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A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber: a short review

That said, it’s a decent book, and fills in some of the Sphinx backstory. Half of the book’s a direct reprint of the novella with the same name; the second half is new and, to me, far too predictable. Weber often goes out of his way to make his villains into real people; no such luck with this one, who’s pretty much a cartoon.

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Torch of Freedom by David Weber: a review

At heart, this is the tale of a Mesan (think: slavers) attack on Torch (think: former slave colony) using the remnants of the Peep (read: Soviet Union hardcore) fleet as a proxy. There’s a story thread with Victor Cachat and Anton Zilwicki (two of my favorite characters in this–or any–story) doing some (effective and decidedly brutal) field work, and a family rescued from a dismal-but-interesting life on a largely abandoned space station/resort. This leaves out a host of complications we’ve been watching since co-author Eric Flint joined the party; we can see a bigger war developing, but perhaps Cachat and Zilwicki have set it back a bit.

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Storm from the Shadows by David Weber: a review

This is the weakest book in the series. Roughly 250 of the first 400 pages of this book are a rehash of the backstory, and are really quite tiresome. Moreover, the characters in the new Mesan Alignment story line are weakly drawn. And it’s quite common in this novel for a character’s attention to wander in mid-conversation so Weber can fill in the backstory; three pages later we snap back to the current reality. All of this makes for rather heavy reading.

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At All Costs by David Weber: a short review

I like this book. But it’s reached the point where the main interest in the central Honor Harrington series is seeing how Weber can find a way to make all these story lines cohere. I’m very afraid he’s lost it.

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The Shadow of Saganami by David Weber: a short review

A long, sprawling book with a half-dozen overlapping story lines and far too many characters (there’s a list at the end, and I recommend you bookmark it). Weber takes several hundred pages to get things started, but once the yarn finds its footing things get really interesting.

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