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
"Gripping." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
Great listen with well developed characters and plot. I sure hope there is a sequel because it leaves you wanting more.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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