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.
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.
come up with a more original plot line with a logical end to the series.
none in particular
The reading was outstanding. Too bad the narrator didn't have better material to work with.
They all work together but that doesn't make the final product any better
It reminds me of a SyFi channel series. It has to keep coming up with more plot twists with each one being more outlandish than the previous one until the series is cancelled because it becomes becomes unwatchable.
First, it's very irritating to find the main character present in fewer than one-third of the scenes in the book. Second, this particular book in the series ends in the middle of the action. Is this a soap opera or a novel?
If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.
I am new to the series and have just read or listened to all 12 books. I have not read the related books so yes this book was way out on a limb for me because despite all the words I mostly did not understand what was going on with the new characters and their evil intent. That may be my own fault but there was no way for me to know I needed to read those books first.
That being said I wonder at the reviews others wrote for this story.
I like the reader, she has read all 12 books and so the characters have been voice set since book 1. Why would she change anything in book 12? All the books have been wordy with lots of detail so that is not new either so I do not get these reviews that say ......they have read all his books but this last one is to wordy, to many details, the reader's voices are wrong?
Ok just my opinion...
Weber's already unintentionally funny overuse of the "suppressed mental grin" and similar expressions of olympian stoicism ring a cringe-making crescendo in this book. All of the characters use almost the exact same word choices and expressions and almost every single entry in the serial monologues includes one of the phrases, "on the other hand", "to be fair", or "to be honest". The forced descriptions of a dozen new characters was so uncompelling and boring that it took an effort not to skip it. Of course, they are all workaholic superpersons with superhuman attentions to detail, yet not one of them was remotely human, nor did Weber establish any reason at all why we should care who the hell they are individually.
The narrator was effective, but her habit of giving every other character her version of a thick accent was grating. Her talent for accents is impressive, but the accents were unnecessarily difficult to understand. I've worked with people from around the world and I can parse accents fairly easily, but without being able to see the face, a thick French accent, for example, is far more difficult to understand than a lighter touch would be.
I've hungrily gobbled up the entire HH series and many of the auxiliary sets of stories. I accept and even revel in the pulp elements of Weber's writing because his approach to speculative fiction is so inventive and workable that his reverence for workaholia and expressionless faces can normally be overlooked as minor flaws of a brilliant tale-spinner. As much as this book disappointed me, I still like reading David Weber and I will read, but probably not listen to, the next entry in the HH series.
Weber should be legally prevented from using the phrase, "but on the other hand". I have never seen an author who relies on dramatic dialog and writes some of the best space battle sceens I've ever read/heard rely on such a cliche this much. Literally every scene containing a substantiative discussion between characters, and they are numerous, used that phrase. His editors should be flogged.
David, where did you hide Honor...you ve lost the feel...you lost the story...and you have lost me...I always buy the Honor series...but its not the same...this book drags so badly you could eat the pages...and have something better than this book...the plot would have been great if only you had known what you were doing...you buried it under needless words...forgot the action...when I finished it..and it was hard to do so...the last page was the only good part of the whole book...it said...THE END.