I'm a big fan of Weber's Honor Harrington series and will listen to his Safehold series. This will join Prince Roger as a don't bother if there are any more installments effort.
The story starts out fine and maintains a good momentum for about 2/3 of the book. It's not great, but compared to the typical SF it holds it's own. Then when things seem hopeless a savior comes and fixes all the problems. What a cop-out.
I agree with the comments about the ending of the book, it seemed a bit rushed to me. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and hope that the story will go on. With an ending as 'abrupt' as this I think most readers will agree, there better be a sequel. So much left to fill in and develop.
If you're going to throw in the kind of twist that David Weber does in this novel, you better do it well. I'll be honest ... I think Weber could have done it a little better this time. This novel has all the Weber trademarks, so expect expansive detail ... on weapons, socio-political dynamics, and the very nature of man. If you're paying attention (to various reviews and the novel's description), and you're more of the "hard sci-fi" reader, you might want to steer clear. On the other hand, if a bit of supernatural fits comfortably enough in your own sci-fi world view, I say go for it. I get the impression (from various sci-fi sites) that this was intended as the jump-off point for a new series; given Weber's history, it's what I would expect. I hope so ... it would be an intriguing premise and certainly worth exploring. If not, the novel works well enough as a stand-alone tale. If you like Weber's previous work (particular some of his non-Honorverse novels)--and you can handle the supernatural twist--Out of the Dark is a pretty good read.
A good invasion S/F military story with a neat ending. I liked it all. I mean, if you buy space invaders, whats the problem with buying an old school gothic ending. I wish there could be a continuation as a series
I purchased the hard cover of this book and was looking forward to hearing it. Unfortunately the reader sounds like he's trying to lick the mike and gargle at the same time. The book, very detailed, delves in background at first and then hones in to the finish. Although some may think the finish isn't the best, I found it quite enjoyable. If you want to put up with a very, very, poor reader, this book is quite enjoyable.
I really like this book, however after going back and rechecking did not really see much hinting as to how it was going to end, besides one scene which really made sense to it. Definitely worth a credit, would really like to see this turn into a series. I am a big fan of Weber so seeing how this will resolve will be great. now only if we can get the rest of the Safehold and Honorverse off cliffhangers.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
As usual a great MilFi book by one of the great scfi authors today. Highly recommend the book. The ending got a little silly as he wrote himself into a corner and worse didnt explain it in his usual style. Ok ok so we got vampires, rrriiight now give me a scfi explaintion - not - . . . . . and dracula ate all the aliens and saved the world.
But still definately worth a read.
Memorable book. Shows signs of having been "upwritten" from a shorter work. Nasty aliens, heroic Earthlings, and a well-telegraphed surprise ending which is anticipated in the book's title. Not Weber's best, but even his second best is pretty good.
I almost didn't get this book due to the reviews about the ending. I actually enjoyed the ending a lot. I read a lot of these types of books and the way he did this ending was a different take on it. I like to see well written items that surprise me.