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Ashes of Victory: Honor Harrington, Book 9 | [David Weber]

Ashes of Victory: Honor Harrington, Book 9

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
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to another Honor Harrington adventure.

©2001 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-30-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-30-11 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Ashes of Victory"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 10-17-12
    Professor 10-17-12

    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)

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    "Honor Harrington Universe Book 12"

    "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 SDP's
    New LAC's which have more defensive and offensive capabilities than old style destroyer
    LAC Carriers
    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

    PS
    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

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome story more challenges and more background"

    My favorite book so far. Great story getting together and seeing the main key players work together to fight for their lives. Glad to see the story show Honor in a more varied roles and interest and saving people at the right time and the right place.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone Jester Sarasota, FL, United States 05-02-15
    Simone Jester Sarasota, FL, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2015

    30-year-old bookworm with two retail jobs that likes to listen to books on the way to work. :)

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    "More consequences of stuff that went before"
    Where does Ashes of Victory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a bit slow-moving and really long, but I don't mind that in an audiobook series. It means that the "book funk" from finishing a series and wondering what to tackle next will be farther down the road. Plus I like that actions in previous books have consequences in whichever one I happen to be listening to. I'd say nothing happens in a vacuum, but the series takes place in outer space.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mac, Honor's steward. I'm not sure how the book spells the full name because I've only been listening. He's loyal, snarky, and really cares about Honor, and the moments with them (especially in the earlier books, you hardly hear from him at all at this point) show the all-too-human side of Honor.


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    Mac again. And McBride. I like their sass and their accents. (Actually, I like the way Allyson Johnson does the accents. It makes the characters that much easier to tell apart.)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    [SPOILER] The part where Miranda LaFollet was translating for the tree-cat who was signing to Queen Elizabeth and Ariel. Elizabeth's reaction was quite moving.


    Any additional comments?

    A list of all the books in the Honorverse--not just the main story, but all the side novels and side short stories, in the order in which they should be read, would be most helpful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles JONESTOWN, PA, United States 03-04-15
    Charles JONESTOWN, PA, United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Great Epic"

    A Battle for planets. Galactic empires at war. Politics and intrigue. Look carefully and you will see the world we inhabit!

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    Farrell 01-09-15
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    "No battles for Honor"

    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.

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    Julian Canada 02-08-13
    Julian Canada 02-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up Ashes of Victory in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense.
    Loss.
    Victory.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Allyson Johnson’s performances are great. There are so many characters in these tales that her accents, intonations, and personalities are very helpful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Norma Bellaire, TX, United States 11-10-12
    Norma Bellaire, TX, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Stunningly fun to listen"

    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.

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    Robert Moorpark, CA, United States 11-05-12
    Robert Moorpark, CA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great HH story, but politics are tedious!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ashes of Victory to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print edition


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the war was being driven to a successful conclusion. The long-running nature of it was causing unconscionably large casualties.


    What does Allyson Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The varied voices, inflections and accents help differentiate the large cast of characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Arnar Kopavogur, Iceland 09-17-12
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    "Good reading"

    This book is good and Johnson is also good. The story is always getting big and with more charecters and it is geting handfull to remember all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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