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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By R on 26-02-17
Poor story made worse by poor narration
This book is composed, almost in its entirety, of the sweepings off the cutting room floor from the last three or four books in the series. The story weaves carefully around the major plot points of the series without ever quite making contact. If taken as a stand alone novel then the plot is both tedious and disjointed, without a focused narrative direction.
The narration was poorly paced with frequent poor pronunciation. While I appreciate the effort Kevin Collins made to pronounce the foreign language words, the emphasis he placed upon the polish words was quite jarring and further slowed the reading pace. I ended up listening at 1.25 x speed, as this was the best compromise between improving the pace and the distortion caused by higher speeds.
Overall the poor narration made a poor novel almost unreadable. I persevered to the end but wish I had not bothered.
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By Mart on 31-12-16
This book is very long and doesn't seem to hang together as a novel, just parallels times explored in the main series.
I dont mind long with Weber books and its easier
when its audio but I didn't feel there was enough here.
The Ark Royal series for example, put plenty of action, politics and events ino 12 hours or so., making very slow freight out of telling stuff glossed ov ere r in the main series is probably for fans only
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By Amazon Customer on 06-12-16
this is a rehash of other books
Sadly David weber has simply went back yet again in the story line and told the same story from a few different perspectives. he isn't actually advancing the story line at all. Huge disappointment. Years of waiting for the next volume and he gives his readers a rehash of previous story lines.
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By Paul on 14-12-16
Good story, poor reader
Would you listen to Shadow of Victory again? Why?
yes, on my next read through of the series before the next book comes out. Not looking forward to it
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin T. Collins?
Jay Snyder, he has read other books in the series. Allyson Johnson also has read books in Honorverse. I have listened to other books by Kevin Collins and he is good. But, a bad change in the series
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
not in a good way, wrong reader
Any additional comments?
I don't review books much. I have enjoyed the series, but having another author come in and read instead of Jay Snyder or Allyson Johnson makes the book be a much poorer listen. I like to listen to a book while doing other things when I can't physically read the book myself. You get used to how one person pronounces names and words. Or Character voices. Kevin T. Collins was the wrong choice for this book. This books needs to be rerecorded.
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