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Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington #5)

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Hounded into retirement and disgrace by political enemies, cut to the heart by the murder of the man she loved, and bereft of confidence in herself and her abilities, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson to take up her role as Steadholder while she tries to heal her bitter wounds.

But the People's Republic of Haven is rising from defeat to threaten G
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Published June 25th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 1995)
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Mr. Matt
Dec 27, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2014
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
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
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
Apr 07, 2010 Shaun Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
Dana Stabenow
Jul 12, 2010 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Sep 08, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 19, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 13, 2010 Allan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Flag in Exile is the fifth book in the Honor Harrington series. It takes a different approach than the earlier books, and it makes me wonder what direction the series aims to travel.

Honor is essentially exiled from Manticore. Although she is still an officer in the Royal Manticoran Navy, based on outcomes of previous events, she has been forced to give up her post. She returns to Grayson and begins earnestly carrying out her duties as Steadholder.

Steadholders appear to be something akin to a hig
Jul 26, 2011 Nicolas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jun 05, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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 Collins
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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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
Feb 20, 2016 Cloak88 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, audiobook-2016
Book 5 in the HH series.

Having made a few too many waves and a few more enemies in the previous novel, Honor travels to Grayson to lay low and take up her steadholders key and make her holdings into a true innovator. Add a commission in the Grayson navy, the usual plots and a battle to fight and this makes an excellent novel in the ongoing Honor Harrington series.

More character development, more Grayson and a cool battle to top it off.
Dec 17, 2011 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 23, 2016 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, but with a Great space battle at the end. Weber does do these amazingly well.

The book starts well, but quickly slides into dull, idiotic religious politics. Some threadbare technical sabotage in the middle of the book is very long-winded.

But the final scene with Honor on planet, and then the battle in space is superb.
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.
I enjoyed this 2nd reading much more than I was expecting, given the incredible amount of death and destruction that surrounds Honor from all sides. I wish I'd indicated my rating from the first time I read it, as I know I found it much more depressing than I do I wonder, if my knowing whats going to happen in the next 2 books has tempered my reaction to this one.
Kathy Davie
First read September 7, 2010
Feb 23, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I think banishment to Grayson has been good for Honor. But she is definitely a trouble magnet!
Katrin von Martin
I have greatly enjoyed David Weber's Honor Harrington series so far and hope to continue to do so, but I noticed some issues in Flag in Exile that have been constantly reoccurring, and it has gotten to the point that I feel the need to address these problems. However, despite the negative tone of this review, that is not to say that I didn't enjoy the book. On the contrary, Weber writes an interesting plot chock full of interesting characters and well-written space battles, which make the book ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Kogiopsis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liz Wood
Dec 10, 2016 Liz Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story!

Honor is indeed a lightening rod for trouble; she also is a shining example of honor (no pun intended) and integrity, of compassion and humility. Right now, I need encounters with positive ... the election took much joy from my life, and replaced it with fear of and for my country; I need to at least fool myself that there really are good people out there, and Honor does that.
Scott Holstad
Jun 21, 2015 Scott Holstad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another good Honor Harrington book, the fifth of the series. In it, she's lost her commission in the Manticoran navy due to her duel with arch-enemy Pavel Young, in which she legally killed him, and is now on half pay. She has retreated to the planet of Grayson, where she has been made a Homesteader, something akin to a governor of her own state. She's been awarded their highest honor for saving their planet from an invasion a few years ago and is much loved and respected by many. But no ...more
Hristyuk Vitaliy
Very emotional and sharp book. I quite enjoyed it.
Mar 25, 2017 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent - very engaging.
A. C. Jaiden
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J.L. Dobias
Apr 30, 2012 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF Military and Political thriller lovers
Shelves: book-shelf-09
Flag in Exile (Honor Harrington book 5) by David Weber

This book is great, but I think I like the forth book better. This one we get to see another side of Honor. In a way, from her own point of view she starts to look a bit like a whiny woe is me everything I touch turns out bad. And with as many people who have died in the first four novels it's not all that hard to see why. It's a good thing that what David Weber excels at is giving the reader the other picture of Honor from the people around
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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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Other Books in the Series

Honor Harrington (1 - 10 of 14 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)
  • 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)

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