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The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington Book 2)

The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Weber
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It's hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards war as the necessary prelude to conquest, and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That's why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the so-called ""Republic"" of Haven--and the planet Grayson is just the right strategic place to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty's Foreign Office had overlooked a ""minor cultural difference"" when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet Grayson are without rank or rights; Honor's very presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

At first Honor doesn't take it personally; where she comes from gender discrimination is barely a historical memory, right up there in significance to fear of the left-handed. But in time such treatment as she receives from the Graysonites does become wearing, and Honor would withdraw if she could--but then Grayson's fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning and she must stay and prevail, not just for Honor's honor, but for her sovereign's, for--THE HONOR OF THE QUEEN.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (1 Mar 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BBI9WD6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,040 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Honor of the Queen" is the second book in a wonderful space opera series set some three thousand years in the future and featuring David Weber's best fictional heroine, "Honor Harrington." The books work most effectively when read in sequence and I strongly recommend that you start with "On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington Series)" which is the first one.

Despite the futuristic setting, there are strong parallels with Nelson's navy. Assumed technology in the Honor Harrington stories imposes tactical and strategic constraints on space navy officers similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on wet navy officers two hundred years ago. The galactic situation in the first dozen or so novels contains strong similarities to the strategic and political situation in European history at the time of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars up to 1805.

This seems to be quite deliberate: thinly veiled (and amusing) hints in the books indicate that they are to some extent a tribute to C.S. Forester, while the main heroine of the books, Honor Harrington, appears to owe more than just her initials to C.S. Forester's character "Horatio Hornblower."

(Postscript: I stand by that comment even though Dave Weber, in an author's note to a book which came out after I wrote it, has said that Honor Harrington is based on Nelson, becaused Honor has a number of characteristics in which she is much more like Hornblower than Nelson.

However, after a gigantic battle at the end of book eleven,
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hornblower in space!! 28 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Yes i know its been said before..but hey its true, it is hornblower in space.
This isnt a bad thing! i read on basilisk station after seeing it in a library, after i had finished i promply went out and bought the first three novels, this one being the second.
I love this series, admittedly the later ones become more political and less action are stunning, but book 2 is back when Honor Harrington was still a combat captain and the descriptions of the battles, I love the idea of knowing 15 minutes in advance that your gonna get hit by incoming missiles and having to do your job anyway. this is unusual in a Sci fi story as most take the "starwars" approach to space battles.
I also love the characters they are are excellently developed and you quickly start to care for them.
I recommend any of these books for fans of sci fi and/or adventure stories, but i do recommend starting at the beginning as there is a lots of use of past characters and plots, which i like as it has the whole actions have consequences thing going..
These novels would make an exceelent TV or film series!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Honor of the Queen 2 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Once again Mr. Weber writes an enjoyable book.
Honor is, of course, placed in a position where she and Nimitz (her treecat) have to fight the odds in order to win. She, as the hero, prevails. But as in all heroic tales, a lot of people die. Honor has now become captain in the Royal Manticoran Navy. As such, she is placed as squadron officer on a diplomatic mission to the planet Grayson. Manticore wants to add Grayson as their allies. As always, the Peeps have their own plans and try to help their allies, Masada, conquer Grayson. The fight is on, once again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good way to rile and rivet a reader 15 Dec 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, if Honor keeps going through ships at this rate, she'll be a large chunk of the Manticoran Navy's expenses. Not like that would stop anyone involved from showering her with very well deserved titles and awards. This books sees Honor going to Grayson, a planet settled by a bunch of Old Earth Christian fundamentalists, who want to live "as God intended".  Needless to say, they've managed to get way behind in technology.  They've also managed to develop a splinter group that settled another planet in their system called Masada.   The Masadans want to destroy the "Apostate" any way they can, and have enlisted the Havenites to help them do it. Once again, we get to see Honor against enormous odds, with a good chance that she, and her ship, won't make it to the last page.  I won't give away the ending, but I'll say this.  Weber managed to push a lot of the right buttons with this woman regarding the attitudes of the Masadans and the Graysons, as well as keep me glued to the final battle till I finished it. I'm looking forward to The Short Victorious War.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling! 16 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Webers view of space combat obviously stems from a romanticised view of ship-to-ship actions from the late 19th and earlier 20th century a fact reinforced by the names and disposition of the forces involved. I mean, it is her Majesty's the ROYAL Manticore Navy after all!
Dont let that put you off though as that is the authors blatant intention. If you like Naval combat, heroic captains and tough women (why are these captains so often women?)then Honor will happily oblige.
Just be nice to her cat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At first, I thought "Oh my god, another story about men vs. women" but Weber doesn't shy away from the ingrained value in our culture that society must never talk of women being hurt physically, especially military women even though real life is quite the opposite. Weber reveals that in the end, women can survive,especially if it's Captain Honor Harrington!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best space opera series I've ever come across and this ...
One of the best space opera series I've ever come across and this particular chapter is one of the best within the series
Published 25 days ago by Giorgio Guled
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another action packed novel involving Honor Harrington, bring on the next one
Published 1 month ago by MR D F HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars glad to this on the kindle at last
glad to this on the kindle at last , great sci fi space opera, once i was hooked from book 1 there was no going back , huge on detail and characters that you can really get into... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Entertaining
Could not put the book down, as with the first book a wonderful ripping yarn and a nice swipe at certain prejudices
Published 1 month ago by Mr STEPHEN JAMES CASTLE
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good read.
The Honor of the Queen is a solid development of Basilisk Station and includes an expansion of the socio-political and socio-economic conditions of the environment in which the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read for all lovers of military sci fi.
Published 3 months ago by D G Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Space Action!!
The mix of diplomatic arguments, coupled with the two-timing activities of fanatics, gives this well written saga a wealth of emotional depth. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Harast
5.0 out of 5 stars i would like to contact the author and thank him for such ...
i would like to contact the author and thank him for such an absorbing and satisfying read. i probably will
Published 3 months ago by charles hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really sound
Published 3 months ago by david j brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book, I have all of them in paperback ...
Outstanding book, I have all of them in paperback,audiobook and now hardcopy leather bound autographed. Though David Weber needs to make a little more legible signature...
Published 4 months ago by B. Heite
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