On Basilisk Station - Honor Harrington 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

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   This is the first book in David Weber's Honor Harrington series. In this book we meet Commander Harrington, who has just been given command of the light crusier Fearless. She and her crew are "exiled" to Basilisk station for having the unfortunate luck to be required to demonstrate an absurd new warfare technology. Her crew blames Honor for their present situation, but they are strongly loyal to her by the book's end. At Basilisk, Honor shakes things up when her old rivel dumps the responsiblities of Basilisk on her and she decides to actually enforce the written regulations. While on duty there, she discovers a plot by the People's Republic of Haven to take over her star system of Manticore, but she and her crew foil their plans.   
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The review of this Book prepared by The Kat

i have read all of David Weber's books and like most of them. On Basilisk Station is the first book in the Honor Harrington series. Honour is a commander in the Manticoran Navy. The kingdom of Manticore is under threat from the People's republic of Haven (the peeps) and Honor finds herself on the front line. As captain of a light cruiser (Fearless) she is sent to Basilisk Station as punishment for embarassing an admiral, (She blew said admiral's ship away in a wargame scenario) and finds herself in conflict with a disillusioned crew and an old enemy from her past. Honor struggles agianst her crew's dislike and tries to perform her duties but then she discovers a plot to annexe the system she has been set to guard. Read this book, you will not be dissapointed!
The review of this Book prepared by Mark E. Cooper

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 30%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   lasers    -   spaceship battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   40's-50's    -   long lived adults


Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit Spaceship setting:    -   futuristic human warship A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   unfriendly aliens    -   primitive aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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