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War of Honor (Honor Harrington #10)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  7,986 ratings  ·  157 reviews
Thomas Theisman didn't. After risking his life and a fresh round of civil war to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution, an interstellar war was the last thing he wanted.
Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. N
Hardcover, 869 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by Baen (first published September 1st 2002)
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Curtis Edmonds
David Weber writes the Honor Harrington series, and the early books (those that I've read) were actually pretty good. It's high-quality space opera, starring a starship captain in the far-future version of the Royal Navy. The books are -- somewhat sketchily -- drawn from the same Napoleonic-era sources as the Aubrey-Maturin series, or the Hornblower series. (The lead bad guy in Nouveau Paris in the early books is named "Rob S. Pierre", get it?) Honor Harrington is a character in the Hornblower t ...more
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The basic story was again 4 stars, but this book is even thicker than the previous ones due to a lot of extra information that knocked it back a star. It wasn't always bad. There were a lot of interesting back stories & the universe is filled in to a large extent. Unfortunately, either through LONG conversations or pages of explanation, every major point is thoroughly dissected & discussed in such gory detail that I was forced to conclude that Weber thinks his readers are idiots. I wound ...more
David Weber's writing is space opera pulp claptrap in the best sense. Larger-than-life characters with extraordinary luck thump their chests and bray about honor while cursing the nitwit politicians who keep sticking them in awkward situations. Of course, enough characters die in the meantime to make it seem compelling.

The hook: Weber blatantly strip-mines the golden classics of the Age of Sail. It's Hornblower in space. It's Aubrey without Maturin, crossed with Sir Walter Drake, carrying around
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
This series is beginning to get tedious.

this volume contains about 75% more words than anybody could reasonably use, mostly to tell us tedious detail of the politics of Manticore. I know it's not really unbelievable that corrupt politicians could bend and break laws to their own benefit, and actually believe their own lies. after all, politicians fabricated evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and somehow managed to believe those lies too, but just because truth is stranger than ficti
The thing that really hurts is the belated discovery (after I picked up this book at the library because it was the only Weber book on the shelf, when I was looking for the third book in the Armageddon Reef series) that this is in fact the tenth volume in the Honor Harrington series--which means, of course, that I either must buy the preceding nine books [yes, it is that well written:] or else order them one at a time through the interlibrary loan system. I am still unhappy with Weber’s proclivi ...more
Another entertaining entry in the saga of Honor Harrington. I can't deny that some sections of this were slow to the point of tediousness, but the last 200 pages provided the usual riveting payoff. This series is pretty cheesy space opera but sometimes it hits the spot. I've already ordered the next one.

While this book evidently wasn't edited for length, someone has taken the trouble to reduce the word and phrase repetition that was so distracting in the previous book. There is also a great deal
This is the 10th book in the Honor Harrington series. It is extremely long (976 pages in paperback) and about 85% of it deals with politics. Those parts of these books have always moved the slowest for me so in some ways this was a bit of a slog, but I have to say Weber does a great job with his world building.

The plot of the book deals with the build-up to another war between Manticore and the Havenites. It is fascinating to watch the story unfold and see how two kingdoms who really don't want
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Ah, Weber's finally broken the code. Since his re-telling of series back story has grown to 300 to 400 pages, the only way to have a decent amount of new material in a book is to pump up the total . . . in this case, to over 800 pages. Well, it worked.

Much better story telling and character development because he gave himself enough "elbow room" to tell his story.

Jan 24, 2011 Laurel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
At first I was hesitant that my favorite space opera series was focusing almost an entire book on interplanetary politics. I wanted to see Honor in battle. But, I quickly became hooked by the excellent side character development, as well as the storyline. I thoroughly enjoyed the behind the scenes intrigue, as much as the eventual offensive. As always, an excellent read!
***Dave Hill
The next installment in the Honor Harrington series, this is, in some ways, the last Honor book -- as in the last of the series that focuses primarily on Harrington, vs. the ever-burgeoning cast.

The threat of war is upon the Kingdom of Manticore, but the current administration is too selfish, dimwitted, and conniving to realize it. Convinced that they have the Republic of Haven cowed by the new weapons unveiled at the end of the previous war, the Conservative/Liberal alliance is too busy fritter
46 out of 100 for 2010.

Let me warn you, this is a LONG book (over nine hundred pages). Took me more than a week to read, which is a long time for me.

That being said, it's one of my favorite in the series. In some ways, it's a more 'mature' book than earlier ones, because the book shows how good, reasonable people can do unreasonable things (like start wars) when misunderstandings occur, or people put political ideology over the best interests of their nations.

Political leadership has changed on
Sep 04, 2007 Thomas rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of political dialogue
Shelves: sciencefiction
1. I'm on page 114 and no one is on a frikkin' space ship!

2. A month later, I have finally finished this behemoth and I have some observations, not just on 'War of Honor', but on this Honorverse Mr. Weber has created.

The starships and technology are convincing and interesting. The space battles are fascinating and fast-paced, having a consistent interior logic that he follows unerringly.

The milieu is marvelous as well, there's a map (I love maps) and different political bodies born out of a p
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David Weber employs an unfortunate writing device that causes frustration and disatisfaction in this reader. Let me describe it this way. If you spend 912 pages reading a slow political train wreck instigated by some very stupid, vain, manipulative, corrupt, dishonest, and narciscistic politicians leading to a literal war of misunderstanding between the good guys. Why can't the reader have some emotional catharsis by partaking in the come-up-ins of most of the villains. Instead, their punishment ...more
Kathy Davie
There is something about Weber's Honor Harrington that I just can't read it fast enough. I need to find out what's going to happen next. Who's going to be affected. Will a character I adore be killed???

I guess...okay, so I'm a masochist...I also "enjoy"?? the stupid politicians and seeing them get their comeuppance however long it may take! I've always enjoyed the strategy of war and when combined with my love of gadgets...Honor Harrington is a perfect fit!

In War of Honor the tension ratchets ba
Tony Hisgett
I love David Weber’s ‘Honor Harrington’ books, absolutely brilliant stories with a great heroine. BUT could his editor please get out the red pen and remove half the waffle. I don’t need to know every single thought and the reason for those thoughts for every single character, I don’t need every single conversation explained from everybody’s perspective. All in excruciatingly excessive detail !!!!!

I do like that David loves detail but not when it detracts from the flow of the story. This book is
Emily Karn
No one wants another war.

Not the Peeps including the Secretary of War Thomas Theisman, who had risked his life to restore the Republic of Haven's anceint Constitution. Not the Prime Minister of Manitcore, who is perfectly happy to spin out negotiations while milking wartime tax measures for his own partisan projects. Not His Imperial Majesty Gustav, the Andermani Emperor has his own plans for Silesia, and he was confident he could achieve them without a war of his own. Not Protector Benjamin of
Jim Review

David Weber's Honor Harrington series continues in this 10th novel, which picks up the action several years after the previous volume, Ashes of Victory. With a ceasefire in place with the Peeps, the new government of the Star Kingdom ignores the wishes of Queen Elizabeth and then threatens the very fabric of the Manticore Alliance against the People's Republic of Haven. We find Honor in the role of a senior political advisor, performing with her usual flair and élan.

With War

Wayland Smith
Book ten in the Honor Harrington series, this is a lot more politics than conflict. In the last book, there were major changes in the government of the Manticore Star Empire. The after effects of those changes keep being felt here.

The previous government was very pro-military, letting the Navy do what it needed to in the very uncertain times they were living in. The new government is a lot more concerned with personal advantage and raking in taxes. It's not a good time for the military, even a
Scott Holstad
Even though this Honor Harrington book has a 4.09 rating on a 5.0 scale on Goodreads, it seemed that all I saw were one and two star reviews. People HATED this book! They thought there was too much politics and not enough action. Well, I completely disagree and I loved this book. Yes, there is a hell of a lot of politics, but it's all completely critical to understanding the buildup to the beginning of the new war between Haven and Manticore. Without seeing the politics and the behind the scenes ...more
The space opera aspect of the Honor series now dominates but in a satisfying way. Weber has done a good job of expanding his scope. I enjoyed the political maneuverings almost as much as the military engagements. If a reader relies on the action to carry this story then they'll probably be disappointed. I'm surprised at how much more I'm enjoying this series now that Weber has made a significant effort to expand on the characters and events that affect Honor. My biggest complaint centers around ...more
I saw a few early reviews about this book before I read it, so I went in expecting more of the same (way more because of its epic length) as book 9. Lots of exposition, politics and very detailed explanations about how certain decisions (sometimes unimportant) are made.

So, with such low expectations, I was actually pleasantly surprised. Not surprised enough to bump it up to 4 stars, but it's definitely about 3.5.

In it, the Star Kingdom's government has taken an abrupt turn and now are over-bloat
Niki Beecher
What the one- and two-star reviewers wrote is right on point. My husband Jim and I have long enjoyed Mr. Weber's books…then when I got to "At All Costs", something changed. They all became these big, thick books with SO much filler, exposition, back story, talk-talk-talk. Eventually I've learned how to read them; when I get to the filler parts, I just glance at the first or last sentence in a paragraph (sometimes for pages and PAGES) until it gets back to something I want to read. I still enjoye ...more
This is the best book in this series so far. Everything is fully blown. And it is the thickest one also, which will make quite a bore if you cannot take the heavy stuffs.

Why I like it so much? First, politics! I know that a lot of people actually hate this book because it is 90% politics and only 10% actions. But this is precisely why I like this novel! Look at A Game of Thrones series, almost all of them ARE about politics, one scheming against another. The politics gives you the depth about th
This was a re-read, as I had stopped after this one just over a year ago and wanted to refresh my memory.

As a fan of the series, a lot of interesting political development happens in this one, but it seems to take forever. The battle at the end seems brief compared to some of the others in previous books.

In short, the book is ponderous. Maybe this one will put some people off of the series entirely. Here's hoping it gets better. But for the reasons in my spoiler, I think it will continue being
I was slightly disappointed by this book. I was expecting another Honor Harrington adventure and instead I received an 800 page book mostly taken up with the political problems that the Manticoran Star Kingdom faces and how the inept High Ridge government attempts to deal with them. It only really picks up in the last 100 pages or so.

I also started to notice how little Weber takes note of the 3D aspect of space battle, which could really make his battle scenes more exciting. They've fallen into
J.L. Dobias
Nov 25, 2014 J.L. Dobias rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SFF-Military-Space Battle-Political-Intrigue
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War of Honor (Honor Harrington #10) by David Weber

The two times that I have read this I think I came up with the same problem. A person that is used to David Weber and his Honor Harrington series has to slog through about two hundred pages of stuff before things start looking up. One begins to wonder if it is a matter of having so many successes already that it seems important to beat a dead horse. The oddest part of all of that is that much of what is in those pages might be there as a sort of
I have to say, to this point this is probably my least favorite Honor Harrington book. Perhaps my mood when I picked it up influenced this; I know how very little time I had to read and subsequently how much time it took to read it definitely affected my feelings a bit.

But aside from that, I really feel that we didn't get to see as much of Honor as I thought we should have. Oh, don't get me wrong, I love (or love to hate, in case of High Ridge et al) most of the secondary cast. But I felt a bit
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

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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)
  • The Short Victorious War (Honor Harrington, #3)
  • 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)
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“There's a reason I've always relied on you for the necessary political miracles, Emily," Hamish told her with a smile. "Give me a fleet problem, or a naval battle to fight, and I “know exactly what to do. But dealing with scum like High Ridge and Descroix—?" He shook his head. "I just can't wrap my mind around how to handle them."
"Be honest, dear," Emily corrected him gently. "It's not that you really can't do it, and you know it. It's that you get so furious with them that you wind up climbing onto your high moral horse so you can ride them under the hooves of your righteous fury. But when you close your knight errant's helmet, the visibility through that visor is just a little limited, isn't it?”
“She really should be careful about imputing sordid motives to the First Lord. Not because she doubted that he had them, but because not even Sir Edward Janacek could have only sordid motivations. That would have completely devalued his ability to do such things out of simple stupidity, instead of calculation.” 0 likes
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