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Field of Dishonor by David Weber
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Dec 12, 2010

it was ok
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This is the best of the Honor Harrington novels up to this point. I haven't read the rest yet, but this book gave me enough hope to.

Gone for the most part is the obsession of David Weber on Honor' gender. The undercurrent mantra of the first three books, "But She's a WOMAN!" Unfortunately, gone too is the space warfare that put David Weber on the Map with his outstanding Starfire novels. Replacing fleet strategic warfare is dueling pistols.

Diminished was the pristine perfection of Honor Harrington. Her ability to be the best at everything she ever tries, and to be worshiped by everyone who has sense enough to lick the souls of her boots. She is still the best at everything she tries, and a perfect soldier. But now at least she a fool given to pursuing revenge and justice over money, career, and social status. A minor chink in the armor, but enough to make her just a little tiny bit interesting.

The problem with this book is the absolutely idiotic plot. Honor has to win a series of duels (with pistols) to take revenge on the guy who had her boyfriend killed. Such a dumb idea. So very, very stupid. All of the positive moves in this book are erased by this nonsensical premise.

The cast is still firmly divided into two camps. Those with irrational hatred for Honor Harrington, and those who are certain her shit smells like roses. The former camp gets more and more despicable and less and less realistic with each novel, but seems to have been dealt with effectively in this one. The latter group got a tad more interesting with the addition of a couple of body guards with potential.

Only read this book if you liked the first two. Otherwise skip ahead to later in the series.
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