The Mesan Alignment is revealed, and, for Honor Harrington and the Manticoran Star Kingdom, this means war!
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love the Honor Harrington series, and thus really wanted to love this book. However, it suffers from essentially being the previous book, covered from different points of view. This might be beneficial if it really explored aspects of the Mesan Alignment, the great antagonist of the series, but instead the bulk of the story covers the instigation of a series of rebellions so inconsequential, I cannot now recall the name of any of the worlds involved, much less the characters. The first three fourths of the book did nothing more than provide a setup for the RMN to breeze through and solve the problems with no effort expended. At no point was I left in suspense, wondering if victory would be possible. I suppose, given the demonstrated impotence of the Solarian League Navy, that Weber has backed himself into a bit of a corner, as the outcome in any tactical situation is never in doubt, and the strategic picture is too massive to give any sense of immediate concern. Overall, not...
If you were looking forward to a new Weber book, this isn't it. All this book does is follow the plot of the previous three or four books in still another rehash of already revealed events. It ends right where the previous books ended and does not provide any sort of a conclusion or advancement of the ongoing plot of the Honor Harrington universe. I feel ripped off after buying the same book three times in a row with only a few changes and so long a time between them. While I understand that Weber has had health problems that does not excuse the fact that he and Baen have now repeatedly pulled this scam on readers where they print one book under three titles with various minor changes to make it seem like three different books without actually printing three different books. If and when Weber does another Harrington book I certainly won't buy it until it shows up in a used paperback
It has become sadly clear that David Weber no longer possesses the skill to write at a professional level. The Safehold series has degenerated into an absurdly complex cast of thousands of nobodies going nowhere, and the Honorverse has been going downhill for some time. Now we have this... this shadow of a book. A pathetic mishmash of storylines which concerns a cast of nobodies on unimportant planets which are at best peripheral to the struggle between Manticore and Earth. Remember how Shadow of Freedom started? Remember wondering "Who are these people!? Where are all the characters and settings I've come to love? But after a couple of chapters, we reverted to them. That doesn't happen here. We go from one group of forgettable people with unpronounceable names to another planet with a group of forgettable people with unpronounceable names, to the evil schemers, then onto a third planet, then back to the evil schemers... There are brief interludes featuring RMN people we know, but...
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