Shadow of Victory (Saganami Island Series #4)

Shadow of Victory (Saganami Island Series #4)

by David Weber


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The Mesan Alignment is revealed, and, for Honor Harrington and the Manticoran Star Kingdom, this means war!

Unintended Consequences

Sometimes things don’t work out exactly as planned.

The Mesan Alignment has a plan—one it’s been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race—its way.

Until recently, things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history. To help push things along, the Alignment launched a devastating sneak attack which destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy’s industrial infrastructure.

And in order to undercut Manticore’s galaxy-wide reputation as a star nation of its word, it launched Operation Janus—a false-flag covert operation to encourage rebellions it knows will fail by promising Manticoran support. The twin purposes are to harden Solarian determination to destroy the Star Empire once and for all, and to devastate the Star Empire’s reputation with the rest of the galaxy.

But even the best laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences in this case may just be a new dawn of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.

About Shadow of Freedom:

“This entry is just as exciting as Weber’s initial offering . . . The result is a fast-paced and action-packed story that follows [our characters] as they move from reaction to command of the situation. Weber builds Shadow of Freedom to an exciting and unexpected climax.”—Daily News of Galveston

About Mission of Honor, #13 in the Honor Harrington series:

“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in this long-awaited Honor Harrington novel . . . Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.”—Publishers Weekly

“This latest Honor Harrington novel brings the saga to another crucial turning point . . . Readers may feel confident that they will be Honored many more times and enjoy it every time.”—Booklist

About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:

“. . . everything you could want in a heroine . . . Excellent . . . plenty of action.”—Science Fiction Age

“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey

“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”—Locus

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476781822
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Honorverse: Saganami Island Series , #4
Pages: 768
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

With over eight million copies of his books in print and twenty-nine titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on—into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honorverse series have appeared on twenty-one bestseller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Norfressa/Bahzell fantasy series and the Multiverse saga, a science fiction and fantasy hybrid. Weber is has also engaged in a steady stream of best-selling collaborations including his Starfire Series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the best-selling 1634: The Baltic War. His Honorverse collaborations with Flint in the Crown of Slave Honorverse series are also popular, and its latest entry Cauldron of Ghosts is a New York Times bestseller. His planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-selling author John Ringo includes March to the Stars and We Few. With Timothy Zahn and Thomas Pope, he's the author of the Honorverse prequel Manticore Ascendant series. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans and Joelle Presby produced the Multiverse series, including latest entry The Road to Hell. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

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Shadow of Victory 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally I am a fan of David W. , but his attempt to invent a new language in the latter stages of the long Harrington saga fails completely . The names of the newly created characters in the beginning of the book all run together in such linguistic nonsense I am not encouraged to read further. I wish I had not purchased the book. Hopefully, the Safehold volume that I prepaid some months ago will not be such a great disappointment. Maybe Mr Weber just needed quick cash for a Maserati payment. That's how the book reads. He desperately needs to fire his editors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sort of spoiler alert - timeline There are plenty of examples of the sort of writing that drew me to Weber's work in the first place, but the overall story has bogged down. The overall timeline moves forward only by a few days, and that happens only in the last few pages. The we get more information about, and other perspectives on things we already know. It is almost as though editorial cuts from one novel were collected and made into a new one. If this stood alone, it would be a quite decent book, but as someone who has read (and reread many times) the entire series, I was disappointed. I still strongly recommend the Honor Harrington series as a whole as one of a handful of all-time favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I' ve been waiting for the next installment of what happens next. This isn't it. It reviews the last several months/years from different perspectives with very little progress of the storyline. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't bother buying this book there is really nothing new just from different view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I bought this. Should have checked it out of the library. Covers old ground and rehashes old info along with a series of very boring meetings. Weber needs to get off his . . . Chair and write some fresh material for this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love webers work but this time he got way too involved with the names that were impossible to pronounce and broke up the flow of the story that usually makes it easy to get lost in it . Also seemed to be a little worse about jumping from plot line to plot line with little indication where you were
3068359 More than 1 year ago
Not up to the usuall standards for Mr. Weber. Wish i had saved my money on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the Honor series from the beginning but this book was so full of unnecessary story lines and details that it seemed like excessive work just to read. It felt like pages and pages were added just to make you feel like you received your money's worth but we should all demand a refund.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
600 pages of boredom
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read except seemed to be out of sequence and time line was not followed and jumped back and forth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m beginning to think that, either Mr. Weber is trying to write too many series/books at once or age is catching up to him. In the past I have found it impossible to stop reading his books until I get to the back cover but I’ve had Shadow Of Victory for a year now and haven’t gotten past chapter 25! Surely he didn’t write this boring, nonsensical tripe!! Come on David, forget these side projects and concentrate on the next HH series book!!!!! We are all to well aware of the pertinent details of what happened before Harrington, let’s get on to what’s happening “now”! I won’t be buying anything else by you until that happens and wish I could return “Shadow” so, please, stop wasting our time and yours!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waited two years for this 832 page book. Mr. Weber is known for his detailed space-battles. Had to get through 724 pages to get to the one and only space-battle in the book. Disappointed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Weber keeps giving his fans an ever richer,more complex, and more thought provoking tapestry with each new novel. May he never waver in his pursuit for providing his readership with what can only be considered his most top notch work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has taken the series from space opera to political revolution. WAY to much about the back stories on all of these planets. I understand the need to give the reader background on why all of these planets are revolting but Weber went way, way to far. I suppose he thinks he's showing sophistication by writing so much of this book in polish? Much of the book is just unreadable because of the foreign language usage and totally unreader friendly character names. The book is 830+ pages, maybe a 150 of them are worth reading. Somewhere an editor needs to go, "Look, I know your David Weber, but this isn't David Weber quality work. In fact...this sucks. Go do it over."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book that keeps a good pace while bringing several threads of the Honorverse narrative together. It also answers many questions while leaving the reader wanting the next installment. Above all, it gives young women a sense of being able to be leaders and achievers by simply using feminine pronouns throughout the book. I never realized how much of a difference the gender of the pronouns we use could influence our perceptions until I started reading David Weber's Honorverse/Manticore series. Thank you Mr. Weber for opening my eyes and little further and providing such incredibly good reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book tried to pull the series together. But we still have the Galactic Bogey Man getting away to the Hideout. Here comes another issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tied up many loose ends for me and added background and explanations. Yes there are recaps and overlaps with prior books but I still enjoyed it and in some instances I needed the reminders since I read some of these stories a couple of years ago. Some if the Polish based words and titles were overdone a little but I have read many Fantasy/SciFi novels that had even more tortured language and words. Since this was kept to one star system it was not so bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually enjoy David W. but this one was so slow. couldn't finish kept falling asleep.
SciFi-dreamer More than 1 year ago
I wasted my BN settlement credit on this nonsense. I quit reading this book at the start of Chapter 13. If he was going to go back to the events after Monica then this book should have been published back then. It is nothing but non stop talking! A bunch of names and very forgettable characters. Seems like the days of the brutal space combat are pretty much gone from the HH universe. To use the Babylon 5 analogy. Reading this book is like watching 2 people standing in a hallway having a conversation. Please skip buying this book. You will regret it if you do.
Sandarbian More than 1 year ago
Read it
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