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On Basilisk Station by David Weber
Published by Baen Books
Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel
Honor Harrington is a sort of far-future Horatio Hornblower in space, but at the same time she is much more. Even as she is a competent naval commander, she is also a woman, dealing with the issues a woman faces in a gendered society. And the way she chose to deal with one of those problems when she was in her world's naval academy has come back to haunt her.
At the time she thought she was doing the right thing by keeping the navy's dirty laundry from being aired in public. But by not destroying the career of the man who assaulted her, she has left herself with a dangerous enemy who is now in a position to destroy her. By his influence he gets her sent to Basilisk Station, a supposedly dead-end posting that has the potential to ruin her career.
But Honor Harrington is not going to just roll over and give up. She is going to make the most of this impossible position, and actually enforce the contraband regulations that have been allowed to slide for years. In doing so, she uncovers a sinister plot by the People's Republic of Haven, a welfare state gone mad, to protect their own ability to provide their unhappy underclass with bread and circuses by preying on other worlds.
Suddenly Honor Harrington and the crew of her tiny ship are on the firing line, facing the wrath of drug-crazed natives and the attacks of a clandestine battleship. But Honor Harrington knows what is right, and she will not be scared off the course of action she has chosen.
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Review posted November 17, 2000
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