Another in the series about Honor Harrington. To understand the full series, you need to start with On Basilisk Station and follow tem from there. The story is well written, like all David Weber books (for true space opera/naval battles try "The Shiva Option/In Death Ground"). I have yet to be disappointed with a David Weber book, his characters are well developed and rarely do you find anything disconnected. Highly recommended series.
The audio book was light years ahead of the book, the performance was so good, it seemed to be an audio theater. I drive 62 miles each weay to work and rack up a lot of audio book time, and next to Honor Harrington, this has been the best series yet. The whole universe Mr. Hamilton has built is detailed, his characters real and emotional and the story line is riveting throughout.
The moment the story climaxes you wonder through 2 books who the Starflyer agent is that is passing the detailed Navy information along, and you get down to just a few possibilities, and then it hits. The story builds to this moment in a wonderful way.
That is really hard to call, He does such a great job of making each character unique and you never lose track of any characters at all, male or female. Ozzie is a joy to hear, you know that that is exactly what Mr. Hamilton must have intended for him.
I always hated to stop it at the end of my trip. This book would be a great evening entertainment.
Awesome story, that picks back up 1000 years later in the Void series. All 5 books make a great long listen, I most strongly recommend them.
The story, performance and how they work so well together is an outstanding piece of listening pleasure. In fact, I DID listen to the entire Honor Harrington series leading up to this one, just to get refreshed on the the story. Honor's story line is well thought out, and continues to expand to the point some people found it trying or boring. Not in the least, if you want to delve into a whole new world, that is painstakingly crafted, then listen in sequence to all the books (including the Saganimi and Torch side series) as they ALL tie together into a large, vast universe.
Hard to decide, Honor has strength of character, almost to the point of a flaw, but adapts rapidly to whatever changes in her environment, Mike Henke is a good, solid friend, but has the same abilities as Honor, just tested in a different fire. Albrecht Detweiler and his sons are just out to save their collective butts and you have to appreciate their ability to keep the Mesan Alignment going. Weber's characters all have flaws, and strengths, and it makes it very hard to pick "the one".
Allyson Johnson makes the audio books a treasure. Her perfect pitch and voice changes make you wonder how many people they actually had record this thing. I am still not sure if she does all the characters or what, if she does, she should get an Audible Oscar.
If I had the time, I would, but I listen going to and from work (1.5 hrs each way, 3-4 days a week), and I want to stretch them out endlessly if possible.
A great book in a great series. If you want to comprehend it all, start with book 1 (On Basilisk Station) and follow through with all of them. You will not be disappointed if you like science fiction, military, or just good story telling.
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