Mission of Honor (Honor Harrington Series #12)

Mission of Honor (Honor Harrington Series #12)

by David Weber

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Overview

The biggest-selling military science fiction heroine of all time is back in book #12 in the multiple New York Times best-selling series. Venerated SF military heroine Honor Harrington must pull off the greatest feat of her storied career as she defends her Manticorean Star Kingdom from a devastating and massive surprise attack.

The hottest military science fiction series of all time continues with book #12 in the legendary Honor Harrington saga.

This time, it’s all or nothing for Honor. She imagined she might rest on her laurels. Settle down. Spend years with her loved ones. But the galaxy had other plans. As the nearly-unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League allies with the Star Kingdom’s bitter enemies and closes in, millions die and billions are on the chopping block. Defeat and slavery to a nasty enemy looms.

But Honor Harington has tasted defeat before and come back to win ultimate victory. The task is dauting: she must save her family, preserve the life she has built – and once again rescue the constitutional order of her beloved Star Kingdom. The solution? To brave utter annihilation in a desperate move to defeat her gathered enemies and win freedom for freedom for her people and the kingdom she has given her life and blood for time and again.

About Mission of Honor:

“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection and a deep understanding of military bureaucracy in the long-awaited 12th Honor Harrington novel...Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice to see Honor back in action.” – Publishers Weekly on Mission of Honor

“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 on Mission of Honor

About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:
“Honor is 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: 9781439134511
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Series: Honor Harrington Series , #12
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 92,044
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels have repeatedly make the New York Times best seller list and can’t come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He has also written the popular Safehold series for Tor, and a best-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo. His Wind Rider’s Oath, another New York Times best seller, continues his popular Bahzell fantasy adventure series.

Interviews

CRYOBURN
By Lois McMaster Bujold
November 2010
Baen Books

AFTER A SEVEN YEAR HIATUS, THE CHARISMATIC MILES VORKOSIGAN RETURNS IN A NEW NOVEL BY AWARD WINNING AUTHOR

LOIS McMASTER BUJOLD.

Hear what Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan has to say about his return in an interview with his creator Lois McMaster Bujold.

(Miles dreams...)

LMB: Miles?

Miles: ...

LMB: Miles...?

Miles (rolling over and snorting): Eh...?

LMB: Miles!

Miles (sleepily): Who's there?

LMB: This is your creator, Miles.

Miles (coming alert): Oh! Uh... hello, Goddess...?

LMB: A proper attitude, at least.

Miles: So, ah... what are you doing here?

LMB: I'm here to interview you.

Miles (growing wary): Why? I thought you didn't like breaking the literary frame. Remember how you bounced off that weird production of Goldini's The Venetian Twins at the Guthrie Theater?

LMB: Yeah, well. Things move along. Speaking of which, how have you been since that adventure with the mad ba?

Miles (getting even more cautious): Busy. Very busy. Much too busy for you. All boring stuff, y'know? Committee meetings at the Council of Counts, domestic scenes, developing the Vorkosigan's District -- well, I've mostly been dumping that on Ekaterin -- all that. Nothing to interest you, I'm sure. I'm not the droid you're looking for. Move along...

LMB: Nice try. How're the kids?

Miles (springing to his feet, white about the lips): You stay the hell away from my kids!

LMB: Easy, there! They are still too young to get into much trouble on their own. Except in fanfiction I suppose. Nothing to support a commercial novel. And I did the kidnapping trope back when you were still a blob in your uterine replicator. You know how I dislike repeating a trope.

Miles (easing back, still suspicious): Well... maybe. (Seized by sly inspiration.) So why don't you go bother my cousin Ivan? Such a slacker, that boy. He could use the exercise.

LMB: You know, you're about the seven-thousandth person to ask that question. His turn may yet come. But he doesn't go with this year's theme.

Miles: Theme? You pick characters to go with your theme? What is this, some kind of interior decorating scheme?

LMB: No, I'm not smart enough for that. I set characters in motion and let them show me the theme. And then I say, Oh. And, My. And, Wait, how did we end up here, again? So, Miles... how's your health holding up these days?

Miles: Adequately, no thanks to you. As well you know.

LMB: Seizures still under control?

Miles: In a kludgy sort of way. (Suddenly interested) You thinking of doing anything about that? New galactic medical technologies, something?

LMB: No, actually. I prefer you the way you are. But regarding galactic medical technologies, I'm glad you brought up the subject. Although, from your point of view, they're hardly new. I was thinking about cryonics. And demographics.

Miles: You've done cryonics, remember? That's how I ended up with the damned seizures. What was that about not repeating a trope? You're not going to kill and freeze me again, are you?

LMB: No, no. Your second death will be your last, I promise.

Miles (muttering): I'm not sure I like the sound of that...

LMB: But I've been musing for a long time over the intersection of cryonics and demographics.

Miles: Other writers have done that.

LMB: Indeed. But this is my take. I've shown the impact of the freeze-the-dead technology as an occasional emergency medical treatment; what happens when it's taken up society-wide, when everyone wants in on the act? With realistic economics? There are people actually trying to start this in my world today; I've met some. The arguments that have promptly followed have been most instructive. Old human nature meets new technology, film at 11. My slice isn't actually when it's new tech, though. I'm looking at it a bit further down the line, at longer-term consequences.

Miles: Doesn't sound like Barrayar. We're barely up to figuring out how to incorporate uterine replicators.

LMB: Yes, that's why I'm sending you to Kibou-daini, a rather more technologically advanced colony planet than Barrayar. Although that isn't saying much. Most places are.

Miles: Hey! Don't insult my homeworld! That's my job. (Thinks fast.) Anyway, I won't go. As I pointed out, I'm busy.

LMB: Actually, Emperor Gregor's sending you.

Miles: Oh. (Long pause) Barrayaran connection, is there?

LMB: That's for me to know and you to find out.

Miles (grumpy): Gee, thanks. I really appreciate that.

LMB: You won't, actually. But it'll be pretty amusing for the onlookers.

Miles: Are you sending me by myself?

LMB: No, you get to take your favorite minion, Armsman Roic.

Miles: Well, that's something, anyway. Good man, Roic. Despite that little incident back when with the bug butter.

LMB: You are getting older and creakier, you know.

Miles: Hey! I'm just turned 39, I'll have you know!

LMB: It's a hard-used 39. You need reliable help, I acknowledge that. And Roic is practically a Boy Scout, or at least a Canadian Mountie. Quite a change from old Sergeant Bothari. Have you noticed how your minions are getting saner and saner as you age? Why is that, I wonder?

Miles: Sampling artifact. If you're starting with Bothari, there's nowhere to go but saner.

LMB: Point. But we digress. Society-wide cryonics, what happens next? That's the question.

Miles: And what's the answer?

LMB: You know I don't do answers. Didactics are so not my thing. Let a hundred flowers bloom -- and then study and classify them. Besides, I have to leave you some free will.

Miles: It all sounds a trifle morbid.

LMB: Oh, it's all of that. An extended meditation on people's relation to death must have a certain amount of darkness built-in. But it's all in the tone, y'know. There will also be comic relief.

Miles: I'm not sure I like the sound of that any better. I'm still traumatized from that damned dinner party you put on.

LMB: You put that party on yourself, Miles. I merely didn't stop you.

Miles: (inarticulate growl.)

LMB: Actually, you are only just now of the age -- middle -- where you could tackle this theme properly. Miles in the middle, caught between the last generation and the next, and the only Barrayaran Imperial Auditor with such an intimate personal experience of what cryonics tech can do -- your whole life for the past decade has been its gift, as you will point out.

Miles: I will, will I? To whom?

LMB: No spoilers.

Miles (wheedling): Ah, c'mon, you can spoil me...

LMB: I already do.

Miles (tartly): Not so's I've noticed.

LMB: You should have seen the outtakes.

Miles (tempted pause): No, this nightmare is weird enough already.

LMB: Wise man.

Fin.

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Mission of Honor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The seemingly endless war (a dozen books worth) between the Star Empire of Manticore and the Republic of Haven is finally drawing to a conclusion. The Manties have all but won. However, the Empire leadership believes they must further cripple the enemy as they distrust the idea that the other side wants peace as they would not if the situation was reversed. Admiral Honor Harrington is almost all alone amidst the top brass in her belief that the Republic wants to end the conflict. She leads a group to the Havenite system to negotiation the terms of peace. However, the peace in our times is devastated when a sneak attack on the Manticoran worlds occur while the Solarian League flexes its muscle at the same time as they distrust the apparent winner of the war especially when they claim the Manties have provoked them with vicious attacks. Fans of military science fiction will be euphoric with the return of Harrington who struggles with political and military leaders and bureaucracies as too many of those chicken hawks in charge who never left the office cannot see passed their ambition to the horror of battle (think Cheney vs. Eisenhower). Fast-paced from start to finish, Honor works on a peace agreement when new conflations erupt. Once again David Weber provides a strong winner in one of the top sub-genre series as the aptly titled Mission of Honor takes readers on quite a spin. Harriet Klausner
OberstB More than 1 year ago
If you've been a fan of the series you'll read the book. If not, start at the beginning of the epic. As other reviewers have commented this is half a novel and leads up to what one assumes will be at least a partial finale with respect to the simmering and far too long undiscovered Manpower/Mesan conspiracy - a finale that can't come too soon as far as I'm concerned. This volume was frustrating to me simply because the first 2/3 of the book moved at a glacial pace and violated the first rule of writing: show, don't tell. There were just too many discourses and I found myself torn between putting the book down for a day or so and wanting to throttle it. David Weber is one of my favorite writers and the last hundred or so pages demonstrated to me why I like him, but it took such a long time to get there. Perhaps he was tying up loose ends for the next volume but I'd be grateful if he now told himself that part was done and gave us action and visceral satisfaction in the sequel. I used to work with a guy who hated to make a decision and when asked for his opinion always replied that he didn't have enough facts to formulate one. No matter how much additional time you gave him the answer was always the same,"I need more facts." Eventually the rest of us just voted and moved on. We have all the facts we need from what Weber's already given us so let's just move on.
Cryogaijin More than 1 year ago
This book is like a train-wreck. You can see it coming a mile away, but know it is too late to stop. The plot revolves around the titular Honor Harrington FINALLY being dispatched to Haven to bring the Manticore/Havanite war to an end. As the war is wrapping up, the Mesan Alignment's long term plans start to unfold. I cannot truly recommend this novel at this time. Only half the story is here, and it feels truly incomplete. Just as with the 2 novels dealing with Honor's internment, this novel would be best read with the yet unpublished follow up novel. It is really part of a duo, not a stand alone novel at all. Fans of the series can likely predict every major plot item in the book, from Honor being absurdly good at her job, to minor characters being killed off for emphasis. I rate this 3 stars for fans of the series, but only a single star for non-fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of David Weber's work for a very long time, but this book missed the mark. Where Weber frequently has major characters that he trades in and out from one book to the next, for some reason he felt the need to include major characters from his "Shadows" series, even though they had little to no bearing on the story. We're forced to follow Abigail Hearns as she leads a Search and Rescue party through the ruins of a ship for no purpose whatsoever, as well as having to read through Helen Zilwicki and Gwen Archer, when none of those story lines had anything to do with the plot itself. It was window dressing that didn't need to be there. Further more, Weber takes what used to be my favorite thing about his writing style and turns it around. While he does an outstanding job with his technical descriptions, as well as his character background descriptions, we often find ourselves spending thirty pages getting through five seconds of conversation because Weber takes us on tangent after tangent. In addition, the book is rife with spelling and grammatical errors, even simple things that should have been caught with a Spell Check, much less an editorial process. In all, however, the book ends with something I've wanted to see since the beginning of "War of Honor," and I stand ready to read the next installment of the series. But please, Mr. Weber, leave the "Shadows" characters in the "Shadows" series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sort of lost me half way through for whatever reason I don’t really know but I’m glad I persevered with it. Trust me, stick with it, excellent story building for the following books!
bgknighton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honor gets a mission that she finds hard to believe. Make a peace treatey with Haven. But ther are the usual obstacles. You find out some things you need to know to make the past and the future make sense. I think Pritchard deserves her own treecat. The only thing that keeps it from being a "5" is the wordiness. I know you need to know the details of why people do what they do, but...
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yeah, that's good. The twisty tangle that's been building up over the last - 4? 6? - books starts to become untangled - by the one thing the Mesans wouldn't expect. It's just not part of their culture or mindset for people who have been long-term enemies to trust one another enough to talk - just talk, straightforwardly. Heh heh. They have no idea what a hexapuma's den they've stuck their hands into.... So when is the next book coming out? It doesn't _exactly_end in a cliffhanger, but there will be some very _interesting_ events happening shortly. As in the meeting of the irresistible force and the immovable object, interesting...
Tilinka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This review refers to the eARC version of the book available via webscription.netMmkay, first it's an Honor Harrington book. It would be hard to enjoy this one if you aren't already engaged in the series. (I highly recommend the books if you haven't read them, the first few are available through the baen.com free library).A fairly large chunk was dedicated to setting up the coming major conflict. We've seen it coming through the Saganami and Torch books (and the last Honor Harrington novel), so it's pretty obvious were things are going. There is less sum-up in this one than we had in Storm from the Shadows and Torch of Freedom, which is nice. The events in those two books are definitely in the background in this one, but I believe you can go through it without having read them. Just realize that many of the new characters and the major events in Talbott and Mesa referenced are gone through in much more delightful detail in those books. I suffered some eye-glazing through the explanations of the new bits of tech that are being introduced now. Those bits don't suffer for being skimmed through quickly. (Much as I enjoy the level of detail, sometimes it's too much even for me.)A lot of the minor annoyances in this book are made up for thanks to what was perhaps my most anticipated scene since Oscar St. Just got his comeuppance. There was cheering when I read through the last chapter. (Unfortunately, it was the last chapter.)I had expected to see more of Honor's family. I understand why there wasn't much of them - the book is massive already, but I was mildly disappointed over how little of them we saw and how quickly those sections passed.Overall reaction: YAY! It looks like we'll be getting a lot of knock-down drag-out boomity-punch in the next one. ^^
rosethorne1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually have the ebook ARC of this (though I also paid for the ebook PUBLISHED edition that comes out in July as well). I was SOOO excited that David Weber continued with the main Honor plot line. I have harder time enjoying the books where his other characters in the same universe are the primary focus. Though the cliffhnager at the end was PURE Weber, it left me chomping at the bit for the next installation...and this book doesn't even come out for another 5 MONTHS! *sigh* if only authors like this could write as fast as I read
JackDTeague on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The payoff I've been waiting maybe four or five books for finally arrives.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The basic story here is that the Mesan Alignment is just about ready to come out of the dark and be recognized as a Star Empire of their own. They just have to continue to foment the distrust between Manticore and the Republic of Haven and destroy the Solarian League's military. However, Honor is sent to broker a peace with Haven, Manticore provides the Solarian League with military losses, the Mesans make a sneak attack on Manticore and destroy a lot of their military infrastructure, and Cachat and Zilwicki show up with a defector from Mesa who sheds light on the Mesan's plans. Our heroes have their work cut out for them but we have hope that good will triumph over evil.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The long war with Haven may finally be coming to a close, but war is looming with the vast Solarian League, and the nefarious Mesan Alignment is finally ready to bring its operations out into the open--starting with a massive attack on Manticore. Honor Alexander-Hamilton is playing an unaccustomed role of diplomat and plays no part in the battles, all of which are appallingly one-sided--although not always in the direction the participants expect.This new plotline has been brewing for a while; hopefully it won't take another dozen volumes to come to a conclusion.
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, one of the strengths of the earlier books in this series (the sheer scale of the canvas on which Weber is painting) becomes something of a weakness in these later books. I would rather have focused down on the stories of a few key characters in this story, and their emotional arcs. There were glimmers of the old Weber in this installment, and some really enjoyable scenes, and I enjoyed this overall and will be eagerly awaiting and devouring the e-arc of the next volume (typos notwithstanding) as soon as is comes out. But I still feel as if these later books lack some of the things that I enjoyed so much in the earlier ones ...
thombr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
12 books into the series and I'm still enjoying it...more please.
PortiaLong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Military political space opera. Not my favorite flavor of SF. Keeping track of all the names/factions etc. was beyond me. A lot of the dialogue occurs in meetings and I'm not a fan of meetings when I have to go to them, let alone when I have to read about them. OTOH I have not read any of the Honor Harrington novels which may have provided the appropriate backgroung.
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Gilbert_M_Stack More than 1 year ago
I like strong female leads in books and David Weber’s Honor Harrington is one of the strongest. I always look forward to the next novel in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed most of the spin off books as well. The political situation greatly enriches the military one and Weber always provides enough acts of heroic daring and dastardly infamy to keep me happy. My one complaint is that the later novels in the series have run too long and this lessens both the tension and the impact of the great action scenes. I’d like to see Weber try to reduce his word count by about twenty percent and give the reader a tighter story. Not that I won’t anxiously read the sequel however long it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book for a long time . excellent book keeps me wanting for more. david weber is a very good writer as was c s forester.
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Fans of the series will not be disappointed. Some may not like the slower pace of this book, but there are many events transpiring at this point in the story. The resolution of the Manticore Haven war (we hope) the building conflict with the Solarian League, and the emergence of the Mesan Alignment. Mr. Weber also takes us through the polics that drive the military decisions. This is what gives the series so much depth. Without this, all we'd have is a shoot 'em up. As usual I'm left wanting more.
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