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Nov. 1 2003 A Honor Harrington novel
The New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington novel is now in paperback! The new government of the Star Kingdom has brazenly ignored the wishes of Queen Elizabeth--threatening to end a shaky ceasefire agreement and destroy the very fabric of the Manticore Alliance against the terrorist Committee of Public Safety. As a senior political advisor, Honor has seen the cost of war on her people and vows to restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution--or die trying.

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David Weber's Honor Harrington series continues in this 10th novel, which picks up the action several years after the previous volume, Ashes of Victory. With a ceasefire in place with the Peeps, the new government of the Star Kingdom ignores the wishes of Queen Elizabeth and then threatens the very fabric of the Manticore Alliance against the People's Republic of Haven. We find Honor in the role of a senior political advisor, performing with her usual flair and élan.

With War of Honor coming in at over 800 pages, Weber has room to expand subplots and secondary characters and bring to the reader a feeling of depth and completeness seldom seen in science fiction novels. Favorite characters from past stories return, many of them growing in stature from unimportant secondary characters to major players in the "Honorverse." Weber serves up trouble in Silesia, the excitement of a new wormhole junction, scheming in Manticorian politics, strange events deep in Peep territory, and plenty of exploding spaceships--and, as publisher Jim Baen says, "We like exploding spaceships." --Ron Peterson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In previous installments of David Weber's bestselling space opera series featuring the intrepid Honor Harrington, she's won the sometimes unwilling admiration of friend and foe alike in her battles with the brutal and corrupt People's Republic of Haven. In her 10th outing, War of Honor, the People's Republic is no more, but Lady Admiral Harrington, following in the best tradition of C.S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian and Robert A. Heinlein, faces her most dangerous adversary yet: a new government in her own star kingdom run by the petty, venal and stupid former Opposition, who proceed to squander the hard-fought victory.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Honor can do no wrong March 24 2014
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This was a pretty long 900 page book but it was a page turner and reads quite well.

The politics was the core of the book focused on manticore and for the peeps with a bit of military battle thrown in at the end.

Great ending. I can't wait for the next one.

4 stars as it was relatively predictable in most of the story lines. But a great Honorverse book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointing Dec 18 2002
I have been following the Honor Harrington series for a number of years, and for the most part, have thoroughly enjoyed it (despite Weber's insistance on whitling away at Honor: first an eye, then an arm). However, War of Honor was a definite disappointment.
There didn't seem to be much of a plot. The war with the Peeps is over, but no one seems to want a peace treaty. Political enemies want to bring Honor down. Honor and Hamish are fighting the fact that they are in love, since he is devoted to his wife, a quadraplegic. All elements that have been used before.
The main problem with the book is that nothing actually happens! in the first seven *hundred* pages, more than six hundred are of people sitting around lecturing each other on politics and diplomatic matters. In fact, the very few battle scenes are all off-camera, so to speak. Slavery is suddenly a big issue, but I don't really remember any mention in the earlier books about slavery.
The characters also suffered from a bad case of two dimensionality. The current government, who want to trounce Honor for the sake of trouncing her, are mean and nasty and incompetent. On the other side, the enemy is either incompetent villains or brilliantly noble, forced into actions they don't want. Oh for a brilliant bad guy, like the ones on Grayson in the earlier books.
Basically, War of Honor suffered from a bad case of telling, not showing, and as a result, it dragged. It was far too long for the lack of plot, and the whole purpose of the novel seems to be to get Honor into bed.
All in all, the only thing that made buying this book worth it to me was the fact that it came with a CD with electronic versions of all the earlier books, so I can go back and reread them, and thrill to sparkling dialog, exciting battles, and grand characters, since none of those appear in this latest instalment
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly done political drama May 12 2004
I have enjoyed much of the Honor Harrington series. Clearly, his first four books are the best, but the others have had their gripping moments. Not this book. It is a bore from end to end.
Some random thoughts:
The Honor worship has gotten utterly out of hand. How many more pages must be lavished on the central character that has had no interesting or original thoughts in 3000 pages?
There exists not a single interesting character in the Manticoran Alliance. Not a single person that I would want to talk to or meet.
Only the Peeps have anything left to say. Tom Theisman, Eloise Pritchard, and Shannon Foraker at least have some depth, some pathos, and some guts. But these character are given only a fraction of the novel to develop.
There is very little actual action, very little plot development, and the characters stagnate.
All in all, it reads like some mediocre DM in a Dungeons and Dragons game distributing the booty of the quest.
The vast majority of the book is taken up with political maneuvering. Every character that does not fundamentally agree with Weber's politics is an idiot, a coward, and is fundamentally acting in bad faith. On the other hand, everyone who agrees with Weber's politics is obviously correct, noble, brilliant, and incorruptible. (...)
Since these buffoons are in power, we essentially read 800 pages of stupid people trying to spin incompetence that would make the GOP look good.
Basically, we get to watch simpletons plot in meetings for roughy...750 pages. Very exciting.
Mr. Weber, political intrigue is like chess, only really interesting when masters go at it. Otherwise, you just get frustrated and bored.
Which is precisely what happened here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War of honor June 10 2004
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David Weber Strikes again. A wonderful addition to the Honor Harrington series, this book kept me up all night reading. A must read for any David Weber Fan or lover of Military Scifi.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A loooooong book for such thin rewards May 24 2004
Why is it that almost every sci-fi writer late in a series starts to pad their stories with such ungodly boring fluff, that their books become almost unreadable.
Such a great series, up to maybe book 8.
I practically skipped (OK, I skimmed real fast) any chapter or section that dealth with the Havenites or High Ridge and his crew. And still did not miss one important fact about the story ARC.
When the whole story revolves (and it does folks) around a stupid president who allows a manipulating Sec of State to cut and paste her dispatches on his home PC, you know you're grasping for plotlines. Oh come on, like she never had a clue to check the integrity of her correspondences to a man she HATES.
To make this matter worse, literally 400 pages of this very long (and very very long feeling book) are dedicated to pointless "Gee, I can't believe they refused our demands" and "Wow, I can't believe they're demanding that" "Blah Blah Blah" crap that seems to go on endlessly.
This isn't Sci-Fi. It's Danielle Steele minus the sex. In other words, it is absolutely the most boring supposed sci-fi novel I have ever read.
Oh and 20 or so pages of action at the very end do not, I repeat DO NOT, begin to resemble the reward a reader should get for putting up with this flat 2-dimensional soap opera.
The author obviously tried to have too many people/groups/political affiliations in his novel to make all of them: interesting, relevent and practical.
We get it already! Please, after the first time Haven rejects Manticore, and Manticore rejects Haven, we understand there'll be no compromis. We get it! We get it! Move along pleaseeeeee....
But the author takes hundreds of pages to do so, and tortures us along the way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Turkey
I give this turkey 1-2 stars, it's about 500 pages too long. More or less nothing much happens for 800 pages or so and then the fighting is brief. Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Alan Bale
1.0 out of 5 stars Trite and boring - sadly unlike the previous books
I felt like slitting my wrists while reading this to escape the boredom. Seriously, the series is terriffic, until this book. Read more
Published on April 21 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!
I was truly disappointed in War of Honor. It doesn't compare at all with the first 8 books in the Honor Harrington series. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Lee Rosemund
2.0 out of 5 stars Desperately seeking editor...
This book needed some serious editing, but it didn't get it. The first 80% was filled with endless meetings between various characters who either rehashed what happened in the... Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by D. Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars War of Meetings
I am starting to get the impression that Honor is slowly approaching that place fighter pilots don't ever want to be in: Low, Slow and out of Ideas. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Dan Lee
2.0 out of 5 stars Droll and superficial
Either Weber is infatuated with his own rhetoric or he doesn't even bother to proof his writings.
C'mon David, enough of this cutesy bantering! WRITE something constructive!
Published on March 18 2004 by Michael Cranston
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn.......the end of the road for me.
This will probably be my last purchase in the Honor Harrington soap opera for me. Lets see....
300 pages to rehash what has happened before
500 pages of boring... Read more
Published on March 9 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the Politics, its the tactics I miss
This book has the flaws that several other reviewers not - the amazing ability to alter correspondence with no consequence, etc. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by "tlord10"
1.0 out of 5 stars ACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!
Action. Action! Action!! Action!!!
I don't want to think.
I just wants ACTION!
Published on Feb. 11 2004
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