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!
This series has an excellent storyline but suffers from inclusion of too many inapt historical references.The author is obviously a military enthusiast and amateur military historian. Just as obvious is the fact that he has either never served in the military or, if he did, did not pay much attention to the realities therein. He attempts to combine naval traditions from disparate eras that didn't and shouldn't go together. For example, contemporary navies no longer send eleven year old boys to sea and haven't done so for quite a long time. Why should a future, highly technological navy revive this practice?The military facts, figures, quotations, etc. are overdone as if the author was trying to impress us with his knowledge. For the most part they are unnecessary and do not contribute to the story. Additionally, they are not all correct. One glaring example of this is the author's contention that a frigate is bigger and more heavily armed than a destroyer. Another is that midshipmen can grow up to be Chief Petty Officers. (A little pre-writing research can go a long way.)
If the author is going to regale the readers with military facts and figures he should get them right. There are plenty of serving and retired naval folks around who'd have been happy to review the story for factual consistency and correctness. (Or, as in the case of myself, point them out after the fact.)
The narrator was very talented and was able to present the characters in the story with their own voice and personality. More importantly he didn't get the voices/characters mixed up during the narration.
It inspired me to write this review.
I'll probably continue to follow this series. As I said above, it's an excellent storyline.
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.
Great military sci-fi with a "Master and Commander" feel to it. Can't wait for the next one.
Lost Fleet series for great military sci-fi
This was a worthy follow-up to the first book, and even exceeds it in pretty much every way. For anyone who likes military space action, this is one you'll probably enjoy. It has a feel of the best traits of Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" series or David Feintuch's "Hope" series, but does stand way out on its own with some very nice and original ideas.
Although you will almost immediately recognize this world because of common traits you've seen before, there is something refreshing about this series that really makes it stand out. Part of it is a very well realized world that doesn't waste time on extraneous detail. The series has a mission-by-mission feel that really draws you into the world and makes you feel like you're there. It brings back memories to me of games like Wing Commander, where you're on one ship that is part of a much larger war, but you don't really see the big picture. It's definitely still there, but there's also a big sense of mystery about what's going to happen next. I also like the incorporation of truly varied alien races, with a very believable dynamic to them; in fact, this universe brings back memories of another of my favorite games of all time, Star Control II. There is a sense of many races out there each vying for their own interests, each at different technological levels, and both communication, trade, and territory is all mapped out very believably and interestingly.
Overall I would say any fan of adventure scifi will enjoy this series. It's definitely off to a good start and I could really see this story stretching out across many enjoyable books. I'm looking forward to the next volume.
Just an Excentric Dirt Lawyer
If you like the characters in Patrick O'Brian's series, here is a homage set in space. This is a good action story that doesn't take itself seriously. It was a big hit as an E-Book for a reason and the narrator does a good job.
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.
The leading man - because he's smart, anti-authority, respectful to subordinates & gets the job done with creative, seemingly hair-brained, hail Mary ploys, followed closely by the Dr. - for his intelligence & how even though he's anit-violence, he's has a complimentary skill set that is of immense value to the Captain (lead) & the Admiral - because he's garish, loud, unapologetic & values results over procedures & the Vargh (sp?) Captain - for his deep sense of honor, ferociousness & witty banter.
Yes, but I still think he should've used a younger sounding voice for lead character so that it matched his age. His voice, however, for the Admiral was terrific!
I loved the scenes with the Vargh (sp?) encounters & those with the Admiral. The insults of the Vargh Captain were hilarious, even though their race & culture are anything but that. The various hair trigger meetings with them & the respect ultimately won by the lead character was rewarding. The personality & language used by the Admiral was lots of fun, too.
My only complaint would be the total lack of female military personnel. The author created a 'valid' reason for this within the world's back story. I would've much preferred it if he hadn't, but being a woman, perhaps I'm a bit prejudiced on this matter. Overall, I liked both Books 1 & 2 & wish there were many more of the series available! I look forward to Book 3 & wish it & many more in the series were available now.
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.
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