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Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington #5)

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Struggling to deal with her lover's murder and a forced retirement, Captain Honor Harrington assumes the role of Steadholder on the planet Grayson, but a threatening uprising calls her back into duty as head of the Grayson Navy. Originally in paperback.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Baen (first published September 27th 1995)
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Mr. Matt
I have a love/hate relationship with the Honor Harrington books. Why do I like them? Massive space battles and lots of action. Why do I want to throw them across the room? Almost everything else. OK. Maybe that's a little harsh, but still ... Flag in Exile is more of the same.

Honor Harrington is left to cool her heels on Grayson. She is exiled from Manticore and reduced to half pay. For her, the war is over. But events conspire to keep her busy. Reactionary conservatives on Grayson who can't ima
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is the fifth in the series. I read these 5 back to back and do plan to follow up with the next...though not right away.

I had some gripes with this one, as I did with the last (Field of Dishonor). The plots are quite similar and the flaws I noted in the last (or what I found to be flaws) are present here to.

I think that some of the reactions we get from Honor in this volume don't ring true to the character as established. This is of course one of those cases where you'll want to read the boo
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Jim
Another fun adventure. Poor old Honor is pushed to the max this time & it was well done. Info dumps got pretty old, though.

While my library has more of the series in audio, they're missing the next 3, so I'm going to quit listening to the series now. 6 were plenty, but it was a fun romp even though I'd read them all in paper before. There weren't any surprises, but it was still fun. Congrats to Weber for creating such heroine.
Shaun Thomas
At this rate, I may actually finish the Honor Harrington series before the heat death of the universe. Having just finished Flag in Exile by David Weber only fifteen years late, I think I'm getting the hang of this series.

Though a friend at work recommended the series, and due to the length, I was suspicious it would be throw-away pulp; I'm willing to admit now that that my fears were mostly unwarranted. Weber clearly enjoys the universe he constructed, and has spent significant time developing
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James
This fifth book felt like a return to to the promise of the early series for David Weber. With her lover murdered in the previous novel, and her own exile from Manticore as a direct response to the resulting duel, Flag in Exile leaves Honor heartbroken and moping about on her steading on Grayson. With the rising of hostilities between Manticore and Haven, it's only a matter of time before the ships protecting Grayson have to be redeployed. Grayson will no doubt need a new leader for their own f ...more
Jim
This book is dedicated to Roger Zelazny. I guess he died about the time it was originally published.

More of the same as the rest of the series. I don't recall that the info dumps were terrible in this one & it was fun. Honor ascends to new levels, of course. Fun.
Nicolas
This series has always had it's faults, but to me it's getting to a point where the bad outweighs the good. My biggest complaint is the amount of time devoted to the backstories and viewpoints of minor, mostly irrelevant characters. It really bogs down the narrative and ruins the pace. A good editor could solve this problem pretty easily because so much of it really is superfluous information. (Plus it gets melodramatic very quickly.) Another big problem lies in the character of Honor. The first ...more
Allan
Flag in Exile is the fifth book in the popular, Honor Harrington series, by David Weber. This is the second book of the series set primarily on the planet Grayson. Unlike The Honor of the Queen, Honor is not a stranger to the planet. She is one of its nobles and has been accepted whole-heartedly by her subjects.

Unfortunately, not everyone on the planet accepts her. Grayson is a patriarchal society; women are viewed as less than capable to perform tasks that are solely the domain of men such as m
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Guy
The fifth book in the "Honor Harrington" series is just as good as the others. I'm genuinely interested in what is happening in the universe of the series... both on a personal and on a political level. Despite now having read five books in five days... no signs of boredom yet.
Ron
The proportion of historic data dump to new material is growing, but his book actually had a story . . . and a good one. Giving Weber the benefit of my previous downgrade.

Written as it was, just prior to the Oklahoma City bombing, this tale's tragedy is all the more poignant.
Dana Stabenow
"Your Grace," she said, "I have only one question. Do you wish this man crippled, or dead?"

This may be the best so far of Weber's Honor Harrington space buckle-and-swash series. Exiled in disgrace, Honor takes up her post as Steadholder of Grayson, but a Woman In Charge is a very new thing on her adopted planet and not everyone thinks her presence there is a good idea. The covert battle between new and old culminates in a face-off between Honor and the bad guy with big-ass swords. And then she h
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Ed
#5 in the Honor Harrington series. The complex Honor Harrington universe continues to develop, making the series stand out in the ranks of military science fiction. A nice development is bringing back Captain Wu, formerly of the Havenite forces defeated by Honor in The Honor of the Queen (1993). I'll quibble by complaining about the amount of angst shown by Honor in this volume. I'll buy that her anguish over the death of her lover in the previous book Field of Dishonor (1994) and her uncertaint ...more
Jamie
This is really enjoyable space opera. There's never any doubt that Honor will win the battle and destroy her enemies, but the climax is no less enjoyable for that certainty. The body count is always high and the author isn't afraid to kill off characters you've become attached to, so there is a nice amount of tension concerning who will survive each round.

The Honor-worship does get a little thick sometimes, particularly in the early part of this book. While she is not as morose as Horatio Hornbl
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Jeff Crosby
After a long hiatus, Field of Dishonor drew me back into this series. The resulotion of that novel drew me quickly into Flag in Exile. I was not disappointed. While I found some of the dome construction detail and religious fanaticism a little distracting, all other elements of this story kept my interest. At the same time, I found most of the book predictable, but that added to the pleasure.
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
The series is taking on a rather sameness at this point, with the books becoming more and more indistinguishable. Honor's enemies hate her due to their own class/religious bigotry. Honor's enemies plot against her, but the plot goes awry and kills a bunch of innocent bystanders/friends. Honor's enemies underestimate her in some personal confrontation. Honor wins a huge space battle despite overwhelming odds. Between the plot rut and the more-and-more overt political leanings of the author, I may ...more
Jim
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Here comes Honor Harrington again, and her entire crew of fans will man the yards to cheer. In her fifth adventure, she is trying to overcome self-doubts about her competence, grief over her lover's murder (despite having splendidly avenged it), and the barriers to a woman's being an effective feudal ruler on the fiercely patriarchal planet of Grayson. She is making headway when a Havenite fleet shows up, bent on the destruction of Grayson, and she must go back into space as an ad

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Pat
The fact that I have continued to read five books into the series speaks volumes for the sincerity of his interesting and likable main characters, his ingenious plots, series continuity, exciting and complex action, and his imagining of a meticulously invented, extraordinary universe.

However, I find it impossible to give this book four stars as I have the others as I am no longer able to overlook his interminable and often redundant historical, political, and technical exposition. And, as in th
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Helen
When I'd read to 50% the story began improving tremendously and I enjoyed it from that point to about 87%. The ending was okay with info-dump sections, the beginning just lasted for so long.

I noticed that as Honor had killed Lord Pavell in the last novel she was given a new enemy Lord in this novel. Boring!

I don't think I can face the next part, too much plod for not enough adventure.
Oni
Lady Harrington is on exile. Not because of her fault of course, but when you do everything straight, it is guaranteed that you are not going to make everybody happy. So, she is on half-pay (meaning she is stripped from the command), and fortunately the there is a chance to fill in her office in Grayson. So, Grayson it is...

Now, she is involved with all the politics of Grayson. Even though the Masadan conflict is over, there is no guarantee at all that she will meet no opposition. Beside holding
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Richard Radgoski
This book needs to be read in conjuncture with the earlier books. So much information is dependent upon events that went before, the reader would miss a significant amount of the emotional impact by not reading those previous books.

This book suffers somewhat in two ways. First, our hero is off screen more than the other books. In most cases, the secondary characters carry the story, but if anyone is like me, It's Honor I want to read, not these other characters. Second, much of the action occurs
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Mary
Book 5 in the Honor Harrington series.

In trouble with the Manticoran politicos, Honor decides to go to Grayson and manage her steading (town). But, even though the people of Grayson owe Harrington their lives, a few bad apples are disgusted by the changes her presence is having on the conservative Graysons. So, they decide to sabotage Honor and her people. But the people of Harrington Steading love Honor and are willing to fight back.

This is one of my favorite books in the Honor Harrington seri
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T.L. Evans
Flag in Exile is David Weber's fifth book in his long lived Honor Harrington series and focuses on the ramifications of her actions at the end of the last book. It simultaneously builds more of the political and social background of the 'Honorverse.' While there are significant personal and political events that occur in this story, this novel also manages to return to the realm of space combat that is the heart and soul of this series. To that end, it is an enjoyable read to anyone who likes th ...more
Mayank Agarwal
Another solid Honor Harrington book having the typical David Webers pros and cons - too much info dump in a great plot full of twist, tragedy & action.

The first 100 odd pages were just plain boring with too much self brooding by Honor. Ones the plot picks up and with the political and military intrigue it's fun ending with a high.

I have been reading the books in chronological order and at last felt the story and plot seem to recycled from his earlier book. Still it's very enjoyable as i re
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Brad
I've been tempted to give an Honor Harrington installment 4 stars before but haven't because, other than weapons, they lack a lot of SF technology and the books seem predictable or formulaic at times. Worse, the character of Honor can be considered an ideal. She is someone that doesn't behave or think like a real person would but like one wishes real people behaved and thought. The writing is solid but has some flaws. Weber has a habit of trading off character identification with name, title, ra ...more
David
Probably one of my least favorite of the Honor Harrington series. Picking up about 9 months after the previous book, this one goes back to Grayson, but the focus on the politics there is not as interesting as the first time around and there is a lack of action in the story. You do get updates on some of the minor characters. I think one of my biggest complaints is that Weber loves too much putting her in situations where she has to put her whole command up to be sacrificed. I understand that the ...more
Michael Burnam-fink
Hounded from Manticore in the wake of Field of Dishonor, Honor has landed on Grayson, to grieve, heal, and take up her new responsibilities as Steadholder Harrington. But not all is well on Grayson, and Protector Benjamin's reforms have provoked a powerful conservative reaction. Honor is the target of a massive conspiracy to set Grayson back to the bad old days, and of course the Peeps are up to their usual military tricks.

There are moments in this book that really work-everything from the assa
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Cristie
I had been really enjoying the series up until this point, and I still liked this book enough to finish it, but I had to work at it after the first half. A few things particularly bothered me:

1) There was a lot of "telling not showing." I felt like I kept being told how upset and hurt and depressed and fragile (etc. etc. etc.) Honor was, but it never really came through in her character's actions. And the telling went on and on and on... It seemed like Weber wanted to show how she was imperfect,
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Gordon
Verging on 4 stars - indeed looking at my previous Honor ratings it probably is, or else I rated Field of Dishonor too highly.

A very enjoyable Honor read; not too leaden with distraught Honor psycho babble and pathos. Although the book followed a general extended build to a multiple (!) climax the story trundles along quite well with no real sense of dragging (the length of time I took to read it was more based on my time than the book's speed).

Weber's trying to make some sort of comment about p
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Cheryl
I'm not sure what it is about David Weber's story telling style that keeps you reading. It's very dry, very exposition-y... but still, once you get sucked into Honor's life, you have to keep reading.

The book certainly takes you on a wild ride. It picks up several months (8 or more) after the last let off, with Honor as a steadholder on Grayson, recovery from Paul's death. At the same time, the Peeps are moving, and war is spreading through Manti space.

Once the action got started this book was pu
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***Dave Hill
One thing Weber deserves credit for is introducing the "good guy bad guy" character amidst his morality plays. It would be easy for all the Peeps to have twirling black mustachios and meld evil and stupidity into clay pigeon opponents. Instead, in a long-standing tradition of military history, Honor faces not just fiends from the Pit, but honorable enemies, of the "under other circumstances we could have been friends" sort, as more interesting and plausible adversaries (and, in future volumes, o ...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.

One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name
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