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.
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.
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!
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.
This is easily one of the best, if not the best in it's genre
PLEEEEEEEAAAASEEEE WRITE MORE!!!!
This book started out with a bang and kept building. I appreciate the lack of total cliff hangers in this series. The writing is filled with witty dialog, interesting tactics and solutions as well as a political intrigue that is easy to understand for those of us watching our modern world full of conflicts. I find the use of historical references and "training tips" add credibility to the character of Max, he does an excellent job of explaining why such a capable officer would have been slow to rise in the ranks of captains. On the whole I look forward to buying many more books from this author and narrator combination.
None stop action!
It was colorful with a full range of brilliant military speak. A very good story with great characters that are well defined.
Ray Chase brings just the right type of accent to the story.
I look forward to the next book in this series . I hope audible gets all the books of this series very soon.
This second book in the Man of War Trilogy manages to not fall into a sophomore slump and continues in the tradition of the first book. The characters are still smug, overexplain every situation, and do a lot of speeches. Despite my frustration with the egregious use of telling and not showing, there is something endearing about the series that will keep me reading to the third volume.
Story: The Cumberland crew continue their work in space, but this time earning new alien alliances while at the same time escalating the war with the Krag. Just as the doctor pulled off at the end of book one with the glass art, so does Robichaux pull off at the end of this book with, of all things, a Krag battleship.
What I like about the series is the diversity: of religions, ethnicities, viewpoints. We have a wide range of characters from different places on Earth (even non existent ones, as done with the Romanovs and Latin). As well, the story does have many characters and they are decently fleshed out and idiosyncratic.
What frustrates me (though these are likely style choices of the author and therefore not something changeable) are the constant speeches, excessive dialogue (every person always asks another to fully explain any point like a teacher to a student, regardless of who they are), and that there's just too much knowledge on hand. Our captain knows physics, obscure military history, observational information on alien species, as well as perfect psychology with his staff. It beggers belief, to be honest, that everyone knows everything all the time, off the top of their head, at the right moment, and will explain it in finite detail. It can quickly veer into Marty Stu territory.
If you've read the first book and enjoyed it, you'll definitely enjoy the second. I was on the fence about reading the second but an Amazon Kindle deal/Audible deal swayed me. I did roll my eyes several times at all the pompous and smugness - but that was also exacerbated by the Audible narration, which had a very good narrator but his way of trailing off sentences as if bored ended up feeling a bit like William Shatner in Star Trek. It was so overly emoted that it overemphasized the excessive unnatural wordiness of the dialogue.
This was a great continuation of the story, picking up right where the first book left off. Good continuation of character growth, story plot and the friendship between LCDR Robicheaux and Dr. Sahin. There were many great moments that had me laughing along or fondly remembering my own time aboard a Naval vessel (funny what hasn't changed in 300 years!). And what a cliffhanger! Ray Chase continues to deliver with superb story telling and a great depiction of individual characters. I can't wait for the third book.
This series is getting better with its storyline and rich characters. They can make a TV series out these books. I can't wait for the next book!
Definitely among the top ten space opera books I've ever listened to.
Listening to the Kraagh ultimatum to humanity, their demand for our complete surrender to Kraagh domination.
I listened to his permance of the previous book in this series, and he is perfect as a narrator. The dramatic, strongly written story combined with his skill at accents, ability to perform memorable and different voice per character, is amazing. The computer voice of the ship is described as the "Computer synthized voice of a nymphomaniac sex kitten" and manages it quite well. Over all he performs an over the top, enthusiastically powerful performance; sounding like he had way too much fun.
The moment when a young midshipman had to perform a hull patch to save his life, and the lives of five other men single handed.
I really don't want to wait for the next one, I want it now!
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