In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a 30-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony.
Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: The dangers from the enemy without…and clashes with crew and superiors within.
Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space. But first, he must circumvent the fighter ships and heavily armed troops of the traitorous emir bent on killing him before he reaches the negotiating table.
Both men must call upon their developing skills and growing friendship to bear the burden of carrying between the Krag Hegemony and the Earth Union a fateful ultimatum and the shocking answer: An answer that could spell eternal slavery, or even extinction, for all humankind.
The second novel in the Man of War series, For Honor We Stand continues the galactic naval adventures of Robicheaux and Sahin.
©2013 H. Paul Honsinger (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Yes. This book and its predecessor just zipped along. I had a chunk of fun just sitting there as my mind followed the story. The Krag are the perfect enemy - heartless and genocidal, bent on the total liquidation of all things human.
I learned a bunch of eclectic things about space, space travel and naval tradition and customs even though this book is set over 300 years in the future.
How Commander Robicheaux interacted with his crew, especially the little tykes like Park. Commander Robicheaux was a fount of knowledge when it came to thinking up new ways to turn those rat - headed bastard Krag into twitching corpses.
If I was on a space frigate zorching through some god forsaken intergalactic backwater patrol sector and Krag ships popped up on the view screen, I would basically give my left testicle to be on Robicheaux's ship in any capacity up to but not including window washer. Robicheaux finds a way every day to stay one step ahead of humankind's mortal enemy.
I think it was when Commander Robicheaux was talking to his junior midshipmen cadets and the legend of that boy who hid for 27 days in the ship captured by the Krag came up. The internal and spoken dialogue was quite moving. If hadn't made the big slouch from pissed off pessimist into soul scarred cynic two and a half weeks ago I would not have been averse to getting all choked up.
Ray Chase did his standard performance - 10.0 out of 10.0 again, especially in this scene.
Refer to the above typed response for the same answer to the same basic question.
Hey Audible, you only have to come up with 4 types of questions for us to answer. Is it asking too much for the mono-browed morons who shake that 8 ball to get the topics to give me a chance to do as good a review as possible for a book that totally deserves huge props?
Absolutely worth the small pile of $$$$. You will be entertained by a very well written book narrated by a bona fide pro in Ray Chase - his voices are diverse and unique to each character. I hope this dynamic duo keep their partnership going into the near and not so near future.
This series is screaming for at the very minimum 16 more sequels. Commander Robicheaux has at least 50 more productive service years left to chase those evil rodents out of our galaxy cluster. Keep them coming!
I would listen to it again because it was very enjoyable and the performance by Ray Chase was also great.
If anyone has ever read any of the Aubrey Maturin series or seen and enjoyed Master and Commander Far Side of the World, they would also enjoy this. Great pacing, plot, character development, and I'll definitely be listening to this one and the first book in the series. My only disappointment in listening to it was that at the time I thought there had already been several more books written in the series and I would have spaced out the listening more. Instead I blew through it in 2 days and now will have to wait for the sequels.
The characters! and in addition the story is good, somewhat foreseeable but every now and then that is refreshing to!
Well..in addition to the first book in the series there is Star Carrier series and The lost fleet series. They all put seemingly experienced leaders into situations they deal handle with their leadership style rather than being superior in a specific field themselves.
I found him very good at different characters, and change of tone to enhance my situational awareness throughout the book
Laugh! The Admiral
Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.
And if you listen to these books you'll understand the Headline. Equal or exceeds Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet Series without all the male - female interaction. This is definitely a guy's series. Think of it as a Submarine in Space. Good characters and excellent plot. If you like hard Sci-Fi mixed with space battles then this is for you.
At first I thought Ray Chase sounded a little like Scott Brick but it is soon apparent that he is Brick's equal in all respects. Story flow is excellent and the character's voices are also very well done.
Go ahead. Spend your credit. you won't be disappointed.
I loved it. In fact, I was in shock when it came to the end. I was sitting there waiting for the next part, and then here comes the Audible end of book message. If you love military scifi, you'll love this one. The author writes with a great sense of humor, which Ray Chase effectively delivers. I would love to hear the next book but not sure if the author wrote one. Anyway, this is a great series, but listen to the first book before you listen to this one.
By now, if you have listened/read the first book "To Honor You Call Us" then you should be well on your way to enjoying the second book. Honsinger continues to deliver engaging writing and characters and the plot expands ever outwards. If you want the short answer... YES!
Max Robichaux. Forgive me, as he is the main character. Max is human, he has flaws, strengths, prejudices, and he is a brilliant leader. The dialog of his internal narrative or his conversations hits all ranges from serious and thoughtful to sarcastic and witty. He fits my ideal of a commander of a warship, regardless of era.
Ray Chase has an amazing voice and cadence. I found this book series by searching for other books he has narrated and was the sole reason I purchased. His ability to bring so many characters to life with different personalities is truly a gift.
For Honor We Stand continues to dole out an excellent story, building on the events in To Honor You Call us. I find myself already impatient that I have to wait for the 3rd book of the series and hope to the stars that the audible book will release with Ray Chase at the narrative helm before the end of the year.
I will entirely agree with a previous reviewer. This reads more exactly like a cross of Patrick O'Brian's Maturin/Aubrey series (21 odd book series starting with Master and Commander) and a number of other SciFi offerings from contemporary and similar authors such as Evan Currie and BV Larson. At first, I thought this may have been nearly a rip-off of that classic O'Brian series, but I think that was a misjudgement. This work stands on its own. In this case, substituting Age of Sail ships for their space equivalents was a nice touch and reminded me why I liked the other series. I had really thought, given the historical nuances the author was drawing from (blue water naval terminology and overall military history) I was really hoping that answer would have been something truly historic and poetic as I have suggested. Either way, I will happily gobble up any future book you write and if at all possible please keep the same narrator.
The narrator apparently wanted the main character and his commanding officer to sound "gruff". What he achieved were extended Richard Nixon impersonations. They both really started to sound like the voice of President Nixon from Futurama.
Aweful way to end a book. Story line was very predictable and seems like the story ran out of exciting ways for the story to go.
I greatly enjoyed reading the first book in this series on my Kindle. It provided me a with a strong background of the characters. Unfortunately, the narrator, even though he did perform the first book, didn't seem to understand the main characters at all. This distracted and irritated me so much that I stopped listening to it.
The narrator, in my opinion, dropped the ball with the voices he used for two of the main characters. First, the captain. Yes, the captain was described as having a deep, booming voice. But I don't think Honsinger saw the character as always shouting. This is a captain who, in the first book, is able to kindly work with young cadets - I mean young. I can't remember exactly, but I think they were about 9 or 10 years old. The youngsters are impressed and intimidated at first, but he gently and empathetically gives them a small lesson in knife weaponry which, at the end of the lesson leaves the young men awestruck and full of admiration for their captain. Unfortunately, the shouting voice used by the narrator was very distracting and deflated an interesting characterization into a shallow caricature.
This is also true for the voice he uses for the doctor. In fact, I found it even worse than the one he used for the captain. In the first book, the two men forge a bond of respect and beginning friendship. The doctor comes from an Islamic culture which, in my opinion, mirrors the golden age when art, science, mathematics, etc. were deeply explored. A time when Muslim doctors such as Avicenna were revolutionizing the art and science of medicine. The doctor is an interesting, intelligent man with an attractive personality.
Unfortunately, the narration of an interaction between the captain and the doctor leave the listener with the impression that the captain rightfully mistrusts and has no respect for him whatsoever. The doctor is characterized as a whining, sleazy coward.
This really skewed the way the story unfolded as I listened to it. In the end, I had to stop listening before I even finished Part 1. It's sad, because I find the books interesting and would enjoy listening to them. Well, thank G-d I have my Kindle.
"Well worth it"
Brilliant and inspired writing that had me really engaged and desperate to listen on. If you have a credit to spend , spend it
"More of the same"
Whilst it clearly not the best audio books I’ve listen to, it is definitely in the top 5 of those I’ve enjoyed. This is one of those audio books you want to keep listening to even when your allocated listening time is finished ( I listen when walking the dogs.) Slight cheesy, slightly over the top but great fun. M 5 start rating is more about how much I enjoyed this book than its brilliance as a novel
I’d compare it to a futuristic version of the Douglas Reeman/ Alexander Kent Bolitho novels or Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe series (but aboard a ship.) Facing an all-powerful enemy a you officer builds his crew as they head towards greatness
Not writing any spoilers but as I’m ex-Royal Navy any of the backs to the wall, this is where we make our stand bits
A hugely enjoyable sequel if a light-weight holiday listen. This book isn’t Crime & Punishment but it’s fun & enjoyable.
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