I recently reviewed the latest entry into this series, and I blasted it pretty hard. Then, when my anger cooled, I wished that I could edit my review..Show More » a bit, but Audible does not offer us a way to do that. So this review is, in part, my apology to Mr. Weber.
“On Basilisk Station” is the first book in a very large series. The series has given me a great deal of pleasure over the years. The main character in this series is Honor Harrington. Please note that her initials are HH. Weber has said that his inspiration for this series is the Horatio Hornblower series. (I recommend that series as well. Thanks to Audible for finally getting it. The Hornblower series was also the inspiration for the original Star Trek TV series, according to Gene Roddenberry.)
In this book we see Honor Harrington as a young(ish) star ship captain. Her country is small, consisting of the people of three planets all in the same star system. They are being threatened by a very large and corrupt star nation consisting of many star systems. Many of the events--at least in the early part of the series--parallel broad events in the conflict between England and France in the early 1800s. (Napoleonic wars) The Hornblower series was about English sailing ships helping their country to fend off Napoleon. This series is about Manticoran star ships protecting their country.
I hope what I have said so far doesn’t make Weber sound like a cheap hack copying a better writer. Hornblower was the “inspiration” for Honor, but the plots, characters and story arcs are all Weber’s.
We have various levels of peril in these tales - peril to Honor’s family and career, to her life and the lives of those she commands, and very real peril to her country. We have a large company of characters; people (on both sides of the conflict) that are honorable and whom we grow to love, as well as people (on both sides of the conflict) who are venal, evil. Many writers become so fond of their characters that they can never kill off the good guys. Weber does--on a regular basis. It takes some getting used to.
AND Weber writes amazingly good action scenes.
There are now more than 20 books in this series, I think (the main series has 13 books, but there are also a couple of spinoff series and at least five anthologies of short stories in the Honorverse). Many people say that the first three books in the series are the best. I would agree that the first three are among the best, but I do have some favorites that occur later in the series. There are also five or six compilations of short stories in this series. I have reviewed a number of them. Many of them provide tidbits of information that will help you understand events in the next full-length novel. There is no question, however, that later books in the series are too wordy and have too few action scenes.
So here is the bottom line: I recommend this series. It is one of my favorites. But each person will have to decide whether they will read the next book in the series. My son stopped reading them at about book 9 or 10. I quit once, then started again, and I think I may have quit completely now. But don’t let poor books late in the series stop you from starting the series. You would miss out on some great stuff.
In this book the character and history of Honor Harrington is further developed and a lot of background that is referred to in later books is laid do..Show More »wn. The story flows well and the reading is excellent. I am not sure why or if there was some logic for the particular accents selected by the narrator, but it does serve well to help keep the characters organized. Highly recommended as a follow on to On Basilisk Station...
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 explaini..Show More »ng 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.
Basically this book is a second part to a previous one. Romance and love affair, Trial of guilty party, New responsibiliti..Show More »es of stadtholder, Loyalty and betrayal. Finishing and evolving plot strands which began in a previous book.
Also a few interesting insights in Star Kingdom legal system.
This is the fourth book in the series and I am sure glad I have listen to them in order. It makes it so much more enjoyable. This is quickly becomin..Show More »g one of my favorite series. Can hard wait to start the next one. The story provides fast pace excellent description of battle scenes. The back stabbing of politics and a view of various societies. Allyson Johnson is Honor Harrington, the book would not be as good without her reading.
This series has been very enjoyable to listen too. These books are somewhat uplifting - I guess that's the fantasy part of a galactic war - but - Th..Show More »e good guys are good and the bad guys are bad, however, they may or may not be enemies.
There is a couple improvements that Audible could make on most of these series of books - like the honor harrington series. First, I'd like to know what book in a series I'm buying without having to research the series, book 1,2,3, etc. You can't go by audible's release date, they tend to release some of the latest books first, look at "War of Honor" in this series. The easiest way I have found to identify the series order is to Google them. Googling the series brings up the author's comments in Amazon which usually will tell you the series order.
The following is the order of the Harrington series:
1) On Basilisk Station
2) The Honor of the Queen
3) The Short Victorious War
4) Field of Dishonour
5) Flag in Exile
6) Honor among Enemies
7) In Enemy Hands
8) Echoes of Honor
9) Ashes of Victory
10) War of Honor
11) At All Costs
12) Mission of Honor (forthcoming)
My second recommendation for improvements was to do with getting comments/reviews on the books in Audible. I believe that Amazon is the parent company to Audible, so why not have Audible reviews "hot link" to the Amazon reviews of the same book, especially where there are no reviews in Audible. This would eliminate someone from having to copy the title, going to Amazon and searching their books for reviews and comments. Sorry, for straying a little, but I hope it helps.
Just a note about my high 5-star ratings - I usually only rate books that I really enjoy, hence high ratings in all my rating history. Maybe I will change in the future, but since I have so many books, maybe not. JWP
I am now completely satisfied with Allison Johnson's reading of this series and have been for several books. The story is classic Weber and a wonderfu..Show More »l story.
the downside: AUDIBLE decided to pause production of the Honor Harrington series with this book, my problem with this is this book is a cliff hanger, if audible wanted to pause the series they should have done so with the previous book as from this book on you could reasonably argue that the remaining books are really one very long book, at the very least Echoes of Honor should be done so as not to leave people hanging on a MAJOR cliff hanger
I am enjoying this series can hardly stand to put the story down. Echoes of Honor kept me holding on by my finger tips as she takes two years to esca..Show More »pe the prison island. Her leadership ability bringing all the various people that have been in prison from various planets was interesting to watch. The battle scenes were great. Honor is beginning to remind me of Admiral H. Nelson of the British Navy. First the lost of an eye, now an arm what next? Allyson Johnson does a great job reading the series. She is Honor to me now. Can not wait to start the next book in the series.
Reconstruction surgeries took along time, meanwhile Honor Became a teacher on Saganami island
While ..Show More »she is on a medical leave, Sonja Hemphill doesn't sleep. New SDP's New LAC's which have more defensive and offensive capabilities than old style destroyer LAC Carriers Multi-drive missile system with increased target envelope EW Ghost Rider system FTL Fire control system
8'th fleet is finally ready for Operation "Buttercup"
Everything else is as usual:
1.Revolutions in PRH 2.Shannon Foraker rocks!!! 3.Queen Elizabeth Visits Grayson 4.Question of treecat's intelligence is resolved
PS Honor will have to make one of the hardest choices in her life, and that choice will decide the future of Manticoran Politics.
NEXT BOOK IS "The Service of the Sword" Worlds of Honor book 4
The Highridge government decided that war is over and they started disarming, they sopped construction of new ships, send ..Show More »on half pay more than 2/3 of the navy.
Newsies decided to run the story of Honor Harrington's and Hamish Alexander's affair, which irritates everyone.
The new government thinks that their partners by Star Alliance are second rate, and the treaties may be broken without any consequence.
PRH meanwhile finally established something like a democratic government without any Nepotism in the system, and the sails of PRH finally caught some wind.
Everybody agreed that better to have bad peace than Good War, unfortunately ambitions of some people do not agree to this assessment, so during the peace get ready for war.
One new conduit to manticoran wormhole is explored please try to guess where it leads?
PS Dear HHU FANS, i WISH TO CONFIRM A FEW THINGS. I HOPE WE AGREE THAT PREVIOUS BOOKS WERE EITHER "GOOD OR VERY GOOD", BUT FROM THIS BOOK ONWARDS IT BECOMES MASTERPIECE!!!! OVER THE YEARS HHU HAD EVERYTHING:
SPACE BATTLES RELIGIOUS WARS MILITARY COUP'S CIVILIAN REBELLIONS POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT ECONOMICAL WARFARE LOVE AFFAIRS AND TRAGEDIES STRATEGIC ENCOUNTERS TACTICAL ADVANCES TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGHS
BUT THIS IS THE MOMENT WHEN THEY ALL INTERTWINE AND BECOME TRUE MASTERPIECE!!!!!!!!
My review is not simply regarding this book but others in the series, Honor Harrington is really a very great character and once again I must say I en..Show More »joy how this character grows through the series. How she starts as a commander and becomes so much more, and how she is unsure of herself somewhat and overcomes that as wel as how her life touches others in her life. I also really like the characters around her, and how they help her become strong. One thing I must say this hold thing about the narrator is so unfair, Ms. Johnson voice works so well for this series please everyone give this a rest.
First time in 400 year history of Manticore, foreign star nation have attacked the home fleet. Millions of liv..Show More »es lost at least 350 ships of the wall and screen were destroyed it was the greatest battle in modern history.
Home fleet is completely destroyed third fleet is unsalvageable, only 8th fleet under the command of Fleet Admiral Honor Harrington stands between Star Empire of Manticore and it's destruction, let's hope it will be enough.
Meanwhile in Talbot cluster (Quadrant) 10th fleet under command of Admiral Michelle Henke also have to get it's hands dirty. The exchange of fire between Manticoran ships and SLN, first time in 300 years SLN ship was destroyed in battle Solarian League Navy (SLN) The biggest, The most Powerful, The most modern Navy in human history, OR IS IT ?!
More than twenty years of war "War of Annihilation" between Manticore and PRH, twenty years of battle hardened training and professionalism , twenty years during which R&D on both sides was working like mad to overcome enemy's technological superiority, Twenty years in which tactical doctrine have completely changed , the time in which LAC became as powerful as old time Destroyer, the time in which FTL communication became a norm of warfare and even some civilian operations. The Royal Manticoran Navy Changed. IS IT REALLY JUST NEO-BARBARIAN VERGE NAVY?
Over this same Twenty years PRH political system have completely changed or perhaps it was taken back to it's root Legislaturalists are no longer in power, neither is Tyrannical rule of Rob S. Pierre, and Dictatorship of Oscar Saint-Just was also overthrown. First time in two hundred years People Republic Haven is a Democracy.
And agian Status change: PRH is in turmoil sneak attack on Manticoran star system failed, raids by 8th fleet completely destroyed infrastructure of 8 star systems, with the loss of units during Operation "BEATRICE" fleet is decimated, and it was all their own fault!!!!!
The story fit the title. A rising thunder is designed to build up all the causation for the push in the second half of this installment due later this..Show More » year. The story is actually made up of several short stories interlinked by the main common theme. I liked the quick pace of multiple events happening in succession all over the the galaxy and being interlinked with the "rising" plot. I am salivating for the missile crescendo that will spell the end of Manpower.... As For JOHNSON's narration. Ok one Good compliment and one little criticism. The critical first: Johnson had a tendency to confuse scenes a bit in this one. For example: At the end of a certain Board meeting in old Chicago (towards the end of the book) she cuts away to a conversation between a powerful Male and Female character without a breath, it was a little disorienting. On the bright side, People have been hating on Johnson for her changing of the pronunciation of Manticorian. She used to say Man-Tic -or-n. BUT she has grown as a narrator and now pronounces it Manticorian, which is the correct phoneme structure. The old way was 4 distinct Morphemes while the proper (new say she says it) is only 3. Proper pronunciation is defined "Communicating a words intent using the least morphemic units" SO major kudos to Johnson for this. THIS IS NOT for the first time Weber reader, it would be like trying to read Lord of the rings and getting irritated because you choose to start in the last half of the third book. Overall I enjoyed it for its purpose; to build up for the coming storm and it was needed synopsis for the major events enveloping every major and most of the minor star nations in the series.
If you love Honor Harrington and adore her treecat, Nimitz, you are going to be disappointed as neither makes an appearance in this novel; perhaps bec..Show More »ause it's the second half of "A Mighty Thunder," divided in half no doubt because of its extreme length. Well, "Shadow of Freedom" is still too long. Mr. Weber, always fond of using too many words, has padded this story out beyond easy comprehension. He introduces multiple new situations and multiple new characters to the point where the listener becomes confused and bored. About 25% of the novel is good, with great battle scenes, though they are a bit long. The rest is eminently forgettable. The author normally excels at keeping his plot lines and timeline consistent, but this time, he seems to have erred in a short Zilwicki sequence and a reference to Honor Harrington's role in constructing the peace agreement with Haven. The latter seems perfunctory and not consistent with the time frame of the rest of the story. I, along with other reviewers, would like to see the Mesan Alignment tale brought to a conclusion. Instead, 17 hours later, the plot has advanced only a little. Mr. Weber owes his readers, and listeners, a tighter, better-constructed story, with some kind of end in sight, rather than the ponderous unwieldy tale he just published. If the series continues in this bloated way, I am going to be rooting for Manpower to win!