Hounded into retirement and disgrace by political enemies, cut to the heart by the murder of the man she loved, and bereft of confidence in herself and her abilities, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson to take up her role as Steadholder while she tries to heal her bitter wounds.
But the People's Republic of Haven is rising from defeat to threaten Grayson anew, and the newborn Grayson Navy needs her experience desperately. It's a call Honor cannot refuse, yet even as she once more accepts the duty whose challenges she fears she can no longer meet, powerful men who hate and fear the changes she's brought to their world are determined to reverse them. They have a plan ... and for it to succeed Honor Harrington must die.
Two irresistible forces are rushing together to crush Grayson between them, and only one woman uncertain of her capabilities, weary unto death, and marked for murder-stands between her adopted planet and its devastation.
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.
©1995 David M. Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is the fourth book in the series and I am sure glad I have listen to them in order. It makes it so much more enjoyable. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. Can hard wait to start the next one. The story provides fast pace excellent description of battle scenes. The back stabbing of politics and a view of various societies. Allyson Johnson is Honor Harrington, the book would not be as good without her reading.
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)
"Lemons and Lemonade "
House of Lords voted to exclude countess Harrington, and used it's political power to ruin her career, despite House of Commons support she was beached,put on half pay, her ship (NIKE) was passed on.
Instead of sitting and waiting for new assignment, which probably would never come, she decided to take care of business on Grayson, her Stadthold is growing, her investment was good, but you can't change everyone on the planet in just a few years.
It is not very far from "religious fanatic" to "terrorist".
The War continues, revolution in Peoples Republic of Heaven(PRH) doesn't' help the case, though the government policy changed, it's still singing the same tune, obvious reference to USSR and People Republic of China .
11 Prize Super Dreadnoughts given as a gift to Grayson by Admiral Alexander are almost fixed, PRH is getting ready for new offensive.
Grayson's understand, when god gives you lemons, you need to make Lemonade.
So they offered Grayson Space Navy (GSN) commission to the most experienced officer in the star system.
The next book in the series is "Honor among Enemies"
The Narrator has good voice and the pacing is excellent. The voice and accent differentiation are very well done. The story lack some os the emotional depth of other books inthis series but is still very well worth reading. The climax is well done. However the winding up of the story is chopped and lacks some of the finer finishing touchs generallhy found in this author.
The sword fight was built up to an excellent final moment. The Space battle was rather ordinary given how many battle have been fought in this seris.
There were no outstanding moments as the story unfolded in the authors usual manner with no surprises and with little being added to the character. The building of the Havenite Theisman was one of the better moves.
A film could not be made from this book as it is not stand alone.
The Honor Harrington story continues and I feel Mr. Weber has firmly hit his stride with this book.
I enjoyed the previous books very much, but this one has the feel of a book where the author is at the helm and in every sentence and on every page, he just tells you to fasten your seat belt and hang on (if you can).
Mr. Weber, through his masterful story construction wrings out every human emotion possible, relentlessly, but it only made me hungry to plunge into the next books.
In previous reviews I've read criticism of Ms. Johnson's narration, well, to me, she is simply superlative, her style and her charactarisations add a dimension to the book that is hard to quantify but are the icing on the cake.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I've read and enjoyed all the previous ones, and I was so engrossed by this one that maybe it is the best one yet. There is a good balance of space and non-space activity, and once again the narrator delivers a fine performance.
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.
yes, b/c it was entertaining. I also like the fictional science that makes up space travel etc
the cat fight
good fun book
As always Weber did a great job keeping the characters interesting and diverse. I have enjoyed all of the Harrington books thoroughly.
I had rather enjoyed the previous books in the series which I felt were fast-paced, entertaining examples of the light space opera genre. Unfortunately, I found the entire first three quarters of this book to be very different in pace and plotting to the rest of the series so far. I felt that this book delved into painfully prolonged monologues describing, among other issues, the protagonist's damaged psyche, the author's views on the dangers to society of socialism and liberalism (compared to the benefits of enlightened feudalism), and the nature of religious fundamentalism. While I enjoyed the perspectives of other factions that were presented, I felt that the combination of numerous prolonged explanatory passages in the early part of this single book unfortunately slowed the pace to a sometimes painful level. I was tempted to fast-forward at times... Hopefully the subsequent books revert back to the fast-paced action that I feel the author does very well.
Honor has value despite politics as most of her new adopted home support with their actions.
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