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Mission of Honor (Honor Harrington) [Mass Market Paperback]

David Weber
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14 July 2011 Honor Harrington (Book 12)
This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point. Haven has lost the war at the Battle of Manticore, but can Honor, turning diplomat with the telepathic assistance of her tree cat Nimitz, bring this gently but firmly home to Haven? The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington''s entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she''s achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the Mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The Millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming. She''s prepared to do anything, risk anything, to stop it, and she has a plan that may finally bring an end to the Havenite Wars and give even the Solarian League pause. But there are things not even Honor knows about. There are forces in play, hidden enemies in motion, all converging on the Star Kingdom of Manticore to crush the very life out of it, and Honor''s worst nightmares fall short of the oncoming reality. But Manticore''s enemies may not have thought of everything after all. Because if everything Honor Harrington loves is going down to destruction, it won''t be going alone.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (14 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134511
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 10.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,686 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 have repeatedly make the "New York Times" best seller list and can t come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He has also written the popular Safehold series for Tor, and a best-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo. His "Wind Rider s Oath," another "New York Times" best seller, continues his popular Bahzell fantasy adventure series.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the finest HH book but necessary 1 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
Lets get the bad out of the way first. This is not the best Honor Harrington by a long way. The complexity and multiple story lines of the Honorverse have really come home to roost - and not in a good way. The major flaw with this book is that in order to tie off lots of interacting plot lines between the main HH series and the 2 spinoff series - Saganami Island and Wages of Sin, events from those 2 series have to be rehashed and take up probably 1/3-1/2 of the book. Anyone who has read Storm from the Shadows or Torch of Freedom will be overfamiliar with much of the background exposition. Certainly Storm from the Shadows and Mission could have been merged and lost a few hundred pages in the process. It also suffers from having far too many characters to track as a result.

Its quite unfortunate - the 300+ pages involving Honor and the core Oyster Bay plot are vintage Weber, the rest drag the score down.

However you can see why Weber was forced into this approach - the Honorverse has become too sprawling and complex, hopefully this is the end of his attempt to introduce a bit more segration into the Main and Sub series. If you read any Weber interviews part of this stems from Weber planning to finish the HH series with a Nelson-like Death for Honor during At All Costs, but deciding not to go ahead thus having to come up with a different way of putting a full stop in this section of the series.

This book is meant to be a closing chapter in the Havenite Wars and to sow the seeds of a new start. The book accomplishes this well with an excellent mix of Diplomacy and Action.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the 16th full length novel in the science fiction series set two thousand years in the future which David Weber initially created for his character Honor Harrington. Where the last six books in the series were organised into three linked but distinct sub-series which portrayed unfolding events with the focus on three different perspectives of the developing crisis, Weber appears to have abandoned that approach with "Mission of Honor" and this book covers the whole picture.

Mission of Honor gives you the initial outcomes of the attacks launched but not resolved in "Storm from the Shadows" which gave that book a "cliff-hanger" ending. But only the initial outcomes: it appears that the galactic order is starting to collapse into a catastrophic series of wars and chaos so vast and devastating as to make the wars which dominated the first eleven books look like a vicar's tea party.

This book is more disciplined in style than some of the recent volumes of the series, reminding me of Tom Clancy in the way it jumps between the perspectives of a very large cast while ruthlessly maintaining a clear storyline. Weber appears to be determined to eliminate the large-scale overlaps which were a consequence of the arrangement of the preceding books. He does this by restoring a clear chronological sequence, so that all the events of "Mission of Honor" follow on from the conclusions of all the recent books and you no longer find a battle or conversation which has already been described from the perspective of, say, Honor Harrington described again from the perspective of, say, Michelle Henke.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was just foreplay! 13 Aug 2012
By Strv 74
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am addicted to David Weber's Honor Harrington series. I have read them all. Once you start reading one of his books you are transformed instantly into the future as well as to the 19th century since he transformed that period with it's morals, ethics etc into the future with one exception, the role of women. It's a great idea if you do not think to hard about the fact that kings and queens are the rulers of the future and not common people.

This was a real brick of a book. 800+ pages. And still it was just foreplay to the real action that will probably take place in the next book. Reading 800+ pages and in the end realizing that you will not get to the main event is a little frustrating. I can understand those who stated that you could have reduced this book by 200-400 pages without loosing anything from the story. Weber has really spent a lot of his efforts into creating the right situation for the next book. On the other hand, all this foreplay is well written and even if you get a little frustrated over not getting to the main event you are entertained along the way.

The Problem with reading this huge work is that you are forced to read about a lot of events and people that you meet so many years ago in previous books and that you today have a hard time remembering. Personally I was a little annoyed over finding the appendix with the list of persons in the book in the end instead of in the beginning so that I could use it during reading and not finding it once I was done.

But anyway, this is a classic Honor Harrington story and I look forward to reading the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If your fan its a must read
Published 17 days ago by g stillie
5.0 out of 5 stars great value! brilliant author
great value ! brilliant author ! what more could you ask for ?
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. J. Gooding
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been about 300 pages
I have read all of the honor books but I only bought the last two second hand as they were becoming too talky. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rithskaya
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission of Honor
Another great book from Honorverse and I love it and looking for the next one.
Will collect complete series :)
Published 13 months ago by Milan Haliena
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent!
What more needs to be said? It's an excelent read. It does tend to bog down in places with too much description and background, as is normal for David Weber, but it still leaves... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Only buy this if you're already a fan
Weber's long series of books set in the "Honorverse" is thoroughly enjoyable if you like "military science fiction". That is, if you like mind-cheese with lots of stuff blowing up. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by D. R. Cantrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on track
I really enjoyed this latest offering in the Honorverse saga, less politics and more action. I felt that David Weber had returned to the themes that attracted me to the whole... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Kate W
4.0 out of 5 stars The Story is coming together
After so many battles its hard to see what can affect the massive R & D advantage that the kindom enjoys,however the scenario that the kingdom now faces is quite belivable... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by S. REID
4.0 out of 5 stars Mission with occasional Honor
Latest entry in the Honor Harrington series of military science fiction.

Not read one before? Don't read this. Go and try On Basilisk Station (Honorverse) instead. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2011 by Paul Tapner
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a great read
Once again David Weber proves that there is still life in the stories of Honor Harrington. A great read for any fan of military science fiction.
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Amazon Customer
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