I finished reading Shadow of Saganami by David Weber this week. This read was done in bits and pieces over the past two weeks. A couple pages here and a couple pages there. The book was excellent and the characters as always were strong and so vivid. I've said before how much I like David Weber's Honor Harrington series. This one is one of the Honorverse novels and follows Crown of Slaves. Excellent stories and fantastic characters. I highly recommend all of David Weber's books. You can get this book free from http://www.baenebooks.com/p-370-the-shadow-of-saganami.aspx
Fom David's site:
STUDENTS OF HONOR...
The Star Kingdom of Manticore is once again at war with the Republic of Haven after a stunning sneak attack. The graduating class from Saganami Island, the Royal Manticoran Navy's academy, are going straight from the classroom to the blazing reality of all-out war.
Except for the midshipmen assigned to the heavy cruiser HMS Hexapuma, that is. They're being assigned to the Talbott Cluster, an out of the way backwater, far from the battle front. The most they can look forward to is the capture of the occasional pirate cruiser and the boring duty of supporting the Cluster's peaceful integration with the Star Kingdom at the freely expressed will of eighty percent of the Cluster's citizens. With a captain who may have seen too much of war and a station commander who isn't precisely noted for his brilliant and insightful command style, it isn't exactly what the students of Honor Harrington, the "Salamander," expected.
But things aren't as simple — or tranquil — as they appear. The "pirates" they encounter aren't what they seem, and the "peaceful integration" they expected turns into something very different. A powerful alliance of corrupt Solarian League bureaucrats and ruthless interstellar corporations is determined to prevent the Cluster's annexation by the Star Kingdom . . . by any means necessary. Pirates, terrorists, genetic slavers, smuggled weapons, long-standing personal hatreds, and a vicious alliance of corporate greed, bureaucratic arrogance, and a corrupt local star nation with a powerful fleet, are all coming together, and only Hexapuma, her war-weary captain, and Honor Harrington's students stand in the path.
They have only one thing to support and guide them: the tradition of Saganami. The tradition that sometimes a Queen's officer's duty is to face impossible odds... and die fighting.
I also finished listening to Lover Avenged by J. R. Ward. This is Rehvenge's story. As usual this has all the great pieces that make for a memorable story. Awesome characters, excitement, vampires and a really fantastic story. I really enjoy this series and I'm looking forward to the newest book coming out in a few months, Lover Reborn. Next up for me is listening to Lover Mine -- John Matthew's story. From J. R. Ward's web site:
John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.
Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.
Keep on reading!!