Honor Among Enemies


Honor Among Enemies

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author = David Weber
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country = United States
language = English
series = Honor Harrington series
genre = Military science fiction
publisher = Baen Books
release_date = 1996
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media_type = Print (Paperback) & e-books
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isbn = ISBN 0-671-87723-2
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"Honor Among Enemies" is the sixth Honor Harrington novel by David Weber. In the book, Honor returns to active duty from her political exile on Grayson to command a Q-ship and fight space pirates.

Plot summary

After more than three years in exile on Grayson, Several of Honor's old political enemies decide to try to kill two birds with one stone. Klaus Hauptmann is able to have Honor appointed as commander of HMAMC "Wayfarer", a prototype Q-ship. He believes that Honor will either deal with the piracy problems that are causing him losses in the Silesean Confederacy or die trying.

"Wayfarer" includes space for carrying a squadron of light attack craft (LACs), a large number of missile pods that can be quickly deployed through the ship's rear cargo doors, and unusually heavy energy weaponry for the ship's size and intended role, but it is essentially still a merchant ship, much slower than a regular navy vessel and with lighter defenses.

Honor's orders are to lead a squadron of four Q-ships to fight piracy in the Silesian Confederacy. Although piracy is a chronic problem in Silesia, the Royal Navy managed to keep it somewhat in check until the war began; with the fleet needed elsewhere piracy has gone completely out of control and the powerful Manticoran merchant cartels demand that the Navy do something. There are other considerations: Silesia is something of a disputed territory between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Andermani Empire.

While Honor leads her crew in battles against various pirates, the Havenites are also conducting covert commerce raiding in Silesia, in an attempt to destabilize Manticoran trade in the region and present themselves in a more favorable light to the Andermani.

The Havenite light cruiser PNS "Vaubon", under Citizen Commander Warner Caslet, had been pursuing a particularly loathsome group of raiders whose actions were repugnant to most of the Havenite officers involved. When Caslet sees some of these raiders attacking what he thinks is a Manticore merchant ship he decides to attack the raiders, despite being outnumbered. The "Wayfarer" destroys the raiders and Caslet is forced to surrender "Vaubon" to the superior vessel.

With the additional intelligence gathered by the Havenites, Honor takes the fight the pirates led by the terrorist Andre Warnecke and with a hostage gambit liberates the planet Sidemore, which had been occupied by the pirates.

After her defeat of the pirates Honor goes looking for the Havenite commerce raiders. This leads to a larger-scale conflict with Havenite forces. Klaus Hauptmann has traveled on the liner "Artemis" to see the piracy situation first hand in Silesea, and Honor encounters them just as the Havenites are closing in on the "Artemis". In the ensuing battle "Wayfarer" is able to destroy two Havenite battlecruisers but is itself ultimately destroyed. Most of Honor's crew survives and returns to Manticoran space. Because of Honor's bravery in saving Hauptmann's life during the battle the two are reconciled.

Background

"Honor Among Enemies" also depicts life in the lower ranks of the Royal Manticoran Navy, following young crewman Aubrey Wanderman through his adaptation to life onboard "Wayfarer" and his troubles with and eventual victory over a band of thug-like crewmen. The novel also plays up Honor Harrington's similarities with Horatio Hornblower, as one chapter shows Captain Harrington reading one of C.S. Forester's Hornblower novels and commenting that "the man writes a darned good novel".

Like previous books in the series, a good portion of the novel is told from the perspective of People's Navy officers, including the aforementioned Warner Caslet and his tactical officer Shannon Foraker, introduced in the preceding "Flag in Exile". Their motivations and characters are more fully explored and shown to be in many ways the moral equal of the Manticorans, including Caslet's determination to pursue raiders whose actions have gone beyond the pale, far outside acceptable practice under the laws of war. It also introduced Admiral Javier Giscard, commander of the Havenite raiders, and his political watchog (and lover) Eloise Pritchart.

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office=Honor Harrington books
preceded="Flag in Exile"
succeeded="In Enemy Hands"


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