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At the Sign of Triumph Audiobook

At the Sign of Triumph: Safehold, Book 9

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Publisher's Summary

At the Sign of Triumph: David Weber's New York Times best-selling Safehold series began with Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed, A Mighty Fortress, and How Firm a Foundation.

The Church of God Awaiting's triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than 2 percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it possibly resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels.

But Charis had something far more powerful than simple numbers. It had a king, a crown prince, and a navy prepared to die where they stood in its defense. It had the Brethren of Saint Zherneau, who knew the truth about Safehold's founding. Who knew that the Church of God Awaiting was a monstrous lie. And it had Merlin Athrawes, last survivor of long-vanished Earth. Merlin, the cybernetic avatar of a woman dead over 1,000 years, who was determined to break the Church's grip upon the human mind and soul.

So after eight years of war, it is not Charis but the Church that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and - faced with the unthinkable - it's decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology that has carried Charis so far.

In the end it is simple, for only one can survive. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle between those who believe in freedom and those who would crush it forever.

©2016 David Weber (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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    Hugh McGhee 19/08/2017
    Hugh McGhee 19/08/2017
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    "About time the story moved on..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have hung around this long, you are probably in for the duration like me. If not, I would recommend waiting until the author finishes before starting.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Oliver Wyman is perfectly fine as a narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but no spoilers here!


    Any additional comments?

    I might not live long enough to finish this series, and the author is the same age as me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Scarborough, United Kingdom 13/03/2017
    Steve Scarborough, United Kingdom 13/03/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Let's wrap this up!"

    Webber obviously reads the reviews and feedback because, all of a sudden, he ratchets up the pace of this episode lickity split! Ironically, the change in pace is a little jarring compared to the previous book in the series. If he had moved the story along like this from the beginning then this series would have beeb a trilogy! And that wouldn't have been a bad thing. Webber still can't do female characters who aren't annoying but, as usual, his naval knowledge is faultless and I wish he had concentrated on this more than the personal relationships. You may wonder why I'm still listening to this series when I have so many critisisms? That is because the initial premise is actually so good that I really want to find out how the stoy ends...Hopefully if Webber completes the rest of his books atvthis new pace I might just last long enough to hear it!!!

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    Mr. P. Culmer Lindum Colonia 20/01/2017
    Mr. P. Culmer Lindum Colonia 20/01/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "The end of an era!"

    I hope we'll hear more of this story; the end of the beginning - there is so much more to discover here, and I hope Mr Weber will tell us what happens next.

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    Dreamer1638 01/12/2016
    Dreamer1638 01/12/2016 Member Since 2015

    I am a Sci-Fi fanatic but I also enjoy historical fiction akin to The Pillars of the Earth; and some alternative history.

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    "nrilliant"

    I need more!!! its up there with Pilars of the Earth. I want more. Please.

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    Amazon Customer 06/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "loving this series"

    I have listened to this series since the beginning and still can't wait to see what happens next please don't make us wait to long.

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  • Mark
    Flower Mound, TX, United States
    14/11/16
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    "Wow wow wow"

    This is a great end to the beginning and yes a long way to still travel but what a book. This was probably my favorite of the Safehold books so far. Oliver Wyman is such a treat to listen too as well. If you are new to the series I recommend starting starting with book one. Also know this even though this book is around 40 hours it goes by fast. Thank you Mr. Weber for yet another fantastic work I will enjoy time and time again.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Davis
    02/12/16
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    "unfufilling"
    What disappointed you about At the Sign of Triumph?

    Wrapped up in a rush, and the ultimate story of how the human race rebuilds and confronts the aliens is left untold. You never find out what was under the temple either, so the ultimate confrontation with that is left unfinished as well( probably a bigger deal in the immediate story line).


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/11/16
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    "many detailed inconsequential sideplots"

    excellent performance. rushed ending has obvious missing developments such as why and how thirsk became regent. on the other hand there are very detailed side plots with characters who are introduced and then killed, making this seem like a collection of short stories in the safehold war.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond
    20/11/16
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    "A Great series"

    Each book was Worth the wait , one of my all time favorite series. This book was a good end to a good series.
    P.S. MR Weber - Please continue this Story line !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas
    Owen Sound, ON, Canada
    10/11/16
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    "Wearily limping to a finish"
    What disappointed you about At the Sign of Triumph?

    For the grand finale the book seemed tired, drawn out in most places and rushed in others.Characters that appeared in previous books aren't even present now while new characters we won't see after a given chapter get excessive wordage that adds nothing and makes me not care any more about them then before.

    The author continues with excessive detail that, for me at least, does not add anything to the story.

    A major side plot that was start a book or two ago was hurriedly wrapped up in this book and the excessive use of the Duex Ex Machina of the Sejin helped it along. For all of the value it added to the story the author could simply have kept to his "tell not show" style and told us all about it rather then waste several pages detailing what was telegraphed well beforehand.

    I suppose my biggest issue conti8nues to be that this is sold as "science fiction" when really it's historical military fiction or perhaps "alternative fiction". The occasional advanced technological device and "name drift" does not a science fiction book make.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Certainly nothing from the author. After wading through his Honor Harrington Series and then the Safehold series I've decided to give up on Mr. Weber and look for higher quality writers.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed Oliver Wyman's performances and he's as good as ever and manages to keep the character's outlandish names straight from book to book. If Oliver Wyman had not been the narrator I would likely not ahve bought this book.


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

    Disappointment and sense of relief that the series I'd wasted time and money on was fianlly at the "end". I know this is supposed to only be the end book of the "first arc" but I won't be continuing it. I started the series thinking it would be "Science Fiction" and it was simply a cover for the author's true passion of historical naval warfare and a way for him to expound upon his own religious views.


    Any additional comments?

    Author's should "show" rather then "tell". Sadly Mr. Weber seems incapable of this action, not surprising given the hundreds of characters he insists on filling his books with. Mr. Weber insists on telling us that character X is the best at Y but he never demonstrates how X is the best at Y. Even if character X is good at Y he's most likely to die if he's on the "bad" side even if skill/trait "Y" should have kept him alive.

    Another consequence of having so many minor/one-off characters is that they all sound the same at times. The "What's That?"/"What's what?" is one example.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Albuquerque, NM USA
    20/11/16
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    "And so things begin..."

    This is a great installment in this story. Almost everything I want to say about it is a spoiler, which makes this review a bit difficult. It left me wanting the next book more than any of the others did. The voice acting was very, very well done! I hope Oliver Wyman does all the rest of the books in the series!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Lena, MS
    18/09/17
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    "enjoyed !!"

    This book brings an end to what I hope will be more in this story line. The Cabana await !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy Love
    19/08/17
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    "Great "Ending" to a truly epic story."

    After being immersed in the Safe hold Series all summer, reality promises to be a tad dull. I think I'll look into learning to sailing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King
    16/07/17
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    "Too long"

    Way too long. If the book was cut in half, we wouldn't have missed a thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • merkranger
    Romeo, Mi
    30/06/17
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    "Belief is a weapon, that can be a destroyer"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Due to my job, I am fortunate in that I can listen to this in only a couple days!


    Any additional comments?

    I greatly enjoyed this book, and the rest of the series, and continue to look forward to the upcoming books in this series.
    In many ways, this is a closing of a chapter in this storyline, and while it has taken 9 books to get here, and, history has shown that things usually do collapse this fast, it almost seemed that it should have gone on for another book or 2. I am greatful, that this has gone on this long, but, it did seem to conclude this part of the series, rather abruptly. I don't like the actions of some of the characters morally, but, it would have been the actions of such characters, and in that manner, he does a wonderful job, of fully creating characters.
    A message for David Weber, and the publishers -
    I understand, that this is a long series, and it has taken a lot of effort to bring the story line to this point. However, the conclusion of this book seems to rush the story a little. Please remember, that by it's very nature, this storyline, is a long one. I realize you want to work on other works of art, and you may do so before the conclusion of this series, but, those of us who enjoy the world you have been creating, would be far better served with a few extra books. I'm certainly not going anywhere, I intend to stick around, to fully enjoy this series over and over. So, go ahead, sell a few extra books, when the storyline would be better suited to do so. That being said, this part of the story is done, I don't see a need to go back, and revise or expand it(, unless, a suspicion about the fate of the "arch angels" and the remaining colony ships, makes it into the story, then, feel free to expand that part...).
    Looking forward to the preparation for the next stage of the story...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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