Friday, February 24, 2012

Re-read: At All Costs (Honor Harrington Book 11) by David Weber

I really LOVE the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.  The characters are so alive, so full and rich you lose yourself in the stories.  In At All Costs Honor and Hamish and Emily come together and become a family just as all heck breaks loose as the war with Haven comes to a head.  There are so many emotional high points in this story.  I go back and re-read these stories at least once a year just because they are such emotional roller coaster rides.  Honor Harrington is the ultimate in heroines.  She's strong, honest, principled and moral. She epitomizes the woman warrior.  Her people idolize her.  Yet Honor is so human.  She's strong, yes, but she has self doubts, she carries her pain for lives lost and taken inside and it she forces herself to higher standards than anyone else.  Awesome reading!

At All Costs (Honor Harrington #11)
What price victory? The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls "the Salamander." But what most of the public DOESN'T know is that not only are the Star Kingdom and its Allies badly outnumbered by the Republic's new fleet, but that the odds are going to get steadily worse. Eighth Fleet's job is to somehow prevent those odds from crushing the Alliance before the Star Kingdom can regain its strategic balance. It's a job which won't be done cheaply. Honor Harrington must meet her formidable responsibilities with inferior forces even as she copes with tumultuous changes in her personal and public life. The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the COST of victory will be agonizingly high.

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