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Book Note: David Weber, At All Costs (#2)

I read this book about 15-Oct-2010. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2005. This note was last modified Saturday, 16-Apr-2016 20:04:12 PDT.

This is book 11 of the "Honor Harrington" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


Eleventh mainline Honor Harrington book. I apparently read it when it came out, but I sure don't remember it. I'm having that trouble a lot lately with the mainline books.

Lots of setup. We see Mesa continue to program people to commit assassinations, and people are staring to wonder.

Honor has a personal complication; the doctors screwed up her medical records, her contraceptive implant is expired, and she gets pregnant. This after it being such a big deal that she was accused of sleeping with Hamish in a previous book (in fact it was dealing with that accusation that brought them to the point where they did get into bed together). They've got a nice poly triad going, everybody happy, except it's about to become a scandal again. Luckily the head of the church on Grayson comes over to implement the obvious solution (and it was bothering me nobody in the book thought of it)—Honor marries Hamish and Emily. Polygamous marriages are the norm on Grayson, and apparently allowed in Manticore (though it bugs me there was no previous mention of it).

There are a number of raids and defenses against raids on minor planets, with both sides taking some damage.

And we're coming close to having a head-of-state level peace conference between Manticore and Haven; though I don't know what the blatant assassination of the Manticoran ambassador to the Solarian League is going to do. (It's so blatant I hold some hopes that Honor or somebody can convince Queen Elizabeth it's a frame).

In fact, we do seem to have swapped war with Haven for war with the Solarian League. Not really that good a deal.

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