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At All Costs (Honorverse) [Mass Market Paperback]

David Weber
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25 Sep 2002
"What price victory?" The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls the Salamander. But what most of the public DOESN'T know is that not only are the Star Kingdom and its Allies badly outnumbered by the Republic's new fleet, but that the odds are going to get steadily worse. Eighth Fleet's job is to somehow prevent those odds from crushing the Alliance before the Star Kingdom can regain its strategic balance. It's a job which won't be done cheaply. Honor Harrington must meet her formidable responsibilities with inferior forces even as she copes with tumultuous changes in her personal and public life. The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the COST of victory will be agonizingly high.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Mass Market Paperback edition (25 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416544143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416544142
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels are "New York "Times best sellers and can t come out fast enough for his devoted readers. In addition to the Honor Harrington series, he has written many top-selling science fiction novels, all for Baen, including "Empire from the Ashes," "The Apocalypse Troll," and "In Fury Born." He has also begun a top-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, with four novels so far: "March Upcountry," "March to the Sea," "March to the Stars" and "We Few." His "Wind Rider s Oath," another "New York Times" best seller, continues his popular Bahzell fantasy adventure series.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weber is back on form! 24 Nov 2005
After the (frankly disappointing) 'War of Honor' and 'Crown of Slaves', I was a bit apprehensive about this latest entry in the HH series. The previous books had, in my view, concentrated far too much on machiavellian politics and it did it in a rather flat and uninspired manner. So when I picked up this 800+ page monster I was fervantly hoping for a return to his previous form. I am glad to say that it is. Fans of 'Old School' Weber will relish a return to the epic space battles of his earlier books, and for those who liked the direction of the later books there is plenty of political manuevering, only this time around it reads much better. Mr Webers writing still seems to have matured significantly since Crown of Slaves, and this time around your sympathies lay as much with Haven as with Manticore. Be prepared though - he's killing off his characters in job lots! I counted the death of one Major character and at least 4 important secondary characters with several other known faces falling by the wayside. If I have a complaint, it's that Mr Weber still includes massive blocks of unecessary prose at times. Also, Honors list of titles is becoming faintly ridiculous, seemingly taking up half the book itself!
The surprise ending leaves the way open for at least one more book, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the series continuing for two or possibly three more installments. Good to see you back, David.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tear-jerker of a roller coaster ride. 19 Dec 2005
I was one of the lucky ones who managed to nab an advanced copy of this book a few months before release here, which I then read cover to cover. In fact, my other half had to prise it out of my grubby paws to prevent me re-reading it there and then!
Weber has done it again. While ‘The Shadow of Saganami' was a book I found a little disappointing as the characterisations didn’t have the depths of his earlier works, ‘At All Costs’ has taken my breath away. I have to say, the opening chapters had me bawling my eyes out to the bemusement of those around me, ‘It’s only a book,’ they said, shaking their heads. I miss those that have gone in ‘At All Cost’ (no hints I’m afraid, read it!!), Weber was right to address that time marches on and waits for no man (or woman) and the harsh reality that the good die as easily as the bad in war. If you have been disappointed recently by his works in the Honorverse, pick this one up because you’ll either curse him for pulling all your heart strings or hug him for providing an engrossing read and a exceptional addition to the series.
Political intrigue and star battles lace this roller-coaster emotional ride as the Republic of Haven, Manticorans, Graysons and the newly created Torch go further head to head in a war that no one desires, yet unable to prevent. Poignant upheaval lies behind each chapter as Honor seeks to finally organize her life so that all her ties (emotional and political) compliment each other and consolidate her and those around her.
While fans have complained about the ever increasing political angles, it’s a little hard to avoid due to Honor’s eventual rise in rank and growth in all spheres.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted More and Boy Did I Get It!!! 24 Nov 2005
I had been counting down the days for the next David Weber book, thinking that when it arrived and my misery lifted I would be reading a new installment in the Saganami Island series. Honor Harrington seemed destined to become a back plot character and the new generation would be taking over...
Far from it! The political shenanigans we had in War of Honor have come to fruition and the Star Kingdom of Manticore finds itself on the defensive in its war against Haven. The diplomacy and intrigue now take a rear seat, this is good honest space warfare with Weber at his best.
The Haven offensive has forced Manticore to adopt new tactics and who best to make the enemy suffer with an understrength fleet but our very own Honor Harrington. This book is an emotional rollercoaster and if you can stay on the ride till the end you will not be disappointed.
There are new weapons, new characters and we say goodbye to a few old friends... There is murder, mayhem and missiles... and the revealing of an enemy that could be 10 times worse than Haven ever was on its worst days.
And of course when I was finished I was back to square one and waiting in pain for the next book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 18 Nov 2005
When I saw the original publicity for this on Baen's web site, I was the one stunned - 300,000 words! The books in David Weber's Harrington series have been gaining additional length as the series continues to tell the story of the greatest war in the explored quarter of the galaxy
With a timeline that continues straight on from 'War of Honor' and overlaps 'The Shadow of Saganami' those 300,000 words tell the story of Honor's war against the Republic of Haven. Like more recent books in the series, this book focuses on the politics of both star nations as they're caught up in a war neither side really want but neither side can stop as leaders and public alike find the costs unforgivably high on both sides.
This book shows an undoubtedly mature performance from Weber in his depiction of both sides' political leadership - no-one's particularly stupid or venal, nor is anyone magically able to beat the odds. Not even Honor who does pull off some superb attacks but also manages to get clobbered pretty badly herself.
Some people have expressed concern as to the increasingly larger proportion of the story that politics is taking up but given Honor's rank both in the military and society this is almost unavoidable and as I said above, Mr Weber's handling of this aspect has improved immeasurably. Of course, it wouldn't be Space Opera without space combat and you certainly get your money's worth with this book!
All-in-all, the eight hundred odd pages of the book just flew past with barely a chance to draw breath!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Haven/Manticore War resumes
Having resumed the Haven/Manticore War in "War of Honor", Manticore is in a bad way. Although the incompetent & corrupt High Ridge government had been replaced with the far more... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Potts
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the story going
I have been a fan of the honor harrington series (and related stories) for a long time. This book continues the story in a logical fashion. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by Kiwi Cadre
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff, but long winded at times
this is a big book, a big book for a big story and in my mind one of the best space operas written, but i must say at times it does go on a bit, as in long winded, i mean pages and... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2009 by P. barton
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long
This boook would have been very very good if it was 1/3 of the size
Published on 22 May 2009 by B. Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the whole series so far,
At All Costs (Honorverse) Been reading the whole series and although I find the war gamer information distracting these are good tales and have even sent me back to read and enjoy... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2009 by Jean Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars This series keeps getting better
Wow, what a book, and the storylines lining up for what I hope will soon be the next one in the series. Cant wait! Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2007 by Ken Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
When I saw the original publicity for this on Baen's web site, I was the one stunned - 300,000 words! Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Weber Evil
The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven are still in the bloodiest war ever known. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2005 by Detra Fitch
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