- Mass Market Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books (Oct. 1 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671578332
- ISBN-13: 978-0671578336
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Echoes Of Honor Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 1999
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From the Back Cover
BACK FROM HELL
For eight bloody years, the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its allies have taken the war to the vastly more powerful People's Republic of Haven, and Commodore Honor Harrington has been in the forefront of that war. But now Honor has fallen, captured by the Peep Navy, turned over to the forces of State Security . . . and executed on the interstellar network's nightly news.
The Manticoran Alliance is stunned and infuriated by Honor's death and grimly resolved to avenge it. Yet their military is over-extended and the People's Republic is poised to take the offensive with unprecedented ferocity.
But even as powerful Peep fleets hurtle towards their objectives, neither they nor the Alliance are aware of events occurring on a distant, isolated, inescapable prison planet called Hell. For what no one knows, not even State Security, is that Honor Harrington is not dead. She and a handful of her people are trapped on Hell, and determined to disprove the Peep boast that no one can ever escape it.
Honor Harrington is going home, and taking her people with her . . . even if she has to conquer Hell to do it.See all Product description
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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.
And has anyone else noticed the pattern of how when two "good guys" begin chapter-length conversation they usually are experiencing trepidation and tension about how the other person is going to react but each person always come away from the conversation feeling ever so much better about how wonderful the other character is? I cite the conversation occupying Chapter 6 as an example.
Ah well, perhaps I am being too harsh. DW obviously has talent, and people obviously like his books. I just feel that there's a bit too much repetition and formula in this particular series.
Though shocked and outraged over Harrington's public execution, the Manticorans vow vengeance. However, unbeknownst to them, their heroine's death was a staged TV event and she is actually being held prisoner on the inescapable prison planet of Hell. Though no one escapes from this aptly named prison, Honor plans to have the honor of being the first. She knows that her forces not only need her leadership, but the morale of her return from the dead could be the difference in the almost decade old war.
Like the seven previous Harrington novels, ECHOES OF HONOR is a well written space opera along the lines of Star Wars that will temporarily satiate fans waiting for the next Lucas movie. Though the story line may, at first, seem hackneyed, under the deft writing of David Weber, the book is actually a stupendous work of science fiction. The military characters for both sides seem apropos as they are motivated and intelligent. The same cannot be said of the politicians, who seem more to be more of a mirror image of a not so marvelous DC crowd. Bottom line is readers of non-stop, action-packed, shoot-em-up sci fi thrillers will relish Mr. Weber's wonderful work, including his latest ECHOES OF HONOR.
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