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Off Armageddon Reef (2007)

de David Weber

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Séries: Safehold (1)

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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

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.
800 years pass. In a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android from the far human past awakens. This android, Merlin, emerges into Safeholdian society to begin the process of provoking technological progress, which the Church of God Awaiting has worked for centuries to prevent. To conceal his formidable powers he finds a base of operations in Charis, a mid-sized kingdom with a talent for naval warfare, where 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.
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It was soooo good at the beginning. And then the last 1/3 became a giant naval battle in which Weber constantly describes things like top gallants and reefed sails. I get it. He likes sailing. And naval fiction. And historically accurate battles. And gruesome depictions of cannonballs. The characters were interesting (if a bit engaging) and the world building was neat (if a bit heavy on the, as my friend called it, "spiritual but not religious" soapbox. Over and over and over again...) but the last third or so really wore me out. Don't get me wrong, Weber writes very well and I enjoyed reading the book. I'd also be interested to see where the story goes but not if I have to read endless chapters about lee shores and mizzen masts. An interesting concept that sort of disappeared as a thin excuse for writing sci-fi naval fiction. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Off Armageddon Reef has a fascinating premise. From an outside perspective, the story is science fiction. It takes place centuries in the future after humanity has nearly been wiped out by an advanced alien threat. To preserve what's left, a human colony is set up at a much lower tech level (roughly 15th century?) and left to its own devices. A global religion reminiscent of the Catholic Church is set up to encourage control and keep this colony from advancing too far. Unbeknownst to some, an android¹--who goes by Merlin²--was also left with the colony and wakes up hundreds of years later and takes it in their mind to overthrow the aforementioned Church.

Sounds really cool, yes?

Unfortunately, after the prologue (which is set before the colony--Safehold--is set up), the book doesn't actually feel much like science fiction or even fantasy. Rather it feels like an alternate history set in the early Age of Sail. Some of the things Merlin does hint at the underlying SciFi roots, but other than that, it's a completely different sort of book. If you want to read that sort of book, perhaps you'll like this one. Not what I was looking for though.

On top of that, the middle half of the book is very slow. Honestly, you could probably cut 80% of it and have what could have been a much stronger book. The prologue and the battles in the last 25% are intense. The rest... takes a while.

Overall, cool idea; not the best book I've ever read. So it goes.

¹ It's more complicated than that, but that's good enough for a review.
² Not even kidding. And Merlin's original mind comes from Nimune. King Authur much? ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Another boiling pot from my favorite space opera cook! Warning though.. His books are getting a bit, errr.. long. Things that used to take a few paragraphs are starting to take chapters. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
Everyone snorts and chuckles constantly. It gets annoying fast. The later books gets better though. ( )
  dahoon | Mar 26, 2020 |
Interesting mix of sci-fi n medival times. Strong storyline that moves at a steady pace. ( )
  pikaia280 | Mar 22, 2020 |
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This series is closer to fantasy than the overtly science fictional Honor Harrington series, but they are both Napoleonic in their different ways. Those for whom this is a plus will find a great deal to enjoy here. It’s a lot of fun—and seeing the mechanics of how the universe has been wound up is part of what makes it fun, even if it does have me muttering that some people really will do anything to justify writing a Napoleonic sea-battle
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

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.
800 years pass. In a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android from the far human past awakens. This android, Merlin, emerges into Safeholdian society to begin the process of provoking technological progress, which the Church of God Awaiting has worked for centuries to prevent. To conceal his formidable powers he finds a base of operations in Charis, a mid-sized kingdom with a talent for naval warfare, where 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 David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef is going to be the can't-miss Sci-Fi epic of the decade.

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