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New Honor Harrington novel

Post by mr friendly guy » 2018-09-08 07:45am

Ok, its been a while since I read Honor Harrington and was wondering what the hell is going to happen with the war against the Solarian League and the Mesans with their different tech. Hopefully we find out a bit more in David Weber's latest instalment after five years.

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Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington) Hardcover – October 2, 2018
by David Weber (Author)

FIRST NEW HONOR HARRINGTON NOVEL IN FIVE YEARS! New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international best-selling phenomenon David Weber delivers book #19 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series, the first new Honor Harrington novel since 2013's Shadow of Freedom.

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.
I must say, I am kind of interested.
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Re: New Honor Harrington novel

Post by Q99 » 2018-09-08 03:48pm

Interested but wary. I hope it's got better editing than the last few! It does sound like stuff is happening, which is what I really want.

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Post by B5B7 » 2018-09-09 02:25am

Will everyone (including the Manticorians as happened in prior novel) continue to be moronic dupes of the Mesans, or will someone with brains appear?
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Re: New Honor Harrington novel

Post by Q99 » 2018-09-09 04:31pm

Will there be pods?

Logically the structure should go- 1) Alliance rolls Solies 2) until Solies/Mesans finally get MDM and Pods to fight back with and start rolling them out.

Will we start to see any of the counter-technologies deployed or will it just be rolling?

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Re: New Honor Harrington novel

Post by Batman » 2018-10-12 09:42pm

Still working my way though the book but the Sollies have developed something similar to the Haven Donkey Trail so they can tow an inordinate amount of pods per ships, and some of those pods have impellers, which means a) they don't degrade ship acceleration all that much and b) can be forward-deployed to warships under their own power without them having to rendezvous with the ammunition ships
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Re: New Honor Harrington novel

Post by mr friendly guy » 2018-10-15 07:37am

I will most probably pick this up later, however I have read the summary on the Honorverse wikia and am reasonably satisfied with the story. I do have a question for more well versed Honorverse fans.

According to the Wikia
The republic of Haven has 56 star systems.
http://honorverse.wikia.com/wiki/Havenite_star_systems

The Manties have twenty member systems, thirty-four protectorate systems ie 54 systems.
http://honorverse.wikia.com/wiki/Star_E ... _Manticore

What? The Manties are almost as large as the Havenites? :?

Going on, the Solarian league has 2000 member and protected worlds. They lost Beowulf which joined the alliance, so lets say they have 1999 worlds.

They would still outnumber the alliance like 18 to 1. But from memory the economy of the alliance will catch up to the Solarian league in a few years. Like what? Are their GDP / capita 18 times that of a nation with presumably high standard of living already. :D
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Re: New Honor Harrington novel

Post by Crazedwraith » 2018-10-15 08:04am

mr friendly guy wrote:
2018-10-15 07:37am

What? The Manties are almost as large as the Havenites? :?
The Manties were initially much smaller than the Havenites. Originally only having the home system and the other ends of the wormholes as territory. They got a bit bigger with the alliance and after/during the second Haven war, they swallowed up massive chunks of territory with the Talbott cluster joing and Silesia getting annexed. That's when they made the shift from Star Kingdom to Star Empire
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Re: New Honor Harrington novel

Post by SpottedKitty » 2018-10-15 04:37pm

From the Solarian POV, keep in mind that the whole region is named "the Haven Sector", because Haven was historically the 800-kilo gorilla out of all the other nations on that side of the League. Even after everything that's happened recently, it seems to be taking the Solarians a little while to realise just how much their thinking might have to change.
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