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Publisher's Summary

The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

She's prepared to do anything, risk anything, to stop it, and she has a plan that may finally bring an end to the Havenite Wars and give even the Solarian League pause. But there are things not even Honor knows about. There are forces in play, hidden enemies in motion, all converging on the Star Kingdom of Manticore to crush the very life out of it, and Honor's worst nightmares fall short of the oncoming reality. But Manticore's enemies may not have thought of everything after all. Because if everything Honor Harrington loves is going down to destruction, it won't be going alone.

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.

©2010 David Weber (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Weber… combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in the long-awaited 12th Honor Harrington novel….Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.” (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dan
  • sheffield village, OH, United States
  • 08-12-10

Mission Of Honor

Its been a long wait for Honor to return and it was well worth the wait.
A group of new villians, really made the grade, they are down right despicable. I've listened to the book completely twice, seems a tad short, not too long at all, but I do like alot of detail. Bring on The Sollies. Cannot wait for the next installment of this fine series. I was a bit suprised there was not a bit more from the Grayson side of things, But alot of new direction to the new bad guys made up for that. It was a good follow up to At All Costs.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • CORNWALL on hudson, NY, United States
  • 06-24-10

WOW. Classic Weber

a great instalment in the Honor Harrington series, or at this point the "honorverse". This book ties up a large number of loose ends as well as moving the story along to what will be its ultimate finale. David can't write fast enough for me.
you have space battles politics and all the things you love about davids writing here. enjoy

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa
  • Randwick, Australia
  • 09-08-13

Incomprehensible

For die hard fans only. Yes, I've read the previous 11 books at one time of another in the past couple of decades, but this one just floored me. I simply can't keep the various threads of the story intact, and Weber is utterly unforgiving - you just have to work it all out for yourself somehow. Best of luck.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lawrence
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 10-05-11

Great series.

At first I was having trouble with the series. It seemed like it was getting too deep into everything but as I got farther into the series, the better I liked it. The narrator slipped from time to time on the gender of the characters but all in all once I got used to her it was fine. I'm looking forward to getting more of Webers books.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 09-13-11

Mission of Honor

Seem when I start a book in the Honor series everything comes to a stop as I can not stop listening until the book is finished. Allyson Johnson does a good job narrating the book. At times information was repeated as it was relayed from one person to another but the suspense was great. There were a few exciting space battles for which Weber is famous. The political drama was intense between Manticore and Haven. The book created an end to the story of all the past books and sets the ground work for a new story line. Can not wait for the next book. I will now start on all the sub-series I can obtain and hope Audible will carry all of them.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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As expected

Good book in line with the whole series. Weber is his usual self. Since I skipped the recent non-Honor stories (don't care for the spinoffs) I was quite lost at first since this builds more off them than it does off the last Honor book (At all Costs).

I really don't like the narrator's nasal voice and the mushy way she slurs words into each other. Her British and French accents however are great, though sometimes they seem to slip.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Waurn Ponds, Australia
  • 09-10-10

Worth the wait

Damn... Weber is getting better. This one takes the series to new places and promises much more to come. The writing is much more exciting and in audiobook form... this one is actually thrilling..... I loved it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Carlsbad, CA, United States
  • 07-16-10

Another great Honor Harrington book

The only criticism I have is Allyson Johnson's inexplicable accent selection - why in the world would people coming from the same place, going to the same schools have different accents based on their ethnic backgrounds? And why would say, Abigail Hearns who comes from Grayson where people came from North America originally speak with a pseudo Irish accent?

She should correct these inconsistencies if she is going to stay on the series.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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At last...

I'll keep this simple. This book wasn't the best one in the "Harrington" series but this is a worthy addition to the ongoing series. This series is the best sci-fi I've ever read.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • Hornsby Heights, Australia
  • 11-30-10

Very much a middle book

unlike many of the Honor Harrington series, this book has no finale in it, it just fizzles out at the end. I much prefer a cliff hanger ending to a book in a series.

Also noted that Honor Harrington doesn't actually play much of a part in this book. I love this series, but I think this is the weakest book so far.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ash
  • 10-15-12

Great book and a good solid reading.

I feel compelled to add a counter-review, I found nothing wrong at all with Allyson Johnson's reading and thoroughly enjoyed the book as I have all of the others in the series. The distinct voices and accents of the characters help to stage each scene correctly and when flipping between multiple characters from several star nations it really helps to be able to tell them apart by voice alone.

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  • 02-15-17

not the best in the series but still a great book

the person reading the book really struggles with accents.

good setup for next book but a bit of a slog to get through. still worth it.

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  • hjh_22
  • 07-23-15

Great stuff

Great book though clearly in between even more important events. Only minor complaint is about the narrators accent selection at times but really that's not important.

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  • Ariana
  • 09-11-11

Awful accents and characterisation

This was truly dreadful reading of an excellent book. It sounded like she was trying to copy Barbara Rosenblat's excellent dramatisation of War of Honor, but it fell way short of the mark, apart from the French Havenite accents. The attempt at 'British' Manticoran accents was atrocious. Stick to the flat delivery of all the other books you have read in this series please. I do hope that A Rising Thunder will NOT be read in this way. Frankly it spoiled the book for me. I struggled to listen to it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful