Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mission of Honor, by David Weber


Years ago my stepfather-in-law lent me the first book in the Honor Harrington series and I was hooked. Many volumes later, I still am. Political intrigue abounds, and war breaks out on several fronts. The Solarian League picks a fight with Manticore only to discover they are at a staggering technological disadvantage. Manticore is trying to make peace with Haven to avoid a multi-front war, but is surprised by a sneak attack on their home world. Haven is on the edge of complete collapse, but a faction of politicians is stalling the peace talks trying to extract personal concessions. And a previously secret cabal that has been manipulating all the players into battling each other is finally exposed. A nice twist that builds well on previous novels, Weber is moving into more of a plot-driven phase rather than character-driven. While Honor is undeniably a main participant, instead of revolving around her at a personal level the story expands to a larger geopolitical scale. The cliffhanger at the end is a game-changer, and will certainly lead to exciting future volumes.

First Sentence:
Any dictionary editor stymied for an illustration of the word “paralyzed” would have pounced on him in an instant.

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