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A Mighty Fortress (Safehold 4) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Weber
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Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Having smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm, together they have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold. Charis is transformed into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom. But their success may prove short-lived. The Group of Four, the clique that controls the Church of God Awaiting – and, through the church, most of Safehold – has decreed their destruction. Mother Church's entire purpose is to prevent all to which Charis is committed, and she will not rest until it has been erased forever. 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 catastrophic battles against impossible odds, because he is in fact the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died a thousand years ago. Mother Church's juggernaut rumbles down on Charis, but Merlin Athrawes and a handful of extraordinary human beings stand in its path. The Group of Four is about to discover just how potent the power of human freedom truly is.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1623 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 720 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 076531505X
  • Editeur : Tor (6 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004WDZZFG
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 very good 23 avril 2012
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no prob, good transaction. Thank you :) because this think can't be edited in french this year. thank a lot.

merci beaucoup, maintenant je me met à l'anglais lol
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Tedious, little action -- should be called "A Mighty Long-Winded Fortress" 18 avril 2010
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I'm a fan of David Weber's books, but not this one. Sometimes a book or movie starts with exceptional promise, but its sequels drift off course, and by the third or fourth you're wondering why you even bothered. That is, I'm sad to say, what has happened with the Safehold series. It's the Rocky VI of the Weberverse.

"A Mighty Fortress" is tedious and rambling, with extensive dissection of religious nuance and military logistics but little action or intrigue. Most of the elements that made the series worth reading in the first place have vanished. Most of what is left is buried beneath the leaden weight of a cast of hundreds, meaning each makes relatively brief appearances. (This is no exaggeration -- the list of characters at the end is 21 pages of single-spaced names. What was Weber thinking?)

If you like swordplay, look elsewhere. There is none. If you enjoy cannon-and-grappling-hook naval battles, don't bother. The first significant naval engagement happens, by my count, on page 509 of 690. By that time, your eyes have glazed over from 10-page disquisitions into the salient chemical properties of gunpowder. Or you've simply given up after reading word-for-word transcripts of Archbishop Maikel's sermons. It's no exaggeration to say I fell asleep at least twice reading what probably should be called "A Mighty Long-Winded Fortress."

We know Weber can do better. His Honor Harrington series remained a good read all the way through the most recent installment. Weber's Mutineers' Moon was a delight, as was his collaboration with Eric Flint on the 1632 series. And the Safehold universe remains the most intriguing intersection between advanced science and high fantasy I've ever encountered.

It's come to this: Weber badly needs an editor with the seniority to stand up to one of Tor's better-selling authors. This book would be excellent if it were cut by two-thirds and merged with its predecessor (By Heresies Distressed) and its sequel. As it is, with a few exceptions, the fourth Safehold book is about as entertaining as being forced at gunpoint to read John Galt's 70-page speech about Objectivist philosophy from Atlas Shrugged. Twice.

The problem is, as Merlin Athrawes might say, one of too much love. Weber has created a fascinating premise and dropped his characters into a dangerous universe. But along the way, he's come to love Safehold so much that he began writing more about the world -- its politics and its theology and its gunpowder manufacturing processes -- and forgot his readers are buying his books because they simply want to read a good story.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 500 Pages of Meeting Minutes 20 avril 2010
Par John A. Yoder - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm a huge fan of Weber's previous work and found the Safehold series extremely compelling. And what's not to like? A lost human colony with 19th century technology is slowly being manipulated back towards modernity by an android with a love for constitutional democracy and a secret stash of gravtanks. But as so many other readers have noted, Weber offers us detail at the cost of action.

And by action, I don't just mean titanic battles or desperate sword fights. I'm about 200 pages into the book and nobody is really doing much of anything. It's not exaggerating to say the book has mostly consisted of chapter after chapter of meeting minutes.

I will certainly finish the latest installment to the Safehold series, since the story is still fundamentally sound and Weber can still take it (and us) in interesting directions. Having said that, A Mighty Fortress feels like something the author wrote as an assignment for his fans, rather than a work intended to entertain them.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Long on Talk, Short on Action: Weber needs an Editor! Cut to the Chase! 15 avril 2010
Par Nathan S. Collier - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Safehold Series has a fascinating premise:

Even with access to space age technology, how can one 'man' single handedly sow the seeds of change to modernize/democratize a 1600 century culture/world steeped in the dogmatic teachings of a corrupt and all powerful Inquisition/Church determined to halt any Reformation/Renaissance?

Plus an evil alien empire (which has already wiped out the Terran Empire & the rest of humanity save for this one hidden away colony) lurking in the background potentially ready to pounce on any sign of emerging advanced civilization.

Actually a prequel on this conflict would be nice tho challenging to write a story with downer end already known. So.... for a decent plot with some suspense, Weber could create other escaped colonies or orphan military fleets (which found allies? hidden stock piles of ancient weapons from prior civilizations? Cloaking technology? wormholes to another part of the galaxy? explaining how they survived when main battle fleets didn't?) that are other wise occupying the aliens also adding to the reasons why this colony has yet to be found and wiped out (current reason: its technology is too backward to attract attention).

Also wondering if Weber ever intends to advance the Safehold series sufficiently so that searching out & taking on and defeating/exacting revenge on the aliens become a possibility. He is soooo dragging out the series that it does not seem likely; at the rate it is going both he and his readers will be ensconced six foot under before the story advances to that point!

David Weber is EXCELLENT in battle/combat sequences. Unfortunately, in between, he waxes on and on, long & exceedingly boring, taking waaaay too long to set up/resolve conflicts.

Massive skimming is the only way to 'read' this book. There are good parts, they are just few and far between. The book is 700 pages, it could've easily been 275 and a LOT better book,
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Lost his focus 18 avril 2010
Par Snaz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I liked the premise for this (I generally like Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court variations which is what this is).

I was a little distressed when I realized the main character was just a variation on Honor Harrington remade as a male robot -- much like the main character in The Armageddon Troll was Honor Harrington thrown backwards in time -- but I was willing to overlook it.

But after the first book in this series they have started sliding, badly. I am two hundred pages in and there is NOTHING happening but priests and nobles from all over the world and lord only knows how many kingdoms and factions talking and theorizing. Three of the kingdom names I see the most just happen to start with the same letter for crying out loud. Too many freaking players and locations with non-memorable made up names doing nothing memorable.

The main character could be fun but we hardly see it except when it is whining about how little it can do without 1) waking up bad things designed to block the use of technology, 2) making the situation worse, or 3) taking time away from boring things that are more important. At this point it might as well not be there at all. Conventional spies, inventors, historians, and bodyguards could cover all of its plot points.

Seriously, the first tenet of science fiction is you don't create a story as science fiction unless science fiction elements are needed to create the story. If Mr. Weber really wants to write Machiavelli he should probably confine it to historical settings (and probably under a pen name). His writing skills have probably never been better but he seriously needs to back off and reconsider what has happened to his story telling skills and who his target audience is.

I've read and own everything David Weber has ever had published. I never dreamed he might churn one out that I might not finish.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Slowboat 16 avril 2010
Par P. D. Lew - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ordinarily, I do not mind a long expository section or sections of a novel because it builds up the color of the world being created. However. This novel almost proceeds in real time. Lots of talk, little action, and what action there was seemed peripheral to the story. I'm 61 and at this pace we'll have moved along 5 years novel time by the time I'm dead. That's assuming that at volume 12 (1.25 years from now novel time) I don't use the series for kindling after realizing I don't remember who the main characters are anymore. This is not a scintillating addition to the Safehold story.
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