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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and international best-selling phenomenon David Weber delivers the next book in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series.

There are two sides to any quarrel... unless there are more. Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend Michelle Henke has just handed the "invincible" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one-sided defeat in its entire almost thousand-year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back – and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

Yet she also knows scores of other star systems—some independent, some controlled by puppet regimes, and some simply conquered outright by the Solarian Office of Frontier Security—lie in the League's grip along its frontier with the Talbott Quadrant. As combat spreads from the initial confrontation, the entire frontier has begun to seethe with unrest, and Michelle sympathizes with the oppressed populations wanting only to be free of their hated masters.

That puts her in something of a quandary when a messenger from Mobius arrives, because someone's obviously gotten a wrong number. According to him, the Mobians’ uprising has been carefully planned to coordinate with a powerful outside ally: the Star Empire of Manticore. Only Manticore—and Mike Henke—have never even heard of the Mobius Liberation Front.

It's a set-up... and Michelle knows who's behind it. The shadowy Mesan Alignment has launched a bold move to destroy Manticore's reputation as the champion of freedom. And when the RMN doesn't arrive, when the MLF is brutally and bloodily crushed, no independent star system will ever trust Manticore again.

Mike Henke knows she has no orders from her government to assist any rebellions or liberation movements, that she has only so many ships, which can be in only so many places at a time... and that she can't possibly justify diverting any of her limited, outnumbered strength to missions of liberation the Star Empire never signed on for. She knows that... and she doesn't care.

No one is going to send thousands of patriots to their deaths, trusting in Manticoran help that will never come.

Not on Mike Henke's watch.

©2013 Words of Weber, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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I love this series .. can't wait for the next book

I've followed the Honorverse from the beginning .. and I still love how the story is evolving! This fills in gaps around Honor's story and I love following all of my other favorite characters as they grow. I would recommend reading the story from the beginning. I've gone back several times now to reread (and then relisten) to the whole series .. I love it every time.

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You're Killing Me

I have read some of the other reviews and clearly there are those who have not been reading all of the past installments of the Honorverse. I can't wait for these two plot lines to ultimately come together. Tell David to get with it and get the next book out sooner than later.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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The usual platitudes and cardboard characters

Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Allyson Johnson?

Maybe

What could David Weber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not copied and pasted from previous books.

Any additional comments?

It's a "Honor Harrington novel" - it says so right on the cover picture, trouble is, she's not in it as an active character and is just mentioned in passing once or twice....I gave it an overall rating of two stars because it held enough of my attention to actually finish it.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Horrible.

Would you try another book from David Weber and/or Allyson Johnson?

Probably, but not this series.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Allyson Johnson?

She did okay. My "performance" issues are with the directors of the audiobook, but this may be misplaced, it may be that Weber, or his publisher is to blame. Someone made some very bad decisions in how this book/listen was assembled, with regard to the timeline. I quit about chapter 8, I couldn't take any more. I do not want to listen to the same EXACT parts of the story from the last book and the book before it. Stupid.

Any additional comments?

There are some SERIOUS time dependencies issues. It's as if chapters from 2 to 3 books ago, that were cut, were added back into a new book. This book actually starts out in a timeline BEFORE the book before the book before this one. Confused? You will be. It is as if previously deleted (and bad) chapters were cut, and reassembled. I'm done.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed in the story line.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did like listening to the this book. It was well performed and a good story. Just not what I was hoping to get from the continuation of the Honor Harrington series.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Weber again?

Possibly. This one book is not enough to discourage me from reading books by David Weber. At the same time it did not leave me anxious for the next installment.

Did Shadow of Freedom inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

Problems:<br/>1. Honor Harrington (the main character of the series) is only mentioned in this book, never was she a player, or even indirectly involved. <br/>2. ALL of the action scenes where skipped! Each time the story would lead up to a battle then jump to the aftermath - mostly the politics of the story.<br/><br/>I did not get this book to read the a story of space drama politics. David Weber, the author, seems to be making the same mistake the Robert Jordan made with the Wheel of Time. The story is branching to much and he is introducing to much or driving too deeply into the politics of the story. Give me just enough and stop there. I like a good intrigue, deep stories of spies and subterfuge and the game of politics. I love that the Honor Harrington series salt and pepper with it, but I don't want it to be the primary focus of the story. That is not what drew me to these books and it will push me away. Prior to the Shadow of Freedom, there was enough of that to get me drawn into the conflicts. This one had me shouting enough already!<br/><br/>Over all it was a good story. By it's self I may of loved it. Preconditioned with the other book, it left me wondering if I will continue reading the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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More action

What did you like best about this story?

David Weber wrote an entertaining store (as usual), with more action.

What does Allyson Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Continuity with most of the other Honor Harrington books (and she is a good reader).

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book carries on the side story of the Honorverse with great gusto. Lots of detailed and personal scenes.

Have you listened to any of Allyson Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She does a wonderful job but the shifting of narrators from Jay Snyder makes it tough to take the publisher seriously.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful