Books Military Miscellaneous Science Fiction Space Opera

Shadow of Victory – Well written but bloated and quite frankly boring most of the time.

Unfortunately this, the first book I review after coming back, was a bit of a disappointment. As usual the book is very well written as one should expect with David Weber as the author. However, the book is very long, slow, longwinded and downright boring for a lot of the time.

Shadow of Victory (Honorverse) by David Weber
My rating: 5 out of 10 stars

shadow-of-victoryThe Mesan Alignment is revealed, and, for Honor Harrington and the Manticoran Star Kingdom, this means war!

Unintended Consequences

Sometimes things don’t work out exactly as planned.

The Mesan Alignment has a plan—one it’s been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race—its way.

Until recently, things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history. To help push things along, the Alignment launched a devastating sneak attack which destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy’s industrial infrastructure.

And in order to undercut Manticore’s galaxy-wide reputation as a star nation of its word, it launched Operation Janus—a false-flag covert operation to encourage rebellions it knows will fail by promising Manticoran support. The twin purposes are to harden Solarian determination to destroy the Star Empire once and for all, and to devastate the Star Empire’s reputation with the rest of the galaxy.

But even the best laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences in this case may just be a new dawn of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.

It has been a long time since I posted something on this site. I have had quite a few personal problems including being hospitalized for several months. Thus both my book reading and my ability (motivation) to write have been next to non-existent. My Goodreads reading challenge from the beginning of the year is shot to hell with about 27% of the books read.

Fortunately things are slowly returning to something that at least resembles normality. I have begun to read again and today I managed to motivate myself to start writing and posting reviews in PG’s Ramblings and Goodreads again.

Unfortunately this, the first book I review after coming back, was a bit of a disappointment. As usual the book is very well written as one should expect with David Weber as the author. However, the book is very long, slow, longwinded and downright boring for a lot of the time.

There are lots and lots of long passages with discussions between people, political plotting, treacherous manipulations etc. etc. There are also a lot of plots going on at once, jumping back and forth, and there is never really a main character or hero to really get attached to. The book also recycles a lot of plot elements found in previous books in the series. I know it is a Honorverse and not a Honor Harrington book but I really miss Honor Harrington’s presence.

It is not until the last third, or even last fourth, of the book that it starts to get interesting when some real space action starts to take place and Manticore starts to unravel the mess that the Mesan Alignment have created. In this part of the book we get some examples of David Weber’s excellent writing of space battles and tactics.

It is unfortunately not enough to save the book from a rather mediocre rating.

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