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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416544143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416544142
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Nobody does space opera better than Weber, and his heroine, Honor Harrington, introduced in On Basilisk Station (1993), remains as engaging as ever in the latest tome to chronicle her adventures. At the start, intelligence agents of the newly democratic Republic of Haven detect a hidden hand behind their renewed hostilities with the Star Kingdom of Manticore. As the Havenites struggle to convince their foes that they are being manipulated by common enemies among the genetic slave trade, the Manticoreans force their hand until there's no alternative but the Mother of All Space Battles. Weber manages to invert the respective moral positions of his sides quite adroitly, showing how emotion and prejudice can impair even the finest among us. The sweep of interstellar conflict contrasts with developments in Honor's personal life that could have been maudlin, but succeed in being highly moving. Reading like a fusion of Horatio Hornblower, Robert A. Heinlein and Tom Clancy, this is easily the best installment in the series to date; one can well imagine that when future star warriors develop their tactics, Weber's narratives will provide a template. (Nov.)
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*Starred Review* Seasoned voyagers through Weber's Honorverse (the Honor in question being Harrington) mustn't be put off by the stupendous size of the eleventh volume of the lady's adventures. All the pages are needed to encompass a fast-paced tale that brings together all the elements developed in previous books, and push them a good way along toward an ultimate conclusion. [...] The climax is bloody and fine preparation for at least one more desperate round of fighting. It also leaves Honor reflecting on the price of war in warriors' lives. Roland Green
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952. Weber and his wife Sharon live in Greenville, South Carolina with their three children and "a passel of dogs".

Previously the owner of a small advertising and public relations agency, Weber now writes science fiction full time.

Customer Reviews

The book seems to be at least two hundred pages too long.
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Furthermore, they seem to become less and less creative as the series goes on, and the main character becomes less and less sympathetic.
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Another David Weber book from the Honor Harrington universe.
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132 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on August 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven are still in the bloodiest war ever known. In a previous novel, readers learned that the Havenites believed the Manties, during a cease-fire, altered documents. Therefore, the Havenites fired the first shot, ending the cease-fire without even bothering to notify the Manties. Now the Havenites have reason to believe that the Manties never altered anything. In fact, it appears that one of their own did the altering, hoping to cause the war to continue ... and succeeded.
Haven President Eloise Pritchart wants nothing more than for the war to end. She releases a POW, who happens to be close to Honor Harrington, with a message for Queen Elizabeth. Eloise wants to meet and discuss terms for peace. Elizabeth is given the choice of when and where. Eloise asks that Honor be included, as well as, the treecats.
Honor Harrington is still close to Hamish and Emily (of White Haven). As Honor begins her return to the front, she learns that she is pregnant. Though all know, in the back of their minds anyway, who the father is, no one dares state it aloud. Since being killed in battle is always a possibility, Honor has her unborn child removed from herself and placed in a tube to mature. (Totally safe.) Those on Manticore and Grayson, depending on how they feel about Honor, are either thrilled to learn about an heir or furious and wanting to use the child as a weapon against the mother.
***** First off let me state that I hope the author creates a whole new series about Torch, its teenaged queen, and its Amazonian people. Such potential exists there. Queen Berry Zilwicki came across much better than Queen Amidala could ever hope to have done.
Honor Harrington is something of "a personal bogeyman" for the Havenites.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Meneldir on November 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of David Weber's for many years and I've been growing increasingly disappointed with his Honor Harrington series. Weber developed a very real-feeling universe for his character to live in but over the last several books he appears more interested in talking about the universe than in developing the characters, plot, or story. In SHADOW OF SAGANAMI, Weber got back closer to his roots, but AT ALL COSTS feels too much like a wandering text and not enough like a story. His characters move around like pieces on a board and don't have the same emotional impact they once did.

For example, part of this book is supposed to be a love story--a love between Harrington and White Haven. I don't feel it like I did Honor and Paul's story. I don't feel the dramatic impact of a main character's death, because that character barely had two lines in the whole novel. If it were a TV series, I'd assume the actor had wanted out of his contract.

No, David Weber is still a good writer, but he has to get back to basics with this series. Cut down on the breadth and go for the depth, Mr. Weber; you can make it work again.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on October 31, 2005
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The scale of the carnage is incredible. The star kingdom of Manticore is on the ropes and reeling after the resumption of hostilities with Haven. Neither side wanted the war; they were driven into it by self serving and lying politicians. Now the war has been resumed and it is an ugly one. Even when it seems that peace might break out, vested interests fan the flames and send the peace process down to defeat. That costs even more lives on both sides.

In the climax, the two sides come against each other in a titanic clash, the largest in history, in which all depends on a single roll of the dice. Whichever side wins, the carnage continues to mount.

Weber does his usual splendid job of characterization and laying the groundwork. He is masterful at creating characters we love and respect, characters we can both despise and respect, characters we want to lose but want it to happen gracefully and characters we just want an Acme safe to fall on. Strangely enough, that even happens.

This is not Weber's work but he sets such a high standard that even a middle of the road book is very good indeed. That is what we have here.

I was lucky enough to begin this series late enough that I was able to read the first 10 in quick succession. Then I had to wait for this one to come out. It was worth the wait.
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Wolf on November 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It pains me to admit it, but despite my own longtime love of Honor Harrington books, I waited a long time on this one, and only read it because my local library had a copy. You see, I found "War of Honor", the previous installment, to be almost agonizingly boring. Honor never commanded a single vessel up until the very end when she just happened to have her Elysian Space Navy on maneuvers at the right place at the right time. Nearly the entire book was spent on such things as Honor's "battle" with the smear campaign involving her, Emily, and Hamish; the Saganami Island students she was befriending; and the new efforts to communicate with treecats through sign. "War of Honor" was probably the most boring military sci-fi book I have ever read. I pretty much decided when it was over that David Weber must have forgotten how to tell an exciting story, and if I ever bothered to read "At All Costs" it would only be if I could get it free and felt like I didn't have anything better to read.

So having gone into sufficient detail how much I hated "War of Honor", "At All Costs" was absolutely gripping fiction at its very best.

For the first time, both Haven and Manticore are led by honest politicians. The war, by rights, ought to be ended. Republic of Haven's President Eloise Pritchart learns early in the story that it was her own Secretary of State that had been the one to alter the diplomatic dispatches with Manticore, resulting in her decision to launch her surprise attack. Now she desperately wants to bring a diplomatic end to the war. Unfortunately, the mysterious organization "Manpower" introduced in "Shadow of Saganami" has other plans for the two Star Nations.
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