "New Classic Weber"

    Great story with a great future series potential. The premiss gives you a set of conflicts that will need to be resolved in that series but only the hints at possible resolution paths for those future plot lines. Key plot elements within this story resolve out very well and give you a good ability to suspend belief. Just what you expect from classic David Weber. On the audio presentation side I was pleased by the presentation and am on my second listen already.

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