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On Basilisk Station
by David Weber
Publisher: Baen Books


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.

Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available at Baen.com.

Published 10/1/1994
SKU: 0743435710
Ebook Price: $0.00 
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1. Sean on 5/3/2014, said:

in my opinion this is one of the best series ever written.
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2. Joshua on 4/10/2014, said:

I would highly recommend against starting this series as it is like crack to Sci Fi readers. The reason this book is free is that it is the first hit. Once you finish this you will be like "where did that $300 go?" when you buy the whole series.
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3. Mesmer on 5/4/2013, said:

I don't know about the print version, but the version I downloaded from this web site is awful. It reads like a quickly cobbled together first draft. It's mostly exposition and poorly integrated backstories for minor characters. There are several chapters that add nothing to the story. There is even a chapter where the author forgets what room the character is in.
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4. A. on 4/25/2013, said:

This book was my introduction to Honor Harrington and her universe. My god! what a revelation it was! Enemies all around, including at home, and yet she overcomes them all. Lucky for her they do not come at her all at once. But the lady is not without friends, either. I even recommended this series of books to a complete stranger met in the SF section of a bookstore. She said she would look into it. As Dan (comment of 2012-11-08) said below, you will get hooked. David Weber knows how to tell a really good story in a way which will keep you coming back for more. PParagraph Thank you, David, for all the hours I spent reading about your heroine and the people of her universe, the enlightened as well as the benighted.
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5. Kellean on 2/13/2013, said:

Never read military sifi in my life before this book and I didn't read this one until I married a sifi geek. I have read all of the Honor Harrington books and can't wait for the next one to come out. Great story with wonderful and complete characters. With each book the story gets more exciting, intriging and the characters grow in depth and believability. Would recommend this book and the books that follow it to anyone looking for a great story, strong characters, military action, a bit of political intrige and even a touch of romance. A great series of books you can recommend to any who loves to read, young or old.
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6. Dan on 11/8/2012, said:

Beware! If you read this you will get hooked and have to read the rest of the series and that's quite a task.
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7. William on 10/26/2012, said:

An absolutely superior piece of fiction. As a naval officer, I am sometimes irritated by the little details that are left out of stories. This one doesn't disappoint, though. It kept me engaged from beginning to end.
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8. Eileen on 4/27/2012, said:

I really enjoyed reading about Honor and her trials and successes as a young yet very capable Captain. Looking forward to reading more about her.
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9. Dale on 8/17/2011, said:

The first and still the best of the Honor Harrington series starts off with a mighty bang. While there have been some stumbles along the way, On Basilisk Station is a strong introduction to a powerful new heroine. Honor Harrington is more than competent as she takes on her first captain role. And though she is stuck in an out of the way posting, her professionalism against what can only be called petty vindictiveness makes her shine brightly and introduces her to both her own nation, but that of the neighboring Peoples Republic of Haven as a force to be reckoned with. David Weber's strong portrayal of Honor, along with her treecat Nimitz, and an ever-increasing cast of characters makes this universe shine and able to be explored in myriad ways. His attention to detail in the military aspect of his writing can be downright intimidating and plodding at times, but the action itself is fast-paced. And you care about these characters, their world, and the good they try to accomplish in it against the odds. I can never recommend these books too highly, or too often. That the first one is available free here is just the icing on the cake. Way to go, David Weber and Baen!
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10. David on 4/28/2010, said:

A real page turner. I've read some other Weber, but not anything in the Honorverse. The other was OK, but I figured this to be the light reading I was in the mood for & downloaded. It turned out to be a good choice. It not only kept me reading passed my bedtime and looking to pick it back up the next day, but I also started the next book in the series (The Honor of the Queen), and so far find it a page turner as well. I'm a bit stubborn about rating a book great unless it does a lot of things well, especially making me look at things differently. So this is sort of a five star if you are truly in the mood for something light but good.
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