I just reread my reviews of Rising Thunder and Storm From the Shadows and the more recent Torch of Freedom which will be on Azure Dwarf on October 21, 2016. Sadly I am going to cut and paste and the same words here. I loved the initial Honor Harrington books. This another book from another perspective and not much different, perspective on the Mesa Manticore conflict.
This book repeats the characterization of the entrenched bureaucratic morass of the Solarian League. This book also has the Manticore leaders finally realizing or at least suspecting that they are being manipulated by
This book is a disappointment in that it is extremely repetitive. The same events are repeated with a minor perspective change and it brings new meaning to Weber's wordiness. We are given more insights into the megalomaniacs whose genetic engineering far surpasses Manpower's abuses.
There are passages that evoke the same emotions of loyalty, honor and courage that use to symbolize Weber's work. Sadly they are few and far between. It became a tedious read.
I have found Weber brilliant at times and consequently I keep hoping to find that brilliance in each Weber book I read. It wasn't here.
I do not recommend the book.
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