Book Review: David Weber’s Mission of Honor

Posted May 8, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: David Weber’s Mission of Honor

Mission of Honor


David Weber

It is part of the Honor Harrington #12 series and is a military science fiction that was published by Baen Books on June 22, 2010 and has 600 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Mission of Honor, Insurrection, Worlds of Honor, Empire from the Ashes, Changer of Worlds, Torch of Freedom, Hell’s Gate, Hell Hath No Fury, In Fire Forged, In Fury Born, Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed, A Rising Thunder, A Mighty Fortress, How Firm a Foundation, Fire Season, Midst Toil and Tribulation, Shadow of Freedom, House of Steel, Worlds of Weber: Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington and Other Stories, Beginnings, Like a Mighty Army, Cauldron of Ghosts, Treecat Wars, A Call to Duty, Hell's Foundations Quiver, At the Sign of Triumph

Twelfth in the Honor Harrington military science fiction series.

My Take

Be sure you’ve taken your blood pressure meds…ya gonna need ’em as you read through one heart-jumping situation after another! There is just so much happening on so many fronts in Mission of Honor and I was so terrified at what would happen I couldn’t decide if I should tear through the book or set it aside every few chapters to stave off the bad news.

Betrayals and idiots abound…hey, it’s a patronage military system in the Solarian Navy, politicians are everywhere, and megalomaniac Nazi-types are currently running supreme. They’ve been scamming the systems for decades if not centuries and slowly, oh, so, slowly, those being conned are…oh, so, slowly…figuring it out.

There are great triumphs and great tragedies, yet, with this glimmer of light coming through and the integrity of Honor Harrington shining, there seems to be hope. I just love this series…actually, everything by David Weber has been fabulous. But I particularly enjoy the HH series as Weber is so incredibly detailed in both his descriptions of the ships, the battles, the weaponry, AND he creates the most incredible characters and worlds.

Weber snatches bits from the French Revolution to create the People’s Republic of Haven, our Earth is now the Solarian League which feels like such a natural result, but its democratic principles and the nature of man have created a corrupt society that needs to evolve. The current Star Empire of Manticore is (I like to think!) what the United States was intended to be in its early shining glory, while Manpower/Mesa/the Mesan Alliance is generations of genetically created super-humans who believe they are the “master race” and very definitely flexing its hidden muscles with devastating consequences but things may not be going all their way for very much longer…

While this particular story is supposedly about Honor with her diplomatic mission to Haven, the honors were shared fairly equally with Mike and her battles with the Sollies.

I had wondered (when I read this installment back in 2010) if this was Weber’s way of easing Honor out of the picture…and I’m thrilled to say it’s not.

I’ve caught it up again to prepare for A Rising Thunder and found details I had missed in that earlier reading. Wooh, I am so ready to find out what happens next…Elizabeth has finally met with Eloise. An SLN fleet of 300 ships of the wall are threatening…and the Manties are pissed!!

I just can’t emphasize the incredible detail Weber has put into this series. Absolutely amazing!

The Cover and Title

The cover is oh, so Baen with its brilliant colors and cartoony spaceships attacking the planet encircling a saluting Honor.

Yep, it’s definitely a Mission of Honor as Admiral Alexander-Harrington flies off to Haven to negotiate an end to the war between the People’s Republic and Manticore.