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To Honor You Call Us The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind In 2315 the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland a destroyer with state of the art capabilities but a combat record so bad she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap”Capt Robichaux’s first mission to take his warship to the Free Corridor where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo Far from the fleet and under enforced radio silence Max relies only on his determination and guileand the support and friendship of his chief medical officer the brilliant Dr SahinBecause even as he deals with the ship’s onboard problems and the stress of carrying out her risky assignment Max and the doctor discover that the Cumberland and her misfit crew are all that stands in the way of a deadly Krag attack that threatens to end the war—and humanity—once and for allA far future story in the tradition of “ships of wood men of iron” novels To Honor You Call Us and the Man of War series combines the adventure of exploration the excitement of war and the dangers of the unknown through the eyes of a ship and her crew I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis review can also be found on my blog wwwcourtneysreadsblogspotcomWhile it took me uite a while to finish this novel it was by no means due to a lack of interest I was hooked from the first page The prologue was brilliant This novel is set in the year 2315 where Earth along with its allies is fighting a war against the Krag an alien race set on the destruction of humankind The main events of the story take place aboard the USS Cumberland a destroyer in the Union Space Navy The Cumberland is up against tough odds particularly considering the majority of its crew has little battle experience and are used to abuse from the commanding officers One of the best things about this novel is the characters and the relationships that we see beginning to develop Max the young and impulsive captain has a tormented past that leaves him haunted but he's very good at hiding his demons Abrahim Sahin the chief medical officer is articulate brilliant clueless and observant all in good measure The combination is uite endearing The friendship that begins to develop between these two characters was beautifully depicted and I hope that it continues to be explored and developed throughout the rest of the series Some of the other characters that I particularly enjoyed were Brown the chief engineer who was hilarious I was always laughing during his portions of the novel He always had something funny to say that lightened the novel perfectly Garcia Max's second in command was also a favorite There were others I really enjoyed The entire crew of the Cumberland really made this novel for me even those I didn't particularly enjoy The naval information was fascinating At times there was too much information dumped on the reader that could have been broken up and spread out but it was all relevant and informative Even when the explanations became lengthy it was still nice to have the information presented rather than the author assuming that you understand all of the naval jargon and such The glossary of terms at the end was also a nice addition I used it to refresh myself on some of the terms and sayings It was very informative The main downfall of this novel for me was the action scenes These scenes could be cleaned up and polished a bit to improve the overall flow At times it almost became too descriptive and was telling rather than showing what was happening This caused me to lose the story in the details a few timesI'm really glad that I decided to read this novel I've had little experience with science fiction in the past but that I have read has impressed me and this novel will join that list I am very excited to start the second installment and see where Max takes his crew next This could be a slightly lengthy review so let me give a thumbnail for those who simply want to know if I like and recommend the book Then I'll give a few details and impressionsYesI greatly like and recommend the book Good military science fiction military fiction action and simply a good novel It get's my highest recommendationNOW if you know my taste and my reviews then you know that means the emphasis is not on romance or a love story Bottom linethere isn't one Okay let me say a little about the book the story and why I think I like it I wonder if some of this may not be related to the number of books I have read even age related I find and lately my reading is leaning farther away from nonfiction and message fiction I have on my currently reading list right now 2 books that have failed to catch my interest I keep laying them aside and just not picking them back up I started another space opera and was so unimpressed that I put it back on my to be read list thinking I'd get to it later it's the second in a series I've also had a string of mediocre reads lately that I can only go about 3 stars for I didn't dislike them I even liked parts of them But as a whole they just didn't draw me inThis book will I suspect appeal to those of us with military backgrounds especially Navy or Marine here I suspect Curmudgeon though I'm Army I got into it I don't know why it is that often when in the military we bellyache complain and carry on yet then the positive side stays with us throughout our livesbut there it isThe characters in this book while not being laid out in long laborious detail are complete and you'll get to know them by their actions The story as I've said about other books I've liked breaks out of the staring gate at breakneck speed and barely slows down to catch it's breathNow I'm going to say something else but please read it to the end in case you don't particularly care for the books I'm about to compare this to I've often read where reviewers compare military navy science fiction to the Hornblower novels This one does bring much of the Hornblower mythos if you will into a futuristic setting Now if you didn't like those books don't let that put you off What I mean is that you see a junior officer having to perform in a very tough situation This is a space navy war where ships are boarded with swords and cutlasses being used AND there is a rational reason for it The crews and officers share in prize money for captured ships They have to deal with neutral worlds that won't take sides I know you're probably asking about why they would use swords and why not just have a self destruct for boarded ships The book answers those uestionsbut if I told you you would miss out on finding it out in the book I wouldn't do that to youNono spoilers here I truly enjoyed this book Am I shallow???? Maybe but it's a good book and I burned straight through it I give it my highest adventureaction recommendationEnjoy In the somewhat distant future the Terran Union is engaged in a desperate war against an alien foe the Krag The Union's goal is survival The Krag's goal is exterminating every last human A rising star the newly promoted Capt Robichaux is assigned to the the USS Cumberland and tasked to harass interdict destroy and disrupt the shipping of the Krag in the sleepy interstellar regions of the war Robichaux and his crew find themselves engaged in a pivotal engagement where they all that stands between a dangerous new incursion by the Krag and the core human systemsThere is much to like in this book The space battles are great The author did a good job of converting the age of sail to the ago of star ships and faster than light travel The cat and mouse of the Cumberland stalking and being stalked made for some pretty tense moments Additionally the hand to hand combat in the occasional boarding engagement was pretty exciting as well And the Krag make a great enemy that we can all enjoy blowing to hell and backUnfortunately there were some things in the book that also detracted from the experience When I read I like to lose myself in the story There is nothing better than looking up from your book and realizing an hour and a half has just past or staying up til three in the morning because you simply can't put the book down That never happened with this book There were some real zingers that broke my immersion in the author's storyThe books need to hold together with a certain amount of logic And this book failed that test for me OK the Krag are engaged in an acknowledged war of human extermination As part of that war they unleashed a terrible plague the Gynophage This disease left men largely unaffected but had a 99% mortality among women It spread like crazy and it was only through a Herculean effort that a vaccine was developed Let's say that it killed 70% of all women and girls This is part of the author's story and it fits What doesn't fit is all the unaligned human worlds I have a hard time understanding how these numerous unaligned worlds would remain unaligned when a the Krag have announced their determination to exterminate humanity and b the Krag virus has just killed most of the women on human planets Now maybe I could accept an oddball unaligned human state but lots of them No freaking way I think that given points a and b above ALL the human planets would come together to fight the KragThis is minor but related to the Gynophage I was surprised that there were no hints of homosexual relationships Again remember that conservatively speaking 70% of all women are dead The remaining women are closely guarded and kept out of front line navy deployments These men are at space for years at a time and even when they go planet side there are simply no women Surely homosexuality would be accepted in this type of world In this story there weren't even hints I think the author missed a chance to make his story authenticThe other main problem with the book was its predictability Yes of course Robichaux is assigned to a problem ship Of course he has to whip the crew and officers into shape Of course he does it Of course he stumbles upon a secret blitzkrieg plan that the Krag have hatched Of course he thwarts it The whole thing just very linear I was expecting or hoping for some unexpected twist It never materializedFinally there was just an awful lot of explaining going on in the book The characters spend a great deal of time explaining things to one another so that I as a reader will know what is going on I may be the exception but as a reader I kind of like not knowing exactly what is going on It is fun to figure it on my own without a character telling me A certain amount of exposition is necessary but I felt there was too muchTwo and a half stars rounded down to two This book was fun for space battles and kind of annoying for the rest of it I wound up with something less than I had expected I've read and love many books with the premise of Horatio Hornblower in space but this one leans on the template of AubreyMaturin which I loved There's the same sense of character but the friendship between Captain Max Robichaux and Dr Ibrahim Sahin is both familiar and a thing of its own There's a warmth here the sense of a navy that relies heavily on the tradition of the Napoleonic British with a dash of Cold War submarine warfare but done in such a way that it takes into account what it's trying to do and shows why things are the way they are The fact that it holds to a future timeline too anchors it and one of my favorite things about the book was the gleeful references to history and pop culture that made their way into this future navy My favorite if a man's threatened to be put out the airlock they call it to go dancing with the starsThe book is also very well written with info parsed out in the same running fashion as Patrick O'Brian good and technical but not too info dumpy The pacing is brisk but always anchored in character and the characters are all wonderfully human with plenty of demons to fight and overcome The situation with the war with the Krag was dire and painted in such a way that I wholeheartedly stood on the side of Max and his trouble ship the USS Cumberland And of course the space combat is realistic and superbI listened to the audiobook and the narrator Ray Chase was absolutely excellent If you can get the audio version do Overall a solid surprising and warmly human addition to my favorites of military SF

  • Paperback
  • 454 pages
  • To Honor You Call Us
  • H. Paul Honsinger
  • English
  • 08 March 2016
  • 9781477848890

About the Author: H. Paul Honsinger

H Paul Honsinger is the author of the Man of War Trilogy published by 47North Books and available worldwide in English from and also translated by major publishers in Japan France and Poland into those nations' respective languages Approximately 150000 copies have been sold to date All three volumes are available in Kindle eBook paperback and audio editions from Brilliance Audio


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