Mission Of Honor (Honor Harrington (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 29 Jun 2010
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About the Author
David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels repeatedly make the "New York Times" best seller list and can t come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He has also written the popular Safehold series for Tor, and a best-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 "Wind Rider s Oath," another "New York Times" best seller, continues his popular Bahzell fantasy adventure series."
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Top Customer Reviews
Its quite unfortunate - the 300+ pages involving Honor and the core Oyster Bay plot are vintage Weber, the rest drag the score down.
However you can see why Weber was forced into this approach - the Honorverse has become too sprawling and complex, hopefully this is the end of his attempt to introduce a bit more segration into the Main and Sub series. If you read any Weber interviews part of this stems from Weber planning to finish the HH series with a Nelson-like Death for Honor during At All Costs, but deciding not to go ahead thus having to come up with a different way of putting a full stop in this section of the series.
This book is meant to be a closing chapter in the Havenite Wars and to sow the seeds of a new start. The book accomplishes this well with an excellent mix of Diplomacy and Action.Read more ›
Mission of Honor gives you the initial outcomes of the attacks launched but not resolved in "Storm from the Shadows" which gave that book a "cliff-hanger" ending. But only the initial outcomes: it appears that the galactic order is starting to collapse into a catastrophic series of wars and chaos so vast and devastating as to make the wars which dominated the first eleven books look like a vicar's tea party.
This book is more disciplined in style than some of the recent volumes of the series, reminding me of Tom Clancy in the way it jumps between the perspectives of a very large cast while ruthlessly maintaining a clear storyline. Weber appears to be determined to eliminate the large-scale overlaps which were a consequence of the arrangement of the preceding books. He does this by restoring a clear chronological sequence, so that all the events of "Mission of Honor" follow on from the conclusions of all the recent books and you no longer find a battle or conversation which has already been described from the perspective of, say, Honor Harrington described again from the perspective of, say, Michelle Henke.Read more ›
The series went through a bad patch a few books back where there was lots of "jaw jaw" and very little of the "war war" that made the series so exciting. But I'm pleased to say that with the previous installment (At All Costs) and this one, he's back on form.
I have three criticisms. The first is that the books will make little sense unless you've read the previous installments. That's fair enough. Authors writing series have to strike a balance between making later works accessible to newcomers and annoying their established customers with repeated material. In a short series, a bit of repetition won't do any harm, but in this one - 12 books so far, with at least two more in the pipeline and quite probably more to come - it would be actively harmful.
The second is related to the first, but is, I think, rather more important. There are several spin-off series, also set in the same universe, which some readers may not have bothered with. Unfortunately one of them, the "Wages of Sin" series, turns out to be of vital importance, and the "Saganami Island" series is also of some relevance to this book and, to a lesser extent, to the previous one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I suspect that if this had been the first volume of this series I had read I would stop there - I have spent a lot longer between these books recently. Read morePublished 1 month ago by chrispenycate
The usual high standard of writing. I love all the Honor Harrington books.Published 7 months ago by Peter Reviewer
great book loving the whole thing,a lot of politics sometimes but realistic and great charactersPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another wild ride amongst the increasingly anguished old enemies in the star systems. All is not as it seems when two old enemies measure up again to negotiate their future... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Harast
Another action packed novel involving Honor Harrington, bring on the next onePublished 23 months ago by MR D F HILL