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Book Title: Ein schneller Sieg|
The author of the book: David Weber
ISBN 13: 9783404232055
Edition: Bastei Lübbe
Date of issue: October 1st 1998
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.5
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I think I've made up my mind about the Honor Harrington books. They are solid three star books. That doesn't mean that they are bad or that I won't read more of them. Three star books are good. They are fun. They just aren't great - and that is OK.
The Honor Harrington books are the book equivalent of big budget Hollywood action flicks. There are gargantuan space battles between the good guys and the bad guys. Think beam weapons, nuclear tipped missiles, and exploding space ships. The Short Victorious War delivers plenty of the stuff. And it is loads of fun. I enjoyed every minute of the action - especially the bluffs and counter-bluffs of the Manticore and Haven navies.
Like big budget Hollywood action movies, the Honor Harrington books lack meaningful character development and a true spark of originality. The Short Victorious War reintroduces Harrington's nemesis, Pavel Young, and there is some confrontation between the two because Young is technically her superior. Unfortunately when Young and Harrington came into conflict it felt formulaic. I was expecting Young to crack under pressure. I expected Harrington to have to save the day despite his cowardice. There is also a budding romance between Harrington and Paul Something-or-other, but it felt less than authentic to me. (I won't even go into the part where Mike (Harrington's female XO) had to teach Harrington how to apply make up. Really?!)
Even more aggravating is the author's shameless borrowing from history. To some extent this makes sense. The vast distances of space and the slow progression of interstellar combat as Weber envisions it is more akin to the age of sail than it is to the lightning strikes of modern navies (or even WWII navies). I can accept that. What I find really annoying is the shameless adaptation of the 1780-1800 period. "Rob S. Pierre" (a.k.a., Robespierre) as the leader of the People's Quorum against the Hereditary Legislaturalist families (a.k.a., nobility). The revolutionary "Committee of Public Safety." (Golly, the French Revolution had one of those too! Gee, what are the odds?) I fully expect that the next books will have a reign of terror and a resurgent Havenite navy along with a Napoleon-like figure. I expect more out of my authors. Borrow elements from the past to make a compelling and interesting world, but "Rob S. Pierre?" Really? Ugh!
I have no doubt that I will read at least a couple more of these books at some point but I know what they are now. They are solid three star books. Fun. Good. But not great.
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Read information about the authorDavid Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name is an homage to C. S. Forester's character Horatio Hornblower and her last name from a fleet doctor in Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander. Her story, together with the "Honorverse" she inhabits, has been developed through 16 novels and six shared-universe anthologies, as of spring 2013 (other works are in production). In 2008, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.
Many of his books are available online, either in their entirety as part of the Baen Free Library or, in the case of more recent books, in the form of sample chapters (typically the first 25-33% of the work).
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