Sometimes things don't work out exactly as planned.
The Mesan Alignment has a plan - one it's been working on for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race - its way.
Until recently things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history. To help push things along, the Alignment launched a devastating sneak attack that destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy's industrial infrastructure.
And in order to undercut Manticore's galaxy-wide reputation as a star nation of its word, it launched Operation Janus - a false-flag covert operation to encourage rebellions it knows will fail by promising Manticoran support. The twin purposes are to harden Solarian determination to destroy the Star Empire once and for all and to devastate the Star Empire's reputation with the rest of the galaxy.
But even the best laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences in this case may just be a new dawn of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.
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Von cv Am hilfreichsten 13.09.2017
Parallel Story to the last three books
After enjoying the last book I was looking forward to how the story would evolve in this book. Sadly, I had to encounter that the timeline of this book starts about three books in the past. It deals with the story of the Talbert cluster and the work of Firebrand to undermine he credibility of the Manties. During the course of the book there are several time jumps which come without any explanation.
After 3/4 of the book, we arrive relatively close to the current events of last book, ending about 5 hours after the last. I do not want to spoil too much for people who have not listened that far, that's why I choose these vague and strange wordings.
In total the only annoying thing is the continues usage of Czech terms when the book continues a story of Czech origin. After the use of a Czech word, it is always translated. This probably is good, but I gave me a bad feeling. Why not use the English word in the first place.
this book is no a waist but I can not understand why I was not written right after the Talbert clusters book and the rest of the side stories that explain more about the events that lead to the finally were split. It felt to me that only about the last third of the book was really fitting the point we were left of at the last book.
I would recommend to listen to this book right after the book at the Talbert cluster and stop it about 2/3 in, than continue with the other books and come back to it after the last.
Von DK Am hilfreichsten 01.09.2017
Great story, partially horrible narration
Great Story - a worthy addition to the Honorverse. If you've liked previous Honorverse novels you will not be disappointed by this one...
However, Kevin T Collins does a horrible job with East European language terms (Czech, I believe). And in some chapters of the audiobook there are quite a lot of them!
I don't speak any such language myself - so I don't know (and I couldn't care less) if he gets the PRONUNCIATION right or wrong.
The problem is instead in the INTONATION!
I've listen to quite several pure-English audiobooks read by Collins - after getting used to his quite "dramatic" overall intonation he's a good narrator and easy to understand even in loud listening environments.
But in this audiobook, whenever he encounters a Czech(?) term it is as if he pauses mentally, draws breath and then lunges headfirst into the job of trying to pronounce the words correctly - all the while COMPLETELY screwing up the flow of speech and intonation.
In chapters with lots of non-English terms this becomes very tedious and even outright annoying VERY quickly.
I've not listened to the sample - maybe there's such a non-English section in there - you might want to check the sample before buying...