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Preview — Storm from the Shadows by David Weber
Storm from the Shadows (Honorverse: Saganami Island #2)
Big book, interesting developments in the Honor-verse plot-lines, but filled with stylistic and writerly choices that really depress me. Most of the book reads like a series of reports, not characters moving through a story. New characters are name-checked and have one physical attribute and one psychological attribute attached to them immed ...more
Finally, chronologically at least, this book shows a bit of the post Manticore battle, but from Mike Henke's (and the fleet in the Talbot cluster).
As such, SftS follows Mike Henke through her capture by Haven, parole and then deployment to the Talbott Cluster. Mike, and the other characters presented are written well, though they tend to self-monologue a bit too much for my tas ...more
It's a side story of the Honor Harrington Universe. Honor's friend, the Admiral Lady Michelle Henke has been captured by the enemy and then returned in a prisoner of war exchange. But in the exchange the two sides make an agreement that Henke will not return to ...more
Al the characters are familiar from previous books and this entire book feels like an effort to get them into the right places for the next story arc with the bad guy's changing to be "the alignment"
Almost all of the big events in the book actually happen in other books and it's hard to escape the feeling that the entire cast of this book are sitting in the wings waiting to be cool.
Feel free to skip this book until the 3rd book in this arc is available. Reading the follow u ...more
This splendid continuation of the Honor Harrington saga takes its departure from both The Shadow of Saganami (2004) and At All Costs (2005). The Mantie commander on the spot (very much so, since she begins the novel as a Havenite POW) is Honor’s old subordinate, now an admiral, Michelle Henke. She is paroled to take home a proposal for peace talks between Manticore and Haven. In rapid succession, a Mantie officer attacks a planet protected by the Solarian League that is actually a
I was very frustrated by the narrator, however. His pronunciation of some major players and place names differed from Allyson Johnson's and that was distracting. He also made a l ...more
With that I will up my rating too, based on Good ...more
Weber's writing has improved as the story is better paced and we don't get dragged down with too much repetition or tech dump. Although most parts of the starting 200 pages can be skipped as it shows a different view of what happened in At All Cost.
I haven't enjoyed the last few books in Honorverse,while they have had gr ...more
So we know governments have meetings to discuss things. And that they engage in small talk. I hope you like that, since every bit of a meeting is discussed. Who attends, what they do, how they got the job, what their secret thoughts of, what their middle name is, when they pick their nose... That is t ...more
The story here largely follows Mike Henke, who hasn't really gotten much attention as a character except for some passing mentions in mainline Honor. She's a very capable character, and the supporting cast around her are interesting as well. Henke is quite aware that she's not Honor, but she finds herself in quite difficult si ...more
I have really enjoyed all of Weber's Honorverse books as well as some of his other titles, up until now. This book was awful. Unfortunately it would be difficult to give examples of why this book didn't work without giving out spoilers but I will do my best. He stated in the introduction that part of the book would be retelling events in other books from different character's perspectives... a ...more
The thing that bugged me most about this particular performance is the dr ...more
This book dragged more than most of the Honor Harrington books. It felt like more "telling" an ...more
That was my 1 star review from April 2009.
What a difference a year makes:
I gave this book another go after I f ...more
In some ways this is true. If you only read books to get the "exciting" parts but hate getting there, you might not like this book at all. But, on the other hand, if you love the world building plus fleshing out par ...more
Weber's Honor Harrington series keeps expanding, introducing new characters and bringing back others, allowing readers a glimpse into all their lives. I don't know how he manages it, but Weber has kept me hooked and eager for more, despite being 16 books into the ...more
That never happened with this book. I ha ...more
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Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name ...more