Off Armageddon Reef

Title: Off Armageddon Reef
Author: David Weber
Genre: SF
Ranking: Poor
LibraryThing: Title:Off Armageddon Reef ISBN:978-0-7653-5397-9 (Add Book)
Read: 2008-09-10

Earth is dead. Humanity is hiding. Invention, progress, change... are all forbidden. It's time to change all that.


This brings together a number of themes and motifs that Weber has used in his earlier work:

  • Female officer in a space-navy as the main protagonist (Path of the Fury, Honor Harrington)
  • protagonist has more-than-human powers (Path of the Fury)
  • bringing archaic technology to an even more backwards society (1632 series)
  • the interaction of technology and military strategy and tactics (1632 series, Honor Harrington)
  • politics and plotting (Honor Harrington, 1632 series)
  • the interference of an oppressive church with much temporal power (1632 series)
  • a "good" monarch (Honor Harrington, 1632 series)

I guess Weber set up the scenario so that he could play with his favourite ideas.

Unfortunately, the pace was so slow-moving that I couldn't keep up the momentum. I got about half way through the thick tome and gave up.