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The Shadow of Saganami (Honor Harrington - Saganami Island Book 1)

The Shadow of Saganami (Honor Harrington - Saganami Island Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Weber
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The Star Kingdom of Manticore is once again at war with the Republic of Haven after a stunning sneak attack. The graduating class from Saganami Island, the Royal Manticoran Navy's academy, are going straight from the classroom to the blazing reality of all-out war.

Except for the midshipmen assigned to the heavy cruiser HMS Hexapuma, that is. They're being assigned to the Talbott Cluster, an out of the way backwater, far from the battle front. The most they can look forward to is the capture of the occasional pirate cruiser and the boring duty of supporting the Cluster's peaceful integration with the Star Kingdom at the freely expressed will of eighty percent of the Cluster's citizens. With a captain who may have seen too much of war and a station commander who isn't precisely noted for his brilliant and insightful command style, it isn't exactly what the students of Honor Harrington, the "Salamander," expected.

But things aren't as simple — or tranquil — as they appear. The "pirates" they encounter aren't what they seem, and the "peaceful integration" they expected turns into something very different. A powerful alliance of corrupt Solarian League bureaucrats and ruthless interstellar corporations is determined to prevent the Cluster's annexation by the Star Kingdom . . . by any means necessary. Pirates, terrorists, genetic slavers, smuggled weapons, long-standing personal hatreds, and a vicious alliance of corporate greed, bureaucratic arrogance, and a corrupt local star nation with a powerful fleet, are all coming together, and only Hexapuma, her war-weary captain, and Honor Harrington's students stand in the path.

They have only one thing to support and guide them: the tradition of Saganami. The tradition that sometimes a Queen's officer's duty is to face impossible odds . . . and die fighting.

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Undeniably the science fiction phenomenon of the decade, New York Times best-selling author David Weber is often compared to C.S. Forester (the celebrated creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower) and is the recipient of critical praise worthy of Heinlein or Asimov. His hordes of voracious fans clamor for more and more Weber. Fortunately for them, Weber keeps steadily producing book after book with first printings that sell out almost immediately, then go back into printing after printing after printing. His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own, Wind Rider's Oath) to breathtaking space opera (Path of the Fury, Empire from the Ashes) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization (the celebrated and nationally best-selling Honor Harrington series, War of Honor being the most recent installment). Reviewers call Weber "irresistible . . . masterful" (Publishers Weekly), "highly entertaining" (Booklist), "remarkable" (Kliatt), "the best" (Dragon), "worth shouting about" (Philadelphia Weekly Press), "great . . . compelling" (Locus), and "the best writer around today" (FosFax). Readers call Weber similar things, but mostly they call the Baen offices several times a week demanding more from their main man. Weber, his wife Sharon, and their three children live in South Carolina.

About the Author

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 776 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743488520
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  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (8 Jan 2014)
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  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Crew, a new War 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
5.0 out of 5 stars please sir? can I have some more? 26 Mar 2005
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Honorverse without Honor a new start 14 May 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing 12 Jan 2005
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I have enjoyed almost everything that David Weber has written and really enjoyed all the Honor Harrington related books (the 'honorverse') to the point that I have bought several of them - including this one - in hardback (something I can't afford to do too often).
I was really looking forward to this one - and on the positive side - as mentioned by other reviewers - the action scenes, are as always excellent. We get to meet with some new (and not quite so new) characters and get to know more about their lives and motivations. All this is of the high standard that you expect from Weber.
The downside for me(again mentioned in passing by other reviewers) is the amount of 'off the action' writing in this book. I've always enjoyed some 'off the action' writing in the honorverse books - so that you can find out what the motivations of characters (such as politicians) are which eventually leads to action; but this time I thought that it was taken too far. With the action actually being disrupted by bulk of this material.
Eventually I started leafing through this material - just skipping it (incidently this wasn't so easy as some chapters are mixed with action and 'off the action' material together) trying to bring all the action and characterisation material together in my head.
I am going to try and re-read this book; and try to get into the 'off action' writing - but I'm not hopeful.
This wasn't a bad book - though it is in my opinion the worst book set in the 'honorverse' so I'm going to give it 3 stars. If you like the honor harrington books (by the way she isn't in this one other than in a cameo role) then I'd probably recommend that you buy it - but probably suggest that you hold off, and get the paperback when it is released.
I am still looking forward to the next weber/honor harrington book, but I really do hope that we can get back more to the action.
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