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Uncompromising Honor (19) (Honor Harrington)…

Uncompromising Honor (19) (Honor Harrington) (edition 2019)

by David Weber (Author)

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FIRST NEW HONOR HARRINGTON NOVEL IN FIVE YEARS! New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international best-selling phenomenon David Weber delivers book #19 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series, the first new Honor Harrington novel since 2013''s Shadow of Freedom. HONOR''S FINISHING WHAT SHE STARTED The Solarian League''s navy counts its superdreadnoughts by the thousands. Not even its own government knows how enormous its economy truly is. And for hundreds of years, the League has borne the banner of human civilization, been the ideal to which humanity aspires in its diaspora across the galaxy. But the bureaucrats known as the "Mandarins," who rule today''s League, are not the men and women who founded it so long ago. They are corrupt, venal, accountable to no one . . . and they''ve decided the upstart Star Kingdom of Manticore must be destroyed. Honor Harrington has worn the Star Kingdom''s uniform for half a century and served her monarch and her people well. In the course of those years, the woman the newsies call the Salamander has grown from a tactically brilliant but politically naïve junior officer to supreme fleet command and a seat on the highest military and political councils of the Grand Alliance. Very few people know war the way Honor Harrington does. Very few have lost as many men and women, as many friends, as much family, as she has. Yet despite that, hers has been a voice of caution. She knows the Mandarins and the Solarian League Navy are growing increasingly desperate as the truth of their technological inferiority sinks home, but she also knows the sheer size of the League. And she knows how its citizens will react if the Grand Alliance takes the war to the League, attacks its star systems, destroys its infrastructure . . . kills its civilians. Today''s victory, bought on those terms, can only guarantee a future war of revenge against a resurgent Solarian League and its navy. Honor knows the Grand Alliance must find a victory that doesn''t require incursions deep into Solarian space, doesn''t leave a legacy of bottomless hatred, and the strategy she supports has been working. The League is sliding towards inglorious defeat as it steadily loses ground in the Protectorates and the Verge. As its central government teeters towards bankruptcy and even some of its core systems opt to secede in the face of the Mandarins'' corruption. As the Solarian Navy finally realizes it cannot face an Alliance battle fleet and win. But the Mandarins have embraced a desperate new strategy, and in pursuit of that strategy, the SLN has committed atrocities such as the galaxy has not known in a thousand years. The League have violated its own Eridani Edict against mass civilian casualties, violated the Deneb Accords prohibition on war crimes. And they have finally killed too many of the people Honor Harrington loves. Hers is the voice of caution and compromise no longer, and the galaxy is about to see something it has never imagined. The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake. About Uncompromising Honor: "...a balanced mix of interstellar intrigue, counterespionage, and epic fleet action...with all the hard- and software details and tactical proficiency that Weber delivers like no one else; along with a large cast of well-developed, believable characters, giving each clash of fleets emotional weight."--Booklist ". . . moves. . . as inexorably as the Star Kingdom''s Grand Fleet, commanded by series protagonist Honor Harrington. . . . Weber is the Tom Clancy of science fiction. . . . His fans will relish this latest installment. . . ."--Publishers Weekly "[E]ach book contains food for multiple tastes [and] provides a feast. Readers . . . will get enough hardware-geek stuff and space battles to make their palms sweaty. Those who love political intrigue will nigh have their brains explode from following all the tentacles of strategy. . . .Those who love fully drawn characters with everything at stake . . . will have lots to cheer about. And those who love bad guys committing atrocious deeds, only to get what they deserve from the good guys, will sleep contentedly at night because justice has been served. Uncompromising Honor provide[s] a long, luxurious trip. . . [that is] emotionally and intellectually gratifying. . ."--New York Journal of Books-West "Weber''s books [are] enjoyable as fiction and profound as works of art. . . . [in them] great power competition makes its way into the space age on a galactic scale. . . . Battles are described in vivid, suspenseful detail. . . . both sides grapple to do their duty as they understand it . . . [and] it is the human touches that make this book so gripping. . . . Weber''s fans will greatly enjoy Uncompromising Honor [and be left] eagerly awaiting the next installment of this magnificent series."--Mark Vandroff, Center for International Maritime Security   About Shadow of Freedom, #18 in the Honor Harrington series: "This entry is just as exciting as Weber''s initial offering. . . .The result is a fast-paced and action-packed story that follows [our characters] as they move from reaction to command of the situation. Weber builds Shadow of Freedom to an exciting and unexpected climax."--Daily News of Galveston About Mission of Honor, #13 in the Honor Harrington series: "Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in this long-awaited Honor Harrington novel...Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action."-Publishers Weekly "This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point...Readers may feel confident that they will be Honored many more times and enjoy it every time."-Booklist About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series: ". . .everything you could want in a heroine .... Excellent ... plenty of action."-Science Fiction Age "Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!"-Anne McCaffrey "Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure."-Locus "Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice . . ."-Publishers Weekly Honor Harrington Main Series:  On Basilisk Station The Honor of the Queen  The Short Victorious War Field of Dishonor Flag in Exile  Honor Among Enemies In Enemy Hands  Echoes of Honor  Ashes of Victory  War of Honor  The Shadow of Saganami  At All Costs  Storm from the Shadows  Mission of Honor  A Rising Thunder  Shadow of Freedom Uncompromising Honor… (more)
Title:Uncompromising Honor (19) (Honor Harrington)
Authors:David Weber (Author)
Info:Baen (2019), Edition: Reprint, 1120 pages
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So it is the end of an era. Honor has ended this phase of the war, the open war, the shooting war. The price has been high for all sides and much will change in the future. The hidden war with the Alignment is still on and will be carried forward by the next generation. My only complaint is the length of the book, would have preferred 2 books instead. ( )
  bgknighton | Nov 17, 2019 |
The enormous blurb of this book reflects fairly well on the book itself. Too many words. The book is perhaps not huge but at 961 pages it is definitely big. Unfortunately the book would be better with a lot of the words removed. I used to really like Honor Harrington as well as a lot of the other works from David Weber. Unfortunately his later works consists of a lot of talk, talk more talk and not enough real action by the characters involved.

The writing of David Weber is undeniably good but nowadays he seems to focus on all the wrong things, or at least not things that I want to see in a military space opera. I do not think Honor herself is in more than 25% of the book. Come on! It is a Honor Harrington book for Christ sake, not a spin-off.

The main story arc of the Solarian League against the Star Kingdom of Manticore continues and we have now passed from sneaky (and cowardly) subversion tactics to outright war. As the blurb states, the corrupt Mandarins of the League do not hesitate to kill civilians with weapons of mass destruction so the stakes are rather and obviously quite a lot of the military action is spent to prevent said destruction.

There are a few quite good, and massive, space battles in the book. On these pages David Weber shows that he is still very good at writing these kind of things. However, half way through the book even Weber’s good writing could not stop me from thinking, get on with it already. There is just so much talk, politics and sub-plots between various characters that it is maddening.

One thing that raised my hopes for this book was this sentence in the blurb: “The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake.“. Unfortunately I would consider this a load of BS. As a matter of fact, to me, it felt like Weber suddenly just decided he wanted to finish the book and rushed to end it. The ending is nothing of the climax I hoped it to be and somewhat unrealistic as well. What was supposed to be the big Harrington-bringing-Hell-to-the-Solarian-League felt more like a sizzle.

If it was not for the fact that Weber does write very well even though, as I wrote, he spends a lot of words on the wrong things I would have considered this book as sub-par. As it is I consider it okay(ish). ( )
  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
Another part of the epic story of Honor Harrington and the Honorverse. As the author states in the afterword, this story closes a few story arcs. There is a lot of story in this book. An obvious must read if you have read the series and it doesn't disappoint. The author at least hints at possible future chapters as this one closes on the main story line. ( )
  scmerritt | Mar 5, 2019 |
Very good entry in the series with lots of action. A bit predictable towards the end and an ending that felt too easy after all those struggles, but overall very enjoyable. ( )
  Guide2 | Dec 23, 2018 |
The book takes the plot forward and closes out large parts of the plot. The problem is that it tries to make each situation come alive in 50 pages. Then does it again and again. Introducing characters one knows will have minimal impact on the overall story. In many ways it felt like many short novels strung together to a long book. Due to that I often found myself skimming while reading. Entire sections showed a scene that has no impact on the book and one could easily tell that while reading it.

I liked the book but would likely have liked it more if they cut out 200 pages from it and made it a more focused story, Especially the last third had impact and was interesting. ( )
  Sosseres | Dec 1, 2018 |
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