Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.
The war between the People’s Republic of Haven and the Star Kingdom is finally won and peace established, but grave danger looms - for there is a plan well on its way to completion designed to enslave the entire human species. Behind that plan lies the shadowy organization known as the Mesan Alignment.
Task number one for Honor is to defend against another devastating Mesan strike - a strike that may well spell the doom of the Star Kingdom in one fell blow. It is time to shut down and secure the wormhole network that is the source of the Star Kingdom’s wealth and power - but also its greatest vulnerability. Yet this is an act that the Earth-based Solarian League inevitably will take as a declaration of war.
The thunder of battle rolls as the Solarian League directs its massive power against the Star Kingdom. And once again, Honor Harrington is thrust into a desperate battle that she must win if she is to survive to take the fight to the real enemy of galactic freedom: the insidious puppetmasters of war who lurk behind the Mesan Alignment!
©2012 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I actually checked online to see if I somehow missed downloading the rest of the story. I was left with the distinct impression that this story was never actually completed before the publication deadline, yet they forged ahead anyway.
The first 3rd takes place during the end of the previous book (filling in details of other plotlines), and the rest of it really just sets the stage for what appears to be a future story.
No, Weber has earned his reputation with me, and I will trust that the next edition of the series will be more up to the standards I expect.
No particular scene really excited me, but I liked to see the evolution of what I see as an interesting inclusion of the Beowulf story.
It did set the stage for a rich series of future editions of the Honerverse story. It just felt like a frustrating "To be continued...", with a 1-year wait on the immediate horizon.
After going through 12 books in the Honorverse - I wondered when the streak would end. It still hasn't. One problem: Book 14 isn't out yet! This book leaves the reader on a bit of a cliff hanger - and just makes me hope that book 14 comes out soon. A must read for Honor fans.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
While the book is three parts long and may seem long, it is in fact only the 1st half of the book. It does end suddenly, but if you want honor then that's the price you have to pay. If you have the patience I would recommend that you wait until the 2nd half comes out.
I have read all of the other Honor Harrington book and enjoyed most of them but if this is what Weber is now going to call an Honor Harrington book I am done reading his books. Honor Harrington had nothing to do with 98% of this book, but he threw her in because he said it was an Honor Harrington Book. The characters just went on and on about nothing so often I found myself saying who cares.
The one that had Honor Harrington in it.
The story is moving from a novel about a person “Honor Harrington” to a complex political intrigue.
It seems that the author explored all the possibilities with Honor and is moving on.
The other big change is the lack of space battle scenes.
I can still recommend this book for fans of the “Honorverse”
Optical Engineer from San Jose, CA.
I have really enjoyed this series so far. This book is basically a bridge between the main Honor plot line, the Torch plot line, and the Saganami plot line. It is a necessary recap of all of the plots as well as evolves the story forward. It is really a staging book for the next one in the series.
He must have needed a new Mercedes because this one stinks. I went through the whole series and it was great. This one is 80% blah, blah, blah and 20% meat.
Space Opera Lives!
Similiar to Elizabeth Moon's Herris Serrano and Thomas DePrima's Galaxy Unknown series with Jenetta Carver. Similar because they are all based around strong female miltiary officers, but Honor Harrington is a deeper series in terms of charaterization and scope.
The scene when the single shuttle is fighting to destroy as much of the debris as it can over Sphinx.
If you like space opera and sci fi and great characters you will like this latest entry to the Honor Harrington series.
If you have been following the Honor stories you know, if not, WHY? The only problem is when is the next one coming?
I listened to this while driving from near Philadelphia to Springfield, MO. Even though it took 2 days the time passed easily.
David Weber delivers more of the same which is fantastic ... if you like David Weber. Following his decade old formula for the Honor Harrington series, all the events that were planned two books ago come to pass while various people hatch new plots which will come to fruition two or three books from now. It would all be rather irritating if it weren't so darn compelling.
New listeners should realize that this is not a series it is easy to jump into. Many volumes have created a dense series mythology which will leave new listeners lost, althouhg pleasantly suprised by events of the book not having been warned about every event in the book two volumes ago, so I imagine that would be a bit of a trade off.
After reading many volumes of this series Allyson Johnson has demonstrated that she may be learning to properly pronounce the word Manticoran, an important issue as most of the book takes place on the planet of Manticore. I'm sure she'll have it down in just a few more volumes. Beyond that she does a remarkable job with the exception that she uses a young and tenetaive voice for the central character of Honor Harrington, which after many many volumes is perhaps no longer appropriate for the now Admiral.
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