• Brothers in Valor

  • Man of War, Book 3
  • By: H. Paul Honsinger
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,299 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes Captain Max Robichaux fights by the book - and sometimes he throws the book away. This makes him one of the Union Space Navy's rising stars. It's also what has kept him and his green crew alive...thus far.

When Max and his ship - the twenty-fourth-century space destroyer USS Cumberland - are boxed in by eight enemy battleships, the odds are against them at a million to one. It takes all their skill and guts just to escape...and surviving won't get easier. Sent on a covert mission behind enemy lines, Max and his crew are poised to strike a blow so hard that, if successful, it could turn the tide of the war. But if they fail, it will cost them their lives...and the lives of every human in the galaxy.

©2015 H. Paul Honsinger (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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RIP H. Paul Honsinger.

Just found out that one of my favorite science fiction writers died from covid last year.
Harvey Paul Honsinger, aged 60, passed away on Sunday August 23, 2020 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona after a month-long battle with COVID-19. May he RIP.
I am totally sad and upset.

This series just got better and better and better. I will miss this writing so much.

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one of my faves

probably in top space warfare book series.
yeah there are others that are larger and why not. but he. paul just knocks it out of the park with these.

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Good but feels truncated

This book ends with feels like the end of Act two of a three act story. It also feels short ; as if the author was unwilling to get into act three.

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Continues Smoothly From First Two Books



With Book 3, the universe of the Man of War series has expanded and author Honsinger opts for a very definitive punctuation mark at the end (though the series continues). Those enjoying the exuberant speeches and World-buildling-through-dialogue will no doubt have fun with Brothers in Valor. For there is plenty of action (and speeches) here to keep readers engaged.

Story: What looks to be a trap - often is? Warily, the Cumberland follows strict orders from Admiral Hornmeyer to enter Krag territory and take down a feared tactician, code named 'Admiral Birch'. But is it luck or are they about to find themselves three layers deep in deception? And will Robichaux's canniness be able to pull them out of this latest fix?

As with previous books, our Star Trek meets Master and Commander dialogue between young skipper Robichaux and uptight doctor Sahin is the heart of the book. Although I'm still not convinced that the Earth would hold back half the human race (the female half) despite facing annihilation, clearly Sahin with his over-emotional outbursts and uptight nature is playing the female role to Max's gung-ho macho maleness perfectly (in a very non-sexual if perhaps not necessarily unhomoerotic way).

The dizzying amount of superfluous information about cultures and languages of earth (and even Krag now) is balanced by the amount of fun Honsinger has with the action. So while I appreciate that this isn't a story about white guys in space, I do still wish that the characters were a bit more realistic. It makes for an enjoyable read but a bit too easy to forget afterwards.

I do admit, I am continually amused to find the Star Trek references in there. From a nurse by the name of Church (ah, Nurse Chapel, we miss you), to the doctor being called Bones as a nickname, to Robichaux's over the top speeches. There were many more references in Brothers in Valor - a treat to find the Easter Eggs for Star Trek fans.

I listened to the audible narration and I'm at a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. The narrator is emotive and does a great job with what has to be the hardest lines *ever* to read convincingly. But at the same time, the bored, fatalistic inflection takes the over-the-top dialogue and can make it really seem flat. At times, a lot of the fun was sucked out by the book because of the dropping of tone at the end of each sentence.

In all, I did enjoy Brothers and Valor and look forward to the next book.

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Very Good Continuation... Can't Wait For Book #4

This really is a good series. It's one of those that I just can't stop listening to. This was one was probably the best so far, but left off in a cliffhanger.

A few things have come to annoy me just a bit... Like how the Doctor is always oblivious to anything and everything that might be happening on the ship or when the ship is in battle. No matter how much he learns, he is for some reason unable to grasp the concepts of naval warfare. This is usually the mechanism that the author uses to explain to us something that we don't already know or that isn't obvious, but you would think he could come up with some way other than the Doctor being once again in the dark about something that everyone else on the ship is astonished that he doesn't know... One or two times per book would be one thing, but it happens practically every 5 pages and seems to be the only way we get new information explained to us...

Other than my minor gripes, this book is full of the action and excitement we have come to expect from this series. I listened to the entire book almost straight through. 5 Stars.

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Nothing too exceptional

It had been a while since I listened to the first two books in this series, so honestly it was all a bit foggy. However, there isn't much to worry about catching up on, since this series is all about the space action, and you're thrown right into it. This is for military sci fi fans who just want a quick adventure, with lots of explosions and not much in the way of character development or deep thought. It seems to try to emulate some of Campbell's "Lost Fleet" success, while lacking almost all of the actual substance behind that series.

My biggest complaint, aside from the shallowness of the book and the fantastical technologies employed, is how there isn't really any sense of danger or tension in the battles, because the good guys are just so much better than the enemy that there really is no contest. Each engagement seems set up to be a hopeless situation, but the captain's genius brings them through every time, while making sheer fools out of the enemy and making them out to be pure imbeciles. If it's so easy, then it just doesn't feel as significant. Then we skip any kind of resolution and jump straight to the next mission - this really feels like a series of "episodes" rather than a novel.

It's not a terrible book, but not a great one - thus the 2 stars overall.

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Not the best of the series

I loved the 1st two books in the series. This one felt short and rushed. I'll definitely listen to the next book when and if it comes out. This one just wasn't my favorite.

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I so want a good ghost writer to continue this!!!!

I loved this series from the first minute I started listening. Rock on Mr. Honsinger.

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Enjoyed the adventure

Love the the sarcasm between doctor and captain and how they are always out matched but manage to outwit.

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The best, and probably the last

H Paul Honsinger wrote books of extraordinary excitement and detailed accuracy of what space Naval travel in the future would probably be like. He even gave a tip of the hat to other spacefaring humans. For example, Officer Tufeld, who would do the announcing for the ship in the end, was the Captain Tufeld in the 1950s TV show and radio show Space Patrol, and also did the voice of the Robot in the original Lost In Space. Ray Chase you did an outstanding job narrating all the books. Paul we will miss you.

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  • stewart
  • 07-25-15

honsinger does it again

Would you listen to Brothers in Valor again? Why?

i have had the joy of rereading all the brothers in valor series and they are a constant source of amusement and keep me riveted

Which character – as performed by Ray Chase – was your favourite?

hit em hard hornmeyer and his gruff demeanor and ball busting remarks are superb

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

there rats really big homicidal rats we need a bigger gun

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  • Ian
  • 11-18-19

Naval Adventure in space

I've enjoyed all three Adventures of the USS Cumberland I've not read one yet that disappointed me.
The story is nice and simple no overly complicated backstories.
It doesn't go too much into the technical side of things so there's not paragraph the paragraph of how this works or how they did that.
And there's plenty of the edge of your seat action.
I'm looking forward to see what comes next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-28-17

Fantastic action story.

Brilliantly narrated. Good action and never let's up. When is the next one coming out?

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  • robert
  • 05-20-17

Awful ending

An awful way to finish, totally out of keeping with the rest of the series

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  • Allan
  • 07-26-15

Really enjoying the series

Hope the next book is as good, The only problem I've got with the series is that they are not coming out fast enough😉

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  • Keith Dorrell
  • 03-01-17

I want more!

this is once again a bloody good rollicking broadside loaded space adventure.
Next episode please!!! great narration strong story line in the tradition of Hornblower

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  • Ray
  • 06-12-17

Delivers on what came before but then just ends.

If you stuck it out to the end of the series then you might agree that it lived up to the previous books in general.
Ended anti-climatically in my opinion. The story feels incomplete and though I liked the authors creativity his lack of overall writing talent and the horrible narration are huge obstacles to getting me to sign up for another tale of Max R. and his crew.