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In this sixth outing, Honor is invited to rejoin the Royal Manticoran Navy at the instigation of some of her worst enemies. The RMN has withdrawn from the Silesian Confederacy in an effort to focus on its war with the People's Republic of Haven and the shipping cartels have been losing vessels: cargo, crews and all. Klaus Hauptmann sees a glorious opportunity: invite Honor to command the Q-ships which will draw pirate and privateer fire. If she dies, great; if she succeeds, even better.

Honor and her companion Nimitz find unexpected friends (and enemies) along the way, and fans of this series' space battles will not be disappointed. In addition to a better glimpse of the Silesian systems, we finally get to meet a few of the Andermani.

Want to read more about Honor? Read about Honor's early career in On Basilisk Station, her first encounter with the Graysons in The Honor of the Queen, the beginning of the war with the Peeps in The Short, Victorious War, the continuing story of treachery at home in Field of Dishonor, and her ignominous exile (or training to be an Admiral?) in Flag in Exile. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Packing enough punch to blast a starship to smithereens, the first hardcover in Weber's Honor Harrington series (Field of Dishonor, etc.) includes such an abundance of tactical and political maneuvering that only fierce fans of military SF are likely to remain enthralled. Honor, the finest and most daring admiral in the Royal Manticoran Navy, had been forcibly retired for political reasons. Now, though, with space pirates dogging and destroying merchant freighters, the Navy calls her back into action. Along with her telepathic tree-cat, Nimitz, Honor boards the Wayfarer, a starship crammed with weapons, young, untried officers and a most motley crew. Honor must not only battle pirates but also keep the bullies on the crew from gnawing away at the morale, and the lives, of her newbie officers. The technical detail and lengthy battle scenes may try some readers' patience. Still, Weber peoples his ships with fine, brave youngsters, adding depth to what is otherwise a high-gloss space opera.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (June 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671877836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671877835
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,856 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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Daniel C. Sobral on February 10, 2001
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Note for people unfamiliar with David Weber series, this is the sixth book in the Honor Harrington series, which began with On Basilisk Station. While reading this book by itself is possible, you lose a lot of background.
Now, for those who read the previous five books...
A friend of mine once complained that all HH books (he had read until then) followed the same pattern: Honor gets a new command, her "home" enemies sabotage and undermine her, she finds herself fighting against huge odds, she saves the day. Well, this book most definitely fits this pattern.
As the war with Haven comes to a stalemate, more and more ships are directed to the front or to patrol and pickets among Manticore's allies. This results in a big withdraw of forces from anti-piracy patrols in the Silesian Confederacy, and the pirates lose no time in taking advantage of it. Pressed by the merchant cartels, the Royal Manticore Navy sends some of Horrible Hemphill's new toys: armed merchant ships. But instead of the designed-from-the-scratch Q-ships Haven has, these are just normal merchant ships with weapons. Meaning it can't run and if anyone shoot at it, it is going to hurt.
Our old friend Hauptmann, depressed with the prospects, decides to take the most advantage of it possible, and manipulates the opposition parties into giving the job to Honor Harrington. After all, he might not like her, but he is no fool either.
Well, these armed merchants might give the pirates a good run for their money, when they actually find them, but the Silesian Confederacy is a big place, and Honor has only four ships under her command. Worse, some pirates are not exactly pirates, and some, unknown to Manticore, are actually Haven warships! Well, the rest, as they say, is history.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Underhill ( on October 22, 1998
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Deep space. A huge, lumbering merchant vessel is bound down to a world when it's jumped by pirates. Several megatons of freighter, carrying millions in cargo, is lost.
Needless to day, the great commerical houses and trading cartels of the Star Kingdom of Manticore are not best pleased with this situation. Unfortunately, the People's Republic of Haven is pressing heavily against the Royal Manticoran Navy, and there are no more ships to spare for escort duty. So Honor Harrington is recalled to active duty, and handed a 'squadron'. Her mission: take a bite out of the pirates affecting the trade routes into the Silesian Confederacy. No problem for a seasoned combat commander, right?
Wrong. Here's the problems: 1) the RMN can't spare regular warships, so it's taken some large freighters and fitted them out with weapons and military-grade sensors. Unfortunately, they don't have military spec acceleration or shielding, and won't stand up to much of a pounding. 2) Personnel shortages means Honor gets stuck with new, inexperienced personnel and the dregs of the fleet. 3) The pirates are getting organized...
One of the nice things about this novel is that we get to see something of a couple of 'lower-deckers' (like me), and how they deal with the threats, both from pirates and from some of the scumbags aboard their own ship.
For the record, this was the first Honor Harrington novel I'd read, and I was sufficiently impressed that I went and bought the other five (at the time) books in one fell swoop. For my money, David Weber is right up there with Heinlein, Sturgeon and Drake.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frederick on May 25, 2000
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It is with trepidation that I pick up successive Harrington novels, wondering how it can possibly get any better and becoming more fearful of completing the series before this prolific author completes the next sequel. Honor Among Enemies is a strategic and tactical success as it sets the stage for escalation in both Honor's unique professional career and provides intriguing character development on myriad levels - the amorous 'cats, the underestimated Andermani, the Peep dynamic between captain and political commissar, Manticorean commercial moguls, and various heroes who don't need Captain's regalia to reach out to the readers' hearts and minds.
Whether a sci-fi guru, a political intrigue afficionado, or a military buff, Weber delivers. Staging the novel in a galactic backwater, far from the frontlines, is deceptive as Honors reveals yet again that Clausewitz's maxims about war still bear truth. Political intrigue and commercial verities enmesh Honor in extracurricular learning curves, quite distinct from her naval training regime at Saganami. These grey areas reveal new dimensions of the 'enemy' and of 'duty' to one's nation. Most importantly, the human element of Honor (and her 'cat) and their interactions with aspiring privates, nefarious pirates, and competent foes reveals the depth of Weber's analysis into the human condition.
Values remain core despite the awesome technologies and the geopolitics of the distant future. The battle scenes are fantastic but it is the communication and personal development between so many well-woven characters that makes this book impossible to put down. I pass on these books to my father when I'm finished and he passes it on to my brother. I don't know what we shall do when we've caught up to the current book in the series. We're totally hooked and we know it!
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