The families who rule the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble. The treasury's empty, the Proles are restless, and civil war is imminent.
But the ruling class knows what they need to keep in power: a "short victorious war" to unite the people and fill the treasury once more. It's a card they've played often in the last half-century, always successfully, and all that stands in their way is the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its threadbare allies: enemies in the past who have always backed down.
Only this time the Peeps face something different. This time they're up against Captain Honor Harrington and a Royal Manticoran Navy that's prepared to give them a war that's far from short - or victorious.
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.
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©2002 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is the third book in this series, and is building more about the leading character Honor Harrington. At times the story slows down with explaining details about the society or Naval ships but I guess when you are creating it all from your imagination you need to give people some understanding to build on. If you like stories with strong women roles this is a book for you.
I was a little worried that the series would start to become repetitive (Honor faces huge odds, Honor's ship barely survives, Honor becomes an interplanetary hero), and perhaps by the time I hit book 11 it will be, but this book is significantly different. It spends a lot of time on other characters, Honor works as just one part of a team, and there is some interesting political intrigue (however, it is not _all_ political intrigue, like Weber's Armageddon Reef series)
I like her; whilst some of her accents are a bit questionable sometimes, but she has a lot of characters she needs to differentiate between. The whole
Nope. Enjoyable, exciting, interesting. Not great literature, but very good writing and dialog for a sci-fi series. Characters, if not fully 3D, are at least 2.5 dimensional (some sympathetic enemies, though there are a couple of caricatures)
Weber does a good job writing about a (near) zero-sexism culture without completely ignoring sexism (like the Lost Fleet series) but also without being blazingly obvious and preachy about it.
The previous book, which addressed the issue directly by pitting Honor against two different patriarchies (one openly misogynistic, the other less so, but still very chauvinistic), did it in an interesting manner; this book doesn't specifically address the issue, although it does reveal the fact that sexual assault still exists in Honor's world.
It's an issue that I think Weber handles well, and is not one usually addressed in action/sci-fi.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (military sci-fi) - This is the third book in the series and I've listened to them in order. Each time I finish one, I wonder whether I'm dumb or if this series is just not my cup of tea. There's a ton of politics, military strategy and tactics involved in this war, and you will get "in the head" of a lot of important players on both sides. I found myself getting bogged down with who's who and all the detail. Then my mind would wander till something interested me again. One thing I did enjoy in this book was the softer side which Honor showed. One reviewer called it stupid character building, but I was tired of her always being disciplined, smart and perfect all the time.
You should listen to this series in order, as the plot continues from book to book.
NARRATOR - Good job, nothing special.
OVERALL (3.5 stars) - If you are in the mood for an easy listen for your commute, this is probably not the book for you. If you like complicated plots and are ready to wear your thinking cap, you will probably rate this 5 stars.
ALTERNATIVE SUGGESTION - Another series which is very similar (and IMHO better) is The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell. It has the same great space tactics and battles but less characters to keep straight and less politics. I also prefer its male narrator.
Well written enjoyable story with interesting characters and plenty of action. I was just a little disappointed in the narration. Seemed a little stilted with emphisis not necessarily in the right spots. I thought it might just be a matter of my getting used to it, but still had the same impression of the narration at the end of the book.
This is an insightful review of the issues that come to bear on a galactic conflict in terms of logistics and risk of forces. If you send a fleet on place, another remains uncovered and you have the classic 'wack-a-mole' problem. Good stuff.
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)
"Ready, Steady, Go"
I hope you paid attention when you were listening previous books, because the stage is finally set, all the necessary characters are on it.
Dark clouds are smouldering into red
While down the craters morning burns.
The dying soldier shifts his head
To watch the glory that returns;
He lifts his fingers toward the skies
Where holy brightness breaks in flame;
Radiance reflected in his eyes,
And on his lips a whispered name
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!
I enjoy this series and the attention given to characters our leading lady battles against as the book leads to the big battles. Sadly, the nature of galactic war fare means we never actually see Honor having face to face interactions with the majority of the characters that pop in and out of each chapter. The fact we are given intimate introductions to even minor characters who can meet quick sudden ends make the final battles more interesting. We don't know will live to the end of any chapter, much less the book, with the exception of Honor herself. As a third installment this is pretty good, I felt it did a much better job connecting to the two previous books than the second book did. It still progresses the over all story and had a satisfying ending that is just open enough to keep me interested in what happens in the next book. To be honest though, I would like a story in the Honor vers that's main character and hero is from New Haven. I am finding the current events with the Peeps more intriguing than Honor and the Manticurians. I know there are spinoff series and I look forward to reading those.
Good mix of action, theory, and dialogue. Weber has set the foundation for a very exciting series about a universe gone mad.
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