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Off Armageddon Reef
by David Weber
Publisher: Tor Books

Earth is dead. Humanity is hiding.
Invention, progress, change. . . all are forbidden.
Now it's time to change all that.

The science fiction epic of the decade begins here.

Humanity pushed its way to the stars—and encountered the Gbaba, a ruthless alien race that nearly wiped us out.

Earth and her colonies are now smoldering ruins, and the few survivors have fled to distant, Earth-like Safehold, to try to rebuild. But the Gbaba can detect the emissions of an industrial civilization, so the human rulers of Safehold have taken extraordinary measures: with mind control and hidden high technology, they've built a religion in which every Safeholdian believes, a religion designed to keep Safehold society medieval forever.

Eight hundred years pass. In a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android from the far human past awakens. This "rebirth" was set in motion centuries before, by a faction that opposed shackling humanity with a concocted religion. Via automated recordings, "Nimue"—or, rather, the android with the memories of Lieutenant Commander Nimue Alban—is told her fate: she will emerge into Safeholdian society, suitably disguised, and begin the process of provoking the technological progress which the Church of God Awaiting has worked for centuries to prevent. 

Nothing about this will be easy. To better deal with a medieval society, "Nimue" takes a new gender and a new name, "Merlin." His formidable powers and access to caches of hidden high technology will need to be carefully concealed. And he'll need to find a base of operations, a Safeholdian country that's just a little more freewheeling, a little less orthodox, a little more open to the new.

And thus Merlin comes to Charis, a mid-sized kingdom with a talent for naval warfare. He plans to make the acquaintance of King Haarahld and Crown Prince Cayleb, and maybe, just maybe, kick off a new era of invention. Which is bound to draw the attention of the Church�and, inevitably, lead to war.

It's going to be a long, long process. And it's going to be the can't-miss SF epic of the decade.

About the Author

David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington novels are New York Times bestsellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers, and his novels have regularly been Main Selections of the Science Fiction Book Club.

In addition to the Honor Harrington series, he has written many top-selling science fiction novels, including Mutineers' Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, Heirs of Empire, and Path of the Fury. Weber has also begun a top-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, with four novels so far: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars, and We Few. His novels of the adventures of the Bahzell—Oath of Swords, The War God's Own, and Wind Rider's Oath, another New York Times bestseller—have proven that Weber is equally a master of epic fantasy adventure. He lives in South Carolina.

Published: 1/1/2007
SKU: 0765315009
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1. Edward L on 7/25/2016, said:

as said before, this is an extended rerun of the Mutineer's Moon series. The beest part iis thhe liveliest charactoors Weber has ever written. The worst part is it's now only available as a DRM bound thing restrictrd to the lame readers Apple, Amazon & Google have foisted on us BUT, fortunately there is a good supply in the used book stores . . . thank you Half Price Books !
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2. David on 7/16/2016, said:

I'm just finishing "By Schism Rent Asunder" Book 2 in the series. It's VERY hard to put down and VERY hard to not read ahead. If you need a good read while waiting for your wife to find those perfect whatevers, this is for you. Gotta love that Kindle!
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3. Michael on 11/23/2012, said:

Taking the B-plot from book 3 of the Heirs of Empire, add "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," a Ridiculously Human Robot and stir.

You come up with one of Weber's Best. Get the whole series.
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4. Chad on 11/18/2012, said:

I did enjoy this and have started the second book, but couldn't help seeing echos of "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" though most of the book. Maybe I am the only old fart that has read both books? Still, a good read though I purchased it from another ebook site.
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5. Andrew on 6/18/2012, said:

Got me addicted!
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6. Bradley on 3/14/2012, said:

The first book the the absolutely BRILLIANT Safehold series. I absolutely LOVE it, and I've read it several times - ditto for each book in the series. MUCH more engaging that "Heirs of Empire" to which it's compared due to the similarity of the worlds and religions, but radically different in scope and the type and scale of warfare. I even like the infodumps in this series, as they are almost never repetitive and advance the plot. The characters - both heroes and villains are very well developed and are not just good/evil or black/white - ok, Clyntahn has no redeeming values! I just hope Weber lives long enough to finish the 8+ books the series will take to finish! I wish Baen had published it instead of Tor, but it came down to finances and Baen had spent as much on Weber's works as they could at the time he pitched the series to them. Baen understands ebook sales, Tor doesn't. Still a fantastic series. I read the excerpts on the Weber forums voraciously as they're released, and I can't wait for each novel to be published. I almost wish he'd put Honor Harrington on hold and just finish Safehold!
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7. LeeAnn on 2/12/2012, said:

As always, a good story from Mr. Weber. I finally got it out of a bargain bin and read it. If the $18 ebook price on Baen was an experiment, I hope it was a failure. I could get a Kindle version on Amazon for $7.99. I didn't because I HATE DRM and it just seems wrong. I guess I'll get the next book from the library--or the bargain bin. Sorry Mr. Weber, but I'm just not going to pay $18 for a book.
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8. Reginald on 5/5/2011, said:

A bold epic story that makes one look at how organized religion can be used to influence and control society. It makes the Renaissance period of Earth seem more understandable with many of their misconceptions. It is more than a misconception when it is a deliberate lie, as is fostered upon humanity in this gripping saga.
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9. Kenny on 9/28/2010, said:

I found it hard to keep up with all of the characters and stories running in parallel. And not enough action. Nevertheless David Weber is still one of my favorite authors.

And if you go to the Macmillan.com or use the iBooks app (Apple), the ebook is $2.99!
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10. Charlie on 8/3/2010, said:

Long winded, but an interesting concept. But TOR needs to get a clue about eBooks!
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