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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One of my favorite authors. But this book is a sleeper perhaps two hours of decent listening in the whole epic yawn. Add in the fact that the Narrator is horrible. He makes prince Narmin sound like a scotish version of Forest Gump. Sorry Mr Weber but this one is a flop.
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
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.
On the strength of some of his other work, I purchased this audio book and all I can say is that the narrator Jason Culp is to be commended for reading page after page of drivel non-stop. To say that this book lacks a cohesive story is an understatement. I thought Ben Bova obscure when he would take a half paragraph describe the protagonist's blazer buttons, but this book is just brutal in its inane details. This book must be over 1000 pages and it has little enough actual story to fill a Sci-Fi comic book.
Do not waste your money or worse, your time on this one.
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 .
Tour de force
The closing battle with the use of the new cannon shells
Good characters voices
Keep writing I will keep reading!!
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.
I can't get enough of these books. The naval battles in this one were great.
"Too much detail not enough story"
not sure, Weber loves to lose himself in the detail, but sometimes, that can be too much when he starts hamming up the 'drama' scenes with endless repetitions of why the seijin does this, and why the emperor does that and how it breaks their hearts to do it. WE KNOW ALREADY!!!!!! Please, less of the over and over again and more STORY.
There's a few, but I also get fed up with them sometimes, because Weber went overboard with the repeat of why's and wherefores.
He was ok, the female characters were a bit on the whiny side which p'd me off a bit, as most of them are very strong characters, in fact all of Weber's female protagonists are very strong and deserve better treatment out of male readers in general.
I wish I'd read this rather than listened to it. When Weber waxes fantastic about design features and progress, I tend to skim, I can't do that with an audio book, and found I struggled to keep track when he harped on about why this gun is better than that gun. So yeah, my emotional reaction is frustration.
Weber has written better, and Tor needs to reign him in a bit, the story was getting lost in the detail and it could have been a shorter and more in depth story. That said, I'm invested now, and am looking forward to the conclusion, but in hardcopy so I can skim the irrelevant stuff.
"A Mighty Fortress: Safehold Series, Book 4."
A book is only as good as it's author. David Weber weaves a story showing the reason why the conflict has taken place and how why it must be resolved. The settings and the action are well described, from single person to armies and navies. The Kings ,Queens and Leaders of this world are brought to life as are all the characters.
Set in a period where cross bows and muskets rule along with slavery and power mad despots cling to power. All are unaware that time is running out for all of them. It's not bang/boom good by goon. You get that in a well balanced story .
So WHY AN AUDIO BOOK!!. It's easier on the eyes, no lights needed, no pages to turn and its so nice to listen to a well narrated story like this one .Start with book 1 and I hope you will enjoy the world of Safehold.
I found the central character and all the others so well brought to life I can have no over all favourite.
I enjoyed it as it covers joy, sadness, anger and redemption.
Even if you have enjoyed the book, do consider an unabridged audio down load. So good after a hard day's work.
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