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Like a Mighty Army: A Novel in the Safehold Series (Safehold, 7) (utgåvan 2014)

av David Weber (Författare)

Serier: Safehold (7)

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339758,020 (3.87)5
"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, cybvernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counselor 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.."--… (mer)
Medlem:Sven-Erik.Andersen
Titel:Like a Mighty Army: A Novel in the Safehold Series (Safehold, 7)
Författare:David Weber (Författare)
Info:Tor Books (2014), Edition: First, 672 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
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This series started strong, and the story is still decent. But it has gotten PREDICTABLE. And SLOW.

At this point, I am just hanging on until the series ends, hoping he will get the pacing sorted out. But this doesn't. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
This book significantly picked up the pace from the previous novels. The action finally moves to the land and events start building faster. Charis is improving technology rapidly while the Church tries to stay no more than 1 step behind. Still, there's not a lot of overall progress in this book, just a lot of very brutal Civil War style combat that is very heavy on casualties. Hopefully the author will skip the inevitable WWI phase somehow. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 20, 2017 |
Boy, I really don't know how I feel about this book or about this series anymore. On one hand, I love the series. It's an awesome, epic story told by a fantastic writer. On the other, like so many other people, I'm getting so damn bitter about the author and his stupid manipulations of us, the readers he obviously holds in disdain, so he can sell a zillion more books. His books move at glacial paces, almost nothing of note ever happens, no progress ever gets made, we're never much more further along in the story line than in the previous book(s). My God, at this rate, I'm easily going to die before the series ends!!! How in the world Weber expects to move from steam engines and breech loading rifles to plasma weapons and space ships to fight aliens in outer space in a few more books is beyond comprehension. It's literally impossible at his pace. His books go at about one year per book. This was his seventh book. We've come seven years. We've gone from cannon balls to artillery shells. Wow. Impressive. Not. At the same time, the story is so amazing and so compelling, that you just want to know how everything is going to work out, what's going to happen to Charis, to the Church, to Merlin, to the main characters. What's going to happen??? I want to know, dammit!

This book is no different from the last book. We're still fighting land battles in Siddarmark. However, at least, tides have turned from the last book and in this book Charisian forces are kicking the hell out of Church forces and their allies all over the Republic and it's sweet justice to see. Additionally, there are two or three big plot twists, which should and probably will prove interesting in future books -- all 45 of them, I'm sure -- and the very end of the book is pretty cool and makes me want to read the next book immediately. And it isn't due to be published until next month. Oh well.

The same problems exist in this book, only more so. The naming conventions are still a nightmare. Changing all the vowels to consonants is insane, but Weber does it, so you have names like Wyllyys and crap like that. And that's an easy one. He likes to throw as many "y," "z" and "r" letters into names as possible as replacements for "i" and "e," etc., and it is enough to make you want to kill the man. Then again, if you've made it this far in the series, I guess you're used to it. I'm still irritated at all of the titles though. Everyone is a baron, earl, prince, upper priest, vicar, bishop, duke, princess, etc, and adding that to the names is enough to drive anyone nuts. Then there are Weber's pet phrases that he uses repeatedly. Everyone "snorts." I've never seen so many people snort in my entire life. It's fucking insane. Everyone, including the women and girls, "bare their teeth." Um, excuse me? This is my pet peeve, I admit, cause I've mentioned this in reviews of previous books in this series, but WEBER, no one bares their fucking TEETH!!! Dogs bare their teeth. Wolves bare their teeth. HUMANS DO NOT BARE THEIR DAMN TEETH!!! And he has to have every character in the book do it at least three times on probably every other page through all 900+ pages throughout the book. I want to kill Weber for this alone. It's brutal. To make matters worse, everyone -- all of the bad guys and all of the good guys -- do the following: when they are talking with people and, no matter how serious the topic, like they're about to die in battle, they are for some reason possibly amused, their lips possibly "twitch." Twitching lips. Oh my God! I must have read about twitching lips some 150 times in this book. Seriously, sometimes I wish Weber would have a fatal heart attack so I wouldn't have to read this shit anymore cause as long as he writes these Safehold books, I'm going to read them, cursing his name the entire time. But as much as I resent him, I love these books so much. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. Go through the online reviews. Most reviewers feel like me. Most hate Weber for his naming conventions, for his plodding pace, for his making this into a 40 book series, for his overused phrases, but everyone says they have to keep reading because it's such an amazing story and they have to find out what happens and it's true. It is. And I do. I just wish I could sometime this century. I'm hoping the war in Siddarmark will end sometime in the next two or three books. That will mean it will only have taken five books to get through this damn war. Then we can move on to the Temple Lands and attack Zion and the Group of Four and unseat the Church. Sweet justice, then. Because of how this book ended, I'm anxious to begin the next one, as I said.

This book was good. There was plenty of action. A lot of battle action. A lot of tactics. Far too much about supply lines though. Far too much about gunpowder and the speed of bullets. Skip that crap, Weber, and cut down on the book's size for our sake, please. Just get to the action. Weber can do a battle like no other. He's a master. He just gets bogged down in the tactical details from all sides and it's agonizing at times. Also, one of the faults of this book is that there are so many minor characters and so many chapters and sections opening with minor characters that you have no idea who they are or what army they're with or who they fight for or anything until you've read a little while and it's annoying. Speaking of characters, again, there are far too many. At the back of the book, there are at least 80 pages of characters listed in an index, which is insane. I have no idea how Weber keeps track of them. I certainly can't. I've said this before, and so have many other people, but he seriously needs several editors, because he obviously has none. This is a five star book with three star problems, thus earning it four stars. Similar to several other Safehold books. I wish Weber would learn from his mistakes and/or listen to his readers. I guess he's too arrogant for that since he's obviously making tens of millions of dollars from us. If you're reading the series, the book is obviously recommended. If you're not, don't read it; begin with the first book. You won't understand it if you don't. ( )
  scottcholstad | Sep 25, 2015 |
Like aMighty Army is the story of the land war against the Church of Awaiting. While the battle sequences are compelling they become repetitive. There are too many characters with multiple names and titles I wished I had access to the ebook version so I could connect them. There is some character developments that are interesting.and new potentially main character is introduced but the developments not enough to keep me engaged in the story. I found myself skimming and later reading parts of the book to make sure I didn't miss any important plot twists. The end of book felt disjointed with very little build up. I liked the story but was very glad I got from my library and didn't buy it. Like a real war the book plodded along to a surpass ending. ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 8, 2014 |
Political intrigue, war on a global basis, what more could you want? This was a really fun read and I can recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi, fantasy or historical fiction. The first book is great and the rest in the series follow along. I am ready though to see how he will wrap up all the story lines. ( )
  ConalO | Sep 21, 2014 |
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"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, cybvernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counselor 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.."--

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