Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber

Science Fiction is what I found in my Mixed Book Bag today.

I can’t imagine anyone who reads Science Fiction not recognizing the name David Weber. David is the author of the best selling Honor Harrington series. Off Armageddon Reef published by Tor in 2007 is the first book in a new series.

This universe is very different from others created by David Weber. Humans have run into a group of aliens who can find and wipe out any species that possess high technology. In an effort to survive several groups run and attempt to hide. One group arrives on Safehold and the leaders set up The Church of God Awaiting to control the use of any technology that would betray human presence. All memory is wiped from the colonists who awaken knowing only that they must follow Church proscribed laws. These laws keep allowed technology at the wind and waterpower level.

After 800 years the cybernetic avatar of Nimue Alban awakens and realizes that the enforced ignorance of the people must be changed. Women in this society have little power so she takes a male form and arrives in Charis, the most freethinking of the kingdoms on Safehold. Taking the name Merlin she sets about to help with the change needed.

The book is filled with wonderful characters, great action and suspense. Nothing is black and white. People change sides, alliances come and go, and the plot continues to build.

Off Armageddon Reef is the first book in this series. The second, By Schism Rent Asunder was published in 2008. The third By Heresies Distressed is due out in July of 2009.

Read Off Armageddon Reef and enjoy a great new series by David Weber.

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