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Shadow of Victory
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by David Weber
Publisher: Baen Books

The Mesan Alignment is revealed, and, for Honor Harrington and the Manticoran Star Kingdom, this means war!

Unintended Consequences

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.

Published: 11/1/2016
SKU: 9781476781822
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1. Daniel on 10/9/2017, said:

David Weber writes a cracking good story--you only have to read the first few Harrington books, or the first few Safehold books, or the first few Empire of Man books... Do you see where I'm going with this?
Somewhere along the way, about the time Jim died, David lost his ability to move a plot forward. All three series got bogged down (EoM suffers the least from this) and have slowly dissolved into endless dives into minutia, re-telling of other points of view, and an apparent inability to move ahead.
My suspicion is that Jim was helping keep David on track. Now that Davis is a famous author, whoever is doing the editing at Baen is no longer willing (or able?) to stand up to him and compel him to stick to the plot. So we get meandering plots that seem to rehash events from six different points of view, dozens of pages per battle of naval trivia, and not much happening.
I enjoyed EoM right to the end. I gave up on Safehold after four books. I will likely try one more Harrington book. But if the next one turns out like the last one, I'm done.
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2. John on 10/7/2017, said:

See author's note from Storm from the Shadow. History is messy, always elusive.
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3. Gar on 9/15/2017, said:

I have to admit, first time I read this I felt ripped off by too much seeming cut and paste from earlier books. Then I re-read the entire series with this book following closely behind earlier books. It turned out to be a much better story (IMO) when read that way. There is certainly overlap with three story arcs proceeding along at the same time. When I read it alone, I thought it was mostly overlap, but when read in time sequence, there was much more detail in the events in this story arc with much less perceived overlap from the other two story arcs. I'm not sure if there is any other way to cover such a huge spacial area, and still allow for (somewhat) stand alone books without some overlap between arcs. Mr. Weber has not set himself up an easy task. Reading it again, I liked and enjoyed it, and felt it was well worth the time involved in reading it.
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4. Nils on 9/14/2017, said:

I have to admit, i was really antsy getting this eArc, bought directly on the day it was sold...

What shall I say... i do regret paying the 15$ for it, I was hoping for a movement in the plot, seeing how the Sollies are to react and such, what did i get? The same Plots about Mesan induced uprisings all over the shell. The had been fleshed up yeah but there was really nothing new. It was especially horrible on some planetes where Mr. Weber was putting in huge amounts of czech or polish loanwords, didn't really improved the readabillity.
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5. John on 8/21/2017, said:

Ties up lots of loose ends
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6. Duane on 7/5/2017, said:

Huge Honor Harrington fan, but after skipping 4-5 paragraphs at a time by the end of chapter 2, I just have to stop. It's just a boring slog of words that mean nothing.
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7. Howard on 5/15/2017, said:

Many people have complained that this is a re-hash of events told in other books. This is a story thread that is simultaneous with events in other books, but the events are new, and add to the picture of what is happening across the Verge. There is also insight into the machinations of the Alignment.
It does drag out, and I am not certain how necessary all of the minutiae are to the development of the story lines. The middle of the book drags. It seems to want to be a story about Firebrand, but then it goes in a different direction in about the last third.
At least we got to see *some* space action at the end. That made it worth the effort to push through to the finish. I hope we get to see more of that in upcoming books in this series. Scotty and Harkness back in action!
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8. moi on 5/8/2017, said:

Same story and new movement forward for story.
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9. Korven on 4/7/2017, said:

I would get this book a higher rating but like many I was hoping for some plot movement. For those that like the expanded universe and not just the main storyline this is a good book. However I think it may have gone over better as an anthology "book of short stories" instead of a full length novel.
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10. PARTIC on 4/3/2017, said:

Is Mr Webber well?
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11. Andy on 3/16/2017, said:

I'm luckily a fast reader but this was a slog. It reminded me a lot of the later Heinlein books, which is not a compliment.

I have read he was so successful that the later books had far less editorial control. I don't know if that's happening here but someone needs to be cracking down - either words go or readers will.
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12. jayell on 2/27/2017, said:

a rehash of previous happenings, it is not as billed. I think D Weber is struggling to move the story forward
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13. Joshua on 2/22/2017, said:

The best reason I can think of for why this book is so much worse than the last three or four Honorverse novels (which, sadly, had already set the bar pretty low), is that David simply doesn't know where the story is going anymore. This would explain why he keeps righting the SAME DAMN THING over and over and expecting people to buy it because he's David Weber, its Honorverse, there's a few pages of new material, and it has a different title. That worked for a while, longer than it would have for an author with a lesser track record, but now, well, two stars is probably pushing it for this book.
Maybe I'm not being fair. A lot of the material in this book is actually 'new' in the sense that the words don't appear in previous volumes. And these vignettes from the Verge aren't all that badly written.
On the other hand, this is supposed to have been the next Honorverse novel, and instead its a giant set of flashbacks about characters and events that no one cared about when he briefly introduced them before. Its almost like David wanted to publish another anthology, but couldn't convince any of his past contributing authors to play along and decided that maybe no one would notice if he did it all himself.
That whirring noise you hear while reading the book is Jim Baen spinning in his grave.
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14. di on 2/22/2017, said:

I have read all of the Honor Harrington books, the anthologies, the related series, everything. I've read them all several times. I've tremendously enjoyed the series and the building of characters. I read the reviews before buying this book, but could not believe that a Weber book could go so off the rails as described. I was wrong. The reviews were right: it really is that awful. The seemingly hundreds of new characters with unpronounceable names were both utterly forgettable and interchangeable. The setting switched planets without warning or explanation. It was a huge challenge to recognize when the same planet came up again in the story. I HATED it. I managed to slog through to the end, but it had perhaps 8 pages (30 story minutes?) of actual new material that was worthwhile. The rest of it was painful to read, with no new characters or story lines. For diehard fans, I recommend reading the last 10 pages and skipping the entire rest of the book.
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15. Bill on 2/14/2017, said:

I enjoyed all the side stories in the Verge as the Alignment 'pushed' several star systems towards independence from the Solarian League. The story lines seem to be converging to a showdown with the Alignment and a reconfiguration of the Solarian League. Plenty of storytelling yet to do.
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16. eskimodoc on 2/10/2017, said:

I could not see where I could edit my previous review. Because of a review that said the book improved, I took an hour or two and scanned forward through abt 2/3 of the way (completely skipping the thread with the names that had the odd diacritical markings), and was able to pickup enough background to enjoy the rest of the book.
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17. Scot With One T on 1/30/2017, said:

A lot of bulk with little reward. This was like getting a huge gift-wrapped box, but upon opening the box it's full of packing peanuts with a $10 gift card in the middle.
I already read this book as it rehashes story line that was released years ago, that's been rehashed several times in several previous books. You could skip to the last 10% of the story and read everything new in the book.
I don't know who came up with this idea that you can string along readers for years by re-writing the same story repeatedly from different viewpoints but it's the reason I stopped following Flint's "1632" series.
If Weber does this again, I'll probably stop following this series also...
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18. Timothy on 1/29/2017, said:

Having read all the books in the series, was looking forward to this, as the last few i felt were a bit 'lame'. Unfortantly, this more of the same, either DW moves the story on instead of rehashing the same few events over and over again from different viewpoints or i will.
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19. James on 1/17/2017, said:

...that somewhere about half way I was re-reading material that not only had I read some years ago but had read from another point of view in the same book already, already! I am voracious and read everything - but it would be pleasant to enjoy what I am reading... for once. Time to pull rabbit from hat.
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20. Eric on 1/14/2017, said:

Another backstory kind of novel. This is getting tiresome. What a letdown for honorverse fans.
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21. Gregor Vorbarra on 1/13/2017, said:

Too much of this book is dedicated to people we don't particularly like meeting up to discuss things we're not all that interested in. It's honestly a chore to read.

When I feel compelled to go off and read another book as a "break" it's clear that something is wrong.

It's possible that we're just seeing a trend common in later books of very popular authors: the editor is scared to criticise. It's not doing the author any favours.
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22. Timothy on 1/1/2017, said:

While not as good as some of Mr. Weber's previous work, this one had more of a Tom Clancy type feel with more attention to the cloak and dagger than anything else in the first half of the book. It started weak but managed to finish strong.
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23. Federico on 12/31/2016, said:

Almost no plot progression. Rehashing of much that has already happened. Not really an Honor Harrington, Manticore book, but a Michelle Henke, Talbot Quadrant book.

Biggest problem is no new plot elements. A retelling of the events that were already covered in prior books. Starts at the end of the battle of Monica (several books back) and recovers the same ground with "filler" detail on the many various revolutions developing on the Rim (verge, whatever) near Talbot.

Distracting number of side plots and numerous characters that are a retelling the events that were already covered in prior books. Little action and a lot of discussions between characters. Boring because you already know where the plot goes from there.
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24. G on 12/26/2016, said:

very very slow and scattered. tedium in a book. sad decline from what has come before
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25. RWR on 12/21/2016, said:

For those that hoped this plot would move on. It did, about 2 light micro-seconds....For the most part, this book has been done in a previous book, just changed a couple of planet names to flesh out the nonsense. If you were hoping to get any interaction with Harrington, nope, that's not in the cards either. I'm not sure if the author is just overwhelmed with the scope of the Honor Harrington universe or his commitments to other story lines (those are starting to go down hill as well) but this book was not work waiting for.

Mr Weber, I've loved reading your books for years now but it seems that most of your most recent works, or the works of others in this universe, have dragged down the quality of what you started. If you need to kill off Honor Harrington and bring this pain to an end, please do so with a final book worth the wait and the money. This effort (or lack thereof) was terrible.
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26. MrDog on 12/10/2016, said:

HH is one of my favourite characters, and the world built around her and Start Kingdom (now Empire) is something I enjoyed from the first chapter of On Basilisk Station. Unfortunately, the last few books have been disappointing. This book covers events covered multiple times before. I like some of the characters in the Saganami series, and the battles with the Sollies have been entertaining, but this book was just chapter upon chapter of people I didn't care about, covering the same ground we'd already covered in Shadow of Victory.

Like may others, I'm just hoping beyond hope that DW can move the HH story along, and we can move into the end game. Its been over 4.5 years since A Rising Thunder. Please...
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27. PT on 12/6/2016, said:

Too much of book has previously appeared. Advanced series just barely.
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28. RWS on 12/3/2016, said:

I think the entire book was written to retcon a few bits in. Very little added to the storyline at all.

waste of my money, I will scrutinize any future books in this series very carefully now
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29. Scott on 11/30/2016, said:

I've loved ever other Honorverse book that David Weber until this one. I'm rapidly skimming through the book desperately trying to find something of interest. I so miss books like Basilisk Station.
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30. Irate Reader on 11/28/2016, said:

Unless you are interested in pointless stories about inconsequential characters give this one a miss. The shadow series has been interesting this is NOT! The names are impossible to keep track of for an english reader, not that it matters you can interchange this group of rebels with that without worrying too much about it. Unless you dig reading slavic names and rehashing events for the 3rd time you will get nothing new from this book. Just go into your local bookstore read the last 10 pages or so and you will have covered all the important new material. If you enjoy reading David Weber purely for his majestic prose then buy this, if you are interested what is happening in Haven, Manticore or the Solarian League, then no point reading.
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31. Stephen on 11/24/2016, said:

Helpful hint. With this series get a group of people. We have about 30 in ours. Buy one copy to see if it goes anywhere if it doesn't you will save a boat load of cash. If it does everyone can buy a copy. Why spend money on this crap. You only encourage him in his delusions.
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32. MAKAttack on 11/24/2016, said:

I absolutely love these books, and the entire series. However, I was really disappointed with an entire book dedicated to what was almost completely backstory/sidestory. Yes some loose ends were tied up, but not enough to make a whole book. I really wanted to see the storyline move forward. I'll be waiting for the next book with baited breath!
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33. Bill on 11/20/2016, said:

Why does someone spend so much time rehashing the same things over and over again when they could write half as much new content that would actually move the arc forward. There are less than half a dozen chapters worth reading and the chapters are not even labeled which is critical since the book bounces all over. I have every book in the Honorverse including this one but it is getting harder and harder to justify buying the new ones. I hope there is not a repeat of this book.
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34. DMC on 11/19/2016, said:

To be fair, I really enjoyed catching up with these missing pieces of the stories, in a way this is the outtakes from the larger story. It fills in a number of important missing bits.

Unfortunately, the chapters are not labeled, or titled in a way that makes it clear where these pieces fit. And I believe that is the main flaw, and the real complaint that seems to fills these ratings.

This is a collection of short stories, not a single book. And as a collection of stories it stands very well.

My favorite stories involve the cast of the HMS Hexapuma. Which is probably because these are some of the most filled out and whole characters through out the collection.

This is not a beginning book, but a good book for readers of the series that enjoy learning more about the background and growth of some favorite characters.
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35. DJ on 11/17/2016, said:

In an earlier comment, I was rather disgruntled. Only when I got to the last, O, quarter of the book did the story come together and advanced the story. This is a very nice foundation for Alliance vs Alignment and Alliance vs SL. Could be may be be a bit less clumsy, but once it gets going....
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36. percy on 11/17/2016, said:

As with all the other comments, this is a book to explain stuff which had already happened in a way to make it less easy to understand.
Do I bother with the next one? Will we actually see anything new? Not looking good just at the moment
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37. Garland on 11/16/2016, said:

This is a sad addition to the Harrington universe. Concerning the plot I can only say one thing: Who cares?
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38. urchin 11 on 11/16/2016, said:

story leaves off at same place as last 3 or 4 books. Please advance the story!!!!
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39. John on 11/15/2016, said:

Weber seems to be stuck in a rut with this last book. As most every other review says, this book doesn't advance the major story arc, or even add anything particularly interesting in the way of subplots.

It was just a tedious grind, with a lot of Polish that was hard to track, an enormous number of minor characters I didn't care about and found it hard to keep track of, and a lot of dialogue where the characters who meet each other catch up on everything that is going on.

I had the feeling that this book exists solely to spin the series out a little longer and keep the gravy train running.
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40. glen on 11/14/2016, said:

It's like the second draft of the last one. No furthering of the main story in fact it ends at exactly the same place.
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41. Neil on 11/11/2016, said:

Far too much recap of what has already appeared on other books. Not to mention having the same scene repeated several times WITHIN this book. Just changing the names to something unreadable doesn't make it new.

And the most disappointing thing? Apart from from some minor character development, there's NOTHING new. 800 pages and we don't know anything that we didn't already.

There are also far too many errors and typos that should have been picked up by competent proofreaders in a professional publishing house. I can live with such errors in free books from self-publishers. I expect better in books that I pay for.
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42. Steve on 11/10/2016, said:

I wish I had read the reviews before I spent my money on this book. Found the book to be very confusing and jumbled. Too many subplots in the whole book with a "cliff-ending" that wasn't very cliff-ending, just a bad ending in my opinion. Honor graced us with her appearance for one paragraph about 65% in the book and then no more. I wish Mr. Weber would get back to speed and write a book like he used to.
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43. scot on 11/9/2016, said:

This book shows us when a series is out of control. Give Dave a vacation and tI me off. The Honorverse has prolong. It's time to jump a few decades Dave. Let's see new stories with honors kids? Let's get out of this section of groundhog day....trying to run 3 series of books around the same timeline with the concept that your fans didn't read those other series..we did, we don't need to know what happened we read it the first time and the second time and now the forth time! Your stuck we get it. You Don't want people doing things in your universe no fan fiction, But don't kill your series like this. Stop. Step Away from the desk and focus on something else for a while. We want great stories and great adventures with the characters that many have grown up with. With Your invention of prolong you can wait and get the break you want to find the stories you want when your ready to do them. I can't honestly purchase another book written this way, some may put up with it I'm not, I expected a lot more from this story and from you David. I've been a devoted fan from the beginning. Best of luck to you I hope you find your way back to your storytelling talent and style
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44. Elaine on 11/8/2016, said:

I've had this novel for a week and haven't managed to get further than chapter 25 yet. Some of the problem stems from the over abundance of uninteresting subplots, but mostly it's annoyance. I don't object to the occasional foreign language term to add a little color to a story, but honestly, I didn't pick up this book to reconnect with my Polish roots! And the use of non-English alphabets in the text is simply painful. After the third time I had to stop and translate the same set of words I started simply skipping whole paragraphs.
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45. Francis on 11/8/2016, said:

This book brings all the various strands of the Honorverse back together. But nothing particularly new happens. The whole thing could have been summarized in about 2 paragraphs. Or, given Weber level verboseness, maybe a chapter.
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46. Ken on 11/7/2016, said:

There was what looked like some "cut and paste" from earlier novels included in this one. The details in the change in the point of view was excessive. Although most of this novel was hinted at in previous novels, it wouldn't have hurt to skip this one.
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47. Neo27pz on 11/6/2016, said:

Material don't rate a stand-alone book. Minimal main plot advancement.
if yo are a hardcore fan ok *** every 1 else *
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48. CCO on 11/5/2016, said:

It's not an Honor Harrington novel, but it's a good novel. A lot of little questions answered (like what happened to ____). We discover actual intelligent life in the military services of the Solarian League. It won't keep you awake all night, but I finished the hard back in two days. It's nice to see certain people get their comeuppance. It's definitely more spy novel than space navy battles---plotting, scheming, fighting, and then ....
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49. Strydr on 11/4/2016, said:

This was a rehash of events from the earlier books, mostly from the viewpoint of unknown and uninteresting people.
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50. DKRST on 11/4/2016, said:

I agree with the various comments. I read the preview chapters and, while they would be great "filler" in various other books, they don't rate a stand-alone book. Not horrible backstory info, some good character development, but it really drags in parts and you know we'll never see most of those characters again. First of the series I won't be buying. Verbose and no plot advancement. Mr. Weber, PLEASE finish a series up, hopefully this one, before I die of old age!
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51. rick on 11/4/2016, said:

I collection of everything that didn't make the cut in previous books in Honorverse all collected in one heap. Seemed to be trying to seemed in a few revisions from previous books. I love all Honerverse books except this one.
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52. matthew on 11/3/2016, said:

The only reason I've stuck around is the characters. And they are getting buried under a mountain of junk
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53. dean on 11/3/2016, said:

I expected a follow up to Micheles trip to Mesa along with Sollies continued down fall. Very disappointed
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54. kbn on 11/3/2016, said:

A good book, provides a lot of background to events covered in other books, but very hard to keep track of all the names of the various conspirators on different planets. I felt like I was in a sociology class.
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55. Geoffrey on 11/3/2016, said:

This novel is the 4th pass through the same timeline and could probably be completely skipped without impacting one's understanding of future events should the series ever move forward.

Also, the extensive use of foreign language nouns - Czech, Polish and Gaelic - may help distinguish the various planets the POV keeps switching between, but significantly impairs readability.
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56. Xaver on 10/30/2016, said:

a little to much old events from earlyer books
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57. Ronald on 10/23/2016, said:

First be aware that I'm probably they type of person that this book was written for, the one who wonders about all the details and wonders about those secondary characters because when I get them it fills out the universe and makes it seem more 3 dimensional instead of just a backdrop for the hero to go blazing across. I appreciate the different view of the story from the viewpoint of some of the secondary characters especially the Megan agent, because it takes them from the evil villan who is evil just to push the plot along to a person who may still have to be stopped but has motivations that are understandable. I appreciate that this time the sceans were actually rewritten instead of just copied from one book to the other to let you know where you are, and I am hoping that with the final installment we will get to some new territory. It is only 4* because I recognize this isn't for everyone, some people don't care about the side plots and only want to see what's new. As stated hopefully that will come in the last installment in 9 days. If you want the expanded universe this is worth reading, if you just want one f the main characters wait for the next mainline book.
Oh one last thing, do not start with this book, if you have never read a honor book this one will confuse you since it assumes you know a lot of the backstory. The series is too big to do a what happened before chapter so if you are starting the series go get the first book from the free library section, you won't get to this one for a while.
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58. Charles on 10/18/2016, said:

Book goes all the way back to Monica. And I don't know why! Probably the least enjoyable book of Honor Harrington I have read and I have read them all. The book should of been called Operation Janus. That was what it was all about. Did anyone want any more expansion on that? Hope this somehow ties in to new books, but must be honest that I won't read another of his until I read the reviews. Reviews are spot on! Don't buy this one. Very disappointing. Now very concerned that the new Safehold will be just as disappointing.

PS I assume the 58 chapters I read is the whole thing. but the maybe not. The ending was super annoying.
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59. Solomonxoc on 10/12/2016, said:

I love Webers Style. I still love it when i get a story from another perspective. But not the third time. And i won't buy the bundle again. The first chapters i got earlier here, but the whole book takes longer. Not understandable.
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60. eduardo on 10/11/2016, said:

Nothing new here, no Harrington, no Nimitz, nothing moving forward. Wait for the next one.
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61. Kim on 10/9/2016, said:

As stated in other reviews, the first half to two thirds of the book are yawn inspiring. There is a little new story telling late in the book, but a 200 page book would have covered it all without the yawning of this wasted space.
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62. Rem1061 on 10/7/2016, said:

And Baen is now Censoring reviews! Be careful if you are negative in your review or it will never show up!
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63. AbnRgr on 9/25/2016, said:

Welcome to marketing. Remember David is not in charge of the storyline (which I understand has diverged from his intent) so it is understandable that it is not his best work.
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64. Mike on 9/19/2016, said:

This was a lot of wasted money...the last 3 books have all been about 50% rehash of events which already occurred and do nothing to further the plot...we keep waiting for something to take it to the next level but we never seem to get there and my wallet and my interest level is waning. Note to David please go back to writing one thread or story line at a time breaking it up and retelling events in different venues is destroying the enjoyment. We get out of one chapter then are forced to read, or in my case now skip, an entirely new chapter...that is the exact same event writing we have read three time before...and I am not exaggerating...it has to stop.
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65. Roger on 9/18/2016, said:

This was a book that absolutely did NOT need to be written. I seldom wish for a refund, but this one deserves it. Absolutely something that feels like it was written by a ghost writer.
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66. Beaux60 on 9/14/2016, said:

The 36 chapters they have given us with the bundle is just rehash. I thought this was going to continue on from Michelle's fleet and the arrival at Mesa. It looks like it may start at chapter 37 so you pay for 36 chapters of fillin stuff and have to wait for November for the rest.
I will no longer by the bundle I will by the Earc at the $15
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67. Lee on 9/14/2016, said:

This book goes backward in time to re-cover a number of previous side stories in either more detail or with more characters.

About 10% of the book was worthwhile and the rest was about bit players that completely failed to advance the storyline or the main characters development.

I have bought every one of the Author's previous books, including the Young adult novels, while not all of them have been outstanding (many have) they have at least been acceptable.

This attempt comes nowhere near being acceptable.

This is the first review I have ever written that is how strongly I feel that you should avoid this book at all costs. I wish I had.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to get back the time I wasted on this book.

Mr. Weber is capable of so much more, it is a pity he chose to insult us with this......

(also read Aiden's comment below)
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68. John on 9/6/2016, said:

It's apparent that David Weber is fleshing out supporting characters from the Honorverse, but based on the first half of the book, I really wish he hadn't backtracked on the timeline so much.
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69. aiden on 9/5/2016, said:

This book is basically a rehash of material already covered in previous books in greater detail. It rewinds the timeline to go over material that has been reused or covered in the last 3-4 books.

While the author does cut down on the direct reuse of material from other books, all he has done with this one is to expand all the details about events that are already well known.

Sadly, at this point the series is in a stagnant state, with little forward movement. I am not sure if this is due to the book being written to satisfy contractual obligations, lack of interest on the author's part, or just lack of willingness to advance one of several main story arcs.

Fans who want to know every detail of the honorverse series will likely enjoy the book, for those that want to see some movement in the current story arc's your better off just reading the last few chapters as that was all that was needed, and could have easily been put in to any of the 2-3 previous books.
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70. Wookie on 9/1/2016, said:

It's finally here and it's awesome!
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71. Antipodeus on 8/29/2016, said:

Still "Delayed"!? WHY is it still "delayed"?
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72. Ben on 8/25/2016, said:

The author delivered the book yesterday. It should be out any day now, no need to get yourself worked up over it. Stuff happens.

In the meantime, you can enjoy two snipptes from the book at davidweber.net.
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73. dan on 8/25/2016, said:

I am pissed because I bought the damn bundle on the first day specifically to get this book the others well I will read them eventually but if I could get a refund at this point I would
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74. David on 8/16/2016, said:

"Oh,and has no one noticed they are screwing us for $9 on the e-arc by giving us only 1/2 the book so we must pay another $18 for the November bundle to get the whole book. To use a term of my youth..."this is Bogus!""

Come on! I'm as chomping at the bit as anyone, but this complaint is even more worthless than all of our other pre-release "reviews" here.

No one is getting screwed. Everyone gets to pay according to their patience.

If you want the whole book (shortly), you buy by the e-ARC for $15.
If you can wait until October for the whole book, you buy the bundle, pay $18, and get a half dozen other books.
If you can wait 'till November, you get the hardcover or solo ebook.
If you can wait until 2017, you buy the paperback.

The sooner you want it, the more you pay. What's not to understand?

[Edited to add:
According to Baen rep on facebook page, there will be an eARC once the manuscript is available. Additionally, you can see when you search for _Shadows of Victory_ that there looks like a result/page reserved for it.]

Sorry for wasting space on what's supposed to be a review of the book, but these comments are just ridiculous!
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75. JB on 8/16/2016, said:

Norm, Perhaps you have not realized that this release of 1/2 of the book IS the only e-arc. The whole book is scheduled to be released in November 2016. THERE WILL BE NO WHOLE BOOK e-arc. I am happy to pay $15 or even $25 for the whole book, now. But to be forced to buy it twice...
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76. Karsten on 8/16/2016, said:

I've read the 1st snippet (at Davids own forum) and that's brilliant. So I extrapolate and say the book as a whole will be brilliant, too :D) At Davids forum you get the reason for the delay, too. So keep calm and stay tuned ... it can't be very long until e-Arc and 1st half hit the page;)
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77. Rob on 8/16/2016, said:

Very dissatisfied I was waiting to buy early release and it is not available
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78. albert on 8/16/2016, said:

I am also very disappointed that the 1st has not been released as scheduled.
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79. Kai on 8/16/2016, said:

Really a zero rating now since I could not access it on 8/15 or 8/16 in spite of Baen's statement it would be available 8/15. Kindly stick this up your ventral orifice!
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