I read this book about 15-Sep-2001. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1994. This note was last modified Saturday, 16-Apr-2016 20:08:02 PDT.
This is book 4 of the "Honor Harrington" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
So instead of more Edmund Crispin, I thought I'd read something simple and blood-thirsty. This is the fifth Honor Harrington book. Pavel Young is about to get court-martialed for cowardice and desertion (as the result of the end of the last book), and the Conservatives (who are the party of privilege, and whose sole political tenet is the preservation of privilege, and who do not include many of the higher nobility) are reacting badly. Honor is already in the middle of it, and it's going to really mess with her.
There, I feel much better now that I've read it.
These aren't really simple-minded books. To my eye, all the contingencies are nicely covered, and situations are created that really do admit of brute-force solutions. Or clever solutions, or whatever is wanted for a particular story. Honor Harrington is something of a super-hero, of course, with immense powers. Also a very human person.
And Pavel Young is such an evil son-of-a-bitch. Good riddance. Actually, the rest of the Conservative Association is more troubling. I don't understand why they can't see the real world. But that's very common in politics.