I read this book about 9-Aug-2002. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1994. This note was last modified Saturday, 16-Apr-2016 20:07:48 PDT.
This is book 4 of the "Honor Harrington" series.
This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.
I got caught by this one again. I was just going to poke at a few scenes in the electronic copy, but I got hooked and read all the way through.
The Manticoran political opposition is really painted very starkly bad. It matches my prejudices about politics all too well. If the bad guys are really that bad, the whole endeavor is hopeless and we should just all shoot ourselves.
I'm always amused at the use of the "classic" chemically-propelled 10mm pistol as the standard dueling sidearm. They use them because a hit from them is sometimes survivable, you see; unlike modern pulsers. The distances duels are conducted at are such that I'd imagine lots of people would miss (one protocol starts at 60 yeards). Maybe not people who wanted to get involved in duels; but the problem with duels of course is people arranging to trap people into them.