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Like a Mighty Army (Safehold) [Mass Market Paperback]

David Weber
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30 Dec 2014 Safehold (Book 7)
For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world. What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold's founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth. Then awoke Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counsellor to princes and kings, Merlyn has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race. And now the fight is thoroughly underway. The island empire of Charis has declared its independence from the Church, and with Merlyn's help has vaulted forward into a new age of steam-powered efficiency. Fending off the wounded Church, Charis has drawn more and more of the countries of Safehold to the cause of independence and self-determination. But at a heavy cost in bloodshed and loss-a cost felt by nobody more keenly that Merlyn Athrawes. The wounded Church is regrouping. Its armies and resources are vast. The fight for humanity's future isn't over, and won't be over soon...
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (30 Dec 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765361272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765361271
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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DAVID WEBER is the author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series, the most recent of which was Mission of Honor. He lives in South Carolina. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seventh in the Nimue Alban/Safehold series 26 Mar 2014
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
In this seventh installment in the "Safehold" series in which the major character up to now has been Merlin Athrawes, a.k.a. Nimue Alban, the land war in Siddarmark continues while people on both sides of the war are making more and more use of their own minds, something which the evil "Church of God Awaiting" wanted to stop. And there is one big surprise in the book, which the front cover nearly, but not quite, gives away.

Some people love this series and others hate it. If you read this author mainly for his high-tech space battles, such as those in the Honor Harrington universe which kicks off with "On Basilisk Station (Honorverse)" you should probably leave the "Safehold" series alone.

Here is a possible test for whether you will like the "Safehold" series. If you play computer games or board games, the likelihood that you will enjoy this series is directly proportional to the pleasure you get from playing Sid Meier's Civilisation (link: Sid Meier's Civilization V) or similar games. The heroine of this series is doing what the successful Civ player has to do: shepherd a nation surrounded by enemies one step at a time from a pre-industrial era with muscle-powered weapons and units such as swordsmen and galleys through increasingly advanced periods of history and up to the space age while balancing the competing demands of defence against hostile powers, economic development, and scientific research, and simultaneously juggling politics, culture and religion.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Last 22 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everything that I expected. Prolix as always with David Weber but I couldn't put it down until I had completed it.
I had followed the "snippets" and wanted my hands on the book ASAP.

I detest the publisher's policies of delayed publication in the UK compared with the USA and the highly discriminatory price differences. It is actually cheaper for me to get a friend in Texas to buy the book and post it to me than to pay the UK price
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awsome read. 21 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As the whole series has progressed the characters have developed in a logical and reasoned way. The world in which they occupy is also a rich and vibrant environment.

I thoroughly recommend that you read this whole series. The whole scenario running in it is well thought out and most importantly you get the reasons behind the decisions made on all sides.

If you read this series and enjoy it try Mr Weber's " Honor Harrington" series. True space opera.
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By Peter2
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This continues the story of the last remaining human outpost, hidden on the obscure planet named Safehold after the genocidal attentions of the alien Gbaba. To keep the planet unnoticed and make sure that its nascent civilisation would not call attention to itself by emitting radio signals, the paranoidal group that seized violent control of it after it was settled, locked the civilisation into a pre-technical theocracy, called the "Church of God Awaiting". They enforced their control by setting up a system of technology censoring called the Inquisition – with all that implies. Unfortunately, the ruling theocrats have become corrupt, and the Inquisition is being used to ensure that the cozy lifestyle of the Church rulers is not threatened. Religious schism and rebellion inevitably occur, assisted by the last remnants of the high technology that had founded the planet. As the book starts, the rebels are facing a huge assault in the Holy War instituted by the "Group of Four" who control the Church, and humanity's future hangs in the balance.

The book is intricately plotted, but it is well written and the many threads of the story are interwoven without losing clarity. It majors on action, not character development, and on that, you cannot fault it. I was personally happy to discover that Hector Aplyn-Ahrmahk survived the attentions of the ungodly, and I am looking forward to the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jun 2014
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Very good read as is the rest of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The latest book in a thriling series 11 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was available after a long wait due to the policy of publishing in America first. The story built on the previous books and got away to a great start almost from the first page. This book is a great read. I was unable to put it down after I had started. Each portion of the story led to another or to part of one which was already building. The stories all neatly dovetail towards the end. The glossary at the end is over 90 pages long and is probably overdone but apart from that you cannot fault the book and the story. I look forward with anticipation to the next book becoming available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Mighty Army (Safehold) 9 May 2014
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This arrived on time. It is the final book in the Safehold series. If you like a story with a full background of plots and counter plots, dirty deeds as well as great and well described battles, then these books are probably for you.
One last thing, there is a lot of well thought out background events leading up to the action/battles, so if you just want a story full of fighting and less in the way of setup/background or in depth character building look else where.
I have a background that includes military tactics, strategic planning, Astronomy, Game building and many other interests, as does everyone.
Happy reading/listening to all. John.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
read first as paperbacks e version excellent whole series brilliant cant wait for next one
Published 5 days ago by mike c
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
In the complex world of Safehold, Captain Athrawes helps the Emperor and Empress of Charis as they aid President Stonahr of Siddermark to take back his country. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving as to war...
Onward Charisian soldiers!

If you're expecting any quick resolutions to the greater plot arcs, forget it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stainless Steel Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Good space opera.
I am enjoying this series. the carefully worked out progression of technical development in weaponry.with flavoursome and believable characterisation has hooked me.
Published 4 months ago by stephen jakobi
4.0 out of 5 stars Robbery
I feel like I've just been robbed, reading this on the kindle and its showing 85 percent gone.
then I find the rest of the book is just a glossary and character list
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly slowly
Carries on the safe home storyline with much of the same including an assassination attempt so all usual elements but does not advance the plot very far.
Published 4 months ago by morestone
5.0 out of 5 stars A consistently brilliant saga. Can't wait for the next one.
One of the best Space Operas I have read for a long time. A very talented and imaginative author. Excellent.
Published 4 months ago by Gareth Mac Latchy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This series just keeps getting better and better. The only bad thing is now having to wait for the next book in the series unfortunately.
Published 4 months ago by DAVID HODGES
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