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Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0765315009
Date: 09 January, 2007 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The worlds of humanity's far-flung civilization have been eradicated one by one by the Gbaba, an implacable alien race known for its xenophobic hostility and its apparently unchanging technology. A desperate gamble has seeded one tiny world--Safehold--with a "hidden" colony, where the human race may have a chance at survival. The problem is, ill-conceived behavior control and social engineering has left this reborn humanity stifled and creatively sterile, frozen at a technology level akin to the High Middle Ages.

But that's all going to change, if a survivor of the colony fleet and a bold young prince have their way.

From official release/information:

Book Description: Here is the saga of humanity, reduced by an implacable alien enemy to a single colony on the distant world of Safehold. To avoid broadcasting to the enemy the signals of an industrial civilization, the human rulers of Safehold have taken an extraordinary measure: with mind control and hidden high technology, theyve built a religion in which every Safeholdian believes, a religion designed to keep Safehold society medieval forever. There was disagreement about the wisdom and justice of this course. The dissenters were ruthlessly eliminated. Centuries have passed. Now, in a hidden chamber on Safehold, an android awakensa rebirth set in motion centuries before. A rebirth that will provide the only remaining humans with their last chance to learn the truthand rejoin the universe. It will be a tremendous undertaking. It will be a story of deception and ignorance, freedom and tyranny, and the liberating power of the truth. A multiple New York Times bestseller, regularly compared to SF greats like Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, David Weber is Baen Books bestselling author. Off Armageddon Reef is his first novel for Tor, and his most ambitious work ever. His previous novels of military SF have been bestsellersbut with Off Armageddon Reef, Weber joins the small number of SF authors writing for a truly broad general audience, telling tales not of high-tech machinery but of human beings, struggling for the things for which humans have always fought: survival, happiness, understanding, a better life for their children, and the truth.

(Source: Tor Books)

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