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Mission of Honor (Honor Harrington #12)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  7,962 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions o ...more
Paperback, 880 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Baen (first published June 22nd 2010)
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Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While an interesting addition to the Honor series, Weber is getting far too wordy for my taste. The universe has expanded a lot, so it does require more points of view & explanation, but I think he's going too far. There were a lot of long meetings between characters. I avoid meetings in real life. They're certainly not the stuff of which my fantastic dreams are made of, so their sheer number were a disappointment.

Weber tries to capture some immediacy with a lot of little sections from the
Book 12 in the “main” Honor Harrington series finds Manticore finally confronting the Solarian League. As Weber has been hinting at for years, Manticore (and to a lesser degree, Haven) have both achieved very significant technological superiority compared to the league with regards to military hardware. The Solarian League is huge and powerful, but also complacent, arrogant, and full of self-delusion. Added to the mix is the growing threat from Mesa/Manpower. The main action in this book is divi ...more
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was false advertising in my mind. It claims to be the 12th book in the Honor Harrington series but really it's another worlds of Honor book with her making a few appearances in some of the chapters. I'd be fine with that if the book jacket, cover, etc. made that point apparent. Moreover, this book has moved so far away from everything I loved about the early books. There is very little of the great action scenes and fun character interaction. Instead, almost the entire book is devoted ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ron by: Jon Moss
Weber is on a roll. I hesitate to award this book five stars because of the way it ends but the story doesn't. But, as any Honor Harrington reader who has gotten this far in the series knows, "If you can't take a joke. . . ."

Now that his new threat has found traction, Weber has left the mind-numbing recapitulations behind and forged into new plot territory. The action is varied, interwoven and galactic.

A good read.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kathy Davie
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, homey, military, action
First read 24 Nov 2010 and again 7 April 2012.

I do like to catch up with all the books in a series. On the other hand, I hate to catch up when I'm dying to know what's gonna happen next.

Gawd, there is so much happening on so many fronts in Mission of Honor and I was so terrified at what would happen I couldn't decide if I should tear through the book or set it aside every few chapters to stave off the bad news.

While this particular story is supposedly about Honor with her diplomatic mission to
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-sci-fi
The is the 12th outing in the Honor Harrington series, which has grown to the point that it's spawned short story collections and off-shoots elsewhere into the same universe. I was addicted to these for a while, but book 10 was disappointing and book 11 was even worse so I'd kind of given up.

The book made me happy to be back.

One of the biggest problems I was having with the series is at a certain point characters like this run out of places to go that have the same kind of action of the earlier
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mission of Honor is the twelfth book in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. The story takes place right after Storm in the Shadows and At All Costs. In At All Costs Honor and her eighth fleet have smashed the Havenite navy and the war between both star nations is over. The only thing left is to finally have a treaty between them. In the Talbott cluster, Admiral Michel Henke has just defeated a squadron of the Solarian navy, and the Solarians are not happy about it.

Throughout the history
P.H. Solomon
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Weber tells a winding tale with long-running character, Honor Harrington. This book is chocked full of intrigue and the resulting tension - but only after a bit of a slow start. At times it's as dense as a Le Carre book but seems to bog down at times for no reason. Overall, I enjoyed this edition of the series.
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Barb in Maryland
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f-goodies
My oh my, when Weber wraps up a long running story arc he does it in style. For long time fans of the series--this is the book we have been waiting for. Finally the truth about the doctored documents (War of Honor,2002), the assassination of Ambassador Webster, the attempted assassinations of Queen Berry and Honor (At All Costs, 2005) are laid out during peace negotiations between Haven and Manticore. Finally, the leaders of both countries wake up and smell the coffee, as it were, regarding the ...more
Brian Palmer
In some ways, this was better than the previous book in the series -- it was less about huge numbers and starting to get more into intrigue. Honor Harrington was in fewer military battles; I've read that she was originally intended to be killed in the previous book, and here it seems Weber could have pulled it off.

On the other hand, Weber has either one or maaaybe two voices that he uses consistently for every single one of his characters' dialogue; for a book that features as many POV character
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, the series is still entertaining, I'll give the author that. But several books ago it started getting too damn complicated for its own good, and this book is a perfect example of that. Weber seems to be running out of ideas and therefore resorts to introducing bigger and badder superweapons, more devastating battles with the Worst! Casualties! Ever! (including the deaths of even more of our favorite characters, just to keep us "invested"), and insanely Byzantine and improbable conspiracies ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2016
It has been over five years since I last read a book in the Honor Harrington series. I had forgotten how much each book deals with the politics of the Star Empire of Manticore, the Republic of Haven, the Solarian League, Mesa, and Manpower. Not that there isn't any space-opera action, because there is -- it just takes a back seat to political maneuverings. And, every once in a while, we get to catch up with what's happening with Honor, her family, and her adorable empathic treecat, Nimitz.
This dragged more than a lot of the Honor Harrington books. It has some really good parts (view spoiler) but had too many infodumps about how the different missiles worked. While the info about how the spider drive worked was probably necessary, it was way too long. And the meetings of the Solarian bureaucrats were also borin ...more
oh david weber. i enjoy your plotting (although the politics is getting old) and yet I skip probably a quarter of the book. way too many characters who aren't central to the story.

although at 600 pages this is shorter than some of the recent ones.

also, the Honor Harrington plots have gone downhill since he ran out of Horatio Nelson. He should have killed her off as originally planned. Probably not the best move revenue wise, but the new books haven't been nearly as good as the older ones.
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ugh. For an "Honor Harrington" book she was hardly freaking in it. This could have been 200-300 pages less, or had more content about the main characters of the series, and it would have been MUCH better. I'm ashamed to say that I skimmed nearly all the sections with the Solarian League and barely gave more attention to the stuff with Gold Peak - and I actually like her.

Very disappointed. I even took a break from the series before reading this one so I wouldn't be burned out.
Henry Neufeld
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's David Weber and it's Honor Harrington. That's enough for me. I know some people are tired of all the political talk and the repetitions, but Weber is still on my "read everything he writes immediately" list.
Rajen Patel
Plodding storyline like the last few books.
E. Writes
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I dragged myself through 800+ pages of interminably dry interchanges between politicos, enemies and allies, and then FINALLY we get a bunch of explosions that rip a couple planets' space stations apart.
Whelp. Everybody is sad, shocked, devastated... also sad. Did I mention shocked? Yes, also devastated. People tender their resignations for failing to see this coming. They are turned down. Does that stop them? NO! They tender those resignations again!
Also turned down.

Is there a bright side? N
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mission of Honor marks David Weber’s twelth main entry into the Honorverse as it’s known amongst fans; though it is in truth a follow up to Storm from the Shadows; which Baen is marketing as a Disciples of Honor novel. Mission of Honor returns the titular character to the forefront though the sprawling events of the novel indicate that Weber’s Honorverse has become increasingly informed by his work on the Safehold series; a fact that is something of a double-edged sword. Some spoilery summary oc ...more
Michael Rutherford
This series gets farther and farther from Honor Harrington. Once you become a full Admiral, the war fighting goes out the airlock and the tactics are more what happens. With the two side series, the political intrigue has really ratcheted up. I can't wait to pick up the next book in the series.
Brett Thomasson
I looooove David Weber's Honorverse. Something-verse, for the socially capable, is geek-speak for the world or universe in which one or a number of an author's works appear. It has a long history: Robert E. Howard's grim warriors slew their way though the same world, although at different times. Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan visited Pellucidar, the hollow interior earth of Burroughs "Earth's Core" books, and his Venusian adventurer Carson Napier had intended to reach the Barsoom of John Carter un ...more
Too many side characters that only appeared 1 or two times. It makes it hard to determine who is who, especially since the scenes switch so quickly.

Too many unnecessary details. For example, I did not want to know the length, width of the missles. How many are in the ship and how fast they go under different conditions. Especially sinceI was told this for every ship in the book. This book is a fun read. If I have to study, take notes and memorize in order to understand a fun read.

Also there wer
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After enjoying the first couple of these I've felt the series has gone downhill substantially and have only been reading out of a sense of obsessive completism.

Honor Harrington, as well as being an excellent captain, markswoman, swimmer, glider pilot, teacher, stateswoman, and businesswoman also turns out to be an amazing diplomat despite having had no prior experience. Fortunately Harrington isn't actually a major part of this. Something that most of fans that have stuck this far will probably
Matthew Brown
While this is certainly not the place to start reading Weber's Honorverse novels (I'd begin at the beginning, On Basilisk Station), this is a worthy and fun continuation of the series, and represents the beginning of a new period in the series, where the war with Haven is no longer the source of major conflict. The seeds of that were sown in At All Costs, of course.

It's less focussed on Honor, too. The fact is, Honor has gotten too senior, too important and too powerful to write good stories fo
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Publishers Weekly

Weber (Storm from the Shadows) combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in the long-awaited 12th Honor Harrington novel. The long war between the Star Empire of Manticore and the Republic of Haven is in its death throes, and the Manties are poised to win. Honor, now a duchess and admiral of the Manticore Empire and one of the few imperial leaders to believe that the Republic's new le

"Mission of Honor" is book #12 of the Honor Harrington series. It is just tremendous, both in size and the change in the story line. Frankly it had looked like the series was winding down, but the new storyline of genetic slavery and the Mesan Alignment is just fabulous.

The Story: The war between Manticore and Haven has come to an impasse. In the previous book, At All Costs, Haven's military has been reduced to almost nothing in their last bid to overwhelm the Manticore Space Navy. Now it is tim
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12 in the Honor Harrington series. Resuming after a five year hiatus, the series follow the fortunes of Honor Harrington after the decisive military victory against the Republic of Haven that ended At All Costs (2005). Two attacks by Solarian admirals against Manticore naval elements are soundly defeated. Honor visits Haven to arrange a peace treaty and negotiations are going well until she is recalled. An unknown enemy has stealthily attacked the Manticore system orbital shipyards, completely ...more
Scott Holstad
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! I don't know what all these one and two star reviews for a 4.17 rated novel are talking about. This was easily the best Honor Harrington book I've read to date. So much happens in this book. I guess the thing most people complain about is there's not enough action, but I disagree. Too much politics, people say. Well, you've got to see and understand the politics to understand how things transpire between Manticore, Haven, the Solarian League and other places. It's essential to th ...more
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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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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)
  • 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)

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“Hamish Alexander-Harrington knew his wife as only two humans who had both been adopted by a pair
of mated treecats ever could. He'd seen her deal with joy and with sorrow, with happiness and with fury,
with fear, and even with despair. Yet in all the years since their very first meeting at Yeltsin's Star, he
suddenly realized, he had never actually met the woman the newsies called "the Salamander." It wasn't his
fault, a corner of his brain told him, because he'd never been in the right place to meet her. Never at the
right time. He'd never had the chance to stand by her side as she took a wounded heavy cruiser on an
unflinching deathride into the broadside of the battlecruiser waiting to kill it, sailing to her own death, and
her crew's, to protect a planet full of strangers while the rich beauty of Hammerwell's "Salute to Spring"
spilled from her ship's com system. He hadn't stood beside her on the dew-soaked grass of the Landing
City duelling grounds, with a pistol in her hand and vengeance in her heart as she faced the man who'd
bought the murder of her first great love. Just as he hadn't stood on the floor of Steadholders' Hall when
she faced a man with thirty times her fencing experience across the razor-edged steel of their swords,
with the ghosts of Reverend Julius Hanks, the butchered children of Mueller Steading, and her own
murdered steaders at her back.
But now, as he looked into the unyielding flint of his wife's beloved, almond eyes, he knew he'd met the
Salamander at last. And he recognized her as only another warrior could. Yet he also knew in that
moment that for all his own imposing record of victory in battle, he was not and never had been her
equal. As a tactician and a strategist, yes. Even as a fleet commander. But not as the very embodiment of
devastation. Not as the Salamander. Because for all the compassion and gentleness which were so much
a part of her, there was something else inside Honor Alexander-Harrington, as well. Something he himself
had never had. She'd told him, once, that her own temper frightened her. That she sometimes thought she
could have been a monster under the wrong set of circumstances.
And now, as he realized he'd finally met the monster, his heart twisted with sympathy and love, for at last
he understood what she'd been trying to tell him. Understood why she'd bound it with the chains of duty,
and love, of compassion and honor, of pity, because, in a way, she'd been right. Under the wrong
circumstances, she could have been the most terrifying person he had ever met.
In fact, at this moment, she was .
It was a merciless something, her "monster"—something that went far beyond military talent, or skills, or
even courage. Those things, he knew without conceit, he, too, possessed in plenty. But not that deeply
personal something at the core of her, as unstoppable as Juggernaut, merciless and colder than space
itself, that no sane human being would ever willingly rouse. In that instant her husband knew, with an icy
shiver which somehow, perversely, only made him love her even more deeply, that as he gazed into those
agate-hard eyes, he looked into the gates of Hell itself. And whatever anyone else might think, he knew
now that there was no fire in Hell. There was only the handmaiden of death, and ice, and purpose, and a
determination which would not— couldnot—relent or rest.
"I'll miss them," she told him again, still with that dreadful softness, "but I won't forget. I'll never forget,
and one day— oneday, Hamish—we're going to find the people who did this, you and I. And when we
do, the only thing I'll ask of God is that He let them live long enough to know who's killing them.”
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