I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
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.
This book is a transition book and it is very slow. All the main characters are only side notes to the most boring political dialog I have listened to.
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.
I just want to say that I've really enjoyed the series up to this point. I found this installment to be boring and contrived, and in some cases unbelievably wrong.
David Weber is in his element when starships start to blowup, otherwise his story telling is mediocre.
I have trouble believing that the oppostion would form a coalition government. Conservatives and Liberals don't get along. A more likely scenario would have been a government of the Centrists and either the Liberals or Conservatives. Based on that fact, the entire ineptitude of the High Ridge government would have been averted or curtailed. Weber must have wanted to bring drama back to the series so unfortunately we had to listen to 25 hours of contrived ineptitude which leads to an unsurprising military disaster at the end of the book. Throughout all of this, it is boring as hell too. If people give this book 5 stars with a plot setup like that, they are just sycophants.
Also, can you imagine what the diplomatic email chain must have been like between two star kingdoms, it had to be huge, with dozens and dozens of high ranking people involved. They send correspondence not just to the ambassador but to the military attache, the local intel guy. Many people. I was insulted that the author expected us to believe that official diplomatic correspondence could be altered by two people. It was just another contrived situation which led to the resumption of war.
I'm running around the track, and for 27 minutes I subject myself to a miserable conversation between Honor Harrington's mother and Lord Alexander's wife which was about nothing. After that I had to hit the fast forward button to bypass all meaningless dialogue, and there was copious amounts of it.
Theisman started to overdose on stupid pills. They can destroy the entire fleet at Trevor's Star, but they decide that they will take on two fleets, one of them, way the hell over at Sidemore. This has been a theme in this entire series. For a military that has overwhelming numerical advantage, they sure do like to pussy foot around with elaborate, intricate, and overly complicated plans, when they should act like a sledge hammer.
It is my own personnal opinion, but they should be eradicated, same as ewoks.
Tired of the Alliance:
Even though mostly French, the Republic of Haven is a democracy and I like it more than a constitutional monarchy or worse yet the religious fruitloop world of Grayson.
Honor Harrington is now a very boring character, actually has been for a long time. There is a list of accomplishments that start to add up to the rediculous. Overly capable is not a strong enough description. I can list everything, but we are in the 10th book, so I shouldn't have to. There are big Honor Harrington fans out there, but really can't stand her anymore.
I was introduced to the series a number of years ago, a appreciate the occasional easy read. There are some twists that I expected, and some that I didn't. However, there was, in my own opinion, way too much time focused on politics, speeches, and unimportant details. I ended up going online and finishing the series instead, where I can speed-read through the politicking and get to the juicy action scenes that were all that really pulled me in to the series in the first place.
I also cannot take any more of Allyson Johnson's voice. Sure, it was great to have her somewhat distinctive differentiations of the characters, but I'm tired of it after so many long hours.
Love Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, C.S. Friedman and Sanderson. Also especially like Clive Barker and am trying to get into the Foundation
What? Stupid question again audible.
All of them. The book was dreadful.
Don't buy this book.