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In his long-running saga of the Manticoran Space Navy and its battles (War of Honor, etc.), Weber has chronicled the career of Honor Harrington, a distaff Horatio Hornblower transplanted into a futuristic conflict based loosely on the Napoleonic wars. These hugely entertaining and clever adventures are the very epitome of space opera, but their emphasis on one officer's contribution tends to give a lopsided view of how a military organization fights. In his rousing second Honorverse novel (after 2003's Crown of Slaves, coauthored with Eric Flint), Weber focuses on how each member of a unit contributes to the mission's success through teamwork, discipline and individual initiative. A scratch task force is dispatched to a series of fringe systems that have petitioned to join the Manticoran Space Nation. What is supposed to be a relatively easy assignment to a sector far from the front lines of the renewed Havenite War is soon complicated both by terrorists who oppose the annexation and by corrupt elements of the Solarian League—the major power in Weber's universe—who don't want the stiff-necked Manties sniffing around their highly illegal (and lucrative) genetic slave trade. Weber emphasizes the role that tradition plays in inspiring our lads and lasses in uniform, reminding the reader that a hero can be anyone who does his or her job with honor, commitment and skill.
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David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington space-opera adventures are "New York Times" bestsellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. Weber and his wife Sharon live in South Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ive read all the Honor books, wasnt really expecting this to be great having new characters but I ve really enjoied itPublished 27 days ago by J. Pedigo
This perspective of the time line is good. It is a nice narrative from another point of view.Published 1 month ago by Brian B
Good. Love the series. Hate to say it but the saganami series gets reallllly repetitive retelling the same things over several times from different perspectives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David
For my taste, anyway, this was a lot better balance of action, intrigue, politics and background material than the later Honor stories are. No weird marriages, either.Published 2 months ago by Sedulous
I so love David Weber's books and this one fills in a lot of the information in the main plotPublished 5 months ago by Richard J Pennnington