While this book had Honor Harrington as the main character she isn't in most of the book. This book was mostly layer upon layer of politics and how exactly the breakdown in communication came at the negotiating table. Some characters I feel badly for and others I just hate more and more. While some of the book seemed to drag a bit and I admit that I took several breaks to listen to other books, it was actually really fascinating. This is not however one of my favorite books of the series. It felt more like the whole books was setting up the next book in which the war must actively resumes. I wouldn't recommend reading this book without reading the books that have come before, starting with On Basilisk Station. I do like Allyson Johnson as a narrator and I like how she tries to keep the accents consistent between people of the same star nation. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series.
Engaging, suspenseful story
The end of peace talks and how that came to be.
Yes, and I like having a consistent reader across the series.
The naval battles are an interesting study
I listened Allyson Johnson’s other performances before in this series and others, this was good as always
Obviously you're already a David Weber fan, and an Honorverse afficionado or you wouldn't be even considering this book. If this is the first book in the Honorverse you're thinking of listening to, STOP. Go back to "On Basilisk Station" and start with book one; and I envy you the journey of your first read (listen) of this remarkable series. I literally stumbled into that first book shortly after it came out in paperback while I was in a used book store; and I've been hooked ever since.
This tenth book is more than 800 pages and has so many plots, sub plots, primary, secondary and tertiary characters all headed... somewhere... at different speeds and with different agendas that it's impossible to summarize it all. The Sol system and Frontier Security are rapidly being manipulated into becoming major players. Mesa is pulling strings as fast as it can identify puppets. And you'll have to listen to find out what else is going on.
But do listen. It just doesn't get any better than this. David Weber is the best in the business at the top of his form.
Only for fans who don't want to stop reading the series. Otherwise, its like hiking through mud up to the ankles. Cold and rainy.
Mr. Weber is bored with his own series. This really has no heroes. Nothing to cheer for. Its like taking a paper pushing job in some government job with no future, no hope, no thrill, and no sense of accomplishment.
Johnson never fails to deliver, even though she is constantly asked to deliver two view points from the same characters in succession like "on the other hand" or "yes and no". I wish she would do other authors books.
I would have sent it back to the author. 60% of this book is continuous droning and descriptions of how bureacratic, incompetent and corrupt the star kingdoms goverment has become and how fresh and redeeming the revolutionary Peep goverment , yet gullible and hoodwinked into starting a war by the acts of one man who no one trusts. Ridiculous plot and boring.
I've read the first 10 books then put them down. Since that time I've purchased the first 10 on audio to "get caught up". Now I realize why I stopped reading them. THIS BOOK.Avoid at all costs. Maybe the series changes in book 11. But book 10 is a millstone around the neck of Honor Harrington and this whole series.
I'm a big fan of the Harrington series up to this one. There's not much here for a Harrington fan. It's 90 percent boring politics surrounding unlikeable characters. The plot leads up to what could be a dramatic ending where these unlikeable characters get their just deserts, but instead ends with just a paragraph or two. Even the ending battle scene is cut short. If you just have to listen to this one for continuity I recommend listening to it at double speed.
The book downloaded in 5 parts. So far I have listened to the first 3 parts and almost nothing has happened except conversation and exposition. A good editor could have saved this book.