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In Enemy Hands

(Honor Harrington #7)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  13,999 ratings  ·  242 reviews
Honor Harrington has survived ship-to-ship combat, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. But this time, Honor and her crew, ambushed and captured, are aboard an enemy ship, bound for a prison planet aptly named "Hell" - and her scheduled execution. Yet the one lesson Honor has never learned is how to give up. She and her people are going home - even if it means conque ...more
Paperback, 530 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Baen (first published August 1st 1997)
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Sep 08, 2008 rated it liked it
While not the best book in the series, it certainly has its moments. As usual, the title is a spoiler, but that's OK. Unfortunately, it gives Weber a chance to make lots of people go all gooey over Honor until the heroine worship, already cloying, becomes just too much.

We definitely get a much deeper look into Haven's society & problems. Weber has done a fine job there & the book is worth reading for that if nothing else. He's done a fine job of drawing parallels to our current welfare
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Jettison the debris, clear the missle tubes, abandon ship. Whatever it takes to stop my eyes from further bleeding.

This is a sad day. I've rated most of these books to this points with 4-stars, with one of them good enough to earn a coveted 5th star. Most of them have infodumps and boring spells, but this one has had nothing else for the first third.

Too many books out there I want to read, so no point in continuing to torturing myself.

I might pick it up again later, but for now I'm resigning my
Jamie Collins
Not one of the best of this series. It takes even longer than usual for anything to happen, about 200 pages. The situation that puts Honor in a position to be captured seems contrived, as does the whole escape scenario.

I think Weber has introduced a Lady Barbara for his Horatio: Honor has fallen in love with the Earl of White Haven. I've been careful to avoid spoilers on this series, but if I had to guess, things don't look good for White Haven's wife.
In Enemy Hands does not have the distinction of redeeming the Honor Harrington series. It is another installment that is long, drawn out and rather boring.

Honor is now a Commodore in the Manticoran Navy, rather restored compared to her situation a few books ago. While waiting for the next big engagement, she goes on an escort mission and is captured by the Peeps, along with some of her personnel, including Nimitz, McKeon, LaFollet, Harkness and a female character that I can barely remember.

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Kathy Davie
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm addicted. Got home with In Enemy Hands and I just had to sit down and read to find out what happens next in the Alliance-Peeps war.

Jesus, talk about intense and very emotional...I hate having to wait until the next book.
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was good, even though I read it out of order--which can be agonizing on Harrington books.

The usual chapter-long recapitulations and data dumps early on finally gives way to a fun, interesting story.
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Just when Honor seemed to be back on track in the RMN, resuming her illustrious career there, the universe seems to turn against her. Caught in a surprise ambush, she manages to save the rest of her convoy, but the ship she is on is captured.

Now the Peeps have her, and and their queen of propaganda, Cordelia Ransom, has specific designs on Harrington's fate - and those plans don't include longevity of life.

In several of the more exceptional books of this series, the pace has gone from steady to
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Yet again, terrific space stuff.

Dull, long-winded, repetitive political discussions and meetings.

Why write one book, when you can sell three?
Ward G
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-tech
One thing to like about this series.
A constant change in events and perils for Honor.

I was worried when starting this series. That it was going to be a stream.
Of same plot ideas, just worked different order.
So far it stays fresh, as the character evolves, through years of struggles.

Once again, she is placed in a different set of events and circumstance.
This one also seems to work, growing some of the other characters.
Not just spotlight mainly just on Honor.

Things do NOT go well for her here.
In f
Eric Leeson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The mindset of the enemy is portrayed predominately in this novel. The cracks in their government and their military are becoming more pronounced and like any wounded animal they may lash out wildly against anyone that ventures too close. Then, they are offered a boon when a successful strike nets them a victory without significant losses and the major prize, Honor Harrington. The ensuing drama leaves little doubt as to the danger any Manticorian soldier is in and the evil that leads their secre ...more
Review of the audio book.
3.5 stars rounded down due to lots of bloat. Not a standalone. Space opera.

This is my second time around with this book; the first time I read it while this time I listened. I found myself skipping lots of bloat, either excessive weapons descriptions or recaps of material already presented many times.

Beside the story which I like, the best part of the Honor Harrington series is the randomness in which supporting cast characters are female or male. A general, a judge or
This was a "strange" novel for my second reading of the same. It was so blasted slow starting out! The author spends well over two hundred pages setting things up (including a potential tryst between Honor and Lord Hamish Alexander that goes nowhere in this novel, but sets things up for future novels), and it is incredibly slow moving for the first three hundred pages of the book. The author brings in characters from former novels as well as introduces new characters to the mix (which does not n ...more
Shaun Thomas
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Am I done with David Weber's Honor Harrington series yet? Sadly, no. After finishing In Enemy Hands, I still have many more to go, but it's not a struggle I dread.

Fittingly, this particular installment is more about Haven than Honor or Manticore. The first half of the book is almost purely setup, and considering the title, it's not exactly a surprise that our heroine is eventually captured. But that's fine in this context, because Haven has historically received the short end of the stick. Haven
Jun 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
As some of the other reviewers have said, this is not the strongest book in the Honor Harrington series (although it is still very good). My reason for finding it somewhat heavy going is probably, however, idiosyncratic: I just don't like reading about suffering, particularly in the context of captivity and torture. Not that torture is more than alluded to in the book -- we're nowhere close to the blood-soaked pages of Carey's "Kushiel's Legacy" series, or Mieville's "Perdido Street Station" -- ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
This novel, IMO, is where Honor Harrington jumps the shark.

Honor is captured by the Peeps, who don't like her and execute her. Well, except for the part where... No, never mind, that would be spoiling.

This also contains the very start of the Lord-Nelson-approved affair with a married woman, er, man. Weber maintained he had to do it to be fair to "Nelson in Space". Many of his fans at the time replied, "No, you don't."

The first six novels are good space opera, although the sixth (Honor Among Enem
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars. This is a very long book, almost 600 pages. The first half dragged for me with all the techno-babble on the configurations of the various classes of battleships and then all the discussions on battle strategies - I wish they were all put into appendices like the illustrations of the battleships!

After skipping through most of the first half, the story only got interesting when Honor was actually In Enemy Hands. But what came across was her people's devotion is almost slavish. And, as
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Not my favorite, but still quite good.

The book does much as the title implies. Things had to go wrong sometime and Honor loses and gets captured. Things get complicate with lots of politics and propaganda. Which is kind of what makes this a lesser book than the rest. The battles, fights and all the time spend with Honor is excellent, but there is way to much politics and to much time spent on people other than Honor herself.

The series moves away just a bit to far from Honor personal story to th
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
2018 re-read. This is a really good book, but my least favorite story line of this series Still, 5 stars!
Mandy Galileo
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Riveting adventure, a true heroine and Weber is a great storyteller.
Richard Radgoski
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Enemy Hands is the seventh book in the Honor Harrington series, and another audio book that I listened to with my son. We both really enjoy this series, even with its (small) flaws.

The deeper we go in the series, it's becoming more true that in order to *really* get the most out of the novel, you must have read the previous books. While the casual reader could pick up the book and enjoy it without having read the previous, the emotional impact of certain scenes will be lessened without alrea
J.L. Dobias
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelf-002
In Enemy Hands By David Weber (Honor Harrington Series Book 7)

As far as the honor character I really do enjoy the first three book much more than the rest. But in regards to the whole story and series this book is a pivotal part and it does have much more of depth into Honor's Character than I might have previously given it.

This is a long book and it carry's on the tradition of Political Military suspense thriller that David Weber has been building from day one. Everything that seemed extra and
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really do want to stick with the Honor Harrington series through all of the books. But Weber makes this harder and harder, since each book seems to have less and less action. Or maybe I'm just growing more and more weary of the long dialogues between political characters about political situations. Or maybe it's the long drawn out descriptions of engineering details that Weber has dreamt up about something. I love that he's taken the time to figure out how things work and made it all believabl ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
This one is no filler. I forgot what an emotional rollercoaster this one was. Following the events of the last book, Honor is promoted to Commodore and given command of an international cruiser division operating out of Yeltsin's Star (the Grayson system). For their shakedown cruise they're given the task of escorting a convoy of fast merchant vessels. It should be a milk run, but one of the systems they pass through is controlled by the Peeps. Honor and her officers are captured, and handed ove ...more
This completes another step in my "re-read" of the Honor Harrington series in audio format. (Allyson Johnson is a terrific narrator, BTW.)
This book could be subtitled 'Honor Bound for Hell', for that is where it takes her. This segment of her story is darker than most. Honor doesn't get much of a chance to be a naval hero this time for, as you can figure just from the title and cover blurb, she spends much of the time in confinement. And, those who hold her prisoner are not in any way kind. It w
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing about reading a long-standing series is that you have a clue about the final disposition of the major character. (With David Weber, one cannot say major characters don't get killed, that is for sure.) Still, my heart was in my mouth more than once. And this book deserves a tissue warning.

There is little I can write about this book without spoilers. I think part of the underlying theme is how people behave at the height of triumph and the pit of defeat. Those can be defining moments and
Ned Leffingwell
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I think that this is my favorite book in the Honor Harrington series so far. It started off a little slow and then included everything that I like in a Harrington book. It had space combat scenes with lots of explosions and tactical wizardry. One of the aspects of the book that I really enjoyed was the focus on characters in the People's Republic of Haven Navy, or the "bad guys". The PRH is portrayed as a mix of revolutionary France and and the Soviet Union. The Peep (as they are called in the b ...more
James Thomas
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Books that I look forward getting back to are what I like. This is that series for me. Honor displays a little more vulnerability in this book than in previous books but in the end she still turns out to be super human and wins despite the odds (Otherwise the series would end at 7 and who would want that). Another book filled with action and politics and some more intrigue. The Havenite Empire is a divided empire while Manticore stays mostly united despite the political divisions. Much of his un ...more
Steven Allen
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So far this has been one of my favorite Honor Harrington books. Regrettably there are a lot of character losses in this book as well. There are also some really surprising plot twists that were a pleasant surprise; not something that I expected of this author. Usually Space Opera is fairly formulaic, but the author did a good job stretching that formula. Some new ground is also explored in this book which leads into the next Honor adventure.
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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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