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The first Crisis of Empire begins with the death of the Emperor, leaving a child as his successor. Will the leaders of the empire rally behind the child-Emperor? If they do not, interstellar civilization will once again dissolve into civil war and slide into another long night of barbarism.


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The first Crisis of Empire begins with the death of the Emperor, leaving a child as his successor. Will the leaders of the empire rally behind the child-Emperor? If they do not, interstellar civilization will once again dissolve into civil war and slide into another long night of barbarism.

30 review for An Honorable Defense

  1. 5 out of 5

    DOUGLAS J BERRY

    Some typos ,good beginning to the trilogy. The word land keeps accidentally being used instead of kind. The trilogy gets better with each book. Some of these events are based off historical events in the Byzantine empire. One gets the feeling this empire was do for a shake up anyway.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wilson E. Stevens Sr.

    A very difficult book to read. I almost quit several times. The storyline is very twisted and the unusual names make keeping track of the storyline characters difficult. Overall, a book I will never read again, it just isn't worth the time. A very difficult book to read. I almost quit several times. The storyline is very twisted and the unusual names make keeping track of the storyline characters difficult. Overall, a book I will never read again, it just isn't worth the time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Great start! Although set in human galactic politics, several well developed alien species are also worked into the story, creating a nice spin on classic Baen military sci-fi.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rob Markley

    Tried an a new author and this didn't really click with me Tried an a new author and this didn't really click with me

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bob Koester

    Just re-read this book, which I first read in undergrad, because I recently by chance acquired the fourth book in this series, which I had thought was a trilogy (each one is by a different author, from an idea by David Drake, so they're not always together at the bookstore). I still like it, and am planning to continue to re-read in prep for the fourth (by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, whom I've never read) but I must admit it has aged some. I can see that at the time of release primary-author Thomas T. Just re-read this book, which I first read in undergrad, because I recently by chance acquired the fourth book in this series, which I had thought was a trilogy (each one is by a different author, from an idea by David Drake, so they're not always together at the bookstore). I still like it, and am planning to continue to re-read in prep for the fourth (by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, whom I've never read) but I must admit it has aged some. I can see that at the time of release primary-author Thomas T. Thomas was deliberately making the main character a little unlikable at first (reductive towards women, unthinking towards the aliens he helps rule) so that he can then have an arc of increased understanding. BUT reading it today there's an inclination to give up on him early, he's that repulsive, and to find his later successes to be wish-fulfillment. Fortunately though, he's only main character about half the time, with alternating chapters being from the pov of others (many of whom justifiably look down on him). But the bigger saving grace is a fascinating future universe where many humans have been corrupted by their supremacy over aliens, and where a seemingly-boring public information office involves hyper-physics, black holes and weird time effects as well as trying to word things just so. This particular look at it may be a little basic, but it ends with a sense that things have always been more complex than they appeared, and as I recall the later books broaden it all out. I look forward to finding out if my recollection is correct.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    having trouble getting through this one. Starting slow.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Fair

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I love space opera and this is a great example, moves very quickly. I'm so glad that is is going to be available in e-format I love space opera and this is a great example, moves very quickly. I'm so glad that is is going to be available in e-format

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tergara

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Hardekopf

  11. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Ramsey

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Vandergriff

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Szamocki

  15. 4 out of 5

    Repairmanbruce

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian Trum

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peter Tillman

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy

  19. 5 out of 5

    George

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laruss

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ove

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dan Payment

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cal Goski

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Wasson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Wolf

  28. 5 out of 5

    Anton Polinger

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  30. 5 out of 5

    Walter Bender

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