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Everywhere else this book is listed as #14 in the HH series and that is what I was waiting for, almost like an addict. I even went so far as listening to the series again, all thirteen book in the HH series. Instead this is a Michelle Henke # 2 or # 3 in the Shadow series (Audible got it right) We didn't find this out until the book became available.
About the book, a lot of duplication, read cut and paste from other HH books and just when it is getting to where Mike is going to kick Manpower butt, the book ends. All the other books in the Shadow series are twice as long. I actually was checking to see if I missed a part because 16 hours is to short.
I would have given the book a better rating if my expectation would have been different.
Probably, but not this series.
She did okay. My "performance" issues are with the directors of the audiobook, but this may be misplaced, it may be that Weber, or his publisher is to blame. Someone made some very bad decisions in how this book/listen was assembled, with regard to the timeline. I quit about chapter 8, I couldn't take any more. I do not want to listen to the same EXACT parts of the story from the last book and the book before it. Stupid.
There are some SERIOUS time dependencies issues. It's as if chapters from 2 to 3 books ago, that were cut, were added back into a new book. This book actually starts out in a timeline BEFORE the book before the book before this one. Confused? You will be. It is as if previously deleted (and bad) chapters were cut, and reassembled. I'm done.
I did like listening to the this book. It was well performed and a good story. Just not what I was hoping to get from the continuation of the Honor Harrington series.
Possibly. This one book is not enough to discourage me from reading books by David Weber. At the same time it did not leave me anxious for the next installment.
1. Honor Harrington (the main character of the series) is only mentioned in this book, never was she a player, or even indirectly involved.
2. ALL of the action scenes where skipped! Each time the story would lead up to a battle then jump to the aftermath - mostly the politics of the story.
I did not get this book to read the a story of space drama politics. David Weber, the author, seems to be making the same mistake the Robert Jordan made with the Wheel of Time. The story is branching to much and he is introducing to much or driving too deeply into the politics of the story. Give me just enough and stop there. I like a good intrigue, deep stories of spies and subterfuge and the game of politics. I love that the Honor Harrington series salt and pepper with it, but I don't want it to be the primary focus of the story. That is not what drew me to these books and it will push me away. Prior to the Shadow of Freedom, there was enough of that to get me drawn into the conflicts. This one had me shouting enough already!
Over all it was a good story. By it's self I may of loved it. Preconditioned with the other book, it left me wondering if I will continue reading the series.
David Weber wrote an entertaining store (as usual), with more action.
Continuity with most of the other Honor Harrington books (and she is a good reader).
This book carries on the side story of the Honorverse with great gusto. Lots of detailed and personal scenes.
She does a wonderful job but the shifting of narrators from Jay Snyder makes it tough to take the publisher seriously.