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Shadow of Freedom (Honor Harrington Book 14) (English Edition) par [Weber, David]
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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international best-selling phenomenon David Weber delivers book #18 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Honor Harrington series.

Wrong number? There are two sides to any quarrel . . . unless there are more.

Queen Elizabeth of Manticore's first cousin and Honor Harrington's best friend, Michelle Henke, has just handed the ""invincible"" Solarian League Navy the most humiliating, one sided defeat in its entire almost thousand year history in defense of the people of the Star Empire's Talbott Quadrant. But the League is the most powerful star nation in the history of humanity. Its navy is going to be back—and this time with thousands of superdreadnoughts.

Yet she also knows scores of other star systems—some independent, some controlled by puppet regimes, and some simply conquered outright by the Solarian Office of Frontier Security—lie in the League's grip along its frontier with the Talbott Quadrant. As combat spreads from the initial confrontation,the entire frontier has begun to seethe with unrest, and Michelle sympathizes with the oppressed populations wanting only to be free of their hated masters.

And that puts her in something of a quandary when a messenger from Mobius arrives, because someone's obviously gotten a wrong number. According to him, the Mobians' uprising has been carefully planned to coordinate with a powerful outside ally: the Star Empire of Manticore. Only Manticore—and Mike Henke—have never even heard of the Mobius Liberation Front.

It's a set up . . . and Michelle knows who's behind it. The shadowy Mesan Alignment has launched a bold move to destroy Manticore's reputation as the champion of freedom. And when the RMN doesn't arrive, when the MLF is brutally and bloodily crushed, no independent star system will ever trust Manticore again.

Mike Henke knows she has no orders from her government to assist any rebellions or liberation movements, that she has only so many ships, which can be in only so many places at a time . . . and that she can't possibly justify diverting any of her limited, outnumbered strength to missions of liberation the Star Empire never signed on for. She knows that . . . and she doesn't care.

No one is going to send thousands of patriots to their deaths, trusting in Manticoran help that will never come.

Not on Mike Henke's watch.

At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen 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 series have appeared on seventeen best seller 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 Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak science fiction saga. Weber has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling 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 bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best‑seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

Biographie de l'auteur

With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen 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 series have appeared on seventeen best seller 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 Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak science fiction saga. Weber has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling 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 bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few. Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

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Il y a un gros inconvenient a la saga harrington la où le deroulement de l intrigue se situe : on en a jamais assez !

Avec ce volume Weber ouvre un second front : en envoyant henke dans ce qui constitue les balkans de son univers ce n est plus vraiment honor harington l heroïne de cette saga mais plutôt le,royaume de Manticore lui même.
Evolution dejà en cours depuis le retour d'honor d'Hadès.

Bref vivement le prochain.
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Un livre dans la droite ligne des autres avec beaucoup de politique et peu de combat spaciaux meme si il n'etait pas primordiaux vu la trame du livre.
Apres, je le place plutot comme un livre de transition et il nécessite d'avoir lu les autres (dont les Honor Harrington) afin de pleinement saisir l'histoire.
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A great dissapointment, the action keep jumping from a character to another, and really nothing is new, nothing give more insight to the main plot.
And really this book is a boring read, and I feel cheated, come on some part are just copy/paste from others books!!!
I hope the next book in Honorverse will more be in the line of the start of the saga, or this one will be the last.
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164 internautes sur 177 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Step up from Rising Thunder 25 février 2013
Par Mvargus - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's hard to fathom that the man who wrote this, is the same man who wrote On Basilisk Station so many years ago, in many important ways these two books are almost complete opposites. On Basiliks Station was a tightly woven tale based around a single planet and really only looking over the shoulder of one main character. Shadow of Freedom jumps from planet to planet and focal character to focal character. Some of the characters don't really matter, while others could potentially be brought in to help explore new plot lines in the future.

Overall, as my review title indicates, this story is an improvement over Rising Thunder. It has all of the same flaws. It tries to cover too many plot lines and individual characters lives, it lacks a true focal plot line, and the level of dynasty epic politics involved really detract from the story overall.

This does expand on the other stories centered in the Talbott Sector of the Honorverse, with many of the character who appeared in previous books appearing again, but while the summary indicates that Michelle Henke is the main character, the truth is that the politics are the focus of hte plot. Numerous confrontatoins between the navy of Manticore and military units from the Solarian League take place during this book, but they have a very repetitive quality to them. It felt like David Weber didn't really have an opinion on most of the characters he was introducing, and since the vast majority are spear carriers, the lack of attention is only made more obvious as each confrontation occurs.

If you love the series and have read all the stories up to this point, this will be interesting, even while it fails to really add much to the overall plotline. If you were bored by Rising Thunder, stay far away from this book. It doesn't advance the pllot enough to justify the effort of reading the story.

Sadly, I think the fact that David Weber decided not to kill off Honor and to advance his planned plot nearly 30 years (since it was going to be Honor's kids fighting Mesa in his original outlines) has hurt the story. He didn't have the story infrastructure built up and too many of the characters end up either too big for the small scenes they are in, or being nothing more than faceless spear carriers who don't survive to see the end of their own plotlines let alone the main one.

The quality of the writing is excellent, but this story lacks a coherent direction of the plot and any kind of focus. I was hoping David Weber could turn around his writing and put together a story worth reading. This one wasn't quite good enough to meet my hopes.
79 internautes sur 86 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed 3 mars 2013
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As one of the biggest David Weber fans around, I was excited to discover a new novel in the Honorverse world from the master. And maybe a third of this book was as riveting, satisfying, and enjoyable as I had hoped. Alas, the rest of it was wasted space from my viewpoint. I skipped the other two thirds since I have zero interest in page after page of what the many bad guys are doing from their point of view or what tertiary characters are doing whom I don't know and likely will have little interest in. If On Basilik Station were like this book, I would have likely given up before I had gotten far into it since this book starts out with nothing but filler initially from my perspective. I feel qualified to offer this opinion as I have owned every book he has written in hard back, paperback, or both, in CD, audio, and or Kindle. Thus, if this trend which started in Mission of Honor, increased in Rising Thunder, and blossomed in his latest, continues, I will have no choice but to enjoy Honor's world in my imagination and skip any further books which would certainly be cheaper. I hope he and his publishers reconsider.
75 internautes sur 85 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Harrington 22 mars 2013
Par Rick - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This isn't an Honor Harrington novel, in spite of the cover.

This doesn't seem to be a David Weber book, in spite of the cover attribution.

This book is nothing more of a sidebar in the Harrington saga. I didn't think I was buying a sidebar; I thought I was following the story that has developed over the previous Harrington novels.

This is the last Weber book I buy before letting others take the leap first and write their reviews.

It's a pity. I've always anticipated the next episode in Harrington's life since I read the first book in the series 20 years ago.

I think there are no more than two or three novels needed for Weber to tie up the story lines neatly and leave Honor Harrington and the empire in honorable literary peace. If she were a real person, she'd be royally pissed at the way her name and image are being used to flog inferior products.

As a purchaser of this book, I am too.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Honor is not part of this book! 26 février 2013
Par Costas Ioannides - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First and foremost, this is NOT an Honor Harrington novel, it takes place in the Honorverse but pretty much revolves around Michele Henke. Honor never makes even a cameo in this novel. So from there this book is displaying a lack of accuracy (don't really want to say "shamefully lying") to induce fans to purchase this novel.

Secondly, Weber is going everywhere with this book, and the only meaningful action in this entire novel is Michele's final act...which basically leaves a cliffhanger which I assume the next book may or may not address, with Honor hopefully making an appearance.

It is almost appearing that Weber has caught the RR Martin disease and has lost his way. As a preceding reviewer has already stated it is hard to believe that the individual who wrote this also wrote Basilisk Station, Honor of the Queen, and Short Victorius War...perhaps he is giving his cat a chance to write some chapters which would explain the scattering of subplots.

Lastly, Weber is starting to get too fond of leaving cliffhangers. He did it in Rising Thunder and in this novel. He never left a real cliffhanger in his previous novels, and I don't count the end of In Enemy Hands a cliffhanger.

Hopefully, he just threw this bit of space junk out to satisfy a contract requirement, or to just get a free pizza from Papa Johns. Hopefully the next book gets back on course.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Honor may have very well jumped the Hexapuma... 6 mars 2013
Par J. Kitchen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm a big fan of the Honor Harringon series by David Weber. I was late to the first few books due to the really bad cover artwork steering me away but picked up the series around the release of "Honor among enemies" back in 1999. I've read all of the books in the series since then and enjoyed most of them. This novel falls in the lower 3/4ths of the pile. Not quite as dreadful and difficult a slog as the two dodgier books in the series but certainly nothing like the crisp and polished novels that make this series shine. The major problems with this novel come down to some advertising due to circumstance and some scope creep.

The first is the banner at the top of the cover: "A New Honorverse Novel". As someone else pointed out in another review Honor doesn't even make an appearance in the novel. I could well be wrong that I missed Honor appearing somewhere but if that is the case it's telling that her appearance was so brief it wasn't memorable.

In 20 years of the Honorverse we've seen the title character grow and become a fully realized protagonist. That said she's still the lynchpin to the series. As time has worn on the sandbox has gotten wider and deeper. Weber started to allow other authors to play in his sandbox and start to contribute to his world. The problem is that this has created a much wider, and much deeper, bench of characters. While some of these characters are important the vast majority of them aren't. It means that reading one of the Honorverse novels can turn into a dizzying array of walk on character actors who are coming and going but really aren't contributing to the tone of the series.

In this novel that's really appearant. Numerous disposable Solarians come and go and despite a panapoly of different names there's really no point to bothering. Manticoran central casting got the call and dialed up the regulars: Specious Solarian Captain who dies by their own failure to recognize the obvious. Solarian Captain who "figures it out" and "does the right thing" before it is too late. Evil planetary governor. Evil governor's toady minions. Hulkingly capable but witty Grayson marine. The names change but the subplots are similar to what we have seen before. We even get an introduction to the next Grayson like allied system for Manticore.

I realized in the first couple of chapters that this wasn't an Honor Harrington novel. I knew then that this would be a side story/character development/universe backstory expansion and that's fine. (The major developments in the Honorverse come in Honor Harrington novels for the most part.) That said we used to hope to see a new Weber Honor novel once a year and now even that seems to be slipping to every other year. That annual treat is now getting thinner and thinner and saying less and less.

This is Weber's universe, not mine. That said this was a disappointing read for me. It wasn't great. It wasn't something that made me excited about the series. It really seems to have been an effort to knock out something adequate but little more. There's no step forward for Manticore's technology after their existing situation after the Mesan attack. (No manpower? Why not "drone" LAC's to deal with the shortage and take advantage of the Manticoran advantage of FTL communication.)

Finally I'll just throw out a question: Where's the Flashman of the Honor Harrington universe? A Peep born, Manticoran raised scoundrel who's really a ripping and exciting read. I realize that maybe Mr. Weber may not want to write that novel but certainly someone, somewhere at Baen can have the sense to assign a project like that to one of their stable of writers. (No, not Flint. Just don't go there.) I would have paid what I paid for this novel three times over for something that was a ripping good read that made me excited about this series again.

Let me add a post script. In my original review I took Baen to task for the banner on the front of the novel. What is pictured here and what is on my copy by my bed are two different things. I've corrected my review accordingly.
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