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  • Hardcover: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; First Edition edition (1 Jun. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671877232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671877231
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 4.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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). --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Why do so many sci-fi wargame designers seem obsessed with Q-Ships?

I'll forgive Dave Weber this once, partly because this book does at least make clear that the damn things are death traps, but mostly because it's a wonderful book. In fact this sixth book in the Honor Harrington saga is my personal favourite of the current 18 books which Weber and his co-authors have set in the "Honorverse".

The Honor Harrington universe or "Honorverse" is a wonderful space opera series set some three thousand years in the future and the eponymous heroine is one of David Weber's best fictional creations.

These books are best read in sequence and I strongly recommend that you start with "On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington)" which is the first one.

Most of the Honor Harrington stories are full of parallels with the time of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. In particular, the Royal Manticoran Navy in which the heroine is an officer is clearly based on the Royal Navy at the time of Nelson.

Technology of space travel and warfare in most of the Honor Harrington stories has been written so as to impose tactical and strategic constraints on space navy officers similar to those the technology of fighting sail imposed on wet navy officers two hundred years ago.

In this book however, and unlike the rest of the early books in the series, the main naval parallels are with a 20th century situation. Honor Harrington is commanding Q-ships, e.g.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Deep space. A huge, lumbering merchant vessel is bound down to a world when it's jumped by pirates. Several megatons of freighter, carrying millions in cargo, is lost.
Needless to day, the great commerical houses and trading cartels of the Star Kingdom of Manticore are not best pleased with this situation. Unfortunately, the People's Republic of Haven is pressing heavily against the Royal Manticoran Navy, and there are no more ships to spare for escort duty. So Honor Harrington is recalled to active duty, and handed a 'squadron'. Her mission: take a bite out of the pirates affecting the trade routes into the Silesian Confederacy. No problem for a seasoned combat commander, right?
Wrong. Here's the problems: 1) the RMN can't spare regular warships, so it's taken some large freighters and fitted them out with weapons and military-grade sensors. Unfortunately, they don't have military spec acceleration or shielding, and won't stand up to much of a pounding. 2) Personnel shortages means Honor gets stuck with new, inexperienced personnel and the dregs of the fleet. 3) The pirates are getting organized...
One of the nice things about this novel is that we get to see something of a couple of 'lower-deckers' (like me), and how they deal with the threats, both from pirates and from some of the scumbags aboard their own ship.
For the record, this was the first Honor Harrington novel I'd read, and I was sufficiently impressed that I went and bought the other five (at the time) books in one fell swoop. For my money, David Weber is right up there with Heinlein, Sturgeon and Drake.
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By A Customer on 12 Aug. 1996
Format: Hardcover
All of the Honor Harrington books have been outstanding, but
David Weber has once again reached into his bag of stories and
and given us the best Honor book yet. Unlike so many series
writers where the character stays the same, Honor grows and is
enriched by her experiences. Here, we see an older and wiser
Honor who has been bloodied but unbowed by the system. As she
continues to grow, David Weber leaves us saying "What a remark
able woman!"and leaving us breathless to see the next install-
ment of her legacy. Honor has great virtues, great insecuri-
ties, and an extraordinarily well developed sense of leader-
ship. She and Nimitz (her treecat) are so well developed that
they become living breathing persons in their own rights. If
only we could invite them to stop by for a drink and some
story swapping. I'd even lay in a supply of fresh celery for
Nimitz.
Skye M. Barnes, Capt. USAF Ret.
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Honor Harrington, the celestial Horatio Hornblower Captain of the Royal Manticoran Navy is finally offered the opportunity to once again don the white beret of starship command. In this sixth novel, Honor assumes the task of commanding a rag-tag fleet of Q-ships (armed merchants) to try to discourage the piracy against Manticoran merchants in the Silesian quadrant. She is hampered, as always, by enemies on both sides. Like the other books, this novel occurs mostly from Honor's viewpoint, but you can take delight as many of the secondary characters are fleshed out as well. An added treat is the appearance of a female treecat, which gives the author more opportunity to enlighten us on the background of the species and its link with mankind. This novel, like the others, leaves you hanging onto the edge of your seat and swearing that your beloved characters won't make it out alive! A must read for Honor fans!
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