Summary

Centuries ago, the human race fought its first great war against an alien race - and lost. A tiny population of human beings fled to distant Safehold. Centuries later, their descendants have forgotten their history; for them, life has been an eternal Middle Ages, ruled by the Church of God Awaiting, whose secret purpose is to prevent the reemergence of industrial civilization.
But not all of Safehold's founders were onboard with this plan. Those dissidents left behind their own secret legacies. One of those is Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of one of Earth's long-dead defenders, now reawakened after a thousand years to restart human progress and reclaim our place in the universe. Merlyn has intervened in the small Safeholdian realm of Charis, seeding it with ideas and innovations and helping it to rise to challenge the hegemony of the Church. It's been a long and bloody fight, but aided by a stream of inventions - breech-loading rifles, signal rockets, claymore mines, new approaches to manufacturing and supply - Charis and its few allies seem to have finally gained the upper hand. Now major realms have begun to consider switching sides. To all these ends, Merlyn Athrawes has been everywhere, under multiple disguises and wielding hidden powers. The secret of who and what he is has been closely held. But a new player has arrived, one who knows many secrets - including Merlyn's own.
©2015 David Weber (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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1 out of 5 stars
By DAVE KELLY on 20-10-15

Mind numbing boredom

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was looking forward to this next instalment in the safe hold series. I don't mind the details where the storyline justifies it, but this reads like a military historians research notes. No plot development, just endless troop deployments and weapon specifications. I'd recomend you skip this one, hopefully the next will return to the main story.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

Yes, everyone's allowed a bad book

Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

Yes, nothing wrong with the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shaun on 09-08-17

Good God this is great!

Yet another masterpiece of story telling, a magnificent addition to this wondrous series! Read it!

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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 14-02-16

Is David Weber ever going give a us a ending

Beware at this pace it will take 35 more books for them to get the technology to beat the aliens.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 04-11-15

Feels like so much filler

I write as a David Weber fan of long standing so I would like it said I wish I could say this was a good book.
The quality of Webers work has been in a steady fall for years now, a combination of disinterest in his own series and the lack of anything resembling good editing.

This book follows no single character or plot and send to have no real driving force. The story is just one big intermission as both sides in the conflict build up for the next big clash of armies inter spaced with contrived wins and losses for both sides so the players can all be in the correct spots for the next book. As well as try and head off a inevitable complains of invincible protagonists buy showing they to can be hurt but is such a way that all it does is delay the plot for another book.

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