How Firm a Foundation (Safehold Series #5)

How Firm a Foundation (Safehold Series #5)

by David Weber
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How Firm a Foundation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy David Weber's writing. This book, however, was disappointing (to say the least) in this series. It plodded along in many spots -- way too much detail about the technical aspects and not enough about the personal aspects. I do understand that yyou need the technical to explain the progess of the science and why that progress is affecting the war and the personal areas of people's lives. I just think it's too emphasized., I would recommend it to those who are reading the series, but not to those who haven't read the previous books in this series. Mr. Weber's fans will know what to expect and, thus, not be surprised.
Bifrost More than 1 year ago
The pace is better than the last book, which I think has been aptly described elsewhere as "600 pages of meeting notes". Some of that tendency is still present in this book but in the main, the plot twists and sea faring action keep things rolling along. The concept is still interesting and the plot is developing well, I look forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great!!
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RCBMO More than 1 year ago
While the story is interesting I found page after page of meaningless detail like who is wearing what, or some meaningless family trivia. Is someone getting paid by the word? I will state that this is the only Safeholder book I have read and I am trying to decide if I want to purchase the others. I most likely will as the story line is interesting.
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Like it im hooked on the story needs more action though
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GWFrog More than 1 year ago
Superbly original series. Can't wait for the next installation.
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I have just completed David Weber's "How Firm A Foundation," the fifth book in his Safehold series.  It is an incredibly good read -- a masterpiece!  I would even call it (and all the books in this series) modern classic of literature.  They really are that good.  I loved Weber's Honor Harington series, but Weber has risen to a whole new level with this Safehold series.  Weber's creative mind devises story lots so engossing and so rich in imagination, insight pathos, humor and detail that the reader does not want the book to end, --and because you can't put it down once you've started it will end much too soon.  No author I know has the rapscallion with or the ability to turn a phrase that Weber has. Few, if any, writers can match Weber's ability to make his characters so real, be they the villains and tyrants, or the heroes and heroines or just the ordinary folk that make his writing so rich.  In this book you will love to hate the "Gang of Four" (and all their flunkies) especially the Grand Inquisitor Zhaspahr Clyntahn the leader of the "Gang."  You will cheer for the indomitable Captain Merlin Athrawes - cybernetic avatar and personal body guard to the king and queen who has the memories of a pre-Safehold woman a thousand years dead.  You will love and be impressed by young king and queen Calab and Sharleyan and root for them as they fight against tyranny and oppression in their struggle to ensure the survival of their empire.  You will pull for young Lieutenant Aplyn (14 year old adoptive brother of king Calabd) as he unexpectedly ends up in command of a rescue mission to save a beautiful princesses and her younger brother from assassins. But this series, and especially this book, are more than an engaging story lin, exciting action and captivating characters -- though no one does military action and intrigue better than Weber.  No, this is much much more!  There is good reason why the evil, the courage and the characters seem so real in the Safehold series.  This series is historical truth/fiction as well as good space opera.  Weber has accurately, described a very desperate and dangerous time in the history of western civilization.  He has cleverly woven into his narrative a portrayal of the policies, positions, thinking and events that actually happened in  our own history -- though you won't recognize this if all you have been exposed to is the watered down version of history now taught in schools.  The narrative is painfully real, except only a hundredth part  is  told.  Often the very words of the real participants (on both sides) are used in Weber's narrative, and in accaurate context.  Look up the words Queen Sharleyan uses to end her declaration  to stand for the right; "Here I stand, I can do no other" and see who spoke them as well as when and why.  Get a good history on the Inquisition or of the Waldenses of northern Italy and see just how accurate Weber has been.  What Weber is describing are the very policies, politics, ideologies, fanaticisms and socio-economic pressures that forced a small group of refugees toleave everything they had ever now and set sail for a new land, there to establish a new country gbased on the principles of freedom and honest enterprise.  This same struggle (here presented in a very engaging story) led to the founding of a new country, on we know today as the "United States of America."  For those who enjoy insightful and thought provoking --as well as engaging and imaginative -- reading, this is the series for you.  As I said at the beginning, this is a masterpiece, and it takes a master author to write this kind of literature.
Rilbur_Skryler More than 1 year ago
If you like David Weber, you'll like this book. If you don't know who David Weber is, you might like this book. David Weber has created an entire universe to help explore the conceit of a society that has discarded it's technology, and a stranger who has come in with limited access to high tech and the ability to teach at least some of it. It's a brilliant series, and by the time you're done reading this book you'll be ready to tear down the facade of the 'Church of Humanity Unchained' -- and eager for the next book.
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JackmanJS More than 1 year ago
This is not a novel that will make a lot of sense if you have not read the preceding 3 novels. Weber somewhat overdoes the navy sailing jargon, especially in the first chapter. But overall the novel was a page turner for me.
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