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Back to the honorverse,
This review is from: Crown Of Slaves (Honorverse (Paperback)) (Mass Market Paperback)
David Weber has made quite a name for himself in recent years with his 'honorverse' novels. Set in the future far out in space, these are basically horatio hornblower in space, as heroic space navy captains fight dastardly enemies.
The universe is a pretty intriguing creation, and has gotten large enough now that supporting characters can go off and have tales of their own. And that's what we have here, as several head off to a space station on diplomatic missions, and come into contact with a nasty band of slave traders.
There are some fascinating characters here, not least victor, an ultra loyal spy who is very good at his work, and thandi, a tough earth marine who is looking for love. But the book takes over one hundred pages to get going, being bogged down in all the minutae that diplomatic stuff requires.
And at seven hundred pages, it's just a bit too long. There are some good action moments in the middle, and some of the character relationships are quite appealing, but there's also an annoying sense of boy's own adventure about it. 'Let's all band together and have a go at those nasty slavers'. And that's what pretty much happens.
Quite a decent read, but would have been better if it was shorter.