I too read this in my youth, checking it and its siblings out of the library - then later rummaging through various bookstores (Go Powells - Portland,I too read this in my youth, checking it and its siblings out of the library - then later rummaging through various bookstores (Go Powells - Portland, Or) for copies to fill out my library. It is a found memory of the past - and as such I read it as a document from the past - just like Superman. And as that comic hero has undergone metamorphosis and evolution over time - unfortunately the Lensmen series has stayed in place. My great hope is to someday sit down and craft a fan fiction update. The characters could easily be updated to live in the 21st Century - along with the technology. What needs no updating is the scope of the tale, the profound contrast between contesting philosophies of life in a death struggle to assert dominance. One day....more
Midst Toil and Tribulation was the trial and Like a Mighty Army the verdict. The Church of God has rolled over Siddarmark like the Wermacht in its EurMidst Toil and Tribulation was the trial and Like a Mighty Army the verdict. The Church of God has rolled over Siddarmark like the Wermacht in its European Blitzkrieg, only to be stopped by defenders pulling out all stops to arrest the advance of the Army of God as it ravages the population. After sacrifices sow the seeds of enduring hatred that burns brightest in religious conflicts, the Republic of Siddarmark, aided by early elements of the Charisian Expeditionary Force halts the tide of advance as winter freezes the battlefield. Like a Mighty Army sees new arms flowing in from the innovative manufactories of the United States of Safehold (Charis) along with fully equipped Armies of their own, taking the conflict to the Armies of God and in general showing them what happens when they put their hands in a blender. Merlin finally sees the first seeds sprout in his wider strategy to topple the Church of God, as new solutions come from Dhollar and the Church as active minds cope with battlefield problems far from doctrinal dogmas. Ironically the few innovative fighter on the side of the Church find themselves in a quandary testing their core ideals and faced with a dilemma of how to protect their brightest minds from the inquisition. All in all...a happy making bloodtime story. ...more
I read some reviews that predisposed me to expect an unfilling bridge story but found this installment busy with scenes from all other the world, exciI read some reviews that predisposed me to expect an unfilling bridge story but found this installment busy with scenes from all other the world, exciting with action in unexpected areas and new avenues even as the we get closure in other areas. I give Taylor full credit for setting the stage for an exciting 9th installment even as he left me satisfied to catch my breath. ...more
This is the 7th book in the "Destroyermen" series by Taylor Anderson and is replete with action, plot, development and doubt, taking the reader to fogThis is the 7th book in the "Destroyermen" series by Taylor Anderson and is replete with action, plot, development and doubt, taking the reader to fog shrouded cliffs in a multi-theater world war. Friends are encircled by a bitter and unforgiving enemy, key characters have suffered significant losses on both sides and new attacks are in the process of being mounted just as several new groups are introduced - when it ends... Obviously there is more - and I am left with baited breath in anticipation of the next chapter - but I can only consider this a chapter in a rapidly expanding evolutionary tale.
Two concerns - has Taylor Anderson now created a situation so large in scope that he can never tell it all in one book. Will he make a decision to migrate this from "new world explorers" to deeper Science Fiction by discovering a worm hole junction to olther worlds that allow the destroyermen to move ahead.
At this rate technology advances are capped to 1940 WWII technology. Clearly Taylor is setting a vision for the future with the mixed society revealed in South Africa - setting the stage for bringing in a new group from Earth or near-Earth in another Universe.
Can't wait to see what happens when the Destroyermen bomb the Celestial Mother and her reaction....more
I place HFAF in the same category as "By Schism Rent Asunder" - pieces move about the table, jockeying for position and events are set in motion thatI place HFAF in the same category as "By Schism Rent Asunder" - pieces move about the table, jockeying for position and events are set in motion that require more segments to resolve. This is definitely a middle book in another story arc.
The excitement of Charisian naval victories and technical supremacy at sea is temporized by the Church moving to a strategy of terrorism, subversion and suicide bombers - all while promulgating oppression as it visit's the "Question" and Schulerite Torture on an ever widening array of targets. Getting your blood to boil at this pace is good in a Kung Fu movie where the villian's payback is only 40 minutes away - but here we have nearly another year to a resolution. After 6 books at this pace - the time to get back into space and take it to the Gbaba will take another decade.
Without spoiling too much for those still in the throws, I found this book went fast. But it drove me about the block and did not provide any great new insights or resolution. Development of the Charisian character ecosystem was satisfying, while subtractions by the Church's suicidal Rakurai raised my blood pressure as the vulnerability of any open society to this sort of attack hit home.
By the end the line is clearly drawn between the secular nations and the Church. Two major questions were raised - the nature of the sleeping elements under the Temple and the inability of the Charisian forces to insinuate an agent in the Temple itself. Clearly Clynthan and his cronies are much more susceptible to the negative consequences of a terror campaign than any of his higly dispersed enemies. ...more
The start of a new series for David Weber with an outstanding premise. Girl gets killed but conciousness is transfered to a flexible vessle that can bThe start of a new series for David Weber with an outstanding premise. Girl gets killed but conciousness is transfered to a flexible vessle that can be used to shape a new civilization and help it find its way back to the stars to face a long ago foe that defeated Earth and its colonies. But first Safehold must be roused from nearly a millienium of Theocratic stagnation in which technology was proscribed and the comfort of a priveleged class has lead to internal corruption and decay. Weber builds an intriguing universe and leaves us wanting more as he mixes oared galleys, cybertech and starships....more
**spoiler alert** Of all the Safehold series this is the least exciting but sets an interesting future stage. Merlin extends his presence across Safeh**spoiler alert** Of all the Safehold series this is the least exciting but sets an interesting future stage. Merlin extends his presence across Safehold by establishing various personae in the form of new Seijin in Zion, Corisande and Tarot as he extracts the innocents from Clyntanhs oppressive crackdown in Zion, unmasks the resistance in Corisande and helps the Gorjah of Tarot turn his coat on the Church. Seamount finally gets a handle on how to build and deploy artillery shells which save the day for a Charis that despite all the gifts of Merlin's surveillance tools is strategically outmanuvered by Maigwair and Clyntahn.
Unfortunately the end feels much more rushed than the middle and the story with Iris and her guardian Earl Corris left me wanting more. Problem is that at this pace David will exhaust is 10 volume budget 300 years before Safehold ever makes it back into space....more