Storm from the Shadows is the second book of the Honorverse sub-series Saganami Island, written by David Weber. It was published in late February 2009.
Timeframe: 1921 PD
- Rear Admiral Michelle Henke was commanding one of the ships in a force led by Honor Harrington in an all-out space battle. The odds were against the Star Kingdom forces, and they had to run. But Michelle’s ship was crippled, and had to be destroyed to prevent superior Manticoran technology from falling into Havenite hands, and she and her surviving crew were taken prisoner. Much to her surprise, she was repatriated to Manticore, carrying a request for a summit conference between the leaders of the two sides which might end the war.
- But a condition of her return was that she gave her parole not to fight against the forces of the Republic of Haven until she had been officially exchanged for a Havenite prisoner of war, so she was given a command far away from the war’s battle lines. What she didn’t realize was that she would find herself on a collision course, not with a hostile government, but with the interstellar syndicate of criminals known as Manpower. And Manpower had its own plans for eliminating Manticore as a possible threat to its lucrative slave trade, deadly plans which remain hidden in the shadows.
As Honor Harrington's Eighth Fleet continues its devastating deep-strike raids into the territory of the Republic of Haven, Haven's technical wizard Admiral Shannon Foraker develops a defensive weapons system named Moriarty, essentially a deep space station devoted entirely to missile fire control, enabling Havenite planetary defenses to fire previously unmatched masses of missiles at invading forces.
This system enables even Eighth Fleet with its exceedingly capable anti-missile defenses to be attacked successfully: in the Battle of Solon, three Havenite forces corner the Manticoran force when it arrives. One of Harrington's superdreadnoughts is destroyed outright, and many more are damaged beyond repair. Admiral Michelle Henke's flagship, HMS Ajax, with her hyperdrive offline and her boat bays damaged beyond repair, has her crew trapped aboard. All appears lost, but the crew manages to repair the ship to the point where shuttles can be used to evacuate it. Simultaneously, plans a counter attack using all the ship's remaining offensive capability are made. Henke's flag captain orders her and her staff off just before the attack begins. As the Havenite fleet approaches an apparently evacuated Ajax, the ship fires all remaining missile pods into them, catching them by surprise. Damage comparable to that suffered by Eighth Fleet is sustained, and the Havenites answer by completely destroying Ajax and all other remains of Henke's force.
Henke is presumed dead by the Manticorans, as it is believed she did not make it off Ajax before she was destroyed. In reality, however, she got aboard the last evacuating shuttle with two of her officers, and was heavily injured as her ship exploded around them. They are then picked up by the Havenite fleet and become prisoners of war.
Thomas Theisman has mandated that all prisoners of war in the renewed conflict between Manticore and Haven are to be treated as fairly and humanely as possible. Henke recovers in a comfortable military hospital, during which time she is visited in turn by Theisman and President Eloise Pritchart. After she recovers, Henke takes command as the senior Manticoran Prisoner of War on an island on Haven.
Henke spends the next six months as CO of the Manticoran PoWs. One day she is summoned once again to the company of Theisman and Pritchart, and is informed that she will be paroled. In return, Pritchart asks Henke, a close relative of Queen Elizabeth III, to petition the Manticoran leadership for a peace summit between the Star Kingdom and the Republic. There is one more stipulation: Henke must give her legally binding oath that she will not command a force against the Havenite military, or otherwise act against the interests of Haven. This she does, and is sent back to Manticoran territory.
Henke convinces a reluctant Queen Elizabeth to personally meet with Pritchart in the neutral Kingdom of Torch. In the meantime, Henke and Manticore are put in a dilemma: she cannot go back to war against Haven, or else violate her parole. Yet, she is one of the RMN's finest tacticians, and the Bureau of Personnel recognizes that her talents should not be wasted. Thus, she is assigned to become second in command to Vice Admiral Augustus Khumalo in the distant Talbott Quadrant, which has petitioned via plebiscite to become annexed by the Star Kingdom.
Despite the disastrous Battle of Monica that resulted in Monica becoming a vassal of Manticore, and the public embarrassment of all involved in the plot, including Manpower Incorporated and the Solarian League's Office of Frontier Security, Manpower almost immediately launches another plan to force Manticore from the Quadrant, and cause a conflict between the Star Kingdom and the League to serve its own ends.
Taking advantage of widespread arrogance in the OFS and the Solarian League Navy towards "lesser" nations like Manticore, Manpower manipulates the only star nation of the Talbott Cluster that declined to participate in the annexation, the New Tuscan Republic, to engineer a false conflict between itself and Manticore. Manpower operative Aldona Anisimovna persuades them to support a new plot that she tricks them into believing will help preserve New Tuscan sovereignty. After a series of deliberately provoked incidents between New Tuscan merchant ships and Manticoran forces charged with inspecting them as they enter Manticoran territory, a fleet of ships under the command of Admiral Josef Byng, a viciously anti-Manticoran and incompetent SLN officer, is dispatched to Talbott.
Byng himself is completely oblivious to the plot, and honestly believes that his true purpose for being sent to Talbott is to check Manticoran aggression against New Tuscany. Henke encounters Byng and through a Naval Intelligence dossier on him discovers Byng's nature and arrogant attitude towards all things Manticoran. However, she is powerless to do anything about the Solarian presence in the area.
In the wake of this crisis, the overall leader of Manpower Inc. and Mesa, the enigmatic Albrecht Detweiler, discusses his future plans with various persons, including his several "sons", who are actually clones of himself. The Mesan Alignment, the true power behind the seemingly unpolitical Mesans, plans to finally come out of the shadows and launch a direct attack on the Manticore System with a secret weapon: stealth ships that travel without impeller drives and are thus completely undetectable by conventional means. Manpower is actually just a front for the Alignment, which is run by Detweiler and a cadre of other genetically engineered oligarchs set on domination of all life in the galaxy.
The Mesan plot comes to a head: New Tuscany scuttles one of their own merchant ships as a Manticoran vessel is approaching for an inspection, in an attempt to frame Manticore for its destruction. Even though it is blatantly obvious that the detonations which destroyed the freighter were caused internally, Admiral Byng wastes no time upon hearing of the incident to protect them against further Manticoran "aggression".
Admirals Khumalo and Henke, unaware of Byng's presence in the system, send a small fleet of three destroyers to New Tuscany to officially complain about their actions. As soon as the destroyers arrive, Anisimovna, using a remote controlled nuclear device, destroys the largest New Tuscan space station in orbit around the planet, killing tens of thousands of New Tuscans. Admiral Byng automatically assumes that the Manticoran destroyers are responsible, and orders his forces to open fire upon them in retaliation, destroying them all. Manticore is propelled into a state of armed conflict with the Solarian League.
For Manticore, the events could not have come at a worse time: Lester Tourville's massive attack on the Manticore System itself takes place, prompting the Battle of Manticore and the near-complete elimination of the offensive capabilities of Manticore and Haven. Recognizing his huge opportunity, Albrecht Detweiler orders the deployment of his secret weapon on Manticore far earlier than he had originally intended. Commanded by one of his son-clones, the new Mesan Alignment Navy embarks on the stealth ships for Manticore.
Admiral Henke learns of the massacre at New Tuscany, and immediately assembles all her ships and embarks for the system. Upon her arrival, she orders Byng to stand down, warning him that Manticoran naval capabilities far exceed that of the Solarians on a qualitative basis. Byng, who considers this warning a desperate bluff, refuses. After reiterating her warning several times, and being ignored each time, Henke launches a full salvo of missiles at Byng's flagship from far outside the engagement range of the SLN forces, completely destroying it. Recognizing their complete tactical deficit, Byng's second in command complies with Henke's demands: the Solarian League Navy, the most powerful military force in the known universe, is dealt its first defeat in centuries.
On Manticore, Queen Elizabeth III meets with her inner circle to discuss the events that have taken place. During this meeting, Honor Harrington remarks that she believes conflict with the Solarian League had been inevitable, and the only way Manticore is going to survive is going to be to destroy the League as it is and break it up into several successor star nations which Manticore can deal with individually. Elizabeth initially rejects this new approach, believing that Haven, in the wake of that nation's devastating assault on Manticore, must be dealt with to prevent further assaults of that nature. However, Honor through her status as an empath, reveals that she has discovered via an extensive investigation that the renewed conflict between Haven and Manticore was engineered by Mesa to keep the two sides, both enemies to Mesa, distracted. Using the evidence she has uncovered, Harrington convinces Elizabeth to see things her way and attempt to reconcile with Haven.
Meanwhile, the OFS administrator responsible for his organization's involvement with the Mesans meets with Fleet Admiral Sandra Crandall, CO of Task Force 496, a powerful fleet of capital ships stationed relatively close to the Cluster. Taking advantage of Crandall's prejudices towards "neo-barbarians" like Manticore, and her rage over the destruction of Byng's flagship, he surreptitiously convinces her to prepare to attack Manticore in the Talbott Cluster. Simultaneously, the Mesan Alignment Navy's stealth ships arrive in the Manticore System, and deploy many missile pods before turning to leave. The commander of this force remarks that in a period of weeks, Manticore will be dealt a devastating blow.
Unlike most Honorverse novels, Storm from the Shadows ends with a cliffhanger.
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Iona Török | Lester Tourville | Wilhelm Trajan | Jackson Treacher | Linda Trenis | Jayne Trudeau | Arlo Turner | Jedidiah Turner | Marisa Turner | Roberto Tyler | William Tyler | Kevin Usher | Bernardus Van Dort | Paul Van Scheldt | Bradley Varislav | Lorcan Verrochio | Maxime Vézien | Joshua Walsh | Astrid Wang | James Webster | Stephen Westman | Ruth Winton | Caitrin Winton-Henke | Frederick Winton-Travis | Agatá Wodoslawski | Jason Wright | Tobias Wright | Jeremy X | Nicasio Xamar | Sharon Yang | Kun Chol Yao | Pavel Young | Francisca Yucel | Andrieaux Yvernau | Sylwester Zagorski | Jacob Zavala | Ursula Zeiss | Anton Zilwicki | Berry I Zilwicki | Helen Zilwicki
Royal Manticoran Navy
HMS Achilles | HMS Aegis | HMS Ajax | HMS Ambuscade | HMS Andromeda | HMS Aria | HMS Artemis | HMS Atum | HMS Audacious | HMS Black Rose | HMS Blackstone | HMS Bryan Knight | HMS Buckler | HMS Clotho | HMS Daedalus | HMS Dagger | HMS Devastation | HMS Domino | HMS Duke of Cromarty | HMS Ericsson | HMS Fury | HMS Galahad | HMS Gallant | HMS Gauntlet | HMS Gawain | HMS Hercules | HMS Hexapuma | HMS Holocaust | HMS Horatius | HMS Imperator | HMS Intolerant | HMS Intrepid | HMS Invictus | HMS Ironside | HMS Ivanhoe | HMS Jason | HMS Javelin | HMS Janissary | HMS Julian Lister | HMS Lancelot | HMS Lodestone | HMS Necromancer | HMS Nike | HMS Queen Adrienne | HMS Quentin Saint-James | HMS Patrocles | HMS Penelope | HMS Perseus | HMS Petard | HMS Priam | HMS Raven | HMS Reprise | HMS Rifleman | HMS Roland | HMS Romulus | HMS Rondeau | HMS Samurai | HMS Star Ranger | HMS Stevedore | HMS Succubus | HMS Theseus | HMS Tisiphone | HMS Tristram | HMS Unicorn | HMS Victorious | HMS Vigilant | HMS Volcano | HMS Warlock | HMS White
Mesan Alignment Navy
Republic of Monica Navy
New Tuscancy Navy
Republic of Haven Navy
Solarian League Navy
- Mesan Alignment
- New Tuscany
- Republic of Haven
- Republic of Monica
- Solarian League
- Star Empire of Manticore
Battle Fleet | Chief of Naval Operations | Frontier Fleet | Greenbriar-Chanticleer War | Montana Space Navy | New Tuscany Navy | Nuncio Space Force | Republic of Haven Navy | Royal Manticoran Navy | Second Battle of New Tuscany | Solarian League Navy | Spindle Space Navy | Talbott Station | Task Group 3021 | Tenth Fleet
|Book Companions||Ad Astra Companions|
|HOS||House of Steel Companion||SOTF||Ships of the Fleet Calendars|
|HOSH||House of Shadows Companion||SITS||Saganami Island Tactical Simulator|
|HOL||House of Lies Companion|
|Jayne's Intelligence Review||Jayne's Fighting Ships of the Galaxy|
|JIR1||The Royal Manticoran Navy||SB1||Ship Book 1: The Havenite Sector|
|JIR2||The Havenite Republican Navy||SB2||Ship Book 2: The Silesian Confederacy|
|JIR3||The Silesian Confederate Navy||SB3||Ship Book 3: The Short Victorious War|