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on 18 October 2015
Having read previous books in the series I was disappointed with this volume. There was little action just endless conversations between the protaginests. Probably will not read the final book in the series.
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on 11 July 2006
Picking up about five years after "Ashes of Victory", Duchess Harrington is one of the most prominent opponents of the new government of Manticore - an unholy Alliance between the Liberals, Progressives and Conservatives - who have been stringing out the peace Treaty with the new Havenite regime of President Eloise Pritchard. Meanwhile in Silesia, things are going from bad to worse as the usual pirates are being supplemented by an influx of renegade Peep vessels gone independent. And the Andermanian Empire is getting increasingly uppity at the presence of the Manticorean base at Sidemore station (established by Honor in "Honor Among Enemies"). And now that Haven seems less of a threat, the Emperor seems more prepared to threaten war with Manticore to get what he wants.

The trouble is, this book is way too long. What David Weber does best is space battles, and yet Honor doesn't even get into space for nearly three hundred pages. Instead we get a long and (for the most part) unbelievable discussion of the politics of Manticore - there is no way three parties with such a diametrically opposed agendas could stay together for as long as the High Ridge government supposedly had, short of continuing the war, which is the one thing they're all opposed to - coupled with the complications of Honor's love life (and if I wanted to read about people agonising over the tragedy of their love lives - I'd read Anne Rice). The new government are all too unprincipled, without any indication of what their aims actually are (unlike, say, the fanatics in "Flag in Exile" who, although abhorrent, were all too believable). The Havenite politics was more interesting, in that I could actually believe they would be rather more dynamic (given the new regime is in its infancy) but I couldn't believe Foreign Secretary Giancola seriously believed he could control the situation between Haven and Manticore sufficiently to take them to the brink of war but no further when he doesn't control either government (it would have made more sense IMO if he wanted to resume the war because he thought Haven could win it ), but I guess hubris is the bane of politicians everywhere. And as for the idea that the Andermanians wouldn't mind the presence of a Havenite fleet in Silesia (sent to destroy, or at least tie down Honor at Sidemore station) - militarily it might make sense but politically the Havenites might as well have asked the Andermanians to ally with Manticore against them (just imagine an analogous situation where the Chinese send a task force to overthrow Hugo Chavez in Venezuela - I doubt the Chinese would seriously consider the USA would shrug its shoulders and say "No problem - we didn't like the guy anyway!"). Even the potential of the new junction to the Manticore Terminus was wasted (when it's first mentioned I'd assumed it was going to exit in either Silesia, leading to conflict with the Andermanians or somewhere near Haven, destabilising the Peace talks) as it turns out to be in a system near (but not in) the Solarian League.

By the end of it, the only battles that Honor is actually in is a brief one at the end and all the engagements are tactical triumphs for one side or the other (brief and decisive) - and this is from an author who made a three ships battle last several chapters in "Honor of the Queen". I just hope the next book ("At All Costs", which I've yet to read) concentrates more on the military and less on the political or the personal conflicts.
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on 25 April 2010
war of honor is a very good book, there is a truce between the republic of haven and the manticorian alliance, and the new governemnt of manticore (after cromatory was murdered) is destablising the navy by allowing an idiot like reginald houseman to be second space lord and an even bigger idiot like sir edward janacek be first space lord; and bewteen them and the new governemnt crazy adoption of lets not negotiate with haven but lets get rid of all of our navy. this means haven are sniffing around; and with harrington away in silesia she won't be there to help when it all goes belly up.
harrington must deal with a steady storm of problems both political and naval to stop the andermini (or the germans) from advancing into silisea all by herself. a great book definatly well worth it if your a dedicated harrington fan, if your reading this but haven't read david weber's series before start with "On Basilisk Station" otherwise you won't be able to undertsnad what the hell im talking about

On Basilisk Station (Honorverse)
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on 7 September 2014
i gave this 3 stars because i found the opening 15% disappointing. it was slow and flat. this was due to the pointless use of recapping of previous events[it is after all book10!]. the authors simplistic political analysis which has appeared several times before. The unnecessary and full explanation of the rules of baseball This i found surreal. Eventually the book gets going and becomes readable This book demonstrates the authors strengths [action sci -fi] and his weaknesses .He allows his passions take precedence over his storytelling. He needs a strong editor.
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on 10 April 2015
I've read a couple of the "Honour" series and liked them. I was a bit concerned about how the enemy was always portrayed as despotic fanatics. In this book however the characters plots and events have been taken to new heights. Well done in making a good series even better.
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on 27 January 2004
I'm an Honor Harrington fan. This book was as enjoyable as the previous ones.
The war between the Manticoran Kingdom and Republic of Haven was at a seeming end in the previous book. Because politicians in the future are as power hungry as politicians today truth is misrepresented and falsified. This is not good when two systems are trying to establish peace between them. Part of the tension in the Honor series is of course that the Manticorans and Peeps are not able to come to terms with each other. Honor and Hamish are struggling to keep apart in all of this. This is not made easier by their political positions. They "nobly" suffer their love for each other in silence. I was not disappointed - once again.
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on 24 March 2004
This 929 page book is a thoroughly unworthy addition to the Honour Harrington saga; a rambling work of commercial fiction, devoid of the fast paced action for which David Webber is known so well, full of gratuitous navel-gazing, underdeveloped and over complicated plot lines. A great disappointment.
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on 14 April 2014
Weber is not the most brilliant of writers, style-wise but the Honor Harrington series is compulsive. I read evey one of them as soon as they're published.
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on 3 September 2013
This is one of the best of the Honor Harrington books, though none of them are bad and most are very good.
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on 3 October 2014
Another action packed novel involving Honor Harrington, bring on the next one
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