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  • Series: Honor Harrington Series (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638691
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Weber’s Mission of Honor (2012) ended with several significant revelations in the Honor Harrington series, most notably a military alliance between Manticore and Haven that resulted in a resounding defeat for the invading Solarian Fleet and Core World Beowulf’s declaration that it ally with Manticore and Haven. Eager series fans may be slightly disappointed that this installment doesn’t immediately pick up on these developments but backs up several months to retell events from the point of view of Michelle Henke, Harrington’s best friend and the commanding officer of the troops stationed in the Talbott Quadrant. Readers should pay close attention to the dates, as this volume covers approximately six months, four of which overlap with Mission of Honor’s chronology. Except for in a few chapters, nearly all the action will be new to fans, including a great deal of unrest in the nearby sectors of the League, unrest that Mesan agents may be stirring up but that draws in Michelle’s 10th Fleet. Readers intrigued by Michelle and other characters introduced in Shadow of Saganami (2004) should be thrilled that they’re getting additional page-time and character development here. With its narrow focus on Talbott and the adjoining systems, this is a rather compact volume for Weber, but once the action gets going, readers won’t be able to stop until the last page. Given an ending that sets up future big developments, fans will soon be clamoring for the next Honorable volume. A must for all sf collections. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Weber is prolific and popular, and his fans constantly clamor for more. No problem, as bloggers confirm that the next volumes are already drafted. --Jessica Moyer

About the Author

With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on–into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington series have appeared on seventeen best seller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak science fiction saga. Weber has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations, including his Starfire series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

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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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123 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Mvargus on February 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
It's hard to fathom that the man who wrote this, is the same man who wrote On Basilisk Station so many years ago, in many important ways these two books are almost complete opposites. On Basiliks Station was a tightly woven tale based around a single planet and really only looking over the shoulder of one main character. Shadow of Freedom jumps from planet to planet and focal character to focal character. Some of the characters don't really matter, while others could potentially be brought in to help explore new plot lines in the future.

Overall, as my review title indicates, this story is an improvement over Rising Thunder. It has all of the same flaws. It tries to cover too many plot lines and individual characters lives, it lacks a true focal plot line, and the level of dynasty epic politics involved really detract from the story overall.

This does expand on the other stories centered in the Talbott Sector of the Honorverse, with many of the character who appeared in previous books appearing again, but while the summary indicates that Michelle Henke is the main character, the truth is that the politics are the focus of hte plot. Numerous confrontatoins between the navy of Manticore and military units from the Solarian League take place during this book, but they have a very repetitive quality to them. It felt like David Weber didn't really have an opinion on most of the characters he was introducing, and since the vast majority are spear carriers, the lack of attention is only made more obvious as each confrontation occurs.

If you love the series and have read all the stories up to this point, this will be interesting, even while it fails to really add much to the overall plotline. If you were bored by Rising Thunder, stay far away from this book.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By cdw528 on March 3, 2013
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As one of the biggest David Weber fans around, I was excited to discover a new novel in the Honorverse world from the master. And maybe a third of this book was as riveting, satisfying, and enjoyable as I had hoped. Alas, the rest of it was wasted space from my viewpoint. I skipped the other two thirds since I have zero interest in page after page of what the many bad guys are doing from their point of view or what tertiary characters are doing whom I don't know and likely will have little interest in. If On Basilik Station were like this book, I would have likely given up before I had gotten far into it since this book starts out with nothing but filler initially from my perspective. I feel qualified to offer this opinion as I have owned every book he has written in hard back, paperback, or both, in CD, audio, and or Kindle. Thus, if this trend which started in Mission of Honor, increased in Rising Thunder, and blossomed in his latest, continues, I will have no choice but to enjoy Honor's world in my imagination and skip any further books which would certainly be cheaper. I hope he and his publishers reconsider.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rick on March 21, 2013
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This isn't an Honor Harrington novel, in spite of the cover.

This doesn't seem to be a David Weber book, in spite of the cover attribution.

This book is nothing more of a sidebar in the Harrington saga. I didn't think I was buying a sidebar; I thought I was following the story that has developed over the previous Harrington novels.

This is the last Weber book I buy before letting others take the leap first and write their reviews.

It's a pity. I've always anticipated the next episode in Harrington's life since I read the first book in the series 20 years ago.

I think there are no more than two or three novels needed for Weber to tie up the story lines neatly and leave Honor Harrington and the empire in honorable literary peace. If she were a real person, she'd be royally pissed at the way her name and image are being used to flog inferior products.

As a purchaser of this book, I am too.
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62 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Costas Ioannides on February 26, 2013
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First and foremost, this is NOT an Honor Harrington novel, it takes place in the Honorverse but pretty much revolves around Michele Henke. Honor never makes even a cameo in this novel. So from there this book is displaying a lack of accuracy (don't really want to say "shamefully lying") to induce fans to purchase this novel.

Secondly, Weber is going everywhere with this book, and the only meaningful action in this entire novel is Michele's final act...which basically leaves a cliffhanger which I assume the next book may or may not address, with Honor hopefully making an appearance.

It is almost appearing that Weber has caught the RR Martin disease and has lost his way. As a preceding reviewer has already stated it is hard to believe that the individual who wrote this also wrote Basilisk Station, Honor of the Queen, and Short Victorius War...perhaps he is giving his cat a chance to write some chapters which would explain the scattering of subplots.

Lastly, Weber is starting to get too fond of leaving cliffhangers. He did it in Rising Thunder and in this novel. He never left a real cliffhanger in his previous novels, and I don't count the end of In Enemy Hands a cliffhanger.

Hopefully, he just threw this bit of space junk out to satisfy a contract requirement, or to just get a free pizza from Papa Johns. Hopefully the next book gets back on course.
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