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The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington #3)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  12,858 ratings  ·  258 reviews
The proles are revolting.
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
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Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Baen
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Mr. Matt
I think I've made up my mind about the Honor Harrington books. They are solid three star books. That doesn't mean that they are bad or that I won't read more of them. Three star books are good. They are fun. They just aren't great - and that is OK.

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
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Mike (the Paladin)
The Honor Harrington books are excellent (so far anyway). This one is no exception. The characters are well drawn and the political situations if not deep and intricate are recognizable and told in a way that will either bring a nod of the head, a chuckle, or possibly tick you off if you disagree too strenuously with Weber.

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
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Jim
Honor continues to shine & this fairly short book opens several cans of worms that can really extend the series. This added to the depth of the series promising more fun in the future. I can't wait.

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
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James
The Short Victorious War is the third book in the Honor Harrington series and covers the plans by the People's Republic of Haven's attempts to initiate a war with the Manticorians in order to distract their own internal political grumblings against a common enemy, as well as, hopefully, win the war to refill the republic's emptying coffers. For those who have read the previous two books in the series, there is little of surprise here. Honor and the surrounding cast remains the mostly the same. H ...more
Chris
2.5 really.

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
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Troy G
There are problems with this book. The mainly stem from the fact that there are no realistic characters in the honorverse. There is Honor who is the best that ever lived. She is always right, always perfect, and most important to David Weber, she has a vagina.

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
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Michael Burnam-fink
Honorverse #3 sees the Big Show kick off, as Manticore and the People's Republic of Haven finally start the war that they've been dancing around-and as always Honor is right in the center, commanding the state-of-the-art Battlecruiser Nike in defense of critical forward base. Good intelligence on the part of the peeps and command errors above leave Honor's squadron badly outgunned by Dreadnoughts, and it's up to her tactical brilliance and guts to save the day.

That said, this is where the series
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Jim
I swear these books are as bad as chips. Can't eat (read/listen to) just one! Johnson read this one much better. The politics got better as did the war & personal situations. Made for a great story.

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.
Weenie
Been a while since I last read an Honor Harrington book and I'd forgotten how much I liked them. This one had more of a personal edge, delving a little more into Honor's past and the focus on her relationships made her seem more human.

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.
Casey
Close to three stars, but I hit such a block when reading the middle of this book. It took me a week to get through one chapter.

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
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Oni
This is the weakest link in the series so far.

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
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Tom
Both happy and sad at the structure of the novel. The story was great, let me get that out of the way! If you at all like Weber's Honor Harrington, you will love this novel. I'll just say it answers a few questions about Honor herself and Haven.
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
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Travis (Home of Reading)
The third book in the Honor Harrington Series this book keeps up the tradition set by the first two. Although it does have some points where it drops off, it is an all-around good read for fans for serial science fiction.

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.

Honor
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Shaun Thomas
I just finished The Short Victorious War by David Weber and I'm starting to notice a pattern here:

1. Honor Harrington thrust into difficult situation complicated by politics.
2. Honor thwarts an invasion while overcoming said politics.
3. Profit.

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
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Alys
I enjoyed this one largely because of the reveal of the People's Republic of Haven as more than just a 2-dimensional boogey-man out in space harassing our intrepid heroine and her people. It was a welcome deepening of the world-building and character development for the series.

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
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Katrin von Martin
This is the third installment of David Weber's Honor Harrington series. That being established, The Short Victorious War is not the best book in the series. Much like a hammock, it holds up well at both ends and sags in the middle. Spoilers follow.

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
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Lady
The plot of this book was a political and military shell game. It was a necessary step in setting up the next book in the series, but it wasn't my favourite, I won't lie. Still, I enjoyed Weber's political and military maneuvering from the POV of his characters. Honor Harrington fans will probably want to treat this like the prelude to the next book and read them sequentially as I have done; otherwise this will feel like a lot of setup with little action. For those of you who are following the s ...more
Lark
I have to be honest. I really only skimmed this book.

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
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Jim
From Booklist

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 [1993] and The Honor of the Queen [1993]) is not the last of Weber's tales of Honor Harrington, captain in the navy of the Manticoran Star Ki

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Scott Holstad
I love Honor Harrington! She's a great character in a great series. And it's nice to have a strong female protagonist in a sci fi novel, which hasn't always been the case in this genre.

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
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Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
Not quite as good as the first two books in the series, but still a rollicking adventure! Honor Harrington is one of the best female characters out there and she doesn't disappoint. The political machinations in Haven and Manticore are also a great asset to this series. Can't wait for Book #4.
Sandi
I have come to the conclusion that this series of books are going to be basically a solid *3* star rating for me. They are good, have moments of great, but have way too many gratuitous infodumps that are not necessary for the telling of the story. I will admit to having a tear in my eye during the scene where the family is watching as the mother gets blown up saving the civilian ships. I do not mind tactics being briefly laid out during a situation but to keep explaining why everything has to ha ...more
Josh
Having now read the first five books in the Honor Harrington sequence, I can say that The Short Victorious War is my favorite. While I definitely enjoyed the intense ship to ship combat of Honor of the Queen, the conflict of that book was still on a small scale not unlike Basilisk Station. In book three, we get a look at the wider universe (or Honorverse) and an in depth look at Manticore’s mortal enemies, The People’s Republic of Haven. The weird part: this book isn’t even really about Honor. I ...more
Oliver Bogert
All of the Honor Harrington books have been amazing, but I love the speed at which this one flows. Those that have read the other books will quickly be absorbed into the story and the pace never stops from beginning to end.
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
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Sharon
The People's Republic of Haven need to unite their people, so a decision is made to stage a short, victorious war and fill their war chest. But they didn't figure on Honor Harrington.

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
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Felicia
Good story, quick moving plot. The events are not surprising, but how the characters get there is at least interesting. It is an enjoyable read.
Laura Montgomery
This was just excellent. The first book in the series was good, the second one better and this every bit as good as the last. These are action adventure stories, but with good characters you like and admire.

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
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Ron
Typical Harrington tale: by audacity as much as good sense Honor carries the day. Getting formulaic, but a fun read.
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Janis
I'm so glad I've discovered Honor Harrington!
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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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Honor Harrington (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington, #1)
  • The Honor of the Queen (Honor Harrington, #2)
  • Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington, #4)
  • 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) Field of Dishonor (Honor Harrington, #4) Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington, #6) Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington, #5)

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