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Echoes of Honor (Honor Harrington Book 8) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Weber

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For eight bloody years, the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its allies have taken the war to the vastly more powerful People's Republic of Haven, and Commodore Honor Harrington has been in the forefront of that war.

But now Honor has fallen, captured by the Peep Navy, turned over to the forces of State Security ... and executed on the interstellar network's nightly news.

The Manticoran Alliance is stunned and infuriated by Honor's death and grimly resolved to avenge it. Yet their military is over-extended and the People's Republic is poised to take (he offensive once more, this time with a new strategy, new weapons, a new command team, and a whole new determination to win. The war is about to enter a phase of unprecedented ferocity . . . and the Alliance is on the short end of the stick.

But even as powerful Peep fleets hurtle towards their objectives, neither they nor the Alliance are aware of events occurring on a distant, isolated, inescapable prison planet called Hell. For what no one knows, not even State Security, is that Honor Harrington is not dead. She and a handful of her people are trapped on Hell, and determined to disprove the Peep boast that no one can ever escape it. Honor Harrington is going home, and taking her people with her... even if she has to conquer Hell to do it.

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David Weber is one of the top science fiction writers of the 1990s whose acclaimed Honor Harrington series has gained him a devoted and dedicated readership. His many other books include the epic fantasies Oath of Swords and The War God's Own (also Baen).

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Space Opera equivalent of C.S. Forester's "Flying Colours" 17 mars 2007
Par Marshall Lord - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is number eight in David Weber's main series of novels about Honor Harrington. It is also the only one describing events in Honor Harrington's career which so closely correspond to one of the "Horatio Hornblower" novels by C.S. Forester that an exact match can be given; this book is equivalent to "Flying Colours."

If you have not read any of David Weber's other books about Honor Harrington, this book is part of a series of space opera novels set two or three thousand years in the future. If you are minded to read them, do not start with this one: these stories work best if read in sequence, so start with the first book, which is "On Basilisk station."

Despite the futuristic setting, there are strong parallels with Nelson's navy. Assumed technology in the stories imposes constraints on space navy officers quite similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on wet navy officers two hundred years ago. Similarly, the galactic situation in the novels is very like the strategic and political situation in Europe at the time of the French revolutionary wars.

This is obviously quite deliberate: many thinly veiled (and amusing) hints in the books indicate that they are to some extent a tribute to C.S. Forester, and the main heroine of the books, Honor Harrington, appears to owe more than her initials to Forester's character Horatio Hornblower.

The Honor Harrington series (sometimes nicknamed the "Honorverse") is starting to develop a number of spin-off storylines. Stories set in this Universe fall into three groups, although they link together in a reasonably consistent manner.

There is the main sequence, currently of 11 novels, which follow the career of Honor Harrington herself and give a top level view of the wars between her home nation, "The Star Kingdon of Manticore" and hostile nations such as the People's Republic of Haven. The main Honor Harrington sequence is:

1) On Basilisk Station
2) The Honor of the Queen
3) The Short Victorious War
4) Field of Dishonour
5) Flag in Exile
6) Honor among Enemies
7) In Enemy Hands
8) Echoes of Honor
9) Ashes of Victory
10) War of Honor
11) At All Costs

There are currently four collections in the "Worlds of Honor" series of short stories by Weber and co-authors set in the same universe, and featuring a range of characters, some from the main series of books, others new.

Some of these are espionage stories, and Weber has produced a book called "Crown of Slaves" co-written with Eric Flint, which brings together several of the most prominent spies from the novels and short stories in a novel of intrigue and revolution.

Another book, "The Shadow of Saganami" kicks off a "next generation" sequence featuring younger officers in the Grayson and Manticoran navies such as Helen Zilwicki and Abigail Hearns.

The prologue to "Echoes of Honor" begins with Honor Harrington's horrified family watching an enemy broadcast purporting to show her execution. As readers of the previous book (In Enemy hands) will realise, this video has been faked. The government of the People's Republic of Haven (or "Peeps") are under the impression that Honor and her companions were killed when the battlecruiser on which she was being taken to a place of execution blew up. Rather than admit that a handful of prisoners of war managed to destroy a battlecruiser while attempting to escape, the Peeps decide that it would make better propaganda to fake a film of Honor's execution. In fact things are even worse for the Peeps than they realise; the escape was successful.

In "Flying Colours" Horatio Hornblower, who had been captured after a heroic fight in the previous book, escaped while en route to execution by Napoleon, accompanied by his first lieutenant Bush and his coxwain, Brown. Their families and enemies alike think they're dead. They have a long road home through enemy territory - and meanwhile Hornblower has some important family news waiting for him if he makes it home ...

In "Echoes of Honor", Honor Harrington, who had been captured after a heroic fight in the previous book, has then escaped while en route to execution by the Peeps, accompanied by her former first lieutenant Alistair McKeon and a small number of her other crew including Andrew LaFollett, Scotty Tremaine, and Horace Harkness. Their families and enemies alike think they're dead. They too a long road home through enemy territory - and meanwhile Honor will also have some important family news waiting for her if she makes it home ...

Some editions of this book have the subtitle "Conquer Hell or Die" which is a reference to the aptly named prison planet, Hell, on which Honor lands with a few comrades and two shuttles at the start of the book.

The character development, as ever for David Weber, is well done, and makes you care about the people in the book. He includes references to the strengths of some of his evil characters and the weaknesses of his heroes and heroines so that the people in the book are usually believable and most of their actions and motives plausible.

Most of the battle scenes are gripping, and the particular tactical situations in this story are such that Weber's greatest weakness - the tendancy to write and think too much like a wargamer - does not apply this time. The one significant flaw in some other books in this series is that Weber gives his characters too much of the wargamer's willingness to treat warships up to and including capital ships as expendable to a greater extent than is possible to real world commanders. But there are no implausible suicide missions in this book.

For amusement, if you want to try to look for the parallels to nations and individuals from the French revolutionary period and the Hornblower books, one possible translation would be:

People's Republic of Haven = Revolutionary France
Rob S. Pierre = Robespierre
The Committee of Public Safety = The Committee of Public Safety
Former Haven legislaturist regime = the Bourbon monarchy and aristocrats

Star Kingdom of Manticore = Great Britain
Gryphon = Scotland
Prime Minister Alan Summervale = Pitt the Younger
Hamish Alexander, Earl White Haven = (1) Admiral Edward Pellew
and (2) Lady Barbara Wellesley
Honor Harrington = Horatio Hornblower
Alistair McKeon = William Bush

Crown loyalists and Centrists = Tory supporters of Pitt
Conservative Association = hardline High Tories
New Kiev Liberals = Whig Oligarchists
Cathy Montaigne Liberals = Whig Radicals

Grayson = Portugal
Anderman Empire = Kingdom of Prussia
Silesia = Poland
Solarian republic = United States of America

Overall, "Echoes of Honor" is one of the most moving books of the series. If you enjoyed the previous episodes in the story, you will almost certainly enjoy this one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Peeps take the offensive and Honor strikes back 23 mars 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
For Honor Harrington fans this is a real winner, but if you are just joining the series it would be a mistake to buy now. You would be better off starting with the first book, "On Basilisk Station", which I believe is selling for $1.99 now. In the novel, Mr. Weber, finally gives us at least the possibility that our Manticoran heroes can lose the war. Upto now it has been one victory after another and it was getting a little stale. Now the RMN is in a real fight and fortunately they have some new weapons in the hands of some old friends to deal with it. Weber, does another good job of putting ther reader in the middle of the action. The biggest fault I have with the book, besides the length, is that he tends to get a little too technical. It's no where near as bad as Clancy, but it seems to get worse with every book. It's a long book that can be a little slow at times but it genarlly moves well. The book is also broken up into six large sub-sections that helps the reader to keep focus.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 another example of Weber's fine work with the series 14 janvier 2000
Par J. K. Kelley - Publié sur Amazon.com
In _Echoes_ Weber gives us shades of the time Hornblower sailed the recaptured HMS Witch of Endor into a foggy British port by way of escape from the French. While the nicking of the idea is a little obvious, it doesn't detract from the story.
There's a lot of tension here, and a lot to tug at the sentiments of any Honor Harrington fan: treecat messed up, Honor messed up, no medical care available, eagerness to get off horrible prison planet. We do find that Honor continues to get more and more human as the series goes on: more able to be herself and less having to maintain an impenetrable facade; this is a nice touch. It's a lot of fun just watching the People's Navy get repeatedly humiliated, too. Say this for Weber: it's easy to hate his villains.
Fine reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best in the Series Yet 24 mai 2010
Par Shaun Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
And David Weber's Honor Harrington universe marches on with Echoes of Honor, like an army of undead, unstoppable and thirsting for brains. This time, we get to follow several distinct story segments as Honor and her team struggle to take over Hades and ultimately escape. The action this time around is almost unrelenting, and probably more importantly, relevant to the current story and future engagements.

Weber has a thing for political intrigue, and of course it's no stranger here. Haven's Admiral Esther McQueen is finally sticking it to Manticore and simultaneously juggling her new role as an official member of The Committee of Public Safety. It's her strategies and tactics which ultimately confound Manticore's military, and make her just indispensable enough to be dangerous to the Committee itself. To start the propaganda war with a bang, the new head of Public Information releases a video of Honor being hanged.

This, to me, is the weakest point of the novel, though it comes at the very beginning. Anyone who knew our Honor, would have balked at the reluctant and fearful wretch Haven magicked up; they should have expected the cold defiance she'd likely display at the results of a mock trial, just as she did in her duals. Sadly, everyone in both Manticore and Grayson accept the execution without question, and thus begins Honor's two year escape plan while Haven launches a four-pronged attack at Manticore's outer systems and the holding that started it all: Basilisk Station.

And though the copious battles that follow are as one-sided as expected due to Haven's surprise offensive, the unexpected aid of the new long-range missiles; the missile-pod carriers; and the LAC-carriers that tote around massively improved Shrike-class attack craft, reverse the fortune of at least two of those engagements. There's hundreds of pages describing this attack in various aspects, from setup to execution, and the end result is spectacular: stuff gets blowed up real good.

For all that, all we really know about Grayson is that they, unlike Manticore, dove right in to manufacturing the new prototype designs Honor helped draft in In Enemy Hands. There's also the sticky situation of Honor's "death" causing problems with the inheritance of her titles, and the involvement of her parents in that particular solution is as amusing as it is creative. Her work as a geneticist also unveils just why the Graysons survived on such an inhospitable planet, and just why the male/female birth ratio is so unbalanced. This last has been an unanswered question for at least six novels, so it's great that Weber has finally gotten around to answering it.

Manticore seems only able to revel in its ability to allow its nobility to usurp common sense, and let its adherence to existing methodology threaten to derail research into their new prototype weapons. We see another aspect of Manticore here that has already appeared occasionally, and it's an unfortunate extension of their society. In this novel, we learn that our favorite star kingdom is a year behind Grayson in building the new classes of LAC and missile carriers. We continue to watch as political ties and family connections lead to promotions of complete imbeciles who would rather die in a blaze of vainglory, than escape an unwinnable situation. We watch impotently as one idiotic decision after another puts them at a continuing disadvantage in the war.

And none of this even approaches the effort Honor puts into securing the escape from Haven of not just her crew, but nearly half a million refugees stranded there over the course of last few decades of Haven's offensives. It's a very near thing, and the suspense in these areas was just as enticing as the space battles and political machinations. It's probably one of the strongest novels in the series thus far, because it sits at the crux of what is almost a perfect storm of opportunity as the focus of the war shifts. This is a very long read, and very little is wasted in irrelevant details; everything drives the plot forward, and there's a lot of plot to drive.

That this is technically merely an interim novel while we wait for Honor to enter the fray again, makes its strengths even more unexpected and refreshing. This could have been "Honor escapes valiantly from Hades, and blows stuff up as she goes!" What we got instead were several different layers of simultaneous and decisive events critical to drive the universe forward, not just Honor's character. It's easy to see why Weber's creation has so many fans even at such a ponderous length.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This series gets better all the time 28 novembre 2005
Par rnorton828 - Publié sur Amazon.com
David Weber delivers another great installment in his Honor Harrington series, one of the greatest space opera series in recent memory. Echoes of Honor continues the story which had begun in In Enemy Hands. The Star Kingdom of Manticore vows revenge for Honor's "death" after her supposed execution by the People's Republic of Haven. But she is actually marooned with a handful of her men on the Havenite prison planet known as Hell. She assembles a force of POW's and begins to plan an escape for herself, her remaining crew and the rest of the prisoners incarcerated on Hell. Weber has continued to develop the character of Honor Harrington very well over the course of these novels, as she has become more emotionally mature. He has also continued to further develop the "Honorverse," which no longer revolves around Honor herself, as evidenced in spinoff novels such as Crown of Slaves and The Shadow of Saganami. This series continues to get better with each new installment. Echoes of Honor is an excellent read, which I enjoyed thoroughly. I look forward to reading Book 9, Ashes of Victory.
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