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To Honor You Call Us

(Man of War #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,371 ratings  ·  287 reviews
The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag, ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.”

Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Cor
Paperback, 454 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by 47North (first published November 4th 2012)
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Mike (the Paladin)
This could be a slightly lengthy review so let me give a thumbnail for those who simply want to know if I like and recommend the book. Then I'll give a few details and impressions.

Yes...I greatly like and recommend the book. Good military science fiction, military fiction, action and simply a good novel. It get's my highest recommendation.

NOW, if you know my taste and my reviews then you know that means the emphasis is not on romance or a love story. Bottom line...there isn't one. Okay let me sa
Mr. Matt
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
In the somewhat distant future, the Terran Union is engaged in a desperate war against an alien foe, the Krag. The Union's goal is survival. The Krag's goal is exterminating every last human. A rising star, the newly promoted Capt. Robichaux is assigned to the the USS Cumberland and tasked to harass, interdict, destroy, and disrupt the shipping of the Krag in the sleepy interstellar regions of the war. Robichaux and his crew find themselves engaged in a pivotal engagement where they all that sta ...more
Holly Heisey
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read and love many books with the premise of Horatio Hornblower in space, but this one leans on the template of Aubrey/Maturin, which I loved! There's the same sense of character, but the friendship between Captain Max Robichaux and Dr. Ibrahim Sahin is both familiar and a thing of its own. There's a warmth here, the sense of a navy that relies heavily on the tradition of the Napoleonic British with a dash of Cold War submarine warfare, but done in such a way that it takes into account what ...more
I read the first half of this book quickly and then paused whilst I read a "book club read". I can't deny that I read the second half just as quickly but not so much because I wanted to find out what happened.

The was lots of suspense and it was written in a very military way but nothing seemed to go wrong. It was just too convenient that everything seemed to work out and the end of the back just seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for me, when congratulated on how well they had done. It wa
Casey Hampton
H. Paul Honsinger's To Honor You Call Us is on the softer side of Military SF. Rat-faced aliens religiously motivated and determined to exterminate humans play the role of villain. The stage is the stars, and the stars teem with alien life. Some species resemble catfish; others appear to mirror carnivorous teddy bears.

The year is 2315. Rough and tumble Max Robichaux is promoted to Captain, and the story follows his journey into deep space to fight the dreaded rat-faced Krag. In this era of FTL (
Andrew Rose
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patrick O'Brien in Space

The first book in the series, the reader is thrust into an intergalactic war with a rat like species. There are battles, mutiny, and interspecies politics. If you like Honor Harrington or the Lost Fleet series you'll enjoy this series.
C.P. Cabaniss
*I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
This review can also be found on my blog:

While it took me quite a while to finish this novel it was by no means due to a lack of interest. I was hooked from the first page. The prologue was brilliant.

This novel is set in the year 2315 where Earth, along with its allies, is fighting a war against the Krag-an alien race set on the destruction of humankind. The main events of the st
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I must say I am impressed. After reading a lot of mediocre Space Opera over the past few years, I have finally found another series I actually like.

Excellent series so far. The smaller scale of the books felt a lot more like early Honor Harrington, with only a few ships and small scale diplomacy against a larger backdrop, but without the "single ship charging into the unknown and getting into and out of all sorts of trouble" that I have come to hate.

The series is told from the perspectiv
Per Gunnar
This is a book that I stumbled on via various recommendations on Goodreads & Kindle. I am glad I did pick it up. It is a great book. Just my cup of tea. It is a very enjoyable space adventure about two main, rather heroic, characters that quickly form a bond and proceed to, not only get the USS Cumberland back in shape, but also to save The Terran Union. At least temporarily since this is just the first book in what I hope fill be a reasonably long series.

The book is very well written and yo
Eric Allen
Aug 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Yeah, I'm four chapter ruling this one. I have a rule that if a book can't interest me within four chapters, there's plenty of others out there that can, and I shouldn't waste my time with one that can't. I can usually sit down and enjoy the most terrible of Military Sci-fi, but this one just isn't doing it for me. Most of all, it's just really, really boring, and all of the characters are just so bland and lacking anything resembling personality. And there's so much made up military jargon, and ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
There's nothing like bad sci-fi to remind you a) just how hard it is to write sci-fi and b) just how good good sci-fi is. This book isn't just bad sci-fi; it's highfalutin, overblown prose makes it a really terrible book to read. Not to mention that you'd be quite happy to blow the supposed hero out of an airlock within the first few pages.
Online Eccentric Librarian
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, arc

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I love a good old fashioned military sci fi but it's the space opera subgenre that I truly enjoy. This book by Paul Honsinger, previously self published, is now getting a glossy release with a great cover.

Although the book is decently written, I have to admit I did not find myself engaged by the characters. Dialogue seems to always be presented, rather than spoken, and it ended up making the characters feel either pompo
Laz the Sailor
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
Combine Longknife, Harrington, Scalzi, and a little bit of Nathan Lowell's Quarter Share, remove all of the women, and start a big war, and you've got this book/series.

And those are all good things (except maybe the lack of women).

A solid mix of tactics, tension, politics, and creative solutions. Somewhat predictable if you are well-versed in this genre, but still well written.

I will read the other books in the series.
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first military sci-fi/space opera book I have read (I listened to the audiobook) and I was surprised at how much I liked it. The influence of the seafaring novels was there (Aubrey/Maturin, Hornblower, etc.) and I really liked that. I liked the historical references and thought the characters were well-developed. There were a few spots that were a bit over-the-top for me, but overall I really enjoyed it. I have the next book in the series on audio, and look forward to it.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great, ship to ship combat, ground assaults, navy crews, fighting an epic war that spans hunreds of star systems. good tech, good military lingo, very convincing
Glen Robinson
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honsinger joins the short list of military sci-fi authors that I think not only can write in an entertaining way, but come across as actually knowing what they are talking about. Set 300 years in the future, To Honor begins a series that follows the experiences of Max Robichaux, a battle-tested 28-year-old lieutenant, then lieutenant commander, who inherits command of a new destroyer in the Union forces caught in a war with the Krag, a rat-like race who are intent on destroying the fleet, captur ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
To Honor You Call Us is a must read for any Military Science Fiction fan. Honsinger takes some familiar themes and gives them a new twist.

To Honor You Call Us starts with our hero, Max Robichaux, leading a successful raid against the enemy and ending up the senior officer left alive on his spaceship making him the acting Captain. Fast forward another chapter and Max is given command of the Cumberland, a problem ship that when faced with action against the enemy was noted to come, see and run. Ce
Lukas Lovas
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: notable-sci-fi
I must admit, I liked the book.
It's a unique book in several ways. Those ways might be good, or bad depending on your preference.

First of all...the book has no true downs. Usually, you have some ups and some downs. The hero (or heroes) are tested, and you learn that they are awesome, but have yet a long way to go. In this book, we are basically told everything is bad except for this guy, who will fix everything...and that's exactly what happens. It's a nice change, and surprising in it's own r
Dec 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is just bad. I love military sci-fi, but I had to choke this one down. It reads like wish-fulfillment fan fiction. The main character is the greatest Captain ever known to man. He knows everything in the universe that anyone could possibly know. He's an extremely junior officer, but has seen more combat than anyone. He knows how to fight hand-to-hand. He knows obscure information about alien races. Basically, he could run the entire ship with no problems. In his first command he already kno ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A gripping military sifi book, that feels like a mix between the Lost Fleet Series by jack Campbell and Das Boot. With a lot of thrilling battle scenes, great worldbuilding and okay character development. You get your stereotypical characters for this genre, but as it's heavily plot driven, you can overlook this weakness and enjoy the rest.
I just hope we get to see at least one female character in the following books, even though the author quite cleverly circumvented to use any through a pl
Joanna Chaplin
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read May 28th 2014: Great fun. I love the references and the wordplay most of the characters engage in. The worldbuilding is a little bit cookie-cutter. I'm troubled that the author decided to include the Gynophage rather than have female characters other than one or two background characters.

Second read: Jan 13 2016. When the third book came out, I found that I wanted to reread books one and two, because I had retained shockingly little of the plot. I'm not sure why because it's totally
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. Well, now that is out of the way, let me say that I loved this book. It's a mix of Horatio Hornblower, Jack Aubrey, and Honor Harrington with a dash of Star Trek. Great action, characters you grow to love, just a really awesome read. I am really looking forward to reading the next book.
H. Paul Honsinger has been added to the list of my favorite authors.
M. Spencer
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man of War Series......

Excellent tale interstellar with humans losing for more than 30 years. It is also the story of courage, honor, brotherhood and the redemption found in competent leadership and example. Great story with great meaning. Read the first two books of the trilogy, you'll be glad you did.
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't expect much action from this book, rather it's a tale of how Max becomes the leader he was always destined to be. And how he turns a motley bunch of people into a proper crew that any skipper could be proud of.
Adam Collings
A very satisfying story of an underdog crew forced to pull together under the command of a new captain. Feels a little like Star Trek, but in a grittier war-ravaged universe. Thrilling climax. I recommend this book and will be returning to the series.
Dee Wy
Kept me on my toes and very engaged. Loved the characters and all the action of the space war. Looking forward to the second book.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
While my first love is fantasy I have also grown to love military science fiction. I constantly look forward to the latest Honor Harrington novel from David Weber or Lost Fleet novel from Jack Campbell. When it comes to my military science fiction I tend to enjoy those that most strongly resemble naval warfare novels though instead of sailing the sea the ships sail between the stars. It’s a bit odd since I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have the patience to read say a C. S. Forester novel, but set tha ...more
Mick Bird
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed reading this first book of what looks like a interesting series of books. We meet a newly promoted LCdr who is tasked to take his new ship and crew to investigate the free border region of space. But his ship is a failing one where the crew are low on morale and belief. But with the help of his new officers can he turn them into the fighting force that is needed? I am looking forward to read the next book in the series.
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This type of novel (light sci-fi/space opera), includes thousands of titles, most of them ranging from abysmal to mediocre at best. So, it was with trepidation that i approached this novel at the behest of a friend. You see dear reader, my time is limited and i am not getting any younger. So, when i have time, i
Good story! Engaging characters! Interesting alien species!
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H. Paul Honsinger is the author of the "Man of War" Trilogy, the first two volumes of which were a hit in self-publication. All three volumes of the trilogy are now in print, issued by 47North Press, a Division of Amazon Publications.

All three volumes are available in Kindle eBook, paperback, and audio editions (from Brilliance Audio, narrated by top-drawer voice actor Ray Chase).

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  • For Honor We Stand (Man of War, #2)
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“A fair fight comes from poor planning. Your goal is an unfair fight. You want to use every trick, artifice, and deceit possible to make every fight an outrageously unfair contest tilted completely in your favor, every time. If you are above using surprise, guile, stealth, and misdirection in battle, you are too noble to be in the Navy. Consider a career in education.” 8 likes
“sawed-off shotguns, machine pistols, and at least two battle axes. Although Max was not himself very good with a battle ax, he liked them a lot. There” 1 likes
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