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The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington Series, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – Unabridged, January 2, 2002
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The archetypically villainous People's Republic of Haven is seeking to divert attention from domestic difficulties by the means indicated in the title. Honor Harrington, commanding a crack ship, plays a steadily increasing and finally decisive role in bringing the Havenite plots to a sticky end. One hopes the third (after On Basilisk Station  and The Honor of the Queen ) is not the last of Weber's tales of Honor Harrington, captain in the navy of the Manticoran Star Kingdom. These yarns rather make one think of Star Wars as it might have been written by C. S. Forester, creator of Horatio Hornblower. They do not pretend to be more than fast-paced entertainment, and Weber's creative ingenuity has guaranteed that they are that very nicely. Roland Green
About the Author
David Weber is one of the top science fiction writers of the 1990s whose acclaimed Honor Harrington series has gained him a devoted and dedicated readership. His many other books include the epic fantasies Oath of Swords and The War God's Own (also Baen).
Top customer reviews
This is the second time in as many books that Honor and her ship (and flotilla) are rescued from destruction at the last minute by the predictable arrival of reinforcements. The RPN pay a heavy toll for the aggression of their political leaders. The price paid by their political leaders back home is even heavier.
My only complaint is that Weber tends to spend an awful lot of time on having his characters discuss strategy, tactics and politics, and to me that just really tends to cause the story to get bogged down in details that it could easily have done without. However, I knew he did this from reading his first book in the series and this one was my third, so I guess I can't really complain since I knew what I was getting into.
Overall it is a very good book that logically continues the series and I am already looking forward to the next one. It looks like Captain Pavel Young just might get what's coming to him in Field of Dishonor. I certainly hope he does, and it would be nice to see the relationship between Honor and Paul Tankersley move up another level. I'd like to see a little romance between those two.
By all means buy the book and the audio book together and then read the book as you listen to the audio. That was a lot of fun for me!
Also finally introducing a love interested for Honor was fine but I didn't care for how quickly it developed into an intimate relationship. Honor was awkward with men. Honor was asked to dinner and was nervous about it. Honor wakes up in his arms and they have had a few dates now. What?! When did this happen? Where was the development?
Overall I like the series but I thought this one could have used more polish on the relationship side and a little more detail on the lead up to the main conflict action.
This series will hook you fast if your genre is military sci-fi. Patterned after the Horatio Hornblower tales, David Weber forwards the action plot into a distant future and enemies aplenty. Honor Harrington is an incredibly likable hero. The jams she gets into and out of are edge of the seat serial classics.
Enjoy the story! It’s surely one of the very best serials in the genre.