The People's Republic of Haven made a tiny mistake when it announced the execution of Honor Harrington. It seemed safe enough. After all, she was already dead. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now Honor has escaped from the prison planet called Hell and returned to the Manticoran Alliance with a few friends. Almost half a million of them, to be precise including some who know what really happened when the Committee of Public Safety seized power in the PRH. Honor's return from the dead comes at a critical time, providing a huge, much-needed lift for the Allies' morale, for the war is rapidly entering a decisive phase. Both sides believe that victory lies within their grasp at last, but dangers no one could foresee await them both. New weapons, new strategies, new tactics, spies, diplomacy, and assassination all are coming into deadly focus, and Honor Harrington, the woman the newsies call "the Salamander," once more finds herself at the heart of them all. But this time, the furnace may be too furious for even a salamander to survive.
A Note from Author David Weber
There's been some confusion—not to say, um, energetic debate, readers and fans being readers and fans—about the correct pronunciation of "Manticoran." The truth, alas, is that a stitch was dropped. An error occurred. A mistake was made… and it wasn't Audible's fault. It was mine. Before Audible recorded the very first Honor Harrington book, narrator Allyson Johnson and I not only corresponded by e-mail but actually spoke to one another by phone. She wanted to make absolutely certain she had the correct pronunciations for names, places, star nations, etc., and I tried to make certain all of her questions were answered. And so they were. Unfortunately, at some point in the process, I replied to one of her e-mails by telling her that "Man-ti-core-ahn" was pronounced "Man-tik-er-ahn." Exactly how this happened is more than I can say at this point, except to blushingly disclose that the original e-mail remains intact, confirming to all the world that it was, indeed, my fault. I can ascribe it only to a temporary mental hiccup on my part and crave your forgiveness. If, however, you must blame someone for the mix-up, that someone should be me and not Audible, who have done everything they could to get it right.
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©2001 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"The new Honor Harrington novel is the longest yet, but justifies its length and complexity by greatly advancing the story of Honor and her universe. Honor has triumphally returned from Hades, at the head of a fleet of liberated POWs. Her reward is to become an admiral, a duchess, and a billionaire. She also becomes an elder sister of twins and, since Nimitz has lost some of his telepathy to war wounds, helps the ever delightful treecats learn signing, thereby proving they are fully sapient. But the war goes on, and the Star Kingdom's superior technology and training increasingly give it the advantage....Factor in Honor's personal and professional dilemmas, realistic R&D and procurement problems, spine-tingling action, and the series' usual dry wit, and it is clear that Weber has produced another mandatory acquisition." (Booklist)
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I could not put this book down. Honor comes back from 2 years at a prison camp and rebuilds her life. She is moving from an battle action person, except at the end of the book to flag command. The interaction with her Mother and the increasing role with the Queen is interesting. Enjoyed the parts with the tree cats. Nemitz injury and all the cats learning to communicate by other than telepathy was great. The ending makes me want to start on the next book in the series right away.
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)
"10 years,war continues?"
Reconstruction surgeries took along time,
meanwhile Honor Became a teacher on Saganami island
While she is on a medical leave, Sonja Hemphill doesn't sleep.
New LAC's which have more defensive and offensive capabilities than old style destroyer
Multi-drive missile system with increased target envelope
EW Ghost Rider system
FTL Fire control system
8'th fleet is finally ready for Operation "Buttercup"
Everything else is as usual:
1.Revolutions in PRH
2.Shannon Foraker rocks!!!
3.Queen Elizabeth Visits Grayson
4.Question of treecat's intelligence is resolved
Honor will have to make one of the hardest choices in her life, and that choice will decide the future of Manticoran Politics.
NEXT BOOK IS
"The Service of the Sword" Worlds of Honor book 4
Honor is out of the battles for this one. Others are taking the war to the peeps.
This installment is the most tedious so far. There are some very nice sections, like teaching the tree cats to sign, the effects of the jump in technology, the assassination attempt. But it drags and parts.
This series has been quite a pleasure — the physics and realism of the space battles (in the context of this SF world) — is great. In general, I enjoy Weber's exposition, but there are a few instances in this book where it goes a bit far on some non-military topics. It was appropriate to the plot, and interesting.
Allyson Johnson’s performances are great. There are so many characters in these tales that her accents, intonations, and personalities are very helpful.
Yes, I read the book at least 2x I find the entire series fun and buying the audio has been worth not listening to teen music in the background at home or blaring whatever muzak is on nearby cars on the way to work.
I have not read the print edition
How the war was being driven to a successful conclusion. The long-running nature of it was causing unconscionably large casualties.
The varied voices, inflections and accents help differentiate the large cast of characters.
The loss of still more of Honor's past comrades-in-arms is a sad part of the story, but inevitable given the long-running heavy fighting and their propensity for being where the action is.
The re-emergence of characters from Masada brings a note of extremism and intolerance that is unpleasant. Sort of matches the real world in a sad way.
Having started at the beginning, and loving the Honor Harrington series, it was very disappointing to find the last couple of books less than I had hoped for, but I had to speak up with this one. I agree with an earlier reviewer about the use of "on the other hand". It occurs so often in this one, that I find myself rolling my eyes every time it occurs. That is bad enough, but the use of other cliches is simply so glaring! For example: "sitting ducks", "half-cocked", "million-dollar question", "smoking gun", if you can think of one, it is probably in there - literally dozens and dozens of anachronistic cliches that have no place in the far future, particularly when Allyson Johnson has chosen to give nearly everyone except Honor a bad accent. What is with the French accent?...it is awful!--please stop! Mr. Weber went a bit overboard in the ruminations of the characters, to the detriment of the story. He DOES tell a very, very good story, and it is in there...but it is being buried by too much of what is on the characters minds or excruciatingly long descriptions of motivations or explanations of the inner workings of this or that. Get back to the STORY, man... you are certainly capable of it. Please lose the cliches and the accents They do not advance the story and are irritating in the extreme. The three stars is generous, overall, but because I like so much of the actual story, it was fair.
For anyone who's read the first eight, you'll like this. It progresses the story and delivers the same sort of tale. This was the first audio I'd purchased for the series, and I'll avoid doing the same until I get to the other narrator.
Buy the book. Read it.
Why does Honor sound like a schoolgirl? Even with prolong that makes no sense. No steel in the voice.
Why does Alyson Harrington sound like a surfer dude? Nothing about the performance says "impish and brilliant geneticist".
Did the Graysons come from Ireland? No. Their traditional music is "Country Western", and I think they came from Idaho.
Scotty Tremaine...sounds like an idiot.
I really don't think the narrator has payed attention to the material. I regret that some of my purchase price has gone to support so poor a performance and wonder that she's been given so many books. Recommended only if you have no other way to access the story.
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