No one wanted another war.
Thomas Theisman didn't. Not after risking his life to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution.
Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. No one was shooting anyone else at the moment, and his government could continue to milk all those "hostilities only" tax measures for their own partisan projects.
His Imperial Majesty Gustav didn't. Now that the fighting between the Star Kingdom and the Havenites had ended, the Andermani Emperor had his own plans for Silesia.
Protector Benjamin didn't. His people had made too deep a commitment to the Manticoran Alliance to risk seeing it all thrown away.
And Honor Harrington certainly didn't. The Salamander knew too much about how much war cost.
Unfortunately, what they wanted didn't matter....
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.
Listen to another Honor Harrington adventure.
©2003 David Weber; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"With War of Honor coming in at over 800 pages, Weber has room to expand subplots and secondary characters and bring to the reader a feeling of depth and completeness seldom seen in science fiction novels. Favorite characters from past stories return, many of them growing in stature from unimportant secondary characters to major players in the 'Honorverse.' Weber serves up trouble in Silesia, the excitement of a new wormhole junction, scheming in Manticorian politics, strange events deep in Peep territory, and plenty of exploding spaceships - and, as publisher Jim Baen says, "We like exploding spaceships." (Amazon.com review)
Interesting "telling" rather than showing standpoint of presenting the story and how it leads to the political misunderstandings and decisions, and a lot of universe building, but it's a bit of a drag (albeit about as interesting as one could possibly make it). It was also pretty horrible being exposed to the minds and reasoning of the Highridge government. Awful people. Enlightening, but I do hope the next book doesn't continue in this vein :)
I love reading books that are personally impactful, intriguing, intelligent and fun. Definitely a fiction reader.
Way too much drama and nasty political discussions and backstabbing. I had to skip a great 1/3 at least of this book to get to the more meaningful chapters. It was extended a little too long for my taste. I am seriously hoping the next book is much better than this. I love the protagonist characters but my goodness there was too much stupidity from the opposing characters. I was practically ready to delete.
I don't know how David Weber does it but every book he writes just keeps surpassing it's self one after another. This story concentrated on the political side of life more than previous books in the series but it just opened up a different but equally complex story line than I have experienced so far. Absolutely loved it.
While brilliantly read, I can't help but feel that this book is far long than it needs to be. There is unnecessary repetition of information and it, as a consequence, drags as a story sometimes.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
This story is much more political than many of the others in the series. It also jumps around a lot between a number of different storylines. Still it's a worthy addition to the Honor series.
A Science Fiction fan since I could read.. and to a lesser degree Fantasy.... I however enjoy many types of books......
What can I say... I'm sold out to this story and it's many many books...
As in most of the books there is something to like or dislike for everyone. Space battles, politics, tech etc. Each book will have more or less of what you like, but most folks love this series overall.
I at the point where Allyson's is the ONLY voice of my characters. Well done.
While this book had Honor Harrington as the main character she isn't in most of the book. This book was mostly layer upon layer of politics and how exactly the breakdown in communication came at the negotiating table. Some characters I feel badly for and others I just hate more and more. While some of the book seemed to drag a bit and I admit that I took several breaks to listen to other books, it was actually really fascinating. This is not however one of my favorite books of the series. It felt more like the whole books was setting up the next book in which the war must actively resumes. I wouldn't recommend reading this book without reading the books that have come before, starting with On Basilisk Station. I do like Allyson Johnson as a narrator and I like how she tries to keep the accents consistent between people of the same star nation. I'll definitely be reading the next book in the series.
Engaging, suspenseful story
The end of peace talks and how that came to be.
Yes, and I like having a consistent reader across the series.
The naval battles are an interesting study
I listened Allyson Johnson’s other performances before in this series and others, this was good as always
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
Obviously you're already a David Weber fan, and an Honorverse afficionado or you wouldn't be even considering this book. If this is the first book in the Honorverse you're thinking of listening to, STOP. Go back to "On Basilisk Station" and start with book one; and I envy you the journey of your first read (listen) of this remarkable series. I literally stumbled into that first book shortly after it came out in paperback while I was in a used book store; and I've been hooked ever since.
This tenth book is more than 800 pages and has so many plots, sub plots, primary, secondary and tertiary characters all headed... somewhere... at different speeds and with different agendas that it's impossible to summarize it all. The Sol system and Frontier Security are rapidly being manipulated into becoming major players. Mesa is pulling strings as fast as it can identify puppets. And you'll have to listen to find out what else is going on.
But do listen. It just doesn't get any better than this. David Weber is the best in the business at the top of his form.
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