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.
Yes, right before the newest book comes out I like to listen to the series again.
I really couldn't say what book, but it reminds me of Elizabeth Moon's "Vatta's War" series. Both strong female leads, saving the galaxy by just doing what needs to be done.
I've listen to her performances in this series and have enjoyed them all. And I really like the fact that the author took the blame for the mispronunciation of "Man-tik-er-ahn."
Greed, Betrayal, Anger...War!
Brit Abroad. Nearly six hundred Audible books heard, many more than once. Yes I'm hooked.
This is by far the worst of the HH series (so far), because it spends almost the entire book building up the political background to a resumption of war and another change of government. It's all talk about doing things, with very little actually being done by anybody.
I felt I needed to stick it out as there IS some important story arc in there, but it drags horribly. The essential story could have been written with a quarter of the words and a lot less filler.
Hopefully the next one gets us back on track.
No, since this is clearly an aberration from an excellent author.
Allyson puts a lot of effort into putting some emotion into an empty story, but she's pushing a rock up a hill.
I can't say I was disappointed, since other reviews had warned me this was going to be a tough job of work to get through.