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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

How Firm A Foundation by David Weber




Ok, I’m losing count, this is another book in the excellent Safehold series.  Safehold is a planet lost from an alien intelligence that has wiped out mankind except for Safehold.    Safehold’s founders founded a new religion to deter industrialization in hopes of not attracting the attention of mankind’s nemesis.

The aforementioned theocracy has become dominated by the gang of four.   The gang of four, are four corrupt churchmen who will do anything, no matter how despicable, to remain in power.   Mass murder, terriorism, torture and even instigating civil war and denying all progress, it still manages to trumpet it’s godliness.  

As all of Weber’s works he has deplorable villains and laudable heroes.   Weber works many of current society’s ills into his work.   Fanaticism, jihad, corruption, facile politicians, evil empires; he manages to include or refer to through proxy.

Weber is one of those rare authors who can infiltrate your emotions with his characters and feel you full of empathy for their actions.   This book shows the Charisian Empire, once more, co-opting a former foe into a stalwart ally.  

Some reviews complain that Weber is wordy but each brush stroke can increase the depth and beauty of a work.  

I highly recommend the book.

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This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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