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4.6 out of 5 stars
At All Costs (Honorverse)
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on 16 September 2016
Honor's life takes another twist as she receives some unexpected news that brings both joy and complications (plus unwelcome attention from the media!). Meanwhile the war between Manticore and the PR of Haven rumbles on, and there is a lot of politics and intrigue behind the scenes. This novel is a very good read, with a lot going on, a lot of technical detail about military hardware (if you like that, which I do) and interesting characters that you care about. The Honorverse gets better and better! Can't wait to get into the next novel.
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on 26 October 2007
Wow, what a book, and the storylines lining up for what I hope will soon be the next one in the series. Cant wait!
I only came across this author this year and have now read all of this series twice, once as I bought each one in the series, some second hand as not available new, and again over a few weeks knowing this one was coming out. The only dissapointment in the series is "Crown of Slaves" written with John Ringo, which is not a patch on the pure Weber ones, but unfortunately needs to be read to understand the background to "At all Costs"
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on 29 October 2014
The greed for power has many political cloaks and the means to achieve it gained by corruption by the most lethal of methods. Resultant misunderstandings fuelled by pride and political pride crate horrific military mayhem and the unnecessary deaths of millions!
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on 11 March 2009
At All Costs (Honorverse) Been reading the whole series and although I find the war gamer information distracting these are good tales and have even sent me back to read and enjoy the Hornblower books by C S ForesterThe Young Hornblower Omnibus: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, Lieutenant Hornblower, and, Hornblower and the HotspurCaptain Hornblower R.N.: "Hornblower and the 'Atropos'", "The Happy Return", "A Ship of the Line"
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on 15 January 2016
The usual high standard of writing. I love all the Honor Harrington books.
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on 3 October 2014
Another action packed novel involving Honor Harrington, bring on the next one
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on 2 April 2015
a great read
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on 24 November 2005
I had been counting down the days for the next David Weber book, thinking that when it arrived and my misery lifted I would be reading a new installment in the Saganami Island series. Honor Harrington seemed destined to become a back plot character and the new generation would be taking over...
Far from it! The political shenanigans we had in War of Honor have come to fruition and the Star Kingdom of Manticore finds itself on the defensive in its war against Haven. The diplomacy and intrigue now take a rear seat, this is good honest space warfare with Weber at his best.
The Haven offensive has forced Manticore to adopt new tactics and who best to make the enemy suffer with an understrength fleet but our very own Honor Harrington. This book is an emotional rollercoaster and if you can stay on the ride till the end you will not be disappointed.
There are new weapons, new characters and we say goodbye to a few old friends... There is murder, mayhem and missiles... and the revealing of an enemy that could be 10 times worse than Haven ever was on its worst days.
And of course when I was finished I was back to square one and waiting in pain for the next book!!!
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on 18 November 2005
When I saw the original publicity for this on Baen's web site, I was the one stunned - 300,000 words! The books in David Weber's Harrington series have been gaining additional length as the series continues to tell the story of the greatest war in the explored quarter of the galaxy
With a timeline that continues straight on from 'War of Honor' and overlaps 'The Shadow of Saganami' those 300,000 words tell the story of Honor's war against the Republic of Haven. Like more recent books in the series, this book focuses on the politics of both star nations as they're caught up in a war neither side really want but neither side can stop as leaders and public alike find the costs unforgivably high on both sides.
This book shows an undoubtedly mature performance from Weber in his depiction of both sides' political leadership - no-one's particularly stupid or venal, nor is anyone magically able to beat the odds. Not even Honor who does pull off some superb attacks but also manages to get clobbered pretty badly herself.
Some people have expressed concern as to the increasingly larger proportion of the story that politics is taking up but given Honor's rank both in the military and society this is almost unavoidable and as I said above, Mr Weber's handling of this aspect has improved immeasurably. Of course, it wouldn't be Space Opera without space combat and you certainly get your money's worth with this book!
All-in-all, the eight hundred odd pages of the book just flew past with barely a chance to draw breath!
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on 24 November 2005
After the (frankly disappointing) 'War of Honor' and 'Crown of Slaves', I was a bit apprehensive about this latest entry in the HH series. The previous books had, in my view, concentrated far too much on machiavellian politics and it did it in a rather flat and uninspired manner. So when I picked up this 800+ page monster I was fervantly hoping for a return to his previous form. I am glad to say that it is. Fans of 'Old School' Weber will relish a return to the epic space battles of his earlier books, and for those who liked the direction of the later books there is plenty of political manuevering, only this time around it reads much better. Mr Webers writing still seems to have matured significantly since Crown of Slaves, and this time around your sympathies lay as much with Haven as with Manticore. Be prepared though - he's killing off his characters in job lots! I counted the death of one Major character and at least 4 important secondary characters with several other known faces falling by the wayside. If I have a complaint, it's that Mr Weber still includes massive blocks of unecessary prose at times. Also, Honors list of titles is becoming faintly ridiculous, seemingly taking up half the book itself!
The surprise ending leaves the way open for at least one more book, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the series continuing for two or possibly three more installments. Good to see you back, David.
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