I used to really like Honor Harrington as well as a lot of the other works from David Weber. Unfortunately his later works consists of a lot of talk, talk more talk and not enough real action by the characters involved.
On the whole I thought this book was quite enjoyable. Most of the people are quite likable and the ones who are not usually gets what they deserve in the end. There are plenty of action and suspense and the action is not bad at all.
The author is spending a lot of time on why things did not turn out as the history books tell us they did, about the political machinations around it and so on and so forth. Way too much for this reader.