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Off Armageddon Reef: A Novel in the Safehold Series (#1) Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2008
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“Off Armageddon Reef shows David Weber at the top of his game.” ―David Drake
“Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.” ―Dave Duncan
“Strongly recommended.” ―SFRevu.com
“Marvelously entertaining…Very good news for our reading future!” ―Vernor Vinge
“Weber has done it once again.” ―Starlog
“Weber launches an epic series with this gripping far-future saga, which springboards off the near-destruction of humanity in a massive war with the Gbaba. The survivors of the human race retreat to the planet Safehold, where they sacrifice basic human rights--and an accurate memory of the Gbaba--for the preservation of the species. The colony's founders psychologically program the colonists to prevent the re-emergence of scientific inquiry, higher mathematics or advanced technology, which the Gbaba would detect and destroy. Centuries later, cultural stagnation on this feudal but thriving planet is enforced by the all-powerful Church of God Awaiting. But one kingdom--with the aid of the war's last survivor, a cybernetic avatar that awakens to reinvent itself as a man named Merlin Athrawes--risks committing the ultimate heresy. Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“In his first book for Tor, the author of the popular Honor Harrington novels embarks on a new SF epic of cultural evolution and humanity's need to conquer the unknown. Rich backgrounds and vivid characters combine to make this series opener a priority purchase for SF collections.” ―Library Journal , starred review
“Earth has been destroyed by an alien invasion, and survivors are clinging to a precarious and primitive existence on a planet they have named Safehold. But they are divided into two major factions: a theocratic church opposed to all technological progress, and a secular class of aristocrats and merchants who support not only technology but expanding the habitable area of Safehold. There are factions and internal conflicts on both sides, and each has infiltrated the other. A good many of the book's main players are seafarers and naval officers, and they sail Safehold's seas in ships that Horatio Hornblower might find familiar. They are drawn as well as one expects of Weber, although they are so numerous that, despite the appended cast list, readers may feel mnemonically challenged. Staunch Weber fans may be disappointed by the lack of any Safehold life-form as irresistibly charming as the treecats of the Honorverse (the world of his space-faring heroine Honor Harrington). Safehold's abundant pelagic life is mostly predatory and sometimes outright deadly, and its land dwellers are only slightly cuddlier. Altogether, there is enough conflict to allow a natural storyteller like Weber to make a large, splendid novel that opens another saga. The saga being Weber's form of choice and high achievement, hopes for the rest of it are definitely elevated.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Fantastic in every sense of the word--the kind of book that makes you sit back and think about this reality that we call life. Who can ask for more than that? While devouring this book, I kept finding myself drawn back to Walter Miller's amazing A Canticle for Leibowitz. Off Armageddon Reef has that same kind of introspective power, wrapped in a compelling story and with characters I grew to love.” ―R. A. Salvatore
“David Weber is the master of scope, and Off Armageddon Reef is breathtaking in scope of characters, scope of its universe, and scope of time.… Weber masterfully weaves a ferocious amount of vision into a story that is surprisingly easy to read and (not surprisingly) hard to put down.” ―Elizabeth Haydon
About the Author
David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon and the author of the Safehold series, including By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed and A Mighty Fortress. His popular Honor Harrington and Honorverse novels―including Mission of Honor, At All Costs, and Torch of Freedom―are New York Times bestsellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. His other top-selling science fiction novels include Out of the Dark, the Dahak books and the Multiverse books, written with Linda Evans. He has also created an epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, including We Few. His novels have regularly been Main Selections of the Science Fiction Book Club. Weber has a bachelor's degree from Warren Wilson College, and attended graduate school in history at Appalachian State University. He lives in South Carolina.
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Things I like about this first book:
* Good pace and action
* Interesting characters, though as usual, his villains are less well developed than his heroes.
* Interesting premise
* Relatively few "Weber Moments" of lengthy digression
Thing I really didn't like: the VERY annoying names of characters. Weber has chosen to use standard North American names, but spelled phonetically as strangely as possible. It does nothing to improve the story, but just annoys the heck out of anyone trying to read the thing. I admit, I was sorely tempted to open the book up in Calibre's new editor and do a bunch of global search and replaces.
Overall, an excellent and promising first book in the series.
Weber has a facility with words, and the artistic telling of complex stories that I have not seen since my ultimate favorite Isaac Asimov. The battles are great, the pace is quick but not frantic, and the story is compelling. The characters have a deep and useful foundation.
I'm very pleased with the re-read of the book.
While writing a novel of this scope, mixing high text sf with 18th century naval battles, is no easy task yet Weber accomplishes this and so much more. The world building in this novel is on par with any of the greats, Tolkien and Jordan, etc., and if you're not into that sort of thing, it may slow the pace of the book down a bit, but I found it to enhance and enrich the plot.
The characters are likeable and believable. While the spelling of the names takes some getting used to (in some cases Z=J), they are all original and add to the delight of discovering the world.
The action is highly reminiscent of Horatio Hornblower and other novels set in Britain's 18t century Navy, with quite a bit of the Reformation thrown in for good measure. And we can't quite forget the overarching threat of the complete extinction of the human race.
An excellent novel, although wordy, I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of historical naval fiction, intrigue, sf, and "world building" novels. This is a genre (and mind) bending novel!
Weber is a compulsive spinner of plot lines and of sufficiently credible characters that compel the suspension of disbelief. So I've gone along for the ride and enjoyed virtually all the books in his "universes". I await the next installment of the Safehold saga, though I fear that I may not live long enough to enjoy that eventual volume when humanity again confronts the Gbaba!
Some readers' reviews of the various novels have expressed impatience with the periodic stretches of exposition (often via dialog) about politics, the evolution of military technology and tactics, and religion, that set up the subsequent bursts of action. But I find that the motivations and belief systems of the characters enrich the matrix within which the action occurs.