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WAR OF HONOR Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 2003
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Weber is an astute observer and history buff and that shows in each of these books (i.e. Rob S Pierre, sounds a bit like Robespierre of the Committee for Public Safety during the French Revolution). He's also great at writing taut action sequences and there were too few in this book. Hopefully, between the Sollies, the reformed Peeps and maybe even the Andermani, there will be more than enough action in the next book(s).
One fantastic idea Weber had was including all the books, and others, on a CD with the hardcover. They're also available online and we'll have to see if his free-market experiment pays off or if pirates will hurt his profits. In this case, you'd hardly buy #10 without reading, and presumably owning, the previous 9 books. Maybe other publishers will follow suit and set an example for 21st century merchandising for the recording and movie industry.
Overall, I'm tempted to raise my rating by a star just for the convenience of having all of these books on my PC and PDA, but I just can't do it. The book wasn't boring but it did get to be a bit tedious a time or two with the in-fighting and come on, a single man has set two star empires against each other by tampering with their mail? One would think there'd be some sort of encryption and verification in use by this era.
Much of the book is a case study in how persons who care a bit too much about their own political or ideological agendas can use their power and position and with much manipulation utterly ruin the lives of millions if not billions. Moral cowardice and deliberate intellectual blindness are on display here. As well as the powerlessness of those who know what is the right thing to do - but end up victims to the plotting of others.
Carson is right - one cannot help but see parallels to current geopolitical situations. I voted for Bush - I admit it - but wonder how much Weber has the "War on Terrorism" in the back of his mind as he writers... How intelligence services can be compromised by a fatal desire to give the "right answers" to political masters... How crucial it is to maintain good relationships with allied nations... And how dangerous it is to pi** them off through arrogance and high-handedness... How dangerous also it is to spread one's military forces too thin... Especially after they have been "downsized" on the assumption that technological superiority will always win the day...Read more ›
* all 10 previous Honor Harrington book, in various file formats
* a cover gallery of the Mattingly covers for the books, which are generally very, very nice to look at
* the various star charts and ship schematics that have appeared in the books
* the two collections of stories set in the "Honorverse," by various authors like David Drake and Weber himself
* a number of books in various file formats by military scifi authors like John Ringo and David Drake
Other good stuff:
* the book has a glossary of terms found not just in this book, but in many of the other "Honor" books. It would have been nice if it had been more extensive, but it's a good start. Perhaps we'll eventually get a "Guide to the Honorverse" out of Weber? One can only hope.
* Weber doesn't balk at shaking things up amongst his characters and within his setting. I don't know how much foreshadowing Weber actually intended, but I have to admit that I became concerned early in the book that some major characters would die, or that the stellar political landscape would change even more drastically than it did at the end of Ashes of Victory. This is a good thing overall, since it keeps the reader guessing.
The book itself is the longest of the Honor Harrington books. Unfortunately, it feels like it.
One of the things that bothered me was just how black and white the characters were. The Machiavellian High Ridge government has few redeeming qualities amongst its principle movers and shakers.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Typical as her story's are always interesting. Not quite finished yet but enjoying as usualPublished 8 months ago by john e courneya
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... Read more
David Weber Strikes again. A wonderful addition to the Honor Harrington series, this book kept me up all night reading. Read morePublished on June 10 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. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Christopher Martin
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 morePublished on May 20 2004 by Alan Bale
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. Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Patrick Taylor Smith
I felt like slitting my wrists while reading this to escape the boredom. Seriously, the series is terriffic, until this book. Read morePublished on April 21 2004
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 morePublished on April 8 2004 by Lee Rosemund