Uncompromising Honor

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Uncompromising Honor
Uncompromising Honor Cover.jpg
Original cover
AuthorDavid Weber
Cover artistDavid Mattingly
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesHonor Harrington
GenreMilitary science fiction
PublisherBaen Books
Publication date
October 2, 2018
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback), e-book,[1]
ISBN9781625796677
Preceded byA Rising Thunder 

Uncompromising Honor is a science fiction novel by American writer by David Weber, released on October 2, 2018 by Baen Books.[2] It is the fourteenth novel set in the Honorverse in the main Honor Harrington series.[1][3] It was the first main series Honor Harrington book in five years.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The story occurs in 1922 and 1923 "Post Diaspora," or 4025/4026 CE. The Grand Alliance of the Star Empire of Manticore, the Republic of Haven, the Protectorate of Grayson, the newly independent Directorate of Beowulf, among others, are at war with the Solarian League as a consequence of a conflict triggered by the Mesan Alignment. The Alignment is a secret society determined to conquer the galaxy to remove all opposition to its plan for the genetic "uplift" of the human race. A series of previous events — though designed to destabilize Manticore and other nations — instead led to the defection of an agent with full knowledge of the Alignment's basic organization and goals. The Alignment thus caused almost all of its most dangerous enemies to league together for the express purpose of defeating it; in response, it ruthlessly accelerates its plans, producing mass-casualty atrocities across the galaxy.

In the Solarian League, five career bureaucrats (the "Mandarins"), who control almost all government affairs from "Old Chicago" on the League's capital, Planet Earth, continue to reject Alliance claims that the League is being manipulated by the Alignment; indeed, they deny that the Alignment even exists. In the belief that the formation of the Grand Alliance is meant to displace the League as the galaxy's preeminent power, but recognizing that the Alliance possesses an almost insurmountable military edge, the Mandarins order the Solarian League Navy (SLN) to conduct a series of hit-and-run raids on star systems friendly to the Allies.

League commanders are ordered to indiscriminately destroy the civilian infrastructure of any system which is defended by the Alliance. Certain to cause countless innocent deaths, the plan is in truth an Alignment plot planted within the League's doctrine to destroy its legitimacy, while also allowing the League to damage the Alliance as much as possible. The plan results in economic devastation to several star systems. However, the Manticoran Navy easily defeats one of the raiding forces, before a smaller Manticoran force barely beats back a raid on the Hypatia System, at the cost of 90 percent casualties. Later on, the Alignment greatly accelerates "Operation Houdini" on Planet Mesa itself, which has been occupied by the Alliance; dozens of nuclear charges are detonated across the planet to erase evidence of the Alignment's existence and frame the Alliance for the deaths of millions of civilians. The events are meant to allow the "Renaissance Factor," a cabal of governments secretly controlled by the Alignment, to seize power in the galaxy, in place of the discredited League and Alliance.

Events come to a head when the League invades Beowulf with the Alignment's covert assistance. Though Alliance defenses are sabotaged by a secret Alignment weapon, the defenders nonetheless nearly wipe out the attacking League force and preserve most of the system's industrial and military infrastructure. However, the Alignment, a centuries-old enemy of Beowulf, smuggles nuclear weapons aboard its massive orbital habitats. The detonations kill more than 43 million people, mostly civilians, but also large numbers of Alliance government officials. The bombings occur well after the total defeat of the League force, because of a timing error by the Alignment's agents, conclusively proving that the Alignment is real and a dangerous threat to the entire galaxy.

In response, the Alliance decides to put an end to its conflict with the League and force its government to come to terms with the threat. Admiral Honor Harrington destroys more than 2,000 years of built up infrastructure within the Solar System and imposes surrender terms on the League. Military and political leaders on Earth use the opportunity to depose the Mandarins and promulgate genuine reform. Having lost many friends and family in decades of war, Harrington vows that her military career is over, but Empress Elizabeth of Manticore knows that if the need arises, Honor Harrington will answer the call of duty.

Reception[edit]

Uncompromising Honor debuted at #9 on the New York Times Bestseller List.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Uncompromising Honor". Baen Books.
  2. ^ Haley, Carolyn. "Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington)". New York Journal of Books. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Uncompromising Honor by David Weber". Publishers Weekly. August 20, 2018. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Best Sellers: Hardcover Fiction". The New York Times. October 21, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.