Author: David Weber
Series: This is the first in a new series spun off from the Honor Harrington series, featuring her friend Michelle (Mike) Henke.
Genre: Space opera, science fiction, military fiction.
Copyright Date: 2009
Cover: Standard Weber - black background, the view from the command deck of a starship with a woman's face against the stars.
First line: "Talk to me, John!"
Best part: It was fun to see Weber working with some fresh characters and situations.
Worst part: Ended with a cliffhanger.
Recommended for: Fans of the series. Perhaps that's obvious?
Related Reads: I must tell you I do not think it would be a great place to start reading Weber. I'd recommend the very beginning, On Basilisk Station, or the related spin-off Crown of Slaves. The Prince Roger series (March Upcountry et cetera), is also good fun.
Here, I omit a synopsis. The plot is very complex and would not make sense to anyone who hasn't read at least some of the previous Honor Harrington books.
This book took a while to get going. Or maybe it just took me a while to work up the steam and remember who everybody was. There are so many characters to keep track of! And most of them have multiple titles, names, positions. There is a glossary of characters but it mostly only explains the titles, not what anyone's history is. But, once I got into it I was very absorbed. I think this is a great direction for Weber to be taking. I recommend the book for fans of the series. The rest of you, what are you waiting for? If you like military sci fi, Weber is where it's at.