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In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington Series, Book 7) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1998
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I'm glad to see the contrast between the Peep 'regular Navy' officers, and the State Security thugs. It seems obvious that StateSec's goons are cast in the same spiritual mould as Hitler's SS (even the initials...) I grant that the purpose and political requirements of StateSec do not require naval expertise of the highest calibre, but I found their personnel to be just a little too 'dumb Imperial stormtrooper'-like for my taste. On the other hand, they *were* up against Chief Harkness, a personage whom even the RMN, not to mention the Marines, has had trouble dealing with on occasion.
My biggest single complaint is that this book, much like Lucas's "Empire Strikes Back" sort of leaves you hanging at the end. The general feeling I got was "So our heroes are OK for the moment, but..." Nevertheless, an excellent read, and I'm waiting with bated breath for the eight volume to come out. Keep writing, Mr. Weber!
Meanwhile, having arrived at the prison planet, Harrington starts to foment a revolt and she eventually succeeds in taking over the planet. Here the story becomes slightly fantastic as she insists on taking with her five hundred thousand prisoners. How she does this would be giving away the story. Again, this is a good read, but is marred by verbose and largely inane discussions and dialogues among the top leaders of the warring states. Writing these must have been a very satisfying experience for the author, but they do little for the reader. A good editor would have been useful to avoid repetitions and the occasional reversion to present day profanity and vernacular since so much of the dialogue is among aristocrats from around 4000 A.D.
A prologue is a short bit of back story included before the first chapter that helps move the plot along. In this book the prologue is page after page of fill and back story that has no apparent connection to the plot of the book. Maybe because there is no plot, but that's beside the point. Perhaps it could be effective if cut down to two or three paragraphs, but as written it should be a chapter in its own right.
After reading the first 20 percent of this book I realized I still had no idea what the plot was. Not because I'm simple minded, but because the author seems to think I am. He has crammed in every detail of all the preceding books, added more characters details that don't seem to have anything to do with the story, and, in general, tries to spoon feed the reader everything except the story. Add to the useless details the simple fact that the heroine is really genetically modified and we not only don't have a real human hero, we've been tricked into believing everything she's accomplished is through her own efforts. This book is boring.
Editing is also lacking in this volume. I've purchased each book for my Kindle, and, like so many e-Books, this one contains misspellings and errors in grammar and style. The style used to create block paragraphs with no indentations is not only difficult to read, the double line spaces between some paragraphs is almost scary. It's obvious this manuscript was not proofread after conversion to its digital book format.Read more ›
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I am remiss in reviewing all the books in this series - so far I have read 12 of them and am about to buy the 13th - which will hopefully give you some indication as to how much I... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Purple Griffon
Just when you think that Honor can't possibly survive what she has gotten herself into this time, David Weber comes up with a solution that saves her but leaves her in another... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. MCLAUGHLIN Jr.