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Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington #4)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  11,109 ratings  ·  230 reviews
The People's Republic of Haven's sneak attack on the Kingdom of Manticore has failed. The Peeps are in disarray, their leaders fighting for power in bloody revolution, and the Royal Manticoran Navy stands victorious.

But Manticore has domestic problems of its own, and success can be more treacherous than defeat for Honor Harrington. Now, trapped at the core of a political c
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Baen (first published April 1st 1999)
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is the fourth in the Honor Harrington series and it was the weakest (in my opinion) to this point. I have now finished this and the fifth. I stayed with the 4 star rating but it again makes me wish for a half star system or a 10 star system. I've rated it the same as the others, but I'd say where they were a 4 this is a 3.5.

There was a lot more of what I call the "yawn factor" in this one. I skipped through a lot of Honor's "vacation" and the (seemingly) interminable flashback(s) of her, "e
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Mr. Matt
Field of Dishonor picks up the action right where The Short Victorious Ware left things. Manticore has won the first round against Haven. Harrington and her ship return to the home world for refitting - and to deliver Pavel Young to justice.

In the last book he lost his nerve under fire. Now he has to face the consequences. Harrington's nemesis is to be tried for cowardice in the face of the enemy. At the same time Harrington is to be heaped with honors. Pavel seethes with fury at his destruction
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Zachary
After reading this book I realized that The Short Victorious War was just a prelude to what Weber wanted to do here. While Harrington was barely a player in that novel, she is the center of this one. And while all the other novels of this series have indulged in a large amount of militaristic (as well as political) strategy , this focuses on the character development of Honor Harrington herself more than any other portion of the series I have read yet.

It is a story of loss and dealing with that
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Per Gunnar
Given the title and the short description this is really not a surprise but I did not like this book in the Harrington series. I mostly read this one since I didn't want to skip a book in the series.

The entire book revolves around political bullshit and vendettas. It's more or less all planet-bound. No ship action at all. The only positive part is that the bratty coward of a ship captain (those who read it knows who I mean) finally bites the dust at the end.

I will not give it a one-star since th
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Jim
Oh, this is fun. I knew what was coming, but it was still well done. These books are formulaic: Honor gets into the trick bag through no fault of her own, sticks to her guns despite pressure otherwise, & goes on to kick ass. She doesn't always come out fully on top & has picked up an impressive set of lumps, but she always triumphs. Cool.

Weber still insists on info dumping background info. Characters suddenly muse to fill us in. 10 minutes is a LONG freaking time & really makes me ap
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James
The book is something of a slow starter, and if you're expecting lots of military SF type action you'd probably argue that it never really picks up either. But, it didn't seem to be a problem. David Weber seems to be making a play to move out of this series being exclusively military SF and into more of a 'thriller' type novel. He doesn't quite manage it – you don't ever doubt who the bad guy is; or that Honor will get her man – it's not trying to be a 'whodunit' either. In fact, it feels very m ...more
Ron
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Chris
There is Mary Sue. There is Marty Sue. What type of Sue is it when the author is male and the character female?


This isn't a bad book and it is somewhat intersting. It's just I wish everyone in the book would stop telling me how wonderful Honor is. And I'm sorry, the whole relationship thing didn't quite work for me.
Troy G
This is the best of the Honor Harrington novels up to this point. I haven't read the rest yet, but this book gave me enough hope to.

Gone for the most part is the obsession of David Weber on Honor' gender. The undercurrent mantra of the first three books, "But She's a WOMAN!" Unfortunately, gone too is the space warfare that put David Weber on the Map with his outstanding Starfire novels. Replacing fleet strategic warfare is dueling pistols.

Diminished was the pristine perfection of Honor Harring
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Anila
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TGM
Awful, this is where I am going to drop the series. It's as well written as always, in that it is a pretty easy read, a good, light page turner but...my god. The plot is awful. This book reads like a hurt/comfort fanfiction. It was honestly hard to finish this one with how awful the characterization was. It's not so much that Honor is miraculously amazing at things she has no business being amazing at (though that part is a bit irksome), it's how after every thing she does wrong there is a unive ...more
Tim
Jul 02, 2012 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I really enjoyed this. It follows directly on from the previous entry in the series, but the plot moves largely ground-side and becomes a story of politics, justice and revenge. It's easy to criticize; many of the characters are still caricatures, David Weber's attempts to convey emotional depth are pretty clunky, and (technically a spoiler but so painfully obvious it hardly counts) many of the characters only seem to be introduced in order to die before we get attached to them. But I got sucked ...more
Mark
This book avoids the military situations that made the previous books good, and predictably falls on it's face. If you though the "character development" of the previous books was actually convincing then you might like this book, otherwise avoid it.

Oh, and the main character is now not only a tactical genius and a hand-to-hand expert, she is now also the best pilot in the military and, after a few days practice, the best duelist anywhere. I'm betting her chili wins first place at the country fa
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Michael Burnam-fink
Hey, you got character development in my military scifi, and it's actually pretty good!

Fresh from the victory at Hancock Station, things couldn't be going better for Honor. She's a hero, she's in love, and her nemesis is finally getting what's due to him, with a court-martial for cowardice and desertion in the face of the enemy. But being a protagonist comes with a heavy price. Honor's love Paul is killed in a duel arranged by the villanous Pavel Young, and Honor sacrifices everything to get her
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David Lanyon
My Favorite So Far!

The fourth book in the series and I have to say that it is my favorite. While the space combat is lacking compare to the first three, that is a good thing. Weber used a similar formula for the stories of the first three, for this one he sets that aside. There is plenty of action to liven things up, but there is also less technical details to bog it down. The story is more heavily focused on Honor growing as a person and dealing with attacks on a more personal level - versus on
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Brian Surratt
Probably one of my favorite books in the series so far. But I would probably hate this story if it were adapted to a big budget Hollywood movie. They would down play the political positioning and over do the emotional moments. And the 15 seconds of gun play would go on for 5 minutes.

By I think Weber continues to do a good job balancing the 7-foot-tall-amazon-ship's-captain-still-an-outsider aspect of the character with the development of the human being underneath that military veneer.

The one
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Jim
From Booklist

The fourth Honor Harrington novel is definitely the best in this increasingly popular military-sf series. Honor's old nemesis, Pavel Young, takes revenge on her for having him dismissed from the navy by hiring a duelist to kill her lover. This swiftly brings upon him a dire and vividly described fate, which puts Honor on half-pay on the planet Grayson, where she is a feudal magnate. Honor has always been as much a descendant of the Superperson as of C. S. Forester's very human Hor

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Senzanom
A decent entry in the Honor Harrington series, though a little light on action. The book focuses mainly on character development, naval policy, and politics, which can come off a bit dry at points.

Weber continues to build up the character of Honor, adding more skills and abilities as needed, which many criticize, though a review of the past books (and this one) show she still takes her fair share of knocks.

The book is well-paced, and a quick read, but you may find yourself tempted to skim parts.
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Karen Forrester
I don't normally like military science fiction. This series was recommended to me as having well-developed characters, including a female protagonist, and good story lines. No question David Weber is a great character builder. I got hooked on Honor on the first book. He tells a good enough story that I'm willing to skim over what to me is boring, military techno-babble. I would rate the first book and this book as my all-time favorites in the series. In both cases, it's because they had the leas ...more
Lady
This has got to be the best book in this series so far.

Honor Harrington has been given command of the shiny new sports car of the Manticoran Fleet, the Nike; just as the Peeps finally push the war they've been threatening forever; just as a Glorious Revolution hits the People's Republic. Add to that a major conflict with an old enemy (SPOILER) that results in a death scene as satisfying as that of Joffrey Baratheon, and all of Honor's future and the fate of the Star Kingdom in the balance, and y
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John
Again, a book where if you enjoyed the first entry (On Basilisk Station) then you'll probably enjoy this one, too. Start there if you haven't. Personally, I have a weakness for fast-paced military fiction and I'm British, so Weber's novels appeal to me on a couple of different levels. Weber's novels share the old-fashioned etiquette-in-space angle of the Lois McMaster Bujold novels, but are obviously centred around Britain-in-space – there is Queen Elizabeth III and a House of Lords, for instanc ...more
John Strohm
If you start reading at Chapter 18, this is a halfway-decent book. While different from the first few books in the series, the plot moves along reasonably well and comes to a satisfying conclusion.

But if you read the first 17 chapters, you will hate this. Most likely you'll stop after chapter 4 or 5, when the endless pages of innane political debate and characters making speeches get to you. The first part of this book is simply terrible, with almost everything that's bad about sci-fi present in
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James Lester
Like many other readers I feel Weber creates great space battles in his stories, none of which were in this installment. He apparently wears his political stance on his sleeve and allows it bleed into the work as well. And really, I feel like the narrative around Honor is reaching obsessed sycophant level. It's as if Honor is Weber's ideal woman and the stories around her are more about an artist's love affair with his creation. When a character continues to overcome, grow and find the benefit i ...more
Mayank Agarwal
This is probably the only Military Sci-Fi novel without any military action instead we see a lot of court action ending with western style dueling. Infact it's safe to say it's not a Sci-Fi, more of a character development/driven novel

The best Honor Harrington i have read till now. This is simply because unlike the previous books in the series their is no excess dump of military/sci-fi data or a parallel non-interesting story line. This story totally focus on Honor and her nemesis Pavel.

The emo
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Read Ng
A inevitable step in Honor Harrington's storyline progression. It is not tied as closely with the previous stories, so it is a bit stand alone, but you will miss the story line progression if you get out of sync. I was not that happy with the ending, but it is true to the character, so it is logical. I am not as pleased with the minor character development. Some secondary characters just seem too stupid for their own good. I would think twice before continuing the series at this point if I were ...more
Jim
Quick & predictable read, but I loved it all the same. Shows Honor at her best, again.
Grzegorz
Najmocniejszą cechą cyklu jest bardzo dobrze opisana akcja, a w szczególności epickie bitwy statków kosmicznych. Najsłabszą - jednowymiarowe do bólu postacie. Niestety w tej części, akcji jest niewiele, za to bardzo dużo polityki i osobistych przeżyć bohaterki.

Co najbardziej irytujące, to fakt, że wszystkie pozytywne postacie są członkami nieoficjalnego kółka wielbicieli Honor Harrington. Jedni są w nim od początku, innych Honor przekonała swoją genialną osobowością lub niesamowitymi umiejętnośc
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Brad
Weber breaks off from the previous books with Field of Dishonor as the plot doesn't include any kind of military engagement for Harrington. This book reads more like a prequel or sequel and may be considered so as it was published after the next four books in the series. The story is focused on Harrington and Pavel Young following Young's cowardice at the end of The Short and Victorious War. There is a lot more background story and character development, including some well done descriptive and ...more
Oni
The first official conflict between Haven Republic and Manticore Kingdom is resolved with the victory on the Manticoran side. But the conflict is far from being concluded. The political situation in Haven only exacerbates the situation.

This time, there are no big scale battle fought, but the clandestine war is by no means less cruel, if not even crueler. The enmity between Harrington and Lord Pavel Young becomes worse. The rise of Lady Harrington's career and the court-martial of Lord Young will
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John Hill
This series just keeps getting better and better in my opinion.

In this installment of the series, Weber gets away from the naval space battles that I had come to expect from the other novels and delves deeper into the Mantacorian political structure.

I really like that Weber did this because other than a few cowardly side-villans in the previous novels, most of the Manticorians were much the same kind of character. By giving the reader a close up view of the political situation in the Kingdom, We
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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.

One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name
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Other Books in the Series

Honor Harrington (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
  • The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2)
  • The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington, #3)
  • Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington, #5)
  • Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington, #6)
  • In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, #7)
  • Echoes of Honor (Honor Harrington, #8)
  • Ashes of Victory (Honor Harrington, #9)
  • War of Honor (Honor Harrington, #10)
  • At All Costs (Honor Harrington, #11)
On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1) The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2) The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington, #3) Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington, #6) Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington, #5)

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