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By Schism Rent Asunder by David Weber
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Aug 04, 09

bookshelves: science-fiction-and-fantasy
Read in July, 2008

"By Schism..." is the first of what looks like being several sequels to Weber's "Off Armageddon Reef". Similar to S.M. Stirling and David Drake's "The General" series, the basic plot set-up is guided recovery from a fall from interstellar civilization back to (in this book) a Middle Ages level of technology. In this case, the guide is an android with the personality of a pre-Fall military officer, and the Fall was intentional in order to hide from an alien race intent upon genocide.

As always with Weber the writing is superb, the characters well-delineated and full of life, and the plot sufficiently complex. You'd be well advised to read (or re-read) "Armageddon" before starting this one.

It's a great book... go and read it as soon as possible!
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