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The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Oct 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (5 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671875965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671875961
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,175,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Weber is one of the top science fiction writers of the 1990s whose acclaimed Honor Harrington series has gained him a devoted and dedicated readership. His many other books include the epic fantasies Oath of Swords and The War God's Own (also Baen).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 10 Oct. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here I am on to the third book in the Honor Harrington Series, The Short Victorious War. The first two books, On Basilisk Station and The Honor of the Queen, were instant favourites of mine and made the series (one that runs to over 20 volumes including the anthologies and spin-offs) a must-read for me. David Weber had created a vivid and thoroughly realised setting and I was wondering how events would play out in this third offering, hoping they would live up to my expectations...

After the events of The Honor of the Queen, Honor Harrington has been on sabbatical while her face is reconstructed, a procedure that has taken close to a year to finally complete and heal. Back on her home planet of Sphinx, Honor is passing the time relaxing and enjoying herself, that is until her new orders come in giving her command of a new ship. This is not just any new ship, but the Nike, the one ship that everyone wants, and her position as its captain shows just how much faith those in command have in her.

Under the direct command of Admiral Sarnow and acting as his flagship, the Nike, her captain and crew take delivery of the new-build and make their way to Hancock Station to join the task force there. But there is a problem with one of her reactors that requires a complete re-fit when they reach there, leaving the crew dockside while the repairs take place. And then the People's Republic of Haven start their strange visits into Manticoran space, visits that build and build until it is clear they are trying to goad the Manticoran Navy into battle...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By johnppotts@excite.co.uk on 11 April 2001
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At last, the shadow war that had been going on between the Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven in the last two books (on Basilisk Station & Honour of the Queen) finally breaks into open war. After a series of small scale provocations (violations of air space, blowing up a few orbital facilities and destroying the odd scout ship), the Manties realise that an invasion is imminent and begin to recall all available officers, including the convalescing Honor - and a few of her enemies too. Despite a few misgivings in the admiralty, Honor is handed a plum command, the HMS Nike, flagship of the Royal Manticore Navy.
However, the Manties are heavily outnumbered by the militaristic Havenites, and overconfidence in their technological superiority lead to them making a serious tactical blunder. As a result, Honor finds herself with a small flotilla of ships facing a full scale invasion fleet. But she's not without a few tricks of her own...
This is an exciting, fast paced read, and even manages to find the time for a romance for Honor, (which tankfully, doesn't intrude on the action). But what I like best though about this (and the other Honor books) is that it is set in a realisitic political environment, albeit that the Kingdom of Manticore is rather reminiscent of the British Empire mid 19th Century and the Havenites rather similar to the Roman Republic (with panem et circenses updated to the Dole and mass propaganda), but they do say that history repeats itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Stella White VINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2012
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What can I say about David Weber's Honor Harrington series but wonderful.
This is not the ideal book for a new reader of the series though, it is much better to read them in order. This is book three.
It also it starts with the political situation in Peoaple's Republic of Haven. You may start thinking they are the good guys. But they are shortly going to esculate the war with Mantiicore and so bring Captain Honor Harrington back into conflict again with her old enemy.
I recomend this series of books to anyone who likes militart space fiction series. I own every one and csn't wait for Amazon to put a new one the top of my front page as soon as it is to be published. You also may like David Weber's Apocalypse Troll and The path of the fury as well.
Competing with David as my favoutite author is Lois McMaster Bujold with her Barrayar Series.
I love them too.
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