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A Mighty Fortress Audiobook

A Mighty Fortress: Safehold Series, Book 4

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Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Not yet even thirty years old, he’s won the most crushing naval victories in human history. He’s smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold, and they’ve turned Charis into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom.

Their success may prove short-lived. The Church of God Awaiting, which controls most of Safehold, has decreed their destruction. Mother Church’s entire purpose is to prevent the very things to which Charis is committed. Since the first attempt to crush the heretics failed, the Church has no choice but to adopt some of the hated Charisian innovations for themselves. Soon a mighty fleet will sail against Cayleb, destroying everything in its path.But there are still matters about which the Church knows nothing, including Cayleb and Sharleyan’s adviser, friend, and guardian— the mystic warrior-monk named Merlin Athrawes. Merlin knows all about battles against impossible odds, because he is in fact the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died a thousand years before. As Nimue, Merlin saw the entire Terran Federation go down in fire and slaughter at the hands of a foe it could not defeat. He knows that Safehold is the last human planet in existence, and that the stasis the Church was created to enforce will be the human race’s death sentence if it is allowed to stand.The juggernaut is rumbling down on Charis, but Merlin Athrawes and a handful of extraordinary human beings stand in its path. The Church is about to discover just how potent the power of human freedom truly is.

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©2010 David Weber (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    Padre Mulcahy 09-21-16 Member Since 2011

    Everything changes. Everything is connected. Pay attention.

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    "Very Long Story, Very Little Happens"

    Seemingly endless descriptions of naval action does little to advance the plot. Perhaps if I knew, or cared, what topsills are, I could garner a little more enthusiasm?

    I feel like this and the last book are just so much filler. I can hear a Monty Pythonesque chorus of "get on with it!" I'm really struggling to maintain interest in the series.

    Weber has created a great idea, with a likeable array of characters, but seems to be squandering it on pointless minutiae.

    I am really starting to wonder if he is being paid by the word.

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    Nathaniel Perkins 06-24-15
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    "Incredibly dull slog"

    At least half of this book is focused with minute and boring detail on the Temple Lands. I miss Oliver Wyman's performance. Just crank the play speed to 2x through non-Merlin chapters or skip them altogether. You will get the summary when the main characters talk about what happens. I enjoyed how this series started and I like the premise, but right now it is a mind numbing trudge through story lines that hold zero interest to me.

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    Kenyon 03-02-15
    Kenyon 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Action?"

    Where's the plot? Where's the action. I am stuck with the series after over 100 hours. However, this was 40+hours of character building. Painful!

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    Albert V King III 01-15-15
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    "Just OK"

    The book was OK, a lot of background detail and not much progress in the overall story.

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    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 08-22-10
    B. Bozeman Knoxville, Tennessee 08-22-10 Member Since 2016

    Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day

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    "Least favorite so far in the series"

    Maybe it was the anticipation and knowing there will be a long wait for the next installment, but this one failed to meet the high standard of the first three books in the Safehold Series. There might be 5 hours of essential interesting content in this 35 hour epic.
    I've listened to the other three books twice and started to do the same with this one but I simply can't get through it all again. Aside from Merlin's first unilateral move without consulting his friends Caleb, Charlyan, & the head of the Church of Charis and the escape from the Temple Lands by the families of the circle - there isn't much action that adds to the effort.
    I hope Weber lives long enough to complete the series but at this rate it will take many years and I'm not sure I'll be around long enough to enjoy the finale.

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    Harrylouis 05-29-15
    Harrylouis 05-29-15
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    "wow"

    loved it the battle were great. I loved the way the author was able to make it seem so personal

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    Amazon Customer 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "You get to know the people, their joys and pain"

    Sci Fi and history mixed in a story writ large. I enjoy the action and the detailed settings behind the action

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    Paul Waurn Ponds, Australia 06-03-10
    Paul Waurn Ponds, Australia 06-03-10 Member Since 2016
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    "A fine addition to the Series."

    I enjoyed this book. It is a long book and spends a great deal of time spinning subplots and fleshing out minor characters. Compared to the other novels in the Safehold Series 'A mighty Fortress' is light-on for major events, except of course for a myriad murders, purges, escapes, executions, intrigues, weapons development, plots, counter plots and the obligatory climactic sea battle. Yes as other reviews have said, there is a huge amount of dialogue between characters. Lots of pondering morality, weighting right verses wrong in the light of whatever is going on.... But hell that is what Weber has been writing about all along. so A might Fortress is more character development than action. Well that same can be said for books in the middle of the Honor Harrington and Prince Roger series. On its' own a little long-winded. However considered within the Safehold Series as a whole, A Mighty fortress is a worthwhile progression that adds depth and a myriad possibilities to the overall narrative. This is why I enjoyed the book. This book offers many more possibilities for the rest of the series. Without which, it might just be a little too predictable.

    However I too had some issue with the narration. It could be better. Especially the pronunciation of 'Valet' (with a silent 't') and several other commonly used words of non-American origin. And yes some of the accents.... The original narrator was easier to follow... Still I look forward to the next installment .

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    Robert G. Simes 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    Excellent story, as expected. I ignored the world around me as it unfolded. Good job.

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    Kingsley 08-20-16
    Kingsley 08-20-16
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    "Not his best but ...."

    Still entertaining. Narrator is definitely not as good as the first book or two in this series - just Ok. I would not pan this book as much as others have. Worth the "read" though it did not add a lot the story line.

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