For Honor We Stand (Man of War #2)

For Honor We Stand Book Cover For Honor We Stand
Man of War
H. Paul Honsinger
Sci-fi
47North
February 12, 2013
Paperback
492

In 2315, the Earth Union is losing a thirty-year-long war with the Krag Hegemony.

Having encountered the Krag before, Space Commander Max Robicheaux now faces daunting challenges aboard the USS Cumberland: the dangers from the enemy without… and clashes with crew and superiors within.

Meanwhile, Doctor Sahin receives a coded message summoning him to a secret meeting which aims to forge an alliance that could change the balance of power in Known Space. But first, he must circumvent the fighter ships and heavily armed troops of the traitorous emir bent on killing him before he reaches the negotiating table.

Both men must call upon their developing skills and growing friendship to bear the burden of carrying between the Krag Hegemony and the Earth Union a fateful ultimatum and the shocking answer: an answer that could spell eternal slavery, or even extinction, for all humankind.

The second novel in the Man of War series, For Honor We Stand continues the galactic naval adventures of Robicheaux and Sahin.

 

For Honor We Stand picks up not too far from where To Honor You Call Us left off. Everything that was done in the first book picks up in this next installment. The world building, characters, and storytelling all continue in spectacular fashion. With the pacing and layout, For Honor We Stand is much more of a “part 2” than a separate book. It felt more like a film that distinctively shows itself as a sequel (a la The Two Towers). If you have not read To Honor You Call Us beforehand, you will be a little lost in this one.

The world building is not as heavy in For Honor We Stand as in the first book. We have already been around the block once here, so a lot of concepts are already established. There are some new alien races mentioned and referenced in this section of the story. A little history linked to that also explains a bit of galactic history, particularly why most of the races are at the same level of technology. As well as why technology is so similar between various races.

Each character grows a bit more in For Honor We Stand, as does Honsinger’s writing of their dialogue. On the whole these books are excellent, but Honsinger is a newer author and it shows a little. Some of the characters fit their tropes a bit too well, like Dr. Sahin’s ignorance of the Navy. On the flipside of that, the characters play their roles extremely well. Captain Robicheaux is a young but brilliant military leader, shaped into a warrior by life’s circumstances. The Admiral is more reminiscent of a drill instructor, but he is as intelligent as belligerent, and it shows. Each character, major or minor, gets a good amount of attention to showcase who they are as people. At least on some basic level. The aliens too; the different ways the various species think is a bit stereotypical but also portrayed well.

With the first book having built things up already, For Honor We Stand can focus a lot more on action. The majority of the story here is the characters going from one battle to the next, with just enough time to prepare for the next conflict in-between. Surviving by the skin of their teeth using one crazy plan after another, the war against the Krag rages on. Things do get slower towards the end with an almost-cliffhanger. The last part of the story will have any reader on the edge of their seat, ending this book masterfully while setting the scene perfectly for the end of this trilogy.

June 17, 2018

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