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Amazon.com Review In this sixth outing, Honor is invited to rejoin the Royal Manticoran Navy at the instigation of some of her worst enemies. The RMN has withdrawn from the Silesian Confederacy in an effort to focus on its war with the People's Republic of Haven and the shipping cartels have been losing vessels: cargo, crews and all. Klaus Hauptmann sees a glorious opportunity: invite Honor to command the Q-ships which will draw pirate and privateer fire. If she dies, great; if she succeeds, even better. Honor and her companion Nimitz find unexpected friends (and enemies) along the way, and fans of this series' space battles will not be disappointed. In addition to a better glimpse of the Silesian systems, we finally get to meet a few of the Andermani. Want to read more about Honor? Read about Honor's early career in From Publishers Weekly Packing enough punch to blast a starship to smithereens, the first hardcover in Weber's Honor Harrington series (Field of Dishonor, etc.) includes such an abundance of tactical and political maneuvering that only fierce fans of military SF are likely to remain enthralled. Honor, the finest and most daring admiral in the Royal Manticoran Navy, had been forcibly retired for political reasons. Now, though, with space pirates dogging and destroying merchant freighters, the Navy calls her back into action. Along with her telepathic tree-cat, Nimitz, Honor boards the Wayfarer, a starship crammed with weapons, young, untried officers and a most motley crew. Honor must not only battle pirates but also keep the bullies on the crew from gnawing away at the morale, and the lives, of her newbie officers. The technical detail and lengthy battle scenes may try some readers' patience. Still, Weber peoples his ships with fine, brave youngsters, adding depth to what is otherwise a high-gloss space opera. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.