Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Echoes of Honor by David Weber

Echoes of Honor (Honor Harrington Series, Book 8)
I waited for this book to hit paperback for a long time, and was just mildly disappointed when it did. I'm not partial to the whole plot mechanism of jumping back and forth between characters and POVs, as you may have gathered from some of my other reviews. Weber spends, IMHO, far too much time on developing the action in areas other than those that our heroine, Honor, is directly involved with.

However, as with all of Weber's stories, it is well written and fairly rapidly paced. As you may or may not recall, through having read earlier Honor novels, Honor narrowly escaped being executed by the Peep department of State Security and is stranded with some of her loyal crew on the prison planet of Hell (or Hades) in the novel just prior to Echoes. Weber picks up the story line perhaps a couple of weeks later. The Peeps, as a propaganda ploy, broadcast a faked version of Honor's execution across the galaxy, discouraging some of the Manticoran Alliance's allies and enraging others.

Also, due to some bold new strategies on the part of the new head of the Peep department of War, the conflict begins to go quite badly for the RMN and allied fleets. In the meantime, Honor and her crew are busy conquering the prison planet and liberating the POWs as well as the Peeps' political prisoners held there. Did you expect anything less from Admiral Harrington?

Stay tuned for the next installment. Bottom line - all the Honor Harrington novels are worth waiting for, but not worth paying hardcover prices.

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