Having made a superior look a fool, Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin.
Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.
The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.
Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is up to something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system.
But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They've made her mad.
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.
©2002 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I don't like the main character's name, Honor Harrington. Good book even though the main character seems more of a robot than a human. It does try to give her emotions but they are very lame attempts. The plot is good and the story moves along pretty well, but sometimes seems to drag. I think I'll try another Honor Harrington book.
It is one of the most entertaining and well reasoned plots that I have found in many years. The characters are thoroughly flesh out and you get to know each one in a very personal way. There is a love/hate relationship with Weber as he proves that he is not afraid to introduce you to one of his characters. Make you like and admire that character. Grow to be fond of the character. . . . and then to kill off that same character.
There were several memorable moments that come to mind. The most memorable, when Honor refused to be bullied by a wealthy Klaus Hauptman and her refusal to allow a threat to her parents well being stand unchallenged. Her statement of promise or fact which ever way he chose to take it, to challenge him to a duel and shoot him down like the gutter scum that he had just proven himself to be. . . .
Honor Harrington of course is my most favored character but Mr. Weber painted such personal pictures with his words that Allyson had but to read the words to give us a picture, however, her voice modulations and accents gave such texture to the person as to truly create a fully fleshed out individual.
There are numerous moments in this book that spoke to me in a personal level. From the beginning when Alistair McKeon wrestled with his jealousy, the entire crew became disenchanted with Honor and her drive to bring them around to the level of competency that only she would accept. The moments when each crewman came to the realization that their skipper was someone extra special and she expected each of them to become just as special. To Klaus Hauptman who thought his money would buy him special favors in the eyes of the "new" CO of Basilisk Station with an impossible task to preform.
It is a worthy book of any science fiction aficionado. Almost all true readers believe that they have within themselves a wonderful novel. . . . . I Wish I Had Written This!!!!!
The reader is incredibly stilted. It cuts up the story and makes in entirely unpleasant.
I am struggling to finish the book. The narrator is terrible, missing words. The lead heroine sounds more like a sex kitten than a strong commander. Hispanic accents sound more like a Gabor sister imitator. There are word gaffes continuously.
Honor the commander.
The portrayal of the characters is abysmal. The book is narrated like a cheap romance novel.
I would, I have.
Well first, it's just a good story. Second, I get a kick out of the way Weber skewers all of the absurdities of all our governments, political systems, social systems and so on. He spares no one.
At first I thought she made Honor sound like a little girl, but soon realized that Weber intended our heroine to be a "light soprano". Now, of course, with several more novels in the series under my belt, she sounds exactly like Honor should sound.
Yes, and it is a book I listened to more than once.
The story was interesting though I thought a little long. I think the narration was what did me in. The main character is a female commander, Honor Harrington, and audible used a female narrator. She made Honor sound puny. I didn't have a problem with her portrayal of the other characters. So there you have it. I think the story was interesting and if you don't have problems with the narration, you will probably like the book.
I can't decide....
The universe is well thought out. Seems heavily based on real world navy stuff, which was a good choice I thought. It meant the author could spend his time explaining more of the technology along with the story. Took me a while to get into it, but he does a great job of sprinkling in the rules of the world he's created. I found myself tuning out some of the lengthy conversations between various space lords, but I think that might have been the narrator not doing a good job of different voices for so many characters.
I would love to see a movie of this. It's in the Star Trek Battlestar Galactica territory, but would hold it's own if the right person made it. Not sure who I'd cast. Maybe LaRoux as Harrington. I honestly can't remember many other character, there were loads.
I imagine this series gets better over time, since the world is so well defined. So I guess the review has convinced myself to try book 2.
I just finished On Basilisk Station and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I love Honor Harrington and her indomitable character. I can't wait to read the next installment and with the sale I can buy the next two in the series. I was at times dragged down buy the long, specific descriptions and almost gave up of the book in the first three chapters. I kept going and am glad I did because Honor won me over.
I would recommend this book to anyone, especially those who love a great, strong female lead and any science fiction fans.
Better descriptions of the vessels involved would be nice.
Yes, I got the impression this might have been one of her earlier attempts - but she does a marvellous job producing the different voices for the characters, if a little wary of the technical descriptions.
I thought I could listen to and enjoy almost anything, but the long, endless descriptions of engineering problems of fictional outer space travel almost brought me to my knees! Narrator did a terrific job of what had to be just as boring to narrate. Not the worst but definitely do not recommend.
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