A Short Victorious War is the third of the Honour Harrington series, and is definitely well worth the read. The only problem I had with this book was that there was far too much focus on the internal politics of the People's Republic of Haven. That said, however, I realise that it was necessary, not only to the plot of the story, but the on-going events that form the back story for the series. Honor Harrington, having proved her worth at Basilisk Station (On Basilisk Station) and in Grayson (The Honor Of The Queen), receives recognition of that worth as the Admiralty appoints her to be the CO of a spanking-new battlecruiser, HMS Nike. By tradition in the RMN, command of the Nike is a plum assignment, and given only to officers who are head and shoulders above their fellow officers. Honor is then paid the compliment of being appointed to be the flag captain for Admiral Sarnow, and being tasked to form part of the defensive forces at Hancock Station. The state of polite hostility between Manticore and the Peeps is heating up, and once again, Honor and her ship will be on the sharp end. We are also re-introduced to Captain Lord Pavel Young, who seems not terribly interested in redeeming himself. In fact, his conduct during the climactic battle is anything but what one expects of an officer in command of a warship. This is a tight, well-written story. Read it, and if you've not read the other Honor Harrington stories. The only thing I would say is to try and read these books in sequence, since there are so many recurring characters, and references to events in the earlier books abound.