The Resource How firm a foundation, David Weber

How firm a foundation, David Weber

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How firm a foundation
Title
How firm a foundation
Statement of responsibility
David Weber
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Hiding secret agendas from their subjects throughout a terrible war in the Charisian Empire, the Emperor and his inner circle of advisors launch a desperate counter-attack against a corrupt Church of God Awaiting that is complicated by a discovery in the Church's Zion Temple
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Review
  • Weber’s immensely popular Safehold series continues. The corrupt Church of God Awaiting is reeling, baffled by its recent losses in battle against the Charisian Empire. With drastically reduced revenue due to the lack of tithes from several unsympathetic empires, the Church faces deep cost-cutting measures. A bold plan is needed to restore the Church to glory, not to mention to achieve its expansionist goals. Meanwhile the Charisian Empire, knowing it got lucky in its naval confrontation with the Church, casts about for a strategy to defeat, conclusively and permanently, the larger and (ultimately) better-equipped Church on its own ground. Weber’s series mixes hard sf and old-fashioned naval adventure in a manner that has galvanized readers. It should be pointed out, however, that this latest installment assumes a detailed knowledge of the series’ characters and story lines; a glossary helps newcomers a little but not much. The author’s tendency to give awkward spellings to familiar names (Dunkyn, Tymythy, Ehdwyrd), too, could cause some readers to become distracted, pulling them out of the book at points where serious concentration is required to follow the story. Still, while this is definitely not the book to recommend to newbies eager to jump on the Weber bandwagon, it’s certain to give the ravenous audience a full and satisfying meal. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Weber’s quick rise to the top of the sf sales heap is big news in a genre whose authors rarely visit best-seller lists. Weber now has a reserved seat at the table, and his publisher is planning a promotion campaign for his latest that will ensure he stays put for some time. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 09-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 2, p32)
  • The island empire of Charis struggles for survival against the powerful Church of God Awaiting, unable to gain ground against the church's superior numbers. At the heart of Charis's effort is a secret known only to the Emperor Cayleb, the Empress Sharleyan, and Merlin Athrawes, the avatar of a woman killed a thousand years ago in a hopeless galactic war against an alien race intent on exterminating humans. Though the world of Safehold has remained hidden from the aliens by forswearing most forms of high technology, Cayleb and his companions know that the only way to survive their inevitable discovery is to acquire the technology necessary to defeat their enemy, despite the church's brutal punishments for what they consider heresy. When Merlin finally makes a shattering discovery about what lies beneath the distant Temple in the church's city of Zion, the war takes on an even more desperate significance. VERDICT With each installment in this epic sf/fantasy blend, Weber sharpens his storytelling skills. The sixth volume (after Out of the Dark ) creates a unique world in which medieval trappings serve as a buffer against an alien threat and generations live in blissful ignorance of the danger than lurks beyond the stars. Series readers and the author's wide fan base will want this. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed October 15, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 17, p65)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10012153
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weber, David
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The Safehold series
Series volume
0005
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Androids
  • Churches
  • Technology
  • Aliens
  • Rulers
  • Husband and wife
  • Secrets
  • Humans
  • Planets
  • Warriors
  • Insurgency
  • Space warfare
  • Safehold (Imaginary place)
Target audience
adult
Label
How firm a foundation, David Weber
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
828510
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
607 pages
Isbn
9780765321541
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011018957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765321541
  • (OCoLC)704383872
Label
How firm a foundation, David Weber
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
828510
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
607 pages
Isbn
9780765321541
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011018957
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780765321541
  • (OCoLC)704383872

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