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The Resource Off Armageddon Reef, David Weber

Off Armageddon Reef, David Weber

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Off Armageddon Reef
Title
Off Armageddon Reef
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David Weber
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Language
eng
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Storyline
Review
  • /*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. -- Roland Green (Reviewed 12-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 8, p31)
  • /* Starred Review */ Weber (At All Costs ) launches an epic series with this gripping far-future saga, which springboards off the near-destruction of humanity in a massive war with the alien 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. 15-city author tour. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 27, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 47, p36)
  • /* Starred Review */ By the 24th century, the alien Gbaba Empire has nearly destroyed the human race. Only a small survivor colony remains on the world of Safehold. Reduced to a pretechnological level to avoid detection from their enemies, the people have abandoned Arabic numerals, higher mathematics, and the written records of their true past, substituting a false history to prevent a resurgence of technology and, eventually, space travel. Now it is time for a change, but only a few have a chance at uncovering the truth. 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. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed December 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 20, p115)
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149486
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DLC
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1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weber, David
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Safehold series
Series volume
0001
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Space warfare
Target audience
adult
Label
Off Armageddon Reef, David Weber
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Note
  • Maps on lining papers
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
618589
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
605 pages
Isbn
9780765315007
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006025838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765315007
  • (OCoLC)70867041
Label
Off Armageddon Reef, David Weber
Link
Publication
Note
  • Maps on lining papers
  • "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
618589
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
605 pages
Isbn
9780765315007
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006025838
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765315007
  • (OCoLC)70867041

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