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David Weber
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5 Oct 1998 Honor Harrington
The families who rule the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble. The treasury's empty, the proles are restless, and civil war is imminent. To keep in power they know exactly what they need: a short, victorious war to unite the people and fill their coffers once more. It's a card they've played often, and all that stands in their way is the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its threadbare allies; enemies who, in the past, have always backed down. Only this time the Peeps face something different. This time they're up against Captain Honor Harrington and a Royal Manticoran Navy that's prepared to give them a war that's far from short - and anything but victorious.

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,749,676 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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3.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking read 24 Nov 2000
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Balloon finally goes up! 11 April 2001
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story, makes you want for more 21 Mar 2001
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Even though this book is clearly a part of a series, it stands pretty well on it's own. The story is intriguing, and you want to keep reading to know what happens next. Will the despicable Havenites succeed in their invasion? Not while our heroine is here!
Having read the other books in the series, this book feels like a filling between the more momentous events. Yet the story holds its own, and gives so many ideas for the next book that you cannot really stop reading after this one. The characters demand that the rest of the story be told. This feeling stays with me for the whole series, and I keep asking 'what happens next?' There is never a _complete_ ending, only partial resolutions.
My only gripe is Weber's attachment to facts and figures. I understand the need to create atmoshpere, but I do not want to read again and again about accelerations and vectors and such. It's okay to explain technology, but not excessively. Although I admit that the problem may be reading too many books in the same series; I've read each explanation at least nine times ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The short victorious war 10 Oct 2012
By Mrs. Stella White VINE VOICE
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars short victorious war 18 July 2012
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This is book 3 in the Honor Harrington series. The book picks up nicely after book 2 and continues the story well. In my opinion its a good read. I've not given 5 stars as I felt the author rushed the story a little bit too much and there was a lot of opportunity missed with the battles. It felt like the whole war had just got started and then after the one battle with Honor the rest of the war was quickly summarised and ended. An opportunity missed and which has made me hesitant to buy book 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politics and spaceships
The early story of Honor Harrington continues in this volume. I am enjoying this series very much despite being a mainstream sci-fi fan. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good "People Story", Gripping Politics, Fantastic "Historical" Naval...
Honor Harrington, having been put back together by the medics after her previous adventure, is awarded a prestige new Battlecruiser command, and finds herself as flag captain to an... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars grand
cant say enough about honor harrington, as an ex matelot, rmn seems very much like the royal navy and the british monarchy
Published 4 months ago by alan peter roach
5.0 out of 5 stars The series just keeps getting better!
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... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by Mark Chitty
4.0 out of 5 stars Good space opera: Now compared
The genre is well represented with some good writters. I prefer Bujold (Vorkosigan series) and Moon (Vatta and Serano), which both have more depth and character, but his is a good... Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2009 by C Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars a battle of dreams
David Weber has recreated the mood of 19th century Western Civilisation, by including post Iraqi War feelings in America. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 1998
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