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Flag in Exile

Honor Harrington, Book 5
Written by: David Weber
Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

A Note from Author David Weber
There's been some confusion—not to say, um, energetic debate, readers and fans being readers and fans—about the correct pronunciation of "Manticoran." The truth, alas, is that a stitch was dropped. An error occurred. A mistake was made… and it wasn't Audible's fault. It was mine. Before Audible recorded the very first Honor Harrington book, narrator Allyson Johnson and I not only corresponded by e-mail but actually spoke to one another by phone. She wanted to make absolutely certain she had the correct pronunciations for names, places, star nations, etc., and I tried to make certain all of her questions were answered. And so they were. Unfortunately, at some point in the process, I replied to one of her e-mails by telling her that "Man-ti-core-ahn" was pronounced "Man-tik-er-ahn." Exactly how this happened is more than I can say at this point, except to blushingly disclose that the original e-mail remains intact, confirming to all the world that it was, indeed, my fault. I can ascribe it only to a temporary mental hiccup on my part and crave your forgiveness. If, however, you must blame someone for the mix-up, that someone should be me and not Audible, who have done everything they could to get it right.

©1995 David M. Weber (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • 2011-03-05

Flag in Exile

This is the fourth book in the series and I am sure glad I have listen to them in order. It makes it so much more enjoyable. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. Can hard wait to start the next one. The story provides fast pace excellent description of battle scenes. The back stabbing of politics and a view of various societies. Allyson Johnson is Honor Harrington, the book would not be as good without her reading.

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  • Professor
  • 2012-10-16

Honor Harrington Universe Book 5

"Lemons and Lemonade "

House of Lords voted to exclude countess Harrington, and used it's political power to ruin her career, despite House of Commons support she was beached,put on half pay, her ship (NIKE) was passed on.

Instead of sitting and waiting for new assignment, which probably would never come, she decided to take care of business on Grayson, her Stadthold is growing, her investment was good, but you can't change everyone on the planet in just a few years.

It is not very far from "religious fanatic" to "terrorist".

The War continues, revolution in Peoples Republic of Heaven(PRH) doesn't' help the case, though the government policy changed, it's still singing the same tune, obvious reference to USSR and People Republic of China .

11 Prize Super Dreadnoughts given as a gift to Grayson by Admiral Alexander are almost fixed, PRH is getting ready for new offensive.

Grayson's understand, when god gives you lemons, you need to make Lemonade.

So they offered Grayson Space Navy (GSN) commission to the most experienced officer in the star system.

The next book in the series is "Honor among Enemies"

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  • Brian
  • 2010-02-08

Weber does it again

Another in the series about Honor Harrington. To understand the full series, you need to start with On Basilisk Station and follow tem from there. The story is well written, like all David Weber books (for true space opera/naval battles try "The Shiva Option/In Death Ground"). I have yet to be disappointed with a David Weber book, his characters are well developed and rarely do you find anything disconnected. Highly recommended series.

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  • Andy
  • 2010-09-18

Maybe the best yet

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I've read and enjoyed all the previous ones, and I was so engrossed by this one that maybe it is the best one yet. There is a good balance of space and non-space activity, and once again the narrator delivers a fine performance.

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  • Sherry Casperson
  • 2012-04-26

Flag in Exile

What made the experience of listening to Flag in Exile the most enjoyable?

The Narrator has good voice and the pacing is excellent. The voice and accent differentiation are very well done. The story lack some os the emotional depth of other books inthis series but is still very well worth reading. The climax is well done. However the winding up of the story is chopped and lacks some of the finer finishing touchs generallhy found in this author.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flag in Exile?

The sword fight was built up to an excellent final moment. The Space battle was rather ordinary given how many battle have been fought in this seris.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were no outstanding moments as the story unfolded in the authors usual manner with no surprises and with little being added to the character. The building of the Havenite Theisman was one of the better moves.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A film could not be made from this book as it is not stand alone.

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  • Keith
  • 2011-12-05

The story continues

The Honor Harrington story continues and I feel Mr. Weber has firmly hit his stride with this book.

I enjoyed the previous books very much, but this one has the feel of a book where the author is at the helm and in every sentence and on every page, he just tells you to fasten your seat belt and hang on (if you can).

Mr. Weber, through his masterful story construction wrings out every human emotion possible, relentlessly, but it only made me hungry to plunge into the next books.

In previous reviews I've read criticism of Ms. Johnson's narration, well, to me, she is simply superlative, her style and her charactarisations add a dimension to the book that is hard to quantify but are the icing on the cake.

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  • G. Parish
  • 2019-06-03

An amazing military Sci-fi tale

I recently finished listening to Flag in Exile written by David Weber and narrated by Allyson Johnson.

This is the fifth book in the core Honor Harrington series. It's hard to review a book this deep in a series without a few spoilers. If this is an issue for you I suggest you skip to the conclusion.

Honor Harrington, after having recently killed another peer of Manticore in a duel due to the death of her beloved, finds herself beached from the Navy. Since she saved Grayson some time in the past they had made her a steadholder, a type of nobility within the Grayson system.

Honor takes up her residence in Grayson and attempts to embrace her duties as a steadholder as well as the champion of the Mayhew reforms. Despite her general willingness to embrace as much of their culture as she can, many on Grayson chafe at the concept of a female steadholder.

The universe waits for no one, however, and the Manticore and Havenite war grind forth in the meantime. Mayhew, let's one of his admirals approach Honor about serving in the Grayson military. While he generally thinks it would be good for, he is mainly allowing it because Grayson is desperate for truly experienced officers. Besieged in her own steading or on the deck of a ship, Honor Harrington must find the will to fight on.

The narrator, Allyson Johnson, does a truly stellar job with this novel. She is highly adept at helping each character find their voice through her.

Conclusion: This is another excellent entry into the Honor Harrington series. Once you combine it with the amazing narration, this is a great political thriller and military Sci-fi novel.

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  • Martin
  • 2019-05-30

religious indoctronation

14 hours of religion that don't exist and about 2 hours of story. kept losing tract!

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  • JOSEPH COSTANTINO
  • 2019-02-03

Flag in Exile

I like 👍 the book very much . Because it made characters come to life

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  • ROBERT L SIMMONS III
  • 2018-07-23

Book 6 Awesome

Book 6. Another awesome Honnor Harrington novel by David Weber and narration by Allision Johnson.