The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington #3)
The families who rule the People's Republic of Haven are in trouble. The treasury's empty, the Proles are restless, and civil war is imminent.
But the ruling class knows what they need to keep in power; another short, victorious war to unite the people and fill the treasury once more. It's a card they've played often in the last half-century, always ...more
The Honor Harrington books are the book equivalent of big budget Hollywood action flicks. There are gargantuan space battles between the good guys and the bad guys. Think beam weapons, nuclear tipped missiles, and exploding space ships. The Short Vict ...more
Honor's career has moved forward in spite of a few glitches...like the enmity of certain powerful members of the Peerage and some of her superiors who think she's somewhat of ...more
There are still some info dumps, but at least one was shoved into the back as an appendix. Much of the information was contained in the first book & shouldn't have been. I skimmed it, but it's not really needed.
The map in the front of the book is informative - too much so. Don't look at the le ...more
This is the third Honor book that I've and I'm reading them in order. This book isn't bad, it's a little better than okay.
The second book in this series (The Honor of the Queen) looks at a female officer forced to work in a culture where women are second class citzens. In some ways, this book feels like he is going over something similar. This is because everyone who doubts Honor in this book is male and, therefore, either (a) dumb (b) evil or (c) both. Weber seems to want to talk abo ...more
Then the rest of the cast is divided into 3 elements. 1) People who irrationally hate Honor. 2) People who irrationally love Honor. and 3) People who get their butt kick by honor to establish her perfection.
There are some Military Sci Fi ...more
That said, this is where the series ...more
Weber is still a bit repetitious & tends to obscure rather than make points through his use of different units of measurement for acceleration. This is unfortunate, but I just went with it. On to the next after listening to another of London's stories.
More politics in this book too, which provided an interesting backstory. Then of course there are the epic space battles which Weber does so well! A great read overall.
The Short Victorious War is an idea by the People's Republic of Haven to draw Manticore into a war, in order to distract their populace from the unrest and widespread economic and political issues on Haven.
In the beginning, Honor is recovering from a head wound, and is adapting to a new bionic eye. She is called back to duty, and assumes command of the ship Nike as the ...more
The clash in Yeltsin Star has started the conflict between Haven Republic and Manticore Kingdom. The Haven Republic, as always, denied any involvement. But nevertheless the tension is rising.
I am actually glad, because in this novel, we know more about what happened in the Havenite side. It brings more balance to the story, now we know what happened at the other side. The admiralty of Manticoran Navy is also troubled by the deployment of the task for ...more
I only have two complaints.
1) you only witness one of the three major ending battles in the book (not a spoiler, this is a military fantasy book, you know there is going to be a battle)
2) it was hard to keep track of what was going on in Haven.
I just th ...more
We are back shipside after having large portions of the last book with Honor planet bound. It truly is nice to see Harrington back in her element. We get almost as much intrigue here as we did in the previous installment in the series coupled with larger scale space combat.
1. Honor Harrington thrust into difficult situation complicated by politics.
2. Honor thwarts an invasion while overcoming said politics.
Now, I understand these have to be somewhat formulaic, and this book was in fact, enjoyable, so I can't complain excessively here. The real weakness of this book is that it's so short, and Honor plays such a minimal part in the action. I'd almost even call ...more
It was less action-packed than the first two, and the conflict within the members of the Manticore Navy was roughly the same as the first two, but strangely enough, it didn't get old or repetitive. At least, not yet, and ...more
The overall premise of the book (summed up nicely by the summary on the back of the book) is interesting, if not a bit predictable. The People's Republic of Haven, facing a possible revolution by the disgruntled masses, has decided to unite its peopl ...more
As much as I love Honor and her fantastic maneuverings in the world, I am only an Honor Harrington fan. I am not a fan of the deep, introspective musings about the military, talk between random military figures, space ships tech and history that are not directly relevant to the story, and more. And the latter is probably more than 50% of the book. I know, I know. All of those things are what gives this series its signature space-opera-ness an ...more
The archetypically villainous People's Republic of Haven is seeking to divert attention from domestic difficulties by the means indicated in the title. Honor Harrington, commanding a crack ship, plays a steadily increasing and finally decisive role in bringing the Havenite plots to a sticky end. One hopes the third (after On Basilisk Station  and The Honor of the Queen ) is not the last of Weber's tales of Honor Harrington, captain in the navy of the Manticoran Star Ki
In this book, "Dame" Honor is given the honor of being given the top ship in the Royal Manticoran navy -- the Nike. She's sent out to Hancock to be the flag ship for a junior admiral who turns out to be a great guy and a great supporter of hers. However, when she gets there, her ship has suffered damage on the way ...more
David Weber has created a world that is easily relatable and not beyond the realm of Science Fiction into pure fantasy. You can relate to the conflict between the characters and find your doppelganger in some character in the story line. The heroes and heroines are never inde ...more
Honor has been posted as the flag captain to the newest, shiniest and most powerful new ship, HMS Nike and sent to the frontier. Unfortunately, part of the ship blows up on the way and serious repairs need to be made on arrival. Thus begins her romance.
Additionally, Captain Lord Pavel Young is on his way. Honor does ...more
What needs addressing is the villains. They are superb. I have grown to truly hate the Peeps, and Weber did it by showing perfectly mediocre people making bad, self-indulgent, venal decisions. This requires no gratuitous torture scenes or dwelling in the minds of utter sociopaths. Instead, t ...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