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Honor Among Enemies (Honor Harrington Book 6) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Weber
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For Captain Honor Harrington, it's sometimes hard to know who the enemy really is. Despite political foes, professional jealousies, and the scandal which drove her into exile, she's been offered a chance to reclaim her career as an officer of the Royal Manticoran Navy. But there's a catch. She must assume command of a ''squadron'' of jury-rigged armed merchantmen with crew drawn from the dregs of her service and somehow stop the pirates who have taken advantage of the Havenite War to plunder the Star Kingdom's commerce.

That would be hard enough, but some of the ''pirates'' aren't exactly what they seem . . . and neither are some of her ''friends,'' For Honor has been carefully chosen for her mission—by two implacable and powerful enemies.

The way they see it, either she stops the raiders or the raiders kill her . . . and either way, they win.

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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 6ème volume ! 23 octobre 2002
Par E. Doan
Honor Harrington reprend du service après trois années à gouverner son fief de Yeltsin. David Weber continue avec succès le space opéra militaire best-seller où son héroïne favorite montrera à nouveau courage, honneur et une farouche détermination dans le délicat commandemment d'une escadre de navires-leurres. Amenée dans une situation dangeureuse par ses ennemis politques, et au travers du mélange palpitant de tactique, d'indécision, de combat et de ruse, Honor montre ses crocs face à son devoir : l'honneur ou la mort.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cliche? Or not? 11 février 2001
Par Daniel C. Sobral - Publié sur
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Note for people unfamiliar with David Weber series, this is the sixth book in the Honor Harrington series, which began with On Basilisk Station. While reading this book by itself is possible, you lose a lot of background.
Now, for those who read the previous five books...
A friend of mine once complained that all HH books (he had read until then) followed the same pattern: Honor gets a new command, her "home" enemies sabotage and undermine her, she finds herself fighting against huge odds, she saves the day. Well, this book most definitely fits this pattern.
As the war with Haven comes to a stalemate, more and more ships are directed to the front or to patrol and pickets among Manticore's allies. This results in a big withdraw of forces from anti-piracy patrols in the Silesian Confederacy, and the pirates lose no time in taking advantage of it. Pressed by the merchant cartels, the Royal Manticore Navy sends some of Horrible Hemphill's new toys: armed merchant ships. But instead of the designed-from-the-scratch Q-ships Haven has, these are just normal merchant ships with weapons. Meaning it can't run and if anyone shoot at it, it is going to hurt.
Our old friend Hauptmann, depressed with the prospects, decides to take the most advantage of it possible, and manipulates the opposition parties into giving the job to Honor Harrington. After all, he might not like her, but he is no fool either.
Well, these armed merchants might give the pirates a good run for their money, when they actually find them, but the Silesian Confederacy is a big place, and Honor has only four ships under her command. Worse, some pirates are not exactly pirates, and some, unknown to Manticore, are actually Haven warships! Well, the rest, as they say, is history.
BUT, that's not *all* that there is to this book. First, Hemphill's new toys, for a change, actually are quite good. These ships might hurt when hit, but they have a hell of a bite, and are the first active employment of some systems that will bring a *real* revolution in tactics later in the series.
Second, while the people who brought Honor back to command these ships fully expect her to die in action, the Royal Manticore Navy has no intention of making this just a token and useless attempt at curbing piracy. While she has to complete her crew with the dregs other captains are all too willing to get rid of, the Admiralty also see fit to give her the cream of the people just out of the academy. Also, many experienced officers and nco who served with her before sign up for this tour.
Third, another treecat!
Fourth, parts of the book tell the story of some of the Havenite officers, given insight and background on people who will have very important parts to play in later books.
So, while the story does have the same feeling as many of the previous books, it also adds a lot.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Honor's back on deck, and she's up against pirates! 23 octobre 1998
Par William Underhill ( - Publié sur
Deep space. A huge, lumbering merchant vessel is bound down to a world when it's jumped by pirates. Several megatons of freighter, carrying millions in cargo, is lost.
Needless to day, the great commerical houses and trading cartels of the Star Kingdom of Manticore are not best pleased with this situation. Unfortunately, the People's Republic of Haven is pressing heavily against the Royal Manticoran Navy, and there are no more ships to spare for escort duty. So Honor Harrington is recalled to active duty, and handed a 'squadron'. Her mission: take a bite out of the pirates affecting the trade routes into the Silesian Confederacy. No problem for a seasoned combat commander, right?
Wrong. Here's the problems: 1) the RMN can't spare regular warships, so it's taken some large freighters and fitted them out with weapons and military-grade sensors. Unfortunately, they don't have military spec acceleration or shielding, and won't stand up to much of a pounding. 2) Personnel shortages means Honor gets stuck with new, inexperienced personnel and the dregs of the fleet. 3) The pirates are getting organized...
One of the nice things about this novel is that we get to see something of a couple of 'lower-deckers' (like me), and how they deal with the threats, both from pirates and from some of the scumbags aboard their own ship.
For the record, this was the first Honor Harrington novel I'd read, and I was sufficiently impressed that I went and bought the other five (at the time) books in one fell swoop. For my money, David Weber is right up there with Heinlein, Sturgeon and Drake.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Career Development 25 mai 2000
Par Frederick - Publié sur
It is with trepidation that I pick up successive Harrington novels, wondering how it can possibly get any better and becoming more fearful of completing the series before this prolific author completes the next sequel. Honor Among Enemies is a strategic and tactical success as it sets the stage for escalation in both Honor's unique professional career and provides intriguing character development on myriad levels - the amorous 'cats, the underestimated Andermani, the Peep dynamic between captain and political commissar, Manticorean commercial moguls, and various heroes who don't need Captain's regalia to reach out to the readers' hearts and minds.
Whether a sci-fi guru, a political intrigue afficionado, or a military buff, Weber delivers. Staging the novel in a galactic backwater, far from the frontlines, is deceptive as Honors reveals yet again that Clausewitz's maxims about war still bear truth. Political intrigue and commercial verities enmesh Honor in extracurricular learning curves, quite distinct from her naval training regime at Saganami. These grey areas reveal new dimensions of the 'enemy' and of 'duty' to one's nation. Most importantly, the human element of Honor (and her 'cat) and their interactions with aspiring privates, nefarious pirates, and competent foes reveals the depth of Weber's analysis into the human condition.
Values remain core despite the awesome technologies and the geopolitics of the distant future. The battle scenes are fantastic but it is the communication and personal development between so many well-woven characters that makes this book impossible to put down. I pass on these books to my father when I'm finished and he passes it on to my brother. I don't know what we shall do when we've caught up to the current book in the series. We're totally hooked and we know it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Honor Harrington no. 6, and it's off to Silesia in Q-Ships 1 août 2007
Par Marshall Lord - Publié sur
A magnificent novel, but why oh why do so many sci-fi wargame designers seem obsessed with Q-Ships?

I'll forgive Dave Weber this once, partly because this book does at least make clear that the damn things are death traps, but mostly because it's such a cracking read. In fact this is my personal favourite of the current 17 books in the Honorverse.

"Honor among Enemies" is the sixth book in a wonderful space opera series set some three thousand years in the future and featuring David Weber's best fictional heroine, "Honor Harrington."

These books are best read in sequence and I strongly recommend that you start with "On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington)" which is the first one.

The Honor Harrington stories are full of parallels with the time of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. In particular, the Royal Manticoran Navy in which the heroine is an officer is clearly based on the Royal Navy at the time of Nelson.

The technology of space travel and naval warfare in the first ten or so Honor Harrington stories has been written so as to impose tactical and strategic constraints on space navy officers similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on wet navy officers two hundred years ago. In this book however, and unlike the rest of the early books in the series, Honor Harrington's ships are based on one of the most crack-brained concepts from the World War One era - and considering how many badly designed ships fought in that war, that's saying something!

This book continues the pattern of thinly veiled (and amusing) hints in the stories that they are to some extent a tribute to C.S. Forester. The main heroine of the books, Honor Harrington, appears to owe more than just her initials to C.S. Forester's character "Horatio Hornblower." Indeed, at one point in this book one of the other characters actually gives Honor one of Forester's books to read.

In this sixth book in the series, there is no sign of an end to the all-out war between Honor's home nation, "The Star Kingdom of Manticore," together with allies like Grayson in whose navy Honor has been serving, against the People's Republic of Haven or "Peeps." As the demands of the front line grow ever greater, Manticore has been forced to pull ships away from anti-piracy duties in other parts of the galaxy such as the Silesian Confederation. Space pirates have been taking full advantage of this and merchant losses have started to mount up alarmingly.

A number of influential politicians and business people on Manticore who don't like Honor Harrington very much, but who recognise that whatever else they have against her, she is a first rate fighting commander, see an opportunity to use one problem to solve another. They let the Admiralty know that they will withdraw their opposition to Honor going back on active service in the Manticoran navy if they give her a squadron and send her to get rid of the pirates. There are no proper warships available, so all she can have is Q-ships. Whether Honor takes out the pirates, or they get rid of her, Honor's domestic opponents come out ahead.

A word on Q-ships. This was a heroic, but not terribly successful tactic used during the First World War to hunt U-boats and commerce raiders as a feeble alternative to the convoy system. The idea was to take a merchant ship, fit her with lots of carefully concealed weapons, fill the hold with material much lighter than water so she won't sink quickly when torpedoed, and sail her unescorted along a trade route looking like a big, fat, vulnerable target.

If a U-boat fired a torpedo at a Q-ship, the tactic was to try to deliberately ensure the torpedo hit, send off a "panic party" who pretend to abandon ship, and then the rest of the crew would wait for the submarine to surface to finish the supposedly abandoned ship with gunfire. Sometimes the U-boat would think it could use its gun to deal with the easy target without wasting a torpedo, which was even better for the Q-ship. Either way, when a surfaced submarine came close, the Q-ship's concealed guns would suddenly open fire and hopefully sink the enemy.

Some very brave men served on Q-ships during WW1, and they earned between them no fewer than EIGHT Victoria Crosses. (That's the highest award for bravery open to a member of the British armed forces: this is roughly equivalent to eight sailors from one squadron earning the Congressional Medal of Valour.) But this bravery was much less effective than defeating the germans at sea than the convoy system was. Naval historian Deborah Lake quotes a detailed study of Kriegsmarine and RN records from which it was estimated that Q-ships sank a maximun of eleven U-boats and contributed to the destruction of two more, but at the price of 44 Q-ships lost. You can see why Honor's worst enemies would like the idea of giving her command of a squadron of them!

Perhaps the one wasted opportunity in this book: maybe it could have been dedicated to the brave men who risked their lives in Q-ships to keep the sea lanes open?

For anyone who wants to read more about the history of Q-Ships I can recommend Lake's book "Smoke and Mirrors: Q-Ships against the U-Boats in the First World War."

As usual, Honor's opponents, and a lot of other people, have badly underestimated her. And the weapon systems which "Horrible Hemphill" and her ordinance experts have given Honor to try out include some rather better ideas than the ones that made her job so difficult "on Basilisk Station." In fact some of these systems will have critically important implications for the future course of the war and hence for the rest of the series.

Very complex book: Honor has to deal with opponents back home, one or two nasty pieces of work on her own ship, a Manticoran merchant family who start out as deadly enemies, pirates, corrupt Silesian governors, and the Peeps.

Weber also moves the quality of his treatment of people in the opposing navy into another gear: the development of characters on the Peep side goes beyond being just evil or honorable enemy figures to the point where some of them effectively become a second group of heroes. Meanwhile some of Honor's internal opponents also show that they are capable of more than being cartoonishly evil bad guys.

This was the book which persuaded me to raise my view of David Weber from thinking him an entertaining author to being, at his best, a first rate one.

A note on how this book fits into the series as a whole:

At the time of updating this review in 2011 there are sixteen full length novels and five short story collections in the "Honorverse" as the fictional galaxy in which these stories are set is sometimes known. The main series which tells the story of Honor Harrington herself currently runs to eleven novels; in order these are

On Basilisk Station
The Honor of the Queen
The Short Victorious War
Field of Dishonour
Flag in Exile
Honor among Enemies
In Enemy Hands
Echoes of Honor
Ashes of Victory
War of Honor
At All Costs
Mission of Honor

The five collections of short stories set in the same universe, not all of which feature Honor Harrington herself, are

More Than Honor
Worlds of Honor
Worlds of Honor III: Changer of Worlds
Worlds of Honor IV: The Service of the Sword
In Fire Forged: Worlds of Honor V

There are four spin-off novels in two groups of two, in which Honor Harrington herself is only a minor character. At one stage the Honorverse books appeared to be branching into three different tracks, although the most recent main series book, "Mission of Honor" pulled all the threads together again. There are two novels focussing on spying and the battle agains slavery, which are "Crown of Slaves" and "Torch of honr" (both co-written with Eric Flint) which feature a number of characters first introduced in earlier Honor Harrington novels or "Honorverse" short story collections. And there are two books which focus on an area of space known as the Talbott Quadrant and Manticore's worsening relationship with earth. These are "The Shadow of Saganami" which is a kind of "next generation" novel featuring a number of younger officers in the navies of Manticore and her ally Grayson, and "Storm from the Shadows" in which Honor's friend Michelle Henke is the main character.

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 = France
Star Kingdom of Manticore = Great Britain
Gryphon = Scotland
Grayson = Portugal

Prime Minister Alan Summervale = Pitt the Younger
Hamish Alexander, later Earl White Haven = Admiral Edward Pellew
Honor Harrington = Horatio Hornblower
Alistair McKeon = William Bush

Crown loyalists and Centrists = Tory supporters of Pitt
Conservative Association = isolationist/hardline High Tories
New Kiev Liberals = Whig Oligarchists
Progressives and traditional liberals = Whig radicals

Legislaturist former rulers of Haven = Bourbon monarchy and French nobles
Rob S. Pierre = Robespierre
Haven's Committee of Public Safety = French Revolutionary Committee of Public Safety
Haven's SS = Nazi SS/Soviet KGB
Manpower/genetic slavers = the slave trade (in early books like this one. Later in the series they become much more important and much more dangerous.)

Solarian republic = United States of America
Anderman Empire = Kingdom of Prussia
Silesia = either Poland, or non-Prussian Germany

(I've always taken "The Silesian Confederation" to be Poland because European Silesia is now part of Poland, and was the first part of central Europe which Frederick the Great grabbed on the track from turning Prussia into the German Empire, followed by large parts of Poland. Also because late 18th century Poland was a chaotic mess which ended up by being carved up between neighbouring powers. However, you can also think of Silesia as being all the squabbling principalities of pre-unification Germany and that parallel also works.)

Wall of Battle = Line of Battle
Ship of the Wall = Ship of the Line
Battleship = "4th rate" sailing warship (in each case too small to form part of the main force in a fleet action, but powerful enough to defeat anything else smaller than a ship of the line/wall.)
Battlecruiser = frigate (5th rate)
Cruisers and destroyers = 6th rate and smaller warships

Q-Ship = Merchant ship with concealed weapons used by regular navy as a trap for commerce raiders.
Armed Merchant Cruiser = General term for a large merchant ship fitted with weapons and used by the regular navy as a substitute for a purpose built warship.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Honorable Enemies Indeed 28 avril 2005
Par John A Lee III - Publié sur
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This volume is yet another fine read. It is not, in my opinion, the best of the lot, but with such stiff competition it does compare well. It also has some of the most developed supporting characters thus far.

The story picks up where Honor is recalled to active duty by Manticore for a job no one else wants. Even her political enemies support her selection for the job becasue her success would be good for them financially and her failure would rid them of her troubling presence. It is a bad situation and she is saddled with a troublesome crew and an armed merchant vessel just to make things even dicier for her. As all her fans know, she IS the one for the job.

Space opera can sometimes be accused of having heros who are too heroic and villains who are too villainous. Often that is true but does not bother me if the story is good. This story IS good but Weber goes the extra mile here. There are some bad guys around without any redeeming qualities whatsoever. I would gladly execute such vermin and not lose any sleep over it. The main "enemies", however, in the form of the Peep navy are protrayed as real human beings with honorable intentions. One can even come to admire one of the political "commissars" as an honorable person. That takes some skill in space opera and Weber delivers.

Some people have apparently delved into this as their first foray into the "Honoverse" and done so successfully and enjoyed the book. Great for them! I cannot help but believe, however, that they would have gotten much more out of it had they begun at the beginning or even just the previous book. Knowing the backgrounds of the characters helps.

Fans of Nimitz will be glad to learn that he finally develops a love life. I hope he will be happy in the volumes to come and, perversly, I can well imagine that his love life will complicate Honor's to no end.

Its nice to find that your enemies can be honorable even when your "friends" are not!
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