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The Shadow of Saganami
     

The Shadow of Saganami

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by David Weber
 

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STUDENTS OF HONOR . . .

The Star Kingdom of Manticore is once again at war with the Republic of Haven after a stunning sneak attack. The graduating class from Saganami Island, the Royal Manticoran Navy's academy, are going straight from the classroom to the blazing reality of all-out war.

Except for the midshipmen assigned to the heavy cruiser HMS

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STUDENTS OF HONOR . . .

The Star Kingdom of Manticore is once again at war with the Republic of Haven after a stunning sneak attack. The graduating class from Saganami Island, the Royal Manticoran Navy's academy, are going straight from the classroom to the blazing reality of all-out war.

Except for the midshipmen assigned to the heavy cruiser HMS Hexapuma, that is. They're being assigned to the Talbott Cluster, an out of the way backwater, far from the battle front. The most they can look forward to is the capture of the occasional pirate cruiser and the boring duty of supporting the Cluster's peaceful integration with the Star Kingdom at the freely expressed will of eighty percent of the Cluster's citizens. With a captain who may have seen too much of war and a station commander who isn't precisely noted for his brilliant and insightful command style, it isn't exactly what the students of Honor Harrington, the ""Salamander,"" expected.

But things aren't as simple — or tranquil — as they appear. The ""pirates"" they encounter aren't what they seem, and the ""peaceful integration"" they expected turns into something very different. A powerful alliance of corrupt Solarian League bureaucrats and ruthless interstellar corporations is determined to prevent the Cluster's annexation by the Star Kingdom . . . by any means necessary. Pirates, terrorists, genetic slavers, smuggled weapons, long-standing personal hatreds, and a vicious alliance of corporate greed, bureaucratic arrogance, and a corrupt local star nation with a powerful fleet, are all coming together, and only Hexapuma, her war-weary captain, and Honor Harrington's students stand in the path.

They have only one thing to support and guide them: the tradition of Saganami. The tradition that sometimes a Queen's officer's duty is to face impossible odds . . . and die fighting.

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Product Details

BN ID:
2940148409908
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Series:
Honorverse: Saganami Island Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
83,170
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Undeniably the science fiction phenomenon of the decade, New York Times best-selling author David Weber is often compared to C.S. Forester (the celebrated creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower) and is the recipient of critical praise worthy of Heinlein or Asimov. His hordes of voracious fans clamor for more and more Weber. Fortunately for them, Weber keeps steadily producing book after book with first printings that sell out almost immediately, then go back into printing after printing after printing. His novels range from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own, Wind Rider's Oath) to breathtaking space opera (Path of the Fury, Empire from the Ashes) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization (the celebrated and nationally best-selling Honor Harrington series, War of Honor being the most recent installment). Reviewers call Weber "irresistible . . . masterful" (Publishers Weekly), "highly entertaining" (Booklist), "remarkable" (Kliatt), "the best" (Dragon), "worth shouting about" (Philadelphia Weekly Press), "great . . . compelling" (Locus), and "the best writer around today" (FosFax). Readers call Weber similar things, but mostly they call the Baen offices several times a week demanding more from their main man. Weber, his wife Sharon, and their three children live in South Carolina.

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Shadow of Saganami 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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This is another one of David Weber's awesome Honor Harrington series of Books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!