ECHOES OF HONOR Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1999
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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This book wasn't what I expected, but I don't mean that in a bad way. Although people pick "Ashes of Victory" as a turning point for the Honor Harrington books, this is the first novel where it begins to focus on the lives of those who fight alongside her, or, in this case, in her absence. The universe of Honor Harrington ceases to revolve around one very impressive character, and takes on a life of its own. The glimpse into Havenite politics is fascinating, as is Honor's own family.
If you've never read Honor Harrington before, I wouldn't advise you to start with this one. Try "On Basilisk Station", because it is the first novel in the series, and its a series well worth reading. If you're familiar with HH, you'll get everything you've come to expect from this: great battles, internal struggles, dirty politics, and above all, wonderful characters.
I WAS impressed with the fact that the Peeps were finally humanized. You got to see the war from both sides, and I actually started to feel sorry for them. But the end when HH and company finally return home against all odds was too short. I was looking forward the whole time to her reunion with White Haven and how that affected the RMN, but all you got to see was the com transmition when they arrived! Well, I guess that's another book. (See Ashes of Victory)
This is a series about a woman who has deep convictions about what her duty is to herself, her country and her job. She's not perfect, she makes mistakes, but she doesn't quit! She doesn't do everything like a god or a superhero but she holds herself to a strict moral code and inspires the people around her to believe in themselves and their abilities. I've had the pleasure of working briefly for a person who had some of Honor's ability to inspire people to be better than they believed they could be and I wish the world had more people like them.
The characters are human, they make mistakes. What makes them better than average is that they keep trying. It's said that hero's are no better than anyone else, they just kept going in spite of the odds.
This is the first author who I can say I have enjoyed everyone of the books I have read. I have just one word to Mr. Weber....MORE!
I really enjoyed the initial Harrington novels. I bought this one after forgetting how I'd become increasingly disenchanted with the series for the above reasons, and because of the "Jack Ryan" effect -- "just declare her empress of the whole universe and be done with it," is the tone of the statements I started muttering while reading the more recent novels. HH seems to always be put through the torture of the week, in the same manner that soap operas and bad action shows ham-handedly try to cudgel viewers into thinking "oh, that poor girl," or "oh, that man is so evil." If I were a character in one of these books, I'd start thinking "you know, it's amazing how the ENTIRE UNIVERSE seems to revolve around this ONE PERSON. It's like everyone else is just a minor character in a bad novel..." I cite Lois McMaster-Bujold's excellent Barrayar series as a great example of how multiple strong and interesting characters can exist in the same universe and plot line.Read more ›
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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 11 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
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