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"Horatio Hornblower in Space!" —The American Catholic

About the Author

H. Paul Honsinger is a retired attorney. Born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he is a graduate of Lake Charles High School, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Louisiana State University Law School in Baton Rouge. Honsinger currently lives in Lake Havasu City, Arizona with his beloved wife, Kathleen, and his daughter and stepson, as well as a 185-pound English Mastiff and two highly eccentric cats. Paul’s hobbies include astronomy, military history, and the history of the Apollo Program.

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  • File Size: 1103 KB
  • Print Length: 453 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (February 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQUKZMY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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H. Paul Honsinger describes himself as a "reformed attorney." After practicing law for more than twenty years, as well as trying his hand at teaching, selling Pontiacs and GMC pickup trucks, and counseling teenagers, Honsinger retired from the practice of law. He now writes full time and is an Active Member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He lives in rural Mohave County, Arizona with his wife, stepson, and two fantastically eccentric cats. His daughter is a Music major at a university in Southern California.

His wife, Kathleen, is better known as the successful fantasy-romance author, Laura Jo Phillips, the author of the well-loved "Soul-Linked Saga," as well as the "Orbs of Rathira" Trilogy, and the "Hearts of ICARUS" series.

He is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a graduate of Lake Charles High School, the University of Michigan, and the Louisiana State University law school.

Space and military history are H. Paul Honsinger's life long passions. Lacking the physical attributes to be an astronaut or a soldier, and not endowed with the mathematical ability essential to become an Aerospace Engineer or an Astronomer, he "settled" for a career in law. But, the study of space and war have always been a part of his life. He became an amateur astronomer, made himself an expert on the history of space exploration (if you ever tell him that the moon landings were a hoax, expect an argument; expect to lose), and never stopped studying the history and the art of war.

Paul started reading science fiction at the age of seven (starting with "Between Planets" by Robert Heinlein) and has been a lifelong fan of the genre. He also developed an interest in military history upon seeing the movie "Patton" on television in 1972 when he was twelve. He has spent years studying in detail the campaigns of Alexander, Caesar, Napoleon, Lee, Grant, Jackson, Halsey, and Patton and--perhaps most significantly--thinking deeply and precisely about what it would be like if the stories about combat in space he read and saw on the screen were told in a way that made scientific and military sense.

He never thought he would be a fiction writer. His wife, Kathleen, one day pointed at his computer chair and said: "Sit. Start writing. Now." The result was the first draft of Chapter 1 of "To Honor You Call Us" (the Prologue was written later). Paul tremulously presented it to Kathleen and asked "am I wasting my time?" She said "no" and the rest of the novel followed. Paul's goal is simple: to write military science fiction done right--stories in which the alien enemies are believable foes, fighting for a plausible reason, with weapons that don't violate the laws of physics, and where the tactics used by both sides make some sort of geometric and military sense. He wanted to bring to space the same kind of realistic adventure one finds on the sea in the novels of Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester. Why not, he thought, tell realistic human stories against the background of a realistic military conflict that just happens to be set 300 years in the future? And why not try to evoke in the imaginations of readers vivid images of what the lives of these men would be like, fighting for the survival of mankind among the stars, thousands of light years from home?

Paul believes that, even though it is usually set in the future, Science Fiction can be as "real" as any other literary genre. No matter what instrumentalities he may control, no matter what power he may have at his fingertips and what wonders await him in the year 2315 and beyond, Man will still be Man, and it should be possible to write stories of that time that engage us, that move us, that touch us, and that inspire us today.

Learn more about Paul and his exciting new military science fiction series, "Man of War" by visiting his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/honsingerscifi (please remember to click the "Like" button while you're there!). Paul also blogs about the series, Science Fiction, and other topics, at http://hpaulhonsinger.com.

Paul loves hearing from readers. Please feel free to write to him at honsingermilitaryscifi@gmail.com.

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This novel is the best independently published military sci-fi book that I have read and ranks, frankly, among the best professionally published ones as well.

Characterization is strong and interesting. Descriptions are detailed and logical. Editing is not perfect (a few homonym errors: some/come, hear/near, etc.) but is quite well-done for a self-published book and better than some "professionally" published books. The science is present and plausible, without being pedantic or distracting. Military structure, discipline, procedure and relationships are encompassed within a believable framework. The story is captivating, and I can't wait for the next installment.

The authors' stated goal was to engage the reader in "some of the adventure, wonder, excitement, and vivid realism" of space, and, in this 100+ books/year reader's case, they have certainly succeeded.
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I enjoyed this book greatly, and found it immensely readable. It's rare that I can like a book for the sake of the prose and the overall storyline together, yet this book succeeded in both criteria, which made it a winner for me.

The authors clearly display a masterful grasp of naval awareness and detail, as well as an excellent systematic and logical approach to all things space-faring, at least, so far as I can tell. Certainly, if there is any element of bluff there, it is stronger than I can pierce. (Note I am not a specialist reader of space opera / space military fiction, but I couldn't fault it.) My desire for hard science fiction was entirely satisfied.

Indeed, I knew I was reading something with a high respect for veracity when I first read the description of the Cumberland's layout (particularly the position of CIC - so obvious when mentioned, yet I had never considered it. It's a good, gentle dig at Star Trek.)

I was also impressed by the successful collaboration of two authors, particularly for a first novel. Indeed, if they wrote any of the book portions separately and combined them later, I could not tell that it was so. There seemed to be one distinct voice for the authors, and any differences between them did not make it into the book.

However, as it stands, I cannot give it above a three star rating. The great number of positives are balanced out by a significant number of negatives, which I explain below, hopefully in a helpful manner without any desire to deride the novel. Please note that I am also an indie sci-fi novelist (see here:
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As an ex-submariner and a lifelong fan of Heinlein, Asimov, and Doc Smith, I find it difficult to actively dislike a story that focused on a naval space vessel and the men crewing it. Then again, it's fairly easy for me to dismiss a story out of hand when it is grossly inaccurate, or uses poorly drawn military caricatures, when describing the challenges of shipboard life on a vessel surrounded by a hostile atmosphere, and to whom Stealth is Life.

These gents did it right; I got a warm, fuzzy feeling as soon as they introduced the COB. The only caricature is the hostile alien force, and I thought that eventually their motivations were explained well enough, at least for the first novel of a series, to make them believable. Many of the elements in play here could have been off-putting had they been handled poorly: Max's "cajun-ness", the extra-extra-ordinary competence and compatibility of the command team, the many throwback references to traditions born in the age of sail and salt-water navy (and Star Trek) when some of them seemed almost prohibitively dated. But I believe they were all handled with an exceptional amount of humanity and humor, which prevented things that could have been cliche from distracting from the main points, and in no way prevented me from thoroughly enjoying the progression of the Captain and crew of the Cumberland.

If any of the previous reviews mentions a story or author you're keen on (Heinlein, O'Brien, Foster, Horatio Hornblower), I believe you'll have a good time here. Can't wait for the sequel, and I'm hunting for the paperback right now so I can pass a copy around to friends. Highly recommended.
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A thoroughly enjoyable space opera with overtones of Age of Sail fiction set in a desperate war against the Krug.

Our main protagonist, Lieut. (soon to be Lieutenant Commander after the first few pages) M. Robichaux is given his first command, a stealth destroyer and pretty much given free license to engage in enemy commerce raiding in neutral territory. How he does this and the obstacles he overcomes keeps the pages turning rapidly and certainly left me avid for a sequel. The short but sharp descriptions of the workings of a space age warship are particularly entertaining. There is also great scope in expanding the intriguing alien encounters.

The authors include a series of acknowledgements at the end of the book and not surprisingly, they wrote that this story was directly inspired by Patrick O'Brian; anyone familiar with O'Brian's work will see the similarities immediately although personally I found Robichaux to be a little cleverer than Aubrey. I did find one or two other hints there as well, with touches of Forrester and Lambdin. Also I am not sure if the name Robichaux is a nod to James Lee Burke.

All things being equal, Book II is being planned for January 2013. In fact, I hope that the authors enjoy writing this series to such an extent that it will run to show the development of the two likeable main protagonists from their first ship to much greater achievements and commands.
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