Testimonials

This page will contain Testimonials collected from both Members and Non-Members about both the Royal Manticoran Navy as an Organization and David Weber's Honorverse books.

 

What our members are saying:

  • I'm half way through the third book, and I already have the next two on deck. I hate to say this in public, but I should have listened to Akers and started to read these years ago! Thanks Scott!

    Tony Lopes, member

  • I've personally been a fan of Honor Harrington since 1997, when I was introduced to the series by Sue Philips. Yes, the same Sue Philips on which Captain Sue Philips is based. So, I've been involved with Honor longer than I've been married (end of 1998), and I've found a few rather odd places where my life intersects with that of our beloved heroine. The first of the two major intersections actually happened well before Honor Harrington was a glimmer in David Weber's eye. In fact, he was probably reading David and the Phoenix, when I first received a poem from my parents: To my adopted child, Not a bone of my bone Not a flesh of my flesh but somehow a miracle of my own.

    Never forget for a single minute you may not have grown under my heart But in it. I don't remember exactly when I received that poem, matted and framed, but it spent thirty odd years on various walls, as a reminder that I am an adoptee, and special. When I later saw the dedication to parents who adopt in War of Honor. I showed it to my mother-she cried, something I'd later do myself when I saw the exact same poem that hung on my wall referenced in Against All Odds. Adoption is an important cause to me for obvious reasons, and to see it acknowledged as a good thing rather than something of Satuday Morning Special angst thrilled me beyond reason. The second intersection took place in 2006, and while it also has a happy ending, it's a little more rocky and concrete than my obsession with adoption being shown in a good light. It was early October of that year, and I was in my fifth month of the pregnancy. My husband had just gone to work, leaving me with our three year old. We had both gotten up a little later than usual, and I was feeling odd, even for pregnant me. So I went to go make sure I was all right. I wasn't. I was spotting, which while common in the first trimester isn't a good sign at the beginning of the second. Add to that the fact I had suffered through one miscarriage already, I was panicked. Somehow I managed to call the doctor, and my husband, and off the three of us went to the obstetrician's office, where it was determined that I was suffering from a disorder called placenta prevea. So I keep the mystery of the birthing process, and not scare any of the Y chromosome types who haven't had children, I'll try and keep the description as non-technical as possible. According to the ultrasound, the baby's life support system was covering her exit. If it didn't move by the time I reached third trimester, I'd have to have a C-section. There were other issues as well, as said life support was rooted into the tissue, and pretty deeply. This could cause potential hemorrhaging and death if not treated. So to make a long story... less long, we were in trouble. I spent a lot of time in the last several months in and out of the hospital. Honor, both the baby who was totally unaware of the havoc she was causing, and Lady Harrington, came with me on these outings, especially the last one where my obstetrician declared I was not going home until the baby was delivered. A good thing, as two days after that admittance the hemorrhaging began. Had I been at home, we would have not reached the hospital in time to save at least one life. To this day I'm glad I never had to go through that.

    Honor Barbara Horwitz Ruggaber was delivered on February 8, 2007, six weeks before her due date. And the kicker to the whole thing was when my obstetrician asked if we had a name and my husband told him his reply was: “Do you and your wife read a lot of Science Fiction?” So, little Honor (she was 4 pounds 14 ounces at birth) and I were saved by the care of a first rate doctor, and an Honor Harrington fan. A very small world.

    Penny Horowitz, member

  • The amount of forethought and work that has gone into building this organization, and the attention to detail makes it a fascinating group to belong to. It isn't stagnant. Nor does it expect more from its members than they are able to put into it. For those of us on the periphery of everything, we don't feel as though we're ignored or sneered at because we're unable to "mix" with everyone else. We're a far-flung "family", even as the really good, real life military organizations are.

    Cary Anne Conder, member

What non-members are saying:
  • Martin, In August of last year, my wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and in September during follow on testing, she was also diagnosed with Uterine Cancer. The past six or seven months have been a succession of operations and chemo, with additional stresses caused by those medical procedures. After you introduced me to Honor Harrington, I downloaded all the stories to my iPad, and took them with me to various medical appointments and hospital waiting rooms. The intricate plots, fully developed characters, and especially the grit and determination of the Manticorans (especially HONOR!) were an inspiration to me during this time. Not only did they divert me from the issues that were dominating my life, but the characters also inspired me with their "Never give up" attitude. These stories gave a needed boost to both my morale and to my resolve, and helped me provide the support my wife needed to get through all the medical stuff. She came through it all with great success, and is now cancer free. Mr. Weber is a most excellent author, and I continue to enjoy his stories today.

    ADM Joe Hoolihan CO, USS Matrix NCC-72296

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