David Weber

Updated Monday, 06 January, 2014

I discovered David Weber through the Assiti Shards series. He cowrote 1633 with Eric Flint. He has also taken part in Keith Laumer's Bolos series, which I have enjoyed. But his participation in these series is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of his writing. His largest body of work is tied up in the books that make up the Honorverse.

Books I've Read by David Weber

(I haven't read this book, yet) The Apocalypse Troll (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
The Apocalypse Troll


There he was in his sailboat in the middle of the Atlantic, all alone and loving it. Well, there was a US Navy carrier group on his southern horizon, but he was a Navy guy himself, so he didn't mind. Then came the UFOs, hurtling in from the Outer Black to overfly the carriers at Mach 17. Their impossible aerobatics were bad enough—but then they started shooting at each other. And at the Navy. With nukes. Little ones at first, but winding up with a 500 megatonner at 90 miles that fried every piece of electronics within line-of-sight.

Richard Aston thought he was just a ringside observer to these now over-the-horizon events. Until the crippled alien lifeboat came drifitng down and homed in on his sailboat; suddenly he has his hands full of an unconscious, critically wounded and impossibly human alien warrior who also happens to be a gorgeous female.

That's when things got interesting. (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) The Excalibur Alternative (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
The Excalibur Alternative


The races which ruled the Galactic Federation knew they were vastly superior to the inferior species restricted to the narrow confines of their own star systems by the crudity of their technology . . . and they had every intention of keeping things that way.

It was a neat little scam, a rigged game in which only the House could win, which the Federation had played for over a hundred thousand years, and no one had ever managed to challenge it.

Yet all good things come to an end, and the Galactics made one mistake. It didn't seem all that terrible at first, only a single merchant guild which bought itself a Roman legion to use as enslaved sepoys on the primitive worlds where they weren't permitted to use their own weapons to force trading concessions. But the Romans were too good at what they did, and a desperate competing guild decided that the only way it could continue to compete was if it had Romans of its own.

Unfortunately, Roman legions were no longer available, so the competing guild had to settle for something else: English longbowmen on their way to the Battle of Crecy.

Roman legions make dangerous pets . . . but English longbowmen are even worse.

It may take a century or so, but the Galactics are about to discover what happens when the sword finally comes out of the stone.

Publisher's Note: This novel is based on a much shorter version published in David Drake's Foreign Legions. (book description)

(I haven't read this book, yet) In Fury Born (Hardcover edition)
In Fury Born

Unleash the Fury!

Zhikotse. Shallingsport. Louvain. Sacred fields of battle on far-flung worlds where warriors of the Imperial Cadre spent blood and lives defending human civilization. Alicia DeVries was there; she led the charge. Her reward? Betrayal by a deceitful empire. Retirement to obscurity.

Now Alicia is the only survivor of a brutal attack on her frontier-world family. Not since the mighty Achilles has the ancient spirit of the Fury Tisiphone taken up residence inside a human being. But not since Achilles has a warrior so skilled, so implacable, and possessing so much battle sense sprung up among the mass of humankind. Hero of the Empire. Holder of the Banner of Terra.

There is a blood price to be paid. The Fury has awakened. (book description)

In Fury Born is an expanded reissue of Path of the Fury:

Path of the Fury (Mass Market Paperback)
Path of the Fury


Imperial Intelligence couldn’t find them, the Imperial Fleet couldn’t catch them, and local defenses couldn’t stop them. It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But the pirates made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries’ quiet home world, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead.

Since the Imperial forces seem hog-tied, Alicia decides to turn "pirate" herself, and steals a cutting-edge AI ship from the Empire to start her vendetta. Her fellow veterans think she’s crazy, the Imperial Fleet has shoot-on-sight orders. And of course the pirates want her dead, too. But Alicia DeVries has two allies nobody knows about, allies as implacable as she is: a self-aware computer, and a creature from the mists of Old Earth’s most ancient legends. And this trio of furies won’t rest until vengeance is served. (book description)

The Assiti Shards

  1. 1632 (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by Eric Flint)


    1632     And in northern Germany things couldn't get much worse. Famine. Disease. Religious war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy.

    2000     Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time.


    When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War. (book description)

  2. 1633 (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (by Eric Flint and David Weber)

    American Freedom and Justice vs. The Tyrannies of the Seventeenth Century

    The new government in central Europe, called the Confederated Principalities of Europe, was formed by an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians led by Mike Stearns who were transplanted into 17th-century Germany by a mysterious cosmic accident. The new regime is shaky. Outside its borders, the Thirty Years War continues to rage. Within, it is beset by financial crisis as well as the political and social tensions between the democratic ideals of the 20th-century Americans and the aristocracy which continues to rule the roost in the CPE as everywhere in Europe.

    Worst of all, the CPE has aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, the effective ruler of France. Richelieu has created the League of Ostend in order to strike at the weakest link in the CPE's armor—its dependence on the Baltic as the lifeline between Gustav Adolf's Sweden and the rest of his realm.

    The greatest naval war in European history is about to erupt. Like it or not, Gustavus Adolphus will have to rely on Mike Stearns and the technical wizardry of his obstreperous Americans to save the King of Sweden from ruin.

    Caught in the conflagration are two American diplomatic missions abroad: Rebecca Stearns' mission to France and Holland, and the embassy which Mike Stearns sent to King Charles of England headed by his sister Rita and Melissa Mailey. Rebecca finds herself trapped in war-torn Amsterdam; Rita and Melissa, imprisoned in the Tower of London.

    And much as Mike wants to transport 20th-century values into war-torn 17th-century Europe by Sweet Reason, still he finds comfort in the fact that Julie, who once trained to be an Olympic marksman, still has her rifle . . . (book description)

  3. 1634: The Galileo Affair (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis)
    1634: The Galileo Affair

    The Epic Struggle of Freedom and Justice Against the Tyrannies of the 17th Century Continues, as European Cunning Meets American Courage!

    The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident. The democratic ideals of the CPE have aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, effective ruler of France, who has moved behind the scenes, making common cause with old enemies to stop this new threat to the privileged and powerful. But the CPE is also working in secret. A group of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice where their advanced medical knowledge may prevent the recurrence of the terrible plague which recently killed a third of the city-state’s population. At the same time, the group hopes to establish commercial ties with Turkey’s Ottoman Empire, then at the height of its power. And, most important, they hope to establish private diplomatic ties with the Vatican, exploiting Pope Urban VIII’s misgivings about the actions of Richelieu and the Hapsburgs. But a Venetian artisan involved with the West Virginians may cause all their plans to come to naught. Having read 20th century history books of the period, he has become determined to rescue Galileo from his trial for heresy. The Americans are divided on whether to help him or stop him—and whether he succeeds or fails, the results may be catastrophic for the CPE. (book description)

  4. (I haven't read this book, yet) 1634: The Ram Rebellion (Hardcover edition)(by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce)
    1634: The Ram Rebellion

    The Great Revolt in On!

    Europe, 1634. With the example of future Grantsville, U.S.A., a small town thrown back in time by a cosmic accident, a peasant revolt becomes a revolutionary movement. You’re from the future. You want the serfs to liberate themselves—but you also know what a bloodbath the French Revolution became. Avoiding that possibility will take all American horse-trading diplomacy you can muster. The stakes: an explosion that could cover half the continent in blood! (book description)

  5. 1634: The Baltic War (Hardcover edition) (by Eric Flint and David Weber)
    1634: The Baltic War

    The Baltic War which began in the novel 1633 is still raging, and the time-lost Americans of Grantville—the West Virginia town hurled back into the seventeenth century by a mysterious cosmic accident—are caught in the middle of it. Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Emperor of the United States of Europe, prepares a counter-attack on the combined forces of France, Spain, England, and Denmark—former enemies which have allied in the League of Ostend to destroy the threat to their power that the Americans represent—which are besieging the German city of Luebeck. Elsewhere in war-torn Europe, several American plans are approaching fruition. Admiral Simpson of Grantville frantically races against time to finish the USE Navy’s ironclad ships—desperately needed to break the Ostender blockade of the Baltic ports. A commando unit sent by Mike Stearns to England prepares the rescue the Americans being held in the Tower of London. In Amsterdam, Rebecca Stearns continues three-way negotiations with the Prince of Orange and the Spanish Cardinal-Infante who has conquered most of the Netherlands. And, in Copenhagen, the captured young USE naval officer Eddie Cantrell tries to persuade the King of Denmark to break with the Ostender alliance, all while pursuing a romantic involvement with one of the Danish princesses. (book description)

  6. 1634: The Bavarian Crisis (Hardcover edition) (by Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce)
    1634: The Bavarian Crisis

    The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

    The CPE has the know-how of 20th century technology, but needs iron and steel to make the machines. The iron mines of the upper Palatinate were rendered inoperable by wartime damage, and American know-how is needed on the spot to pump them out and get the metal flowing again—a mission that will prove more complicated than anyone expects. In the maelstrom that is Europe, even a 20th century copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica can precipitate a crisis, when readers learn of the 1640 Portuguese revolt, a crisis that will involve Naples as well. Another factor: Albanian exiles in Naples, inspired by the Americans, are plotting to recover lost Albanian turf, which will precipitate yet another crisis in the Balkans.

    This troubled century was full of revolutions and plans for more revolutions before the Americans arrived, and gave every would-be revolutionary an example of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns will have his hands full seeing that it doesn’t boil over on to Grantville and the CPE. (book description)

  7. 1635: The Cannon Law (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis)
    1635: The Cannon Law

    Rome, 1635, and Grantville’s diplomatic team, headed by Sharon Nichols, are making scant headway now it has become politically inexpedient for Pope Urban VIII to talk to them any more. Sharon doesn’t mind, she has a wedding to plan. Frank Stone has moved to Rome and is attempting to bring about the revolution one pizza at a time. Cardinal Borja is gathering votes to bring the Church’s reformers to a halt in their tracks, on the orders of the King of Spain. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in the streets, shadowy agitators are stirring up trouble and Spain’s armies are massed across the border in the Kingdom of Naples, Cardinal Barberini wants the pamphleteers to stop slandering him and it looks like it’s going to be a long, hot summer. Except that Cardinal Borja has more ambitions than his masters in Madrid know about, and has the assistance of Spain’s most notorious secret agent to bring about his sinister designs. (book description)

Keith Laumer's Bolos

  1. Honor of the Regiment (Mass Market Paperback) (created by Keith Laumer) (short stories)
    Honor of the Regiment


    What is a BOLO? The symbol of brute force, intransigent defiance, and adamantine will. But on a deeper level, the BOLO is the Lancelot of the future: The perfect knight, sans peur et sans reproche. The perfect gentleman. With plated armor, a laser canon, an electronic brain, and wheels. Honor of the Regiment is the amplified history of the BOLO, from the first armored AI on Earth rescuing an American legion stranded in a forgotten part of the glob, to the last peacekeeper among the stars, defending humanity from aliens that threaten the entire species . . .


    S.M. Stirling:Lost Legion
    S.N. Lewitt:Camelot
    J. Andrew Keith:The Legacy of Leonidas
    Todd Johnson:Ploughshare
    Mike Resnick & Barry N. Malzberg:Ghosts
    Christopher Stasheff:The Ghost of Resartus
    Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon:Operation Desert Fox
    David Drake:As Our Strength Lessens

    (book description)

  2. The Unconquerable (Mass Market Paperback) (created by Keith Laumer) (short stories)
    The Unconquerable


    The Unconquerable continues the Amplified History of the Bolo: From the earliest entries in the Bolo saga comes the account of a besieged American platoon and their experimental robot tank facing an enemy who controls a live volcano and inundates his opponents with molten lava. In the more distant future, Bolos must survive alien computer viruses infecting their electronic brains, repel attacks on their assigned planet by space pirates, outmaneuver alien battle machines with firepower and robotic intelligence equal to their own, and challenge their own programming when that programming requires them to slaughter an enemy even though the war has ended. Throughout the galaxy, in the millennia to come, the formidable Bolos stand guard as the faithful and tireless protectors of the human race.


    S.M. Stirling:Ancestral Voices
    S. N. Lewitt:Sir Kendrick's Lady
    Shirley Meier:You're It
    Christopher Stasheff:Shared Experience
    Karen Wehrstein:The Murphosensor Bomb
    Todd Johnson:Legacy
    William R. Forstchen:Endings

    (book description)

  3. The Triumphant (Paperback edition) (created by Keith Laumer) (short stories)
    The Triumphant

    Two new powerhouses of science fiction, David Weber and Linda Evans, continue the amplified history of the Bolo, the nearly indestructible tank/artificial intelligence that changed the shape of the galaxy.

    David Weber tells the story of a Bolo, the epitome of the knight sans peur et sans reproche, who is driven over the edge by the very humans it is pledged to protect.

    Linda Evans gives us the tale of the "Little Dogs Gone" in a which a bored young woman on a frontier planet tinkers with a mothballed Bolo and revives it, only to discover that the artificial intelligence that ran it is hopelessly brain-dead . . . .


    Linda Evans:The Farmer's Wife
    Linda Evans & Robert R. Hollingsworth:Little Red Hen
    Linda EvansLittle Dog Gone
    David Weber:Miles to Go
    no author listed:Technical Notes

    (book description)

  4. Last Stand (Mass Market Paperback) (created by Keith Laumer) (short stories)
    Last Stand

    (But then, the first Bolos WERE GM products....)

    Controlled by their tireless electronic brains which were programmed to admit no possibility of defeat, the gigantic robot tanks known as Bolos were almost indestructible, and nearly unstoppable. Almost. Nearly. A sufficiently determined enemy armed with nearly limitless firepower and willing to sustain terrible losses could destroy a Bolo. But even a terminally damaged Bolo is still an opponent to reckon with. And as long as a Bolo's artificial intelligence retains a flicker of conciousness, its indomitable drive to defend the human race against all enemies will propel it forward. Bolos can be destroyed—but they never surrender!


    S.M. Stirling:The Sixth Sun
    David Weber:The Traitor
    John Mina & William R. Forstchen:Yesterday's Gods
    Robert Greenberger:Memories of Erin
    William H. Keith, Jr.:Hold Until Relieved
    Todd Johnson:A Question of Valor
    Steve Perry & John DeCamp:In the Flesh
    Mark Thies:And Don't Come Back
    David Weber:A Time to Kill
    Linda Evans:Beyond Concordiat Space

    (book description)

  5. (I haven't read this book, yet) Old Guard (Mass Market Paperback) (created by Keith Laumer) (short stories)
    Old Guard


    The onslaught of the Melconians was not the last conflict that humanity's interstellar Concordiat would have to face. For now the Kezdai—a newly encountered species with war at the center of their philosophy—have taken to arms against the Concordiat and its colony worlds. For war, the Terrans have only one answer:

    Break out the Bolos!

    Self-aware robotic tanks, the Bolos have fought bravely and well since the days when humans fought each other. Now they battle across the stars to defend us all . . . and though the times are perilous, we've never been in better hands than those of our old metal guardians: Keith Laumer's greatest creation, the Bolos.


    Mark Thies:Incursion
    John Mina:Rook's Gambit
    J. Steven York & Dan Wesley Smith:The Sky is Falling
    William H. Keith, Jr.:Brothers

    (book description)

  6. (I haven't read this book, yet) Cold Steel (Mass Market Paperback) (created by Keith Laumer) (short stories)
    Cold Steel


    Spreading throughout the galaxy, the human race finds that some of its new neighbors are very unfriendly. But when threats arise, the humans know what do do: Break out the Bolos!

    Gigantic tanks, with enough firepower for an army, controlled by a human-level artificial intelligence, and programmed to defend their creators at all costs, the Bolos have been decisive factors in battle since the time centuries ago when humans still warred with each other. Now they battle on star systems across the galaxy to defend us all.

    The dangers are great, but the Bolos are faithful and fearless. And though Bolos can sometimes be destroyed, they never surrender! The saga of Keith Laumer's greatest creation, the Bolo continues. And though the Bolos are formed from cold steel, they have warmer hearts than many of the flesh-and-blood creatures they protect.


    no author listed:Prologue
    J. Steven York & Dan Wesley Smith:The Greater Machine
    Linda Evans:Though Hell Should Bar the Way

    (book description)


  1. Mutineer’s Moon (Mass Market Paperback)
    Mutineer's Moon


    For Lt. Commander Colin Maclntyre, it began as a routine training flight over the Moon. For Dahak, a self-aware Imperial battleship, it began millennia ago when that powerful artificial intelligence underwent a mutiny in the face of the enemy. The mutiny was never resolved—Dahak was forced to maroon not just the mutineers but the entire crew on prehistoric Earth.

    Dahak has been helplessly waiting as the descendants of the loyal crew regressed while the mutineers maintained control of technology that kept them alive as the millennia passed. But now Dahak’s sensors indicate that the enemy that devastated the Imperium so long ago has returned—and Earth is in their path. For the sake of the planet, Dahak must mobilize its defenses. And that it cannot do until the mutineers are put down. So Dahak has picked Colin Maclntyre to be its new captain. Now Maclntyre must mobilize humanity to destroy the mutineers once and for all—or Earth will become a cinder in the path of galactic conquest. (book description)

  2. The Armageddon Inheritance (Mass Market Paperback)
    The Armageddon Inheritance


    Colin MacIntyre’s life as a NASA astronaut might not have been exciting, but at least it was orderly. Unfortunately, he’s been tapped for greater things, and he isn’t too sure he likes it.

    First he was kidnapped by an ancient, self-aware starship masquerading as Earth’s moon. Then he was drafted as its captain to suppress a five-thousand-year old mutiny. And then he had to mobilize the planet against the attack of an eons-old alien menace dedicated to the eradication of all intelligent life in the galaxy.

    It’s hard to blame him for feeling a little stressed but there’s something Colin MacIntyre doesn’t know about all the things he’s had to do.

    They were the easy part. (book description)

  3. Heirs of Empire (Mass Market Paperback)
    Heirs of Empire


    For really tough jobs, Emperor Colin, the first of that name, is your man. The only person in the galaxy ever to stop the genocidal Achuutani, he went on from there to resurrect an empire that died fourty-five thousand years ago. He’s still got a few problems—like a traitor out to murder him and three-quarters of a billion of his subjects—but if anyone can handle the job, it’s Colin.

    But the rest of the galaxy better brace itself, because his progeny are on the way. Not that Sean and Harriet aren’t nice kids; it’s just that they’ve had a bad day. They’re a long way from home, marooned with a blown up starship that’s left them stranded on a theocratic world of gun powder and pikes, and Mother Church of that world doesn’t like them very much. In fact, she’s declared them demons, proclaimed Holy War, marshalled the Holy Host, and ordered them exterminated.

    You might think that things look pretty bleak for the kids, but in reality it’s Mother Church that’s in trouble—because Sean and Harry are chips off the old block—and they’re about to get angry . . . . (book description)

  4. (I haven't read this book, yet) Empire from the Ashes (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
    Empire from the Ashes


    Just a routine day in lunar orbit. That's all Lieutenant Commander Colin Maclntyre, USN, expected. Only a simple training mission to test a new survey instrument intended for the first manned American-Russian interstellar flight.

    What he got was just a bit different.

    First, there was the fact that Earth didn't actually have a Moon.

    Then there was the three thousand-kilometer diameter alien starship pretending it was the Moon. And the millennia-old cybernetic intelligence that shanghaied him to serve as its crew.

    Colin might have been forgiven for thinking that those were enough surprises for any one man, but there were a few other small problems.

    Like the deadly mutiny which had been raging longer than the human race had existed on Earth . . . and still wasn't over.

    Or like the millions of other starships, crewed by genocidal aliens dedicated to the extermination of all possible competing life forms, which just happened to be headed straight towards Earth.

    Or like the interstellar empire whose aid offered humanity's only hope for survival . . . except for the minor fact that its last emperor and all of his subjects had died forty-five thousand years ago.

    Add in the occasional homicidal terrorist, religious fanatics convinced that the only good Maclntyre was a dead Maclntyre, a bic-weapon capable of killing every living thing on any planet, a super-bomb which could take out whole worlds, a starship drive which could destroy complete solar systems, and the need to organize the entire planet Earth and all of its warring, mutually murderous factions—for a probably hopeless last-ditch defense, and Colin was convinced that things were just about as bad as they could possibly get.

    Until he found out whose job it had just become to fix all those problems, of course . . . . (book description)

The Honorverse

Honor Harrington

  1. On Basilisk Station (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    On Basilisk Station


    Having made him look a fool, she’s been exiled to Basilisk Station in disgrace and set up for ruin by a superior who hates her.

    Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship’s humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station.

    The aborigines of the system’s only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens.

    Parliament isn’t sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling; the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is Up To Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn’t work to police the entire star system.

    But the people out to get her have made one mistake. They’ve made her mad. (book description)

  2. The Honor of the Queen (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    The Honor of the Queen


    It’s hard to give peace a chance when the other side regards war as the necessary prelude to conquest, and a sneak attack as the best means to that end. That’s why the Kingdom of Manticore needs allies against the so-called "Republic" of Haven—and the planet Grayson is in just the right strategic place to make a very good ally indeed. But Her Majesty’s Foreign Office had overlooked a "minor cultural difference" when they chose Honor Harrington to carry the flag: women on the planet Grayson are without rank or rights; Honor’s very presence is an intolerable affront to every male on the planet.

    At first Honor doesn’t take it personally: where she comes from gender discrimination is barely a historical memory, right up there in significance with fear of the left-handed. But in time such treatment as she receives from the Graysonites does become wearing, and Honor would withdraw if she could—but then Grayson’s fratricidal sister planet attacks without warning and she must stay and prevail, not just for Honor’s honor, but for her sovereign’s, for—

    The Honor Of The Queen

    (book description)

  3. The Short Victorious War (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    The Short Victorious War


    The families who rule the People’s Republic of Haven are in trouble. What they need is a short, victorious war to unite the people and fill the treasury. It’s a card they’ve played often, and won. But this time they’re up against Captain Honor Harrington and a Royal Manticoran Navy that’s prepared to give them a war they’ll never forget. (book description)

  4. Field of Dishonor (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    Field of Dishonor


    The People’s Republic of Haven’s sneak attack on the Kingdom of Manticore has failed. The Peeps are in disarray, their leaders fighting for power in bloody revolution, and the Royal Manticoran Navy stands victorious.

    But Manticore has domestic problems of its own, and success can be more treacherous than defeat for Honor Harrington. Now, trapped at the core of a political crisis she never sought, betrayed by an old and vicious enemy she’d thought vanquished forever, she stands alone.

    She must fight for justice on a battlefield she never trained for in a private war that offers just two choices: death . . . or a "victory" that can end only in dishonor and the loss of all she loves. (book description)

  5. Flag in Exile (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    Flag in Exile


    Hounded into retirement and disgrace by political enemies, cut to the heart by the murder of the man she loved, and bereft of confidence in herself and her abilities, Captain Honor Harrington has retreated to the planet Grayson to take up her role as Steadholder while she tries to heal her bitter wounds.

    But the People’s Republic of Haven is rising from defeat to threaten Grayson anew, and the newborn Grayson Navy needs her experience desperately. It’s a call Honor cannot refuse, yet even as she once more accepts the duty whose challenges she fears she can no longer meet, powerful men who hate and fear the changes she’s brought to their world are determined to reverse them. They have a plan . . . and for it to succeed Honor Harrington must die.

    Two irresistible forces are rushing together to crush Grayson between them, and only one woman uncertain of her capabilities, weary unto death, and marked for murder—stands between her adopted planet and its devastation. (book description)

  6. Honor Among Enemies (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    Honor Among Enemies


    For Captain Honor Harrington, it’s sometimes hard to know who the enemy really is. Despite political foes, professional jealousies, and the scandal which drove her into exile, she’s been offered a chance to reclaim her career as an officer of the Royal Manticoran Navy. But there’s a catch. She must assume command of a "squadron" of jury-rigged armed merchantmen with crew drawn from the dregs of her service and somehow stop the pirates who have taken advantage of the Havenite War to plunder the Star Kingdom’s commerce.

    That would be hard enough, but some of the "pirates" aren’t exactly what they seem . . . and neither are some of her "friends," For Honor has been carefully chosen for her mission by two implacable and powerful enemies.

    The way they see it, either she stops the raiders or the raiders kill her . . . and either way, they win. (book description)

  7. In Enemy Hands (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    In Enemy Hands

    The Road to Hell

    Honor Harrington’s career has its ups and its downs. She’s survived ship-to-ship battles, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. She’s been shot at, shot down, and just plain shot, had starships blown out from under her, and made personal enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin her, and somehow she’s survived it all.

    But this time she’s really in trouble.

    The People’s Republic of Haven has finally found an admiral who can win battles, and Honor’s orders take her straight into an ambush. Outnumbered, outgunned, and unable to run, she has just two options: see the people under her command die in a hopeless, futile battle . . . or surrender them—and herself—to the Peeps.

    There can be only one choice, and at least the People’s Navy promises to treat their prisoners honorably. But the Navy is overruled by the political authorities, and Honor finds herself bound for a prison planet aptly named "Hell" . . . and her scheduled execution.

    Put into solitary confinement, separated from her officers and her treecat Nimitz, and subjected to systematic humiliation by her gaolers, Honor’s future has become both bleak and short. Yet bad as things look, they’re about to get worse . . . for the Peeps. (book description)

  8. Echoes of Honor (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    Echoes of Honor


    For eight bloody years, the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its allies have taken the war to the vastly more powerful People’s Republic of Haven, and Commodore Honor Harrington has been in the forefront of that war.

    But now Honor has fallen, captured by the Peep Navy, turned over to the forces of State Security . . . and executed on the interstellar network’s nightly news.

    The Manticoran Alliance is stunned and infuriated by Honor’s death and grimly resolved to avenge it. Yet their military is over-extended and the People’s Republic is poised to take the offensive once more, this time with a new strategy, new weapons, a new command team, and a whole new determination to win. The war is about to enter a phase of unprecedented ferocity . . . and the Alliance is on the short end of the stick.

    But even as powerful Peep fleets hurtle towards their objectives, neither they nor the Alliance are aware of events occurring on a distant, isolated, inescapable prison planet called Hell. For what no one knows, not even State Security, is that Honor Harrington is not dead. She and a handful of her people are trapped on Hell, and determined to disprove the Peep boast that no one can ever escape it. Honor Harrington is going home, and taking her people with her . . . even if she has to conquer Hell to do it. (book description)

  9. (I haven't read this book, yet) Ashes of Victory (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
    Ashes of Victory


    The People's Republic of Haven made a tiny mistake when it announced the execution of Honor Harrington. It seemed safe enough. After all, they knew she was already dead.

    Unfortunately, they were wrong. Now Honor has escaped from the prison planet called Hell and returned to Manticore with a few friends. Almost half a million of them to be precise . . . including some who know what really happened when the Committee of Public Safety seized power in the PRH.

    Honor's return from the dead comes at a critical time, providing a huge, much-needed lift for the Allies' morale, for the war is rapidly entering a decisive phase. Both sides believe that victory lies within their grasp at last, but dangers noone can foresee await them both.

    New weapons, new strategies, new tactics, spies, diplomacy, and assassination . . . all are coming into deadly focus, and Honor Harrington, the woman the newsies call "the Salamander," once more finds herself at the heart of it all.

    But this time the furnace may be to furious for even a salamander to survive. (book description)

  10. (I haven't read this book, yet) War of Honor (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    War of Honor


    Thomas Theisman didn't. After risking his life and a fresh round of civil war to overthrow the Committee of Public Safety's reign of terror and restore the Republic of Haven's ancient Constitution, an interstellar war was the last thing he wanted.

    Baron High Ridge didn't. The Prime Minister of Manticore was perfectly happy with the war he had. No one was shooting anyone else at the moment, and as long as he could spin out negotiations on the formal treaty of peace, his government could continue to milk all those "hostilities only" tax measures for their own partisan projects.

    His Imperial Majesty Gustav didn't. Now that the fighting between the Star Kingdom and the Havenites had ended, the Andermani Emperor had his own plans for Silesia, and he was confident he could achieve them without a war of his own.

    Protector Benjamin didn't. His people had made too deep a commitment to the Manticoran Alliance, in blood as well as treasure, for him to want to risk seeing it all thrown away.

    And Honor Harrington certainly didn't. The "Salamander" had seen the inside of too many furnaces already, knew too much about how much war cost.

    Unfortunately, what they wanted didn't matter . . . . (book description)

  11. (I haven't read this book, yet) At All Costs (Hardcover edition)
    At All Costs

    What price victory?

    The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls "the Salamander." But what most of the public DOESN'T know is that not only are the Star Kingdom and its Allies badly outnumbered by the Republic's new fleet, but that the odds are going to get steadily worse. Eighth Fleet's job is to somehow prevent those odds from crushing the Alliance before the Star Kingdom can regain its strategic balance. It's a job which won't be done cheaply. Honor Harrington must meet her formidable responsibilities with inferior forces even as she copes with tumultuous changes in her personal and public life. The alternative to victory is total defeat, yet this time the COST of victory will be agonizingly high. (book description)

Worlds of Honor (anthologies)

  1. More Than Honor (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    (by David Weber, David Drake, and S.M. Stirling)
    More Than Honor


    In just a few short years, David Weber has shot to the forefront of science fiction with his top-selling novels of Honor Harrington, the toughest, smartest starship captain in the galaxy. Now two more military SF world-beaters join him in Honor’s universe, bringing their own celebrated skills in this homage to Honor.

    Creator of Hammer’s Slammers

    S. M. STIRLING Creator of the Draka

    (book description)

  2. Worlds of Honor (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    (by David Weber, Roland Green, Linda Evans, and Jane Lindskold)
    Worlds of Honor

    It’s A Party—and You’re Invited

    In just a few short years, David Weber has shot to the forefront of science fiction! The core of his work is Honor Harrington, the toughest, smartest starship captain in the galaxy. Now Weber invites you to join him and his invitees as they explore Honor’s universe.

    The Host and His Guests:

    • DavidWeber himself is on board, first telling how young Honor Harrington and her treecat Nimitz faced the impossible task of rescuing the victims of an avalanche in a sub-zero blizzard, then revealing a chapter in the history of the telepathic treecats when a young human who bonded with a treecat was a Very Important Person. Specifically, she was a Mantiroran crown princess and the heir to the throne of the empire.
    • Roland Green offers a hard-hitting account of what happened when Manticore and the People’s Republic of Haven went eyeball-to-eyeball over a strategically vital planet . . . .
    • Linda Evans looks at life among the treecats, before Honor . . . .
    • Jane Lindskold tells how Honor’s monarch, Elizabeth III, had to learn the hard way what monarchy is all about . . . .

    (book description)

  3. (I haven’t read this book, yet) Changer of Worlds (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
    (by David Weber and Eric Flint)
    Changer of Worlds


    Lady Dame Honor Harrington—starship captain, admiral, Steadholder, and Duchess—has spent decades defending the Star Kingdom of Manticore against all comers. Along the way, she has become the legend known as "the Salamander" from her habit of always being where the fire is hottest . . . and also a national bestseller (Ashes of Victory: #7, The Wall Street Journal).

    But it’s a big universe, and Honor’s actions affect a lot of lives, not all of them human. And their actions affect her—a lesson "Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" learns years before rising to command rank when a desperate battle against "pirates" who aren’t quite what they seem begins her brilliant career.

    Closer to home, in "Changer of Worlds," a secret that the alien treecats have kept from their human friends for hundreds of years is about to come out . . . and completely change the relationship between the two species forever.

    Meanwhile, Eric Flint weighs in with "From the Highlands." Honor can’t be everywhere, so when the People’s Republic of Haven tries to stage a political assassination on Earth, Anton Zilwicki—husband of one of the Star Kingdom’s most revered military martyrs, and father of a young woman who is clearly a chip off the old block—steps into the breach . . . and takes the opportunity to settle some old scores along the way.

    And finally, Esther McQueen and Oscar Saint-Just square off for their final confrontation in Noveau Paris in "Nightfall." (book description)

  4. (I haven’t read this book, yet) The Service of the Sword (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
    (by Eric Flint, Jane Lindskold, Victor Mitchell, John Ringo, David Weber, and Timothy Zahn)
    The Service of the Sword


    Lady Dame Honor Harrington isn’t alone. Her life touches others—and their lives touch hers—directly, or indirectly, whether as a naval officer, steadholder, or duchess.

    In this collection, Jane Lindskold gives us the story of a prince on the brink of maturity and an extraordinary young Grayson woman named Judith—a victim of Masadan brutality, who confronts insurmountable odds in a desperate effort to lead her sisters to freedom—or death—among the stars.

    Timothy Zahn weighs in with a story of the heavy cruiser HMS Fearless; a brilliant young tactical officer on temporarily detached duty; Solarian con men; secret weapons that aren’t quite what they seem to be; naval spies, spooks, and dirty tricks; courage and honor; and a surprising glimpse into one of Admiral Sonja Hemphill’s most crucial technological innovations.

    John Ringo offers his unique blend of nonstop action and deliciously skewed humor in two offerings. The Peep planet of Prague and its brutally repressive StateSec regime will never be the same again after the unscheduled, unofficial, and thoroughly catastrophic visit by a pair of Manticoran Marines with a most peculiar taste in their holiday destinations. And then there’s the question of what an explosively expanding navy does with the personnel who can’t quite cut the mustard.

    Eric Flint tells us the story of an idealistic young StateSec officer who finds himself in the right place at the right time following the fall of Oscar Saint-Just. Young Victor Cachat could influence the loyalty of an entire sector . . . if he’s only lucky enough to manage to stay alive long enough to try.

    And finally, David Weber gives us the tale of the first Grayson midshipwoman on her "snotty cruise" at a time when internal tensions threaten the entire future of the Manticoran Alliance and people are about to rediscover the Fact that the Peeps are far from the only predators hiding in the stars. (book description)

Wages of Sin

  1. (I haven't read this book, yet) Crown of Slaves (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
    Crown of Slaves


    The Star Kingdom's ally Erewhon is growing increasingly restive in the alliance because the new High Ridge regime ignores its needs. Added to the longstanding problem of a slave labor planet controlled by hostile Mesans in Erewhon's stellar backyard, which High Ridge refuses to deal with, the recent assassination of the Solarian League's most prominent voice of public conscience indicates the growing danger of political instability in the Solarian League—which is also close to Erewhon.

    In desperation, Queen Elizabeth tries to defuse the situation by sending a private mission to Erewhon led by Captain Zilwicki, accompanied by one of her nieces. When they arrive on Erewhon, however, Manticore's envoys find themselves in a mess. Not only do they encounter one of the Republic of Haven's most capable agents—Victor Cachat—but they also discover that the Solarian League's military delegation seems up to its neck in skullduggery.

    And, just to put the icing on the cake, the radical freed slave organization, the Audubon Ballroom, is also on the scene—led by its notorious and ruthless assassin, Jeremy X. (book description)

The Saganami Island

  1. The Shadow of Saganami (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
    The Shadow of Saganami


    The Star Kingdom of Manticore is once again at war with the Republic of Haven after a stunning sneak attack. The graduating class from Saganami Island, the Royal Manticoran Navy's academy, are going straight from the classroom to the blazing reality of all-out war.

    Except for the midshipmen assigned to the heavy cruiser HMS Hexapuma, that is. They're being assigned to the Talbott Cluster, an out of the way backwater, far from the battle front. The most they can look forward to is the capture of the occasional pirate cruiser and the boring duty of supporting the Cluster's peaceful integration with the Star Kingdom at the freely expressed will of eighty percent of the Cluster's citizens. With a captain who may have seen too much of war and a station commander who isn't precisely noted for his brilliant and insightful command style, it isn't exactly what the students of Honor Harrington, the "Salamander," expected.

    But things aren't as simple — or tranquil — as they appear. The "pirates" they encounter aren't what they seem, and the "peaceful integration" they expected turns into something very different. A powerful alliance of corrupt Solarian League bureaucrats and ruthless interstellar corporations is determined to prevent the Cluster's annexation by the Star Kingdom . . . by any means necessary. Pirates, terrorists, genetic slavers, smuggled weapons, long-standing personal hatreds, and a vicious alliance of corporate greed, bureaucratic arrogance, and a corrupt local star nation with a powerful fleet, are all coming together, and only Hexapuma, her war-weary captain, and Honor Harrington's students stand in the path.

    They have only one thing to support and guide them: the tradition of Saganami. The tradition that sometimes a Queen's officer's duty is to face impossible odds . . . and die fighting. (book description)

March Upcountry

  1. (I haven't read this book, yet) March Upcountry (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by John Ringo and David Weber)
    March Upcountry


    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock didn't understand.

    He was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man . . . so why wouldn't anyone at Court trust him?

    Why wouldn't even his own mother, the Empress, explain why they didn't trust him? Or why the very mention of his father's name was forbidden at Court? Or why his mother had decided to pack him off to a backwater planet aboard what was little more than a tramp freighter to represent her at a local political event better suited to a third assistant undersecretary of state?

    It probably wasn't too surprising that someone in his position should react by becoming spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    But that was before a saboteur tried to blow up his transport. Then warships of the Empire of Man’s worst rivals shot the crippled vessel out of space. Then Roger found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, whose jungles were full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, torrential rain, and barbarian hordes with really bad dispositions. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the entire planet, then capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, somehow commandeer a starship, and then go home to Mother for explanations.

    Fortunately, Roger has an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of The Empress' Own Regiment. If anyone can get him off Marduk alive, it's the Bronze Barbarians.

    Assuming that Prince Roger manages to grow up before he gets all of them killed. (book description)

  2. (I haven't read this book, yet) March to the Sea (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by John Ringo and David Weber)
    March to the Sea


    The successor to March Upcountry

    It wasn't so much that Prince Roger and his surviving remnant of elite bodyguards are marooned on a barbarian planet. Or that they have been on continuous operations for so long they are getting shocky. Or that they still have half a planet to cross. Or that they are basically out of ammunition for their plasma and bead rifles and just about out of cash. Sure, those are all problems, but they're not the real problem.

    No, the problem is Roger is in love. With one of his bodyguards. And the romance is not going well. Damnbeast? Sure. Vampiric moths? Okay. Screaming waves of barbarians? No problem. But when you have Nimashet Despreaux and Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock at sword's point, that's real danger.

    And it's just the beginning.

    To get to the distant port that is their only way off the planet, they'll be forced to battle enraged monsters, displaced mercenaries, religious fanatics and a barbarian horde to shame the Huns. Along the way they'll have to recreate the Reformation, the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. And do it all in a context their four-armed, horned, grizzly-bear sized native allies can handle.

    It will strain all their experience and knowledge, as the most elite, the most multitalented and above all the toughest bodyguards in human space. But the really hard part will be keeping Roger and Nimashet from killing each other. (book description)

  3. (I haven't read this book, yet) March to the Stars (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (by John Ringo and David Weber)
    March to the Stars

    Another Sunny Day on Marduk

    Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang MacClintock has had a really bad year.

    Bad enough to be the spoiled rotten fop of a prince no one wanted or trusted.

    Worse to be sent off on a meaningless diplomatic mission, simply to get you out from underfoot, with a bodyguard of Marines who loathe and despise you.

    Worse yet to be assumed dead and marooned for almost a year on a hell-hole planet while you and those same Marines fight your way through carnivorous beasts, murderous natives, and perpetual rain to the only starport . . . which is controlled by the Empire's worst enemies.

    Worst of all to have discovered that you were born to be a warrior prince. One whose bodyguards have learned the same lesson. And one haunted by the deaths of almost a hundred of your Marines . . . for what you know now was an unnecessary exercise in political expediency.

    A warrior prince who wants to have a few choice words with your Lady Mother, the Empress of Man.

    But to have them, you, your surviving Marines, and your Mardukan allies must cross a demon-haunted ocean, face a civilization that is "civilized" in name alone and "barbarians" who may not be exactly what they seem, and once again battle against impossible odds. All so that you can attempt to somehow seize a heavily defended spaceport and hijack a starship to take you home.

    Yet what neither Roger, nor the Marines, nor his allies know is that the battle to leave Marduk is only the beginning. And that words with Roger's mother will be hard to come by.

    But that's all right. Because what the Galaxy doesn't know is that it's about to receive a fresh proof of an old truism:

    You don't mess with a MacClintock. (book description)

  4. (I haven't read this book, yet) We Few (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (by John Ringo and David Weber)
    We Few


    Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang McClintock hasn't done anything the easy way.

    The spoiled playboy prince grew up the hard way on the planet Marduk. Watching ninety percent of your bodyguards — bodyguards who have become friends, closer to you than your own brothers and sisters — die to keep you alive will do that. And it tends to make you dangerous . . . perhaps in too many ways.

    Now he's coming home, but home isn't what it was when he left. Traitors have murdered his brother and sister, his nieces and nephews. His mother, the Empress, is still alive, but in the hands of Roger's own biological father, who controls her through drugs and physical and psychological torture. A new heir to the Throne has been conceived, and once the child is born his mother will no longer be necessary to the traitors' plans. Home Fleet, the largest and most powerful of the Empire's fleets is under the traitors' control, and no one in a position of power on Old Earth has the means — or the will — to do anything about it.

    And, just to make things perfect, the Empire has been told that the real traitor is Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang McClintock.

    With the twelve survivors of Bravo Company of the Empress' Own, a few hundred three-meter tall Mardukans, his one-time tutor and present chief of staff, an elephant-sized flarta pack beast, his faithful pet Dogzard, and the ghost of his greatest ancestor, Prince Roger must somehow retake the Empire from the men who control it . . . before his new brother is born and his mother dies.

    It's an impossible task, but Prince Roger knows all about impossible tasks, and the surviving Bronze Barbarians and the Mardukans of the Basik's Own believe he can do it. They're prepared to storm the gates of Hell itself at his heels in order to retake the Empire.

    But after they do, can they save it from Prince Roger, as well? (book description)


  1. (I haven't read this book, yet) Hell's Gate (Hardcover edition) (by David Weber and Linda Evans)
    Hell's Gate

    They Thought They Knew How The Universes Worked—THEY WERE WRONG

    In the almost two centuries since the discovery of the first inter-universal portal, Arcana has explored scores of other worlds . . . all of them duplicates of their own. Multiple Earths, virgin planets with a twist, because the "explorers" already know where to find all of their vast, untapped natural resources. Worlds beyond worlds, effectively infinite living space and mineral wealth.

    And in all that time, they have never encountered another intelligent species. No cities, no vast empires, no civilizations and no equivalent of their own dragons, gryphons, spells, and wizards.

    But all of that is about to change. It seems there is intelligent life elsewhere in the multiverse. Other human intelligent life, with terrifying new weapons and powers of the mind . . . and wizards who go by the strange title of "scientist." (book description)

  2. Hell Hath No Fury (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) (by David Weber and Linda Evans)
    Hell Hath No Fury


    Both Arcana and Sharona had explored scores of universes, each a duplicate of its own, without ever encountering another human civilization.

    Then that changed.

    Two survey expeditions met in the cool shadows of an autumn forest. No one knows who shot first, but both sides have suffered heavy casualties, and each blames the other. Now both sides want possession of Hell’s Gate, the cluster of inter-universal portals and their survey forces met in blood . . . and neither is prepared to let the other have it.

    Arcana’s wizards, dragons, and gryphons are about to meet Sharona’s bolt-action rifles, machine guns, and mortars. Transport dragons are about to meet steam locomotives. And all that either side really knows is that neither of them has ever seen a war like the one about to begin. (book description)


  1. (I haven't read this book, yet) The Stars at War (Hardcover edition) (by David Weber and Steve White)
    The Stars at War



    Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry.

    No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206.

    Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions," have eased at least a little. The "Grand Alliance" forged by the need to fight side-by-side against the genocidal Rigelians remains, but there are those on either side who continue to hate, continue to distrust.

    Now the strength of that war-forged alliance is about to be tested. For Charon's Ferry is about to give up the secret of its dead. A ship has emerged from the deadly warp point at last. A ship which responds to the challenge of an Orion star ship using ancient human communications codes . . . then opens fire.

    The holocaust of interstellar warfare has been ignited anew, in a bloody crusade to free Holy Mother Terra.

    In Death Ground:

    In difficult ground, press on;
    In encircled ground, devise stratagems;
    In death ground, fight.

    —Sun Tzu in The Art of War (circa 400 B.C.)

    The more things change, the more they remain the same. Three thousand years after Sun Tszu wrote those words, in the time of the Fourth Interstellar War, the ancient advice still holds true.

    The "Bugs" have overwhelming numbers, implacable purpose, and a strategy that's mind-numbingly alien. They can't be reasoned or negotiated with. They can't even be communicated with. But what they want is terrifyingly clear. The sentient species in their path aren't enemies to be conquered; they're food sources to be consumed.

    Totally oblivious to their own losses, rumbling onward like some invincible force of nature, their enormous fleets are as unstoppable as Juggernaut. Yet for the desperate Federation Navy and its enemies-turned-allies, the Orions, there is nowhere to go. Their battered, outnumbered ships are all that stand between the billions upon billions of defenseless civilians on the worlds behind them and an enemy from the darkest depths of nightmare, and there can be no retreat. But at least their options are clear.

    As Sun Tzu said, in death ground, there is only one strategy:

    FIGHT. (book description)

    1. Crusade (Mass Market Paperback) (by David Weber and Steve White)

      Spacers call the warp point Charon’s Ferry.

      No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206.

      Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions," have eased at least a little. The "Grand Alliance" forged by the need to fight side-by-side against the genocidal Rigelians remains, but there are those on either side who continue to hate, continue to distrust.

      Now the strength of that war-forged alliance is about to be tested. For Charon’s Ferry is about to give up the secret of its dead. A ship has emerged from the deadly warp point at last. A ship which responds to the challenge of an Orion star ship using ancient human communications codes . . . then opens fire.

      The holocaust of interstellar warfare has been ignited anew, in a bloody crusade to free Holy Mother Terra. (book description)

    2. In Death Ground (Mass Market Paperback) (by David Weber and Steve White)
      In Death Ground

      As easy as One-Tzu-Three:

      • "In difficult ground, press on;
      • In encircled ground, devise stratagems;
      • In death ground, fight."

      —Sun Tzu in The Art of War (circa 400 B.C.)

      Five thousand years later, in the time of the Fourth Interstellar War, the advice still makes sense.

      The Bugs have a superior drive technology, overwhelming numbers, and a strategy that’s mind-numbingly alien. For the humans and their enemies-turned-allies, the catlike Orions, choosing their strategy was as easy as One-Tzu-Three:

      FIGHT. (book description)

  2. (I haven't read this book, yet) The Stars at War II (Hardcover edition) (by David Weber and Steve White)
    The Stars at War II


    The Shiva Option:

    The war wasn’t going well. The alien Arachnids were an enemy whose like no civilized race had ever confronted, overrunning planet after planet. The "Bugs" regarded any sentient species as a handy protein source. Defeat was not an option. The Grand Alliance of Humans and other races has been driven to the wall. Whatever they do, the Bugs just keep coming.

    Reluctantly, they now must reactivate General Directive 18, however horrible it may be. Because when the only possible outcomes are victory or racial extermination, only one option is acceptable: The Shiva Option.


    And peace isn’t always wonderful. Once the enemy was defeated, the central governments of the Inner Worlds were anything but willing to relinquish their wartime powers. To insure that their grip on the reins of power remained firm, the establishment plans to allow the non-human beings of the Khanate to join the Federation, thus reducing the Fringe Worlds voting bloc to impotent minority status.

    The ruthless bureaucrats of the Corporate Worlds are smugly confident that this power play will keep the colonial upstarts in their place. But the Fringers have only one answer to that: Insurrection. (book description)

    1. (I haven't read this book, yet) The Shiva Option (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (by David Weber and Steve White)
      The Shiva Option


      The war wasn't going well.

      The mind-numbingly alien Arachnids were an enemy whose like no civilized race had ever confronted. Like some carnivorous cancer, the "Bugs" had overrun planet after planet . . . and they regarded any competing sentient species as only one more protein source. They couldn't be reasoned with, or even talked to, because no one had the least idea of how to communicate with a telepathic species with no recognizable language . . . and whose response to any communication attempt was a missile salvo. No one knew how large their civilization—if it could be called a "civilization"—actually was, or how it was organized, but the huge fleets they threw against their opponents suggested that it was enormous.

      The Grand Alliance of Humans, Orions, Ophiuchi, and Gorm, united in desperate self-defense, have been driven to the wall. Billions of their civilians have been slaughtered. Their most powerful offensive operation has ended in shattering defeat and the deaths of their most experienced and revered military commanders. The edge in technology with which they began the war is eroding out from under them and whatever they do, the Bugs just keep coming.

      But the warriors of the Grand Alliance know what stands behind them and they will surrender no more civilians to the oncoming juggernaut. They will die first . . . and they will also reactivate General Directive 18, however horrible it may be. Because when the only possible outcomes are victory or racial extermination, only one option is acceptable.

      The Shiva Option (book description)

    2. Insurrection (Mass Market Paperback) (by David Weber and Steve White)

      Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

      In the end, the only political systems that seem to work are those based on freedom. The Inner World leaders of the Terran Federation seem to have forgotten this simple truth. After fighting the Khanate—with the Fringe Worlds to supply the raw material and the fighting men—the Inner Worlds found it hard to give up the powers they had seized during the war. So they decided not to—rather than allow the rapidly expanding Fringe Worlds representation in the Federation, they are inviting the Khanate in, to keep the colonial upstarts in their place. The Fringers have only one answer to that:


      (book description)

  1. Exodus (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) (by Steve White and Shirley Meier)


    Take a Stand Against the Alien Menace!

    A Hero Reborn!

    An implacable foe with telepathic cohesion in battle, near-immortality, and eons-advanced engineering skills threatens to wipe humanity from the galaxy. Their one weakness? No FTL. But that won’t last long.

    Now a hard-bitten and brilliant admiral, his brain plucked from cryo and fitted to a new body, must put aside a generation of differences and join with his greatest foe to face the alien ravagers. For when human existence is on the line, we need all the heroes we can get—even if we have to bring them back from the dead!

    Steve White, Vietnam vet, long-time David Weber collaborator and co-author, with Weber, of the New York Times best-seller The Shiva Option, joins with martial arts expert and popular fantasy writer Shirley Meier to carve another notch in White and Weber’s "Starfire" adventure saga! (book description)

War God

  1. Oath of Swords (Mass Market Paperback) or (Special Paperback Edition)
    Oath of Swords

    Whom the gods would recruit, they first tick off . . .

    Our Hero: The unlikely Paladin

    Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani is no knight in shining armor. He’s a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct. None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani. Besides his ethnic burden, Bahzell has problems of his own to deal with: a violated hostage bond, a vengeful prince, a price on his head. He doesn’t want to mess with anybody else’s problems, let alone a god’s. Let alone the War God’s!

    So how does he end up a thousand leagues from home, neck-deep in political intrigue, assassins, demons, psionicists, evil sorcery, white sorcery, dark gods, good gods, bad poets, greedy landlords, and most of Bortalik Bay?

    Well, it’s all the War God’s fault . . . . (book description)

    Special Note: The Special Paperback Edition also contains a brand new 50,000 word novella, Sword Brother.

  2. War God's Own (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition)
    War God's Own


    Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer hradani never wanted to be a champion of the War God. Unfortunately, Tomanak had insisted. Even more unfortunately, Bahzell’s own sense of responsibility hadn’t let him say, "No."

    Which was how he found himself in the Empire of the Axe, where even people who didn’t actively hate hradani regarded them with suspicion and fear. Of course, that was only the start of his problems.

    Next, there was the Order of Tomanak, many of whom were horrified by the notion that their deity had chosen a hradani as a champion . . . and intended to do something about it. And assuming he survived that, he had to go home—across three hundred leagues of bitter winter snow—to face a Dark God who threatened to destroy all hradani. Throw in the odd demon and brigand ambush, and add a powerful neighboring kingdom with no intention of letting Bahzell (or anyone else) save his people, and you have the makings of a really bad day.

    But one thing Bahzell has learned: a champion of Tomanak does what needs doing. And the people in his way had better move. (book description)

  3. (I haven't read this book, yet) Wind Rider's Oath (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition)
    Wind Rider's Oath

    Bahzell of the Hradani is Back! Exciting Fantasy Adventure by the New York Times Best-Selling Author of the Honor Harrington Series.

    In The War God’s Own, Bahzell had managed to stop a war by convincing Baron Tellian, leader of the Sothoii, to "surrender" to him, the War God’s champion. Now, he has journeyed to the Sothoii Wind Plain to oversee the parole he granted to Tellian and his men, to represent the Order of Tomanak, the War God, and to be an ambassador for the hradani. What’s more, the flying coursers of the Sothoii have accepted Bahzell as a windrider—the first hradani windrider in history. And since the windriders are the elite of the elite among the Sothoii, Bahzell’s ascension is as likely to stir resentment as respect. That combination of duties would have been enough to keep anyone busy—even a warrior prince like Bahzell—but additional complications are bubbling under the surface. The goddess Shigu, the Queen of Hell, is sowing dissension among the war maids of the Sothoii. The supporters of the deposed Sothoii noble who started the war are plotting to murder their new leige lord and frame Bahzell for the deed. Of course, those problems are all in a day’s work for a champion of the War God. But what is Bahzell going to do about the fact that Baron Tellian’s daughter, the heir to the realm, seems to be thinking that he is the only man—or hradani—for her? (book description)

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