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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Mission of Honor by David Weber

Mission of Honor is the latest in the Honor Harrington Space Opera series by Weber.  I love Weber--his books are loonngg, full of realistic characters and involved plots, abounding in political negotiations and deceptions and riveting battle tactics. I love them!

However, this is a series that is best (and perhaps, only) appreciated if you begin with the first one.  The number of characters and complex relationships and plots need to be followed from the beginning.  I've written lots of reviews and posts on the Honor Harrington series and the Safehold series and so it is easy to deduce my fascination with Weber's creations.

Now that the war with Haven is over, Weber delivers more on the hints he has previously offered about an underlying conspiracy that has shaped the history of Haven and Manticore.  Honor goes to Haven on a diplomatic mission even as the Mesan Alignment advances its plans to involve Manticore in another war. 

I admit that these science fiction/space opera novels are not for everyone...they are very, very long and have hundreds of characters, but each character comes off the page.  I'm always impressed with Weber's world-building, character development, military tactics, and his ability to consider the motives and reasoning of not only the good guys, but the bad guys as well.

How long will I have to wait for the next one?

Fiction.  ScienceFiction/Space Opera/ Military.  2010.  600 pages.


  1. I love that these sound so complex and involved. I will add it to fictfact so that it can tell me which book i should start with.

  2. I have the first two books waiting patiently for me to find time for them after you commented somewhere and said they were your favourite... something... I can't remember exactly what you said, but it lead me to get them!

  3. My son loves David Weber but I can't get him to read this series. So weird. I'm glad you're enjoying them. Maybe someday I'll lure him. He's always looking for new books. He rereads from his personal collection, which is really cool.

  4. Nancy - I bet he'd love this series if he tried it. What I love the most (besides the characters) are the descriptions of the ships and the military aspect. Weber makes it all real, and I really never have to "suspend disbelief"--it all seems more believable and logical than anything with the real space program.

  5. Kailana - I hope you enjoy them. They are not girly books, but they fascinate me. Weber is amazing in his ability to bring a world to life!

  6. Nicole - I'm obviously working backwards here. It has been that kind of morning! I think Basilisk Station was the first one in the series.