unlike many of the Honor Harrington series, this book has no finale in it, it just fizzles out at the end. I much prefer a cliff hanger ending to a book in a series.
Also noted that Honor Harrington doesn't actually play much of a part in this book. I love this series, but I think this is the weakest book so far.
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"
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
I love the HH novels, and I have gotten very used to Ms. Johnson's narration, but this book never seems to end. Mr Weber has gone out of his way to destroy and wreak havoc on HH in more ways than in all of her previous "rides of the Valkyrie." Weber digs the grave so deep for the book's characters that I found myself just stopping the playback because the depression was just too much. He kills off some of our favorites as well, but we dont get the same emotional effect like when we lost Adm Raoul C.
Listening to the first two thirds of this book is a boring chore. It's all recap, bloated exposition and endless chatter that could have been done MUCH better and consisly..The book is not just slow, it crawls. There are hours of dialogue in which nothing happens and where minor characters do (and say) unimportant things. In one scene, we follow a team of marines through a captured ship, from the airlock to the bridge. Nothing happens. They don't even encounter anyone. Why was this in the book? The attack on the Manticore system is the big event of the book, but it feels very anti-climatic after listening for hours of drooning background. When compared to time wasted on the problems of prisoners, it really feels diminished. There are references to events from 'Torch' and 'Storm' which were never explained, and if you have not read or listened to them, you will be totally lost with this audiobook. I have read them, and I still got lost.
\If you are a HH fan, you will be disappointed. She is hardly in the book at all, when she is, she does not do anything. The book also ends on a huge cliffhanger, which is not at all typical for this series. I wanted to love it. It's been so long since we had a good solid HH book. But unfortunately I don't, and this isn't one! 3 stars, I gave 2 extra stars because HH is one of my favorite SiFi fictional character
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! :)
Action, intrigue, and a roller coaster of emotions as the balance of victory vs defeat ebbs and flows... right to the gripping final scene. Plot lines from previous books of three different series all begin to coalesce. The performance of the narrator perfectly captures the huge cast of characters and all of their reactions to the unfolding events.
Entertaining, too detailed
The performance was extraordinary, she gives each character their own voice.
Well done as usual.
It is a space opera!
I'll continue to read, but a little less attention to detail might help.
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.