Having made a superior look a fool, Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin.
Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.
The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.
Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is up to something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system.
But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They've made her mad.
A Note from Author David Weber
There's been some confusion—not to say, um, energetic debate, readers and fans being readers and fans—about the correct pronunciation of "Manticoran." The truth, alas, is that a stitch was dropped. An error occurred. A mistake was made… and it wasn't Audible's fault. It was mine. Before Audible recorded the very first Honor Harrington book, narrator Allyson Johnson and I not only corresponded by e-mail but actually spoke to one another by phone. She wanted to make absolutely certain she had the correct pronunciations for names, places, star nations, etc., and I tried to make certain all of her questions were answered. And so they were. Unfortunately, at some point in the process, I replied to one of her e-mails by telling her that "Man-ti-core-ahn" was pronounced "Man-tik-er-ahn." Exactly how this happened is more than I can say at this point, except to blushingly disclose that the original e-mail remains intact, confirming to all the world that it was, indeed, my fault. I can ascribe it only to a temporary mental hiccup on my part and crave your forgiveness. If, however, you must blame someone for the mix-up, that someone should be me and not Audible, who have done everything they could to get it right.
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I just discovered David Weber and the Honorverse and this was a fantastic introduction to his well thought out world. The narrator, Allyson Johnson, brings the characters alive and, delightfully, remains with the audio series into the next book so as to create a real feeling of continuity. The story is extremely well written. The science fiction comes alive and the characters endure. I love the fact that this strong female protagonist is far from perfect and struggles to become more. The narrator creates persuasive characters and I had no trouble following and believing the dialogue.
I strongly recommend this exciting space navel combat story. The David Weber understands how military ships actually work and creates an absolutely believable military background for this novel. No one who has served would question the credibility of the command environment he portrays. This gives you a real insight into the role a captain is required to take. In many ways combining 14th century navel combat with the modern military.
The book was a great read and the Audiobook brought the story to life.
What I can say is that I truly enjoyed the novel and felt compelled to purchase the next one so as to return to the story and the characters.