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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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  • Malcolm
  • Hagensborg, British Columbia, Canada
  • 01-12-07

Good but a little involved

7 hours into it. I chose this title because on its length, I have a long job to do and need the company.
The story idea is facinating, humanity forced back into a pre technological age with an almost invincible alien race searching tirelessly for centuries for any signs of said technology.
However, although many of the ideas presented are well fleshed out, they are perhaps a bit too well fleshed out and I find my mind wandering. I shall without a doubt finish this as I have nothing but time on my hands but although I only ever purchase unabridged versions, this is a book that one wishes to be able to press the "abridge now" button half way through.

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