Mission of Honor Hardcover – Jun 22 2010
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About the Author
David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels repeatedly make the New York Times best seller list and can’t come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He has also written the popular Safehold series for Tor, and a best-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, with four novels so far: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few. His Wind Rider’s Oath, another New York Times best seller, continues his popular Bahzell fantasy adventure series.
Top Customer Reviews
Ever since we learned just how involved Mesa has been, I've been waiting for the great Manticore-Haven alliance to start, and I wasn't disappointed. The first great curbstomp of the Manticore/Solarian conflict wasn't too shabby either. Everything else progressed smoothly, but as I alluded, he is creating too many plot points to fulfill easily (or quickly), and letting his editor immunity get the better of him in making this a doorstopper. But I've heard that he plans for the series to be 15 books, and if this is #12 i expect the last 3 to be a wild ride of threads coming together.
To my fellow reviewers; chill. Cartoon, the ARC(advance reader copy) has been on sale at Bean's site since early February. If you had actually read Kevin's review you might have realized that. It has typos and errors, but it is still the book. Pay attention. Kevin, kyle, have you been in hibernation since you read At All Costs and completely missed the two side novels where almost 'everything' you complain about was set up? Chapters of material both in this and the two previous side novels have been spent on the Mesan development of new drives and their preparation for what you call a "deus ex machina", but is nothing of the sort. If you missed something that big, I feel no need to address your other mistakes, like completely misreading the Queen's character growth.
I'm giving a 4 star book 5 stars to counteract the lack of thought by my fellow reviewers.
As much as I loved the first 5-6 books, this series has finally gone off the rails. The scale has just gotten so huge that the majority of the books are now just moving all the various universe bits forward, with little or no focus on the main character. This book also had the second stupidly arbitrary plot twist of the series, which was the final nail in the coffin. Some details (minor spoilers):
- Honor spends all of her time in meetings, away from any and all action. Yay for the hero.
- the outcome of the only space combat is known well in advance by everyone, including the characters
- way too much time is spent moving political plots forward. This is no longer just limited to Marty/Peep perspectives, now you also have Solly and Mesans as well
- there is a totally arbitrary thing that happens that cripples the Manty war effort. It is basically a reverse Deus Ex Machina that is completely unexpected, and unable to be detected or stopped. I can only guess this was to added to ratchet up tension, but it comes totally out of the blue and took me completely out of the story
- the massive Solly invasion/combat that the whole story builds towards... doesn't happen in this book. This is the first book in the series that doesn't end on a dramatic combat resolution, and just sort of ends abruptly.
- (spoiler) the queen abandons her long held hatred for the Peeps and agrees to work with them on a 'what the hell' (literally).
All in all, terribly disappointed in the direction this series is going. My guess is that since Honor didn't die in the last book (as was the original plan, from what I've heard), this book had to refocus the series on the new enemy to give the series someplace to go. It kinda succeeds, but makes me lose my interest in seeing it go there.
Most recent customer reviews
Continues to add to the universe of Honor Harrington and well worth the read.Published 6 months ago by DaveLon
to cartoon man, advanced reader copies of this novel are on sale at baen.
bought it and read it, and completely agree with kevin kent's review. Read more