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Echoes of Honor (Honor Harrington # 8) Hardcover – October 1, 1998

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David Weber provides intergalactic thrills and political intrigue in this far-flung military space adventure, continuing where In Enemy Hands left off. The People's Republic has publicly executed Honor Harrington--or have they? While the Star Kingdom swears revenge, Honor (alive and kicking) plans escape from the prison planet of Hell. Weber's extensive knowledge of military protocol combined with deep technical exploration make for a highly detailed book, yet he avoids bogging down in it. His great storytelling skills keep this book racing along like an action-adventure movie. Fans of Star Wars and old-fashioned seafaring tales will find lots to their liking here, as will those looking for a future setting in which women play an equal role. If you're new to the Honor series, start with On Basilisk Station, the first of Commander Honor Harrington's adventures.

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Extrapolating Horatio Hornblower into a rousing far-future galactic conflict, sex-changing him into Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington and setting in motion a myriad of teeth-baring space-naval commanders make Weber's military SF (In Enemy Hands, etc.) irresistible. This hefty eighth installment of the Harrington saga opens with Honor's supposed execution?but wait! She and her empathic treecat, Nimitz, though wounded, are really on Hades, a prison planet of the nefarious People's Republic (Peeps), where they are hatching a plot to spring its POWs, smash the Peep fleet invading the space of Honor's Manticoran Alliance and bring everybody safely home. Meanwhile, unscrupulous Peep politicians hamstring their own commanders with bumptious informers, while the Manties' Admiralty officials cope with lukewarm allies and the bloodthirsty polygamous Calvinist Graysons of Honor's other homeworld, a Puritanical society hell-bent on dispensing with Lady Harrington "and no mercy!" Weber's enormous canvas allows for masterful combat sequences, technological expertise and appealing character painting. Most of the military types (among whom women abound) on both sides are tough, decent and efficient, while most politicians (including those in uniform) are self-serving numskulls?portraits that most readers will applaud, along with the rest of Weber's rousing novel.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (September 4, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671878921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671878924
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 17, 2007
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This is number eight in David Weber's main series of novels about Honor Harrington. It is also the only one describing events in Honor Harrington's career which so closely correspond to one of the "Horatio Hornblower" novels by C.S. Forester that an exact match can be given; this book is equivalent to "Flying Colours."

If you have not read any of David Weber's other books about Honor Harrington, this book is part of a series of space opera novels set two or three thousand years in the future. If you are minded to read them, do not start with this one: these stories work best if read in sequence, so start with the first book, which is "On Basilisk station."

Despite the futuristic setting, there are strong parallels with Nelson's navy. Assumed technology in the stories imposes constraints on space navy officers quite similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on wet navy officers two hundred years ago. Similarly, the galactic situation in the novels is very like the strategic and political situation in Europe at the time of the French revolutionary wars.

This is obviously quite deliberate: many thinly veiled (and amusing) hints in the books indicate that they are to some extent a tribute to C.S. Forester, and the main heroine of the books, Honor Harrington, appears to owe more than her initials to Forester's character Horatio Hornblower.

The Honor Harrington series (sometimes nicknamed the "Honorverse") is starting to develop a number of spin-off storylines. Stories set in this Universe fall into three groups, although they link together in a reasonably consistent manner.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
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For Honor Harrington fans this is a real winner, but if you are just joining the series it would be a mistake to buy now. You would be better off starting with the first book, "On Basilisk Station", which I believe is selling for $1.99 now. In the novel, Mr. Weber, finally gives us at least the possibility that our Manticoran heroes can lose the war. Upto now it has been one victory after another and it was getting a little stale. Now the RMN is in a real fight and fortunately they have some new weapons in the hands of some old friends to deal with it. Weber, does another good job of putting ther reader in the middle of the action. The biggest fault I have with the book, besides the length, is that he tends to get a little too technical. It's no where near as bad as Clancy, but it seems to get worse with every book. It's a long book that can be a little slow at times but it genarlly moves well. The book is also broken up into six large sub-sections that helps the reader to keep focus.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Kelley on January 14, 2000
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In _Echoes_ Weber gives us shades of the time Hornblower sailed the recaptured HMS Witch of Endor into a foggy British port by way of escape from the French. While the nicking of the idea is a little obvious, it doesn't detract from the story.
There's a lot of tension here, and a lot to tug at the sentiments of any Honor Harrington fan: treecat messed up, Honor messed up, no medical care available, eagerness to get off horrible prison planet. We do find that Honor continues to get more and more human as the series goes on: more able to be herself and less having to maintain an impenetrable facade; this is a nice touch. It's a lot of fun just watching the People's Navy get repeatedly humiliated, too. Say this for Weber: it's easy to hate his villains.
Fine reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Thomas on May 23, 2010
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And David Weber's Honor Harrington universe marches on with Echoes of Honor, like an army of undead, unstoppable and thirsting for brains. This time, we get to follow several distinct story segments as Honor and her team struggle to take over Hades and ultimately escape. The action this time around is almost unrelenting, and probably more importantly, relevant to the current story and future engagements.

Weber has a thing for political intrigue, and of course it's no stranger here. Haven's Admiral Esther McQueen is finally sticking it to Manticore and simultaneously juggling her new role as an official member of The Committee of Public Safety. It's her strategies and tactics which ultimately confound Manticore's military, and make her just indispensable enough to be dangerous to the Committee itself. To start the propaganda war with a bang, the new head of Public Information releases a video of Honor being hanged.

This, to me, is the weakest point of the novel, though it comes at the very beginning. Anyone who knew our Honor, would have balked at the reluctant and fearful wretch Haven magicked up; they should have expected the cold defiance she'd likely display at the results of a mock trial, just as she did in her duals. Sadly, everyone in both Manticore and Grayson accept the execution without question, and thus begins Honor's two year escape plan while Haven launches a four-pronged attack at Manticore's outer systems and the holding that started it all: Basilisk Station.
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