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Sometimes Captain Max Robichaux fights by the book - and sometimes he throws the book away. This makes him one of the Union Space Navy's rising stars. It's also what has kept him and his green crew alive...thus far.

When Max and his ship - the twenty-fourth-century space destroyer USS Cumberland - are boxed in by eight enemy battleships, the odds are against them at a million to one. It takes all their skill and guts just to escape...and surviving won't get easier. Sent on a covert mission behind enemy lines, Max and his crew are poised to strike a blow so hard that, if successful, it could turn the tide of the war. But if they fail, it will cost them their lives...and the lives of every human in the galaxy.

©2015 H. Paul Honsinger (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 05-30-16

Nothing too exceptional

It had been a while since I listened to the first two books in this series, so honestly it was all a bit foggy. However, there isn't much to worry about catching up on, since this series is all about the space action, and you're thrown right into it. This is for military sci fi fans who just want a quick adventure, with lots of explosions and not much in the way of character development or deep thought. It seems to try to emulate some of Campbell's "Lost Fleet" success, while lacking almost all of the actual substance behind that series.

My biggest complaint, aside from the shallowness of the book and the fantastical technologies employed, is how there isn't really any sense of danger or tension in the battles, because the good guys are just so much better than the enemy that there really is no contest. Each engagement seems set up to be a hopeless situation, but the captain's genius brings them through every time, while making sheer fools out of the enemy and making them out to be pure imbeciles. If it's so easy, then it just doesn't feel as significant. Then we skip any kind of resolution and jump straight to the next mission - this really feels like a series of "episodes" rather than a novel.

It's not a terrible book, but not a great one - thus the 2 stars overall.

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  • Joki
  • Helsinki
  • 07-07-15

Continues Smoothly From First Two Books



With Book 3, the universe of the Man of War series has expanded and author Honsinger opts for a very definitive punctuation mark at the end (though the series continues). Those enjoying the exuberant speeches and World-buildling-through-dialogue will no doubt have fun with Brothers in Valor. For there is plenty of action (and speeches) here to keep readers engaged.

Story: What looks to be a trap - often is? Warily, the Cumberland follows strict orders from Admiral Hornmeyer to enter Krag territory and take down a feared tactician, code named 'Admiral Birch'. But is it luck or are they about to find themselves three layers deep in deception? And will Robichaux's canniness be able to pull them out of this latest fix?

As with previous books, our Star Trek meets Master and Commander dialogue between young skipper Robichaux and uptight doctor Sahin is the heart of the book. Although I'm still not convinced that the Earth would hold back half the human race (the female half) despite facing annihilation, clearly Sahin with his over-emotional outbursts and uptight nature is playing the female role to Max's gung-ho macho maleness perfectly (in a very non-sexual if perhaps not necessarily unhomoerotic way).

The dizzying amount of superfluous information about cultures and languages of earth (and even Krag now) is balanced by the amount of fun Honsinger has with the action. So while I appreciate that this isn't a story about white guys in space, I do still wish that the characters were a bit more realistic. It makes for an enjoyable read but a bit too easy to forget afterwards.

I do admit, I am continually amused to find the Star Trek references in there. From a nurse by the name of Church (ah, Nurse Chapel, we miss you), to the doctor being called Bones as a nickname, to Robichaux's over the top speeches. There were many more references in Brothers in Valor - a treat to find the Easter Eggs for Star Trek fans.

I listened to the audible narration and I'm at a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. The narrator is emotive and does a great job with what has to be the hardest lines *ever* to read convincingly. But at the same time, the bored, fatalistic inflection takes the over-the-top dialogue and can make it really seem flat. At times, a lot of the fun was sucked out by the book because of the dropping of tone at the end of each sentence.

In all, I did enjoy Brothers and Valor and look forward to the next book.

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Very Good Continuation... Can't Wait For Book #4

This really is a good series. It's one of those that I just can't stop listening to. This was one was probably the best so far, but left off in a cliffhanger.

A few things have come to annoy me just a bit... Like how the Doctor is always oblivious to anything and everything that might be happening on the ship or when the ship is in battle. No matter how much he learns, he is for some reason unable to grasp the concepts of naval warfare. This is usually the mechanism that the author uses to explain to us something that we don't already know or that isn't obvious, but you would think he could come up with some way other than the Doctor being once again in the dark about something that everyone else on the ship is astonished that he doesn't know... One or two times per book would be one thing, but it happens practically every 5 pages and seems to be the only way we get new information explained to us...

Other than my minor gripes, this book is full of the action and excitement we have come to expect from this series. I listened to the entire book almost straight through. 5 Stars.

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Not the best of the series

I loved the 1st two books in the series. This one felt short and rushed. I'll definitely listen to the next book when and if it comes out. This one just wasn't my favorite.

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Great entertainment.

Max Robichaux is a young space Captain on the space destroyer USS Cumberland, a ship that was previously mocked for its losses. The crew knew more about polishing the rivets than fighting the enemy of the Union until Max became their Captain. Since then they have faced danger and come out alive through Max’s quick, sometimes out of the box thinking.

The action starts as Max has to help the ship and crew escape from overwhelming odds. He will have to pull a rabbit out his hat – or try a trick that has never been done- to succeed.

Next the Cumberland is sent on a covert mission that takes them into the heart of the enemy. There is initial conflict as the other Captain he is paired with is a seasoned man who doesn’t want to take orders from Max. Once that conflict is resolved, they proceed with a daring plan. Although it means they may end up stranded with the enemy they have to take the risk to capture a key leader to have a chance of stopping the war.

I loved the non-stop action and danger in this story. Max is a great character who comes up with ingenious tactical solutions and is willing to trust his crew to know their jobs and make effective suggestions. Dr. Sahin, chief medical officer and special ambassador, adds good humor with his side comments and views from a nonmilitary aspect. I like the other crew ‘family’ and shared in their emotions.

I am only sorry that Mr. Honsinger has no other books for me to get. I do recommend this series to readers who enjoy action packed military space battles.

Audio Notes: As with Book 2, Ray Chase does a great job with the narration. He captures the intensity, the dry wit and the quirks of the characters. The listening experience enhanced the entertainment of the story.

My Rating: Entertainment/Story 4.5 of 5.0; Performance 5.0 of 5.0.

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Great Series!

I loved the series, wish I could get a continuation with book 4 and find out how the war ends. Are there more books in the series post #3.

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Outstanding!

Ray Chase is an outstanding narrator!
The director of this audiobook series has really done an outstanding job as well. H.Paul Honsinger is an outstanding writer who really knows tactics and naval procedure, making for a very suspenseful and exciting series!

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It's one of those great stories

This is one of those once in a lifetime Great series I have little doubt that your amongst such greats as Orson Scott Card Isaac Asimov Arthur C Clarke HG Wells Robert A Heinlein

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  • Nicc
  • Hondo, Tx
  • 02-23-18

The series is awesome!

If you love space military books, get this series ASAP. loved every minute of this book.

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I love this book!!

I can listen to this series of books over and over. I'm just sad that the next book in the series hasn't come out.

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  • stewart
  • 07-25-15

honsinger does it again

Would you listen to Brothers in Valor again? Why?

i have had the joy of rereading all the brothers in valor series and they are a constant source of amusement and keep me riveted

Which character – as performed by Ray Chase – was your favourite?

hit em hard hornmeyer and his gruff demeanor and ball busting remarks are superb

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

there rats really big homicidal rats we need a bigger gun

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-28-17

Fantastic action story.

Brilliantly narrated. Good action and never let's up. When is the next one coming out?

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  • robert
  • 05-20-17

Awful ending

An awful way to finish, totally out of keeping with the rest of the series

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  • Allan
  • 07-26-15

Really enjoying the series

Hope the next book is as good, The only problem I've got with the series is that they are not coming out fast enough😉

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  • Keith Dorrell
  • 03-01-17

I want more!

this is once again a bloody good rollicking broadside loaded space adventure.
Next episode please!!! great narration strong story line in the tradition of Hornblower

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  • Ray
  • 06-12-17

Delivers on what came before but then just ends.

If you stuck it out to the end of the series then you might agree that it lived up to the previous books in general.
Ended anti-climatically in my opinion. The story feels incomplete and though I liked the authors creativity his lack of overall writing talent and the horrible narration are huge obstacles to getting me to sign up for another tale of Max R. and his crew.