The Honor Harrington series has been a staple of science fiction space opera for quite a while. I’ve come late to the series, certainly. When I found book one in the series, On Basilisk Station, for free I quickly snagged a copy. The really cool thing was that I also had it on audiobook and the kindle and audiobook synchronize perfectly. If I had my way, I would read & and listen to all of my books in this manner.
So what did I think about On Basilisk Station? First of all, it is very true to the military space opera genre. The story and the plot are entertaining and I the characters engaging. Everything builds toward a dramatic final battle that satisfied my need for action. There are several norms in the story, such as the how the protagonist emerges victorious against all odds. During the story, she is set up for failure, but by the end, emerges a hero. Several of the support casts experience straight forward and predictable development arcs; and when I say predictable, I am not being negative.
For this genre, I want heroes, and that is what David Weber provides.
The slaughter of drug crazed Medusans was not my favorite thing. They came across as the melodramatic bug eyed monster, when it seemed they were intended to be deeper and less stereotypical. In the final analysis, the story is about Honor Harrington and her heroic crew. I enjoyed the book and have already purchased the next in the series.