Off Armageddon Reef : Safehold

  • by David Weber
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: Safehold
  • 30 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Humanity is in hiding. Invention, progress, change...all are forbidden. Now it's time to change all that. The science-fiction epic of the decade begins here. When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.
Eight centuries later, a commander from that Expedition, Nimue Alban, woke up in a cave on a planet called Safehold. She was surprised to discover that the fanatic administrators of Operation Ark had used mind-control techniques to create a false, brutally suppressive religion whose entire purpose was to forbid invention and innovation forever.
But a tiny fraction within Operation Ark's leadership remembered the truth and believed in human dignity and freedom. They've given Nimue Alban a carefully hidden cache of technology and the capabilities of the android body in which her memories, loves, hopes, and dreams live on. Now it's her job to somehow provoke the technological progress and freedom of thought and belief that the Church of God Awaiting has worked centuries to crush.


What the Critics Say

"Gripping." ( Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Amusing Yarn

Enjoyable, but predictable, with the result - ie clever android with serious tech manipulates a pre-reformation civilization.- never seriously in doubt. If you like the "1632..." series you will like this novel. Characters interesting and my attention was held. Very good narration..
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- Mary K.

Amazing, just amazing

The story, reading and just everything about this book and the world's within it are captivating and awe inspiring.

100% recommended.
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- Shaun

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-12-2006
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio