Man of War Series

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,278 ratings

Deadly Nightshade Publisher's Summary

Max Robichaux’s thrilling adventures didn’t begin on 21 January 2315 when he took command of the USS Cumberland at the age of 28. Somehow, before that date, Max became an expert on battle tactics, the psychology of command and leadership, the customs and fighting techniques of the mysterious and powerful Vaaach race, and how to devise innovative strategies to defeat superior enemy forces, bringing his ship and his men home when the odds are against him. 

Deadly Nightshade tells a small but crucial part of that story, shedding light on how Max became the creative, innovative, deadly warrior readers have come to know in the “Man of War” trilogy.

In June 2304, the 16-year-old green Ensign Max Robichaux is given a small but fast and stealthy ship to penetrate enemy space, observe a mock attack on a new kind of enemy battle station, and return with reams of information on the station, enemy weapons, enemy tactics, and other valuable intelligence. 

Max finds that his vessel’s capabilities as well as his own courage and tenacity are tested when a Vaaach ship intervenes in the Krag exercise and takes Max away from his task...and from any hope of rescue. It seems that the Vaaach have their own uses for the young ensign and his nearly invisible craft. Max must fight his way past a superior force of alien fighters to come to the aid of a race being victimized in one of the most horrific ways imaginable. Once there, he must call upon every ounce of courage and the deepest parts of his humanity to save millions of lives through making what may prove to be the ultimate sacrifice. 

Deadly Nightshade is a novella-length (approximately 37,000 words) tale of adventure, courage, tenacity, and sacrifice. It packs everything Honsinger’s listeners expect - realistically staged space combat, deep character development, believable aliens, and the thrill of being on a warship in deep space - into a compact package. It is also an easily accessible entree to the series for new listeners.  

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  • Book 0.1

    • Deadly Nightshade

    • A Prequel to the Man of War Series
    • By: H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated by: Lawrence Alexander
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    Max Robichaux’s thrilling adventures didn’t begin on 21 January 2315 when he took command of the USS Cumberland at the age of 28. Before that date, Max became an expert on battle tactics, the psychology of command and leadership, the customs and fighting techniques of the mysterious and powerful Vaaach race, and more. In June 2304, the 16-year-old green Ensign Max Robichaux is given a small but fast and stealthy ship to penetrate enemy space, observe a mock attack on a new kind of enemy battle station, and return with information on the station, enemy weapons, enemy tactics, and other valuable intelligence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Can’t wait for the next full novel.

    • By Eric on 09-27-18

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 1

    • To Honor You Call Us

    • Man of War, Book 1
    • By: H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated by: Ray Chase
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606

    The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag Ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.” Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Thoroughly enjoyed the story

    • By Stephanie Pitts on 03-19-14

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 2

    • For Honor We Stand

    • Man of War, Book 2
    • By: H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated by: Ray Chase
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283

    In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a 30-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony. Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: The dangers from the enemy without…and clashes with crew and superiors within. Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sing-song?

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-16-17

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 3

    • Brothers in Valor

    • Man of War, Book 3
    • By: H. Paul Honsinger
    • Narrated by: Ray Chase
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing too exceptional

    • By Joshua on 05-30-16

    Regular price: $8.20