ARC Review: To Honor You Call Us by H. Paul Honsinger (Man of War #1)

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Original Title: To Honor You Call Us

Year Published: 2014

Published by: 47North (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

Number of Pages: 454

First Sentence: Lieutenant Max Robichaux, Union Space Navy, stood in the crowded boarding tube, breathing the scent of fear – acrid sweat from thirty-four other men he had been able to round up from the USS Emeka Moro.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Plot:

The Terran Union is engaged in a vast interstellar war against the Krag, ruthless aliens intent on exterminating humankind. In 2315, the wily Max Robichaux is given command of the USS Cumberland, a destroyer with state-of-the-art capabilities but a combat record so bad, she’s known as the “Cumberland Gap.”

Capt. Robichaux’s first mission: to take his warship to the Free Corridor, where the Krag have secretly been buying strategic materials, and to seize or destroy any ships carrying enemy cargo. Far from the fleet and under enforced radio silence, Max relies only on his determination and guile…and the support and friendship of his chief medical officer, the brilliant Dr. Sahin.

Because even as he deals with the ship’s onboard problems and the stress of carrying out her risky assignment, Max and the doctor discover that the Cumberland and her misfit crew are all that stands in the way of a deadly Krag attack that threatens to end the war—and humanity—once and for all.

My thoughts:

Ok, I requested this by pure boredom. Turns out, it’s one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I like when stories are set in space, been a huge fan of Star Trek, Stargate and so on since I was a little kid. I am also a fan of war stories, especially when they get into the culture and nerdiness that exists within the military. This book is a perfect combination of both.

Captain Max Robichaux is just such a wonderful character. He is damaged yet kindhearted and pretty much everything you would want in a leader. I would follow him to war and even into death. Competent, smart and charismatic. He is also witty and gentle, but not weak. Although he suffers from PTSD to a certain extent he isn’t hindered by it, and others don’t see it as a weakness in him (PTSD isn’t a weakness btw).

Dr Sahin, or Bram, is another wonderful character. In comparison to Max, he is incompetent when it comes to Navy procedures, but he is a more than competent doctor. He matches Max in regards of wit and charisma, and despite not being a competent Naval officer, he is one heck of smooth talker and it turns out that he is very useful because of that.

The plot is really interesting. It is very well paced and never gets boring. We get a perfect mix of action and clever/witty politics (yeah, you read that right), and the plot moves forward in a way that manages to keep your interest. Yes, there is a lot of science talk as well as military chatter, but you don’t have to be a super nerd to enjoy it (I’m not). Honsinger has somehow managed to make even sciency stuff sound super interesting (he must be a magician). It’s the perfect mix of nerdy and intersting which made this book an amazing read.

Do I recommend it? 

Hell yes, I do!

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