The People's Republic of Haven made a tiny mistake when it announced the execution of Honor Harrington. It seemed safe enough. After all, she was already dead. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now Honor has escaped from the prison planet called Hell and returned to the Manticoran Alliance with a few friends. Almost half a million of them, to be precise including some who know what really happened when the Committee of Public Safety seized power in the PRH. Honor's return from the dead comes at a critical time, providing a huge, much-needed lift for the Allies' morale, for the war is rapidly entering a decisive phase. Both sides believe that victory lies within their grasp at last, but dangers no one could foresee await them both. New weapons, new strategies, new tactics, spies, diplomacy, and assassination all are coming into deadly focus, and Honor Harrington, the woman the newsies call "the Salamander," once more finds herself at the heart of them all. But this time, the furnace may be too furious for even a salamander to survive.
A Note from Author David Weber
There's been some confusion—not to say, um, energetic debate, readers and fans being readers and fans—about the correct pronunciation of "Manticoran." The truth, alas, is that a stitch was dropped. An error occurred. A mistake was made… and it wasn't Audible's fault. It was mine. Before Audible recorded the very first Honor Harrington book, narrator Allyson Johnson and I not only corresponded by e-mail but actually spoke to one another by phone. She wanted to make absolutely certain she had the correct pronunciations for names, places, star nations, etc., and I tried to make certain all of her questions were answered. And so they were. Unfortunately, at some point in the process, I replied to one of her e-mails by telling her that "Man-ti-core-ahn" was pronounced "Man-tik-er-ahn." Exactly how this happened is more than I can say at this point, except to blushingly disclose that the original e-mail remains intact, confirming to all the world that it was, indeed, my fault. I can ascribe it only to a temporary mental hiccup on my part and crave your forgiveness. If, however, you must blame someone for the mix-up, that someone should be me and not Audible, who have done everything they could to get it right.
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"The new Honor Harrington novel is the longest yet, but justifies its length and complexity by greatly advancing the story of Honor and her universe. Honor has triumphally returned from Hades, at the head of a fleet of liberated POWs. Her reward is to become an admiral, a duchess, and a billionaire. She also becomes an elder sister of twins and, since Nimitz has lost some of his telepathy to war wounds, helps the ever delightful treecats learn signing, thereby proving they are fully sapient. But the war goes on, and the Star Kingdom's superior technology and training increasingly give it the advantage....Factor in Honor's personal and professional dilemmas, realistic R&D and procurement problems, spine-tingling action, and the series' usual dry wit, and it is clear that Weber has produced another mandatory acquisition." (Booklist)
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"Ashes of Victory"
I could not put this book down. Honor comes back from 2 years at a prison camp and rebuilds her life. She is moving from an battle action person, except at the end of the book to flag command. The interaction with her Mother and the increasing role with the Queen is interesting. Enjoyed the parts with the tree cats. Nemitz injury and all the cats learning to communicate by other than telepathy was great. The ending makes me want to start on the next book in the series right away.
"Honor Harrington Universe Book 12"
"10 years,war continues?"
Reconstruction surgeries took along time,
meanwhile Honor Became a teacher on Saganami island
While she is on a medical leave, Sonja Hemphill doesn't sleep.
New LAC's which have more defensive and offensive capabilities than old style destroyer
Multi-drive missile system with increased target envelope
EW Ghost Rider system
FTL Fire control system
8'th fleet is finally ready for Operation "Buttercup"
Everything else is as usual:
1.Revolutions in PRH
2.Shannon Foraker rocks!!!
3.Queen Elizabeth Visits Grayson
4.Question of treecat's intelligence is resolved
Honor will have to make one of the hardest choices in her life, and that choice will decide the future of Manticoran Politics.
NEXT BOOK IS
"The Service of the Sword" Worlds of Honor book 4
"Awesome story more challenges and more background"
My favorite book so far. Great story getting together and seeing the main key players work together to fight for their lives. Glad to see the story show Honor in a more varied roles and interest and saving people at the right time and the right place.
"No battles for Honor"
Honor is out of the battles for this one. Others are taking the war to the peeps.
This installment is the most tedious so far. There are some very nice sections, like teaching the tree cats to sign, the effects of the jump in technology, the assassination attempt. But it drags and parts.
narrator is incredible, she keeps so many voices separate and does so consistently! story is engaging
"not really a Honor story"
while in the honor universe. she is not in the book that much. really sad
"Continuation of the epic"
I've read and listened to all the Honor Harrington books at least twice and I continue to be pleased with the story and the reading performance. I certainly recommend this episode to anyone who has read the story. For anyone who hasn't started on David Weber's books I recommend they begin with the first in the series.
"More consequences of stuff that went before"
It's a bit slow-moving and really long, but I don't mind that in an audiobook series. It means that the "book funk" from finishing a series and wondering what to tackle next will be farther down the road. Plus I like that actions in previous books have consequences in whichever one I happen to be listening to. I'd say nothing happens in a vacuum, but the series takes place in outer space.
Mac, Honor's steward. I'm not sure how the book spells the full name because I've only been listening. He's loyal, snarky, and really cares about Honor, and the moments with them (especially in the earlier books, you hardly hear from him at all at this point) show the all-too-human side of Honor.
Mac again. And McBride. I like their sass and their accents. (Actually, I like the way Allyson Johnson does the accents. It makes the characters that much easier to tell apart.)
[SPOILER] The part where Miranda LaFollet was translating for the tree-cat who was signing to Queen Elizabeth and Ariel. Elizabeth's reaction was quite moving.
A list of all the books in the Honorverse--not just the main story, but all the side novels and side short stories, in the order in which they should be read, would be most helpful.
"A Great Epic"
A Battle for planets. Galactic empires at war. Politics and intrigue. Look carefully and you will see the world we inhabit!
This series has been quite a pleasure — the physics and realism of the space battles (in the context of this SF world) — is great. In general, I enjoy Weber's exposition, but there are a few instances in this book where it goes a bit far on some non-military topics. It was appropriate to the plot, and interesting.
Allyson Johnson’s performances are great. There are so many characters in these tales that her accents, intonations, and personalities are very helpful.
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