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Flag in Exile

Honor Harrington, Book 5
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Series: Honor Harrington, Book 5
Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Hounded into retirement and disgrace by political enemies, cut to the heart by the murder of the man she loved, and bereft of confidence in herself and her abilities, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson to take up her role as Steadholder while she tries to heal her bitter wounds.

But the People's Republic of Haven is rising from defeat to threaten Grayson anew, and the newborn Grayson Navy needs her experience desperately. It's a call Honor cannot refuse, yet even as she once more accepts the duty whose challenges she fears she can no longer meet, powerful men who hate and fear the changes she's brought to their world are determined to reverse them. They have a plan ... and for it to succeed Honor Harrington must die.

Two irresistible forces are rushing together to crush Grayson between them, and only one woman uncertain of her capabilities, weary unto death, and marked for murder-stands between her adopted planet and its devastation.

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.

©1995 David M. Weber (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • 05-03-2011

Flag in Exile

This is the fourth book in the series and I am sure glad I have listen to them in order. It makes it so much more enjoyable. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. Can hard wait to start the next one. The story provides fast pace excellent description of battle scenes. The back stabbing of politics and a view of various societies. Allyson Johnson is Honor Harrington, the book would not be as good without her reading.

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  • Professor
  • 16-10-2012

Honor Harrington Universe Book 5

"Lemons and Lemonade "

House of Lords voted to exclude countess Harrington, and used it's political power to ruin her career, despite House of Commons support she was beached,put on half pay, her ship (NIKE) was passed on.

Instead of sitting and waiting for new assignment, which probably would never come, she decided to take care of business on Grayson, her Stadthold is growing, her investment was good, but you can't change everyone on the planet in just a few years.

It is not very far from "religious fanatic" to "terrorist".

The War continues, revolution in Peoples Republic of Heaven(PRH) doesn't' help the case, though the government policy changed, it's still singing the same tune, obvious reference to USSR and People Republic of China .

11 Prize Super Dreadnoughts given as a gift to Grayson by Admiral Alexander are almost fixed, PRH is getting ready for new offensive.

Grayson's understand, when god gives you lemons, you need to make Lemonade.

So they offered Grayson Space Navy (GSN) commission to the most experienced officer in the star system.

The next book in the series is "Honor among Enemies"

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  • Brian
  • 08-02-2010

Weber does it again

Another in the series about Honor Harrington. To understand the full series, you need to start with On Basilisk Station and follow tem from there. The story is well written, like all David Weber books (for true space opera/naval battles try "The Shiva Option/In Death Ground"). I have yet to be disappointed with a David Weber book, his characters are well developed and rarely do you find anything disconnected. Highly recommended series.

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  • Martin
  • 30-05-2019

religious indoctronation

14 hours of religion that don't exist and about 2 hours of story. kept losing tract!

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  • Andy
  • 18-09-2010

Maybe the best yet

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I've read and enjoyed all the previous ones, and I was so engrossed by this one that maybe it is the best one yet. There is a good balance of space and non-space activity, and once again the narrator delivers a fine performance.

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  • Sherry Casperson
  • 26-04-2012

Flag in Exile

What made the experience of listening to Flag in Exile the most enjoyable?

The Narrator has good voice and the pacing is excellent. The voice and accent differentiation are very well done. The story lack some os the emotional depth of other books inthis series but is still very well worth reading. The climax is well done. However the winding up of the story is chopped and lacks some of the finer finishing touchs generallhy found in this author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flag in Exile?

The sword fight was built up to an excellent final moment. The Space battle was rather ordinary given how many battle have been fought in this seris.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were no outstanding moments as the story unfolded in the authors usual manner with no surprises and with little being added to the character. The building of the Havenite Theisman was one of the better moves.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A film could not be made from this book as it is not stand alone.

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  • Keith
  • 05-12-2011

The story continues

The Honor Harrington story continues and I feel Mr. Weber has firmly hit his stride with this book.

I enjoyed the previous books very much, but this one has the feel of a book where the author is at the helm and in every sentence and on every page, he just tells you to fasten your seat belt and hang on (if you can).

Mr. Weber, through his masterful story construction wrings out every human emotion possible, relentlessly, but it only made me hungry to plunge into the next books.

In previous reviews I've read criticism of Ms. Johnson's narration, well, to me, she is simply superlative, her style and her charactarisations add a dimension to the book that is hard to quantify but are the icing on the cake.

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  • Tim Schnese
  • 04-05-2020

This book one of David Weber’s best

This book Flag in Exile is a great story with plenty of drama and action.

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  • Tommy L Montgomery
  • 25-04-2020

outstanding

loved the story, The Narrator is by far my favorite for the Honorverse story/series. would love this Narrator and a few others to get together and do the series together as different characters.

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  • Jerry W Chaney
  • 25-02-2020

Absolutely Brilliant!

David Weber is not an author, he is a wizard conjuring up stories that make you feel as if you are there standing beside the characters he creates. Honor Harrington is the greatest female heroine ever created by any author and that is the honest truth.

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  • Tim Chant
  • 27-06-2019

Cracking fun

Excellent in the main with a bit of flab and telling not showing in places.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-2017

great book

again I was crying with this book. I need good things to happen to Honour.

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  • Graham Wilson
  • 22-06-2017

Another excellent Honor Harrington book

If you could sum up Flag in Exile in three words, what would they be?

Exiting, Devastating, Satisfying

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flag in Exile?

I dont want to post spoilers but it takes you on a ride of emotions from one particularly devastating moment that brought me to tears to satisfaction in retribution. I dont believe in an eye for an eye in real life but there's something satisfying about it in stories.

What about Allyson Johnson’s performance did you like?

She reads well and helps to convey who is who as well as bring the emotion across as well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time to listen from start to finish I would have done!

Any additional comments?

The Honor books are well written, exiting books and every one so far has not failed to grab me. At its core this is a story about religious fanaticism and how far these zealots will go and the prices they are prepared to pay to follow what they wrongly believe is a path of righteousness. Its about how they will make every excuse in the book to justify the wrongs they do.