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4.0 out of 5 stars Mission with occasional Honor, 4 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Mission of Honor (Honor Harrington) (Mass Market Paperback)
Latest entry in the Honor Harrington series of military science fiction.

Not read one before? Don't read this. Go and try On Basilisk Station (Honorverse) instead. The first in the series. Because this is the twelfth [and that doesn't include some supporting novels in the count] and it makes no concession to new readers.

If you've followed the series regularly, then read on.

After two books Storm from the Shadows and Torch Of Freedom (Honor Harrington) that showed a slow build up to war between Manticore and the Solarian League, and which were full of chapter after chapter of people talking and having meetings with seemingly very little happening, this one would appear at first glance to be more of the same.

It runs for just over eight hundred and thirty and is divided into forty five chapters and several parts.

And the title character doesn't actually appear in too much of it.

That's because, as with those two previous books, escalating hostilities continue. And the villains of the piece continue to work on their plans. Which are involved and have been going on for a while.

And also as with those books, that involves a lot of scenes of characters talking and holding meetings.

So you might get frustrated in the first three hundred pages, which are mostly like that. And yet at points, especially when Honor takes centre stage as she engages in a tricky diplomatic mission, things do start to feel as if they are going somewhere.

They then do. In the middle of the book. Thanks to two big set pieces. The second of which is incredibly dramatic and doesn't pull any punches and should have you desperately turning the pages to find what will happen next.

And the aftermath to both of them.

More talking and meetings follow. But these are pretty involving. Because now you can see exactly where things are going. And there's the promise of action a plenty to come.

For that, you'll have to wait for the next book in the series. If you were frustrated by those last two books then you will find points in this one that will make you feel the same way. But you'll also find points that will make you desperate to know what is going to happen next.

So this is a slight upturn for the series ater it hit a bit of a dip. And hopefully the next volume should be even better.
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