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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (6 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330521616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330521611
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A superb cast of characters and plenty of action... This fine book gives new luster to Weber's reputation." - Booklist (starred review) on BY SCHISM RENT ASUNDER." --Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author whose most popular and enduring character, Honor Harrington, has been developed through 13 novels and four shared-universe anthologies.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2009
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I found all the books in the "Nimue Alban" series impossible to put down, and am sufficiently hooked that I had to pre-order this one to read as soon as it came out. When I had read it over every spare moment in the next two days, my next reaction was - 'Aargh - now I have to wait a year for the fourth installment ...'

The five books in the series to date are:

1) Off Armageddon Reef
2) By Schism Rent Asunder
3) By Heresies distressed
4) A Mighty Fortress
5) How Firm a Foundation (Safehold).

As seems to be the case with everything David Weber writes, some people will love this series while others hate it.

Not all the ideas are new: the story is an interesting re-working of a number of the ideas in a some of Weber's earlier books, particularly the Dahak trilogy "(Mutineers' Moon (Dahak Series)," "Armageddon Inheritance" and "
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Sanders on 7 Oct 2009
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Whether you are an existing David Weber fan or not this is an excellent read and hopefully this series will continue and evolve.

This book has all the hallmarks of a Weber classic, convincing characters, a variety of plot lines and a mix of technologies. Like the previous two in the series so far once you pick it up it is difficult to put down. The background plot has an element of grand space opera but not on the scale of the Harrington series. However the planetary scale of conflict over the role of church and state has echoes of the Papacy and the Thirty Years War but with the addition of a forced pace of technological change.

Basically this is another excellent yarn from the Weber stable, go get it and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John T. Shillito on 15 Mar 2010
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The premise of this seies is intriguing, and raises, as it is no doubt intended to, many questions regarding the influence of religion on secular affairs. It is wrapped up in a gripping story, which avoids any sermonising. A mixture of medieval life as it should have been (with hygiene), and advanced 'heretical' technology. There is great scope for development in the rest of the series, and enough uncertainty to keep the reader guessing.
The impact of sudden advances in technology are well described, although referencing the role of Danish gun-galleys versus the English man of war at the battle of Copenhagen might have been helpful to the author. This is a quibble, though, as the story is well-written, and carries the reader along from religion to diplomacy to war seamlessly. The main characters are fallible enough to draw us into either loving or hating them. This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I am looking forward to the next instalment impatiently.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Hickman on 8 Oct 2009
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A SUBSTANTIAL NOVEL WITH CHARACTERS WELL DEFINED AND INTERESTING , PLOT IS WELL STRUCTURED AND PROGRESSIVE . AS A LONG TERM FAN OF D WEBER I FIND THIS
SERIES OF NOVELS SLIGHLLY PREDICTABLE BUT ENYOY PREDICTING THS PLOTS AND ACTIONS OF THE PROTAGONISTS .
VALLUE FOR MONEY ABD WELL WORTH THE TIME SPENT READING THEM .
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The author obviously loves sailing and the world of galleons and there's a lot of affection in the writing - and, I suspect, a great deal of accuracy. He also communicates a clear Christian commitment - which makes it all the more strange that he has chosen as his combatants the leaders of a corrupt "church". (I guess he would argue that one theme of the books is the difference between faith and religion.)

The series is somewhat protracted and could have done with some heavy editing (hence the loss of stars). There were also one or two places where I found it difficult to accept the basic premises behind the books. Some of the dialogue was also a bit twee and I found myself wincing at attempts to express affection or humour.

Nevertheless, if you want a good swash-buckling read without too much effort, then these fit the bill.
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By wayneg on 31 Jan 2013
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a fantastic series, well written with excellent characters both hero and villain. You just can't put these down and resist escaping to David weber's world
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