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Like a Mighty Army (Safehold) Hardcover – February 18, 2014

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Book 7 of 9 in the Safehold Series

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David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon and the author of the Safehold series, including By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed and A Mighty Fortress. 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. His other top-selling science fiction novels include Out of the Dark, 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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Product Details

  • Series: Safehold (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1St Edition edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321565
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (534 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you read Weber because you love long, exquisitely detailed, excruciatingly descriptive passages describing mayhem and massacre, then you'll love this book.

If you read Weber because you enjoy the characters he creates, you'll be disappointed by this book.

There is very little in the way of character development in this installment in the series, and we don't even get to interact much with already established characters.

I'm not sorry I bought the book, but I am getting tired of the series not really moving forward much. All that happens in this installment is that the Good Guys' army hits back at the Bad Guys' army. We don't move any closer to finding out about what's lurking under the Temple. We don't find out anything new about the orbital bombardment system. We don't escalate, or even examine much, let alone resolve, the growing conflict in the group of four. Absolutely no action is taken toward developing the technology needed to hit back at the Gbaba.

And, of course, the naming conventions have become more than merely tedious.

Mr. Weber, enough already. If you're going to write books that are more than six hundred pages long, you really need to move things along.
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Okay, I liked this series (Safehold) when it started. However, for the last couple of books, the series has entered Middle Book Syndrome. This occurs in the middle book of a trilogy when it lacks the first book's originality and the last book's satisfying conclusion. Nothing of any real consequence happens in this book! Plot is not advanced, discoveries are not made, nothing is resolved. There were a few moderately interesting events buried in this pile of words, but it was a chore to get to them.

I saw this happen in The Wheel of Time series and hated it. I don't know if I can last to the end of this series.
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I really wanted to like this book. I loved books 1-4 in the series, and I even liked (but didn't quite love) book 5. However, when book 6 started with an excruciatingly detailed description of the manipulations of the sails in a 100+ page naval battle, and the primary summary of what happened to advance the plot was "Nothing," I started to lose patience. I really hoped that this would be the book that would get the series back on track.

Alas, 'twas not to be. The series that I fell in love with is a series about the determination to triumph over tyranny, and about the marvels of introducing technology to those who have never seen it, and about a celebration of the fact that one person _can_ make a difference.

The series that this has become is about military logistics, and geography, and more sails, and about an endless series of yddly nymed chyrycters whose sole purpose in the book is often just to die. And, at the rate the series is going, Weber would have to live to be the oldest person on the planet in order for us ever to see the fall of Mother Church.

After I read the first book, this series went on my "Buy unseen on the day of release" list. Unfortunately, after this book, it has to come off that list. I'd like to start liking (and buying) future books in the series, I really would. But I'm going to need some reassurance that something actually _happens_ in those books before I buy them.
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I've waded through all of the books in this series and I've finally reached a point when I want to scream Enough!!! The book claims to be 673 pages long but that's only if you include the appendix.The actual story ends around page 585. If you edit the story down to information that moves the plot, it drops to under 200 pages. The rest of the book is filler and while some people really enjoy Mr. Weber's research and attention to detail, I find it maddening. The only way I could get through the book was to skim over his descriptive passages to find the meat of the story. The POV continually changes as we follow the action in multiple arenas on Safehold and you'll be subjected to more detail than you ever wanted or needed to know about the development of revolvers, cannon rifling, land mines, ship building and a myriad of other topics. I understand the need to do the research in order to make the tale more realistic, I just think that shoving it down our throats thinly disguised as part of the story disrupted the flow and bored me comatose..This book ends on a cliffhanger and we have no hope that the next book will see an end to this series, Merlin and crew have stated that once Safehold is secure, the idea is to take the war to the Gbaba. It could go on for decades at this rate.
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I have nearly every one of Weber's books and have them in hardback so i can feel the heft But when it takes 66 pages (!) to list his characters in the series "heft" suddenly becomes insufficient.to describe the sprawl. In the early volumes Harold and Caleb (gosh - two vowels in his name - how did that one get past Weber's impossibly unreadable naming convention?) were well realized but by now Caleb and his Empress just show up now and then to provide exposition. In this volume there is no central character and as the other reviewers have noted the back and forth POV along with the inability to recognize a name at first glance result in the reader being lost in the pages, lost in the geography of Safehold, perhaps lost in space.......

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Honor Harrington novels (although the cute naming conventions are distracting. "Rob S. Pierre"? Get a grip David). But it is long past time for the good guys to track the Mesa Alignment to their lair and nuke them till they glow and move on.

Lots of action in this book but repetitive and ultimately failing to keep the reader's attention. Mr. Weber's editor needs to start earning his money and remind his author that it is easy to write at length but hard to write concisely and with focus but the result is much better writing.
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