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Storm from the Shadows (Honorverse Series)

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Nobody writes better military outer space fiction starring heroic females than David Weber has consistently done for years

The Republic of Haven and the Star Kingdom is at war and Rear Admiral Michelle Henke is in the middle of a pitched battle. On board her flagship the Ajax, Michele knows the Manticore Navy is losing the fight; she and others go to escape pods before blowing up her vesse...
The Republic of Haven and the Star Kingdom is at war and Rear Admiral Michelle Henke is in the middle of a pitched battle. On board her flagship the Ajax, Michele knows the Manticore Navy is losing the fight; she and others go to escape pods before blowing up her vessel so the technology does not fall into enemy hands. She wakes up in a Havenite medical facility before being sent to an island with other POWs. She is shocked to meet Haven President Eloise Pritchett.

Pritchett is willing to free Michelle if she agrees to no longer fight against them and if she passes on a message to Queen Elizabeth III for a summit meeting to discuss peace. After coming home, Michelle is sent to the Talbott Quadrant which is far from the war zone to patrol the newestt star systems of the Star Empire. On the planet Monica, Solarian ships were going to be used to remove Manticore from the new system, but a Manicoran captain destroyed their fleet. In the cluster New Tuscan which did not want to join the empire, they deliberately try to push the Manticorans into a war with the Solarian League. The peace talks end abruptly when the Havenites kill two high profile officials. No one understands that the Havenites, Manticorans, and the Soalarans are being cleverly maneuvered by a fourth party with plans to take over the stars once each group devastates one another.

Nobody writes better military outer space fiction starring heroic females than David Weber has consistently done for years. The protagonist is Michelle who is as honorable and courageous as Harrington is as her tale which fills in the blanks in the story arc and provides a differing perspective to AT ALL COSTS. Both are strong-willed and do what they believe is right regardless of what others might think. There is plenty of action and suspense leading up to the military engagements. Yet with so much going on, the cast is solid and most significant realistic as fans will consider whether the Weber mantle of greatness has moved the torch from Honor to Michelle proving there is life after a hero ┬┐falls┬┐.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on January 27, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Wait for the next book.

Nothing much new just a lot of words. It was all in previous books, and it should have been about 95% shorter. It would have made a good intro for the next book.
If you liked war and peace for it's Brevity, like angst (of all age groups), and character expansion, thi...
Nothing much new just a lot of words. It was all in previous books, and it should have been about 95% shorter. It would have made a good intro for the next book.
If you liked war and peace for it's Brevity, like angst (of all age groups), and character expansion, this might be the book for you. If you expect action, a decent story, and continuation of the Honorverse plot. Wait for the next book.
In short save at least one tree, and twenty hours of your valuable time.

WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!

posted by Bleary_eyed_in_Brooklyn on February 23, 2009

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

    Too Much Talk, Not Enough Action

    First, I enjoy the "Honorverse" and have since the initial novel, so I'd likely buy any book in the series just to see what's happening if not to keep it complete. While Weber usually likes to have his characters explain what they are thinking and why (not bad in itself in moderation) this volume has so much exegesis and introspection that it is just plain overwhelming, and I found myself skipping large portions of the text just to get to the relatively few action sequences. One of the fundamental rules of writing, especially in action adventure series, is "show, don't tell," and that rule is blatantly unobserved here. The other problem to me was that the close of the book wasn't even a temporaty ending, and while I'm delighted that there will be more books in the series, at least there ought to be a minor bit of breathing space. Constantly starting in medias res and then constantly ending there is becoming a bit off-putting. I know that no plan survives first contact with the enemy, so preparation for unexpected events is a part of strategy as well as tactics, but give it a small break!

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    I've tried to get into this for 3 weeks and can't make a dent in it.

    I have purchased everything David Weber has written (usually in hardcover) for the last 10 years, and this is without doubt his dreariest work ever. He's brilliant, talented and engaging when he's on his game, and while I believe that everyone owes an author a bad book once, maybe twice at most, it's two strikes and you're out for me. David, I'm sorry but this is your first strike. Now go back and work on the sequels to Off Armageddon Reef. That story is obviously where your heart is these days, and it''s certainly better than stringing the Honorverse out again.

    If I only had a scintilla of this man's ability I'd rule the SF world.

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    Posted March 4, 2009

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