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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; First Printing edition (26 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743488520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743488525
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,495 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 (the eleventh, At All Costs, will hit the stands in November 2005) 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 Mutineers' Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, Heirs of Empire, and Path of the Fury. 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 recent Wind Rider's Oath continues his popular fantasy adventure series. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Oct 2006
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This book is set in the same Universe and timeframe as David Weber's "Honor Harrington" novels, sometimes nicknamed the "Honorverse." The events take place at approximately the same time as "At All Costs (Honorverse)".

If you have not read any of the other books in the series: this novel is a space opera set thousands of years in the future. It tells the story of a group of mostly new and inexperienced crew members on a brand new and powerful space cruiser, "Hexapuma." They face first intrigue and terrorism, and then increasingly desperate battles against some really evil bad guys.

The Hexapuma's home star nation, Manticore, has just been attacked by a star nation called Haven, and her crew were expecting to be sent to join in that war. At the last minute their orders are changed and they are sent to show the flag in a relatively poor and underdeveloped area of the galaxy called the "Talbott Cluster". This cluster has just voted in a plebiscite for annexation to Manticore: some of those on the losing side in that referendum are deeply unhappy about it and start to make trouble. This is further stirred up by some truly evil corporations with an agenda of their own, and the people those corporations have bought in various governments. The bad guys are making big profits from an illegal trade in slaves, and want to stop the annexation because Manticore is one of the nations which enforces the laws against slavery most strictly. The crew of Hexapuma are in for a more dangerous and exiting time than anyone expects.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JA Fairhurst on 17 Oct 2005
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With the war against Haven back in full swing and a brand new ship the crew of the Hexapuma and their snotties (midshipwomen and men to you and me!) reckon they're off to do their bit against the Peeps. But when the orders are opened, they find they're off to the Talbott Cluster to enforce the Queen's Peace in that benighted area of space!
Even their captain was an unknown - a hero undoubtedly after going up against massively overwhelming odds, but does he still have what it takes?
The situation in Talbott proves to be as dangerous as anything the snotties could have faced on the main front against Haven.
The action is largely seen through the eyes of the snotties, particularly Helen Zilwicki who was following in her mother's footsteps but we get to see inside all the main bridge officers as they come to terms with the consequences of their actions. The only problem I have with this book is that the captain is a touch too perfect given the ghosts that have to be riding him.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert J. Dickson on 26 Mar 2005
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The most annoying thing about reading Weber's Harrington novels is, quite simply, waiting for the next one. I first started reading the series when the first 5 or so books had already been released and so was able to read them all in one go and was lost in the Star kingdom. The latest installment and the first of a new series is no exception and shows that Weber can create the characters that we want to read about, he is not forced to concentrate on one character. This novel includes all the things we have come to love about his books: interstellar intrigue and political manouvering combined with a hell of a lot of fighting (the RMN marines operation to take out a terrorist base is superb). We jump into a situation where the captain is suffering from post traumatic stress from a battle we only get a glimpse of, and just about everyone else of note is starting their career, but still manages to get the reader deeply involved in the characters. Finally it gives us a chance to catch up with people who have so far only had starring roles in short stories, namely Helen Zilwicki and Abigail Hearns. An excellent read, my only concern is that Weber will follow these characters in his next book and make us wait longer for Honor, but even that is something I cannot wait for.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicklin on 14 May 2006
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Approach this book with a fresh pair of eyes. It's a new start with a new set of characters - Honor Harrington doesn't even feature so keep this in mind.

Personally I thought the book fresh and gripping - but get the paperback - it won't pull your back out when carrying it on the bus!

I've got most of Mr Webbers stuff and this ranks up at the top - much much better than War Of Honor which is a right load of tripe and should be avoided At All Costs - couldn't help myself there!

So to summarise - get this book - you don't need any previous experiance with Manticore or to have shelled out loads of dosh on the back catalogue to enjoy it - and if you liked it get March Up Country!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian McClellan on 18 Nov 2004
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David Weber is back with a vengeance with this the first of a new series based in his 'Honorverse' - The Shadow of Saganami.
I think his last few books had focussed too much on the political shenanigans and less on the space navy aspects that I think are the core of the Honor Harrington stories. By introducing new characters, sprinkling in a few we have met before and moving in to a new sphere of space I think this space opera is singing in tune after the few bum notes we had heard in previous episodes of the Honorverse saga.
The battle scenes are top notch, I love the detail Weber devotes to the logistics of space travel and the way he interweaves the two so that you the reader are not blinded by techno-babble but you instead appreciate the 'real' problems of fighting in space. I have come to love the fact that he does not insult you with lazy plot devices; instead we are treated to the hide and seek of starships masking themselves with electronic warfare rather than relying on some 'cloaking device'! You feel the thunder of the broadsides and the chaos of the battle, but without being so confusing to the reader that you lose interest.
There are still politics within the story, but they support the tale rather than drive it. This meant that we can enjoy a true space opera, something that Weber produces extremely well.
I now find myself counting down the days until we get the next instalment of the Saganami Island series.
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