The Mesan Alignment is revealed, and for Honor Harrington and the Manticoran Star Kingdom, this means war!
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 that 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.
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this is a rehash of other books
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Extremely tedious to listen to.
You'll enjoy listening to an American pronounce Czech & middle eastern names ceaselessly with constant setting switches.
I understand that Weber wanted to create multiple distinct settings to immerse the audience in, but the overly heavy-handed use of foreign words makes this extremely difficult to follow unless you're drawing a string-chart and constantly referencing it. At some point about 5 hours in, every time I heard a foreign word I'd stop listening and just wait until Weber discussed the atmosphere so that I could understand what was going on.
This was a serious shock after binging the whole series all this year. I initially hated the previous narrator, but I ~eventually~ grew fond of her characters and come to expect their voices. This new narrator has a completely different idea on how the characters sound and how they portray themselves.
I don't like it.
Serious, crushing disappointment.
Weber spends way too much time focusing on the names of organizations in foreign languages to the point that you will easily lose track of where you are, who is talking, and who they represent. I suggest you stop listening every time you hear an overly long foreign name and just assume it's either "The Rebels" or "The Empire" and be presently surprised when you picked the wrong side.