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No one wanted another war.
Thomas Theisman didn't. After risking his life and a fresh round of civil war to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution, an interstellar war was the last thing he wanted.
Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. No one was shooting anyone else at the moment, and as long as he could spin out negotiations on the formal treaty of peace, his government could continue to milk all those "hostilities only" tax measures for their own partisan projects.
His Imperial Majesty Gustav didn't. Now that the fighting between the Star Kingdom and the Havenites had ended, the Andermani Emperor had his own plans for Silesia, and he was confident he could achieve them without a war of his own.
Protector Benjamin didn't. His people had made too deep a commitment to the Manticoran Alliance, in blood as well as treasure, for him to want to risk seeing it all thrown away.
And Honor Harrington certainly didn't. The "Salamander" had seen the inside of too many furnaces already, knew too much about how much war cost.
Unfortunately, what they wanted didn't matter....
©2002 David Weber (P)2002 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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By Maurice on 09-29-09

Extensively Abridged

This is a great series and David Weber is a very good author with rich detail and great story telling. Unfortunately, this abridged version is so cut up it is not worth the time. At the end, at least they admit it has been "extensively abridged".

Wait for Audible to come out with an unabridged version or get the book. I now have to get the book to fill in the holes I know are there.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

By Lillith Avalon on 09-13-09

If Only It Wasn't ABRIDGED!

I adore the Honor Harrington series. I didn't notice this rendition was abridged when I got it and I am so disappointed. I feel like I missed most of the story and just got spoilers! Thus the two star rating.

This book is less action oriented than previous books, but I still feel I would have enjoyed it greatly in its original entire form and could have awarded it three or four stars for sure.

Barbara Rosenblat who reads the story is absolutely terrific and I look forward to hearing more of her clear diction and excellent character renditions and accents. She deserves five stars, but they only give me one place to rate the book overall.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Paul on 09-05-08


I've loved all af the Honor Harrington books I've read before this. Unfortunately I was quite dissapointed by this one. The narration and production quality were excellent.

However. When I finally got to the end and heard in the END credits that it was an abridgement I'd been listening to I realised why I wasn't satisfied with this book.

I'll be going back and reading the full-length dead-tree version to get the real story and put this cut-down version behind me.

In the future I'm afraid I'll have to assume titles are Abridged unless stated otherwise. If only the assumption could be made the otherway round: 'Unabridged, unless otherwise stated'.

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