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Storm from the Shadows (Honorverse: Saganami Island #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,556 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle�s ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prison ...more
Hardcover, 755 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Baen (first published March 1st 2009)
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David
I own many of Weber's earlier efforts. This one was a library read which pretty much confirms my assessment of what's gone wrong with Weber's writing lately.

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
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Cheryl
I went back to pick up the two trilogies woven around the main Honor series, so I'm still working my way through these to get to Mission of Honor - mainly because after At All Costs, I really wanted the repercussions of the Battle of Manticore, and when I started Mission of Honor, they were discussing another battle... so I had to work backwards.

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).

This
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Jesse
Aug 03, 2011 Jesse added it
Storm from the Shadows is the sequel to the "Shadow of Saganami" story arc in the Honorverse. Weber has chosen (and explains in the Forward) that he will be telling the same events from different angles through the three story arcs (Honor, Saganami, Crown of Slaves).

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
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Alex
Yet another David Weber novel, "Storm from the Shadows". I'm still waiting for the sequel to "A Rising Thunder" (and I'll probably wait for a while since Weber came out with a fantasy novel this year) so I thought I'd check this one out.

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
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John Christensen
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Vickey Foggin
This was a terribly repetitive drag. Read as one dimensional characters in far flung areas of the Talbot Cluster are gradually informed of exciting things that happened in other books. Read on as they have meetings to exhaustively discuss those things. Then read on some more as they summarise those meetings to people that couldn't make it. Every time I read "Let me explain" I wanted to cry. The only interesting scenes are battles covered at length elsewhere so you already know the outcome and I ...more
Jimmy
It's a betweener book.
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
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Jim
From Booklist

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

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Dionis
I really enjoyed hearing some other character's "voices" in this volume, and it was interesting to revisit events that had happened in the main story arc from another viewpoint. There were points were it seemed a little choppy, as if we were jumping from one thing to another too fast, but overall, it was very enjoyable.

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
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Calisto
I love the Honorverse, really and I've learned to really enjoy the way David Weber writes (backstory maniac/cast of millions/wordy mcwordysmither), but this one was at times a chore to read. Especially then the first 300 pages is just going through things we know have happened already and it wasn't giving us anything that was critical to know from a dif POV. I wanted more of the battles and aftermaths. I wanted more about our beloved Manties and an editor that would be a little less indulgent of ...more
David Lanyon
Update to initial review after finishing - I have really enjoyed the series and on advice to stay the course, I kept going. I will say that the book did pick up and move forward in the later portions, which definitely improved my overall appreciation of the book. I still stand by my initial review and say that the early portions are over burdened with discussion. Unfortunately he (Weber) continues this trend in later books, although not as heavily.

With that I will up my rating too, based on Good
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Mayank Agarwal
A good Honorverse book. The plot is intense and at last we get to see the major involvement from Mesa and Solly. It's fresh as it's entering a new ball game with higher stakes.

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
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JBradford
I have just finished reviewing another book, and in that review I stipulated once again that I tried to apply the star ratings on a bell-shaped curve, which means that most books fall within the 3-star category. I have to go a little higher on this one, even though it is a science fiction space opera novel, because it is just too good to be lumped with most books. It turns out that this is the 14th in a series; I have read a couple of the earlier books in the past, even though I very much dislik ...more
D.w.
Thank goodness for not having an income and not paying for this book at list price. How do you turn a 200 page story into 730 pages of Blather? Ask David Weber. He is becoming the master of Blather.

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
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Carl Bussema
Chronology: SPOILS: Honor 11 (At All Costs). CONTINUED IN: Honor 12 (Storm ends on a cliffhanger resolved in Honor 12). See further notes below, as the time frame is broad.

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
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Theo
Unfortunately my first review didn't "save" so this one will probably be quicker and less thought out...

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
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Robin
The story itself was fine and very typical of the series. However, a different narrator was used for this book than was used in previous books. I didn't mind the switch from a female voice to a male voice, since this isn't really an Honor book; it's just set in the Honorverse. I have listened to all of the books in sequence, starting with Basilisk Station and have to say that I enjoyed the performance of this one the least.

The thing that bugged me most about this particular performance is the dr
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Liviu
Having the opportunity to read what seems to be the final draft of this one, the 14th novel in the Honor Harrington saga which is the series in which I expect the most eagerly the next book - having it followed since its first installments 14 years or so ago - I have to say that for once Mr. Weber - true to his word and warning since this latest installment will consist of 3 novels that run in parallel with the last one presumably solving the situation - ends with a huge cliffhanger that almost ...more
Julia
Re-read this as background for some of the later Honorverse novels, since I didn't remember who had done what when. (view spoiler)

This book dragged more than most of the Honor Harrington books. It felt like more "telling" an
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Barbara
Very sad to admit that one of my favorite authors has crossed over into the "I'll just skim this one, maybe" territory. But this book falls into that category. It covers the same ground (from a different view point) as At All Costs (another one I just skimmed). I'm sorry Mr. Weber, but, IMHO, you have dragged the Honor Harrington series on just a little too long. I no longer really care.
That was my 1 star review from April 2009.

What a difference a year makes:
I gave this book another go after I f
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Cameron
This is one of those books that took me a while to get caught up in. But once I did, I was hooked. I read several reviews that pointed out how this book was basically a fluff book with a cliffhanger ending. *** Qualifier - I listened to the audio version which may have tainted me ***
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
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Lizabeth Tucker
Set in Weber's Honorverse, this book follows Read Admiral Michelle "Mike" Henke as she is captured by Haven, paroled to take a peace message to the Queen and promoted before moving to protect new members of the Kingdom from the Sollies.

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
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Chuck
I think this is, by far, the least effective of Weber's novels (and I will say that I am a HUGE David Weber fan). Very little action, a great deal of political machination, and thousands of words about how hypothetical warheads work. I kept waiting for the book to get exciting and for the 'payoff' scenes because, in every other Weber novel I've read, even if there's been a slow start, there's a point at which I get into the book and just HAVE to finish it.

That never happened with this book. I ha
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Peter
David Weber's space navy series about Honor Harrington is quite popular, and if you read the first book you'll know that much of that popularity is well-deserved. However, the rest of the dozen-or-so books in the series get to be quite repetitive, and the quality goes downhill while the page count climbs. Storm from the Shadows is unquestionably the worst book in this series that I have read so far. The narrative takes long detours into technical data or background information that neither moves ...more
David Johnston
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Deianaera
Mar 18, 2009 Deianaera rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who already want to read it
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Roberta
I will say that if you love the series and want a conclusion to a story, you might want to wait to read this one. The book has a HUGE cliffhanger ending. All that being said, I enjoyed the book, but 732 pages and no clear ending in sight is more than a little annoying. Also, it is difficult to keep track of his characters, his info dumps are right in the middle on conversations as thoughts that a character is having, and I truly hope that when this plot arc ends that it isn't as Honor swoops in ...more
Matt
Someone needs to tell either Weber or his editors that the book could be a whole lot thinner (and easier to carry/handle) if they would just use A SMALLER FONT!!! And Weber needs to be told to cut way back on the pages and pages of strategy confabs between characters and the endless missile-tech neepery. This book took me two whole weeks to slog through, reading at every possible opportune moment while awake. If the next Honor-starring novel, MISSION OF HONOR, is like this (and the back-of-book ...more
Nick
This book might get a fifth star but for the fact that the author has painted himself into a corner, and is now having to scramble to get out of it. The menaces that the good guys now face are just a little bit too big, a legitimate result of the previous books, and that is a problem. The cliffhanger ending of this volume is not out of line with the others in the series, but in this case leaves ALL of the plot threads to be wrapped up in later volumes, which is less than completely satisfying.
As
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Guy
Excellent as always, but not quite perfect due to the unfortunate decision to retell quite a few scenes, albeit from a different perspective, that have already appeared in previous books ("Saganami" and "At all Costs"). Despite the claims of the author in his introduction (i.e., that the duplicate scenes were needed to establish additional characters) I suspect that the real decision to do so was triggered by the publisher's desire to produce a stand-alone book that did not require the reader to ...more
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

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.

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