The Short Victorious War


The families who rule the People’s Republic of Haven are in trouble. The treasury’s empty, the Proles are restless, and civil war is imminent.

But the ruling class knows what they need to keep in power: a "short victorious war" to unite the people and fill the treasury once more. It’s a card they’ve played often in the last half-century, always successfully, and all that stands in their way is the Star Kingdom of Manticore and its threadbare allies: enemies in the past who have always backed down.

Only this time the Peeps face something different. This time they’re up against Captain Honor Harrington and a Royal Manticoran Navy that’s prepared to give them a war that’s far from short—or victorious.


". . . irresistible. . . . Weber’s enormous canvas allows for masterful combat sequences, technological expertise and appealing character painting. . . . readers will applaud. . . ." —Publishers Weekly

 ". . . strong and spectacular. . . ." —Locus

 "The spirit of Star Wars melds with the heart of Horatio Hornblower. . . ."  —Science Fiction Age

Cover art by David Mattingly
Interior map by Nancy C. Hanger

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First hardcover printing, June 2002

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Copyright © 1994 by David Weber

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Weber, David, 1952–

The short victorious war / by David Weber.
p. cm.
ISBN 0-7434-3573-7
1. Harrington, Honor (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Life on other
planets—Fiction. 3. Space warfare—Fiction. I. Title.

PS3573.E217 S56 2002
813'.54—dc21 2002022326