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The Shadow of Saganami (Disciples of Honor Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    politics vs action

    too much focus on politics but overall still a good book. would've enjoyed some more space action, especially in the first half where there was none.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great new series

    While war rages between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven in another sector, the Talbott Cluster has voted to join the former. As a show of diplomatic unity, flag-raising, and military strength, the heavy cruiser HMS Hexapuma journeys to this remote sector. Though Captain Terekov is a weary war hero, much of the crew remains untested as recent graduates from the Saganami Island Royal Naval Academy............................ However, the simple show of strength turns dangerous as an alliance has sprung up abetting local terrorists opposed to joining the Star Kingdom. Apparently a pact to destroy Manticore has been agreed to by the Manpower slaveholders, the genetic slavers of the kingdoms of Mesa and Monica, and the Solarian League bureaucracy. The crew of the Hexapuma is all that stands in the way of a rear attack on the Star Kingdom, but how will this untested crew stand up when brothers and sisters in arms start dying?....................... THE SHADOW OF SAGANAMI may be military science fiction great David Weber¿s best tale in the Honorverse as he shows war from various perspectives mostly from five newcomers. The audience can taste the excitement and fear that death stalks anyone and everyone and no one is immune. The rookie warriors will learn honor comes from the long tradition of those who previously served and in some cases died doing their military duty irregardless of mission for their kingdom. Mr. Weber provides an action packed tale with a fully developed multiple cast that lives up to the values of today¿s American army (Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage)................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    Not Even a Good Try

    Mr Weber is trying to move out of science fiction and into political fiction and failing badly. This book is as tedious to read as Dickens. Is he getting paid by the word? or has his editor disappeared. At least a third of the book is nothing more than boring conversations and should have been cut. Mr Weber is no John LeCarre' or even Robert Ludlum when it comes to political fiction. He should stick to what he knows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2004

    More of The Honorverse

    David Weber's newest novel, Shadow of Saganami, is set in the Honor Harrington Universe but, aside from one brief cameo appearance, Honor herself is conspicuously absent. Don't worry, though -- there are plenty of other three-dimensional characters to make the reader care. Set in the 'new frontier' of the Talbott Cluster, which has voted to seek membership in the Star Kingdom of Manticore, this book shows us yet another facet of the intricately realized 'Honorverse' Weber has created. The heavy cruiser HMS Hexampuma, with a war-hero captain who has seen too much combat and a crew including midshipmen and midshipwomen from Sganami Island, the Royal Manticoran Navy's academy, are dispatched to the cluster for what everyone expects to be a routine peacekeeping, flag-showing deployment. But the situation soon turns ugly in patented Weber fashion, with complex plots by genetic slavers from the Mesa System, corrupt Solarian League bureaucrats, local olagarchs with their own agendas, and nationalistic terrorists. An unstoppable juggernaut is rumbling down on the Cluster, and Hexapuma and her crew stand squarely in its path. In the end, as the title suggests, all they truly have is the Saganami tradition -- that the RMN may die, but it never gives up. In this book, Weber manages to maintain a much better balance between the action sequences he does so well and the political machinations than he did in the last 'mainstream' Honorverse novel, War of Honor. He seems intent on broadening his canvas to include other areas of the Honorverse and other characters, and to this end he has launched two new series. This one -- the Saganami Island series of solo novels -- and the collaborative 'Crown of Slaves' series with Eric Flint. It seems evident that he's looking for new blood and also for smaller scale books in which he can let his characters buckle more swashes while giving us the necessary political developments in smaller, more manageable bites. If that is, in fact, his objective, he has succeeded very well indeed. I think this is the best Honorverse novel since Honor Among Enemies, which is strong praise indeed. On a more somber note, this book also explores questions about terrorism, its definition, its motivation, how to fight it, and how to avoid becoming the enemy in the process. Yes, it's space opera and entertainment. It's also thought-provoking and, in my opinion, insightful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This is another one of David Weber's awesome Honor Harrington series of Books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    Saganami Island Series?

    The ability to create characters and places with a depth fairly close to reality makes Davis Webers novels such a satisfying read. It makes you re-read the books, thus often experiencing new angles to the stories you hadn't seen before. Only in this case it has to be mentioned, that a series usually consists of more than one book!

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