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A Mighty Fortress [Hardcover]

David Weber
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April 13 2010 Safehold (Book 4)
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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"Gripping... Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political manoeuvring, 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 and the author of the Safehold series, including Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, and By Heresies Distressed. 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Information Overload May 9 2010
Coming in just under 700 pages, there's a lot of room for action and progress in this, the fourth book in Weber's series. Unfortunately, A Mighty Fortress has fallen prey to the same problems as other Weber books of late - far too much detail about far too many things and far too many people we don't need to or want to know about. As a consequence, the book plods in many places. The action scenes are few and far between, and the pace of the movement of the story slows to a crawl.

At the end of the book we're no closer to the resolution of the story than we were at the beginning. That's not a terrible thing if the book is a fun read, as most of Weber's Harrington, Hradani and Gentry series were (though not the last few books). But I can't honestly say there's much fun or entertainment to be had in this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Floundering Along June 15 2010
Weber continues to churn out page after page of stuff that simply doesn't matter to his story. There are a couple of interesting developments but nothing that requires 700 pages to recount. The technological advantages that Weber has given to the good guys are so gigantic that there's a general lack of suspense. The superior numbers of the bad guy merely serve to explain why they aren't instantly defeated.
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3.0 out of 5 stars more of the same Nov. 16 2010
By Perhaps
in the first book of the series (Off Armageddon Reef) the author captured my attention with an interesting idea and characters. But too many people now know Nimue's origins and get to use her technology in this fourth book. As well there is two much detail about how the forbidden technology and battle detail (which I always skim). I would borrow this book it's not a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technology triumphs every time Dec 18 2012
By ahutpub
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The pace that David Weber has kept in all the books written by him is amazing, He has come a long way from his Honor Harrington days/series and has matured beautifully as writer as has his series of books.

This book is like old wine, a distillation of old technology, new technology being introduces and the empire of Charis getting the chance to enter the mainland to fight against the church

Loved this book, Must read for Science Fiction lovers and fans of David Weber's style of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Involving series June 6 2010
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Interesting to observe the direction that the series is taking, moving away largely from its (tenuous) Arthurian links to focus more strongly upon a political context that recalls that of our own world during the Reformation and Industrial Revolution. Deeds of heroism and villainy, exciting battles on sea and land, and the conflict between ideologies keep the reader deeply engaged.
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