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In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington Series, Book 7) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1998

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Book 7 of 14 in the Honor Harrington Series

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From Library Journal

This latest Honor Harrington novel (Honor Among Enemies, LJ 6/15/96) finds her promoted to commodore and adjusting to home life as her planet's first female feudal steadholder. On a routine flight, Harrington's enemies capture her spaceship, and she must escape execution on a planet called Hell. Weber blends a mix of political intrigue with space adventure for another satisfying tale. Recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Many may think Weber's new Honor Harrington story is the best of the lot, but all will concur that its tone is distinctly darker than that of the other six. Commanding a joint Grayson-Manticoran squadron, Honor is aboard the point ship when it encounters a formidably well led Havenite force. She is captured and scheduled for execution under the direction of People's Commissioner Cordelia Ransom, but she manages to escape. Although she wipes out Ransom in the process, her latest exploit ends up as a true cliff-hanger, with Honor, minus an arm and an eye, and a hard core of 20 loyal followers marooned on a Havenite prison planet. Everything series fans have enjoyed before is here again, with new dimensions filled in. The Havenites, for example, are clearly splitting into camps of ideologues and professionals, and the expected Nimitz subplot has the tree-cat and a contingent of comrades founding the first tree-cat interstellar colony on Grayson. Roland Green --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Honor Harrington (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671577700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671577704
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ok, Mr. Weber, you've thrown me a curve. What makes it frustrating is that the curve is one of those things that's so obvious in retrospect that you want to kick yourself in the forehead (not easy to do :-) Honor's skill, courage and luck had to meet its match sooner or later, and similarly, the Peeps sooner or later had to get the upper hand. Military campaigns of this length are *never* one-sided, after all.
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!
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The author spends too much time in characters' heads. Conceivably this could be interesting but not here. About 1/4 of the way through I got fed up and skipped over about half of the book, reading only a paragraph here and there. However the last third or quarter is so riveting that I stayed up 2 hours too late simply to finish it, and the next day I bought the book that comes after this one. My general impression of Weber books is that they start slowly, filling in character, but they accelerate, so that at the end they are very exciting and moving - it's the endings that keep me coming back. Same occurs here, but the beginning of the book is too slow.
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This is one of the more dramatic volumes of the Harrington series as it covers Harrington's surrender to the Peep Navy and her subsequent incarceration, humiliation, and transport to a prison planet run by the Peep Secret Service. In an interesting twist, the Secret Service broadcasts Harrington's virtual execution on trumped up charges, thus setting off several chapters on the problems her death poses for succession to her titles. There are also long and unnecessary discussions on how her execution is not actually a violation of the international treaties on the treatment of prisoners of war, etc.

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.
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This is the sixth book of the Honor Harrington series that I've read. It should be obvious I was enthralled by the stories in the beginning or I wouldn't have kept reading. With IN ENEMY HANDS Mr. Weber has found a way to make a potentially worthy successor to Horatio Hornblower much less than worthy.
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.
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