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David Weber provides intergalactic thrills and political intrigue in this far-flung military space adventure, continuing where In Enemy Hands left off. The People's Republic has publicly executed Honor Harrington--or have they? While the Star Kingdom swears revenge, Honor (alive and kicking) plans escape from the prison planet of Hell. Weber's extensive knowledge of military protocol combined with deep technical exploration make for a highly detailed book, yet he avoids bogging down in it. His great storytelling skills keep this book racing along like an action-adventure movie. Fans of Star Wars and old-fashioned seafaring tales will find lots to their liking here, as will those looking for a future setting in which women play an equal role. If you're new to the Honor series, start with On Basilisk Station, the first of Commander Honor Harrington's adventures. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Extrapolating Horatio Hornblower into a rousing far-future galactic conflict, sex-changing him into Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington and setting in motion a myriad of teeth-baring space-naval commanders make Weber's military SF (In Enemy Hands, etc.) irresistible. This hefty eighth installment of the Harrington saga opens with Honor's supposed execution?but wait! She and her empathic treecat, Nimitz, though wounded, are really on Hades, a prison planet of the nefarious People's Republic (Peeps), where they are hatching a plot to spring its POWs, smash the Peep fleet invading the space of Honor's Manticoran Alliance and bring everybody safely home. Meanwhile, unscrupulous Peep politicians hamstring their own commanders with bumptious informers, while the Manties' Admiralty officials cope with lukewarm allies and the bloodthirsty polygamous Calvinist Graysons of Honor's other homeworld, a Puritanical society hell-bent on dispensing with Lady Harrington "and no mercy!" Weber's enormous canvas allows for masterful combat sequences, technological expertise and appealing character painting. Most of the military types (among whom women abound) on both sides are tough, decent and efficient, while most politicians (including those in uniform) are self-serving numskulls?portraits that most readers will applaud, along with the rest of Weber's rousing novel.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Fun read, lots of action. I purchased the book to replace my much worn paperbacks. Just wish the seller(s) could find a little better package to ship in than a grey plastic... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Woody1558
I was a bit disappointed this time. The book arrived on time, but the front cover had been torn off. Why? I don't know. This is the first time it happened to me.Published on March 18 2012 by Robert
I have really enjoyed the previous Honor Harrington books and I think Webber is a talented writer, but I think he has written too many books too fast. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2002 by John W Mikkola
david weber appears to have the iq of a small squid, if his writing is any demonstration of his intelligence. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002
Beaten, maimed, half-starved, yet our Honor assembles what remains of her crew and fights on. I have nothing but respect for this book. Mr. Read morePublished on June 4 2001 by "morganav"
Well, David Weber has done it again. His Honor Harrington series is, in my opinion, the best science fiction available to true fans. It's wonderful. Read morePublished on March 3 2001
This is one of those books that is so good, five stars just isn't enough. Along with On Basilisk Station and The Honour of the Queen, this is my favorite book by David Weber. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2001
So - finally, I get to find out the other half of the story! I see there are a number of people who gripe about Honor, and how David Weber tends to write unbelievable characters. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2000 by "canadian_sailor"