Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington, #14)
HONOR'S FINISHING WHAT SHE STARTED The Solarian League's navy counts its superdreadnoughts by the thousands. Not even its own government knows how enormous its economy truly is. And for hundreds of years, the League has borne the banner of human civilization, been the ideal to which humanity aspires in its diaspora across the galaxy. But the bureaucrats known as the "Mandarins," who rule today's League, are not the men and women who founded it so long ago. They are corrupt, venal, accountable to no one . . . and they've decided the upstart Star Kingdom of Manticore must be destroyed.Honor Harrington has worn the Star Kingdom's uniform for half a century and served her monarch and her people well. In the course of those years, the woman the newsies call the Salamander has grown from a tactically brilliant but politically naïve junior officer to supreme fleet command and a seat on the highest military and political councils of the Grand Alliance. Very few people know war the way Honor Harrington does. Very few have lost as many men and women, as many friends, as much family, as she has. Yet despite that, hers has been a voice of caution. She knows the Mandarins and the Solarian League Navy are growing increasingly desperate as the truth of their technological inferiority sinks home, but she also knows the sheer size of the League. And she knows how its citizens will react if the Grand Alliance takes the war to the League, attacks its star systems, destroys its infrastructure . . . kills its civilians. Today's victory, bought on those terms, can only guarantee a future war of revenge against a resurgent Solarian League and its navy. Honor knows the Grand Alliance must find a victory that doesn't require incursions deep into Solarian space, doesn't leave a legacy of bottomless hatred, and the strategy she supports has been working.The League is sliding towards inglorious defeat as it steadily loses ground in the Protectorates and the Verge. As its central government teeters towards bankruptcy and even some of its core systems opt to secede in the face of the Mandarins' corruption. As the Solarian Navy finally realizes it cannot face an Alliance battle fleet and win. But the Mandarins have embraced a desperate new strategy, and in pursuit of that strategy, the SLN has committed atrocities such as the galaxy has not known in a thousand years. The League have violated its own Eridani Edict against mass civilian casualties, violated the Deneb Accords prohibition on war crimes. And they have finally killed too many of the people Honor Harrington loves.Hers is the voice of caution and compromise no longer, and the galaxy is about to see something it has never imagined. The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake.

Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington, #14) Details

TitleUncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington, #14)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherBaen
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GenreScience Fiction, Space, Space Opera, Fiction

Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington, #14) Review

  • Gillian Wiseman
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved this series. The first seven books are superb, and I reread them every few years. Having said that, I could barely read this one. It's too long. It has too many points of view. It was too predictable. And I'm sorry, it was way over the top. Everything about each and every character has become "the best" or "the worst" or "the most ever seen" in any living human ever. I mean, come on... the descriptions of Emily's spirit, of Honor's horrific determination, etc... were just tiresomely I have loved this series. The first seven books are superb, and I reread them every few years. Having said that, I could barely read this one. It's too long. It has too many points of view. It was too predictable. And I'm sorry, it was way over the top. Everything about each and every character has become "the best" or "the worst" or "the most ever seen" in any living human ever. I mean, come on... the descriptions of Emily's spirit, of Honor's horrific determination, etc... were just tiresomely OTT. And who did NOT expect the "revelation" of a certain character's survival? I mean, it was so predictable. I knew from the very moment their ship was diverted that the only reason was that there would be massive (foreshadowed) death, and they would somehow survive by the skins of their teeth. And then, we only get to read about it in backflash. How about cutting out a hundred pages of descriptions of missile systems, and give us some actual adventure-plot survival story? And the whole idea (view spoiler)[ that the Manties could stand up militarily and handily defeat the Sollies just didn't pass muster for me. Defend themselves, yes. Romp directly into the center of their home system and defeat them with (seemingly) one arm tied behind their backs? NOT believable. (hide spoiler)]Sorry, this series passed its prime about 3-5 books back. It needs to end.
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  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    I can't believe I keep reading these things. 800 pages, and more death and destruction than is even remotely required. Fortunately, it can be skimmed when you get to the stupid parts, which cuts the book about in half. I gave it 3 stars, but even that was a push.
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  • Liviu
    January 1, 1970
    The ending of the Honorverse story-line started in 1993 with On Basilisk Station though of course the story goes on and hopefully sooner rather than later we get another book in the universe; to paraphrase the title, the novel was uncompromisingly good with one major complaint, namely that it ended - I wanted another 800 pages at the least - this being said the ending is quite satisfactory from the main story line point of view (Hono's saga, the Grand Alliance vs the Solarian League) but of cour The ending of the Honorverse story-line started in 1993 with On Basilisk Station though of course the story goes on and hopefully sooner rather than later we get another book in the universe; to paraphrase the title, the novel was uncompromisingly good with one major complaint, namely that it ended - I wanted another 800 pages at the least - this being said the ending is quite satisfactory from the main story line point of view (Hono's saga, the Grand Alliance vs the Solarian League) but of course the main bad guys disappeared down the rabbit hole with Houdini and while they make their presence felt in a very clear way, nobody really knows where to look for them so again I want more and soon!
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  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    [2 May 2018]I enjoyed this book. The first half contained a few exciting space battles, and actually involved Honor quite a bit. After that there was a section that slowed down quite a bit, focusing on a number of long political "discussions" and several hard to follow conversations among the Solarian League special intelligence analysts. Then in the last third things heated up again and became very exciting, suspenseful, and maddening. Maddening because it seemed like everything was resolved mu [2 May 2018]I enjoyed this book. The first half contained a few exciting space battles, and actually involved Honor quite a bit. After that there was a section that slowed down quite a bit, focusing on a number of long political "discussions" and several hard to follow conversations among the Solarian League special intelligence analysts. Then in the last third things heated up again and became very exciting, suspenseful, and maddening. Maddening because it seemed like everything was resolved much too easily. And, in fact, not everything was resolved. The book was advertised as the "climax" of the Honor Harrington series. That may or may not be true, depending on how you define the series, but I suspect there will be at least one more book in the Honorverse generally, though it may not be by Weber. I got the feeling from this book that the author was taking short cuts in order to wrap things up and "be done with it". That infuriates me, but I can understand it after twenty-some books. Still I would recommend it to all Honorverse fans.
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  • John Cunningham
    January 1, 1970
    (Spoiler alert!) Well, it's Honor Harrington so there's much to like. The book isn't quite a sequel since it takes place concurrently with the last Honorverse books, so I had to refer to Cauldron of Ghosts and Shadow of Victory to refresh myself. The pacing for me was too slow. The space battles are top notch -- but I was disappointed at how much time is spent by the many many characters in staff meetings and at meals, talkety-talk-talking amidst descriptions of how well cooked their steaks were (Spoiler alert!) Well, it's Honor Harrington so there's much to like. The book isn't quite a sequel since it takes place concurrently with the last Honorverse books, so I had to refer to Cauldron of Ghosts and Shadow of Victory to refresh myself. The pacing for me was too slow. The space battles are top notch -- but I was disappointed at how much time is spent by the many many characters in staff meetings and at meals, talkety-talk-talking amidst descriptions of how well cooked their steaks were. Too many ancillary characters introduced, sometimes with a deep background, plots around them developed and then abandoned -- adding nothing to the story. Scenes intended to tug at my heart strings fell flat. The Alignment is as super duper bad as always -- never missing a beat, perfect terrorist ops going on flawlessly, their agents all nano-suiciding if caught, etc. Even though the Sollies expire painlessly in a *very* anti-climactic ending, the Alignment is left very much alive and kicking for some espionage sequels I suppose.Honor herself doesn't kick into gear until 9/10ths of the book has languidly passed by in character development scenes and meetings, and then gets pissed and drives the war to a close in about 50 pages in what seems to be a rushed ending.I wish an editor had whacked about half of the book out and tightened it up, given it better pacing and helped make the well written space battles "pop" more.
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  • Seth
    January 1, 1970
    There were some faults in the series from the beginning. Too many characters, a few pages of random information dumps here and there... But for all that, you could at least count on 200 pages of spaceship on spaceship violence that were almost impossible to put down. With each book in the series, the action diminishes and the bloat of characters, politics, technology and everything else takes up more and more space. I'm glad to know what happens as Honor's story seems to be wrapping up, but ther There were some faults in the series from the beginning. Too many characters, a few pages of random information dumps here and there... But for all that, you could at least count on 200 pages of spaceship on spaceship violence that were almost impossible to put down. With each book in the series, the action diminishes and the bloat of characters, politics, technology and everything else takes up more and more space. I'm glad to know what happens as Honor's story seems to be wrapping up, but there's not much joy and excitement left in this series anymore.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent, I highly recommend it!
  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    Uncompromising Honor picks up straight away from the previous book though there is a bit of overlap chronologically with the previous book as which it soon passes! :D The Sollies are getting increasingly desperate as the war drags on and the Grand Alliance keeps filling its recycling centres with what remains of their ships and this desperate draws them into more and more desperate measures that see the Manticore stepping in doing there dramatic stands as they have a habit of doing! :D HMS Phant Uncompromising Honor picks up straight away from the previous book though there is a bit of overlap chronologically with the previous book as which it soon passes! :D The Sollies are getting increasingly desperate as the war drags on and the Grand Alliance keeps filling its recycling centres with what remains of their ships and this desperate draws them into more and more desperate measures that see the Manticore stepping in doing there dramatic stands as they have a habit of doing! :D HMS Phantom and co stand against overwhelming odds is only one of the grim chined but brilliant stands you see throughout the book! :D A lot of the tension throughout the book not knowing who is going to win or not comes from the simply massive odds the Grand Alliance confronts! :D At the same time the the nature of the League and the sheer way they manage to convince themselves to do what they are doing really leaves you with little sympathy for what you know they are going to get! :DThe investigation into the Mesan angle continues apace throughout the book with Manticore squarely getting the blame for the atrocities committed on the planet which of course the Mandarins and co leap onto in an attempt to gain on the public opinion battle with the Alliance! :D The always gives a showcase for the Ghost Hunters in the League who are also suspicious and the way that they that they convince Admiral Kingsford will have you laughing away when you maybe shouldn't be! :DThe action throughout, as you would expect is brilliantly staged but at the same time their are the politics are handled excellently and they way the military and the politics interweave is cleverly done allowing both the military to grandstand on both sides but at the same time we also get to see and weaselly most of the Mandarins are though Kolokoltsov does start to have the light bulbs go off a little to late! :DAs ever Honor herself and those around her are put through the ringer repeatedly and when enough is enough she and the Empress decide to take the wall directly to the League you know that the proverbial is going to hit the fan! :D The way Honor does this brilliantly handled as she is still incredibly, despite everything, mindful that she cannot antagonise the deceived masses of the League! :D At the same time while Honor is busily accepting military surrenders left right and centre the Mandarins still continue with business as usual almost to the point of self-delusion and the plays brilliantly as a counterpoint to what she is doing! :D Honor does get great news which again spins the character around but she still pushes on and her 'conquest demands' really lay it on brilliantly and this brilliantly set things up for future books! :D This leads to other intriguing possibilities as well as there is unexplored space out there and systems that have barely got a mention so etc so great world building is there throughout as well! :DAt the same time Honor wanting to spend more time with family brilliantly dovetails with her growing family and the hiding of the Mesan contingent set things up for future books possibly with her kids grown up! :D Throughout we also get to see people like Helen, Harahap, Rafe, Anton etc and we get to see them bring set up for future books and this complements and weaves perfectly with the rest of the plots as well though beware of George R R Martin syndrome as the book really keeps you guessing as to what is going to happen to characters on both sides! :D The beginnings if setting up a permanent alliance is also cleverly done and will in turn rival the league meaning future books will have a very different landscape indeed! :DUncompromising is brilliant from start to finish, with you never guessing as to which way the book is going to go! :D It is full of action, action politics, heroics, cunning, plot twists and action packed throughout! :D Brilliantly crisp high five and highly recommended go get when you can! :D
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  • Leisuresuitlarry
    January 1, 1970
    This review is for the EARC.I have to say that this is ultimately an anti-climactic ending to this arc Honor Harrington's story. I don't believe for an instant that this is the last we'll see of Honor. In fact, I seem to remember reading somewhere that the fight with the Solarian League was supposed to be Raoul's and Katherine's story, and I have to believe that David Weber just shifted some plans (view spoiler)[so that they can be front and center in dealing with the Mesan Alignment (hide spoil This review is for the EARC.I have to say that this is ultimately an anti-climactic ending to this arc Honor Harrington's story. I don't believe for an instant that this is the last we'll see of Honor. In fact, I seem to remember reading somewhere that the fight with the Solarian League was supposed to be Raoul's and Katherine's story, and I have to believe that David Weber just shifted some plans (view spoiler)[so that they can be front and center in dealing with the Mesan Alignment (hide spoiler)].Oh, yeah. Spoiler alert: (view spoiler)[The whole Mesan Alignment thing is not resolved by the end of this. (hide spoiler)]Some good things about this book. First, there are essentially two climaxes (well, two big ones and a little one). One happens about halfway through and is pretty awesome. The other happens about three-quarters the way through, and while it's gripping, it's pretty horrifying. Second, when Honor is in it, Honor is IN it. Third, the Solarian League finally learns what it means to piss off the Salamander.That being said, there are also some things I didn't like. There's way too much talky-talky. I like the politics of the series, but there's just too much of it going on. For a book named after the main character of the series and for a mainline book of the series, the title character isn't in it very much. Frankly, she's not in either of the big climactic moments. She's the star of the third and final climax, but that one is way overshadowed by the other two. Oh, and (view spoiler)[big character death and un-death revelation fell kind of flat. Who didn't see that coming? (hide spoiler)]Ultimately, nothing I say here is going to make a difference in whether you read the book. If you've made it through 13 books in the Honor Harrington series, you're going read book 14. I just wouldn't expect to come out of this one completely satisfied. A bunch of storylines are wrapped up. A bunch of hints are dropped for the next series. I can't wait to find out more about Raoul, and he's not even two years old yet. (view spoiler)[But the nasty Mesan Alignment is still out there with whatever nefarious plan they have. (hide spoiler)]I'm always looking forward to more in this universe, and I don't see that changing. I just didn't love this one as much as I should love the ending of Honor's arc.
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  • Johan Bastiaanssen
    January 1, 1970
    This book could be the end of the Honor Harrington series as we know it. The mandarins that have been ruling the Solarian League will finally be brought to justice, but many of the familiar characters in the series do not live to see this conclusion. The core of the Mesan Alignment has disappeared down the proverbial rabbit hole, and maybe Honor's children will be the ones to deal with them if they ever return. But before you get to this point, you will be familiarized with new weapons developme This book could be the end of the Honor Harrington series as we know it. The mandarins that have been ruling the Solarian League will finally be brought to justice, but many of the familiar characters in the series do not live to see this conclusion. The core of the Mesan Alignment has disappeared down the proverbial rabbit hole, and maybe Honor's children will be the ones to deal with them if they ever return. But before you get to this point, you will be familiarized with new weapons developments, weep over the valiant death of thousands of brave officers, salute the men that will not abandon ship before every woman and child is brought to safety. The SLN does not win any battles in this book, but they cause Beowulf to suffer a horrible massacre perpetrated by pawns of the Mesan Alignment. If you have never read a book in the Honor Harrington series, please start at the beginning of the series. So much detail and so many characters will only be fully appreciated if you have taken the time to read most of the earlier books. This story may seem long, but it builds up to a small climax early on, and then takes you for the long ride to the grand finale. Definitely worth the read!
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  • Guillaume
    January 1, 1970
    Good points :- story advancing- no repetitions from other books- a few interesting treecats sceneBad points :- too much worthless meetings - Is it really a Honor Harrington Book ? She's maybe in 25% of the book.- too much secondary/unknown characters taking too much book timeMaybe I should have waited for the final, non ARC book (hoping it's going to be severely edited...)
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  • Piotr
    January 1, 1970
    My biggest disappointment in the whole series. In my opinion, some of the threads unnecessarily placed in this book instead of in the next part of the spinoff, shadow of saganami. The whole story first stretches and maneuvers to be cut in a few quick events which deserved much more attention.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    A book by David Weber in the Honorverse that actually has Honor Harrington in it is always a treat. As usual, this also is an extremely long book which could easily have been edited down quite a bit. I read this as an eARC and it could be trimmed before publishing but it probably won't. Manticore is reeling from an attack on their infrastructure by the Solarian Navy. The Mandarin's, the Solarian leaders based on old Earth have decided Manticore is a threat and are uninterested in any 'neobarb' A book by David Weber in the Honorverse that actually has Honor Harrington in it is always a treat. As usual, this also is an extremely long book which could easily have been edited down quite a bit. I read this as an eARC and it could be trimmed before publishing but it probably won't. Manticore is reeling from an attack on their infrastructure by the Solarian Navy. The Mandarin's, the Solarian leaders based on old Earth have decided Manticore is a threat and are uninterested in any 'neobarb' defense from Manticore or Haven or Grayson who now form a Grand Alliance to fight off Solarians and others (especially the Mesa based Alignment, the shadowy, centuries old conspiracy group). The Solarian's have been the oldest and biggest government in the universe for so long they have fallen into the dangerous thinking of believing that things will not change. Honor is now the head of the Manticoran fleet and it's been 50 years since she started her naval career. With Prolong, the treatment which extends life for a couple of hundred years careers are quite different although as a naval officer your life can of course be cut short in battle. This has been billed as the last book in Honor Harrington's series although there are so many characters in all of David Weber's books, he easily could use other characters to continue the story. In any case, there are numerous plots in this book all aiming at the final very exciting scenes when Honor Harrington takes the battle to the Solarians. Fans of Honor Harrington will definitely read it (even if they fume as they wade through the never ending technical descriptions!) and they still will want to know what happens next.
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  • Alexia Chantel
    January 1, 1970
    Action, Honor Harrington, and treecats. I would have liked to have more of all three, especially the treecats. But Honor Harrington book 14 still has space battles! Space battles for the win!*ebook courtesy of Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewFull review to come at Reading Between the Wines Book Club.http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbook...
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    An unsatisfying conclusion with solid action (as always) despite its meandering.
  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Finally! The mad wizard weber (MWW) (author) moves the timeline forward. No more jumping all over the place... Altho to be fair, this book does start either 'before' the events on Mesa, or at least, before news of the events reaches the rest of the books characters until around halfway through the book..Regardless! It doesn't FEEL like the constant backtracking and reshashing of the same events over and over again as the last .. 4-5? books have. (Shadow of Victory, Shadow of Freedom, Cauldron of Finally! The mad wizard weber (MWW) (author) moves the timeline forward. No more jumping all over the place... Altho to be fair, this book does start either 'before' the events on Mesa, or at least, before news of the events reaches the rest of the books characters until around halfway through the book..Regardless! It doesn't FEEL like the constant backtracking and reshashing of the same events over and over again as the last .. 4-5? books have. (Shadow of Victory, Shadow of Freedom, Cauldron of Ghosts, A Rising Thunder, Mission of Honor.).. So if that was a major turn off for you in the past.. it's FINALLY OVER!This book brings about the end of, paraphrasing the author here, the 'Story Arc' of Honor Harrinton, which began in 'On Basilisk Station'. It does so with some cheesiness in various aspects, and some death and destruction in others. But it does so satisfactorily by the end.Direct Author quote from his schedule post on his forums: "For the record, I never said that Uncompromising [Honor] would be the end of the Honorverse. I anticipate doing a lot more books in this literary universe. Some of the novels I want to write amount to backstory — Alfred Harrington's Marine career, for example. Others would explore threads I never got the chance to follow up on in the main arc. And others will probably continue with core characters from the current line of novels."Some speculation on this is that, like the safehold series, MWW will do a timejump forward 20-50 years where the 'young' people that are mere children, or even Ensigns, will be our new main characters 'Captains' and 'Admirals'.. and where Honor herself may be an older political figure such as First Space Lord.
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  • Vexation
    January 1, 1970
    Finally, an Honorverse book where New Things Happen(tm) and the plot moves forward - possibly to a conclusion. I can't say it's great (definately not up to par with the stellar early volumes of the series) but at least you are not served the same dish warmed up and repackaged.The battles are somewhat interesting, and somehow the author makes a serious attempt to write himself out of the hole he put himself in and provide something fresh. Still, there's a lot of filler material in between, very b Finally, an Honorverse book where New Things Happen(tm) and the plot moves forward - possibly to a conclusion. I can't say it's great (definately not up to par with the stellar early volumes of the series) but at least you are not served the same dish warmed up and repackaged.The battles are somewhat interesting, and somehow the author makes a serious attempt to write himself out of the hole he put himself in and provide something fresh. Still, there's a lot of filler material in between, very bad use of foreign language (e.g. the use of Greek in the space station evacuation scene is deplorable) and the same copy-paste references to people and things that any HH fan already knows by heart.Can't say I'm happy about this, can't say I'm disappointed. I sincerely hope the actual book gets a bit of trimming before going to print.
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  • Miss OP
    January 1, 1970
    get em Honor
  • Tim Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    It will sound like I'm griping, and I suppose I am a bit. For all of the things that disappointed me, I was still ecstatic to have more Honor Harrington. The story itself actually MOVED somewhere. It had consequences for all involved. It gave us a peek at some storylines that have been hanging a bit. We got to see some frigging resolution to some things! That's why I gave it 4 stars. I enjoyed it even with the flaws. Maybe I enjoyed it because we've waited so long for it. Possibly. If nothing el It will sound like I'm griping, and I suppose I am a bit. For all of the things that disappointed me, I was still ecstatic to have more Honor Harrington. The story itself actually MOVED somewhere. It had consequences for all involved. It gave us a peek at some storylines that have been hanging a bit. We got to see some frigging resolution to some things! That's why I gave it 4 stars. I enjoyed it even with the flaws. Maybe I enjoyed it because we've waited so long for it. Possibly. If nothing else, it cleared the decks for the story to continue in a better, more focused way. There were some very good personal bits in the midst of all the stuff happening and there some very good stuff surrounding the personal bits. But it didn't flow as well as the earlier books.This book was like a brain dump of all that Weber wanted to get done with Honor and the current storyline. It was a book about events more than it was about the characters. The best of the earlier books were character-driven more so than event-driven. It was about personal conflict and interaction. For a while now, it's been about the events and where the storyline needs to go.Overall I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm glad Weber finally got back to the main storyline without repeating stuff from earlier books, but a lot of it still felt more like an Honorverse novel than one of the mainline books. Perhaps there was too much Firebrand and focus on the Solarian League intrigue still. There was a lot of jumping around from one character to another in the storytelling. On the other hand, I liked that all those threads were finally coming together in the same place for once. In some ways it was fantastic. In other ways, it was plodding and even unsurprising. I guessed several major plot points well before they happened which always annoys me. I'd rather be engrossed than guessing about what's coming. Some things seemed to happen too fast in the storyline, such as the Sollies' technical advances and putting together Operation Fabius. Given the lethargy of the League, it seemed to be contrived. Some things happened and then that was the end of it. Major characters meet their end, off-page. Others just no longer appear. And as usual, there was the obligatory calculations of missles, flight times, etc. Not so much on the acceleration of ships at X number of gravities, etc., thank God.The wrap-up to the story was satisfying in that it was actually wrapped up. This could really be the end of the Honor Harrington-led phase of the story. There was conflict, death, triumph and closure on a lot of things personally for some characters, but a lot of it seemed rushed, forced or checking a box. Getting from the beginning of the book to the end really could and probably should have been more like three novels or more. There were so many characters, so many events and so many locations. The final resolution of the conflict with the League and the post-war aftermath with the Grand Alliance was more like telling us what would have happened if there'd been an actual book dedicated to it.The Honor books have seemed like no one is offering editorial advice for a long while. Maybe Weber is at that point where he can do what he wants. You see that with a lot of writers who get to a certain level of sales/popularity. No one seems to edit them anymore for plot and story. So, yeah. Four stars. Could have been five. Maybe it could have been three. Still would have read it no matter what, because even for all the flaws, she's still Honor Harrington.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This epic space opera is the 19th in the Honor Harrington series and is filled with adventure, battles, weapons, hidden enemies and enemies not so hidden. Manticore is trying to recover from the sneak attack that ruined much of their military industrial complex and millions of innocent civilians. To do so they have forged alliances with their oldest enemy, the People's Republic of Haven, and other star systems because they know the Solarian League centered on Old Earth will take advantage of any This epic space opera is the 19th in the Honor Harrington series and is filled with adventure, battles, weapons, hidden enemies and enemies not so hidden. Manticore is trying to recover from the sneak attack that ruined much of their military industrial complex and millions of innocent civilians. To do so they have forged alliances with their oldest enemy, the People's Republic of Haven, and other star systems because they know the Solarian League centered on Old Earth will take advantage of any weakness.Speaking of Old Earth, it is in the control of an unelected bureaucracy known as the Mandarins who want Manticore defeated and who are not above using their space navy to commit war crimes in star systems who are neutral or allying with the Grand Alliance. They are also trying to use military force to keep their member planets from voting out of the Solarian League mainly because it is hurting the Mandarin's bottom lines. Their major goal seems to be padding their own pockets and covering their own "arses." They have no idea, and refuse to believe, that they are being manipulated by the very secret Mesan Alliance. Those on Haven and Manticore are aware of this hidden enemy but are, so far, unable to locate them or understand their end goal.This story has multiple plot threads woven through its 784 pages and the reader jumps around to find out what is happening a very large galaxy. See, the Mesan Alliance is fomenting rebellions on many of the fringe and Protectorate planets and promising that Manticore will back them up. Since Manticore doesn't know this, it can't be more than a deadly attempt to smear Manticore's name and reputation among the planet systems who should be their potential allies. Of course, when they do find out, they do what they can to help.Manticore and its allies are so far ahead of Sol in military technology that all the Solarian attacks really accomplish is killing lots of the Solarian Navy but the hidden Mesan Alignment is doing their bit to help out the Solarians just to keep the pot of chaos boiling. But then they go too far.When an attack on Beowulf is repelled by Grand Alliance forces but hidden nuclear bombs take out three of Beowulf's space habits killing 43 million people including many diplomats who are meeting to decide what to do about the Solarian League's threat, Honor and the Grand Alliance have had enough. Wracked with grief because many of her friends and her husband were at the Conference, Honor and the Grand Alliance target the headquarters of the Solarian League to bring the war home to them.This book was filled with grand adventure, great acts of heroism, great acts of evil, quiet loving home moments, and treecats. While it could be considered the end of Honor's involvement in Manticore's Space Navy, there are enough dangling threads for many more sequels. For example, what are Damien Harahap and Anton Zilwicki going to find when they look into the atomic explosions on Mesa? Will they find leads to the sinister Mesan Alliance?While this series may tell me more about missiles, armament and tactics for space battle than I really need or want to know, it is also filled with great characters living interesting lives in a well developed universe. Fans of space opera won't want to miss this episode in a long-running series.
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  • Katrina Blau
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to try again, without the rant. There's hints of spoilers aheadFirst, I mostly enjoyed the book. It's Honor Harrington and I like her and the books she's in, in general. However... (view spoiler)[ I was not pleased with the treatment of her wife, Emily, in this book. It was super Trope-y and, personally, if I'd been the editor I would have mentioned several things about that situation as possibly striking a really bad note; much like those TV shows that bring in a lesbian so they can h I'm going to try again, without the rant. There's hints of spoilers aheadFirst, I mostly enjoyed the book. It's Honor Harrington and I like her and the books she's in, in general. However... (view spoiler)[ I was not pleased with the treatment of her wife, Emily, in this book. It was super Trope-y and, personally, if I'd been the editor I would have mentioned several things about that situation as possibly striking a really bad note; much like those TV shows that bring in a lesbian so they can have the titillation factor and then kill her off, because of the inconvenience of figuring out how to make it work long term. Weber, who writes long term arcs, does not even have the defense that those TV shows usually run as single syndication episodes. Emily deserved better than to be treated as a third wheel. Not just that, she deserved better than having her weaken *just now* and so terribly, and doing something so uncharacteristic as "not bothering" an empath, who likely would have known something was off anyway. It seemed so out of character for the "strong woman producer/social kung fu artist" that it really seemed to come out of nowhere. It was honestly an authorial choice that really bothered me. Especially when we have the emphasis that this is a cooperative marriage that is advancing and working healthily, if with the usual trope that physically challenged people lack sexuality. Whatever... the point is, this particular arc sucked on a lot of levels and not just because I felt manipulated and disappointed by the ultimate resolution (hide spoiler)]Otherwise, despite the inconveniences that comes from shifting perspective, I've grown to appreciate the dips behind the scenes of other actors in Weber's universe. I realized sometime back that he names everyone, as a way of reminding readers that these are individuals - not just shocking numbers, when everything hits the fan. The plot was pretty twisty, even if the villains of the piece came off as lacking depth, beyond the motivation of greed and superiority. The Solarians came off overconfident, but honestly, given the numbers that they supposedly had, they had a right to be. I enjoyed seeing the cooperation between Haven and Manticore starting to work its magic, but the pacing of the story made it seem a bit choppy. (view spoiler)[I will admit, certain things moved a might more quickly and conveniently than I would have expected though... and that was kind of hard to swallow because of the original set up. (hide spoiler)]That said, when I get over my mad I'll probably read through it again - mostly because it's always a pleasure to see Honor Harrington do her thing. So, despite the dings, the book still gets three stars from me.
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  • Peter Petermann
    January 1, 1970
    This review is based on the eARC (electronic Advance Reader Copy).I'm a bit split about this book, on one side I did enjoy it, on the other side, there were a few things that I didn't like.The good parts: Finally another Honorverse Book, and finally one that focuses on a conflict that has been build up and prepared in the last books - where those left me unsatisfied, at the end of this one I was satisfied with how the book ended, and with what it left open and what not. Along the way, there were This review is based on the eARC (electronic Advance Reader Copy).I'm a bit split about this book, on one side I did enjoy it, on the other side, there were a few things that I didn't like.The good parts: Finally another Honorverse Book, and finally one that focuses on a conflict that has been build up and prepared in the last books - where those left me unsatisfied, at the end of this one I was satisfied with how the book ended, and with what it left open and what not. Along the way, there were some nice Space-Battles, and the overall story of the book was enjoyable too.However, the book itself felt stretched - too many characters, too much attempts to enhance the atmosphere by telling microstories that ultimately had no meaning for the main story, and then, what got me really annoyed, an endless list where the reader is lead up to a meeting, describing the arrival of one or more of the characters, describing the circumstances of the meeting, maybe doing some warm-up conversation and then it cuts off to "everyone was satisfied with what was decided", or a description on that someone comes up with a plan and starts giving the orders for that plan, just to cut off there, and then spend time showing how the plan that we don't know plays out. Now, that's ok once or twice to make a bit of mystery, but for me, this was used way too often in this book, up to the point where I got annoyed with it. You don't have to set up a stage if you don't show a play on that stage.All in all the story wouldn't really have lost much if the book would have had 150 pages less, cutting out a bit of the stretch, and that's what made me enjoy it less than some of the earlier books of this series.If I could I'd give this 3 1/2 Stars, but as it is, and looking at how i rated the previous books, this has to settle with 3.
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  • Terje Fokstuen
    January 1, 1970
    Manticore is at war with the Solarian League. Honor leads the combined fleet of Manticore, the Star Kingdom of Grayson, and the Republic of Haven against the Solarian League. The Mesan Alignment perpetrates atrocities, trying to foment a total war between the enormous League and then Alliance. This is arguably the final novel of this part of the Honor storyline. Based on the ending of the eARC I purchased from BAEN, the books will continue though with less warfare between the known nation state/ Manticore is at war with the Solarian League. Honor leads the combined fleet of Manticore, the Star Kingdom of Grayson, and the Republic of Haven against the Solarian League. The Mesan Alignment perpetrates atrocities, trying to foment a total war between the enormous League and then Alliance. This is arguably the final novel of this part of the Honor storyline. Based on the ending of the eARC I purchased from BAEN, the books will continue though with less warfare between the known nation state/alliance players. The book feels rushed, or rather the latter part of it does. There are some very satisfying space battles, a fair amount of conversation by people who may or may not pop up in later novels, and some chortling by the forces of darkness. Though this is a very different series than Weber's Safehold series, the last book in that series also seemed rushed, it finished in three or four hundred pages what would have taken another two or three books at Weber's previous pace. As a long term fan of the Honor series, who has read the first eight books many times, I am glad that David Weber has tightened up his narrative. Some of the latter books, anything after At All Costs, were slow and often seemed adrift. Understandably so since Weber had initially planned for Honor to die at the final battle of At All Costs. As much as I enjoy the Honor books, the latter books almost weren't worth reading. The plot never moved forward, and Honor became a part player in her own universe. This book Uncompromising Honor, does move, and Honor is featured more than she was in the last few Honor and Honor verse books. I recommend this book to fans of the series.
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    This is based on the e-ARC for sale on the Baen website. I expect there will be at least some changes (I hope so) from the official published version in October. I wanted to write a detailed review, but I'd have to use the spoiler tag. After 26 years, 21 books (Honor, Crown, and Shadow), and over 10,000 pages, this is how David Weber chose to end the Honor Harrington story. And honestly? Not really. For a book that should be the epic conclusion to this series, entirely too much of it is spent se This is based on the e-ARC for sale on the Baen website. I expect there will be at least some changes (I hope so) from the official published version in October. I wanted to write a detailed review, but I'd have to use the spoiler tag. After 26 years, 21 books (Honor, Crown, and Shadow), and over 10,000 pages, this is how David Weber chose to end the Honor Harrington story. And honestly? Not really. For a book that should be the epic conclusion to this series, entirely too much of it is spent setting up stories for other books. I knew going in that it wasn't going to be the ending I wished, but it managed to under-serve even those expectations. The previous book, Shadow of Victory spent nearly 800 pages to move the plot forward literally just 3 days. It takes roughly 2/3 of Uncompromising Honor to get to that same point as well. And so much of it is spent in meetings. Meetings on Manticore. Meetings in Beowulf. Meetings on Old Earth. Meetings on Mesa. Meetings with the Alignment. Repeat. And so much of it is unnecessary. I ended up just skipping pages to get past some of them. And one specific part of it I absolutely hated. (spoilers)There is action though. And most of it is excellent, as you'd expect from the series. Few do space combat better. But for the finale of this series, it doesn't feel like enough. And the ending... underwhelming. It was like David Weber suddenly realized he did have to actually finish the book but had run out of steam. It's not a bad ending. It's certainly no Out of the Dark. But it's not a worthy finish to this journey.
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  • Gabbbbbbbbbbbb
    January 1, 1970
    I've read the advanced electronic copy, so I will forgive the author for changing the treecat's name midway. (from Kills Silently to Watches Fires?)--------There is an insane amount of filler up to 80% into the book. There is that story how Solly spooks try to uncover the Alignment & then their entire effort(MANY pages) turns out to be meaningless, mostly. The thing that I love the most in the Honor series are the very plausible sounding space battles & strategy, the hard military scienc I've read the advanced electronic copy, so I will forgive the author for changing the treecat's name midway. (from Kills Silently to Watches Fires?)--------There is an insane amount of filler up to 80% into the book. There is that story how Solly spooks try to uncover the Alignment & then their entire effort(MANY pages) turns out to be meaningless, mostly. The thing that I love the most in the Honor series are the very plausible sounding space battles & strategy, the hard military science fiction. There was some of that, but not a whole lot. So overall there was 10% good Military scifi, 10% good space opera about Honor & co, 10% treecats (always a fun read, 20% buildup & 50% meaningless filler. I'm giving it 3 stars, because the ending was strong & the main storyline is finished enough even if the author never writes another Honorverse novel ever again and I apploud the author for that. I was afraid we are going to have yet another Jordan situation. Also if the author has it in him to start all over with Honor's children being lieutenants in the navy I'm more the willing the read those books, assuming that the politics is dialed down to what it once was & the filler found the last 2-3 books is eliminated. I don't mind reading a lot about felines in the future either, could replace all the filler with their lives & drama too, that said a book does not need to be 20k Kindle pages long ..
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  • William Bentrim
    January 1, 1970
    Uncompromising Honor by David WeberI’ve read more Weber than I can accurately recall. This last couple I read, I felt, were not up to his standards. This book returned to what I would expect from Weber. Honor Harrington is back and as in the most recent books she is somewhat secondary in nature. That changes toward the end of the book and she comes back as full blown Honor! Simplistically, a formerly small star system, Manticore, has ended their war with The People’s Republic only to discover th Uncompromising Honor by David WeberI’ve read more Weber than I can accurately recall. This last couple I read, I felt, were not up to his standards. This book returned to what I would expect from Weber. Honor Harrington is back and as in the most recent books she is somewhat secondary in nature. That changes toward the end of the book and she comes back as full blown Honor! Simplistically, a formerly small star system, Manticore, has ended their war with The People’s Republic only to discover that they have been manipulated by someone. The Solarian League is now the obvious adversary but long time readers know that they too are being manipulated. Interstellar war and mayhem result. Treecats got a little more verbiage in this story. Someday I would like to see them featured in one of Weber’s books. They were alluded to and they picked up some enhancements to their basic lethalness but disappointingly that upgrade was never utilized. As usual Weber tends to wax eloquently and often wallows in verbiage but overall I thought this was far better than the last couple of his books I have read. Weber does portray loyalty and camaraderie quite well. I enjoyed the book and recommend it.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    I like the book and the outcome. The budding conflict between the Solarian League and the Alliance has been building and has come to a head. Of course by now its our hero's job to be at the sharp end. The only think I really did not like is that over time the cast of characters has grown so large there is only thread bare references to several important characters that I have grown to enjoy over the years. Of course the event the precipitates the climax is a kind of culling of several significan I like the book and the outcome. The budding conflict between the Solarian League and the Alliance has been building and has come to a head. Of course by now its our hero's job to be at the sharp end. The only think I really did not like is that over time the cast of characters has grown so large there is only thread bare references to several important characters that I have grown to enjoy over the years. Of course the event the precipitates the climax is a kind of culling of several significant characters.I have never liked the Solarian League, they have always seemed too arrogant and confident of their own superiority. It seems they made a Faustian deal not unlike the the Republic of Haven transitioning to the Peoples Republic by slowly over time they transitioned political power from elected officials to permanent bureaucratic officials. With nothing to check their power they over time they of course grew corrupt. The results of which are revealed over the course of the series.Overall this is a good addition to the series and while I can see the writing on the wall for this one I hope there is more in the future. BTW I read an E-arc version of the book
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    I read an ARC from the publisher.I have loved this series, with minor quibbles, from the start, but I found the ending of this book to be a bit weaker than I was expecting, including a "What, what just happened?" sequence in the war between the Grand Alliance and the Solarians.Once in a while the technologies seem to get out of Weber's control, and that happened here. If it's that possible to hide a bomb in a terrorist act, then why haven't we seen anything comparable before? If it's possible to I read an ARC from the publisher.I have loved this series, with minor quibbles, from the start, but I found the ending of this book to be a bit weaker than I was expecting, including a "What, what just happened?" sequence in the war between the Grand Alliance and the Solarians.Once in a while the technologies seem to get out of Weber's control, and that happened here. If it's that possible to hide a bomb in a terrorist act, then why haven't we seen anything comparable before? If it's possible to intercept data going between platforms in what SHOULD be a tight beam, then how are the bad guys finding where the beam is, in order to sit there? I assumed that a concealed missile platform wouldn't be broadcasting signals randomly, anyway...I did enjoy the military action as always, as well as most of the political bits. There were a few things left unresolved in the end, though, which was part of my disappointment. I assume these will be handled in the spinoff series, but that's not quite fair.Still, even if this wasn't the greatest book in the series, it was still worth reading, and an intriguing story.
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  • Neeuqdrazil
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in a while (5 books? 6?) where none of the chapters were re-treads (or blatant copies) of chapters in other books, which was a refreshing change.A LOT happens in this book. I think more than has happened in the last 5 books (possibly combined.) There are a few places where there are discussions of things that have happened in the universe that I suspect will show up in another book later on - specifically stuff in the Talbott Cluster, with Firebrand et al. I'm quite lookin This is the first book in a while (5 books? 6?) where none of the chapters were re-treads (or blatant copies) of chapters in other books, which was a refreshing change.A LOT happens in this book. I think more than has happened in the last 5 books (possibly combined.) There are a few places where there are discussions of things that have happened in the universe that I suspect will show up in another book later on - specifically stuff in the Talbott Cluster, with Firebrand et al. I'm quite looking forward to those - while I like Honor, I LOVE some of the other (minor) characters, and we didn't get nearly enough Mike, or Zilwicki and Cachat, or Helen, or Abigail, or... But we got lots of Honor, lots of politics and drama, and some of the minor POV characters have been fleshed out really well (some of the Solarians, in particular.) This was an ARC, and as such, there were a few errors in names, but I didn't notice anything too blatant, nor were there any massive layout issues (paragraphs showing up twice, occasionally in the middle of a word, among others) which I've seen with other ARCs.
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  • Nokomis.FL
    January 1, 1970
    I read the electronic advance reader copy of Uncompromising Honor (available on Baen's website April 1st) and after the debacle that was Shadow of Victory where he was trying to incorporate the Crown of Slaves and Saganami Island spinoff series into the main series, I'm happy to say that this book is much more succinct and cohesive. While still suffering from the standard Weber issues of too much set-up and talking with all the action wrapping up at the end, it flows without his usual reminders I read the electronic advance reader copy of Uncompromising Honor (available on Baen's website April 1st) and after the debacle that was Shadow of Victory where he was trying to incorporate the Crown of Slaves and Saganami Island spinoff series into the main series, I'm happy to say that this book is much more succinct and cohesive. While still suffering from the standard Weber issues of too much set-up and talking with all the action wrapping up at the end, it flows without his usual reminders and repetition of what happened in previous books and bloat. Maybe he finally got an editor.The story continues just weeks from the end of the previous book and all about wraps up this story line. With some recap of how things were worked out amongst the players in the next book, I expect the next book to begin a new storyline set several years in the future. This isn't a review of the story as much of a critique of the writing of the book as I read the eARC and not the final edition set for publication in 5 months. My intention wasn't to spoil the book but to say that I think his fans will be pleased.
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