If you are a fan of the Honorverse series, it goes without saying this is a 'Must Read'. It wraps up one portion of the series-long story arc, but pushes you headlong into a new one. Unfortunately it leaves you hanging for the next installment, but that's the way it goes. If you have not read (listened to) the previous Honorverse novels, this is not the place to start - you will be totally lost. Start at the beginning, and you will be glad you did.
My only criticism is the narration. In general it is OK although I would echo some of the other comments about the random use of accents. But what bothered me most was the narrator's voice for Honor Harrington herself - the major character. She came off sounding like a 14-year old teenage girl to me. Yes, she is described as having a soprano voice, and yes, these characters have 'prolonged' lifespans, but I can't take the most famous admiral of the Royal Manticoran Navy seriously when she sounds like an eighth-grader!
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
"Pride goes before a fall"
First time in 400 year history of Manticore, foreign star nation have attacked the home fleet.
Millions of lives lost at least 350 ships of the wall and screen were destroyed it was the greatest battle in modern history.
Home fleet is completely destroyed third fleet is unsalvageable, only 8th fleet under the command of Fleet Admiral Honor Harrington stands between Star Empire of Manticore and it's destruction, let's hope it will be enough.
Meanwhile in Talbot cluster (Quadrant) 10th fleet under command of Admiral Michelle Henke also have to get it's hands dirty.
The exchange of fire between Manticoran ships and SLN, first time in 300 years SLN ship was destroyed in battle
Solarian League Navy (SLN) The biggest, The most Powerful, The most modern Navy in human history, OR IS IT ?!
More than twenty years of war "War of Annihilation" between Manticore and PRH, twenty years of battle hardened training and professionalism , twenty years during which R&D on both sides
was working like mad to overcome enemy's technological superiority, Twenty years in which tactical doctrine have completely changed , the time in which LAC became as powerful as old time Destroyer, the time in which FTL communication became a norm of warfare and even some civilian operations. The Royal Manticoran Navy Changed.
IS IT REALLY JUST NEO-BARBARIAN VERGE NAVY?
Over this same Twenty years PRH political system have completely changed or perhaps it was taken back to it's root
Legislaturalists are no longer in power, neither is Tyrannical rule of Rob S. Pierre, and Dictatorship of Oscar Saint-Just was also overthrown. First time in two hundred years People Republic Haven is a Democracy.
And agian Status change:
PRH is in turmoil sneak attack on Manticoran star system failed, raids by 8th fleet completely destroyed infrastructure of 8 star systems, with the loss of units during Operation "BEATRICE" fleet is decimated, and it was all their own fault!!!!!
NEXT BOOK IS " A Rising Thunder"
I'm just this guy, y'know?
I am very impressed with the way the threads running through this series seem to be coming together. I only wish it was longer! :)
First of all I want to say that I have loved all of the authors books and it is likly that I have read or listened to them all. I was looking forward to this book so much that instead of waiting for a credit to be applied I used cash. I regret it so much that had I purchused the book in a book store I would have brought it back for a refund.
The monolog and descripitions when on so long that I found myself getting very angry and turning off the book to keep from throwing it out the window. Very little of the very long monologs had any character or plot building elements. The sole purpose must have been to add word count. I will not buy any more of Webers books
After changing the narrator to Alyson Johnson, the answer is a definite and loud NO.
The Harrington series is a long-standing favorite of mine and I find it nearly matchless - actually, it soured me for many similar series for that reason.
Never if I can help it. I hate her random and totally unnecessary voice-acting and her choice of accents for many of the minor characters is abysmal.
It is a great book in a series I have been following since 1994, and it still has the power to move me.
Please, please, pretty please Audible, let Madeline Buzzard be the only voice for Honor Harrington.
I have not read the print version.
I personally find all the technical jargon to be over my head and I fast forward over it.
Anything with the Tree Cats is a favorite.
This book is waste. The complete Manpower story line is just magic. By Weber’s own description is they are a small but wealthy system who specialize in biotech. I can buy they are the galaxies leader in biotech. So having 2 super advances in that field makes sense. The genetic upgrades they have done is major and I can believe they can control politics. The bio-virus that controls people is believable if your are that deep into genetics. It stays within their expertise. For me at this point it is still SF.
It starts to become magic when they come up with 3 non-biotech advances that are all undetectable.
1) They made a drive that takes them well into the higher hyper bands.
2) New sub-light drives that are undetectable using a totally new propulsion system.
3) A grazer that keeps its’ power but can fit into a missile.
That becomes unbelievable. It would be hard to believe they came up with one of these technologies. You have two naval empires that can not create these technologies with all their research. Then to add insult, Mr. Weber has them create a navy without anybody noticing. Not even the Ballroom!
If they were capable of all this on top of their biotech everybody in the galaxy would be watching them. This has lost its' SF taste.
He tries to compare it to Japan in WWII. No match. Japan did not have any super weapons. They had advances the US did not have. Great Britain had similar technology. They convinced the US they were not advancing their navy, but everybody knew the Japanese had navy. The surprise was where it was located.
For die hard fans only. Yes, I've read the previous 11 books at one time of another in the past couple of decades, but this one just floored me. I simply can't keep the various threads of the story intact, and Weber is utterly unforgiving - you just have to work it all out for yourself somehow. Best of luck.
Listening is not the same as reading, but it is still fun
Instead of having the narrator explain everything have the listener learn as the characters encounter the events/changes/whatever
This seems to be his style so maybe nothing
I am accustomed to Madelyn Buzzard
I raced through the first 11 books in two months. Its been a year or so now and I still have not done this one, fell asleep several times
When we got to finally pickup from the previous books plot I really enjoyed it, and as always like the POV shifts to fill in for us and bring other characters alive.
That said, I am not a fan at all of a book that goes back into previously covered material, even if it was only alluded to to 'flesh it out'. This is the first book of the series were I found myself wondering if I wasted my money. I think Mr Weber could have succeeded in far less pages with the same clarity and provided newer content then the few parcels that really made it to the book. I think this might be because originally this was supposed to be the last book with Honor in it but changed in the stream of writing?
I still enjoy the book but hope this is the last that bounces back and forth in time perspective.
I am actually planning on trying the Star Kingdom series next. I was 'turned on' to Mr Weber from his collaboration with David Drake and Eric Flint. After reading Drake's RCN series I noticed via other works done by Mr Drake and then remembered the name from some of the Grantville 'verse books.
She is talented and does an admirable job of bringing life to characters with emotional depth and her skills are an asset to the series.
No, nothing that I can say other then it might have inspired my patience with a writing style I do not like as noted above.