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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; Reprint edition (Aug. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076536381X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765363817
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.7 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Gripping…. Shifting effortlessly between battles among warpspeed starships and among oarpowered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole.”
--Publishers Weekly, starred review on Off Armageddon Reef

About the Author

David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington and Honorverse novels—including Mission of Honor, At All Costs, and Torch of Freedom—are New York Times bestsellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He is also the author of the Safehold series, including Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed and A Mighty Fortress. His other top-selling science fiction novels include the Dahak books and the Multiverse books, written with Linda Evans. He has also created an epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, including We Few. His novels have regularly been Main Selections of the Science Fiction Book Club. Weber has a bachelor’s degree from Warren Wilson College, and attended graduate school in history at Appalachian State University. He lives in South Carolina.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doug on Oct. 18 2010
Format: Hardcover
Now generally I am a huge fan of David Weber's work. But this particular novel left me a little flat. First I thought that the loss of most of humanity happened too far "off-camera" and I wasn't pleased by the way Vampires only showed up at the last minute to save the day. Now I haven't checked to see if this was just a first novel in a series, which would serve to lessen the problems somewhat. To me it seemed that you have a standard Sci-Fi military novel here that has been written into a corner tactically, perhaps an earlier unfinished novel, that is then hastily resurrected by grafting on a left field solution.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SteveE on Jan. 16 2011
Format: Hardcover
David Weber must have been under a short deadline, or else he listened to a junior editor who said, "Hey, vampires are all the rage right now - why don't you write some into your next book?" Either that, or this was a leftover manuscript from his early days, that he dredged out of the bottom drawer of his desk to help pay the bills. The writing is turgid, the characters wooden and uninteresting, and the action repetitive. The aliens are underdeveloped and not particularly believable. And the ending....

When I had about 50 pages left to read it was obvious that the human race was going to be finished off, for good. And then, "poof", magical vampires appear who then go on to save the day. Deus ex machina, indeed!

Note to David: If I wanted a vampire book, I would have bought one! I expected a well-crafted military SF novel, and instead got some apocalyptic fantasy dreck.

I'd like my money back. Furthermore, I will not be in a big hurry to buy another Weber, at least not without checking with somebody who has already read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Vaillancourt on Nov. 10 2010
Format: Hardcover
Weber missed the boat with this one. Usually his science and technology is spot on, his writing style generally quite competent, his character evelopment weak - but forgiveable if he gets everything else right, and his plot resolution excellent. However, Out of the Dark falls short on all fronts. Technologically speaking, why did he completely omit all reference to military surface ships or, in particular, to nuclear submarines loaded with Miniteman nukes and other things which go boom, many of which must some been somewhere other than in port. His characters were one dimensional (at best), his writing style somewhat turgid, and his plot resolution - which relied upon the ancient Greek playwrite's deus ex machina technique of having the gods step in to resolve human issues - unexpectedly lapsed into the purest of fantasy. This latter fault was both offensive and a discredit to his regualar readers. He needs, and can, do better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Podo on Jan. 27 2012
Format: Hardcover
Like many others, I got caught up in David Weber's Honor Harrington series but for the last few years his quality has been declining both in his solo and colaborative works. Still Weber could write decent action sequences to compensate for increasingly weak plots and two dimensional charaters. Out of The Dark continues his decline in plot and character development with none of the taunt action that have been Weber's recent saving grace. Some have described the book as a weapons manual with its totally mind numbing technical detail and I can only concur. His earlist books had bad guys you could relate to which added to the tension of the story, here we have bad "puppies" with all the complexity of character development you would expect of a mutt, unfortunately the good guys are equally as flat. Finally what can you say about the story itself other than where the hell was the editor??!! Honest to god, vampires??? The publisher knew this was a rip off that would sell books only due to novels written a decade ago. The same story was written by Harry Turtledove in his Worldwar tetralogy but there the characters had some depth, the plot was interesting and the action crisp.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James E. Rosso on Oct. 5 2011
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy the "humans are not the pushovers you expected" genre of alien invasion/contact novels and I DID enjoy the first 4/5ths of this book, especially the writing from the POV of the aliens. And given what was going on with the aliens vs. human tech, i fully expected the humans who had access to the teaching machines to be able to do something about the orbiting starships.
But no, instead we get ... Vampires?
Deus ex machina indeed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bolianbob on Nov. 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a big Weber fan, I am not used to such a huge miss as 'Out of the Dark.' It literally takes a physical effort to read--let alone finish--this book. The characters are so completely flat and boring, I have absolutely no interest in their plight. I couldn't care if they all die for pete's sake. Ironically, the only character that has some sway over me is the Vamp; and let me tell you how disappointed I was when I heard that Weber was introducing that 'beloved' genre element to this book. The plot is utterly boring; I feel like I am reading a weapons manual. I really don't care how big a MI-whatever is, or what kind of rifle does this, or blah blah. Just tell me it goes boom and that will be that. Very disappointed with this book. I hope he does not attempt to create a series out of this story
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By McBagpipes on Oct. 22 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was so excited to get the hardcover edition as soon as I saw it. The book starts off very well but soon becomes repetitive in fighting scenes. David Weber has been one of my top 3 authors for a long time and I have read all his books with my the Starfire series being my favorite. I was really disappointed in the last 1/5 of this book and would have stopped reading once the end became obvious if I hadn't been so far. I have every reason to expect more after such fantastic previous books but in this case the plot is weak and then just gets silly.
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