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How Firm a Foundation [Format Kindle]

David Weber

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The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don't know even now, however, is how much more it's fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. Yet how does it invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own fifteen to one? How does it prevent that massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking yet again?

Charis has no answer to those questions, but needs to find one…quickly. The Inquisition's brutal torture and hideous executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Its agents are fomenting rebellion against the only mainland realms sympathetic to Charis. Religious terrorists have been dispatched to wreak havoc against the Empire's subjects. Assassins stalk the Emperor and Empress, their allies and advisers, and an innocent young boy, not yet eleven years old, whose father has already been murdered. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, has finally learned what sleeps beneath the far-off Temple in the Church of God Awaiting's city of Zion.

The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 608 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books (13 septembre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Please, no more torture 15 septembre 2011
Par ShySusan - Publié sur
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I'm a Weber fan. I've read almost everything he's written--several times. I liked this book. In fact, I've had very little sleep since I started it day before yesterday. As soon as I finish this review, I'm going to collapse into bed and try to catch up on my shuteye. I loved the first and second books in the series. I almost gave up reading it with the third book. I just hate long scenes in the minds and counsels of the bad guys where nobody is doing anything except talking about their evil plans. I love action scenes which Weber does superbly. There just weren't enough of them in the third book. I truly think that a canny abridger could cut out half or two-thirds of that book and produce a far better product. The fourth book was somewhat better. And I thought this book returned to the quality of the first two books in the series. It had lots of action.

Someone complained in an earlier review about the lengthy sea battle and the lengthy storm at sea. I eat this stuff up. I've been a long time fan of the Horatio Hornblower series and Aubrey-Maturin series, and I think Weber is doing just as good a job with his naval scenes as the authors of those two series. Several people complained that he spent too much time with minor characters, but this is the way Weber works. He has huge casts of characters and as major characters are killed off, they are replaced by formerly minor characters. For instance in that long sea storm, we see the development of the Hector Armahk character. Yes, he has been a minor character in the past books. I don't think he's going to be minor in future books. Likewise, Irys Daikon has been a minor character in past books, but based on the events in this book, I think Weber has big plans for her. Someone else complained that nothing happened to advance the plot line. I disagree. I don't want to create any spoilers, but there was one very major problem that the Charisians knew they were facing from the very first book which they finally get a grip on in this book.

This book is intended for those readers who like really loooonnnngggg series. The Honor Harrington series is over 20 books now if I remember right. I don't expect this series to be any shorter. I just hope both Weber and I live to reach the end. Neither of is a spring chicken anymore. 8-)

Now to MY complaint and the reason why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. I hate graphic torture scenes. I don't mind bloody battle scenes, but torture hurts my mind. I have torture scenes still stuck in my head from books I read 35 years ago. I don't want any more of them, and in this book he provided several. I will mark those passages in my copy of the book and won't be reading them again when I reread the series. Please Mr. Weber. You've convinced me that Clyntahn is a monster. You don't need to give me any more proof. Leave the graphic details out of the future books, I beg you.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Much talking, little progress on an otherwise great story 29 septembre 2011
Par Captain Obvious - Publié sur
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Although I rather enjoy the premise of this series, the lack of progress in this volume is disappointing. A book this large and perhaps a year or so is covered? At this rate perhaps our grandchildren will get to see how the story turns out! While I appreciate the author's talent for detail and nuance I'd like to see the storyline advance at a pace a little faster than "glacial". Minor characters tend to often take center stage, while more interesting and relevant ones languish.

All in all, an enjoyable series that unfortunately encourages one to skim more often than I'm accustomed to. C'mon, Mr. Weber, let's get the story MOVING!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Functional but lacking 1 octobre 2011
Par Duloth - Publié sur
Take a story you've written before, and done fairly well at; it was a single sub-section of a book with several separate disparate storylines. You want to elaborate on the story, and take it from being a smaller subset of a single book to being its own full-fledged novel. Great. Now take that story and stretch it into a series that will likely end up as 10+ books, using a combination of substantially longer time period, larger scale, and quite a bit of filler.

This was not a poorly written book; in fact, its quite well-written. The problems lie in how much 'filler' it contains. Instead of describing events, it foreshadows them; using just as much time to foreshadow them as to describe them, if not substantially more. This is book 5, quite likely a halfway point, or a one-third point, in a series Weber could have easily told in less than 5 books, and done just as well. I could easily imagine this series being vastly improved by taking the entire story including the conquest of the Temple which is likely several books to come, putting it in three books, then doing another 3-book trilogy about the development of a new spacebound terran race, and the Charisian space navy's war with the Gbaba.

However much I might despise the way the series drags on, I keep being drawn back to it, wanting to know just how things turn out in a given plot, only to be disappointed yet again.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but not good enough... 9 janvier 2012
Par Michael - Publié sur
I've been reading Mr. Weber's works for the better part of 20 years. I love most of his works and truly believe many of his stories are among the best science fiction ever written. The first two books of the Safehold series where great. The premise of the story might not be completely new but it had a fresh spin to it. The human race is almost extinct, having been hunted across the cosmos by the Gbaba(?)who are bent on eradicating any possible competition to their expansion as the only sentient beings in the Universe. A last ditch effort by humans to create a secret colony far across the universe and hopefully prevent the complete extinction of the human species. And how horribly wrong it all went. Great characters, battle sequences, and a storyline which created an interesting and believable world. Books three and four seemed overly long and bloated. The multiple subplots, storyline twists, and trivial character introductions make it difficult to keep up with the story and soon you stop trying. Great, another poor slob who is about to get his but handed to him by The Group of 4. i.e. Whyllem Smzth following the will of The Group of Four is given sanction to kill who ever stands against Mother Church, or poor hard working Zannkerhe Mylls is persecuted by the Inquisition for his heresy against Mother Church. The naming style of the characters to show the drift in the spoken language since the fall of old Terra is aggravating! The main characters, the ones who you paid $27.00 to read about are relegated into obscurity. Page after page, chapter after chapter of increasing expectations that something big and exciting is finally about to happen. Something, anything that will make the last 400 pages worthwhile. Then, finally the expected climax of the book which will cliffhang the story for the next installment....Sorry buddy, it's the end of the book... Nothing great has happened, nothing to make the last 400 pages worth the time spent reading them. Finally you're left with a vague since of disappointment as you close the book. The New/Next book is out next year, another $27.00 and you'll get to enjoy the next ground shaking installment in the exciting Safehold saga. Maybe the next 800 page book will restore your faith. Maybe (just maybe) "How Firm a Foundation" will be the next "best book ever written" by one of your favorite authors. Something that will recapture you interest in the Safehold world. $27.00 later you find book five is more of the same filler material, subplots, and minor character story lines rather than main character story lines. It's almost like a compilation of short stories reminiscent of the Bolo or Hammer's Slammers stories. "How Firm a Foundation" is an ok book that somehow fails to truly capture the essence of the author's intent or potential furtherance of the storyline. And yet once again your left with that vague since of disappointment as well as an empty wallet.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Exposition is his name-o. 24 octobre 2011
Par Henry Mowry - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
David Weber is a great writer, and he does great science fiction. I really, really liked the Safehold series ... in the beginning.

With this book, action has given way to incredibly long expositions of what characters think, and what may or may not happen. Mr. Weber is an expert at this sort of writing ... but with this book, I think he ended on the wrong side of the line. The cast of characters is now over 20 pages in my kindle, and every one seemed to get their say in this book. I gave up trying to keep the minor characters straight.

Amazon, why isn't there an easy way to navigate to things like a TOC or a list of characters, which this author so helpfully provides for readers of a book of paper to turn to?

I went to the TOR website, and see that this is book # 5 of a planned 11 in this series. I'll keep reading, but I do SO hope that this book was sort of a middle of the series loss of focus. I found myself skipping paragraphs -- and that is something I almost never do with books that I read. This book, I eagerly anticipated ... only to be disappointed. 3 stars from me, and that is very surprising. Definitely the worst of the series so far, in my opinion.
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