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At All Costs

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What price victory?
The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance´s primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls “the Salamander.” But what most of the public DOESN´T know is that not only are the Star Kingdom and its Allies badly outnumbered by the Republic´s new fleet, but that the odds are going to get steadily worse. Eighth Fleet´s job is to somehow prevent those odds from crushing the Alliance before the Star Kingdom can regain its strategic balance. It´s a job which won´t be done cheaply. Honor Harrington must meet her formidable responsibilities with inferior forces even as she copes with tumultuous changes in her personal and public life. The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the COST of victory will be agonizingly high.
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David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels are New York Times best sellers and can’t come out fast enough for his devoted readers. In addition to the Honor Harrington series, he has written many top-selling science fiction novels, all for Baen, including Empire from the Ashes, The Apocalypse Troll, and In Fury Born. He has also begun a top-selling epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, with four novels so far: March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to the Stars and We Few. His Wind Rider’s Oath, another New York Times best seller, continues his popular Bahzell fantasy adventure series.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 608
Erscheinungsdatum 01.09.2007
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4165-4414-2
Verlag Baen
Maße (L/B/H) 172/108/37 mm
Gewicht 404
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An ending without an ending
von Isabella W. aus Essen am 10.12.2009

Honor Harrington is back for another novel and she has brings back all the political issues and the war with her. Finally returning to active duty (especially for the reader, too, who didn`t get to see much of her during the last novel), she has been assigned to take command... Honor Harrington is back for another novel and she has brings back all the political issues and the war with her. Finally returning to active duty (especially for the reader, too, who didn`t get to see much of her during the last novel), she has been assigned to take command of Manticore`s major attack fleet. Fighting the Havenite Navy, meanwhile, has proved being far harder that it used to be for the outnumbered Kingdom. With its new government, Haven has managed to catch up to his onetime superior enemy. But not only the war has changed, Honor`s personal life has, too: Her relationship with Hamish Alexander of White Haven certainly have unexpected outcomes which not only affect them but the Starkingdom and Grayson, Honor`s new home world, too. Knowing how much a victory will cost Manticore and its allies, Honor does everything in her power to support the peace talks when a series of attempted murders shake the resolve of the Kingdom and make them plunge into the fights head-first again... Finally, after almost two novels in which Honor only featured a minor role, the Admiral Lady Dame is back in her captain`s chair, commanding Eight Fleet but nevertheless willing to put an end to the war as soon as possible. Along with her come a whole bunch of old friends - Andrew LaFollet, Alistair McKeon, Scotty Tremaine (of whom we actually see less every time), Alice Truman, Hamish and Emily Alexander and, of course, many treecats watching out for their persons. Even the Havenite Government is welcomed back fondly: Eloise Pritchard, who finds herself torn between what she wants and what she has to do, Tom Theismann, who knows what he has to do even if he doesn`t want to do it, and many other Manticoran, Grayson and Havenite characters (altough, I must confess, I missed Alfredo Yu, Benjamin Mayhew and Walter Caslet). Epic Space battles - growing more horrible every time - political issues, amusing dialogues and especially sad (or touching) scenes are the essence of this novel. The only real disappointment, finally, is the ending, which comes all too abrupt to really be one - even though it could be one. Too many stories stay untold, too many fates are unsure and not even the outcome of the last battle is described sufficiently to know how the relationship between Haven and Manticore finally is. While this book certainly could be a finale, one won`t really be satisfied after finishing it. And so I guess I`ll not be the only one who`ll hope for another book as great as "At all Costs"!

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